What a Whopper on DVD

Sunday, 21 November 2010 13:41 Written by

What a Whopper - DVDThe Adam Faith film, What a Whopper, is being released by Renown Pictures on 31st January 2011.

John Barry's connection to this film is that he arranged Faith's songs, What a Whopper & The Time Has Come.

What a Whopper (the song) has never been commercially released.

Bruce Kimmel's Kritzerland label has announced that a future CD release will couple John Barry's The Whisperers with Richard Rodney Bennett's Equus.

Unlike the previous Ryko release, The Whisperers will not include any dialogue from the film.

Producer Bruce Kimmel has said that although shipping date is towards the end of November, those ordering direct from him usually receive copies well in advance of that.

He's also said this is limited to 1000 copies. 

The price is $19.98 plus shipping.

Bruce @ Kritzerland has also confirmed that a CD re-issue of THE KNACK is also in the works, but by another label, not Kritzerland.
18 October, 2010

Sunday Night at the London Palladium now on DVD

Friday, 15 October 2010 13:38 Written by

Sunday Night At The London Palladium

In celebration of the London Palladium’s centenary, Network are about to release a 3-DVD set containing some of the best of what remains in the archives for the original run from the 1950s and ‘60s, with hosts including Tommy Trinder, Bruce Forsyth and Jimmy Tarbuck.

It also includes the special two-hander show from February 1961 that featured only Norman Wisdom and Bruce Forsyth.

These editions include Beryl Reid, Adam Faith playing with the John Barry Seven, Bobby Darin, Pinky & Perky, Sarah Vaughan, Freddie and the Dreamers, Mario Lanza, Larry Grayson, Jim Dale, Paul Anka, Rod Hull and Emu, Ted Rogers, Sacha Distel, Cliff Richard, Bob Monkhouse, Clodagh Rodgers and many more.

We do not know if the complete performance of Adam & the JB7 will be included, but at only £14.99 for over 8 hours of vintage TV it's probably worth taking a chance!

Available from 8th November from Amazon.co.uk and other outlets.

Gent confirms John Barry's absence

Monday, 18 October 2010 13:36 Written by

Gent confirms John Barry's absence. Arnold to accept award instead
The organisation of the Ghent Film Festival has confirmed in an email to us that John Barry will not be present at the festival concert celebrating his music to accept thelifetime achievement award in person, due to health reasons. David Arnold will now accept the award in his name.
11 October, 2010

Update: Peter Greenhill had a quick word with David Arnold, after the charity showing of 'Psycho' at the Empire, Leicester Sq, London, when he did a signing with Christopher Gunning and Anne Dudley. Pete mentioned the Ghent award he was picking up for Barry this week and asked how Barry was. Arnold said that he'd spoken to Barry on the phone on Saturday night and he was 'OK' but not well enough to travel. He also said that there is an issue with John being surrounded by people wanting to chat and get autographs when he attends these events and implied that he finds this a little stressful. David said it's a great programme on Thursday and said that he's looking forward to hearing this music played live by a great orchestra.

Don Black - BMI Icon

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 13:34 Written by

Don Black - BMI Icon
Many congratulations to Don Black who has been honoured as a BMI Icon.

Over 50 awards were handed out, including BMI “Million-Air” Awards recognizing songs that have generated more than three million U.S. radio and television performances.

One of these songs is Born Free:

5 Million
John Barry
Don Black, OBE (PRS)

New book: Miss Shirley Bassey

Sunday, 05 September 2010 13:10 Written by

Miss Shirley BasseyMiss Shirley Bassey
Written by author John Williams, this is an unauthorised biography of the singer, just been published in the UK.

A cursory glance through the book reveals details of an affair with John Barry during the '63/4 concert tour.

It also includes an unsuccessful legal attempt to force the Bond producers to include "Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" in the film Thunderball, after Barry had allegedly not liked her version and re-recorded it with Dionne Warwick.

The book is already available at almost half-price via amazon.co.uk
Book review in The Guardian

Intrada releases The Deep CD

Thursday, 02 September 2010 13:10 Written by

The Melancholy Touch: Romantic Shades of John Barry’s Bond included in new book "James Bond in World and Popular Culture: The Films are Not Enough."

August 19, 2010

Karl Madden, Professor, Dept of the Library, Medgar Evers College, City University of New York, has written a book chapter entitled The Melancholy Touch: Romantic Shades of John Barry’s Bond – which is included in a new book to be available this September 2010 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing: "James Bond in World and Popular Culture: The Films are Not Enough".

Edited by Robert G. Weiner, B. Lynn Whitfield and Jack Becker, the book can be pre-ordered via amazon.com and although (currently) quite expensive ($82) it consists of an impressive 515 pages containing 40 original essays with new insights, scholarship, and understanding to the world of James Bond. Topics include the Bond girl, Bond related video games, Ian Fleming's relationship with the notorious Aleister Crowley and CIA director Alan Dulles. Other articles include Fleming as a character in modern fiction, Bond Jr. comics, the post Fleming novels of James Gardner and Raymond Benson, Bond as an American Superhero, and studies on the music, dance, fashion, and architecture in Bond films. Woody Allen and Peter Sellers as James Bond, are also considered as is Japanese imitation films from the 1960s, the Britishness of Bond, comparisons of Bond to Christian ideals, movie posters and much more. Scholars from a wide variety of disciplines have contributed a unique collection of perspectives on the world of James Bond and its history.

Madden: "I tried to explore a subtle sadness – a deeper dimension than is usually recognized – I feel John Barry brings to the character of James Bond."

John Barry interview BBC Radio 4

Saturday, 19 June 2010 12:48 Written by

John Barry featured in the Neil Brand spot on today's Radio 4  "Film Programme"
- an analasys of JB's music.

Update April 2015: link is gone.

"The amoral ones",
article on the filming of Guy Hamilton's 'The Party's Over'
Peter Cowie, Films & Filming, December 1962
Scanned by Geoff Leonard, June 8, 2010

The first ever Zulu film exhibition opens on the 24th July at the London Film Museum

Drumbeat to be released on CD

Sunday, 16 May 2010 12:38 Written by

Please visit our dedicated Drumbeat pages throug this page.

Cover for The Concert John Barry online

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 12:33 Written by

The Concert John Barry CD

The definitive cover of The Concert John Barry, using a legendary still from FRWL. Everything should be ok for the May 10th release.

April 1, 2010

The Concert John Barry - liner notes now online

We are very grateful to producer Stéphane Lerouge for the opportunity to publish his thought provoking, insightful booklet notes for the forthcoming  CD of The Concert John Barry, due to be released in May. (PDF file).

Four in the Morning at BFI

Tuesday, 30 March 2010 12:33 Written by

Capital Tales: Four in the Morning

The BFI are screening Four in the Morning next month:

Wed 21 Apr 18:20 NFT1
"Anthony Simmons' film, which plays like a L'Avventura of the Docklands."

"Barry to take soundtrack award - Prize to be delivered at Ghent Film Festival"

Variety.com reports that John Barry "is being honored with a lifetime achievement award from the World Soundtrack Academy. The four-time Oscar winner will receive the award on Oct. 21, during the Ghent Film Festival in Belgium.

Ceremony will be followed by a performance of Barry's work by the Brussels Philharmonic. Program will include selections from "Goldfinger," "Out of Africa," "Dances with Wolves" and "Midnight Cowboy."

The Concert John Barry "Disponible le 10 mai."

Monday, 22 March 2010 12:31 Written by

A French Universal Press release can be found here (scroll down the page). 

The Concert John Barry CD track listing

Sunday, 21 February 2010 12:31 Written by

Courtesy of producer Stéphane Lerouge we are now pleased to be able to confirm the full track listing for this forthcoming CD.

The Concert John Barry

01 - The James Bond Suite (17' 56")
- Goldfinger
- The James Bond Theme
- From Russia with love
- Thunderball
- 007
- You only live twice
- On her majesty's secret service
- Diamonds are forever
02 - Born Free (4' 09")
03 - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Suite (7' 03")
- Curiouser and curiouser
- I 've never been this far before
- The me I never knew

04 - The Adventurer (2' 20")
05 - Mary, Queen of Scots (3' 17")
     Violin: Erich Gruenberg
06 - Midnight Cowboy (3' 43")

Bonus Tracks:

07 - The Day of the Locust (2' 50")
     Fashion and fantasy / Finale
08 - Walkabout (3' 13 ")
09 - The Deep (4' 19")
     Main title from The Deep
10 - Monte Walsh (2' 57")

Music composed and conducted by John Barry.

Details about the liner notes and the artwork will follow as soon as available in English.

Save Abbey Road Studios from property developers!

Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:29 Written by
John Barry and Adam Faith rehearsing at Abbey Road Studios.

Save Abbey Road Studios from property developers is a group for those that believe it would be tragic to allow Abbey Road Studios to be bought by property developers.

On their Facebook site they say: "Join us in finding a way to save the historic Abbey Road Studios from being sold to property developers.We want to keep the studios operating as a recording facility for future generations.



Intrada announce The Day of The Locust

Monday, 15 February 2010 12:28 Written by

Special Collection Volume 122

Great John Barry album makes world CD premiere at last! Original soundtrack from John Schlesinger 1930s-era drama with Donald Sutherland, Karen Black, William Atherton. In 1974, famed Dot label producer Tom Mack produces two back-to-back classic soundtracks to Paramount movies with similar 1930s Los Angeles settings: CHINATOWN (for ABC label) & THE DAY OF THE LOCUST (for London label).

Mack produces both LPs with emphasis on original scores while weaving in period music important to each respective movie, greatly enhancing mood of final album.

For THE DAY OF THE LOCUST, John Barry anchors with rich, warm main theme, then surrounds with appropriate variants to fit each scene. For climactic sequence, Barry writes what might be his most intense, dramatic cue of a long and famed career! Intrada CD features same classic program as London LP, presented from mint condition stereo album masters vaulted at Universal Music Group.

Notes by Jeff Bond.
John Barry conducts.

Intrada Special Collection CD limited to 2000 copies!

"The Day of the Locust " original LP, 1973 (l) and Intrada CD (r) 

The Concert John Barry on CD

Thursday, 04 February 2010 12:25 Written by
The Concert John Barry - original Polydor LP, 1972
"The Concert John Barry"
original Polydor LP, 1972

Producer Stephane Lerouge (Universal, France) has confirmed "The Concert John Barry" is due for release in April/May.

It has been remastered from the original tapes which were traced, after much searching, to Universal's Tokyo office.

The CD will contain four bonus tracks, as yet unnamed.

The new artwork will be added as soon as we have it.

Original track LP listing:

The James Bond Suite: (Goldfinger / The James Bond Theme / From Russia With Love / Thunderball / 007 / You Only Live Twice / On Her Majesty's Secret Service / Diamonds Are Forever) / Born Free / Alice's Adventures In Wonderland: Suite - (Curiouser & Curiouser / I've Never Been This Far Before / The Me I Never Knew); Midnight Cowboy / Mary, Queen Of Scots / The Adventurer

(The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Barry) ;
Leader of the R.P.O. - Erich Gruenberg, who is also the soloist on Mary, Queen Of Scots.


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The James Bond Concert Spectacular

31 Oct 2021

New Theatre Royal, Lincoln (with Caroline Bliss)
Book tickets on the theatre website

21 Nov 2021

Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone (with Caroline Bliss)
Book tickets on the theatre website

18 Dec 2021

St. George’s Hall, Bradford (with Caroline Munro)
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20 Feb 2022

Princes Hall, Aldershot (with Madeline Smith)