Listen (and sort of watch) the John Barry memorial concert

Last month’s memorial concert for John Barry, composer for 11 James Bond films and a five-time Oscar winner, has been written up on numerous 007 fan Web sites. There’s not much more to say except if you give it a listen, it’s a wonderful experience. The concert was later broadcast by the BBC. A version of that broadcast was uploaded to YouTube and here it is:

The BBC is also making the concert available on its Web site for a limited time. You can check it out by CLICKING HERE.

Either way, it runs almost two hours. It contains a lot of Barry work outside the Bond series and it’s all outstanding. Michael Caine speaks from the U.S. (because of working on next year’s Batman movie), Dame Shirley Bassey performs, David Arnold plays guitar on a rendition of The James Bond Theme (Barry did the arrangement of the version heard in Dr. No, in addition to his 11 Bond scores)….it’s worth the time invested.

Meanwhile, if you’re a big Bond fan and you can’t wait to listen one of the highlights, well, here’s one (we’ll see how long it stays up on YouTube):

John Barry memorial concert scheduled for June in U.K.

The Royal College of Music in London has scheduled a memorial concert for the late John Barry in June. For details, YOU CAN CLICK HERE.

Barry worked on 12 007 films, composing the scores for 11 of them. He also orchestrated The James Bond Theme played in the first film, 1962’s Dr. No. The composer, who won five Oscars for non-Bond work, died in January at age 77.

Guests at the June 20 concert at Royal Albert Hall include Dame Shriley Bassey, who performed three Bond title songs, the most famous of which was Goldfinger; David Arnold, composer of the last five films of the Eon Productions 007 film series; George Martin, producer for the Beatles who also composed the score for Live And Let Die; and actor Michael Caine.

Conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be Nicholas Dodd, who has performed that duty on the Arnold-scored 007 films. Tickets go on sale on April 8.