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Octopussy Import

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 14 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000009U0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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1. All Time High
2. Bond Look Alike
3. Miss Penelope
4. 009 Gets The Knife And Gorbinda Attacks
5. That's My Little Octopussy
6. Arrival At The Island Of Octopussy
7. Introducing Mr Bond
8. Bond At The Monsoon Palace
9. Bond Meets Octopussy
10. Poison Pen
11. Yo Yo Fight And Death Of Vijay
12. The Chase Bomb Theme
13. The Palace Fight
14. All Time High

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While Octopussy, 13th installment of the highly successful James Bond series was the second largest grossing film in America in 1983 (the year of Return of the Jedi), it hardly springs to mind as one of the classics of the series--or of Roger Moore's sometimes-spotty tenure as Bond for that matter.

But divorced from filmic proceedings neither as over-the-top fun as Live and Let Die or as refreshingly down-to-earth as For Your Eyes Only, John Barry's score (his 10th of the series) holds up quite well, carrying on his masterful tradition of reinforcing even the silliest plot turn with the familiar, emotionally gripping orchestrations that are perhaps the most underrated element of Bond's ongoing appeal.

Rita Coolidge gives a game effort on the commercially disappointing main "title," "All Time High," one of the series' rare instances of the title song not being named after the film--but then you try writing a song with "Octopussy" in the lyrics! --Jerry McCulley

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Format: Audio CD
Five-star soundtrack docked for needless inclusion of dialogue snippets and the puzzling abandonment of the original album artwork.
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The soundtrack to OCTOPUSSY seems not so much a mixture of styles but rather the ambiguous culmination of those styles. The suspense, exotic and romantic elements of the score are impressive. "That's My Little Octopussy" and "Bond Meets Octopussy" are very beautiful love pieces based on the main title: "All Time High" that are reminiscent to the true nature of "We Have All the Time In the World" from ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE. The character of Octopussy, played against formula, in this film seems like a genuine love interest of James Bond as is reflected in these pieces. Impressive too are "Bond At the Monsoon Palace" and "The Chase-Bomb Theme" reminiscent of Barry's scoring of some of his "cold war" films from the 1960s. In other parts of the score Barry seems to be tiring. His passion and penchant for scoring action scenes seems to be on the wane here. "Yo-yo Fight" and parts of "The Palace Fight" seem unimaginative and lackluster. However, Barry seems to have compensated himself tenfold with "Bond Look-Alike" which is a tour de force of the 007 mystique. "Bond Look-Alike" is a rich composition based on "The James Bond Theme" and is one of the best tracks to be found on any of the James Bond soundtracks. The OCTOPUSSY soundtrack seems a bit truncated but it is still a good John Barry - James Bond CD. This particular edition includes dialogue from the film. The "Miss Penelope" track contains quite amusing banter between Bond, Miss Moneypenny and her "new" assistant. The cover of this CD carries the artwork of the VHS edition of the film.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa04a1fe4) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0e5575c) out of 5 stars GOOD BUT ALSO SLEEP INDUCING May 30 2000
By Ken Lau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I remember when I first brought the soundtrack to Octopussy and FELL ASLEEP listening to it. There are good tracks on it, like That's My Little Octopussy, Arriving at the Island of Octopussy, Bond Lookalike, and of course, the theme song by Rita Coolidge. The music for the action seen, as heard in the Death of Vijay/Yo Yo Fight, and Palace Fight is good as background music, but on its own it is weak, when comparing to the one in A View to A Kill and the Living Daylights.
The rest of the album is really undistinctive....and I have no idea why some people would dare to said this is one of Barry's best works.
As for the CD release, instead of releasing new tracks, they inserted in dialogs from the movie. To me, that is just plain laziness and thoughtlessness on the part of Rykodisc.
Overall, it is good, but don't expect it to knock your socks off.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0e557b0) out of 5 stars IF RYKODISK RELEASES A 007 SOUNDTRACK, BUY IT. Dec 28 1999
By Marc (L3ond007@hotmail.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Rykodisk does a good job at getting bonus songs and music that wasn't on the original version of the soundtrack. The tracks 3,6, and 9 are great because they are dialogue tracks meaning they are just recorded dialogue direct from the movie! Tracks 2,4,10, and 12 are good action tracks, and track 5 is a good instrumental version of the title song. Track 1, the title song to Octopussy, is sung by Rita Coolidge and is a good track. All the rest of the tracks are great, and track 11 is a good tense and ominous track. All in all this soundtrack deserves the five stars it got. Definitely get this soundtrack.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0e55be8) out of 5 stars Interesting Score and Dialogue April 4 2004
By gobirds2 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The soundtrack to OCTOPUSSY seems not so much a mixture of styles but rather the ambiguous culmination of those styles. The suspense, exotic and romantic elements of the score are impressive. "That's My Little Octopussy" and "Bond Meets Octopussy" are very beautiful love pieces based on the main title: "All Time High" that are reminiscent to the true nature of "We Have All the Time In the World" from ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE. The character of Octopussy, played against formula, in this film seems like a genuine love interest of James Bond as is reflected in these pieces. Impressive too are "Bond At the Monsoon Palace" and "The Chase-Bomb Theme" reminiscent of Barry's scoring of some of his "cold war" films from the 1960s. In other parts of the score Barry seems to be tiring. His passion and penchant for scoring action scenes seems to be on the wane here. "Yo-yo Fight" and parts of "The Palace Fight" seem unimaginative and lackluster. However, Barry seems to have compensated himself tenfold with "Bond Look-Alike" which is a tour de force of the 007 mystique. "Bond Look-Alike" is a rich composition based on "The James Bond Theme" and is one of the best tracks to be found on any of the James Bond soundtracks. The OCTOPUSSY soundtrack seems a bit truncated but it is still a good John Barry - James Bond CD. This particular edition includes dialogue from the film. The "Miss Penelope" track contains quite amusing banter between Bond, Miss Moneypenny and her "new" assistant. The cover of this CD carries the artwork of the VHS edition of the film.
HASH(0xa0e55fa8) out of 5 stars Solid soundtrack for 007 June 25 2012
By langleybcguy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The 13th mission of James Bond 007 was 'Octopussy' - a mission that placed super-agent 007 on the trail of a corrupt, psychopathic Soviet general in league with a jewel smuggler conspiring to steal art from the Kremlin and smuggle a Soviet nuclear bomb into a NATO air base, in the hopes of inducing disarmament and enabling the Soviet Union to invade at will. James Bond's mission would take him as far afield as India and West Berlin, and with help from composer John Barry - a man who wrote several 007 film scores - he would succeed in his mission.

While this one isn't as solid as the score for 'You Only Live Twice', it's still a great score for 007. 'All Time High', the main title performed by Rita Coolidge, was a romantic melody that weaved its way through the film at regular intervals - usually at the times when 007 was romancing Magda or Octopussy. '009 Gets the Knife' is a chilling track using strings to depict 009's flight from the knife-throwing circus twins, coming to a shrill violin cue as 009 comes face-to-face with one twin, then overpowers him & tries to flee to West Berlin. A despairing violin/viola cue follows as 009 is hit by a knife & falls into the river, then reappears as he crashes through a glass door to the British embassy. 'Bond Look Alike' is a cue involving the James Bond motif so well known to us, as Bond infiltrates an air base disguised as a colonel & plants a bomb on some equipment, only to be caught minutes later. 'Gobinda Attacks' also invokes the Bond theme as Kamal Khan's giant henchman pursues Bond & Vijay through the Delhi streets, only to be foiled by Bond when the agent throws money into the crowds. 'The Chase Bomb Theme' is a low, sinister bassoon cue invoked as a Soviet Army officer shows Khan, Gobinda & one of the twins the location of the bomb in the circus cannon, then arms the bomb to detonate during the performance - all while unaware than Bond is hiding in the room, wearing a gorilla outfit.

'Octopussy' isn't one of the greatest soundtracks for a James Bond film, but it's still great fun and good listening. The score certainly follows the story well - it's deserving of a place in any James Bond fan's collection.
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HASH(0xa0e560a8) out of 5 stars Barry's back-again March 4 2000
By Håkan Tallgren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
1983 Barry was back with Bond, he din't to the score to For Your Eyes Only. I must begin saying that I have the original soundtrack, so i have never hurd songs nr. 3. 6. and 9., which are bonus on the CD. This soundtrack is good. Real good. When you listen to it, it reminds you about Barry's work for "From Russia With Love". In those two soundtracks you have many dark and mystery tunes, which work splendide. In this album you also have a very good action-theme, which you hear for the first time on Track nr. 2: "009 gets the knife and Gobinda attacks". The theme returns in two more songs, "Yo-Yo fight and death of Vijay" and "Palace Fight". Good soft songs are Track nr. 8. "Bond at Monsoon Palace" and track nr. 10 "Bond meets Octopussy". In Track nr. 13. works Barry very good with his action-theme together with James Bond Theme. The three best songs: Track nr. 2 "Bond look-alike" Track nr. 12 "The chase bomb theme" and Track nr. 13. "Palace Fight". A traditional Barry score!


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