2. Sound of Music
3. I Don't Know How To Love Him
4. I Could Have Danced All Night
6. As Long As He Needs Me
2. Day By Day
3. If I Were A Rich Man
4. Wand'rin' Star
5. Lost Horizon
6. Impossible Dream
Produced by : Norman Newell
Assistant Producer : Gil King
Recording Engineer : Peter Bown
The success or otherwise of a film musical depends totally on the quality of the music and lyrics which are featured on it.
On this album Geoff Love has
selected the best-known and most successful songs from the dozen most prominent
film musicals of the last decade and has added his own unique brand of
arrangement to each of these items to provide an indispensable collection of Big
Musical Movie Themes.
When the score of "The Sound
of Music" comprises a large number of songs of such consistently high
achievement, what better one to choose than the gracefully evocative title
song? It is fitting also that Geoff should select two items from the prolific
and talented partnership of Lerner and Loewe, the excitement and vivacity of "I
Could have Danced all Night" from "My Fair Lady" contrasting neatly with the
more subdued philosophical hit "Wand'rin' Star" from "Paint Your Wagon", which
the gravel tones of Lee
Marvin hoisted high into the best-selling singles charts.
The current vogue of
religious rock-musicals gave rise to "Godspell" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" and
Geoff has taken a song from each of these new films to include among his
collection. Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Time Rice's "I don't know how to love him"
shares the same essentially plaintive and gentle mood with "Day by Day", the
latter being the first and most prominent
hit song from "Godspell".
The man responsible for the
new film production of "Jesus Christ Superstar", Norman Jewison, was also the
producer of the highly successful and long-running film musical "Fiddler on the
Roof", starring Topol, whose most famous song "If I were a Rich Man", featured
by Geoff on this album, was one of the high spots of both the stage and screen
versions of this musical. A similar popularity was maintained in the transfer
from stage to screen of the many times recorded "America" from "West Side Story"
and of the scintillating title theme from "Cabaret". This film, which justly
established Liza Minnelli in the public eye as a superstar in her own right,
re-creates with superb feeling the atmosphere of a Berlin night-club in the
1930s; and we are only too happy to heed the
bidding of our compelling Master of Ceremonies and "leave our troubles on the doorstep" as we enter and come under the spell of the cabaret.
Since Burt Bacharach and Hal
David teamed up in 1957 they have written 192 songs together, but surprisingly
their score for the film "Lost Horizon", which was chosen to feature in the
Royal Film Performance of 1973, marked the first occasion on which they had
composed a complete screen musical. It is the title theme that Geoff Love has
chosen to play on this occasion as he invites us to take a musical journey to
The three songs which serve
to complete Geoff's selection on this album have all become firmly established
as perennial favourites in their own right. The reputation and success of "The
Impossible Dream" preceded the arrival of the film "Man of La Mancha" in this
country; Barbra Streisand's definitive rendering of "People" has established the
song as one which nearly all popular musical artists include in their
repertoire, and "As long as he needs me" sounds as appropriate and relevant
today as when Lionel Bart
first conceived it in the context of the enormously successful "Oliver".
All the themes played here by
the Geoff Love Orchestra owe a large part of their popularity to big musical
film productions. Individually they stand out as major compositions in their
own right, collectively they form a superb tribute to the music of the cinema by
this country's most consistently popular orchestra.
Big Musical Movie Themes
Played By Geoff Love And His Orchestra
12" Vinyl, 1979
Music For Pleasure, SMFP 50059
This album was generously contributed by Matt Jeffery.