Offered for sale is an original German stereo copy of the original soundtrack to the 1967 film Casino Royale, long sought out by audiophiles.
About this copy: The copy offered for sale is an original, 1967 German stereo pressing on the RCA label, but bearing the same catalog number as the U.S. release on Colgems (COSO-5005)
The thin, UK-style cover is VG++, with faint ring wear.
The disc is VG+, on side one, with a couple of scuffs from the thick plastic original inner sleeve (included) but no marks indicating abuse. Side two is M-.
There are a number of spindle marks on the labels, but the vinyl is quite clean. It’s been played a few times but well cared for.
This is a beautiful copy of an audiophile classic and the only original German pressing we’ve ever seen.
Background: Due to complicated legal shenanigans, the rights to the James Bond novel Casino Royale were at one time held by a party other than EON Productions, the longtime creators of films in the James Bond franchise.
In 1967, producer Charles K. Feldman set out to produce Casino Royale as a spoof of James Bond films, and the resulting film featured a number of famous faces playing Bond, including David Niven, Woody Allen, and Peter Sellers.
While the resulting film was poorly received by critics, the soundtrack was successful, featuring tunes by Burt Bacharach and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.
The highlight of the album is the song, “The Look of Love”, sung by Dusty Springfield, in a recording that the Absolute Sound once described as the “quintessential recording of the human voice.” Her voice does have a remarkable, “you are there” quality to it.
Dusty Springfield later released an album entitled The Look of Love that included the song, but that album contained a new recording of the song that lacked the magical properties of the version she recorded for Casino Royale.
The soundtrack album, released on the long-defunct Colgems label, was out of print by the early 1970s and collectors and audiophiles have eagerly been seeking out copies ever since.
While the album has been reissued, most famously by the also now-defunct Classic Records, those pressings were made from master tapes that were then more than 30 years old. Obviously, original pressings would have been made when the tapes were still new and fresh.
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