Friday, 23 September 2016

Telly Hits 2 (16 More Top TV Themes) - Various Artists [1986]

Here, as promised, is the second volume of this trip down 80's TV memory lane!
My highlights are the rare BBC theme from their football World Cup coverage, Aztec Lightning (very 80's!), Simon May's short-lived theme from the Holiday programme, and the vocal theme song from long-forgotten Saturday night drama series, Strike It Rich.
I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
Album Preview - World Cup '86 (Aztec Lightning)

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Telly Hits (16 Top TV Themes) - Various Artists (1985)

Earlier in the year, I posted a 3-LP set, Theme Classics, and in my write-up I mentioned a few other TV theme collections from around the same time, including this one from the much-missed UK compilation label, Stylus, together with the BBC itself!
A collection of (mostly) original versions of 16 mid-80's TV themes as shown on the BBC.
Mostly UK programmes are featured, just two US shows included, the original version of Bill Conti's Cagney & Lacey theme, along with a fine version of the Dallas theme by The Frank Barber Orchestra.
BBC regular Simon May is here, with his themes from 80's drama Howard's Way, and the ever-popular Eastenders, which was a new show at the time of this album's release.
An interesting extra is the rare theme from Edge Of Darkness, by rock guitar legend Eric Clapton and soundtrack king, the late Michael Kamen.
I also have Telly Hits 2, from 1986, and this will follow shortly!
I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
Album Preview - Howard's Way

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Stereo 99 Volume Three - Various Artists (1970)

 Fine sampler album from Polydor, featuring many of their Easy greats such as Max Greger, Kai Warner, Augusto Alguero, Gunter Kallmann, and Roberto Delgado, but strangely no James Last!
I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
Album Preview - Gentle On My Mind

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Non Stop Pepsi Party - Denny Wright and the Hustlers (1974)


This was one of the first LPs I found when I first started looking round the local charity shops, some years ago, but I have seen it again since, several times, the one ripped here being the one in the best condition.

It is around 54 minutes in length, and top quality from start to finish! Featuring the Shout About Pepsi track, as featured on the first Sound Gallery album, here it appears as part of a medley with Tequila and La Bamba.

Other highlights include fine versions of I Can See Clearly Now, Something, Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da, very smooth sounding covers of Without You,Love Is Blue, and Sounds of Silence, with a nice rock 'n' roll medley to finish the album.

Every track is a winner, the album is one of my personal favourites, the track I post as preview, Roll Over Beethoven never fails to have me jiving round the room!

I hope you enjoy it and please leave a comment!

Album Preview - Roll Over Beethoven

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

The Way We Were and other Dance Melodies - Colours Green (1979)

A rather nice LP from Chevron, a UK budget label active in the late 1970s, these instrumentals are a blend of 70s pop songs and party favourites played by a small band led by the piano and organ.
Organist Brian Dee is mentioned on the cover, along with guitarist Laurie Steele as the masterminds behind Colours Green. Brian Dee has, in partnership with Irving Martin, been responsible for many classic 70s Library tracks, including the Return Of The Saint theme, along with several Happy Hammond LPs. The only knowledge I have of Laurie Steele is a couple of tracks on Decca's World Of Easy Listening series.
I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
Album Preview - Nebula

Monday, 12 September 2016

Harp and Soul - David Snell (1966)

Here is another fine album from the master of the harp, the UK's David Snell!
Sadly the sound quality on this 50-year-old LP does deteriorate somewhat towards the end of the second side, however I still think it is still worth a listen, especially as David Snell did not do too many albums by himself.
I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
Album Preview - My Romance