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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.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Studio Sound Orchestra - 20 Melodies from Paradise (Revisited)


By now you've probably realized my fascination with those cheap CDs marketed under such names as the London Studio Orchestra, the London Festival Orchestra and in this case the Studio Sound Orchestra. Almost all of these originate in Europe and vary widely in quality. In other words, most aren't worth the dollar or two you'd pay for them.

20 Melodies from Paradise, released on a label from the Netherlands in 1989, is one of the better ones and was previously sampled in this post. Almost all of the information in the previous post is still relevant and you won't feel cheated if you shell out a couple of bucks -- provided you like Hawaiian music of course.

Hilo March was composed in 1881 by Henri Berger, a Prussian-born musician who became leader of the Royal Hawaiian Band in 1877. The band is still in existence and is the oldest municipal band in the United States. The version of Hilo March by the Studio Sound Orchestra is available below.

Hilo March

Here's a video of a wonderful steel guitar version of Hilo March.


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