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Tag: Easy Listening

James Last/Bert Kaempfert: Happy Sounds Forever (él Records)

él Records’ latest compilation brings together the work of two German Easy Listening superstars-names likely not known today outside of their homeland, but nonetheless both are substantial artists in their own right.

John Barry: John Barry Plays 007 & Other 60s Themes For Film, Television, and Radio (el Records)

John Barry was a masterful composer, and though this collection of his early years might only scratch the surface of his compositions during the early 1960s, it still shows the depth of the man’s talents.

Anita Kerr/Rod McKuen/San Sebastian Strings: The Sea, The Earth, The Sky (El Records)

This three-disc set compiles a trilogy of spoken word albums and a heady collaboration between poet Rod McKuen and arranger Anita Kerr.

The Johnny Mann Singers: Night (El Records/Cherry Red)

Johnny Mann was a masterful orchestra and choral arranger, who with his Johnny Mann Singers made some fine easy listening music. These three albums highlight the group’s masterful handling of American Popular Song.

Michel Legrand: Bonjour Paris (El Records)

French-born jazz composer’s 1956 album, Bonjour Paris, was a stunning declaration of intent by a young composer who would go on to great heights. Sixty years later, it’s still a helluva record.

Twilight Music: Andre Previn, “I’m A Dreamer, Aren’t We All?” (1963)

A masterful jazz pianist offers up a lush take of a song from a 1920s-era musical. Just don’t call it ‘easy listening’ unless you mean it nicely….

Ray Conniff & His Orchestra and Chorus: The Ray Conniff Hi-Fi Companion (él Records/Cherry Red)

This reissue of a fine 1962 compilation highlights the talents and genius of Ray Conniff, and serves as an excellent starting place for one of the most prolific “easy listening” artists of the Twentieth century.

3 AM Eternal: Hugo Montenegro “Good Vibrations” (1969)

When mainstream culture takes on psychedelia, the results are interesting., and here’s a fine example. Dig that crazy solo, too!

Corky Hale: Corky Hale (Croydon Municipal)

  Corky Hale is one of the world’s premiere harpists, a child prodigy turned teenage TV personality via her appearances on the Freddy Martin show, and then to a gig accompanying Liberace, which suddenly beget opportunities left and right, performing and recording with musicians of all stripes and genres. For the quality of her self-titled… Read More ›

3AM Eternal: Silvetti “Steps in the Snow” (1976)

We’ve previously discussed Argentinean composer Bebu Silvetti and his breakthrough album Spring Rain. This song, taken from his 1976 debut album, World Without Words, came a year before his breakthrough, was an album somewhat dedicated to the weather, and featured a version of “Spring Rain,” which would shortly become his signature hit. Oh, and don’t… Read More ›