Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Nice 'N' Easy - Various Artists (1972)

In readiness of the other four volumes of this UK Easy sampler series coming here to ELW, here is a repost of the original album, first posted here almost three years ago, and long since unavailable.

Featuring a host of Easy stars such as Chaquito, Ray McVay, and Paul Mauriat, it is a fine sampler for the smooth Easy sound of the '70s, with a mixture of traditional Easy fare, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, Lara's Theme, Love Story etc., and Easy pop tracks such as Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep, Aquarius, I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing.

My highlight, however, is the best version of In The Mood I have ever heard; the energy in the arrangement and playing really is something else!

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

Album Sample - In The Mood (Syd Lawrence Orchestra)

Monday, 14 July 2014

Mellow - Las Suavitas Guitars

Here we have another album courtesy of our friend from the US, Suffering Fools, who seems to have a knack of finding some great and obscure American Easy albums!

This is a collection of 22 (!) tracks given very simple and light latin guitar arrangements.

My pick is Frenesi, a song I like to hear in any arrangement!

Thanks again to S.F. for the album, and if you download and enjoy, please leave a comment for him, as all the credit is his on this one!

Album Preview - Frenesi

Monday, 30 June 2014

9 To 5 - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1980)

After Dolly Parton's magnificent triumph at Glastonbury this weekend, here is one of the few related albums I have.

The very hard to find soundtrack album from the classic comedy movie, featuring the main and end title versions of the very famous Dolly Parton song, with some excellent incidental music written by Charles Fox.

Aside from the title song, my picks are Office Montage, Charlie's Bar, and Easy Time.

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

Album Preview - Office Montage

Monday, 16 June 2014

Whose Masquerade?

Our friend, Suffering Fools would again appreciate your help to identify a piece of music.
Please watch and listen to the above clip and comment if you can help!
Thanks very much!

Monday, 2 June 2014

Unforgettable Melodies - Various Artists

There has been a lack of posts recently, so to make up for this here is a nice compilation featuring some fine Easy acts of the 60s and 70s, Franck Pourcel, Ron Goodwin, and Geoff Love as both himself and as Manuel And The Music Of The Mountains.

I was surprised not to see this in any mp3 download shops, so here it is!

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

Album Previews:

Disc 1 - Forever And Ever (Franck Pourcel)

Disc 2 - A Walk In The Black Forest (Geoff Love)

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Alone With You - Irv Orton Orchestra (1958)

Thanks to our friend, Suffering Fools, for sending us this very interesting, and very obscure slice of Easy Listening!

With no date on it, we have had to rely on the web for information, and some sites give this as 1958, some as 1962.

From the album's sound, I think it is more 50's than 60's, in stereo too, with influences ranging from Big Band / Swing, Classical, Musical / Movie soundtrack, contemporary Light music and orchestral Easy listening!

A track listing consisting of all originals, composed and conducted by Irv Orton himself, from the sleeve notes, it would appear that this was meant to be a sort of Easy listening concept album!

I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do, or if you have any more information on this obscure gem!

Album Preview - Bar None