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Rita Coolidge – All Time High (The Theme Song From Octopussy) (Italy 7″)

Posted by DjPaulT on February 14th, 2014

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

“All Time High” is a 1983 single release by Rita Coolidge introduced as the theme song for the James Bond film Octopussy.

“All Time High” marked the return of regular James Bond theme composer John Barry after his absence from the For Your Eyes Only soundtrack. The lyrics were written by Tim Rice and recording and mixing of the track is credited to Stephen Short.

Prior to Rita Coolidge being assigned the Octopussy theme a contender was Mari Wilson, a British singer whose retro-image evoked the mid-’60s when the Bond series originated, but Wilson’s lack of a US-profile led to a negative decision.

The producers of Octopussy were known to have been in negotiations with Laura Branigan, then a top-ranking hitmaker in the US and Europe.

The ultimate choice of Coolidge – whose career peak had occurred some six years previously – was a surprising one. Coolidge recalls that Barbara Broccoli, the assistant director of Octopussy, was a fan of Coolidge and made a point of playing Coolidge records around her father, Cubby Broccoli, producer of the films, until “one day [he said], “Who is that? That’s the voice I want for the movie.’…in the studio [Tim Rice] was still finishing the song. We were waiting for the lyrics as the track had already been done.”

Rice made no effort to incorporate the film’s title but the lyric: “We’re two of a kind” is a line spoken by the title character (played by Maud Adams) to James Bond (Roger Moore). The song’s title “All Time High” parallels Coolidge’s #2 hit “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher” whose lyric “When you wrap your loving arms around me I can stand up and face the world again” is echoed by the “All Time High” lyric “We’ll take on the world and win”.

The music video shows Coolidge in soft focus in what purports to be an Indian palace (it is in fact the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, England).

In the US “All Time High” reached #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1983. Adult contemporary radio was much more receptive, with that genre allowing “All Time High” four weeks at #1 as ranked by Billboard magazine. Coolidge had previously topped the Adult Contemporary chart in 1977 with “We’re All Alone”.

In the UK, “All Time High” rose no higher than #75 and remains the lowest charting James Bond theme. However the track became a major hit in several European countries: Austria – #14; Finland – #11; Germany – #13; the Netherlands – #8; Sweden – #8; and Switzerland – #7: Coolidge had previously only charted in one of these six countries, that being the Netherlands (with “We’re All Alone” – #15/1977) which was also the only one of the six countries where she’d chart again. “Stand in Wonder”, #56/1999). Additionally “All Time High” afforded Coolidge a chart record in Australia – #80; Canada – #38, New Zealand – #26, and South Africa – #8; also the track was ranked at #48 in the annual hit parade tally for 1983 in Brazil.

All Time High (The Theme Song From Octopussy) 3:02

All Time High (The Theme Song From Octopussy) (Extended Instrumental Version) 3:50

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1983 All Time High U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #36
1983 All Time High U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks #1


Label: A&M Records ‎– AMS 9286, A&M Records ‎– AM 007
Format: Vinyl, 7″, Single, 45 RPM
Country: Italy
Released: 1983
Genre: Pop
Style: Pop/Rock, Vocal
Credits: Arranged By, Conductor, Producer – John Barry
Lyrics By – Tim Rice
Written-By – J. Barry*, T. Rice*

From the motion picture soundtrack “OCTOPUSSY”

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23 Responses to “Rita Coolidge – All Time High (The Theme Song From Octopussy) (Italy 7″)”

  1. Stefano Says:

    What a great tune, what a marvellous voice. One of my favorite singles in 1983, but strangely enough I totally forgot that instrumental version on the flip side. I haven’t heard it in ages, so can’t wait to listen to it.
    Nice one, Paul!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Stefano. Have a great weekend my friend 🙂


  2. Jermajesty Says:

    Awesome track!! Happy Valentine’s Day Paul. 🙂 x

    Pulp (Jarvis Cocker) did a great cover of this for a James Bond covers project in the 90s – at the time I thought it seemed the oddest Bond song to pick, but it actually made me realise what a great track it was in the first place.



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Happy Valentine’s Day Jermajesty and thank you for the link. I didn’t even know there was a Bond cover project.


    Jermajesty Reply:

    It’s a great album – Shaken & Stirred – it was orchestrated by David Arnold, and it pretty much led to him scoring the following load of Bond films, I don’t think he was really that famous before. You can get it for pence off eBay on CD.

    You must hear his and David McAlmont’s version Diamonds Are Forever:


    Bjork also did a version of You Only Live Twice but she pulled it at the last minute. It’s all over YouTube though. 🙂


  3. Jan Says:

    Rita Coolodge has of the best female voices ever in my opinion. This song is a true classic and in my Top 5 Bond Theme songs. An underrated artist that should have had many more chart hits. Her version of the Alabama track, “The closer you get” from the early 80s, is also awesome but didn’t chart as far as I know. Thanks for the share!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree Jan a great underated vocalist 🙂


    Dan Reply:

    Rita’s version of “The Closer You Get” peaked at #103 on Billboard’s “Bubbling Under The Hot 100” chart in 1981.


  4. ric Says:

    Happy Valentines, Paul!
    Mari Wilson would’ve been an interesting choice as I think her vocal style suits a James Bond tune.
    Rita though did an excellent job, and though this is only a #36 in the US and barely scrapped the UK Top 75, this Octopussy single fared way better than the other James Bond single Never Say Never Again by Lani Hall. But I must say I’m belong to the Sean rather than Roger camp when it comes to who’s the perfect Bond.
    Btw, Rita also released a cover of Yazoo’s Only You during that early 80s period.


    ric Reply:

    Forget to add, what a camp cover. Based only Rita’s fiery red outfit and that head-band, no one would’ve guess it is a single sleeve for a lush ballad!!!


    Jermajesty Reply:

    Didn’t know the Mari Wilson proposal – that would’ve been such a complete career changer for her. Always thought she should’ve been more popular.

    Do you know her stuff Paul? She had mild success around the same time Tracey Ullman was topping the charts.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I’m not real familiar with her I only have one single called “Just What I Always Wanted”. I need to get more educated on her material.


    Stefano Reply:

    Yes, and that one needs a re-rip badly!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I’m in the Daniel Craig camp myself woof! But if we are talking classic Bond it’s Roger Moore. I’ll have to check out her Yazoo cover sounds interesting 🙂


    DanaDotCom Reply:

    She also covered Sqeeze’s Tempted & Culture Club’s Do You Realy Want Me if you wanna investigate further. Her last few albums for A&M have a few 80s New Wave moments. Just like in the 70s with Disco, everyone was trying to get a hit with the current trend, and Rita was no exception. Hell, even Dolly Parton recorded a New Wave album. Rita had some soulful Disco moments, too.


  5. 80spornstar Says:

    I’ve always loved this tune… Thanks, especially for B side.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome 80spornstar 🙂


  6. Jermajesty Says:

    BTW Paul – just spotted typo in the ID3 tag for track 2 where it says ‘Extended Instrumental’.



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you for letting me know Jermajesty 🙂


  7. Gerry Says:

    Excellent – any more bond tunes planned?


  8. Andrew McMeekin Says:

    Wait ’till you get a load of this then !
    Recorded for the ‘missing link’ of the Bond Movies ‘Never Say Never Again’.
    But they hired Michel Legrand to do the ‘theme’ music and he wanted to use his own song.
    Apparently the ‘other’ NSNA song was offered to Bonnie Tyler [!!!] first but she knocked it back as she suposedly didn’t like the song at all.
    I’m 95% certain that Lani Hall was Herb Alperts wife.

    Now imagine if THIS had been the Theme Song…….



  9. ex15 Says:

    Music aside (I’m a Bond fanatic)..

    Awful artwork, but typical of the 70’s..


  10. ex15 Says:

    The problem with the 7″ single is quality, regardless of rip efforts, they all lack that bass punch..

    Thanks as always Paul, for the up.


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