Soundtracks on Vinyl

edited December 2011 in Merchandise Posts: 162
Are there any other vinyl collectors out there?

I've been trying to collect all the soundtracks on vinyl, and so far I have YOLT, TSWLM, FRWL, LALD, and FYEO

I almost bought TB, and OHMSS (much to my wallet's chagrin), but they had scratches on them, and I of course want to listen to them in the best quality possible.

Anyone else have some Bond LPs?

I also have a 45 of The Living Daylights

With vinyl making a comeback, do you think they'll release more of the soundtracks on vinyl?

I know they released something with the QOS title song, but I wouldn't want to even think about listening to that horrid song again....

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  • Posts: 358
    I think we will only get vinyl singles as most artists want vinyl now. It would be nice to have a new vinyl soundtrack but it will never happen again unless The Vinyl Factory get hold of it and charge us £500.
  • Posts: 562
    I've got MR and FYEO on vinyl, but that's it. Got FYEO from my mum who bought it in '81 and found MR in a second-hand shop for about $3.00 US.
  • Monsieur_AubergineMonsieur_Aubergine Top of the Eiffel Tower with a fly in my soup!
    edited December 2011 Posts: 642
    Bought OHMSS from a car boot sale in the summer for £1.00
    It's the 1969 deluxe gatefold version with lazenby in ski gear across the middle , could not believe my luck.

    I also have TB, MWTGG, FYEO, TLD, LTK, FRWL, DAF.

    Also a fantastic 10 year anniversary collection double album featuring Bonds best soundtrack pieces from Dr No to DAF.

    One thing to look out for is the pressing details, some LPs look original but many were mass produced on inferior labels.

    Happy collecting folks. :-)
  • Got the lot - well at least up until the Dalton era when they started putting them on those silly little plastic discs - cds.

    From YOLT I bought them as released (mainly the UA label), originally bought the previous previous Connery albums on the Sunset label, but have since managed to get UA versions. Getting on a little sometimes has advantages.

  • Posts: 1,497
    I've been on the look-out lately. But so far I could only find For Your Eyes Only. It sounds great on vinyl, and I must say the Bill Conti soundtrack is really growing on me.

    Otherwise they are hard to come by, but then again there's a lot of collector's in my city.

    In regards to QOS, Jack White has his own record shop, which presses vinyl exclusively I believe, so I'm sure there are pressings of AWTD found there.
  • Posts: 401
    I have the OHMSS score on vinyl. It sounds infinitely better than the CD issue for some reason.
  • Posts: 3,315
    I have them all from Dr No to Moonraker. I stopped buying Bond on vinyl LPs when Bill Conti first assaulted my ears with the dreadful FYEO, and only dipped in once more with John Barry's final TLD.

    Apart from the LPs I also bought the 45s of FYEO, AVTAK, TLD plus the 12" of TLD.
  • Posts: 6,432
    I have FRWL, LALD, MR, LTK on vinyl. had a great deal more on various formats though either gave them away or when i moved left them behind.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Still waiting for the Jena Malone Batwoman movie that's never going to be made.Moderator
    Posts: 12,067
    I've got LPs of FRWL, GF, TB, YOLT & OHMSS.
  • I now have Goldfinger on vinyl as well.
  • Posts: 278
    I also have them all up to TLD, along with the singles from TLD!! Which are aha 7" & 12" & The Pretenders!!
    Also have NSNA, along with a few collection albums!!
    Some are older than others bought during the 80's and 90's, from 58 Dean St Records in London (Soundtrack specialist's), sadly no longer there!!
    Got a USB turn table recently and have been converting them to my Ipod, along with other classic scores from 60's etc!! All good fun!? :D
  • Posts: 1,497
    MrEon wrote:
    Got a USB turn table recently and have been converting them to my Ipod, along with other classic scores from 60's etc!! All good fun!? :D

    How is the sound once converted? I would think the warmth and richness of the analog vinyl sound would be lost, no?

  • Posts: 278
    JBFan626 wrote:
    MrEon wrote:
    Got a USB turn table recently and have been converting them to my Ipod, along with other classic scores from 60's etc!! All good fun!? :D

    How is the sound once converted? I would think the warmth and richness of the analog vinyl sound would be lost, no?

    Yes there is a loss of sorts, but over all i've been impressed by the little turn table!!
    Its a tool to convert, so making it easy to listen to vinyl on a ipod etc!!
    But then i play the same vinyl on my Rega turntable through normal 2 channel stereo and as you say the warm and richness is all there to be heard!!
    But a good little tool never the less!
  • I have all the Bond films from 1962 until 1987 on vinyl. I started back in 1971 and even have the YOLT album with the misspelled title of COUNTDOWN FOR BLOFIELD on the back cover.
  • ShardlakeShardlake Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
    edited April 2012 Posts: 4,043
    I've got FRWL-TLD on vinyl although I haven't got FYEO or OP, not really that interested in FYEO but would like to have OP to have the complete Barry set.

    Vinyl is the one true format and digital just sucks in comparison.
  • Posts: 1,497
    I can't for the life of me find ANY OTHER vinyls except FYEO and AVTAK. I've scoured all the used record shops, and in some instances a store will have multiple copies of these two! Are these the ones nobody wants? I personally enjoy the FYEO score quite a bit.

  • ShardlakeShardlake Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
    Posts: 4,043
    Ebay is your best bet although you'll pay through the nose on some titles, OHMSS won't come cheap.
  • ShardlakeShardlake Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
    Posts: 4,043
    I'm all for them re-issuing the soundtracks as long as they get a proper analogue remastering and not this ridiculous digital on vinyl like the recent Pink Floyd re-issues, thankfully I have all the albums on lovely analogue pressings.
    MrEon wrote:
    JBFan626 wrote:
    MrEon wrote:
    Got a USB turn table recently and have been converting them to my Ipod, along with other classic scores from 60's etc!! All good fun!? :D

    How is the sound once converted? I would think the warmth and richness of the analog vinyl sound would be lost, no?

    Yes there is a loss of sorts, but over all i've been impressed by the little turn table!!
    Its a tool to convert, so making it easy to listen to vinyl on a ipod etc!!
    But then i play the same vinyl on my Rega turntable through normal 2 channel stereo and as you say the warm and richness is all there to be heard!!
    But a good little tool never the less!

    I have a Rega Planar 2 myself and I swear by it, my most recent purchase was the RHCP Blood Sugar Sex Majik the new analogue remaster, it's never sounded better. Coincidently my parents are popping up to see me and Mum said I can have their USB turntable as she's finished with it.

    I'm all for them re-issuing the soundtracks as long as they get a proper analogue remastering and not this ridiculous digital on vinyl like the recent Pink Floyd re-issues, thankfully I have all the albums on lovely analogue pressings.
  • Samuel001Samuel001 Moderator
    edited April 2012 Posts: 13,309
    I have all the Bond films from 1962 until 1987 on vinyl. I started back in 1971 and even have the YOLT album with the misspelled title of COUNTDOWN FOR BLOFIELD on the back cover.

    Wow, a very lucky person.

    I've been reading the archives of your website recently. It's great fun looking back all those years - thanks for the memories @Doctor_Shatterhand.
  • Posts: 278
    Shardlake wrote:
    I've got FRWL-TLD on vinyl although I haven't got FYEO or OP, not really that interested in FYEO but would like to have OP to have the complete Barry set.

    Vinyl is the one true format and digital just sucks in comparison.

    I have a spare copy of OP if ya want it!! :-B
  • Which Bond soundtracks/singles have actually been released on vinyl? I know about Dr.No - Licence to Kill, DAD, Another Way to Die, Skyfall/ADELE's Skyfall, but what about GE, TND, TWINE, and CR?
  • Posts: 4,834
    Well, all of them util LTK. Of course, that was before the arrival of the CD.

    I have them all, of course. BTW, my edition of GF is the british one, with the tracks that were removed for the american release.
  • edited February 2013 Posts: 12,488
    I've got TLD on vinyl and on CD. The only Bond soundtrack I own actually.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
    Posts: 35,149
    Apologies for bumping such an old thread but does anyone know why QoS (and some other titles, for that matter) never received a vinyl release? I just noticed you can get the AWTD title and instrumental tracks on vinyl but nothing for the full soundtrack. I'd pay damn good money for that.
  • Posts: 785
    Creasy47 wrote: »
    Apologies for bumping such an old thread but does anyone know why QoS (and some other titles, for that matter) never received a vinyl release? I just noticed you can get the AWTD title and instrumental tracks on vinyl but nothing for the full soundtrack. I'd pay damn good money for that.

    I'm a completist, so also would want to own the QOS album on vinyl as well. Of Arnold's Bond scores, only Casino Royale has been released (and I look forward to splurging on it closer to the Christmas season!). Searching through the Discogs site, it looks like GE, TND, TWINE, DAD, and QOS are the only scores not released on vinyl. I'm guessing that it wasn't financially viable to print vinyl albums from the mid-1990s through to the 2000s due to the dominance of CDs and digital formats. The vinyl renaissance began to peak in the mid-2010s, and I believe it was in 2015 that the old Bond scores were re-released in that format.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
    Posts: 35,149
    Creasy47 wrote: »
    Apologies for bumping such an old thread but does anyone know why QoS (and some other titles, for that matter) never received a vinyl release? I just noticed you can get the AWTD title and instrumental tracks on vinyl but nothing for the full soundtrack. I'd pay damn good money for that.

    I'm a completist, so also would want to own the QOS album on vinyl as well. Of Arnold's Bond scores, only Casino Royale has been released (and I look forward to splurging on it closer to the Christmas season!). Searching through the Discogs site, it looks like GE, TND, TWINE, DAD, and QOS are the only scores not released on vinyl. I'm guessing that it wasn't financially viable to print vinyl albums from the mid-1990s through to the 2000s due to the dominance of CDs and digital formats. The vinyl renaissance began to peak in the mid-2010s, and I believe it was in 2015 that the old Bond scores were re-released in that format.

    I know vinyls have been making a big comeback in the last few years, so it'd be nice to see those get a release eventually.
  • Posts: 111
    This is one of my favorite Bond elements to discuss and research. In the vinyl realm you're dealing with DN-LTK pretty much. AVTAK and TLD were already digital recordings and GE onwards had no vinyl outside of a 7" or digital cut vinyl.

    If you can get clean original copies for DN-LTK there are some amazing experiences to be had in terms of impact and mixing. However you have to get used to the LP edits all over again after becoming accustomed to the 90's Ryko CDs and the 2003 Capitol expanded remastered CDs. It's criminal there has been no definitive archival complete releases for the series. At least LaLaLand did the amazing 2CD complete TWINE and DAD.

    I have some of the title song singles and am working on tracking down more. The only thing I'm missing US album wise is a clean original US mono DN. I went over my Bond LP collection a while back on my youtube channel if you'd like visuals and some mix comparison discussion:
    Luckily I finally found two UK original presses and hope to someday have DN-LTK this way as well:

    Basically cleanliness and original presses are the things to shoot for. It's gotten quite difficult to obtain all the Bond scores this way and sadly most are only perhaps slightly better or different to what you're going to experience on CD in terms of the main LP tracklistings. It's also going to be extremely dependent on the strength of your system. Later 70's/80's reissues from UA and Liberty are usually excellent and reuse original stampers.

    Most of the original pressings have a luster and sparkle not always found on the remasters so for the audiophile Bond fan I do recommend them in conjunction with the 03 CDs and so on.

    The big audio mix points are:
    DN in stereo is fake stereo as the recording was mono. The film score has never been released.
    FRWL, GF, TB, YOLT all sound excellent in both stereo and mono editions. TB has the alternate MKKBB instrumental on the mono.
    OHMSS has great punch to the original pressing and is a noticeable step up in sound quality. DAF takes this even further but it's hard to get used to the truncated cues again.
    LALD is a ballsier mix on the original LP than the 2003 remaster. It has the amazing laminated gatefold and is a must own.
    TMWTGG once you find a clean one sounds great and a tad better than the 03 remaster.
    TSWLM is a great sounding LP and very common. Unfortunately its a rerecording and the film mix has never been released.
    MR sounds as good as the LP mix ever has on the orginal pressing and is again better than the 03 remaster.
    FYEO is punchy, dynamic and a great sounding LP equaling the Ryko expanded remaster.
    OP is a nice sounding LP but sadly doesn't have a whole lot of the score in the sequencing. I'd say it sounds a tad warmer perhaps than the Ryko CD/03 CD.
    AVTAK is a must own LP. Digital recording, fantastic mastering by Wally Traugott that got ported to the great Japanese CDs. Avoid the 2003 remastered CD which sounds terrible. I finally obtained the UK white 45 for the title song and did a shootout between it, the US 7" and the US LP and the US LP actually came out on top!
    TLD sounds great but is hard to find seemingly because of less printed by the Warner Bros. at the time of the CD boom. Mine had inner groove distortion that did go away with a stylus upgrade.
    LTK is without question the hardest LP to find. The CD is far more plentiful but itself isn't the most common disc either. Both have the same amazing mastering by Bernie Grundman with the LP sounding a teensy bit warmer. Unfortunately they are marred by the atrocious sequencing of cues and all the source music being included.

    Lastly I would say to probably avoid the modern LP represses. They seem to be overpriced digital cut vinyl releases from Capitol and of dubious sourcing/cutting. Recently some hires versions of the classic scores have appeared on retail sites but the lack of reviews, high cost and original LP tracklistings mean I haven't tried any yet.

  • edited August 7 Posts: 111
    The only other thing I'd add is that if you only purchased one Bond LP for sound quality it should be without question the US Colgems Stereo LP for Casino Royale '67. Its legendary audiophile status is one thing-but experiencing it for yourself is whole other eye opener.
    As soon as the needle drops you're literally dropped into the recording session. You feel as if you're actually there because the recording quality is that phenomenal.
    It's the finest sounding record I own and one of the best I've ever experienced.
  • Posts: 785
    Very insightful overview, @hegottheboot_ !

    I own the LPs of DN through LTK + SF, and found most of them in record shops in Canada and elsewhere over the years. The only exceptions where I caved in and ordered online were the TLD and LTK albums - as you mention, very hard to find!
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
    Posts: 35,149
    Wonderful post, @hegottheboot_, definitely adds a lot to the discussion and intrigue of acquiring and enjoying the vinyls. I don't own that many, would love to flesh out my collection and get the others. I try to keep an eye out for them anytime I'm in a vinyl shop.
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