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Diamonds are Forever (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) was a soundtrack composed by John Barry for the 1971 James Bond film of the same name. The film's eponymous theme song was performed by Shirley Bassey and written by Barry and lyricist Don Black. The album was first released on vinyl by United Artists Records in 1971 and was subsequently re-released on compact disc with 8 additional tracks by Capitol Records in 2003.[1]

Development

"Diamonds Are Forever" was the second James Bond theme to be performed by Shirley Bassey, after "Goldfinger" in 1964. Bassey would later return for a third performance for 1979's "Moonraker".

The original soundtrack was once again composed by John Barry. This was the sixth time he had composed music for a James Bond film.

Bond producer Harry Saltzman reportedly hated the song because he felt the lyrics (written by lyricist Don Black) were "too dirty."

The title song was later sampled by Chicago rapper Kanye West for a single titled "Diamonds from Sierra Leone."

Track listing

Tracks 1-12 were first released on vinyl in 1971. When the soundtrack was remastered on compact disc, nine previously unreleased tracks were added (13-21).

  1. "Diamonds Are Forever" – Performed by Shirley Bassey (2:40 - 2:53)
  2. "Bond Meets Bambi And Thumper" (2:16 - 3:09)
  3. "Moon Buggy Ride" (3:12 - 4:17)
  4. "Circus, Circus" (2:57 - 2:50)
  5. "Death At The Whyte House" (3:43 - 4:54)
  6. "Diamonds Are Forever [Source Instrumental]" (3:45 - 3:45)
  7. "Diamonds Are Forever [Bond And Tiffany]" (2:32 - 3:39)
  8. "Bond Smells A Rat" (1:51 - 1:53)
  9. "Tiffany Case" (3:44 - 3:46)
  10. "007 And Counting" (3:30 - 3:31)
  11. "Q's Trick" (2:24 - 2:26)
  12. "To Hell With Blofeld" (1:28 - 5:09)
  13. "Gunbarrel and Manhunt" (3:12)
  14. "Mr.Wint and Mr.Kidd/Bond To Holland" (4:03)
  15. "Peter Franks" (2:55)
  16. "Airport Source/On The Road" (3:01)
  17. "Slumber, Inc." (2:23)
  18. "The Whyte House" (2:22)
  19. "Plenty, Then Tiffany" (2:27)
  20. "Following The Diamonds" (4:03)
  21. "Additional and Alternate Cues" (9:09)

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