Tuesday 22 Jul

Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 

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Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
Free with park admission 

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Narrative verse

L.T.Z. with Jabee, Frank Black & more
8 p.m. Saturday
The Conservatory 
8911 N. Western Ave. 

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Dancing in the Twilight

Sunday Twilight Concert Series with The Wurly Birds
7:30 p.m. Sunday
Myriad Botanical Gardens 
301 W. Reno Ave. 

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Next big thing

As far as songs go, few prove as challenging to sing as our national anthem.

It’s a technically demanding tune from first note to last, to be sure, beginning with a low bellow that quickly soars toward star-punching high notes, eventually swelling to a show-stopping crescendo that even the most seasoned performer can have trouble mastering.

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Best of Bond … James Bond: 50 Years — 50 Tracks

007 turns the big 5-0.

Rod Lott October 22nd, 2012

With each new James Bond film, it seems as if another CD compilation of 007 movie music is released. Because it is.


With Skyfall landing in theaters Nov. 9, this season is no different … except that Capitol Records’ Best of Bond … James Bond has something else to celebrate: five full decades of the screen franchise. Therefore, this set throws in another disc’s worth of music that make it worth replacing the last disc you bought.

As expected, the first CD begins with the iconic “James Bond Theme,” as performed by the John Barry Orchestra — a tune known even to people who’ve never seen a single 007 movie. The disc then runs through each main theme, chronologically. There are some certifiable classics — Shirley Bassey’s “Goldfinger,” Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die” and, my favorite, Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does It Better.”

To be fair, there also are some real crushing duds — say, roughly the last eight films, with not a memorable tune among the Chris Cornells, Madonnas or k.d. Langs. I think Duran Duran’s “A View to a Kill” may be the last great one. (Sorry, Rita Coolidge, but you’re an all-time low.)

Already, Best of Bond is dated, as Adele’s Skyfall theme is absent, but the 27-track bonus disc more than makes up for it, culling other themes and songs from the superspy's films. Among the highlights are:
• Moby’s dance-ready take on the original theme, which livened up Tomorrow Never Dies;
• a Christmas song from Nina, featured in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and whose chorus begins, “Do you know how Santa gets around?”;
• John Barry’s “Capsule in Space” instrumental, from Moonraker;
• Scott Walker’s velvety ballad “Only Myself to Blame,” also from Tomorrow; and
• “Vesper” and “Time to Get Out,” a pair of tracks by composer David Arnold representing the current Daniel Craig era, coming from Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

On the down side, Eric Serra’s far-from-synthsational “The Experience of Love” (from GoldenEye) aims for a New Age flavor and fails, while Bill Conti and Rage attempt to get funky with For Your Eyes Only’s “Make It Last All Night.” I leave that one for your ears only; The George Martin Orchestra makes a more convincing case with a three-piece “Fillet of Soul” medley from Live and Let Die. —Rod Lott

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