James Bond on Vinyl

MakeshiftPythonMakeshiftPython Omaha, NE
edited October 2021 in Music Posts: 6,703
This marks my very first vinyl soundtrack.

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FRWL should be on the way. I’m looking forward to some of these because my understanding is that with the remastered CDs they fiddled too much with the mixing, so they don’t have the same “punch” as the original vinyl releases do. The one that really struck me was this sample on YouTube for FYEO. Sounds amazing!




I couldn’t find a thread already dedicated to vinyl, but if there is go ahead and close this thread, or merge it. Whatever works.

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  • EmilioLargoEmilioLargo Dublin, Ireland
    Posts: 15
    My first Bond Soundtrack was the UK pressing of Goldfinger which I found sleeveless in a flea market. Also in the mid 1970's I came across a gate fold LP of Live And Let Die, again in a second hand store. Funny thing was side two was something entirely different a mispressing of some kind. Got rid of it, maybe I shouldn't have. My staple go to as a kid was the LP James Bond's Greatest Hits by Franck Pourcel.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson Moderator
    Posts: 1,627
    My Cousin still has all of the original LPs, from DN -TLD. They are pretty beat up though. We both bought them all growing up.
  • thedovethedove hiding in the Greek underworld
    Posts: 3,834
    I have FYEO, AVTAK, TLD, LTK on vinyl. Also had an EMI James Bond Greatest Hits with 20 tracks. I believe it ends at FYEO. I should dust them off and give them a listen again. I should mention they are all original editions.
  • MakeshiftPythonMakeshiftPython Omaha, NE
    Posts: 6,703
    Oh wow, I haven’t updated this thread since started it… in September… I guess something big happened since that time. Some movie, right?. :-?

    I’ve collected FRWL-LALD at this point. Took a break from collecting because I had to move, and a bunch of other errands took precedence. I haven’t even took the time to sit through DAF and LALD.

    I only started collecting back in September because at the time my dad passed away and one of the things I kept of his is a Technics turntable that he had since 1980, which he kept in excellent condition. I took a few titles from his vinyl collection and since then started adding my own titles. I’ve already devised a plan to digitize the Bond titles by lossless means so I can always have them in my pocket for when I’m out and about. At least when I find the time to. 🙃
  • Fire_and_Ice_ReturnsFire_and_Ice_Returns The Bright Side of the Road.
    Posts: 18,946
    I only have these 4 Bond LP's left...
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    Years ago I got rid of several hundred Vinyl LP's and Singles which there was a lot of Bond content, I always regret that decision.
  • Posts: 5,297
    I have from DN to LTK (minus NSNA) in vinyls. The first ones I bought were in 2 records pack (Vol. 1 : FRWL/GF, Vol. 2 : DN/TB, Vol. 3 : LALD/TMWTGG, and Vol. 4 : YOLT/DAF)

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  • MeanwhileMeanwhile Brooklyn
    Posts: 32
    Now here’s a thread I can get down on!

    I’m a pretty avid vinyl collector, much to the imaginary dismay of my studio apartment in Brooklyn. Over the years I’ve managed to collect the majority of the of the scores available - a few are original pressings but a lot of them are the recent re-issues. I wanted to be able to listen to the Barry scores, especially YOLT, OHMSS & DAF free of scratches.

    Where it gets interesting is collecting the newer releases. I generally buy one copy to listen to and one to keep sealed, especially for more rare pressings like the release of Arnold’s CR where I believe only a couple thousand were made. I have three SF LP’s because of the differences in album art. In a move somewhere I did lose the 7” Adele single which is a shame because it’s worth a ton of money now and I can’t justify spending to replace it.

    Has anyone else managed to collect some of the more rare singles, such as Arnold’s “Shaken & Stirred”/DAF?
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ http://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
    edited July 22 Posts: 16,114
    I think I meant to reply to this thread last October when it was created but I didn't get around to it for whatever reason. I don't have any of the James Bond soundtracks on vinyl unfortunately but I do have some of the Bond singles instead which often have a track from the score on the B side. I have the picture disc vinyl of TLD which I bought at a town hall record sale for I think £3. It came in a transparent protective cover with a sticker from the time on it. I then bought two copies of the AVTAK single I found in an antiques shop about five or six years ago.

    Just recently I bought Rita Coolidge's 'All Time High' single from Octopussy on vinyl for £6.99 in a local antiques/retro shop. Interestingly it had the lyrics of the theme song typed up on a sheet of paper inside the cover which I assume a previous owner had typed up for reference. Of course it could have come with the single but I somehow doubt it. I was really chuffed to find that one as Octopussy is one of my favourite Bond films and 'All Time High' is probably my favourite Bond theme song too.

    I tend to just collect Bond vinyl as I find it in the wild, which isn't too often. I tend to collect Bond books and magazines more but I don't pass up the chance to pick up other Bond bits and pieces when I can. I do have an old record player from the 1960s so it's probably not the best for playing records but I did use it a fair bit in my youth. I've yet to play my latest Bond acquisition on it but the TLD and AVTAK vinyls did seem to have dirt on them and skipped a bit while playing. Still, it's nice to have the cover art and records themselves. Of course if they play well too, that's an added bonus!
  • EmilioLargoEmilioLargo Dublin, Ireland
    Posts: 15
    Over the years when vinyl was the first option I collected all of the Bond LP's Dr. No. - Licence To Kill and still have them on my shelf. I never bothered to pick up the Craig LP's later on as CD was the thing and the vinyl was more expensive but I did invest in the double LP of No Time To Die. So I may try backtrack on the missing titles. The older Bond LP's are such a joy to hold. The artwork then was so vibrant whereas the Craig ones look a little too much like fashion plates to me. The From Russia With Love LP that fire and ice has posted above is particularly striking. I will make that a holy grail to find! My Goldfinger LP which replaced a sleeveless one I picked up in a market is the one I bought in the late lamented 58 Dean Street records in London. It's a first UK pressing. My OHMSS is a gatefold and Thunderball is the original Mono edition. The rest are either releases by Sunset records or as they were issued. I was fortunate at the time to pick up a double LP compilation James Bond 25th Anniversary with a superb booklet in the gatefold. I love Bond music and not forgetting Casino Royale 1967 of which I also have the original LP.
    In response to meanwhile's post above I only have three singles. Chris Cornell on CD and Living Daylights and View To A Kill on 45rpm.
  • thedovethedove hiding in the Greek underworld
    Posts: 3,834
    Singles! Love and have an extensive collection of singles! One of these days I shall find a way to post pics! LOL!

    I have an original pressing of AVTAK single and TLD single too! Did not get any others, not sure why. LOL!

    Not that I am into the money aspect but more the memories, I am wondering if these have any value...maybe need to check into that.
  • mattjoesmattjoes Merry Brosmas from Deszu Djizlas
    Posts: 5,817
    Now that thread is "hot", as the kids say these days, I'll ask if anyone here has got this specific vinyl:

    https://www.discogs.com/es/master/1496538-John-Barry-Bons-Baisers-De-Russie-From-Russia-With-Love

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    Dragonpol wrote: »
    Just recently I bought Rita Coolidge's 'All Time High' single from Octopussy on vinyl for £6.99 in a local antiques/retro shop. Interestingly it had the lyrics of the theme song typed up on a sheet of paper inside the cover which I assume a previous owner had typed up for reference. Of course it could have come with the single but I somehow doubt it. I was really chuffed to find that one as Octopussy is one of my favourite Bond films and 'All Time High' is probably my favourite Bond theme song too.
    The B-side is catchy. Barry orchestra sprinkled with piano, guitar improv and occasional sax.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ http://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
    edited July 22 Posts: 16,114
    mattjoes wrote: »
    Now that thread is "hot", as the kids say these days, I'll ask if anyone here has got this specific vinyl:

    https://www.discogs.com/es/master/1496538-John-Barry-Bons-Baisers-De-Russie-From-Russia-With-Love

    My0xNTQwLmpwZWc.jpeg
    Dragonpol wrote: »
    Just recently I bought Rita Coolidge's 'All Time High' single from Octopussy on vinyl for £6.99 in a local antiques/retro shop. Interestingly it had the lyrics of the theme song typed up on a sheet of paper inside the cover which I assume a previous owner had typed up for reference. Of course it could have come with the single but I somehow doubt it. I was really chuffed to find that one as Octopussy is one of my favourite Bond films and 'All Time High' is probably my favourite Bond theme song too.
    The B-side is catchy. Barry orchestra sprinkled with piano, guitar improv and occasional sax.

    Yes, I noticed that the B-side had an extended instrumental version of the theme. I thought it was cute that it had AM 007 on the single as it was relased by A&M Records. I know that the AVTAK single had a track from the Barry soundtrack theme on the B-side and very beautiful it is too.
  • EmilioLargoEmilioLargo Dublin, Ireland
    Posts: 15
    Apart from the actual soundtracks there were so many international EP and 45rpm releases worldwide especially during the Connery era with awesome cover art. Take a look under any early bond title on Soundtrack collector for a sample. I wonder was there ever a book published which illustrated these many releases?
  • Posts: 1,827
    I was just gifted a family friend's Bond soundtrack collection, which includes all the U.S. releases from DN-LTK (no NSNA). DN and LTK were the only ones I didn't have original pressings of. I love the LPs because for me as a young fan, they represented a time when the soundtracks were among the few merchandising items along with the tie-in novels, Corgi vehicles, program or magazine or a few other things, at least here in the U.S.

    My uncle had many of the albums along with the 8-track versions and I'd sit for the longest time just staring at the photos or illustrations and hearing those Barry tunes or George Martin or Marvin Hamlisch. It was the closest way to relive the films before home video or streaming.

    I pieced together my collection over the years. It started with cut-outs of TB and LALD my mom got and later picked up TSWLM. Then when I became a serious fan, I collected the best versions I could, some sealed but most are cut-outs with a hole drilled through or a corner snipped off. But hunting them down is part of the fun of collecting.
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