John Barry

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From his 1960 soundtrack to a UK film called Beat Girl through his 1996 Grammy-award winning score for Dances With Wolves to his passing just last month, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Barry[/lastfm] was considered one of the world’s greatest and most highly respected film composers.

Tucked in among the many scores he wrote for film, TV and musicals were the soundtracks for a dozen James Bond movies, starting with 1962’s Dr. No. A couple of years later, he scored one of the best-selling and well-known Bond soundtracks: Goldfinger.

Like all good soundtracks, the ten cuts on the album all revolve around variations on the Goldfinger theme. There’s the “jazz Goldfinger,” the “chase scene Goldfinger,” “the charging Goldfinger.” But it was “the vocal Goldfinger,” made a Top 10 hit with the help of singer [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Shirley Bassey[/lastfm], that has propelled the album to sell over 500,000 copies since it’s launch over 40 years ago.

The soundtrack album may be only 31 minutes long, but it’s a wallop-packed half hour and among the most famous Bond themes of all time.


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