Sunday, 19 May 2013

Top Hits In James Last Style - Henri Valentino and his Orchestra (1974)



Well, this album has James Last in big letters in the cover, it has a picture of the man himself on the cover, so it must be a James Last album?

Well actually, no.

It is a good example of one of the "tribute" albums to the sound of James Last which came out on one of the many budget labels out in the 1970s.

The mix of vocal and instrumental tracks, the arrangements, and the choice of songs, makes this a fine album, and worthy tribute to the great man himself.

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

Album Preview - Blame It On The Pony Express

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