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11 JANUARY-9 FEBRUARY 2015
NEW RECORDING OF MOONRAKER SOUNDTRACK

By: FSWL team
Published:
2015-01-12
One of the most requested scores from film music fans around the world in recent years has proved to be John Barry's soundtrack for the 11th James Bond film, Moonraker (1979) (1979). Tadlow Music now aims to raise 25,000 GBP in order to produce a new recording of the soundtrack.

Over the past 20 years Tadlow Music has produced many new recordings from the music of John Barry, including The Lion in Winter, Raise the Titanic, Zulu, The Last Valley and more recently Mister Moses and The Betsy. Now they need YOUR help to realize the dreams of film music fans by creating a new recording of John Barry's score for the outer space 007 adventure Moonraker. THIS is your chance to get such a recording achieved AND your chance to become a soundtrack producer (with your pledge).

The music in Moonraker is one of the finest examples of Barry's more mature approach to Bond, putting a heavy emphasis on symphonic adventure scoring as opposed to the more rebellious, guitar-based sound of earlier films like Goldfinger - some would argue this score IS the turning point in his 007 legacy. But apart from its historical importance, there are numerous other reasons why fans have been requesting this score for a re-recording.

The initiators, James Fitzpatrick (producer) and Nic Raine (conductor), comments on the project:

"The original master tapes are reportedly lost. While most of Barry's Bond scores recorded in London were properly archived, Moonraker was recorded in Paris due to contractual obligations. The original master tapes were absent during the 2003 re-release of the 007 soundtracks, making a future expansion highly unlikely.

The soundtrack album released in 1979 had a 30-minute program and was missing key moments from the score. The album was, and still is, the only official James Bond soundtrack that didn't feature a single second of the famous "James Bond Theme"! Although the film had at least two major set pieces scored with the theme ("Freefall" and the "Bondola Chase"), none of these moments were selected for the official LP.

Apart from the two major sequences utilizing the Bond theme, there are over ten minutes of other chilling moments missing from the soundtrack, including the iconic gunbarrel sequence, the pre-titles hijacking of the Moonraker shuttle, Bond's arrival to Chateau Drax, all the action and suspense music in Venice and of course the music for the tense race to shoot down Drax's destructive globes.

The recording of the original CD suffers in quality when compared with Barry's other 007 scores recorded in London. Due to the contractual obligations mentioned above, Moonraker was recorded in Studios Davout whose acoustics are noticeably worse than CTS Wembley where Barry recorded his other Bond score."

ORIGINAL soundtrack track listings:
1. Moonraker performed by Shirley Bassey (Running time: 3:11)
2. Space Lazer Battle (2:49)
3. Miss Goodhead Meets Bond (2:49)
4. Cable Car And Snake Fight (3:09)
5. Bond Lured To Pyramid (2:06)
6. Flight Into Space (6:32)
7. Bond Arrives In Rio And Boat Chase (2:39)
8. Centrifuge And Corrine Put Down (2:37)
9. Bond Smells A Rat (2:26)
10. Moonraker (2:30)

The NEW recording will provide:
• A complete recording, accounting for all the original underscore - both released and unreleased cues
• Pristine Digital 24Bit 96Khz sound quality
• Assured performance by the acclaimed City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
• Comprehensive liner notes discussing the making of the film and the creation of the score

Editor's note:
For other James Bond soundtracks featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Image below:
CD cover for the original motion picture soundtrack for Moonraker. © 2003 EMI. All rights reserved.

Read more about this project and how you can help make it a reality:
www.kickstarter.com/projects/681802762/moonraker-new-recording
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