Brigitte Bardot

Love Is My Profession/Where the Hot Wind Blows!

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This album contains soundtrack music from two 1958 European films starring noted sex stars. En Cas de Malheur featured Brigitte Bardot, then in her early twenties. It appeared in the U.S. in the spring of 1959 under the title Love Is My Profession. La Loi, with Gina Lollobrigida, then in her early thirties, was called Where the Hot Wind Blows! when it turned up in America in the fall of 1960. Everest Records, a true bottom feeder even among budget labels, released an LP with one side devoted to each film and a total running time under half an hour. But, clearly, the second soundtrack was just intended to be filler; color photographs of Bardot showing plenty of cleavage graced the front and back covers. The CD reissue that followed 40 years later was worse, if possible. There were practically no credits, and the few that were printed on the disc itself were sometimes incorrect: composers René Cloërc (Love Is My Profession) and Roman Vlad (How the Hot Wind Blows!) both got their names misspelled. The disc itself sounded like it had been mastered from an old LP. Bardot remained the chief selling point, as the CD booklet consisted of nine color photographs of her, some in a coy state of undress. For all that, the music was not bad, with Cloërc's untitled cues lush and romantic, but sometimes playful, and Vlad's more varied. Collectors of 1950s film soundtracks could take note; for everyone else, this was an expensive way to get a handful of cheescake shots of Bardot (and why none of Lollobrigida?).

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