Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Mantovani - The Legend (1981)

 
 
Fine selection of 70's pop songs played by the Anglo-Italian "legend" of Easy Listening, Mantovani!
 
Surely one of the last recordings from the man himself; he passed away around that time, the orchestra continuing for some time without him.
 
From a batch of Easy LP's very generously given to me by a work colleague, I could not wait to get this one on the turntable!
 
I do wish they had employed an arranger with more knowledge of the modern rhythm section, however, but would still give this one five stars, though!
 
I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
 
Album Preview - Copacabana
 

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Here's A Train - Orchester Helmut Brandenburg (1974)

 
 
 
Our post today is this fine album courtesy of our good friend, Will Crump!
 
From Will:
 
A good Saturday morning to all my fellow music lovers.  I found a real treat from 1974 you’re sure to love.  I listened to the few tracks of this posted on YouTube and fell in love.  I did some digging on-line and found the rest of the tracks.  Here for your listening pleasure is an album of easy listening instrumentals with a library/funk flavor to it. It’s sure to tickle your fancy.  Give this a listen and if you like it, please leave a comment. 

Best wishes,
Will Crump
 
Album Preview - Vernissage
 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

The Ballad Style Of Maynard Ferguson (with The Keith Mansfield Orchestra) [1969]

 
 
From the 70s and 80s pop and disco, we now go back to the 60s with this fine album from one of the top trumpet players, Maynard Ferguson, who while living in the UK in the late 60s and 70s, produced some great albums with another Easy legend, Keith Mansfield!
 
This album sees him perform a selection of tunes from the musicals and movies of the day.
 
I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
 
Album Preview - You Only Live Twice
 

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Heart & Soul 4 [1988]



So, here it is! The fourth and final volume of this fine collection of Easy Pop and disco!

As this is the last in the set, the zip contains the full covers for the full collection.

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

Album Preview - Black Is Black

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Heart & Soul 3 [1988]

 
 
Volume 3 of this varied collection of Easy pop from the 80's.
 
Album Preview - Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel
 

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Heart & Soul 2 (1988)

 
 
Second disc of this fine Easy compilation.
 
Once again the main focus is on the disco tunes.
 
I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
 
Album Preview - Love's Theme
 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Heart & Soul (1988)



Heart & Soul is a 4 disc set comprising mostly of orchestral and electronic instrumental versions of popular 70's and 80's pop and disco songs.

No orchestra or group name is supplied, but I am pretty sure the set is British in origin.

I will be posting all four discs of the set, one at a time.

I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
 
Album Preview - Three Times A Lady
 

Monday, 6 March 2017

Ninho da Serpente - James Last (1982)

 
 
Courtesy of our friend Will Crump, here is an album I did not know of from the German Easy great, James Last!
 
From Will:
 
Hello once again my fellow music lovers. Here for your enjoyment is an obscure LP from James Last that dates back to 1982.
 
Hope you enjoy it. If you do, please comment.
 
Album Preview - Yosaku
 

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Themes & Dreams - The Moonlight Moods Orchestra (1984)

 
 
More classic 80's pop songs arranged in our favourite orchestral instrumental style!
 
I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
 
Album Preview - Hello
 

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Quiet Nights In (28 Instrumental Evergreens) - The Nick Ingman and Tony Hatch Orchestras (1983)

 
 
 
#REPOST#
 
This big double album, originally posted in September 2008, features 28 classics of 70's and 80's pop played in a very smooth Easy style by the orchestras of the great Nick Ingman and Tony Hatch.
 
Posted in response to requests for more pop song versions, it is one of my favourites and is a fine example of the sound of 80's Easy Listening before the synths and drum machines took over!
 
I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
 
Album Preview - She's Gone (The Tony Hatch Orchestra)
 

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Children's TV Themes - Cy Payne & His Orchestra (1972)

 
 
Ahead of a special compilation of the best TV themes ever posted on ELW, which will be coming soon, here is another great UK TV theme album!
 
I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
 
Album Preview - Joe 90
 

Sunday, 5 February 2017

An Instrumental Tribute To Karen Carpenter (Special Compilation)



Here is another great compilation from our friend Will Crump, this time concentrating on the music of The Carpenters and particularly as a tribute to the wonderful voice of Karen Carpenter on the 34th anniversary of her sudden and very sad passing.

From Will:

Greetings once again. Here for your listening pleasure is "An Instrumental Tribute To Karen Carpenter". Hope you all enjoy listening to these musical gems made famous and beautiful by the talented voice of Karen Carpenter.

I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
 
#UPDATE# - new links for tracks 12 & 13 are in the comments

Album Preview - Superstar (Les Reed Orchestra)

Sunday, 29 January 2017

To The Good Life - Bert Kaempfert (1973)

 
 
 
I know that this one has been out there before and may still be available somewhere else, but the copy I found recently was in such fine condition I just had to share it here!
 
A blend of older standards such as Skyliner and Take The "A" Train with six fine originals, it is one of my favourite Bert Kaempfert albums.
 
It is the originals which stand out, with an updated Easy sound; many of the other tracks follow the standard Kaempfert sound.
 
I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
 
Album Preview - Wheeling Free (There's A Hill Beyond The Hill Ahead)
 

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Leaving On A Jet Plane - Various Artists (1971)

 
 
Fine collection of 60's and early 70's pop songs arranged in our favourite Easy Listening style!
 
Featuring big American Easy names such as Billy May, Perry Botkin Jnr and Harry James, along with UK favourite Ray Davies and the Button Down Brass, it is well worth a listen!
 
I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
 
Album Preview - Leaving On A Jet Plane