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 Posted:   Apr 9, 2016 - 5:08 AM   
 By:   Ian J.   (Member)

Following on from the 'An experiment...' thread, I'm a bit struck by how many of us have or had listened to Geoff Love movie theme albums as part of our beginnings with film music. I wonder how many of us there really are? I can kick off my repeating my comment from the other thread that my first selection of any album was 'Geoff Love's Big War Movies Themes' when I was about seven years of age, and that I still have the tape cassette somewhere. I will also be looking to get the recent-ish CD release as well, to cement in my nostalgia for that very early time.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2016 - 5:46 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Ian, I just wanted to say that I am the perfect candidate for the Love Love-in. The right age, the right country, the right childhood, the right hobby.

And yet for some reason I never had any of them. I had friends who had them, and I saw them in the shops all the time. But I never owned any of them. I'm really not sure why I was never really attracted to the idea of listening to them.

I wonder if I should pay for another visit to the psychiatrist, or try to work this one out on my own.

Hope I haven't derailed the thread already (opening the floodgates for posts by those who never had the albums) - so, come on people, who of you out there had the Geoff Love LPs? I'm guessing loads of you. Tall Guy, Bill Carson.... so come on.

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2016 - 6:16 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

We have, as a group of fans, posted various times about Geoff Love's contributions to our film collecting hobby and I'm sure that I'm repeating myself (not unknown!) when I state:

- my first LP, courtesy of my sister - Christmas 70 - was Big Western Movie Themes ... I loved it! I became a fan of Bernstein and Tiomkin immediately, was amazed when my mother recognised the opening track: Another Day, Another Sunset ... the main theme from The Big Country, and tried to find ways of pronouncing these weird names: Morricone and Cipriani! smile

A few months later I used some pocket money to buy Big War Movie Themes and in following years added a few more: Big Love Movie Themes (another great album), Love with Love - some excellent renditions, especially of Cole Porter's So in Love, Big Western Movie Themes, Vol.2, Big Bond Movie Themes ... until, in a sale, I bought Star Wars and Other Space Themes ... and I realised that my tastes had changed ... or, perhaps, Mr. Love's interpretations were less inspired / suffered from lack of orchestral vigour ... or the source material was not that good ...

But in recent years I've looked and bought some CD collections of those original albums originally issued in the 1980's (Melodies That Live Forever and In the Mood for Love) and then, a few years ago Dutton Vocalion started releasing newly mastered versions of the original alums and so I started buying again.

Western and War remain my favourites ... and I also like his Bond interpretations. I'm not so taken with his Themes for Super Heroes - again the source material is largely to blame - whilst his Concerto album is, for me, heavy going.

I would love smile to see a release of his Big Love Movie Themes album, albeit I have 7/12 of the tracks from the aforementioned collections and I'd probably buy his Big Western Movie Themes, Vol.2 album, too.

But the release of the 2CD set: Star Wars and Other Space Themes coupled with Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Other Disco Galactic Themes ... I don't think so. I'll stick to enjoying other releases such as Latin with Love/Dreaming with Love.

Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2016 - 6:31 AM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

Count me in for the Geoff Love love-in.

Big War themes was one of the first albums I ever owned as a kid and I played it non-stop. Had pretty much his entire Music For Pleasure output.

Apart from the many, many things that was great about Love's movie albums (including the very affordable, pocket-money price) was the fact that he did a cover of The Omega Man which, for years, was the only available cue from Grainer's score.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2016 - 7:03 AM   
 By:   Hercule Platini   (Member)

My first non-classical LP was Geoff Love's Bond themes album. I picked up most of the others over time but not all.

The Dutton-Vocalian release I've most enjoyed has been the Morricone/Legrand 2-for-1 album, probably because I was never aware of it ever being released in this country so most of the tracks were new to me. The Legrand side fares better: so much of Morricone is down to the sound of his original recordings whereas Legrand's songs are standards that can be performed and interpreted in different ways. Sweet Gingerbread Man in particular is wonderful.

There are still plenty more of Love's LPs to go - I'm surprised Vocalion haven't put out the two LPs of TV themes, or the Hollywood musicals tracks. What I'd also like them to do is pick out the tracks from his Hundred Favourite Instrumentals series that haven't been released already - not necessarily the film themes - and put them together in a set. And then there's that horror album that (I think) was only released in France, which sadly has "scary" sound effects layered over almost every track: a clean release of that would be great....

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2016 - 7:09 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

Geoff Love was my first introduction to film music smile

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2016 - 8:28 AM   
 By:   Gold Digger   (Member)

Yes had a few of these too; Star Wars, big war movies and terror movies. Great intro to film music and some enjoyable arrangements.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2016 - 8:51 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Now, despite being into film music from an early age, I can honestly say I consciously avoided Geoff Love. I decided even at 12 years old, that these were (probably hideous) cover versions of true soundtracks. Basically I'd had my fingers (ears?) burned whilst still at primary school, by an album of Children's TV Themes by Cy Payne. I got it bought for me because it had Star Trek and Doctor Who on it and was horrified at the sounds of these. I also seem to recall it had a jazz version of The Magic Roundabout!

So yes, I knew to avoid anything that didn't have the word 'soundtrack' on it. I did however have a compilation from United Artists: Great Western Film Themes, which I loved at the time, even though Fistful of Dollars and For A Few Dollars More were covers by our old friend LeRoy Holmes.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2016 - 10:17 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Yes had a few of these too; Star Wars, big war movies and terror movies. Great intro to film music and some enjoyable arrangements.


War, Terror and Suspense were the ones we had, together with the Legrand/Morricone double disc set, which I found in the North East Co-op department store in Newcastle quite unexpectedly. One of those finds where you can't actually believe your luck.

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2016 - 10:41 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

One of many geoff love love ins

http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=58087&forumID=1&archive=0

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2016 - 10:44 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

I was no youngster and no newcomer to film music at the time, but I gladly and gratefully bought the War Movie Themes LP because it was the only way to have a recording of Rozsa's theme from THE GREEN BERETS. Happy as I was when FSM finally put the original OST on CD, it didn't supplant the kick I got from listening to Love's rendition of the main theme, which so often tapers off in the film but which built to a climax on the record.

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2016 - 1:14 PM   
 By:   Ian J.   (Member)

I genuinely didn't know there had been other threads for GL here, I've managed to miss them completely, so sorry for the repetition.

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2016 - 1:25 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Always plenty of room for another Love love in - especially where the same people realise we wrote the same thing last time!! Ha ha wink

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2016 - 1:30 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

And on top of that i had some fab evenings rocking away to Manuel and the music of the mountains - Brazil, peanut vendor, somewhere my love, etc etc. Love ...it.

 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2016 - 3:35 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

And on top of that i had some fab evenings rocking away to Manuel and the music of the mountains - Brazil, peanut vendor, somewhere my love, etc etc. Love ...it.

NP: Reflections (1969) ... Manuel & The Music of The Mountains

 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2016 - 4:18 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Anybody know how many Manuel LPs there were?
Some very good eclectic selections on them.

Geoff Love didnt look spanish did he?!

I wonderwho came up with the name Manuel and the music if the mountains???

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2016 - 7:16 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Looks like it must have been somebody who worked at Paramount Pictures.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2016 - 7:49 PM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

Anybody know how many Manuel LPs there were?
Some very good eclectic selections on them.

Geoff Love didnt look spanish did he?!



I'd never even heard of him until y'all mentioned him, and seeing this thread made me google his name, and to ME, he looks like Bernie Kopell... if he were black! The resemblance is kind of eerie!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 11, 2016 - 1:16 AM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

And another one here.
At the time I didn't know where to get soundtracks and how that whole thing worked but on vacation in England I heard the Superman theme in Hamleys, and I got, my parents to buy the Superheroes LP.



I played that record to pieces and bought a second copy almost two decades later. When it came out on CD I HAD TO HAVE IT.
"Can you read my mind" is still my favourite track (then again it's my favourite track on every incarnation and release I have), closely followed by the theme of the 70s "Saint".

Yes Geoff has a special place in my music-life. Thank you sir.

D.S.

 
 Posted:   Apr 11, 2016 - 1:40 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

...
"Can you read my mind" is still my favourite track (then again it's my favourite track on every incarnation and release I have), closely followed by the theme of the 70s "Saint".

Yes Geoff has a special place in my music-life. Thank you sir.

D.S.


I missed seeing your smiley face ... ! Knowing my wife's opinion of Can you read my mind I read your posting to her ... disbelief: she detests that song/tune.

As for Return of the Saint ... no way: after all the marvellous British TV themes (especially of the 1960s), this 1978 offering was ... dreadful! Along with childish graphics, it marred the opening of the show which, despite decent actors and good locations, was a poor relative of its predecessor.

But, down to taste: I'm pleased - if astounded - to read that you enjoy the theme.

As for the John Williams' composition ... well that's another one that I should wait for my wife to be out before playing (especially the OST vocal renditions).

But I do agree with you re: Geoff Love ... Honestly!

Mitch

 
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