Monday, January 31, 2011
John Barry - They Shot, He Scored
The Reaper's certainly set briskly about his grim business this year, carrying out a ruthless recruitment campaign - John Barry being the latest to get his call up papers
I never got round to reading a John Barry biog although I've been meaning to for years. From the scraps I've gathered through other books - he seems to have led something of a James Bond-ish lifestyle during the swinging sixties: King's road address, film star girlfriend and international swishing with the champagne and sports cars set
And what a body of work from Bond to Born Free, Harry Palmer to The Persuaders. I'm no music theorist but - his innovative instrumentation (using everything from cimbaloms to synthesizers), the scope of his widescreen arrangements and minor modal motifs - could pluck your heartstrings like a harp.
A personal fave is perhaps a lower known TV theme but distillation of the Barry technique and almost a companion piece to The Persuaders, a melancholy toybox style arrangement - opening the Orson Welles Great Mysteries TV show*....
For something that John Barry himself described as near biographical I would recommend The Beyondness of Things - you can try a track over at Davy's place
John Barry - Orson Welles Great Mysteries
Of all the 007 themes - this, to me, is the Bondest of them all...
*Previously posted here - but I think we can swing a re-up today