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Soundtrack - Moonraker (1979)

Artist:  Soundtrack (by John Barry)
Title:  Moonraker
Release:  1979
Format:  LP
Label:  United Artist Records
Catalog#  5C 062-82696

“Moonraker” is the soundtrack for the 11th James Bond film of the same name.
It was also the third of the three Bond films for which the theme song was performed by Shirley Bassey. Kate Bush and Frank Sinatra were both considered for the vocals, before Johnny Mathis was approached and offered the opportunity. Mathis was unhappy about the song and withdrew from the project, leaving the producers to offer the song to Bassey within just weeks of the release date. As a result Bassey made the recordings with very short notice and as a result, she never regarded the song ‘as her own’ as she had never had the chance to perform it or promote it first. The film uses two versions of the title theme song, a ballad version heard over the main titles, and a disco version for the end titles. Confusingly, the United Artists single release labelled the tracks on the 7? single as “Moonraker (Main Title)” for the version used to close the film and “Moonraker (End Title)” for the track that opened the film. The song failed to make any real impact on the charts, which may partly be attributed to Bassey’s failure to promote the single, given the last minute decision and the way in which it was quickly recorded to meet the schedule.

Side one
1.  Shirley Bassey – Moonraker (Main Title)  (3:07)
2.  Space Lazer Battle  (2:43)
3.  Miss Goodhead Meets Bond  (2:44)
4.  Cable Car and Snake Fight  (3:04)
5.  Bond Lured to Pyramid  (2:02)

Side two
1.  Flight into Space  (6:26)
2.  Bond Arrives in Rio and Boat Chase  (2:34)
3.  Centrifuge and Corrine Put Down  (2:32)
4.  Bond Smells a Rat  (2:21)
5.  Shirley Bassey – Moonraker (End Title)  (2:28)


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