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


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Tuff Guitar - Al Caiola (1965)

Here is a very nice Easy guitar album from Al Caiola courtesy of our friend Suffering Fools, who is sending me so many great albums to share at the moment!

The combination of guitar lead and full orchestra is a 60's sound I enjoy very much, and this one is well worth a listen, with its very varied track listing, moving from Rock 'N Roll classics to movie soundtracks with ease.

My favourite track is the marvellous version of the Fab Four's A Hard Day's Night which can be previewed below.

Thanks to Suffering Fools once again for his time and effort bringing this one and many others to us, please comment if you enjoy it!

Album Preview - A Hard Day's Night

Monday, 15 September 2014

Music To Watch Birds By - The Bob Crewe Generation (1967)

Here, reposted today in tribute to the great Bob Crewe who has died at the age of 83, is this groovy trip back to the swinging sixties filled with brass, strings, and wonderful light 60s beat grooves.

The follow-up to the classic album Music To Watch Girls By, all 10 tracks are fantastic and I give this my highest rating!

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

Rest in peace, Bob!

Album Preview - Birds Of Britain


Friday, 5 September 2014

Nice 'N' Easy Volume 4 - Various Artists (1975)

Volume Four features great tracks from Easy favourites Paul Mauriat, The Button Down Brass, Chaquito and Ray McVay.

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

Album Preview - Help Yourself (Ray McVay And His Orchestra)