Sunday, 24 August 2014

Nice 'N' Easy Volume 3 - Various Artists (1974)



On to volume three, with its tracks from much older albums than before, with David Carroll and Xavier Cugat the top names here.

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

Album Preview - Besame Mucho (David Carroll and his Orchestra)

Monday, 4 August 2014

Nice 'N' Easy Volume 2 - Various Artists (1973)



The wonderful second volume of this great series of Easy Listening sampler albums!

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

Album Preview - Be In (Hare Krishna) (Norman Newell Orchestra)

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Romantic Organ Moods - Pierre André At The Organ



Courtesy of our friend Suffering Fools, is this very traditional organ album from the 1950's.

Highlights include versions of standards such as My Funny Valentine and Falling In Love With Love

Thanks again to Suffering Fools for the album, and please leave a comment if you listen and enjoy it!

Album Preview - Falling In Love With Love

Thursday, 24 July 2014

The Best Of The Button Down Brass (1968)



Here is an album shared by our friend Paul from Colombia, it is one I do have in my collection but have not ripped or shared thus far.

It is a fine compilation of Ray Davies earlier work on the Fontana label, featuring 10 fine instrumental tracks, my picks being nice versions of Fool On The Hill and MacArthur Park.

Many thanks to Paul for sending the album, and please comment if you enjoy it!

Album Preview - MacArthur Park
 

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