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
 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Mantovani - The Legend (1981)

 
 
Fine selection of 70's pop songs played by the Anglo-Italian "legend" of Easy Listening, Mantovani!
 
Surely one of the last recordings from the man himself; he passed away around that time, the orchestra continuing for some time without him.
 
From a batch of Easy LP's very generously given to me by a work colleague, I could not wait to get this one on the turntable!
 
I do wish they had employed an arranger with more knowledge of the modern rhythm section, however, but would still give this one five stars, though!
 
I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
 
Album Preview - Copacabana
 

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Here's A Train - Orchester Helmut Brandenburg (1974)

 
 
 
Our post today is this fine album courtesy of our good friend, Will Crump!
 
From Will:
 
A good Saturday morning to all my fellow music lovers.  I found a real treat from 1974 you’re sure to love.  I listened to the few tracks of this posted on YouTube and fell in love.  I did some digging on-line and found the rest of the tracks.  Here for your listening pleasure is an album of easy listening instrumentals with a library/funk flavor to it. It’s sure to tickle your fancy.  Give this a listen and if you like it, please leave a comment. 

Best wishes,
Will Crump
 
Album Preview - Vernissage