To get some discographical confusion out of the way, it seems that the Ulterior Motive Orchestra as such never existed. The name seems to have been created purely for a 1996 reissue entitled S.P.Y.T.I.M.E., which draws from instrumental spy music albums recorded in the mid-'60s by David Lloyd & His London Orchestra, and Johnny Pearson and His London Orchestra. Though many of these song titles were also titles of James Bond films, note that they are not always the familiar themes from the movies themselves. Several were written by Los Angeles composer-arranger Warren Baker from the titles of the Ian Fleming novels, years in advance of their eventual screen adaptations. Got all that? The important thing to know is that if you're in the market for '60s spy music, the Ulterior Motive Orchestra, or whoever they really were, made some really good, atmospheric recordings in the style. Despite the exploitative nature of the projects (these are not the original recordings of the soundtrack themes), the tracks are chock-a-block full of sinister guitar riffs and grand, Euro-style orchestrations.
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