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Geoff Love & His OrchestraBig War Movie Themes & Big Concerto Movie Themes  
Geoff Love & His Orchestra
Big War Movie Themes & Big Concerto Movie Themes

Big War Movie Themes
The original LP MFP 5171 (1971) Stereo

Colonel Bogey (Alford) excerpt from The River Kwai March (Arnold) from the film The Bridge on the River Kwai
Lawrence of Arabia (Jarre)
The Guns of Navarone (Tiomkin; Webster)
Battle of Britain (Goodwin)
The Longest Day (Anka)
Where Eagles Dare (Goodwin)
633 Squadron (Goodwin)   
The Dam Busters (Coates)
The Great Escape March (Bernstein; Stillman)
The Green Berets (Rózsa)
Is Paris Burning? (Jarre)
Reach for the Sky (Addison)

Big Concerto Movie Themes
The original LP MFP 5261 (1972) Stereo

Warsaw Concerto (Addinsell) from Dangerous Moonlight
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini op.43 (Rachmaninov) from The Story of Three Loves
Spellbound Concerto (Rózsa) from Spellbound
Theme from Concerto in B flat minor (Tchaikovsky arr Love) from The Music Lovers
Cornish Rhapsody (Bath) from Love Story
The Dream of Olwen (Williams) from While I Live
The Legend of the Glass Mountain (Rota) from The Glass Mountain
The Way to the Stars (Brodszky)   
Theme from Grieg's Piano Concerto (Grieg arr Love) from Song of Norway

CDLK 4468

"Last year Vocalion made the smart move to begin re-releasing the extremely popular series of MFP albums from the 1970s by Geoff Love and his Orchestra. Recent releases included Big Terror Movie Themes, Big Suspense Themes and Bond Movies. Now, Vocalion have released one of the most popular titles in the series, BIG WAR MOVIE THEMES (CDLK 4468). The original 1971 LP (MFP 5171) has arguably become an iconic image. Culturally, and perhaps because of its original budget price, the album found its way into thousands of vinyl collections across the UK. Making its debut on CD, BIG WAR THEMES has lost none of its power to thrill. Unlike similar cover compilations (which had a tendency to sound either weak or tipped in comparison), these beautifully recorded themes retain an epic and sumptuous edge. Love and his Orchestra are clearly on top of their game and one can only imagine the brisling atmosphere that immersed Studio 1 at the Abbey road studios. The album offers a generous collection of the most memorable war themes including Ron Goodwin’s Where Eagles Dare, Battle of Britain and 633 Squadron, Dimitri Tiomkin’s The Guns of Navarone and Maurice Jarre’s enigmatic Lawrence of Arabia. A wonderful remastering job provided by Michael J Dutton helps propel this vintage recording to a worthy high end, professional standard. As a bonus, Vocalion have also doubled up on this CD and included Geoff Love’s 1972 album BIG CONCERTO MOVIE THEMES. Originally released on LP (MFP 5261), the album concentrates on the cinematic use of classical themes. As one would expect, there is a more serious edge to this collection of music. However, it remains a glorious reminder of how the influences of classical composers and their works have lived on through cinema history. Vocalion’s continued commitment to these long lost classic albums is certainly worthy of the highest respect."
Darren Allison, Cinema Retro Soundtrack Editor, Cinema Retro Magazine

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