Live And Let Die – Original Soundtrack

17 Apr

Live And Let Die - OST DS250 sm

Live and Let Die is the last of the James Bond films i can watch over and again. In my view it’s easily the best of the Roger Moore films, and certainly one of the more interesting soundtracks, no doubt helped by Paul McCartney’s, now classic, title theme.

An interesting point regarding the Q8 tape is that all of the tracks on program 2 have their channels misaligned, so to hear them correctly you’d need to turn 90 degrees left as the fronts are actually Rear L & Front R! I’ve corrected this misalignment for this release so that it can be heard as it should.

Special thanks to ‘Lupine Assassin’ for the loan of his tape to ‘Captain Beyond’ who performed the rip and provided the Q8 scans.

Release: DS250

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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23 Responses to “Live And Let Die – Original Soundtrack”

  1. richardg8092 May 26, 2013 at 01:07 #

    Like the many others before me, I send a huge thanks your way OD.

  2. webhead1 May 21, 2013 at 18:26 #

    That one blew me back in the seventies. I have very special memories on this, because it was the first Bond ever I saw at the pictures as a thirteen year old boy. 🙂 Aaaah! Memories!! Funny hearing that marching band on the third track moving across my living room…

  3. davidraphael April 23, 2013 at 10:14 #

    Oh, this is just lovely! I can’t thank you enough for your time, effort and generosity!

  4. philbiker April 23, 2013 at 03:09 #

    Thanks for sharing, a pleasure to listen to this one. As a huge McCartney fan I was looking forward to the title track and it did not disappoint! Thanks again for sharing, this was a fun listen and will get more rotation.

  5. Owen Smith April 20, 2013 at 20:41 #

    Musically this is great, I had a huge grin on my face from start to finish and had to resist singing along in order to listen. The brass parts in the Bond theme are fantastic, a great tribute to trumpeter Derek Watkins who has just passed away as InQuadWeTrust says. There is a lovely snarl and rasp to the bass trombone front right also. The McCartney/Wings Live and Let Die theme is also great, with full use of the quad sound stage.

    I think this shows the limitations of Q8 more than Autobahn, and while I’ve only heard a small number of transfers this is sonically the poorest Q8 I’ve heard. Having said that it’s entirely acceptable and if all Q8s are of this quality or better I’ll be happy with them.

    • oxforddickie April 21, 2013 at 10:12 #

      The one thing we do need to keep in mind is there were many quad albums only released on Q8, so at times we do have to compromise and accept it’s as good as it gets.

      The quality of Q8’s does vary a lot, and this took quite a bit of work to get it where it is now.

      Am glad it’s out there though, a bit of a rarity

  6. delarog April 20, 2013 at 20:05 #

    Just listened to it, it sounds amazing. Thank you!

  7. katstep April 20, 2013 at 01:12 #

    Thanks for the freebie! Much appreciated.

  8. lupineassassin April 19, 2013 at 23:38 #

    I cannot thank you enough for this! A mammoth undertaking for sure! It’s good to see this finally available for all those asking for it. CHEERS!! 😀

  9. ultimatetrouble April 19, 2013 at 01:10 #

    Thanks OD! Great stuff. I love James Bond, I have a few of them on Blu-Ray. My Cousin turned my dad on to bond and so on lol. Classic spy movies.

  10. inquadwetrust April 18, 2013 at 17:58 #

    Thanks to a tip on the QQ site I picked up the bluray of Live And Let Die for a fiver – they used the quad masters for the soundtrack which I assume are the same masters that the Q8 used. Hearing the theme in DTS-Master Audio quad (silent centre speaker!) was a revelation. However, it’s the edited, shorter version on the titles so this is the first time I’ve heard the whole track in it’s unedited glory! I’m taking length over quality with no hesitation. Wonderful stuff throughout and I’ve been turning it up thanks to the great dynamic range preservation here. Ok – I’m fully aware of the limitations of this format but between the three of you, this sounds as good as it ever will.

    Spend some time with the Bond theme alone and you’ll hear some lovely discrete instrumentation in the rears and your appreciation for what an iconic piece of music this will increase exponentially. The musical interludes are as luscious as you’d expect with some lovely quad mixing that really grabs your attention. The trombones sound great – thick and rich with air light strings lacing the sound field. Stabs of wah-wah guitar whip out backed by metronomic percussive licks which are in turn anchored by groovy walking bass lines. The clearly mono origin New Orleans music is given a fun pan around you as if the funeral cortege passed by – a playful touch that shows nothing was wasted.

    One of my all time favourite sound tracks is Lalo Schifrin’s Enter The Dragon, which I’ve always felt was a Bond soundtrack wanna-be. I’m reminded of tons of similarities to this whilst listening to the Q8 version. Pity that Lalo’s finest hour never found it’s way into quad.

    I made the Roger Moore eyebrow throughout and I definitely felt very saucy by the end of it. Thanks guys – a cracker from start to finish.

    • inquadwetrust April 18, 2013 at 18:44 #

      Also I forgot to add that this is a lovely tribute to the late Derek Watkins, the ace trumpeter who appeared on every soundtrack from Doctor No to Skyfall .

  11. joeerand April 18, 2013 at 01:31 #

    You’ve been very generous with the freebies. Thank you!

  12. beukenoot April 17, 2013 at 22:01 #

    How do you rip a Q8 cassette without the flutter that these things usual have? Take it out of the box and play it on a real deck or so??

    • oxforddickie April 17, 2013 at 22:20 #

      You play it on a Q8 machine.The issue with playing the tapes on a Reel-to-Reel machine is that the eq is wrong.

      There have been attempts to do so, but the eq circuitry hasn’t been correctly modified.

      • beukenoot April 18, 2013 at 16:17 #

        If you know the difference between the used Eq, you can correct for this. I know reel tapes were something like 3180+50uS (or 70 or 120 at cassettes). Compact Cassette recorders from early years used more 1200+150uS plus a different recording circuit (like an old N2400). Unless dolby B is involved, you may try to match this.
        What was the Eq for the Q8 machine?

      • Owen Smith April 18, 2013 at 20:10 #

        I was wondering about correcting the EQ in software. Doing EQ is pretty easy these days provided you know what you’re trying to achieve ie. a clear definition.

        • oxforddickie April 19, 2013 at 11:55 #

          That would certainly be possible, but the head pre-amp would need to have just straight gain, with no eq.

    • Owen Smith April 17, 2013 at 22:43 #

      There are also attempts to run the Q8 machine at half speed and then double the sample rate on playback. This may also cause EQ problems.

  13. sfactor23 April 17, 2013 at 20:26 #

    ha! nice choice, can’t wait to hear! thanks!
    by the way, OD, good job on Surf’s Up, finally had a chance to listen to it this morning, very nice –

  14. mickjerome April 17, 2013 at 19:30 #

    Thanks,it’s the first Bond i saw at the pictures.I’m a huge Stonesfan but i like Sir Paul as well!

  15. delarog April 17, 2013 at 19:21 #

    Damn, I can’t see Roger Moore anywhere. Is he front left or stage right?

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