07 October 2012

The Best of Bond...James Bond

The Best of James Bond: 30th Anniversary Limited Edition (8 September 1992)
The Best of Bond...James Bond (23 September 2002)
The Best of Bond...James Bond (28 October 2008)
Best Of Bond...James Bond: 50th Anniversary Collection (9 October 2012)
Best Of Bond...James Bond: 50 Years - 50 Tracks (9 October 2012)

It's hard to believe, but this year marks the 20th anniversary of the "Best of Bond" series of compilation albums. The original "Best of James Bond: 30th Anniversary" was available in two editions: a single disc, 19-track collection and a 2-disc Limited Edition package. The single-disc edition included the title songs from the first 16 Bond films, along with "007" by John Barry from From Russia with Love and "We Have All the Time in the World" by Louis Armstrong from On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The disc also included a previously unreleased recording of "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" by Dionne Warwick, originally recorded for Thunderball. The sequencing for that disc did not reflect the chronological release of the various tracks.

Songs That Appear on Every Edition
  • "James Bond Theme" from Dr. No - John Barry & His Orchestra [credited on 1992 and 1999 editions to Monty Norman]
  • "From Russia with Love" - Matt Monro
  • "Goldfinger" - Shirley Bassey
  • "Thunderball" - Tom Jones
  • "You Only Live Twice" - Nancy Sinatra
  • "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" - John Barry
  • "We Have All the Time in the World" from On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Louis Armstrong
  • "Diamonds Are Forever" - Shirley Bassey
  • "Live and Let Die" - Paul McCartney & Wings
  • "The Man with the Golden Gun" - Lulu
  • "Nobody Does It Better" from The Spy Who Loved Me - Carly Simon
  • "Moonraker" - Shirley Bassey
  • "For Your Eyes Only" - Sheena Easton
  • "All Time High" from Octopussy - Rita Coolidge
  • "A View to a Kill" - Duran Duran
  • "The Living Daylights" - a-Ha
  • "Licence to Kill" - Gladys Knight
Songs That Appear on Multiple Editions
  • "007" from From Russia with Love - John Barry 30th Collection, 30th Limited, 2012 50 Years
  • "The Laser Beam" from Goldfinger - John Barry 30th Limited, 2012 50 Years
  • "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" - Shirley Bassey 30th Limited, 2012 50 Years
  • "GoldenEye" - Tina Turner 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012 Collection, 2012 50 Years
  • "Tomorrow Never Dies" - Sheryl Crow 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012 Collection, 2012 50 Years
  • "The World Is Not Enough" - Garbage 2002, 2008, 2012 Collection, 2012 50 Years
  • "James Bond Theme [Moby's Re-Version]" from Tomorrow Never Dies - Moby 2002, 2012 50 Years
  • "Surrender" from Tomorrow Never Dies - k.d. lang 2008, 2012 50 Years
  • "Die Another Day" - Madonna 2008, 2012 Collection, 2012 50 Years
  • "You Know My Name" from Casino Royale - Chris Cornell 2008, 2012 Collection, 2012 50 Years

The 2-disc set presented the 16 main title songs in chronological sequence on Disc 1. The three supplemental tracks shifted to Disc 2, where they were joined by a different take on "James Bond Theme" by the John Barry Orchestra; four tracks from Barry's Goldfinger score that were included on the UK release of that film's soundtrack album but for some reason not included on the US release; a second recording of "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" by Shirley Bassey; a 20-minute suite of music from Thunderball that had not been included on that film's soundtrack; and some other items from the vaults.

Songs That Only Appear on 30th Anniversary Limited Edition
  • "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" - Dionne Warwick [also appears on 30th Anniversary Collection]
  • "James Bond Theme" - John Barry & His Orchestra
  • "Goldfinger" [demo] - Anthony Newley
  • "Pussy Galore's Flying Circus" from Goldfinger - John Barry
  • "Golden Girl from Goldfinger - John Barry
  • "Death of Tilley" from Goldfinger - John Barry
  • "Thunderball Suite" - John Barry
  • "You Only Live Twice" [demo] - Julie Rogers [unattributed]
  • You Only Live Twice radio spot
  • Thunderball radio spot
  • Live and Let Die radio spot

The compilation was updated in 1999 as "The Best of Bond...James Bond 007." It presented the same sequencing as the original 30th Anniversary Collection (single-disc), but without "007" or the Warwick recording of "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang." Instead, the '99 edition added Tina Turner's "GoldenEye" and Sheryl Crow's "Tomorrow Never Dies." These were tacked onto the end, rather than incorporated into the album sequence. Excluded from the 1999 compilation was Garbage's title track from that year's The World Is Not Enough, establishing the trend of the "Best of Bond" not including the current title song.

2002 marked the 40th Anniversary of Bond, celebrated with reissued CDs of most of the soundtrack albums and a new edition of the compilation album. Again, the original 16 title songs appeared as they had been sequenced on the 30th Anniversary album with the new songs added at the end, now expanded to include "The World Is Not Enough." The '02 edition is notable primarily for including the Parodi/Fair arrangement of the Bond theme used in the GoldenEye trailer, unavailable on any other release to date. It also marked the first time that the original "James Bond Theme" recording from Dr. No was properly credited to John Barry & His Orchestra (having originally been credited to Monty Norman).

Song That Only Appears on 2002 Edition
  • "James Bond Theme [GoldenEye Trailer Version]" - Parodi/Fair

No edition of the compilation series was issued in 2006 (the year of Casino Royale), but The Best of Bond...James Bond returned in 2008 to tie into the release of Quantum of Solace. This edition added Madonna's "Die Another Day" and Chris Cornell's "You Know My Name" (from Casino Royale). For the first time since the 30th Anniversary 2-disc edition, all tracks were presented in chronological order. Supplemental tracks this time included k.d. lang's "Surrender" from Tomorrow Never Dies and a recording of "James Bond Theme" credited to John Arnold. The 2008 edition was also available in a limited edition with a DVD containing music videos and some live performances of various Bond songs. Beginning with this edition, shorter edits of "Licence to Kill" and "GoldenEye" were selected to fit the programming onto one disc.

Song That Only Appears on 2008 Edition
  • "James Bond Theme" - John Arnold

Tuesday (9 October 2012) sees the latest incarnation of the series. As with the original version 20 years ago, there are two editions available: a single-disc edition includes the title tracks from the first 22 Bond films (plus "We Have All the Time in the World"). The "50 Years - 50 Tracks" 2-disc set adds a bonus disc of 27 more tracks culled from the various soundtrack albums (except Licence to Kill). Among the assorted tracks on disc 2 are Diana Coupland's "Under the Mango Tree" from Dr. No, Nina's "Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?" from On Her Majesty's Secret Service and both of The Pretenders tracks from The Living Daylights. Returning from previous editions are "007," "The Laser Beam" (one of the Goldfinger tracks from the UK soundtrack), the Bassey recording of "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," Moby's version of "James Bond Theme" and lang's "Surrender."

Songs That Only Appear on 2012 50 Years - 50 Tracks
  • "Another Way to Die" from Quantum of Solace - Jack White & Alicia Keys [also appears on 2012 Collection]
  • "Dr. No's Fantasy" from Dr. No - Monty Norman
  • "Under the Mango Tree" from Dr. No - Diana Coupland
  • "Opening Titles: James Bond Is Back/From Russia with Love/James Bond Theme" from From Russia with Love - John Barry
  • "Into Miami" from Goldfinger - John Barry
  • "Switching the Body" from Thunderball - John Barry
  • "Capsule in Space" from You Only Live Twice - John Barry
  • "Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?" from On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Nina
  • "Bond Smells a Rat" from Diamonds Are Forever - John Barry
  • "Fillet of Soul - New Orleans/Live and Let Die/Fillet of Soul - Harlem" from Live and Let Die - George Martin; B.J. Arnau (vocals)
  • "Underground Lair" from Live and Let Die - George Martin
  • "Hip's Trip" from The Man with the Golden Gun - John Barry
  • "The Pyramids" from The Spy Who Loved Me - Marvin Hamlisch
  • "Cable Car and Snake Fight" from Moonraker - John Barry
  • "Make It Last All Night" from For Your Eyes Only - Rage
  • "The Chase Bomb Theme" from Octopussy - John Barry
  • "Snow Job" from A View to a Kill - John Barry
  • "Where Has Everybody Gone" from The Living Daylights - The Pretenders
  • "If There Was a Man" from The Living Daylights - The Pretenders
  • "The Experience of Love" from GoldenEye - Eric Serra
  • "Only Myself to Blame" from The World Is Not Enough - Scott Walker
  • "Vesper" from Casino Royale - David Arnold
  • "Time to Get Out" from Quantum of Solace - David Arnold

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