|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|
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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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.
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.