However, as I said earlier, there are always hidden gems to be had; Peter Thomas's Surf With Gunter is nothing short of saucy
Luxophonic Corporation - C'est Merveilleux
What ever happened to the easy listening boom? At time of writing - 2007 - It's nearly 13 years to the day when I first got my paws on the Sound Gallery. That fact alone makes me feel like I should be in the House of Lords or something. Anyway by way of recompense there are (for those still addicted to old film scores and TV ad music) still gems to be had. This record has a fair number of them, and it's all delightful fun.
These kind of LPs always have a jaunty opener and Birds n' Brass's Sort of Soul is no exception. There are two tracks from the marvellous Alan Hawkshaw, (Beat Me Till I'm Blue is a killer progressive organ groove whereas his The Millionairess is a classic feathery nothing). And there are some standards here too; Doris Day's Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps is to be expected, as is Morricone's Fruscio Di Foglie Verdi. And Anandar's Light My Fire has popped up elsewhere.
However, as I said earlier, there are always hidden gems to be had; Peter Thomas's Surf With Gunter is nothing short of saucy and Stefano Torossi's Flying High is nothing short of marvellous. And high.
So, not so much a radical collection as a reappraisal of some old favourites for those who maybe haven't experienced the delights of cutting some retro rug, or a divertissement over a quiet pint in the Saloon Bar.
Words: Richard Foster