Friday, 8 May 2015

Joe Loss Plays Your All-Time Party Hits (1971)


As requested by John, this LP is probably in every charity shop and flea market in the United Kingdom, but it is always entertaining and lots of fun!

I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!

Thursday, 7 May 2015

A Tribute To Benny & The Duke - The Ray Davies Orchestra (1974)


The fine and funky follow-up to I Believe In Music, this album sees Ray Davies taking the music of Big Band greats Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, and giving it a thoroughly modern (for 1974) re-arranging. As the sleeve notes from Ray himself state, not to expect carbon copy arrangements!

On the sleeve is a list of all the players, which reads like a who's who of British session / Easy players, with names such as Alan Hawkshaw on keyboards, Alf Bigden on drums, Don Lusher on Trombone, Duncan Lamont on Sax & flute, Dennis Lopez on Latin Percussion.

I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

I Believe In Music - Ray Davies & The Button Down Brass (1973)

Here is a rare one, which I have somehow never got round to posting here, though I have had it for many years!

An excellent blend of funky originals, the much-comped Heavy Water and Mach 1, soundtracks, God Bless The Child, Day By Day, Beautiful City & Tea For Two, McCartney's classic ballad My Love, and the traditional favourites, Swing Low Sweet Chariot & When The Saints Go Marching In, all have wonderful alternately funky and smooth, brassy arrangements!

Whilst an attempt by Ray at a lead vocal on the title track could be glossed over, that too has a great deal of charm and goes well with the rest of the album!

It is not in the very best of condition, but this does not detract from the listener's enjoyment at all.

I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Sound Of The Times - Les & Larry Elgart (1966)

Here is an excellent mid 60's album of pop, beat and brass!

At only 22½ minutes long, it is one of the shortest albums, but it does pack in so much into its running time!

I have previously posted the first track, I'm Coming Home Cindy, which was on one of the first Easy compilations I ever made, now over ten years ago, called Groovy!

Some tracks are well known, others not so, but all are well worth listening; the stereo sound really brings the music to life, and the vinyl is in much better condition than the sleeve!

I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!

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Friday, 13 March 2015

New World Championship Ballroom Dances - Joe Loss & His Orchestra (1979)

Apologies for the lack of activity, I have had problems with my computer, and my car, which have taken my focus away from here!

All seems to be back to normal now, so I have given the look of the site a quick refresh, and continue with sharing the best and newest albums in my collection!

Here is one of the few Joe Loss albums I did not have, indeed, I am pretty sure it was his last LP of original material (if anyone has information to the contrary, please let me know!).

The front sleeve was rather damaged, so I have given it a digital fix-up, the music is Joe Loss's usual rendering of then-current pop songs arranged for ballroom dancing.

If this is your thing, I hope you enjoy it and would love to hear a comment if you do!

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Monday, 12 January 2015

The Cheesy Listening Album - Various Artists (2002)

Here is an early compilation which helped get me into the whole genre of Easy Listening!

Featuring many of EMI's Easy big hitters such as Joe Loss, Geoff Love, Manuel & Ron Goodwin, it was a good introduction to Easy before I started trawling the charity shops round my way, and found many of the original LP's these tracks appeared on!

I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!

Album Preview - Music To Drive By (The Joe Loss Concertium)