A few years back I did a number of Garvarentz restorations from LP to CD for a friend. At the time, I was pretty much indifferent to Garvarentz, but in the many listenings to the various albums in the process of cleanup and conversion I grew to truly appreciate his work. (Lord, that cover and poster for MARCO THE MAGNIFICENT has to be one of the worst, with that ghastly predominant green background.)
I'm guiltily addicted to that over-the-top vocal rendition of "Triple Cross" by Tony Allen on the UA LP, wherein the producers had to have said to Garvarentz, "give us something like THUNDERBALL." And, speaking of which, let me again thank our own beloved Dr. Alex Zambra for providing me with a rare single of TRIPLE CROSS actually sung by Tom Jones, enabling me to add a neat "bonus track" to the finished album conversion. Strangely enough, I still prefer the Tony Allen version as the Jones version is taken at a slower pace and lacks the orchestral punch of the Roland Shaw conducted album version.
I'm curious if 2014 will bring us some new Garvarentz scores on CD, given that the only one released last year in April was sold out very quickly and received quite a lot of positive reviews here on the board (including, of course, mine).