Saturday, 31 August 2013

Val Merral's Big Sound At Butlin's (1973)


I have decided to repost this album because my family and I have just returned from a week's holiday at Butlin's Bognor Regis resort!

I think it fair to say the place will have changed in 40 years, but I was pleased to see they still have some proper, live music, although nothing near the kind you will find on this LP, one I was so pleased to find a few years ago!

I have not had time to do a fresh recording, so here is the rip originally posted around 3 years ago on this blog which will be before many of you would have been aware of Easy Listening World!

A joy from start to finish, it is a mix of cheesey pop covers and groovers and funkers, the latter being the better, such as Flash and Open House, both of which were on the excellent RPM compilation Gypsy Creams and Ginger Nuts.

There were two at least two other Val Merrall albums, Butlins Favourites and G.I.'s Favourites, both of which were posted a few years ago on Lemoncat's Grooves Of Delight, neither of which I have unfortunately.

However this one is the best, and the vinyl is in near perfect condition, amazing considering it is now 40 years old!

I have another similar LP, Jack Hawkins' Everything Is Beautiful, another showband type album, which I will do a fresh rip of, as I recently managed to find another copy in better condition than the one I had!

I hope you enjoy it and please leave a comment!

Album Preview - Open House




  2. sweet!

    oh, does anyone happen to know if the LOUNGE LEGENDS blog is back up somewhere?

    I'm missing it sorely.

  3. Plague,

    I have not heard from Harry and am not aware of a new blog starting or the old one coming back.

    However there is a Loungelegends page on Facebook with several YouTube links active.



  4. Classic. Real instruments not just synths. Lovely.
    Thank you.


  5. Thanks Mark, great work. Here is something more suited to Harry at Loungelegends. I was away for a couple of weeks and he vanished.

    If you have contact with him can you please pas on my email and to any other blogger who is interested in our music.

    Many Thanks
    Al Gates
    West Australia