Here is a picture of the protective sleeve from a 1970 press of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ by Simon & Garfunkel that I was just listening to:
I used to love these things when I bought a new album and it really did make me covet some of the albums mentioned, usually as they were in the same genre as what I’d just bought. You don’t see them so much anymore but they do still sometimes turn up. There are a lot of people on this one that I’ve never heard of and Anita Harris, I’ve no idea why she is there at all. I remember her from a couple of ‘Carry On’ films and appearances on ‘The Basil Brush Show’, I had to look it up but apparently it’s the same one and she did actually have some hits. The one below reached No.4 in the UK back in 1967 but what is going on with the applause at the end, nobody is applauding and suddenly they are.
I don’t like it.
I had no idea who Alan Tew was either, the balding fella at the bottom, well, I guess I judged a book by its cover because I wasn’t expecting much, but listen to this:
I fail to comprehend how anybody could not love that, it has everything one might want in TV/Film music. I will check out some more of his.
My God Mac Davis is appallingly bad, this is possibly one of the worst songs I’ve ever heard:
Maynard Ferguson can play that damn trumpet!
Some of the others are that 70’s Country & Western, which is quite possibly my least favourite genre of music and it was quite painful going through them just to realise I hated them.
Manitas De Planta appears to be a Flamenco Guitarist and if you like that sort of thing then he’s probably worth a look, I’m not a big fan myself.
To finish on a more positive note, here is Tony Bennet and Amy Winehouse with ‘Body and Soul’