Saturday, 29 December 2012

Instrumental Favourites Vol. 3 - Geoff Love & His Orchestra

Here it is, the third and last volume of this nice collection of Geoff Love tracks from his MFP LPs!

See you next year for some treats to celebrate the fifth anniversary of my blog!

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

Album Preview - The Stripper


Monday, 24 December 2012

Tony Hatch with Love Sounds (1976)


A brand new rip straight from the vinyl for this fantastic smooth disco funk album from the amazing Mr. Hatch!

Many, but not all the tracks were previously comped on the collections Hatchback and the 3 CD set Take It Easy, and on the last WMA rip, over four years ago now, I used some tracks from these.

It was Tony Hatch's final UK album, and what a selection!

Without any doubt, there is a definite influence from MFSB and Love Unlimited Orchestra, and sounds brilliant for it.

It is Easy, funky, and chilled out in equal measure.

My highlights are the originals, Brazilia, Love Hustle, which I understand was very popular on the Northern Soul scene, and Return To The Stars, which sounds like it should be from a 70s KPM LP].

The covers, too, are sensational, Sad Sweet Dreamer, which by Sweet Sensation was produced by Tony Hatch, standards like Perfidia, I've Got You Under My Skin, and What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life are all well arranged, Perfidia sounding very like Van McCoy's The Hustle!

As a bonus, I have included the A side from a Pye single which had Love Hustle on the B side, Call Me, by Family Affair, which was obviously recorded at the same sessions and like the LP contains vocals by Jackie Trent and Dee Dee Lewis.

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

Album Preview - Brazilia


Sunday, 23 December 2012

Off Beat Cha Cha - All Star Orchestra (1965)

Here comes another great post from our friend Al Gates from Perth, West Australia!

A very nice 60s dancing album from Asia, it is quite the curio, and a very interesting listen, as most of the albums shared here and elsewhere are from Europe and North and South America!

Highlights include fine versions of You Belong To My Heart, Sukiyaki, Moon River, and a song made famous by one of my dad's favourites, Jim Reeves, in He'll Have To Go.

Thanks again to Al for these posts, and best wishes for the festive season, too!

Should anyone else reading this, like Al, have some albums they would also like to share, but do not have a blog of their own, please do send me the links, and if they are in keeping with the tone of the rest of the blog's material, could well end up on this blog being shared with hundreds of other Easy Listening enthusiasts!

I have more treats to share over the holiday, so please stay posted!

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

Album Preview - He'll Have To Go

I'm In The Mood For Dancing - Mick Urry & His Orchestra (1985)


Courtesy of our friend Al Gates of Perth, Australia comes this rather nice album of ballroom dance music from the 1980s.

If you like Joe Loss, Ray McVay and others you will like this, too!

Thanks to Al for another fine post and please keep them coming!

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

Album Preview - I'm In The Mood For Dancing

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Instrumental Favourites - Geoff Love & His Orchestra


I recently came across the seven volumes of Geoff Love's Instrumental Favourites collection, so I thought it would be good to make a compilation of the tracks on them recorded especially i.e not the tracks off previous albums (which have generally been blogged themselves).

I think it makes for a good collection, it should come to three volumes when finished, so here is the first one.

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

Album Preview - In The Mood