Burt Bacharach's Casino Royale
Quartet Records and MGM presents the first official vinyl reissue of Burt Bacharach’s timeless classic soundtrack for the 1967 James Bond spoof Casino Royale!
The infectious main theme performed by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass is just the starting point of an epic comedy ride that includes such highlights as the unforgettable “The Look of Love,” sung by Dusty Springfield, or the epic fight music at the end of the film. Produced by record industry legend Phil Ramone, the original soundtrack LP offered selected highlights, expertly edited to showcase the best parts of the entire score. Thanks to the legendary sound quality of the stereo copies, this record became one of the most highly sought-after collectibles in the industry.
Previously released on CD by several labels, including Quartet Records, this edition is an important landmark for this legendary score, and we can proudly say that it now sounds better than ever. This new vinyl edition has been produced, restored and mastered by wizard engineer Chris Malone, rebuilding the score from the ground up. The soundtrack album has long been considered a cornerstone of the audiophile’s collection. Lauded by The Absolute Sound, the original Colgems release continues to remain in pole-position as the best sounding “popular” LP vinyl disc of all time.
Malone’s work has focused on addressing unintended technical anomalies (such as filling dropouts and covering analogue splices) rather than broadly applying a modern sound palette. He has eschewed dynamic range compression and retained the brilliance of the original recording. The first LP is a fully remastered reissue of the iconic original stereo vinyl, playing in all its splendor. The second LP contains all the unreleased material, in mono (music stems are still the only available source to date), but Chris has worked them in a very different mood from our previous edition, respecting the mono without adding any stereo reverb and carefully restoring each track in a very warm way.
This special 2XLP is limited to 500 units only, pressed on 180 gram black vinyl, all of it housed in a gatefold jacket designed by Nacho B. Govantes, retaining the iconic original cover art by Robert McGinnis. The package includes liner notes by Jeff Bond and Chris Malone.
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