Wednesday, February 09, 2011

They call him Percy

Percy Faith Part 2: 1971-1973
Percy Faith Part 3: 1973-1976

Two more compilations from Mr "nlgbbbblth". I cannot in all fairness say that the Percy Faith series has moved me to quite the same extent as the previous Ray Davies one, but this music is really growing me. For those who have not been paying attention, Percy Faith was a band-leader and arranger from an era when it was still commercially viable to release albums of big band versions of the popular hits and film tunes of the day. The tracks are not so much easy listening versions of these tunes as ones that sound almost discofied (for all that these were largely pre-disco times). That means we get versions of 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' and 'Tubular Bells' that you could imagine hepcats dancing to in a nightclub seen in some down-with-the-kids film. It's all good fun, but I wonder where the compiler of these will take us next. Could it be that the world is now crying out for a series on the music of Geoff Love And His Orchestra?

An inuit panda production

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