Sunday, 17 March 2013

Retro Vinyl: Big Bond Movie Themes - Geoff Love (MFP 1975)

Here's another James Bond title from my vinyl collection, I have to confess picking this one up around 10 years ago in a charity shop in Dursley for 50p.

I remember reading that this particular album by Geoff Love and His Orchestra was at the centre of a bit of controversy as it was released with a cover using the likeness of Roger Moore at the time.

As impressive as the cover looks however, Music For Pleasure quickly got into a legal dispute for having used the likeness of Roger Moore on the cover, therefore a replacement version featuring Bond turning away  was issued. Not only was Roger Moore's likeness removed but Ursula Andress was also repainted to look unrecognisable. A great example of dumbing down an excellent piece of artwork.

The LP itself features some pretty good versions of Bond themes including On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Goldfinger and The James Bond Theme by Geoff Love and His Orchestra and has since become a highly sought after recording.

At the time, Love himself was a bit of an unsung hero as far as TV and film themes were concerned, making otherwise hard to obtain music easy to collect via a series of well produced and attractively packaged albums.

Big Bond Movie Themes obviously gave EMI such a headache at the time. Its shelf-life was a relatively short one and unlike other Geoff Love recordings has never been reissued on CD.

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