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)
 

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Only The Hits - Ronnie Aldrich (Special Two Volume Collection)

 
 
Thanks are to our friend Will Crump, who has brought us this big collection of tracks from Easy legend, Ronnie Aldrich.
 
Predominantly versions of 1970's pop songs, the blend of piano and orchestra is a very smooth and easy sound.
 
Thanks again to Will for all his effort bringing this to us; please leave a comment if you have listened and enjoyed this!
 
Album Preview - Candida
 

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Harp Strings - David Snell (Special Compilation)

 
 
Thanks are to Will Crump for this fine collection of the work of harpist, arranger, and Easy legend David Snell!
 
If you enjoyed my previous compilation of Snell tracks, posted a little while ago, this acts as a great second volume!
 
I do love any version of The Girl From Ipanema, and this one does not disappoint, getting funky on Harp A Go-Go and Fun In The Sun, and keeping it smooth and Easy on the remainder, it is well worth a listen!
 
Thanks again to Will for all his effort putting together this tribute; please comment if you have listened and enjoyed this!
 
Album Preview - Harp A Go-Go
 

Friday, 25 March 2016

The Easy Listening World of the Harp And David Snell (Special ELW Compilation)

 
 
Here, as promised, is my compilation of all the David Snell tracks I have from various albums, some feature his fine harp playing, some don't, but all are composed and arranged by this unsung giant of Easy Listening.
 
I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
 
Album Preview - Those Sparkling Eyes