LEITH FM 98.8, Edinburgh focussing on John Barry

Thursday, 29 December 2011 14:01 Written by

LEITH FM 98.8, Edinburgh: two hour show focussing on John Barry, December 30

Lawrence Lettice, Edinburgh (LEITH FM 98.8) focusses on John Barry on his radio show called "Lawrence's Magnificent Movie Music". http://www.leithfm.co.uk/schedule, December 30, 9PM.

The Leslie Bricusse Story

Friday, 16 December 2011 13:59 Written by

DOCUMENTARY: Pure Imagination: The Leslie Bricusse Story
On: BBC Radio Two
Date: Tuesday 3rd January 2012
Time: 22:00 to 23:00 (1 hour long)

"Following our Friday Night Is Music Night special in December, which marked composer Leslie Bricusse's 80th year, Michael Ball profiles the man behind the music."

Jon Burlingame announces book The Music of James Bond

Thursday, 15 December 2011 13:59 Written by

Jon Burlingame has announced on Facebook that his book, THE MUSIC OF JAMES BOND, will be published in October 2012 by Oxford University Press.  This will be fifty years after Dr. No, the first movie in the series, premièred.

"I accepted the assignment in part because I wanted to pay homage to John and his legacy. I think you'll all be very pleased."

Jon Burlingame writes about music for films and TV for Variety and teaches film-music history at USC.

The Wrong Box gets expanded CD release!

Monday, 12 December 2011 13:57 Written by

WrongBoxDS.gif Intrada: "Ultra-rare 1966 John Barry gem gets expanded CD release!"

Original score copied from "mint condition stereo copy" of the LP plus "Sony vaults contained complete 1/4" session tapes in mono" and "Extra bonus from Mainstream vaults: one reel of original unedited 1/2" 3-track stereo session masters." Read more...

John Barry special on Radio Nowhere

Sunday, 11 December 2011 13:56 Written by

Local broadcaster and Barry fan Ley Bricknell has produced a John Barry special for Radio Nowhere.  It can be heard here and is thoroughly recommended.

Update April 15, 2015: Link is gone.

York Remembers John Barry

Saturday, 10 December 2011 13:55 Written by

Wednesday 28 Dec 2011, 13:00 on BBC Radio York, a one-hour documentary:
York Remembers John Barry; Family and friends pay tribute to the York-born film composer.    

Don Black's radio tribute to John Barry airs

Friday, 09 December 2011 13:54 Written by

John Barry and Don BlackDon Black's long-awaited radio tribute to John Barry is scheduled for Monday 2nd January between 7 and 9 p.m. on BBC Radio 2.

Don remembers his first sighting of "a classy, elegant chap" on Tin Pan Alley, who ate "like a ballerina" and would despatch indebted film producers with his characteristic "Yorkshire bluntness".

On their music collaborations, he remembers Sir Tom Jones fainting after the sustained end note of Thunderball, and a producer's dismissal of the "lousy tune" and "filthy lyrics" of Diamonds Are Forever.

Don tells of artistic differences during rehearsals for Billy Liar, and the complete failure of another musical, The Little Prince And The Aviator, which closed during preview.

He recalls a memorable night at the home of Leslie Bricusse when he, Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini and Burt Bacharach had to break up a fight between Barry and John Phillips of the Mamas and Papas after the composer challenged Phillips to hum something by Mahler!

This tribute is sound-tracked by some of Barry's best loved compositions, including Born Free, Out Of Africa, The Ipcress File, Midnight Cowboy, Dances With Wolves and several of those classic Bond themes.

Bryan Forbes, Renata Tarragó and John BarryDirector, writer and producer Bryan Forbes, who collaborated with John Barry on six films, is to be honoured by the British Film Institute.

On 24th January at the NFT, South Bank, London, Bryan will be interviewed about his career after a screening of "Whistle Down The Wind". He will then be presented with a Fellowship, the BFI's highest honour, in recognition of his lengthy and successful career in the business.      

Stringbeat on CD

Tuesday, 06 December 2011 13:52 Written by

In line with its 50th anniversary, Hallmark are releasing a CD of "Stringbeat" on the 1st January 2012. Due to an extension of copyright in sound recordings from 50 to 70 years voted in by the European Parliament, which is likely to become law in the UK next year or the year after, the days of new public domain re-issues are numbered. However, this won't prevent future PD releases of music which is *already* out of copyright by the time the law is in force.

The copyright situation is succinctly summed up by David Ades of The Robert Farnon Society in this article.    

Shirley Bassey's "Gold Finger" in charity auction

Friday, 28 October 2011 13:42 Written by

The Camden Society are having a charity auction. Dame Shirley Bassey has donated a doodle of her hand with a 'Gold finger'
Others who have contributed include Yoko Ono, Bardot, Tony Blair, Prime Minister David Cameron, Samantha Fox , Rolf Harris, Jane Bown, Joanna Lumley, Christopher Paolini, Dame Vera Lynn, Pete Best, Klaus Voormann, Will Mellor.

All proceeds from the Charity auction which takes place via ebay on the 20th November will go to Queens Road Day Centre (London), a day service for adults with learning disabilities and multi complex needs.

Silva Screen sub-licenses Ipcress File

Saturday, 22 October 2011 13:41 Written by

Silva Screen have sub-licensed a number of their CD releases to Dutch-based company Music on Vinyl (see news item below), including The Ipcress File.

This special 180 grams audiophile vinyl release comes in a Gatefold sleeve, and at the suggestion of Silva's commercial director, David Stoner, MOV opted to restore the running order that was on the original LP and to have all the dialogue clips as a bonus 7" which comes with the LP.

All the CD booklet notes from Silva's CD have been retained in the gatefold sleeve.

It *should* be possible to order this via your local record shop (if you still have one) or via the usual on-line shops such as Amazon. However, be prepared for an expensive purchase - amazon.co.uk currently offers it for an eye-watering £27.55 - but it should be worth waiting for Silva to stock it themselves.

"John Barry concert at York Barbican is a sell-out"

Thursday, 20 October 2011 13:41 Written by

An article on the website of The York Press says that "A CONCERT to celebrate the life and music of the late York-born composer John Barry is a sell-out"


"The Christmas Wine" and "A Christmas Song" premiere in Colombian university concert

Two a cappella pieces written by John Barry will be performed in a choral concert on Wednesday, October 19th, 7:30 pm.
The entrance is free. To acquire tickets, click this link.
The event will take place at the Universidad de los Andes (Lleras auditorium), Bogotá (city), Colombia (country)
The programme will include music by Debussy, Stravinsky, Villa-lobos and Arvo Pärt
The Barry works that were chosen are: "The Christmas Wine" from "The Lion in Winter" and "A Christmas Song" from "The Last Valley".
Heitor Villalobos - Ave Maria; Maurice Duruflé - Quatre Motets, Op.10; John Barry - The Christmas Wine (from "The Lion in Winter"); John Barry - A Christmas Song (from "The Last Valley"); Igor Stravinsky - Ave Maria, Credo, Pater Noster; Heitor Villa-lobos - Duas Lendas Amerindias em Nheengatu; Arvo Pärt - Magnificat; Claude Debussy - Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orleans
Choir: Los Andes University Chamber Choir
Guest conductor: Alexander Klein

Guildford School of Acting produce "Billy"

Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:39 Written by

The Guildford School of Acting (attached to the University of Surrey) are producing the John Barry / Don Black musical "Billy" as part of their 3rd year Musical Theatre. The cast are GSA 3rd year students, about to graduate next sumer, with professional director and designer.
Location: The Ivy Arts Centre, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH 
Dates: November 2, 3, 4, at 7.30pm and November 5 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Tickets online from the University's Arts website

The Ipcress File released on 180 grams Vinyl

Sunday, 02 October 2011 13:38 Written by

Enterprising Dutch-based company Music on Vinyl has announced the release of The Ipcress File.

This special 180 grams audiophile vinyl release comes in a Gatefold sleeve, and for those who enjoyed the dialogue snippets found on the recent Silva Screen CD, a bonus 7-inch vinyl recording is included in the package.

It *should* be possible to order this via your local record shop (if you still have one) or via the usual on-line shops such as Amazon. However, be prepared for an expensive purchase - amazon.co.uk currently offers it for an eye-watering £27.55!

The Hallé orchestra concert: Bond and Beyond: A Tribute to John Barry

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Date: Thu 29 Dec 2011, 7.30 pm; Stephen Bell conductor; Mary Carewe vocalists. Link

John Barry Tribute concert in Belfast

Monday, 12 September 2011 13:34 Written by

John Barry Tribute concert in Belfast - "Film Night Bond and Beyond"

Date: Saturday 11 Feb 2012; Belfast Waterfront; 7.45pm; £10-£28

Stephen Bell Conductor; Joe Lindsay Presenter; Recorded for BBC Radio.

"A tribute to the great Hollywood film composer John Barry who died last year. The concert will feature music from the best of his many James Bond soundtracks including Diamonds are Forever and Goldfinger, as well as his Academy and Grammy Award-winning scores for Born Free, Out of Africa, Dances with Wolves and more." Link Different link

John Barry interviewed at Rules Restaurant, 1991

Friday, 02 September 2011 13:33 Written by

We are very grateful to Mark Jensen for alerting us to a brief interview with John which appears on the website of Rules Restaurant, one of John's favourite London haunts.

It was evidently carried out just before the Oscars in 1991, as John's nomination for Dances with Wolves is mentioned. JB is featured from approx. 4m 55s to 6m 35s.


Update April 15, 2015: Link no longer works.


Classic FM Movie Music Chart 2011

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 13:32 Written by

From Classic FM: "John's work has already had a strong showing on this year's Movie Music Chart on Classic FM. The MMC is an annual countdown of the nation's favourite film soundtracks. We're counting them down all day today. Here's the chart in full: http://moviemusicchart.classicfm.co.uk/ "

Intrada releases The Black Hole CD

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 13:29 Written by

From Intrada press release:
Label: Disney / Intrada D001383402
(55:05) Wow! You thought it would never happen! World premiere release of complete John Barry score for 1979 Walt Disney sci-fi tale with Anthony Perkins, Maximilian Schell, Ernest Borgnine, directed by Gary Nelson. Spectacular CD production, co-branded by Walt Disney Records & Intrada, offers every note of Barry's oft-requested score in stunning digital stereo from 32-track digital masters vaulted at Disney. Original LP offered 30 minutes of scoring highlights but new CD has every LP selection plus over 20 minutes of never-before released material, all newly mastered in true digital audio, playing in picture sequence! Exciting overture, swirling main title motifs are memorable but equally fun are numerous devices literally spotlighting favorite signatures of composer: melodic ideas played in one register by French horns, then another register by trumpets; massive block minor chords for suspense; repeating rhythmic ideas generating action; many other musical trademarks. Lengthy history of bringing complete score to CD, location of long-obsolete digital machines, creation of all-new digital mixes plus more info all notated in fascinating detail by producer Randy Thornton. But there's more! Original campaign artwork, production stills, full color shots of composer at recording sessions plus generous notes on film & scoring by Jeff Bond add more icing to sweet cake. A legendary soundtrack album now gets the "Special Edition" treatment at last! John Barry conducts.

The Black Hole - now out on CD thanks to Intrada - picture is a scan from "Scoring for the Sixties" magazine
John Barry conducting The Black Hole (scan courtesy Gareth Bramley)

Intrada CD release for The Black Hole?

Tuesday, 16 August 2011 13:27 Written by

Intrada clues for their 23rd August new release obviously point to an expanded edition of The Black Hole, one of the most requested Barry soundtracks, which has never been officially released on CD.

BBC Proms Film Music Night, August 12

Monday, 01 August 2011 13:26 Written by

MUSIC: Proms 2011
On: BBC 4
Date: Friday 12th August 2011 (starting in 9 days)
Time: 19:30 to 21:40 (2 hours and 10 minutes long)

Film Music Night.

Harry Potter, James Bond and Henry V rub shoulders in a concert of great music from the movies. From the terror of the Psycho shower scene and the thrill of Star Wars to the heartbreaking beauty of Cinema Paradiso, this BBC Prom also includes a special tribute to the late John Barry. The BBC Concert Orchestra is joined by conductor Keith Lockhart and young British violinist Chloe Hanslip. Presented by Charles Hazlewood and Samira Ahmed.
(Stereo, Widescreen, Subtitles, 2011)

Regretfully we only found out today about John Barry's Golden Touch, part of Behind the Screen with BAFTA / Film4 Summer Screen, which takes place at Somerset House, London, on 28th July: 

"The late John Barry is undoubtedly one of cinema’s greatest composers. Well known for his outstanding, brand-defining scores for the Bond series from Dr. No through The Living Daylights, he also wrote the music for countless other major features: Petulia, The Lion in Winter, Walkabout, Midnight Cowboy, Out of Africa, Body Heat, among them. Over the years, he received 5 Oscars, a BAFTA and 4 Grammys awards, an amazing record which also reflects the high regard in which he was held by the industry. In this event, Composer Miguel Mera will lead several of Barry’s musical sons and daughters through a rich array of his spectacular scores to celebrate his particularly golden touch."

Unfortunately the event is already sold out, as is the film it accompanies later that evening, The Spy Who Loved Me.

It's a pity BAFTA didn't tells us about the event earlier since we could have ensured the real John Barry fans got the opportunity to attend the talk. We could also have pointed out that the film they've chosen has no music by John Barry!

The Golden Child on CD

Tuesday, 05 July 2011 13:25 Written by


Starting next Tuesday, July 12 at 1 pm PST La La Land Records starts shipping:

LLLCD 1180
Music by Michel Colombier and John Barry
3 Disc Set
Limited Edition of 5000 units
Retail Price: $29.98

Produced by Lukas Kendall
Mastered by Mike Matessino
Liner Notes by Jon Burlingame
Art Direction by Jim Titus

This massive 3 disc set features both scores for the film -- Barry's mostly rejected score as well as Colombier's score used for the film. Barry fans are in for a treat. His score to this Eddie Murphy flick is one of the finest he ever wrote. It's like his lost Bond score by way of Somewhere in Time.

Memorial Concert on BBC Radio 2

Friday, 24 June 2011 13:24 Written by

Before we forget to mention it: The JB memorial concert (RAH) is being broadcast on BBC radio 2 - Friday 1st July at 20:00 BST: Friday Night is Music Night. " Sir Michael Parkinson introduces a memorial concert to celebrate the life of composer John Barry, which was recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in June."
"... as well as tributes from Don Black, Sir Michael Caine, Timothy Dalton, Sir George Martin, and Sir Tim Rice." No, Sir Tim did not do a tribute.
Or listen (again for a whole week) online.

By the way the TV cameras in the hall were there only for the internal TV circuit shown on the large screen - or so said the main cameraman.

John Barry Event in The Barbican, York

Thursday, 23 June 2011 13:24 Written by

The date of this concert is Sunday 30 October and it goes onsale 1 July at 10am. You can either book online or by calling the box office on 0844 854 2757.
To be added to their mailing list please follow the link below:  
More information on June 27

A film music concert in Vienna will take place in the Musikvereinssaal (the auditorium of the New Year's concerts) on Saturday, February 25, 2012, at 8pm: Best of Hollywood II.

The organisers will try to add a respectable quantum of John Barry's music to the programme. Music and songs still to be selected; performed by Maya Hakvoort.

The Pre-Concert Fan Meet

Tuesday, 14 June 2011 13:22 Written by

Current thinking seems to indicate the BFI area on the South Bank in the
afternoon, or late afternoon.
The restaurant is literally on the bank of the South Bank, almost
underneath Waterloo Bridge.
You walk across the footbridge from Embankment tube to the South Bank,
turn left down the steps and walk along the bank, past the Royal
Festival Hall, until you almost get to the National. You cannot miss it.

The BFI is outdoors and in. Weather forecast at the time of writing is
not good:


The Riverfront, the BFI restaurant on the South Bank is a good place for
eating in the afternoon. It has both indoor and outdoor facilities and
it's not too far away from South Kensington tube station...

... which itself is 15 minutes walk from the RAH or...

... The Gore Hotel, which could equally be the final pre-concert drinks
meeting venue!

So: 1pm-4.30pm (approx) at the BFI and 5pm onwards at the Gore Hotel, next to the RAH, by the way.

We do not know if we all fit in anywhere, so don't pin us down on anything. But these are two places we know about where fans try to meet. And many have never met before. Proprietors won't know what's going to hit them!

Contact Geoff if you have any questions.

John Barry: The Memorial Concert - Update

Friday, 03 June 2011 13:21 Written by

John Barry: The Memorial Concert -
June 20, 2011, 7.30PM

According to the RAH website, tickets are now available for various parts of the hall, previously announced as sold-out!

The Arena (£50, £60)
Stalls (£65)
Grand Tier (£76)
Second Tier (£75)

With only just over two weeks to go, now would be a good time to book, if you have not already!

'The Party's Over' at BFI

Sunday, 29 May 2011 13:20 Written by

'The Party's Over' is being shown at BFI SouthBank on 30th July NFT1 8.45pm

More... ( BBC Entertainment website)
Dame Shirley Bassey to sing 'Goldfinger'
More... (The Bassey Blog)

Silva CD: John Barry - The Classic Scores

Tuesday, 26 April 2011 13:19 Written by

* A Silva Screen Worldwide release

* Digital album available via iTunes, Amazon, Napster and many other digital platforms

Cat No: SILED1246 / UK release date: 2nd May 2011

On 2nd May Silva Screen is set to release JOHN BARRY - The Classic Scores, a comprehensive digital album centering on Classical John Barry scores.

One of the Hollywood greats, with five Oscars to his name, John Barry’s career spans over half-a-century and 100 films. Today, Barry is defined by 12 James Bond scores, with other outstanding musical achievements including Midnight Cowboy, Out Of Africa and Dances With Wolves.

This extensive compilation features John Barry’s classically sounding film music output, soundtracks from six films - The Lion In Winter (Oscar winning score), Mary Queen Of Scots, Robin And Marian, The Last Valley, Walkabout and Zulu.

These reissues have received critical acclaim across the world from film music fans and are gathered together in one set for the very first time.

Performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Lion In Winter
1-1 The Lion In Winter
1-2 Allons, Gai, Gai
1-3 Richard’s Joust/Geoffrey’s Battle
1-4 Chinon/Eleanor’s Arrival
1-5 Fanfare For Philip/The Great Hall Feast
1-6 The Herb Garden
1-7 To The Chapel
1-8 Eya, Eya, Nova Gaudia
1-9 How Beautiful You Made Me
1-10 God Damn You
1-11 The Christmas Wine
1-12 To Rome
1-13 Medie Vita In Morte Sumus
1-14 We’ re All Jungle Creatures

Mary, Queen Of Scots
1-15 Vivre Et Mourir
1-16 Elizabeth’s Ride
1-17 Vivre Et Mourir
1-18 Not Through My Realm
1-19 Mary And Darnley
1-20 This Way Mary - Mary’s Theme

Robin And Marian
1-21 Main Title
1-22 The Ride To Sherwood/The Ride To Nottingham
1-23 Robin And Marian/Fight And Recognition/”He Was My King”
1-24 Dawn In Sherwood
1-25 Over The Wall/Escape
1-26 First Love Theme
1-27 Trapped
1-28 Nuns
1-29 In The Church/This Way
1-30 Second Love Theme
1-31 The Ride To Sherwood/The Ride To Nottingham
1-32 In Position/Preparation For Battle
1-33 Third Love Theme
1-34 The Fight Must Go On
1-35 John Bursts In/The End

The Last Valley
2-1 Main Titles Part 1
2-2 The Rape Of Khutai
2-3 The Plague Pit
2-4 Entry Into The Last Valley
2-5 “Why Not Winter In The Valley?”/The Death Of Eskesen
2-6 An Evening Song
2-7 Captain Meets Erica/Winning Erica
2-8 The Villagers Fight For The Shrine
2-9 The Priest Prays For Guidance/The Shrine
2-10 Vogel’s Dream/The Last Valley
2-11 The Giving Away Of The Women/An Offertory Chant
2-12 Hansen Tries To Murder Captain
2-13 A Children’s Song
2-14 Graf Returns/Mountain Skirmish/The Village Attack
2-15 Departure For Rhinefelden
2-16 A Christmas Song
2-17 Witchcraft/Erica Is Burned At The Stake
2-18 Vogel Leaves The Valley
2-19 Night Battle At Rhinefelden
2-20 Death Of Captain/End Title
2-21 The Last Valley – Main Titles Part 2

2-22 Walkabout
2-23 The Children
2-24 Stranded
2-25 Night In The Outback
2-26 Survival Test/The Journey
2-27 The Three Of Us
2-28 Together At Sunrise
2-29 The Deserted Settlement/The Final Dance
2-30 Back To Nature

2-31 Theme/Isandhlwana
2-32 Titles/News Of The Massacre/Rorke’s Drift Threatened
2-33 Bromhead’s Safari/Wagons Over
2-34 You’re All Going To Die
2-35 First Zulu Appearance And Assault
2-36 Men Of Harlech
2-37 Durnford’s Horses Arrive And Depart/The Third Assault
2-38 Zulu’s Final Appearance And Salute
2-39 Men Of Harlech/End Title

We understand from a thread on the Film Score Monthly forum that Kritzerland are releasing "Until September"with the same content as the Intrada release of the same title. More... (if the pages loads, it doesn't at the time of adding this item)

York Barbican concert to honour John Barry

Monday, 20 April 2015 13:18 Written by

A followup article in The York Press announces that plans are being drawn up for a York concert to celebrate the life and music of John Barry.


From the BBC Proms 2011 website: "On Friday 12 August, the BBC Concert Orchestra will play music from films including Harry Potter, Star Wars and Psycho.
There will also be a tribute to Bond composer John Barry." Programme...

Update April 15, 2015: Links no longer work.

Concert tribute to John Barry in York?

Tuesday, 19 April 2011 13:15 Written by

According to an article on The York Press website "a York councillor has called for a memorial concert in the city to remember the life of the great composer John Barry." More...

John Barry: The Memorial Concert - June 20

Tuesday, 12 April 2011 13:11 Written by

John Barry: The Memorial Concert - June 20, 2011, 7.30PM
The Royal College of Music, London have announced the John Barry Memorial Concert on the home page of their website.

Royal Albert Hall on the day of the John Barry / Ten Tenors concert, 28 September 2006 - photo Ruud RozemeijerAll profits from the concert will benefit the newly established John Barry Scholarship for Film Composition, at the Royal College of Music.

All information about the concert can be found here and in full on the RCM John Barry web page:

To make a separate donation towards The John Barry Scholarship for Film Composition or to purchase VIP tickets, one can download the booking form from the RCM website.

Friends and fans of Barry’s are welcome to attend the concert by purchasing tickets available from 15th April from the Royal Albert Hall box office 020 7589 8212  (open 9am – 9pm) or book online at , See Tickets  0844 811 0051, Ticketmaster 0844 844 0444.


Update Saturday, April 16, noon: only about 80 tickets are available in the choir section (recommended location) and about 200 in the circle (many with restricted viewing). 

Update Tuesday April 19, noon: the RAH is virtually sold out with only standing Gallery tickets available.

Update April 15, 2015: RCM links no longer work.

City Screen Cinema in York tribute to John Barry

Saturday, 09 April 2011 13:11 Written by

The City Screen Cinema in York will be holding a tribute to John Barry, opening with Seance on a Wet Afternoon at 5.30pm on Sunday, 10th April. The screening will be introduced by York composer Christian Vassie. Midnight Cowboy will be shown on April 17th at 8.00pm, followed by Walkabout, on April 26th at 6.15pm. Tickets can be purchased online at the above address.

The songs of John Barry

Sunday, 03 April 2011 13:11 Written by

A tribute to the late James Bond composer featuring Yots K
Saturday 16 April at 10.00pm
Composer John Barry, who died in January 2011, was renowned for his themes to the James Bond films including 'Goldfinger', 'You Only Live Twice', 'From Russia With Love' and Diamonds Are Forever'. Expect to hear these and many more classic songs in this special tribute concert featuring Afro-Grecian jazz singer Yots K and guests.
6 Leicester Place, London, WC2H 7BX
Box office: 0844 873 3433 / Website

You Only Live Twice at the Lafayette Theater in Suffern, New York, Saturday, June 11
There will be a screening of You Only Live Twice at the Lafayette Theater in Suffern, New York on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 11:30 AM. The screening is dedicated to the memory of John Barry. Here's the website - Then link to the Lafayette theater.
Pete D.

Quartet Records proudly presents:
Music Composed and Conducted by John Barry.

Long awaited new edition of a true classic by John Barry and one of his most influential works in the sixties.

Previously released on CD by Ryko in 1998 and out-of-print for many years, our edition has been mastered with a very improved sound based on a new and fresh transfer from the original stereo tape. Deluxe booklet includes 24 pages with lots of stills and new liner notes by Geoff Leonard and Pete Walker.

Limited edition of 1000 units.
We understand that strong early sales of "The Knack" means there are now only 200 copies left. Order now to avoid disappointment!
Order from 25th March via http://www.quartetrecords.com/

Future Legend Records: A Tribute to John Barry

Friday, 11 March 2011 13:06 Written by

A Tribute to John Barry [Clean]News has reached us of a new download only album from Future Legend Records: A Tribute to John Barry. 

It's available her at amazon.co.uk and doubtless from other outlets:

Future Legends Records has an interesting back-catalogue of alternate versions of many cult TV and film themes, so this might be worth checking out.


"Tribute: John Barry", in Keyboard Player, Issue 0357.

John Barry So British

Monday, 07 March 2011 13:05 Written by

Submitted by Alan More.
France Musique, the classical radio channel of Radio France is doing a 3 part "John Barry So British" special in the Sunday programme Easy Tempo.
First broadcast was Sunday night March 6 and the programme is detailed here and available for replay the next 30 days.

Free NYC Screening Of "Across The Sea Of Time"

Friday, 04 March 2011 13:04 Written by

There will be 2 showings of "Across The Sea Of Time", Saturday, March 19, 2011, Fort Wadsworth Visitor's Center of Gateway National Park, 120 New York Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305. The visitor's center located under the Staten Island side of the Verrazano Bridge. Showtimes at daytime 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM Eastern Time.

Also on the bill 1967 documentary "Island Called Ellis" at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM.

Screenings won't be IMAX 3D, will be Dolby Stereo to fully experience John Barry's glorious music.

More information:
718 354 4500
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Never Let Go at BFI

Thursday, 03 March 2011 13:04 Written by

'Never Let Go' is showing at BFI London Wednesday 13th April, at 2045.
Barry is mentioned in the film description in the programme booklet.

Mark Morton of Soundtracks Examiner observes the fact that John Barry's mention in the Oscars In Memoriam segment was “blink and you’d miss it”. More... 

Scorekeeper: A tribute to composer John Barry

Thursday, 24 February 2011 13:01 Written by


On March 10 - 30, 2011
American Cinematheque's Aero and Egyptian Theatres

American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Ave at 14th St
Santa Monica, CA 90403

John barry's "Pray to The Lord"

Wednesday, 23 February 2011 13:00 Written by

Hats off to Pete Walker who has just discovered a hitherto unknown John Barry composition. "Pray to The Lord" was written for an album of Organ music in honour of Dr. Francis Jackson's 90th birthday, in 2007.

The CD (and accompanying organ sheet music in book format) containing a recording by John Scott Whiteley can normally be ordered from Banks Music Publications in York, but apparently they are fresh out of them. Not much of a cheese shop really, is it?

However, they say it is being reprinted/pressed and further copies will be available in a few weeks.


BBC Radio 2 - Sounds of the 60s - tribute to John Barry "March 19"

The Bees Knees (The EMI Years 1957-1964) (3CD)

Saturday, 19 February 2011 12:59 Written by

Following hard on the heels of the Adam Faith box-set news, EMI has announced a John Barry box-set. That's the good news. The not so good news is that this appears to be an exact reissue of the three volumes of "The EMI Years" from the early 90s. So no additional tracks and no new remastering.  It does look to be cheap, though! 

The Bees Knees (The EMI Years 1957-1964) (3CD)
Due for release on 11 April 2011

Track Listing   

 Disc 1

   1. Let's Have A Wonderful Time (1993 - Remaster)
   2. Rock-A-Billy Boogie (1993 - Remaster)
   3. Zip Zip (1993 - Remaster)
   4. Three Little Fishes (Remake)
   5. Every Which Way (1993 - Remaster)
   6. You've Gotta Way (1993 - Remaster)
   7. Big Guitar (1993 - Remaster)
   8. Rodeo (1993 - Remaster)
   9. Pancho (With Latin American Accompaniment) (1993 - Remaster)
  10. Hideaway (With Latin American Accompaniment) (1993 - Remaster)
  11. Farrago (1993 - Remaster)
  12. Bee's Knees (1993 - Remaster)
  13. When The Saints Go Marching In (1993 - Remaster)
  14. Pancho (1993 - Remaster)
  15. Long John (1993 - Remaster)
  16. Snap 'N' Whistle (1993 - Remaster)
  17. Little John (1993 - Remaster)
  18. For Pete's Sake (1993 - Remaster)
  19. Bee's Knees (1993 - Remaster)
  20. Little John (1993 - Remaster)
  21. Rebel Rouser (1993 - Remaster)
  22. Mab Mab (1993 - Remaster)
  23. Good Rockin' Tonight (1993 - Remaster)
  24. Twelfth Street Rag (1993 - Remaster)
  25. Christella (1993 - Remaster)
  26. Beat Girl (1993 - Remaster)
  27. Hit And Miss (1993 - Remaster)
  28. Rockin' Already (1993 - Remaster)
  29. Beat For Beatniks
  30. Big Fella (1993 Digital Remaster)
  31. Blueberry Hill (1993 - Remaster)
  32. Never Let Go (1993 - Remaster)
  33. Walk Don't Run
  34. I'm Moving On
  35. Saturday's Child (1993 - Remaster)
  36. Black Stockings
  37. Get Lost Jack Frost

 Disc 2

   1. The Magnificent Seven (1993 - Remaster)
   2. Skid Row
   3. Dark Rider
   4. Iron Horse
   5. The Menace (1993 - Remaster)
   6. A Matter Of Who
   7. Rocco's Theme
   8. Spinneree (1993 - Remaster)
   9. It Doesn't Matter Anymore (1993 - Remaster)
  10. Sweet Talk (1993 - Remaster)
  11. Moody River (1993 - Remaster)
  12. There's Life In The Old Boy Yet (1993 - Remaster)
  13. A Handful Of Songs (1993 - Remaster)
  14. Like Waltz (1993 - Remaster)
  15. Rodeo (1961 Version) (1993 - Remaster)
  16. Donna's Theme (1993 - Remaster)
  17. Starfire (1993 - Remaster)
  18. Baubles Bangles And Beads (1993 - Remaster)
  19. Zapata (1993 - Remaster)
  20. Rum-Dee-Dum-Dee-Dah (1993 - Remaster)
  21. Spanish Harlem (1993 - Remaster)
  22. Man From Madrid (1993 - Remaster)
  23. The Challenge (1993 - Remaster)
  24. Watch Your Step
  25. Twist It (1993 - Remaster)
  26. Watch Your Step (1993 - Remaster)
  27. Satin Smooth
  28. The Agressor

 Disc 3

   1. The James Bond Theme (1995 - Remaster)
   2. The Blacksmith Blues (1995 - Remaster)
   3. Cutty Sark (1995 - Remaster)
   4. Lost Patrol
   5. Theme From 'Roman Spring Of Mrs Stone'
   6. Tears (1995 - Remaster) (Edit)
   7. Blueberry Hill (1995 - Remaster)
   8. Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White (1995 - Remaster)
   9. Smokey Joe
  10. Unchained Melody
  11. The Party's Over
  12. The Lolly Theme
  13. March Of The Mandarins
  14. The Human Jungle (Alternate Version)
  15. The Big Safari (1995 - Remaster)
  16. Mouse On The Moon (1995 - Remaster)
  17. Twangin' Cheek
  18. I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time (1995 - Remaster)
  19. Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu) (1995 - Remaster)
  20. The Human Jungle (1995 - Remaster)
  21. Onward Christian Spacemen
  22. Seven Faces (1995 - Remaster)
  23. Twenty-Four Hours Ago (1995 - Remaster)
  24. Theme From 'A Jolly Bad Fellow' (1995 - Remaster)
  25. Oublie Ca (1995 - Remaster)
  26. Theme From 'Seance On A Wet Afternoon' (1995 - Remaster)
  27. That Fatal Kiss (1995 - Remaster)            

Another reissue of Beat Girl

Saturday, 19 February 2011 12:57 Written by

Announced, from public domain specialist Filmophone, is another reissue of Beat Girl. This one is even cheaper at £5.99 and the bonus tracks are nearly all by the JB7.

1 Main Titles - Beat Girl
2 The Off Beat
3 I Did What You Told Me - Adam Faith
4 Lindon Home Rock
5 Time Out
6 The Sharks
7 The Beat Girl Song - Adam Faith
8 The City 2000 A.D.
9 The Stripper
10 The Cave - Beat Girl - Kids Stuff
11 Made You - Adam Faith
12 Car Chase- Night Chase
13 Chicken
14 Blues for Beatniks
15 It's Legal - Shirley Anne Field
16 The Immediate Pleasure
17 Blondie's Strip 
18 End Shot - Slaughter in Soho – Main Title - Beat Girl 
19 Johnny Comes Marching Home - Adam Faith 
20 Never Let Go 
21 Big Fella 
22 Beat For Beatniks 
23 Bee's Knees 
24 Long John 
25 Little John 
26 Christella 
27 Twelfth Street Rag 
28 Hit & Miss 
29 Rockin' Already 
30 Blueberry Hill 
31 Walk Don't Run 
32 I'm Moving On 
33 Saturday's Child 
34 Black Stockings 
35 Get Lost Jack Frost

Original sheet music now online

Saturday, 19 February 2011 12:56 Written by

Original sheet music now online

Thanks to a kind donation we now have the actual 1960s/70s sheet music from From Russia With Love (The James Bond Theme, From Russia With Love), Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, Born Free, Wednesday's Child (The Quiller Memorandum), and The Persuaders on our website, as PDF files. Enjoy.
Do you have John Barry sheet music and it's no longer commercially available, please help us.

There will be a two-hour John Barry tribute on Classic FM, UK, Sunday night at 8pm on the David Mellor's show.
N.B.! Slightly (slightly?) disappointing to us hardcore fans, he plays just six themes (covers too and not the best) and the rest all covers of famous film themes. "Dancing With Wolves"? Opps.

Complete Faith, Adam Faith box-set CD

Thursday, 10 February 2011 12:52 Written by

Complete Faith (His HMV, Top Rank & Parlophone Recordings 1958-1968) (6CD)

In a surprise move which will fill John Barry fans with some hope, the website Play.com has listed an Adam Faith box-set as being released on 4th April.

We don’t know everything yet because Play.com only list details for four of the six CDs, but we’ll update as soon as possible.  The other CDs probably contain tracks from the albums, On The Move & Faith Alive!. The good news is that there are many tracks previously unreleased and many others are newly remastered. It’s also very cheap at £13.99!

It’s not easy to tell just from the titles listed, but it appears that John Barry would have been involved in some of the previously unreleased tracks, such as Rivers Run Dry, I Know What I Want, That's What Love Will Do, and La Bamba. There is no sign of "What a Whopper" which suggests it might not have been an EMI recording.

Here are the details we have to date:

Disc 1

  1. (Got A) Heartsick Feeling
  2. Brother Heartache And Sister Tears (2011 - Remaster)
  3. High School Confidential
  4. Country Music Holiday
  5. Runk Bunk (2011 - Remaster)
  6. Ah Poor Little Baby
  7. Say Mama (2011 - Remaster)
  8. C'mon Everybody (2011 - Remaster)
  9. Believe What You Say (2011 - Remaster)
  10. From Now Until Forever
  11. What Do You Want
  12. Made You
  13. I Did What You Told Me (2011 - Remaster)
  14. Poor Me
  15. The Reason
  16. The Beat Girl Song (2011 - Remaster)
  17. Big Time (2011 - Remaster)
  18. Carve Up (2011 - Remaster)
  19. Someone Else's Baby
  20. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  21. How About That
  22. With Open Arms
  23. A Girl Like You (1997 - Remaster (Stereo Version))
  24. Turn Me Loose (1997 - Remaster (Stereo Version))
  25. Hit The Road To Dreamland (1997 - Remaster (Stereo Version))
  26. Summertime (Porgy & Bess, Act 1, Scene 1) (1997 - Remaster (Stereo Version))
  27. Wonderful Time (1997 - Remaster (Stereo Version))
  28. So Many Ways (1997 - Remaster (Stereo Version))
  29. I'm A Man (1997 - Remaster (Stereo Version))
  30. Singin' In The Rain (1997 - Remaster (Stereo Version))
  31. Diamond Ring (1997 - Remaster (Stereo Version))
  32. Fare Thee Well My Pretty Maid (1997 - Remaster (Stereo Version))

 Disc 2

  1. Piper Of Love (1997 - Remaster (Stereo Version))
  2. Greenfinger (1997 - Remaster (Stereo Version))
  3. Lonely Pup (In A Christmas Shop) (1960 Version)
  4. Who Am I
  5. This Is It
  6. Wonderin'
  7. Easy Going Me
  8. My Last Wish
  9. Don't You Know It?
  10. You And Me And The Gang (2011 - Remaster)
  11. If I Had A Hammer (If I Had A Dollar) (2011 - Remaster)
  12. Little Yellow Roses (2011 - Remaster)
  13. Sho' Know A Lot About Love (2011 - Remaster)
  14. I'm Coming Home (2011 - Remaster)
  15. As Long As You Keep Loving Me (2011 - Remaster)
  16. All These Things (2011 - Remaster)
  17. I've Just Fallen For Someone (2011 - Remaster)
  18. Come To Me (2011 - Remaster)
  19. It's All Over Now (2011 - Remaster)
  20. A Help Each Other Romance (2011 - Remaster)
  21. I'm Gonna Love You Too (2011 - Remaster)
  22. Second Time (2011 - Remaster)
  23. The Time Has Come (2011 - Remaster)
  24. Lonesome
  25. Watch Your Step (2011 - Remaster)
  26. Rivers Run Dry (Previously Unreleased)
  27. I Know What I Want (Previously Unreleased)
  28. That's What Love Will Do (Previously Unreleased)

 Disc 3

  1. You Can Do It If You Try
  2. As You Like It
  3. Face To Face
  4. La Bamba (Previously Unreleased)
  5. Mix Me A Person
  6. Don't That Beat All
  7. Swimming In Tears (2011 - Remaster)
  8. I Ran All The Way Home (2011 - Remaster)
  9. I Got A Woman (2011 - Remaster)
  10. The Kings Highway (2011 - Remaster)
  11. I'm Going Home (2011 - Remaster)
  12. Going Up (2011 - Remaster)
  13. Learning To Forget (2011 - Remaster)
  14. Ballad Of A Broken Heart (2011 - Remaster)
  15. Baby Take A Bow
  16. You 'N' Me (2011 - Remaster)
  17. Knocking On Wood
  18. While I'm Away (2011 - Remaster)
  19. Butter Wouldn't Melt In Your Mouth (2011 - Remaster)
  20. What Have I Got
  21. What Now
  22. Just Mention My Name
  23. Little Bit Of Love (Previously Unreleased)
  24. So Long Baby
  25. A Little Bit Of Soap (Previously Unreleased)
  26. Walkin' Tall
  27. Made For Me
  28. The First Time
  29. This Is The Feeling (2011 - Remaster)

 Disc 4

  1. The Wanderer (2011 - Remaster)
  2. My Kind Of Girl (2011 - Remaster)
  3. Forget Him (2011 - Remaster)
  4. Forget Me Not (2011 - Remaster)
  5. Let There Be Love (2011 - Remaster)
  6. Lazy River (2011 - Remaster)
  7. Hello Mary Lou (2011 - Remaster)
  8. Ginny Come Lately (2011 - Remaster)
  9. Things (2011 - Remaster)
  10. Take Good Care Of My Baby (2011 - Remaster)
  11. It Doesn't Matter Anymore (2011 - Remaster)
  12. Bye Bye Love (2011 - Remaster)
  13. Talk To Me
  14. The Promise Of Love
  15. We Are In Love
  16. If He Tells You
  17. Only One Such As You (2011 - Remaster)
  18. She's Smiling At Me (2011 - Remaster)
  19. Come Closer (2011 - Remaster)
  20. Come On Dream (2011 - Remaster)
  21. Tomorrow (Previously Unreleased)
  22. Here's Another Day (2011 - Remaster)
  23. You've Got A Way With Me (2011 - Remaster)
  24. Mighty Fine Girl (2011 - Remaster)
  25. Don't You Dig This Kind Of Beat (2011 - Remaster)
  26. I Do (2011 - Remaster)
  27. It'll Never Happen To You (2011 - Remaster)
  28. I Gotta Get Going (2011 - Remaster)
  29. I Love Being In Love With

Disc 5

1. It's Alright (Mono Version) (2011 - Remaster)
2. I Just Don't Know
3. Don't You Know (2011 - Remaster)
4. I Could Fall In Love With You (2011 - Remaster)
5. A Message To Martha (Kentucky Bluebird)
6. It Sounds Good To Me
7. Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself
8. I'll Stop At Nothing (2011 - Remaster)
9. I've Gotta See My Baby
10. Talk About Love
11. Hand Me Down Things (2011 - Remaster)
12. I Can't Think Of Anyone Else
13. Lady Oh Lady (2011 - Remaster)
14. High Heel Sneakers (2011 - Remaster)
15. Talk About Love (2011 - Remaster)
16. Look Out Baby (2011 - Remaster)
17. Everybody's Talking 'Bout A Thing Called Love (2011 - Remaster)
18. Night Time Is The Right Time (2011 - Remaster)
19. I Wanna Be Your Man (2011 - Remaster)
20. Little Queenie (2011 - Remaster)
21. Hey Little Lovin' Girl (2011 - Remaster)
22. Hey Baby (2011 - Remaster)
23. I Can't Think Of Anyone Else (2011 - Remaster)
24. You Can't Blame Him (2011 - Remaster)
25. Heartbreak Hotel (2011 - Remaster)
26. I Need Your Loving (2011 - Remaster)

Disc 6

1. Someone's Taken Maria Away
2. To Make A Big Man Cry
3. If Ever You Need Me
4. I Don't Need That Kind Of Lovin'
5. I'm Used To Losing You (Mono Version) (2011 - Remaster)
6. Idle Gossip
7. Cheryl's Goin' Home
8. Funny Kind Of Love
9. Daddy What'll Happen To Me
10. What More Can Anyone Do
11. Something Beginning With You (I Want Money) (previously unreleased)
12. To Hell With Love
13. Cowman Milk Your Cow
14. Close The Door
15. So This Is Love (previously unreleased)
16. You Make My Life Worthwhile
17. What Now (2011 - Remaster)
18. It's Alright (Stereo Version) (2011 - Remaster)
19. To Make A Big Man Cry (Stereo Version) (2011 - Remaster)
20. I'm Used To Losing You (Stereo Version) (2011 - Remaster)
21. Wie Heisst Dein Boy (The First Time) (2011 - Remaster)
22. Ich Bin Verliebt (We Are In Love) (2011 - Remaster)
23. Oh Caroline (2011 - Remaster)
24. Rien Ne Peut Plus M'empecher (It's Alright) (2011 - Remaster)
25. Parler D'Amour (Talk About Love) (2011 - Remaster)
26. Quelque'un M'a Vole Marie (Someone's Taken Maria Away) (previously
27. Ne Plus Penser A Toi (Only One Such As You) (previously unreleased) 

Classic FM - Tribute to John Barry

Friday, 04 February 2011 12:52 Written by

This week’s episode of The Classic FM Podcast features a tribute to John Barry, including an interview Anne-Marie Minhall did with him in 2006, as well as an interview with David Arnold from Monday. It’s available for download from iTunes, and at classicfm.com:


There’s also more John Barry content on the Classic FM website, which we
added as a tribute to him on Monday, at the link below:


John Barry Special on All India Radio

Friday, 04 February 2011 13:50 Written by

John Barry Special on All India Radio, 107.1 FM this weekend 

This weekend Fali R. Singara will be doing a 2 hour special show live of John Barry's best themes and his legacy to Bond on All India Radio.  It's on 107.1 FM in Mumbai and from 10-12 in the evening. Unfortunately All India Radio can't stream the show live outside of India on the web.

John Barry tribute in the summer?

Tuesday, 01 February 2011 13:49 Written by

The Music Week web site says "Plans for John Barry London tribute". It has an interview with Don Black who says that he believes that Laurie Barry is possibly going to have the tribute at the Royal Albert Hall either June or July.

Vote for Barry on ClassicFM!

Tuesday, 01 February 2011 13:42 Written by

Let *us* vote for Barry on ClassicFM! - incoming email

Dear friends,

Firstly, apologies for the impersonal email.

I just wanted to send you a quick note to say that voting in Classic FM's Hall Of Fame - the world's biggest survey of classical music tastes - is closing in ten days.

If you/your society/website visitors/friends wanted to nominate a piece by your favourite composers, you now only have a limited time to do so.

The voting form is here: http://www.classicfmhalloffame.co.uk/

And last year's chart, for reference, is here:


Please don't hesitate to drop me a line with any questions or queries if you have any.

Best wishes,



Windmill Publications

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Specialising in book publications and CD releases about John Barry and our book "Hit ans Miss: The Story of The John Barry Seven.

PIA website

Have a look at our old "Play It Again" label website here.

Play It Again Records CD catalogue offered the discerning listener a wide choice of digitally re-mastered recordings from film and television, and rare collections of work from the likes of Don Black and Ron Grainer.


Geoff Leonard writes CD booklet notes, articles, and occasionally books, in partnership with Pete Walker. You can read more about this here:


Lots of CD's, LPs, cassettes for sale, new and used. Decent prices.

Gareth Bramley's Aladdin's cave of television and film themes; the ones you missed and the ones you need.

Contact the JB site

If you wish to send an email, for example with content for the website, please contact Geoff Leonard:

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Bristol, UK

Geoff (owner) and Ruud (webmaster) have been running the John Barry website since June 18, 2001.

This website is not endorsed by the composer's family.
Use of copyrighted materials and logos are for promotional purposes only.

All files on this website are for personal use only and cannot be bought or sold.


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John Barry related Events or Concerts

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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)
Book tickets on the theatre website

20 Feb 2022

Princes Hall, Aldershot (with Madeline Smith)