Monday, 24 November 2014

Tuff Guitar English Style (Stereo) - Al Caiola (1965)


In my previous post, this album was generously provided by Suffering Fools, but it was the mono version. I appealed for anyone who had the stereo version, and with big thanks to DIDI, here it is!

I know that mono has its charms for recordings of a certain age, but I do feel that stereo makes the music somehow feel more alive!

Album Preview - You Really Got Me

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Love Is Blue - Living Marimbas (1968)


Another fine album from our friend Suffering Fools, this is a mix of film soundtrack tunes, one TV soundtrack, and some standards and traditional themes.

Another quality rip, the album has some top orchestral arrangements, with the melodies played on the marimba. It is a nice blend of instruments and makes for very Easy Listening!

Thanks again to Suffering Fools for all his effort bringing this album to us, I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!

Album Preview - Love Is Blue

 

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Tuff Guitar English Style - Al Caiola (1965)


Here is another fine album from our friend Suffering Fools.

Another from the Easy guitar man, Al Caiola, it features a blend of classic 60s pop songs with some other very good selections, including an original from Al himself!

Released in the UK under the title Tuff Guitar British Style (presumably not to offend Scottish music fans), I love the blend of guitar and brass on this, and although this is the mono version, it is nonetheless a very enjoyable listen!

Should anybody out there have the stereo version of this album, please share it with us!

Thanks again to Suffering Fools for all his time and effort bringing us another great album, and please leave him a comment if you enjoy it!

Album Preview - Liverpool Ferry

 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Nice 'N' Easy Volume 5 - Various Artists (1976)




Here is the fifth, and I believe final volume of this fine UK Easy sampler album series.

Very much John Gregory's album (as the Cascading Strings and the John Gregory Orchestra, with undoubtedly Ray Davies on trumpet), dominating the track list, along with favourites like Ray Davies's Button Down Brass, Syd Lawrence, and Ray McVay.

The usual blend of standards and contemporary pop hits, it is well worth a listen.

I have other "sampler" albums such as Soft And Easy and Take It Easy among others which will be coming up very soon!

I see that the visitor counter on my blog is getting close to the million, so as it approaches, I will be preparing some extra special posts, including another themed ELW compilation!

I hope you enjoy this album, and please comment if you do!

Album Preview - We've Only Just Begun (John Gregory Orchestra)

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Steel Band Limbo Twist - The Invaders & Kintups Steel Bands (1962)



Here is another curiosity from our friend Suffering Fools, a steel band album from the early 60's.

From Suffering Fools: 
"If Moon River played on steel drums is your idea of Easy Listening, then this is your baby!"

Thanks are again due to him for all his time and effort bringing this and other great albums to us!

Album Preview - Moon River

 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Roman Spectacular - Charles Magnante And His Orchestra (1958)




Another nice selection by our friend Suffering Fools, this has full orchestra and accordion playing a programme of traditional Italian melodies.

It's very different, a slightly older album than the usual for this blog, but sounding great and still well worth a listen!

Thanks to Suffering Fools for all his effort bringing this fine album to us, I hope you enjoy it and please comment of you do!

Album Preview - O Sole Mio