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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.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Chelsea Strings - Always in My Heart

Here's another one of those "mystery" easy listening albums that turn up in the discount and thrift stores fairly regularly.

The good news about The Chelsea Strings conducted by Julian Byron is that this is a real orchestra and not some synthesizer-based dreck. Who these musicians are and where this recording was made, I haven't the faintest idea. In the mid-1990s, there were about half a dozen albums credited to The Chelsea Strings issued on the bargain-basement St. Clair label, based in Quebec. I doubt, however, that the recordings were made in Canada.

Always in My Heart, released in 1995, features some pleasant tenor sax work on Stevie Wonder's You Are the Sunshine of My Life, which you can listen to and download below.

You Are the Sunshine of My Life

None of the Chelsea Strings albums appear to be in print and none of their tracks appear to be available from legal download sites. However, cheap new and used copies of the CDs seem to turn up fairly regularly on eBay and elsewhere. Also sift through the bins at your local thrift stores.

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