Saturday, 5 March 2016

Midnight - Brancaster Studio Orchestra (1986)

 
 
#REPOST#
 
Originally posted here in 2008, this album catches Easy Listening at a point just before the synths and drum machines took over, with its full orchestral pop arrangements and blend of 80s love songs and TV and movie themes.
 
I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
 
Album Preview - I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love
 

24 comments:

  1. http://www14.zippyshare.com/v/GfB2BLzo/file.html

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  2. Mark, thanks a million for this upload!! I have a question for you.
    Do you think it should be counted and prosecuted as fraud when an album promoted as being by an orchestra is actually synthesized/electronic? Go to iTunes and look up the Bruno Bertone Orchestra. What you get there is NOT Bruno Bertone!! It's a keyboard orchestra!! I have some old albums by Bruno Bertone and he had a fine orchestra.

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  3. These 80's-themed collections always make my day! Thank you.

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  4. favor corregir los links de temas de peliculas del oeste y tony osborne etc.

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  5. Another fantabulous recording!! This music has touched my heart since childhood. Use to have several stations in Pittsburgh that use to play beautiful music. Lucky to have these sources in your country. I blame the lack of sales in the USA for the demise of this music on the airwaves. When you heard a song, no idea who it was because of AUTOMATION. Again many thanks for this selection and hope for a few more in the future.
    Musically,
    Bob(Pittsburgh USA)

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    1. Bob, I'm right there with you lamenting the demise of over-the-air easy listening instrumental radio stations. Now there are only two ways to get it: Internet Radio (which chews up bandwidth) and subscription services such as cable television and satellite services.

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    2. I'm with you on the automation idea as well. We need easy music 24/7/365 with a DJ that announces the songs, but without talking over the starts or endings of songs.

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    3. Most stations wanted to eliminate as much talk as they could (there was still the news and bills to pay) and since some stations had syndicated packaged formats with custom made music, usually by unknown low wage European orchestras of the time. They thought since it was just one orchestra playing their arrangement of whatever song, there was no need to front or back announce.

      They also usually also dictated how the format was presented and even sent representatives out to make sure stations were conforming.

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    4. Wow! Talk about micromanaging....

      Do ya think I could run a radio station with over 350 GB of easy listening instrumental albums by pretty much every string orchestra known to man??? :-)
      (Judge from the custom albums I've put together.)

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  6. Mark, do you have either of these albums by harpist David Snell "Plays Hits On A Harp" or "The Subtle Sound Of David Snell"?? I have "Harp Transplant" and want his other LPs.

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    1. Will, it's not my rip, so I won't share as a post, but here it is for you:

      http://www104.zippyshare.com/v/VUb680z5/file.html

      I would love to hear Harp Transplant!

      Mark

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    2. http://www36.zippyshare.com/v/nL8vxvwF/file.html

      And for you here is "Harp Transplant". Thank you for the speedy reply.

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    3. Thanks Will!

      I've not had chance to listen to it yet, but I am sure David Snell and Pye Records will be great! Would you be okay with me sharing it as a post?

      I have quite a few Snell tracks on various library, Easy & theme collections and will put them together as a tribute album very soon!

      Cheers,

      Mark

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  7. Have you had a chance to listen to "Harp Transplant" by David Snell Yet? Feel free to share as a post with our other members. How's the work on that custom David Snell compilation coming?

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    1. Will,

      Yes I have and I like it! I am back on shift at work over the weekend, but will post both albums when I finish.

      Thanks,

      Mark

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    2. Glad to hear you like the album. I love the "Hits On A Harp" album as well!!

      I found an album by Robert Maxwell album called "Harpestry In Rhythm". It includes an arrangement of "Eine Schwartzwaldfahrt" (A Walk in the Black Forest" that is awesome. It's from 1972. Would that be safe to share?

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    3. Will,

      The album by Robert Maxwell is available on iTunes, Amazon & Spotify, among others, so cannot share it.

      I do not have any albums by Robert Last, but have one track on an album I will be sharing in the near future called "Film Festival", which also features Les Reed, Martin Bottcer, Werner Muller, Norman Candler among others.

      Cheers,

      Mark

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    4. Will,

      I have just checked Instrumental Music Café, and Happy Dancing 1 to 6 from Robert Last were posted there, but sadly links are expired for 1, 2 & 3.

      Mark

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    5. I d/l a lot from that site. I noticed those expired links. :-( Is Robert Last one of James Last's siblings?

      I understand about Robert Maxwell.

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    6. I checked up and he was indeed James Last's older brother (Kai Warner was his younger brother). I have never seen any Robert Last LP's in any charity shops I have visited.

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    7. Thanks for the info.! e-mail me again so that I can save your address in my address book. Thanks!!

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  8. Mark, I am looking for some albums by Robert Last. I assume this is one of James' siblings. Do you have his "Happy Dancing" series as well as other albums that have songs from the late-60s thru the mid-'80s?? If so, please post.

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