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COLLECTING 007 – US Records
WRITTEN & COMPILED BY KEVIN HARPER

US Thunderball Soundtrack advert

The James Bond soundtrack albums released on record in the USA were often slightly different to their UK counterparts. Several albums had alternate artwork which eventually became the version used worldwide when the soundtracks were later re-issued on compact disc. Although some albums had identical artwork to the UK version, all had slight differences in the positioning of the lettering on the sleeve, and the usual contractual reversal of the producers credits.

Track listings were identical to the UK albums with the exception of Goldfinger which included John Barry's jazz instrumental of the title theme, but omitted the tracks ‘Golden Girl’, ‘Death of Tilly’, ‘The Laser Beam’ and ‘Pussy Galore's Flying Circus’. The US LP of You Only Live Twice featured Nancy Sinatra's reprise of the title song as the last track of the album; whereas the UK version replaced this with John Barry's instrumental ‘Twice Is The Only Way To Live’. Live And Let Die was the only US James Bond soundtrack album to have a gatefold sleeve on its original release featuring stills from the film. Collectors should also note that the final track on the US Thunderball soundtrack album ‘Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang’ was different on the mono and stereo versions of the record. The mono release is the arrangement now heard on the expanded Capitol-EMI CD, but the US stereo vinyl album had the orchestral backing track recorded for the unused Dionne Warwick version originally intended as the title song. The last-minute change came about when the producers decided that the film title should feature in the song.  An alto saxophone replaces the Warwick vocal on the US stereo album version. This version also appeared on the original UK LP releases.

US 33rpm 12" Long Playing Records

Dr. No Original Motion Picture Sound Track Album USA

Dr. No Original Motion Picture Sound Track Album USA rear sleeve

Dr. No Original Motion Picture Sound Track Album
United Artists Records UAL 4108 Mono (1963)
United Artists Records UAS 5108 Stereo (1963)

From Russia With Love Sound Track USA

From Russia With Love Sound Track USA rear sleeve

From Russia With Love Sound Track
United Artists Records UAL 4114 Mono (1964)
United Artists Records UAS 5114 Stereo (1964)

Goldfinger Original Motion Picture Score USA

Goldfinger Original Motion Picture Score USA rear sleeve

Goldfinger Original Motion Picture Sound Track
United Artists Records UAL 4117 Mono (1964)
United Artists Records UAS 5117 Stereo (1964)

 

Thunderball Original Motion Picture Score USA

Thunderball Original Motion Picture Score USA rear sleeve

Thunderball Original Motion Picture Sound Track
United Artists Records UAL 4132 Mono (1965)
United Artists Records UAS 5132 Stereo (1965)

 

You Only Live Twice Original Soundtrack Recording USA

You Only Live Twice Original Soundtrack Recording USA rear sleeve

You Only Live Twice Original Soundtrack
United Artists Records UAL 4155 Mono (1967)
United Artists Records UAS 5155 Stereo (1967)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USA

On Her Majesty's Secret Service Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USA rear sleeve

On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
United Artists Records UAS 5204 Stereo (1969)

Diamonds Are Forever Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USA

Diamonds Are Forever Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USA rear sleeve

Diamonds Are Forever
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
United Artists Records UAS 5220 Stereo (1971)

Live And Let Die Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USA

Live And Let Die Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USA rear sleeve

Live And Let Die
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
United Artists Records UA-L100-G Stereo (1973)

The original US pressing featured a gatefold sleeve
with a selection of stills from the film

The Man With The Golden Gun Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USA

The Man With The Golden Gun Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USA rear sleeve

The Man With The Golden Gun
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
United Artists Records UA-LA358-G Stereo (1974)

The Spy Who Loved Me Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USA

The Spy Who Loved Me Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USA rear sleeve

The Spy Who Loved Me
Original Motion Picture Score
United Artists Records UA-LA774-H Stereo (1977)

 

Moonraker Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USA

Moonraker Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USA rear sleeve

Moonraker
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
United Artists Records UA-LA971-I Stereo (1979)

 

For Your Eyes Only Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USA

For Your Eyes Only Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USA rear sleeve

For Your Eyes Only
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Liberty Records LOO-1109 Stereo (1981)

 

Octopussy Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USA

Octopussy Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USA rear sleeve

Octopussy
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
A&M Records SP 4967 Stereo (1983)

 
A View To A Kill Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USA

A View To A Kill Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USA rear sleeve

A View To A Kill
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Capitol Records SJ-12413 Stereo (1985)

 

The Living Daylights Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USA

The Living Daylights Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USA rear sleeve

The Living Daylights
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Warner Bros Records W1-25616 Stereo (1987)

 

Licence To Kill Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USA

Licence To Kill Original Motion Picture Soundtrack USA rear sleeve

Licence To Kill
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
MCA Records MCA-6307 Stereo (1989)

 
   

Read the full fascinating
story behind the album regarded by some music
critics as the
finest-sounding
LP of all time!

 

There is one James Bond record that always stood head and shoulders above all else, and whose sound quality on vinyl made it one of the most sought-after recordings of all time. The film is the one that most fans prefer to forget, but who can forget the outstanding quality of the music? It can only be 1967's Casino Royale - the film that was too much for one James Bond!

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