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Album Review

The Specialist exists somewhere between John Barry's seminal music for the James Bond franchise and his sultry, jazz-inspired efforts on Body Heat; a taut, palpably atmospheric work much too sophisticated for the tawdry romantic thriller it accompanies, the score nevertheless remains a favorite among Barry enthusiasts, perhaps because it suggests what the composer might have wrought had he remained a part of the Bond series. Eschewing the richly textured strings that are the signature sound of Barry's late-period efforts, The Specialist hones his music to a fine point — no other film composer employs brass so vividly or inventively, and the melodies ripple with suspense and sexuality. While absent the sheer excitement of Barry's most memorable scores, The Specialist still manages to recapture the spirit of his classic thriller music, reminding a generation of acolytes that nobody does it better.

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Motion Picture Soundtrack

I can't believe this!!!! You don't have the motion picture soundtrack of "The Specialist"? I would prefer that over the motion picture score.


Born: November 3, 1933 in York, England

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

John Barry was one of the best-known composers of soundtrack music of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, but his career carried him through a multitude of music genres and styles. He was best-known in film in connection with his work on the James Bond pictures, but Barry was also the holder of five Academy Awards, none of them for the Bond movies. Born Free (for which he won Oscars for Best Score and Best Song), The Lion in Winter, Out of Africa, and Dances with Wolves are hardly unknown films...
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