ELMER BERNSTEIN & HIS ORCHESTRA – “ALL TIME MOVIE GREATS” (CONTOUR) 1972

A LOW PRICE QUALITY RECORDING


ELMER BERNSTEIN & HIS ORCHESTRA – “All Time Movie Greats” (Contour 2870 182) 1972

Here’s another recent Charity shop find for the princely sum of £2. It states on the record cover ‘a low price quality recording’ and the evidence is the Woolco price sticker of 39p.

The record may have been a cheap budget label release back in 1972 but it seems that someone filed it away next to something hot because the vinyl is warped to buggery. It plays through fine though!

I plead ignorance to Elmer Bernstein and had to undertake some research. It appears that Mr Bernstein was incredibly famous for composing and arranging Hollywood film scores throughout his career.

Some of his well known works of art include “The Great Escape”, “The Magnificent Seven” and “To Kill A Mockingbird”. Many others too, well into the eighties.

On this album Elmer Bernstein & his Orchestra have recorded tunes I’ve heard before from films but listening to the disc on a decent HI-FI set-up I realise that his short symphonies are actually magnificent.  

This is not my usual aural pleasure by any means and I would never have known about the record unless I ventured into that local Charity shop last Saturday morning.

I’ll have to seek out more of his records in the future, especially his sixties recordings.  

charity shop purchase @ £2

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