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Selected MP3s of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, and classic easy listening from the original vinyl.

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Guitars & All That Jazz was a radio station that webcast via Live365 for 11 years, ending in June 2011. The playlist consisted of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, early rock 'n' roll, lounge music and classic easy listening.

I hope to share some of this music with you via this blog. Most of it will be taken from the original vinyl (LPs and 45s) , cassettes and the occasional commercially unavailable CD.

Here's hoping you'll find something to enjoy. Please note files are available only for a limited time.

I urge you to purchase the digital version of the albums featured, either on CD or via download, wherever possible.

Listen to the Music
There are now two music streams. Click the appropriate player to the right.
1. Guitars & All That Jazz: Five hours of the best in jazz, guitars and other instrumental gems. New songs are added weekly.
2. Tiki Shores: Music to sweep you away to a tropical isle, a South American dance floor or a bossa nova on the beach at Rio. About 4.5 hours of classic exotica music, Latin rhythms and bossa nova.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Unknown Artists - Studio Sound Orchestra

Where do all those no-name CDs in the discount bins and at the dollar and thrift stores come from? A lot of them (in fact, most of them) originate in Europe -- case in point, the Studio Sound Orchestra's 20 Melodies from Paradise: Romantic Hawaii. It first floated across from the Netherlands in 1989 on both CD and cassette.

Now, most of these anonymous productions aren't even worth the dollar or two you might spend on them. A few are passable and even fewer are worth hearing more than once.

20 Melodies from Paradise happens to be one of the better ones. In fact, it fact it's a pretty good example of the fascination with Hawaiian music in some European countries, notably the Netherlands and Belgium. Such groups as the Waikikis, whose Hawaii Tattoo was a worldwide hit in the 1960s, and the Kilima Hawaiians were widely popular.

In any case, here's a sampling of 20 Melodies from Paradise.

Ajoen, Ajoen

Buyer beware! Much of the material on these anonymous CDS is endlessly recycled, under different titles and even credited to different artists. 20 Melodies from Paradise is also available as Souvenirs from Hawaii. The tracks are in a different order but it's again credited to the Studio Sound Orchestra. You can buy a used copy for as little as 19 cents via Amazon.

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