David Arnold ‎– Shaken And Stirred (The David Arnold James Bond Project)

EastWest ‎– 3984-20738-2
CD, Album

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1 Diamonds Are Forever
Featuring – David McAlmont
2 Nobody Does It Better
Featuring – Aimee Mann
3 Space March
Featuring – Leftfield
4 All Time High
Featuring – Pulp
5 Moonraker
Featuring – Shara Nelson
6 The James Bond Theme
Featuring – LTJ Bukem
7 Live And Let Die
Featuring – Chrissie Hynde
8 Thunderball
Featuring – Martin Fry
9 From Russia With Love
Featuring – Natacha Atlas
10 On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Featuring – Propellerheads
11 We Have All The Time In The World
Featuring – Iggy Pop

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℗ & © 1997 Warner Music UK Ltd.
Made In Germany by Warner Music Manufacturing Europe

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 3984-20738-2 0
  • Barcode (String): 639842073820
  • Matrix / Runout: [Warner Logo] 398420738-2 09/97
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0502
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L011
  • Matrix / Runout (Inner Ring [Mirrored]): 26
  • Rights Society: GEMA/BIEM
  • Label Code: LC 1557
  • Other (Internal Distribution Code): EW 851


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August 1, 2012
edited over 4 years ago

I imagine David Arnold being at the peak of his life when he was told that he will be responsible for the following James Bond soundtracks, because this album shows the ammount of love and respect he gives for John Barry and all the songs. Interestingly enough, despite being a cover album with lots of different talents, it is a very good one, with some covers that nearly surpass the originals... and some that aren't so.

David McAlmont is an underrated singer, but I don't get his falsetto for "Diamonds are forever. Aimee Mann does a wonderful "Nobody Does it better", being more psychodelic, sexy and catchy than the original (with all its 90s flavour in it). Leftfield and Bukem do a kind of "dub" of the two themes, more than a retake, which are fine by themselves and show how capable they were as producers. I don't like Jarvis delivery in "All time high", but I love how Iggy Pop fits "We have all the time in the world". Sarah Nelson is a good Shirley Basey for the 90s, Martyn Fry sings "Thunderball" with confidence and fun, and Natascha Atlas makes "From Russia With Love" feel a bit too brief.

So the highlights for me are two: Crissie Hynde adding noise to "Live and let die", and most of all, the most wonderful of the colaborations: Propellerheads retaking "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" in their breakbeat style (and with some Space March in between) and turning John Barry into 90s electronica.

And behind all of them, David Arnold arranging with taste, competence, subtlety when necessary. No wonder he was chosen as the next John Barry.