Sunday, 17 March 2013
Retro Vinyl: Big Bond Movie Themes - Geoff Love (MFP 1975)
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.
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.