Rob Price
Gutbrain Records
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2016 March 30 • Wednesday

2016 March 28 • Monday

You can never have enough John Barry. He'll always be most famous for his James Bond film scores and that's nothing to complain about. And so our 406th Soundtrack of the Week will be one of them, namely Moonraker.

This is the album release, not the complete original score. It's my understanding that to this day nobody knows if the tapes from the original recording sessions exist.

A little over a year ago there was a Kickstarter campaign to fund a re-recording of the complete score but the plug was pulled on it. I forget why. It's a shame because that's a very worthy undertaking.

Moonraker is one of the best of the original Ian Fleming novels. The first few chapters in particular combine an exquisitely wrought comedy of manners with tense and exciting drama on a relatively miniscule scale. Nobody goes into space.

The movie might be a guilty pleasure