Sunday, 29 December 2013

Easy Listening Special Vol. 1 (1972)




On the budget Windmill label, this is a very nice album of 60's and 70's pop songs mixed with some standards and latin classics.

There is no artist mentioned, but the producer and arrangers' names are both on the rear sleeve, along with a very short description of the album.

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

Album Preview - It's Too Late

 

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Organ Celebration - Lenny Dee (1978)



Another fine album of organ instrumentals from Lenny Dee!

Surely one of his last LP's, it contains 10 classic 70's ballads given his trademark Easy organ arrangements!

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

ALBUM PREVIEW - HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE 

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Dancing Time No. 8 - Jan Corduwener And His Ballroom-Orchestra



Thanks again to our friend Al Gates of Perth, West Australia for this fine album of ballroom dancing from the 1950s.

He has told me that he found both Jan Corduwener albums while on holiday in the beautiful city of Jakarta, Indonesia! 

He is, as I am too, very appreciative of the many kind comments on all our posts; it is these, more than anything else that keep us wanting to make the effort to record and share our collections with all of you!

So, if you enjoy this album, please comment!

Album Preview - Blueberry Hill

 

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Jan Corduwener And His Ballroom-Orchestra ‎– Dancing Time No. 6



Thanks again to Al Gates of Perth, West Australia for this mini gem!

A 10" album from the early 1960s, it does not specify a date, it is a pleasant listen and another nice reminder of a different era!

I hope you enjoy it and please comment, with your name, if you do!

Album Preview - Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom

 

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Everything Is Beautiful - Jack Hawkins Orchestra & Singers (1973)




#REPOST#

Here you are, as promised, an old blog favourite, a new rip from a better condition copy, found at a local record fair!

Lots of fun from start to finish, it is a reissue of an earlier LP called Psychedelic 70′s on the Plexium label, an album I have never found out there, but I have found this one twice!

According to internet write ups from the original LP, it was recorded in 1970 live at the Locarno Ballroom in Blackpool!

It is the only place to find '30-60-90' as featured in the classic movie 'Get Carter'. Other highlights are the organ filled freakbeat 'Billy's Bag', funky covers of 'Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp' and 'Dancin' In The Street'.

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

Album Preview

 

Thursday, 15 August 2013

The Modern Way - Ray McVay And His Orchestra (1976)



Another fine Ray McVay ballroom dancing album from our friend Al Gates of Perth, West Australia!

For now it seems I have been spared, and so I will continue here, in public, until the shut down, if and when it comes!

Thanks to Al for the album; I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!

Album Preview - Tango For Two 

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Could I Have This Dance - Frank Chacksfield And His Orchestra (1981)



Thanks again to Al Gates of Perth, West Australia for another very nice album of Easy ballroom dance music, this time from the legendary Frank Chacksfield!

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

Album Preview - Xanadu

 

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Dance Spectacular - Ray McVay And His Orchestra (1973)


Thanks again to Al Gates, from Perth, West Australia for this big double album of music for Ballroom Dancing from Ray McVay.

Al hopes everyone doesn't get too bored with too much Ray McVay, but there's no way you would if you like this kind of music, which I can tell, most of us here do!

A full side each of foxtrots, waltzes and quicksteps, and a fourth side with latin and jive, it is a good listen as a whole, or to pick a smaller, personal selection.

I have more McVay which I will be posting very soon!

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

Album Preview - Help Yourself

 

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Ray McVay And His Orchestra Play For Sequence Dancing (1970)



Our thanks again go to Al Gates from Perth, West Australia for this fine 1970 album of Ballroom dancing from Scotland's Ray McVay.

Highly prolific with his albums for dancing in the 1960s and 70s, Ray McVay began his career as Musical Director for Larry Parnes, backing all the rock'n'roll stars from Parnes' stable on tour, later leading the Glenn Miller Orchestra (UK) who I understand he still leads today.

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

Album Preview - Love Is Blue

 

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Hits Of The Films - StereoAction Orchestra / Cyril Ornadel (1971)




I have this LP, and had planned to rip and post on here very soon, however Luigi has beaten me to it and posted it over at his Vinyl Corner!

More posts coming soon from me!

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Come Dancing To The Pops - Ray McVay & His Orchestra (1970)




Another very nice album of Ballroom dance music courtesy of Al Gates of Perth, West Australia!

Featuring a tracklist of 60's pop songs arranged for Old Time and Modern Sequence dancing.

Thanks again to Al, please comment if you, like me, have enjoyed it!

Album Preview - Return Of Django

Monday, 15 April 2013

Return Of The Champions - Ray McVay & His Orchestra (1969)




Another fine post from someone rapidly turning into this blog's best friend, Al Gates from Perth, West Australia!

This is an album I have seen a few times in the charity shops I go to locally, but so far I have not took a chance; I always seemed to have a few doubts about it.

These doubts have been well and truly quashed by this album rip I was recently sent by Al!

A fine album of Old Time and Modern Sequence dance music, it is also a great listen if you enjoy instrumental Easy listening or Big Band music!

Thanks again to Al for his efforts, and please comment if you enjoy this one, as I have!

Album Preview - Rock Around The Clock - Jive

Monday, 1 April 2013

The Stripper - David Rose And His Orchestra [1962]




When selecting an album to test my turntable's new stylus, I turned to this one, a recent find, and I was so pleased with the results, I have uploaded and blogged this one sooner than I had originally planned!

This is a very fine Easy album, in stereo, featuring nice swing arrangements of standards like My Heart Belongs To Daddy, Love For Sale, A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody, along with more tracks similar to the title track, such as Some Of These Days and Banned In Boston.

A wonderful trip back to the jet age, and what a cover, too!

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

Album Preview - Sunset Strip

 

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Strict Tempo Dance Time with Ernest Wilson and his Ballroom Ensemble (1963)



Thanks again to our friend Al Gates of Perth, Australia, for sharing with us this ballroom dancing curio from the early 1960s!

If you enjoy ballroom dancing music you will enjoy this!

If you do please leave a comment; this more than anything else keeps us posting on this site!

Album Preview - Capa Y Espada

 

Sunday, 24 February 2013

More Sounds Like Swinging - Garry Blake And His Music (1966)



The notes on the rear sleeve refer to a previous album, Sounds Like Swinging, by Garry Blake, which was previously posted on the excellent Inflight Entertainment blog.

This follow-up is equally as good, being a mix of a few popular songs of the era and other songs and standards arranged in a very nice mid 60's brass and beat style.

The track I like the most on this album is called Bathtub Saturday Night, a tune best known by my generation (in the UK at least) as the tune used by comedy duo Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer on their theme song from their BBC TV series The Smell Of Reeves And Mortimer!

The download on the first album on the Inflight Entertainment blog has been taken down, so if you enjoy this, please comment, and I will post my rip of that album if there is enough interest!

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

Album Preview - Bathtub Saturday Night

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Hawaiian Honeymoon - Basil Henriques & The Waikiki Islanders (1970)


A very nice, well arranged Studio 2 album featuring late 60's pop hits played by Hawaiian guitar and band.

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

Album Preview - Help Yourself

 

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Speak Softly Love - Georges Delagaye Orchestra (1974)



A very nice Easy album featuring a name I have heard of, but know very little about.

The album is a mix of 70's pop songs with originals and interpretations.

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

Album Preview - Oh Babe What Would You Say

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Dance To The Top Pops with Joe Loss And His Orchestra (1966)




I had this album in the mono version, but I really wanted to find the stereo version, and recently I had the good fortune to finally find it!

A very typical, but excellent example of a mid 60's Joe Loss party medley album, it sounds so much better in stereo!

Mixing the pop hits of the day in ballroom dancing styles such as Quickstep, Slow Foxtrot and "Shake Beat", it is the latter I prefer with two such medleys on this LP.

My highlight, however, is Joe Loss's Tijuana Time medley. It is a great go at the Herb Alpert sound!

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

Album Preview - Tijuana Time Medley

Saturday, 26 January 2013

In The Mood - Lenny Dee (1967)




Here is a very nice 60s album from the prolific organist Lenny Dee.

This album was given to me by a friend who had inherited some records from his dad who had recently passed away.

He was very keen to find out whether I had liked any of the records, and I have to say this one, the best of a good bunch of Easy LP's, was right up my street and that I would be sharing it with the many who visit my site!

It is a great listen, with some very beaty arrangements of a combination of 60s pop hits, standards, and 60s film songs.

My pick, featured below, is the excellent re-working of In The Mood. I know that I have picked versions of this song as my review on other posted albums, but this version really is something else! It's arrangement sounds very like Stevie Wonder's Uptight!

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

Album Preview - In The Mood

 

Friday, 4 January 2013

Hollywood Hits Vol. 1 - Ray Davies Orchestra (1984)



A happy new year to all!

We kick off the new year with a great album from the Ray Davies Orchestra thanks to our regular contributor Al Gates from Australia.

The album is a nice mix of ballroom dancing music with all the usual dances included.

It is always nice to hear a Ray Davies / Button Down Brass album, and it is particularly good to hear this one from later in his career!

The most contemporary track on this album is a Cha Cha version of the theme from Fame, recently included on Lounge Legends' collection The Best Disco In Town, I had wondered which Ray Davies album it had originated on!

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

Album Preview - Little Brown Jug