Sunday, 17 December 2017

Thank you and goodbye!

Well, I think it's now time to let you know that I have decided not to do any more posts here on Easy Listening World. 

It is not far away from ten years of existence for my blog which has had many thousands of visitors, a fact I will always be very proud of. I believe that I have been able to continue when so many similar blogs have stopped or been closed is due to my care ensuring that I was only offering what was unable elsewhere and not posting too frequently, the only point to the blog being a love for a style of music which has generally been consigned to the past, ignored by record companies as not being worthy of re-issue to a rather small group of enthusiasts.

I have for the entire length of the blog enjoyed sharing my discoveries with you all, the only currency I would consider accepting being your comments, however I have often felt that considering the number of downloads and visitors against the number of comments, it seems an extremely small proportion of visitors have been prepared to offer comment on my posts.

I realise that I have made no new posts in recent weeks and months, but in that time the only new comments that have come have been meaningless spam, and boy, have there have been a lot of them.  For that reason I have generally stopped reading them and that has taken away much of my  motivation for continuing to share my collection here.

I am not going to close or delete anything, but obviously links over time will expire and not be replaced.

Thanks for all the support, visits and comments from everyone over these ten years, particularly  the personal connections I have made; without you it would not have lasted this long!

So, in the words of The Two Ronnies, it's goodnight from me (and goodnight from him)!

All the best,


Sunday, 2 July 2017

Listen Easy! - Various Artists (1998 BBC Compilation)

My apologies for the lack of activity here over the last month or so, I have had a few computer problems and been unable to upload for a while.

Here is a fine compilation of 70s pop, played by some big names in UK Easy Listening, such as Norrie Paramor, Neil Richardson, John Fox, Ronnie Aldrich and Johnny Douglas!

Featuring one or two songs seldom recorded by Easy orchestras such as Elton John's Daniel, Neil Young's Heart Of Gold and Don Mclean's Vincent, these are a rare Easy treat!

All recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 2 during the 1970s, many of these tracks would not have seen release to the public at the time. 

This was also one of the first CD compilations of Easy Listening I picked up in the late 90s as my introduction to the instrumental Easy genre.

Unavailable for many years, this album is a cracking good listen and I can heartily recommend it!

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

Album Preview - Heart Of Gold

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

BBC presents The Northern Dance Orchestra (1972)

Another fine album from my series of classic Easy LP's from our BBC!

The BBC Northern Dance Orchestra were featured almost daily on many BBC Radio shows from their formation in 1956 until 1975 when it was re-named the BBC Northern Radio Orchestra, which was eventually disbanded by the corporation in 1985.

Many of its recordings were made at the Playhouse Theatre, here in Manchester, a fine old theatre which I had the pleasure of visiting with my mum and dad several times during the 1980's for recordings of Radio 2 comedy shows.

This record, however, was recorded at the famous Strawberry Studios in nearby Stockport due to the Playhouse not having stereo capability.

Their roots in Big Band music are very obvious, but do well the pop and latin tracks also featured here.

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

Album Preview - How Insensitive

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Johnny Edwards' Slightly Latin (1976)

We seem to be in the middle of a series of albums from the good old BBC at the moment!

Subtitled The Easy Listening Sounds Of Radio 2 Vol. 3, this is a fine selection of tracks, featuring contemporary pop songs such as Killing Me Softly, Without You and Tie A Yellow Ribbon, blended with original library tracks from Syd Dale, Tony Hatch and arranger and trombonist Johnny Edwards himself.

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

Album Preview - All On A Summer's Day

Monday, 15 May 2017

S'Wonderful - Various Artists (1973)

A fine sampler album from the good old BBC!
I do have several of the featured albums, and have posted / are planning to post them, but this is a very good album by itself, featuring a blend of standards, pop songs and a couple of originals, too.
My picks are the tracks from Pete Winslow's Test Card album, along with the tracks from John Fox's Gershwin album.
 I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
Album Preview - S'Wonderful

Sunday, 7 May 2017

By Request (Radio 2 Top Tunes, Vol. 4) - Norrie Paramor & The Midland Radio Orchestra (1978)

Fine collection of (mostly UK) pop hits of the late 1970's.
The tracks which will be known by fans outside the UK are Abba's Take A Chance On Me, The Carpenters' Sweet Sweet Smile, Wings' Mull Of Kintyre, Don't Cry For Me Argentina from Evita and possibly Walk In Love by The Manhattan Transfer, all of which are featured here in nice Easy pop arrangements which would have been originally featured on BBC Radio 2 programmes at the time.
I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
Album Preview - Take A Chance On Me