How about you readers?

Well, hi there!

This is definitely not the most active blog around (my YouTube channel is a little more active), though I think I am as passionate as the next blogger about my hobby horse. My philosophy is to share things I love, to cherish them with others, to make rare things available, to let them live on. I guess that pretty much nails it for many music bloggers out there. I’d like to invite those of you who feel like it to leave a short (anonymous, if you like) feedback through my feedback form on the About page. Things like where in the world you live, what you like, how you used the music provided on this blog. It would be interesting to know what kind of impact my blog and my channel have on likeminded folks.

Ah, okay, maybe you also want to know a little about me? I was born in 1984, and didn’t get to know this whole Easy Listening stuff before I started using the legendary Napster in 2000. At that point, I discovered a whole world of music that hadn’t opened up to me before, because radio channels represent poorly the wide range of music. Firstly, I listened a lot to Bossa Nova stuff, legendary Brazilians from the 1960s. Later, I discovered disco, jazz-funk, and after that, I found my favourite genre that I have been faithful towards ever since: Easy Listening, and its (more or less) synonyms such as Beautiful Music, Orchestral Jazz, Orchestral Pop, Lounge, Mood Music, Jazz-Pop etc. There is a certain sound from the 1960s and 1970s that I seem to have been subconsciously looking for for a long time, which is the sound of jazz orchestras, music from TV and film productions from the 1960s and 1970s. It’s a sound that still raises the hair on the back of my neck, yet less so than before, because I listen to it nowadays on a regular basis. Sometimes, I like to ponder how I would have reacted as a child to a sample of my own music library of today. I could have been in a department store, and then I would have heard distant sounds, sweet sounds, and I think I would have been electrified, transfixed, as struck by lightning. Smooth sounds from another era. A reaction like that is the ultimate thing I would hope for today, in respect to my listeners. Maybe sometimes it’s really that way.

Easy Sounds

Edit: I know, this is a small blog, but I’m yet to receive my first feedback on this post. If you enjoy this blog, please consider leaving a short feedback about how you got into this music and ultimately to my blog, that would be great.

The Strange Affair (1968)

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I came to get this film because of the great soundtrack by Basil Kirchin. There is currently no possibility, and probably there won’t be, another way to listen to it than to watch the film itself. So feel free and get this while it’s up!

IMDB info: »When rookie P.C. Strange falls for an under aged girl, he is unknowingly compromised by a pair of pornographers. Meanwhile, seasoned Det. Pierce is out to catch mob boss Quince and soon both plots intertwine.«

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Yes, I am above 18 or at least I like nudity

David Whitaker – Hammerhead (1968)

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Jazz-Pop with mesmerising arrangements by David Whitaker, who I’m sure not many have heard of, but as I can assure you, was a great arranger. At the same time, this soundtrack has been frequently named together with David Whitaker. There is a similar soundtrack from 1968 as well with a very similar sound, »Don’t Raise The Bridge, Lower The River«. Unfortunately, this score seems to never have been released. On my YouTube channel, I have a couple of other tracks by David Whitaker as well, from about 1969-1970, culled from compilation LPs.

05. Hood Explores the Yacht ‘Triton’
08. Hammerhead (vocal)
10. The Hearse Chase

You convinced me!

Billy Goldenberg – The Grasshopper (1970)

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Only few soundtracks by Billy Goldenberg made it to print – this is one of them. On IMDB there’s a good discography of his works. The album itself features lush arrangements with mod rhythms. I often think of Sid Ramin’s Stiletto soundtrack when I think of this one, it features similar rhythms and guitar backing as well. The film itself stars Jacqueline Bisset in a rather dreary drama of a woman who can’t live with her decisions. By the way, I love that certain guitar that appears on records from the late 1960s and early 1970s, just as on this record – you can hear it at the beginning of the track »Christine in Las Vegas«.

02. Traveling With A Star
03. Christine in Las Vegas
06. Soft Music For Rosie

Here you go…