Tuesday, 30 May 2017

BBC presents The Northern Dance Orchestra (1972)




Another fine album from my series of classic Easy LP's from our BBC!

The BBC Northern Dance Orchestra were featured almost daily on many BBC Radio shows from their formation in 1956 until 1975 when it was re-named the BBC Northern Radio Orchestra, which was eventually disbanded by the corporation in 1985.

Many of its recordings were made at the Playhouse Theatre, here in Manchester, a fine old theatre which I had the pleasure of visiting with my mum and dad several times during the 1980's for recordings of Radio 2 comedy shows.

This record, however, was recorded at the famous Strawberry Studios in nearby Stockport due to the Playhouse not having stereo capability.

Their roots in Big Band music are very obvious, but do well the pop and latin tracks also featured here.

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

Album Preview - How Insensitive


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Johnny Edwards' Slightly Latin (1976)



We seem to be in the middle of a series of albums from the good old BBC at the moment!

Subtitled The Easy Listening Sounds Of Radio 2 Vol. 3, this is a fine selection of tracks, featuring contemporary pop songs such as Killing Me Softly, Without You and Tie A Yellow Ribbon, blended with original library tracks from Syd Dale, Tony Hatch and arranger and trombonist Johnny Edwards himself.

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

Album Preview - All On A Summer's Day


Monday, 15 May 2017

S'Wonderful - Various Artists (1973)

 
 
 
A fine sampler album from the good old BBC!
 
I do have several of the featured albums, and have posted / are planning to post them, but this is a very good album by itself, featuring a blend of standards, pop songs and a couple of originals, too.
 
My picks are the tracks from Pete Winslow's Test Card album, along with the tracks from John Fox's Gershwin album.
 
 I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
 
Album Preview - S'Wonderful
 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

By Request (Radio 2 Top Tunes, Vol. 4) - Norrie Paramor & The Midland Radio Orchestra (1978)

 
 
 
Fine collection of (mostly UK) pop hits of the late 1970's.
 
The tracks which will be known by fans outside the UK are Abba's Take A Chance On Me, The Carpenters' Sweet Sweet Smile, Wings' Mull Of Kintyre, Don't Cry For Me Argentina from Evita and possibly Walk In Love by The Manhattan Transfer, all of which are featured here in nice Easy pop arrangements which would have been originally featured on BBC Radio 2 programmes at the time.
 
I hope you enjoy it and please comment if you do!
 
Album Preview - Take A Chance On Me
 

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)