Thursday, January 14, 2010

Take a Listen

I've never seen the movie "The Specialist", but I'm a huge fan of British composer John Barry. Barry is amazingly prolific, composing soundtracks to some of Hollywood's most successful films, including the early films of the James Bond franchise. Below is an excerpt of the "The Specialist" soundtrack- one of my favorites by this great composer and one of his more evocative composition. When you listen to it, you might be reminded of a Hollywood-type film noir in which a man wearing a classic Fedora hat and a gray raincoat (a detective?) meets a woman of interest inside a smokey, dimly-lit tavern. The string section has a rich, romantic accompaniment, which is one of Barry's signature marks.

I know you know this one!

Theme to "Out of Africa"


Tracy said...

Out of Africa.. one of my very most favorite soundtracks!!!!

Tom in Vegas said...


Mine too! Even though one might consider his arrangements formulaic (and the accusation has been made) he's still one of my favorites composers.

Cathy_of_Alex said...

Hey, for a sensitive guy I can't believe you forgot to mention the soundtrack to "Somewhere in Time"!!!

Tom in Vegas said...


You know, I considered including it, but I thought these soundtrack excerpts were so much better. Besides, if I dare say this about J.B., the "Somewhere in Time" soundtrack has grown somewhat tiresome for me.

Cathy_of_Alex said...

I know. Me too, actually.