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  • 1. Explosive
    2. Scorchio
    3. Midnight Garden, for string quartet
    4. Lullaby
    5. Samba
    6. Hungarian, for string quartet
    7. I'll Fly Away, for string quartet
    8. Dream Star, for string quartet
    9. Highly Strung, for string quartet (after Aram Khachaturian)
    10. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11
    11. Seorita, for string quartet
    12. Explosive
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4756010

  • Credits
    ProducerNiksa Bratos; Gary Langan; Tonci Huljic; Eduardo Alarcn Leal; Peter Lazonby; Edward Botric; Ian Wherry
    EngineerGareth Jones; Gary Langan

    Personnel: Lynda Richardson, Gay-Yee Westerhoff (vocals); Peter Huntington (guitar, keyboards, percussion, programming); Niksa Bratos, Nikolaj Juel (guitar); Ivica Murat (flute); Adam Pickard, Eduardo Alarcn Leal, Eduard Botric (keyboards, programming); Tim Bran (keyboards); Damir Somen (drums); Fergus Gerrand, Rony Barrak (percussion); Peter Lazonby, Ian Wherry (programming).
    Audio Mixers: Niksa Bratos; Gary Langan; Ian Wherry.
    Recording information: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England.
    Editor: Gareth Jones .
    Unknown Contributor Role: Scott Wilson.
    Arrangers: Tonci Huljic; Nenad Siskov; Tania Davis; Eduard Botric; Ian Wherry; Matt Dunkley.
    Bond, the scourge of classical music purists, follows up REMIXED with CLASSIFIED, the group's fourth release. Derided by traditionalists for its visual and musical flashiness, the sultry string quartet snubbed its nose at the establishment and won over legions of fans with the notion that Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms could be party music. Besides stunning looks and eye-catching attire, the foursome is known for its dynamic re-workings of well-known classical themes--high-octane blends of familiar melodies, world beat, electronica, and dance rhythms.
    The group sets the tone right away with the aptly titled "Explosive," a typically high-energy romp penned by Tonci Huljic, a major contributor to Bond's early success. Bond makeovers are applied to Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," Pachelbel's "Canon," Barber's "Adagio for Strings," Bizet's "Habanera," and a raucous version of Khatchaturian's "Sabre Dance." The album also finds the quartet expanding its musical arsenal with some exuberant vocals on the disco-era hit "Fly Robin Fly," as well as "Samba," a Latin-flavored workout. Anyone looking for an academic approach to classical repertoire has come to the wrong place; CLASSIFIED is for the many who've been captivated by Bond's fun-loving approach to the classics.

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