Thursday, 31 December 2015

High Power Hammond - Harry Stoneham (1970)



A fine and very entertaining Hammond organ medley album which belongs to my dad!

One of the few ELW-friendly albums he has, it features usual Stoneham hallmarks, the TV medley, the Bacharach medley, blended with other medleys of unconnected material, but which flows so well, that you seem unaware that they are medleys at all!

My highlight is the medley of The Liquidator and Elizabethan Reggae!

 I hope you enjoy it and here's to a Happy New Year in 2016 with more great albums to follow!

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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Christmas With Love - Geoff Love & His Orchestra (1972)



A Christmas album which is undoubtedly up there with Ron Goodwin's classic Christmas Wonderland!

Like that, this is a blend of tradtional carols and popular 20th Century Christmas songs all arranged in a big orchestral style!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all readers!

Mark

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Thursday, 17 December 2015

20 All Time Christmas Hits (1975)



Another very traditional-sounding Christmas album (sadly a bit crackly too), this time with vocals, including Ken Barrie, the voice of Postman Pat!

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Monday, 14 December 2015

Christmas Wonderland - Ron Goodwin & His Orchestra (1967)




##REPOST##

#New Zippyshare link#

Here it is, yet again, the best Easy Listening Christmas album!

For those who do not know this album, it is just the most festive and traditional Christmas album and it never fails to get you into the holiday mood!

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

Album Preview - Sleigh Ride


Sunday, 13 December 2015

Hawaiian Christmas - Wout Steenhuis (1981)




#Repost#

Here we have a very nice traditional Christmas album from the master of Hawaiian guitar.

Featuring 12 Christmas standards arranged in his mellow guitar style, it is very nice and Christmassy, and it well worth a listen if you have enjoyed the Tijuana Christmas album or my post of the Ron Goodwin Christmas album.

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

Album Preview - We Wish You A Merry Christmas


Saturday, 12 September 2015

Sounds Like Bert Kaempfert - Oscar Brandt Orchestra (1972)




Fine tribute to Mr. Kaempfert from top session players, wisely staying away from the obvious covers, instead choosing to cover other material in the same style.

Like the Tesco sticker on the cover for 10p off, too!

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


Thursday, 10 September 2015

The Exciting Sound Of Danny Davis & The Nashville Brass (1973)



A fine album of country classics played in smooth, instrumental brass style.

Monday, 7 September 2015

The Road Forward - Alan Hawkshaw (1977)



A very special album of classic library music from the legendary Alan Hawkshaw!

A blend of the funky, spooky, and smooth, some of the tracks may be familiar, either due to their use in contemporary 70's TV or film, or the many Easy compilations issued since the genre's revival in the mid 90's.

Some of the earlier green KPM albums have been re-issued, both on CD and download, although I'm sure this later one has not, so here it is!

A definite treat, both for the library fan, and the more casual Easy listener, it is well worth a listen.

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

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The Magic Fingers Of Caesar Giovannini (1963)



Here we have another nice album courtesy of our friend Suffering Fools, featuring the piano stylings of Caesar Giovannini, playing a fine selection of standards and movie pieces.

Thanks again to him for all his time and effort bringing this gem to us!

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

 

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

The Impossible Dream - Living Voices (1969)


Here we have a welcome return for our friend Suffering Fools, who, after the marvellous response to his last appeal to identify some fragments of Easy Listening music from an old tape, has given us this fine album to enjoy.

A massive collection, the Living series had so many different acts such as Living Brass, Living Strings, Living Marimbas and more.

The sleeve notes make the most of the lyrics on the songs, and I have to say they are all good choices. The result an album very much of its time!

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

Monday, 6 July 2015

Easy Listening music - Identification help needed

Our friend Suffering Fools has asked again for our help in identifying some Easy Listening music from a contemporary recording:

Please listen to these fragments of Easy Listening recordings and leave a comment with any information you may have that could help identify them. Thank you. Time index follows below:

0:05 - Fragment 1
0:26 - Fragment 2
0:59 - Fragment 3
1:30 - Fragment 4 (Once in a While)
2:07 - Fragment 5 (Gone with the Wind)
3:22 - Fragment 6 (Cycles)
3:51 - Fragment 7 (Night and Day)
4:27 - Fragment 8
5:00 - Fragment 9
 

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Out Of The Box (Medley) - The Wright Orchestra (1981)



Rather nice medley of classic UK & US 70's & 80's TV themes, obviously made to cash in on the 1981 craze for medleys, Stars On 45, Back To The 60's, Hooked On Classics being more successful than this, however.

The B side is a storming disco funk track, also well worth hearing, too

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

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Big TV Themes - Geoff Love & His Orchestra (1984)



#REPOST#

An 80s compilation of some of the best UK and US TV themes of the 70s and 80s, featuring some tracks taken from his previous theme and instrumental albums with at least five tracks specially recorded for this album.

The new tracks being themes from Dynasty, Reilly Ace Of Spies, Hill Street Blues, The Winds Of War, and The Thorn Birds, they blend nicely with the previously recorded tracks, some, such as Chi Mai, Dallas, Eye Level, Coronation Street and Brideshead Revisited appearing on a Geoff Love themes album for the first time.

A must for any lover of TV theme music, and orchestral music of the 70s and 80s in general, I think it contains the last new recordings from Geoff Love (if anybody knows otherwise please let me know).

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

Download Theme from Dallas for free from pleer.com

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

...Y Olé - James Last [1972]





#TRIBUTE REPOST#

In tribute to the greatest of all the Lords Of Lounge, James Last, who died yesterday at the age of 86, here is a huge double album filled with Spanish and South American flavours!

A Spanish issue but with English writing, it is easy to deduce that this was marketed at British tourists as a souvenir of their holiday; the inside even comes with postcard-style photos of the resorts and sights of the Spanish Costas and cities, and the cover has a picture of Hansi himself dressed as a matador!

The tracks themselves [23 of!] hold few surprises really, but are still well worth a listen, featuring nice brassy runs though Granada, Brazil, Deliciado, La Bamba, Mexican Hat Dance, Patricia and Cherry Pink, but my favourite is the entertaining Valencia.

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

Album Preview - Valencia


Download James Last Valencia for free from pleer.com

Friday, 8 May 2015

Joe Loss Plays Your All-Time Party Hits (1971)






#2ND REPOST#

As requested by John, this LP is probably in every charity shop and flea market in the United Kingdom, but it is always entertaining and lots of fun!

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

Thursday, 7 May 2015

A Tribute To Benny & The Duke - The Ray Davies Orchestra (1974)



#REPOST#

The fine and funky follow-up to I Believe In Music, this album sees Ray Davies taking the music of Big Band greats Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, and giving it a thoroughly modern (for 1974) re-arranging. As the sleeve notes from Ray himself state, not to expect carbon copy arrangements!

On the sleeve is a list of all the players, which reads like a who's who of British session / Easy players, with names such as Alan Hawkshaw on keyboards, Alf Bigden on drums, Don Lusher on Trombone, Duncan Lamont on Sax & flute, Dennis Lopez on Latin Percussion.

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


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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

I Believe In Music - Ray Davies & The Button Down Brass (1973)



Here is a rare one, which I have somehow never got round to posting here, though I have had it for many years!

An excellent blend of funky originals, the much-comped Heavy Water and Mach 1, soundtracks, God Bless The Child, Day By Day, Beautiful City & Tea For Two, McCartney's classic ballad My Love, and the traditional favourites, Swing Low Sweet Chariot & When The Saints Go Marching In, all have wonderful alternately funky and smooth, brassy arrangements!

Whilst an attempt by Ray at a lead vocal on the title track could be glossed over, that too has a great deal of charm and goes well with the rest of the album!

It is not in the very best of condition, but this does not detract from the listener's enjoyment at all.

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

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Friday, 13 March 2015

New World Championship Ballroom Dances - Joe Loss & His Orchestra (1979)





Apologies for the lack of activity, I have had problems with my computer, and my car, which have taken my focus away from here!

All seems to be back to normal now, so I have given the look of the site a quick refresh, and continue with sharing the best and newest albums in my collection!

Here is one of the few Joe Loss albums I did not have, indeed, I am pretty sure it was his last LP of original material (if anyone has information to the contrary, please let me know!).

The front sleeve was rather damaged, so I have given it a digital fix-up, the music is Joe Loss's usual rendering of then-current pop songs arranged for ballroom dancing.

If this is your thing, I hope you enjoy it and would love to hear a comment if you do!

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Monday, 12 January 2015

The Cheesy Listening Album - Various Artists (2002)



Here is an early compilation which helped get me into the whole genre of Easy Listening!

Featuring many of EMI's Easy big hitters such as Joe Loss, Geoff Love, Manuel & Ron Goodwin, it was a good introduction to Easy before I started trawling the charity shops round my way, and found many of the original LP's these tracks appeared on!

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

Album Preview - Music To Drive By (The Joe Loss Concertium)

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Hammond On The Rocks (1971)




#REPOST#

Nice six track EP featuring Hammond and Sax.

It is worth hearing if only for the track Down By The Riverside, a traditional tune given a very funky upbeat treatment here.

The remaining tracks are good, but positively sedate compared to the featured track referred to above and previewed below.

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

Jeanny With The Light Brown Hair
 

Auld Lang Syne 
 

Down By The Riverside
 

Greensleeves
 

La Bamba
 

The Streets Of Laredo