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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.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Hugo Strasser & His Orchestra - The Dance Record of the Year (1983)

Last month, I posted a selection from German dance band leader Hugo Strasser. You can read brief biographical details and general information on the availability of his recordings in the digital age in that earlier post.

Strasser's most famous series of recordings is The Dance Record of the Year, which began in 1966 and lasted more than 30 years. Each annual recording was eagerly awaited by ballroom dancers both amateur and professional.

The album pictured above was the 1983 edition (released in 1982) and from it comes the Latin standard Brazil. The MP3 is from a cassette copy of the album.


The 1983 edition is the easiest of Strasser's Dance Record of the Year LPs to obtain as it was one of the few -- perhaps the only one -- to be released in the U.S. It's available from a variety of sources. You shouldn't be paying more than $5 or $6 for it.

Brazil is also available on the CD Das Beste von Hugo Strasser that was detailed in the April post on Strasser.

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