Explosive: The Best of Bond

Explosive: The Best of Bond

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Explosive gathers 12 highlights from Bond's three studio albums. It also includes the previously unreleased "Carmina," "Caravan," and "Sugar Plum." It's kind of a strange time for the U.K. quartet to put out a collection like this. For one thing, discounting the new material, it's relatively brief. On the other hand, Explosive might be a way for Bond to further establish their slick amalgam of classical instrumentation, worldbeat, and dance music flourish. In that sense Explosive is a primer, a guidebook, a showcase; for Bond's established fans, it's a succinct album survey with the incentive of bonus content. Released in DualDisc format, the set includes music videos for the title track, "Victory," and "Fuego," as well as a photo gallery and the entire album in 5.1 Surround Sound. As usual, in the artwork and photography Bond have refused to be staid or classical. Explosive features Haylie Ecker, Eos Chater, Tania Davis, and Gay-Yee Westerhoff dressed to the hilt and surrounded by vibrant flora. As they've always done, particularly with 2003's Classified, the quartet stands boldly behind its style, no matter the naysayers. Of course, the usual criticisms do apply. Pieces like "Duel," "Viva!," and "Caravan" move well. But their gleaming intersection of flighty chamber instruments and relentlessly jaunty electronics tries so hard to be irrepressible that it can have the opposite effect. When that happens, Bond's music ends up at the border between the ultramodern and sounds for the background. (Much of Explosive would be perfect scene-setting music for the arrival of Lara Croft or a certain gentleman spy in some far-flung urban locale.) But Bond fans don't struggle with these questions of validity, and for them (or the casual, curious listener) Explosive is a worthy pickup.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/04/2005
Label: Decca Import
UPC: 0028947570257
catalogNumber: 4757025
Rank: 26764

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bond   Primary Artist,String Quartet
Beatmasters   Synthesizer
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Tim Bran   Keyboards
Dave "Clem" Clempson   Guitar,Electric Sitar
Anita Kelsey   Vocals
London Session Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Guy Pratt   Bass
Craig Pruess   Conductor,Sitar,Tamboura,Mandola
Paul Spong   Trumpet
Philip Todd   Saxophone,EWI
Gavyn Wright   Conductor
Clem Clempson   Guitar,Electric Sitar
Gareth Cousins   Synthesizer
Rony Barrak   Percussion,Darbouka
Matt Dunkley   Conductor
Eduardo Alarcón Leal   Keyboards
Julian Kershaw   Conductor
Gay-Yee Westerhoff   Cello,Group Member
London Metropolitan Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Haylie Ecker   Violin,Group Member
Tania Davis   Viola,Group Member
Eos Chater   Violin,Group Member
Adam Pickard   Keyboards
Ben Gant   Trumpet
Kuljit Balma   Percussion,Tabla
Eduard Botric   Keyboards
Niksa Bratos   Guitar
Pavlos Doukanares   Bouzouki
Peter Huntington   Percussion,Keyboards
Ivica Murat   Flute
Shashi Pandit   Vocals
Damir Somen   Drums
Benjamin Gant   Trumpet
Thomas Bowes   Leader
Ed Leal   Keyboards
Phil Todd   Saxophone,EWI
Rony Barrack   Percussion,Darbouka
Wil Malone   Conductor

Technical Credits

Carl Orff   Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Antonio Vivaldi   Composer
Beatmasters   Programming,Producer
Mike Batt   Arranger
Duke Ellington   Composer
Clive Goddard   Engineer,Engineering
Gareth Jones   Pro-Tools
Peter Lazonby   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Craig Pruess   Arranger,String Arrangements,Direction
Mike Ross-Trevor   Engineer,Engineering
Juan Tizol   Composer
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Gareth Cousins   Producer
Andy Stephens   Management
Adam Brown   Engineer,Engineering
Matt Dunkley   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Magnus Fiennes   Composer,Programming,Producer
Eduardo Alarcón Leal   Programming,Producer
Gill Brown   Composer
Ric Featherstone   Programming,Engineer
Keith Uddin   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Mitch Jenkins   Original Photography
Yoad Nevo   Composer,Producer
Paul Chessell   Art Direction
Adam Pickard   Programming
John Anderson   Additional Music
Andrej Bako   Programming
Eduard Botric   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Niksa Bratos   Producer
Tonci Huljic   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Peter Huntington   Programming
Remi Kazinoti   Arranger,String Arrangements
Charlie Langella   Original Photography
Nenad Siskov   Arranger
Thomas Bowes   Orchestra Leader
Pete Lazonby   Programming,Producer
Gareth Jones   Pro-Tools
Orion   Producer
Jon Fowler   Management
Orion and the Beatmasters   Producer
Bond   Composer
Mel Bush   Executive Producer
Phil da Costa   Engineer
Ed Leal   Programming,Producer
Wil Malone   Arranger,String Arrangements

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