14. David Arnold – Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project

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13. David Arnold – Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project (1997)

1. Diamonds Are Forever (featuring David McAlmont)
2. Nobody Does It Better (featuring Aimee Mann)
3. Space March (featuring Leftfield)
4. All Time High (featuring Pulp)
5. Moonraker (featuring Shara Nelson)
6. The James Bond Theme (featuring LTJ Bukem)
7. Live and Let Die (featuring Chrissie Hynde)
8. Thunderball (featuring Martin Fry)
9. From Russia with Love (featuring Natacha Atlas)
10. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (featuring Propellerheads)
11. We Have All the Time in the World (featuring Iggy Pop)

Who is David Arnold?

According to Wikipedia, “David G. Arnold (born 23 January 1962) is a British film composer best known for scoring five James Bond films, Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996), Godzilla (1998) and the television series Little Britain and Sherlock.”

In his own words, via his Twitter account (@DavidGArnold); “I am radioactive and a composer of film music and writer/producer of other things too.Expert on VAT and biscuits with chocolate content, not coverage”.

Probably the fullest bio for any artist so far…

Why did you buy this album?

I’d already got a few of his soundtrack albums before buying this, including ‘Casino Royale‘ and ‘Sherlock‘, and had heard a few of the tracks on this album previously. It was when I spotted it on Amazon for mere pennies that I took the plunge…

What’s it like?

It’s good enough to get him the Bond soundtrack gig! It’s a collection of classic songs and themes from the Bond series, but given a contemporary work over, with a number of special guests.

John Barry, who composed a lot of the Bond music, was so impressed with Arnold’s work on this album that he recommended him to the producers of ‘Tomorrow Never Dies‘. Arnold got the gig, and scored every Bond film from then until 2008’s ‘Quantum of Solace‘.

After listening to it now, do you (still) like this album?

Less so than I did at first. Some of the tracks are great, but those are mostly the tunes that were solid gold classics to begin with.

Other tracks, however, suffer in comparison to the originals, and some haven’t aged all that well.

Any stand-out tracks?

I have a particular like for ‘Thunderball‘, as performed by ABC’s Martin Fry, and Propellerhead’s version of ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service‘ is terrific.

Unfortunately, ‘The James Bond Theme‘ with LTJ Bukem stands out too, mostly by outstaying its welcome by a clear 4 minutes, and ‘Live and Let Die‘, despite being performed by Chrissie Hynde, and having the grammar corrected, just doesn’t have the same impact or energy of the original.

Rating out of 10?

6/10.

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