Sunday, 22 May 2016

Eine Studie von Eine Schwarzwaldfahrt (Special Compilation)

 
 
An interesting compilation from Will Crump, here are 17 different performances of the Easy classic from Horst Jankowski, A Walk In The Black Forest.
 
Like another compilation I remember hearing a while ago with many versions of another classic, Light My Fire, this gives you the opportunity to compare arrangements of this, one of the best instrumentals of the Easy genre.
 
Thanks to Will for compiling it, I hope you enjoy it and please comment, giving your favourite version, if you do!
 
Album Preview - "Geoff Love"
 

Saturday, 14 May 2016

The Easy Listening World Of Bacharach (Special ELW Compilation)

 
 
 Looking back at many posts I have made in the last eight years, at least two common factors appear. The Beatles, and Burt Bacharach.

I have posted a collection of Easy arrangements of classic Beatles songs some time ago, so here is my tribute to the living legend of Easy Listening, one of the 20th century's greatest composers.

Unlike previous compilations I have made, all tracks on this are from me, either from previously posted albums, or from albums yet to be posted.
 
 I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
 
Album Preview - Do You Know The Way To San Jose (The London Pops Orchestra)


Sunday, 8 May 2016

Soft Favourites From Yesteryear - Andre Kostelanetz (Special Compilation)

 
 
 
Thanks are to Will Crump for this fine compilation from a legend of Easy, Andre Kostelanetz!
 
He is a name I have known about for some time, but perhaps known more in The States than here in the UK.
 
Like his label mate Percy Faith, he carried on putting out some great albums well into the '70s, most often featuring lush, string-filled, orchestral versions of classic pop songs and movie soundtracks.
 
A note from Will:
 
"A good day to all my fellow easy listening instrumental music lovers!! Below is the link to my latest custom compilation. This time I've put together a custom CD by Andre Kostelanetz. As usual, I'm focusing on songs from the '70s and '80s. I hope you enjoy!! As always, custom front cover art and bi-fold inserts are included in both .jpg and .pub formats for your convenience." 
 
Album Preview - Me And Mrs Jones
 


Wednesday, 13 April 2016

A Better Way To Fly - Bert Kaempfert (and The Chris Parmenter Orchestra) [1979]

 
 
If it wasn't for the title track of this promotional LP from former UK airline British Caledonian, then this would be a fairly standard collection of old Bert Kaempfert tracks.
 
Nothing wrong with that, but the highlight here is the (mostly) instrumental title track by The Chris Parmenter Orchestra (which was used on a UK TV commercial), along with a terrific gatefold sleeve featuring the classic DC-10 airliner in the striking colours of this much missed UK airline, taken over by BA in 1988.
 
When you hear it, you are taken back to the days when a TV advert had a catchy, original "song" like this (in a similar vein, British Airways had "We'll Take Care Of You, Fly The Flag).
 
It also seems a shame that the collection of musicians put together for the advert song could not have been commissioned to do a full album of similar music, rather than rely on the Bert Kaempfert material, most of which was more than ten years old at the time.
 
However, Bert Kaempfert is a favourite of mine, and my highlight from these tracks is My Way Of Life, a song, which just like the more well-known Strangers In The Night, was co-written by Kaempfert and made famous in the excellent vocal version by Frank Sinatra, which many have commented would have made a marvellous theme to a Bond or other spy film of the time.
 
There is a little background noise from the vinyl, but I do not think this spoils the listener's enjoyment!
 
I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
 
 Album Preview - A Better Way To Fly
 

Monday, 11 April 2016

I'll Walk Beside You - Alan Haven (1974)

 
 
One of the very best organ albums I have, this is a blend of 60's and 70's pop songs and standards almost entirely played by Mr. Haven, just drums and percussion are added.
 
The sounds range from laid-back and loungey, to laid-back and funky!
 
Not quite up there with Harry Stoneham's I Feel Good, I Feel Funky, but head and shoulders above most organ albums of the time, this album is a treat from start to finish and I hope you enjoy it; please comment if you do!
 
Album Preview - I'll Walk Beside You
 

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Ed Welch And His Orchestra Play 20th Century Classics (1974)

 
 
Fine album of classical favourites played in a 70's contemporary pop / orchestral style.
 
I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
 
Album Preview - Piano Concerto No. 1 (Tchaikovsky)