Spy Music Notes
Special Mission Lady Chaplin Soundtrack Album
Spy Bop Royale, the top agent for intelligence on spy music (and proprietor of an excellent website on the subject which has recently gone MIA), gives a heads-up on the Eurospy Forum that DigitMovies (the company responsible for the recent wave of awesome Mario Bava soundtracks) will issue Bruno Nicolai's fantastic score to Special Mission Lady Chaplin on April 26! (The bad news is that it won't include the wonderfully infectious vocal theme for contractual reasons.) The movie, a true Eurospy gem starring Ken Clark and Bond babe Daniella Bianchi, was recently issued on a very impressive DVD by Dorado Films. You can watch the trailer and the first ten minutes of the film (which includes the song) on their website. And you can order the soundtrack CD at Screen Archives!
New Shirley Bassey Single Rings Familiar (In A Good Way!)
Dame Shirley Bassey (or "DSB" as the hip septagenarian now goes, it seems) has a new single out in Britain called "The Living Tree." You can listen and watch on YouTube. Spy fans may recognize that the theme for a certain secret agent subtly features in the song--a theme which recalls some of Bassey's biggest past successes. The single itself comes out April 23 (with 7 remixes, including a "Shaken and Stirred Remix" and a "Shaken and Stirred Extended Remix"--and a video), and will also be available as a download. The Dame's last big single was "History Repeating" from the Propellerheads' seminal 1997 album Decksanddrumsandrockandroll. It's success inspired a whole remix album of her back catalog, which featured a Propellerheads remix of "Goldfinger" (cool enough to be used in TV spots for The World Is Not Enough and Casino Royale) and an awesome Away Team version of "Where Do I Begin" that actually just made me use the word "awesome" in conjunction with the theme from Love Story! There are rumors of another remix album to follow the new single...