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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.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Franck Pourcel - Cantando en la Lluvia

This Franck Pourcel album was released in Mexico in 1975. The title is the Spanish translation of the Broadway and film standard Singin' in the Rain.

I remember purchasing this LP and two other Pourcel albums at an El Paso, Texas thrift shop that was just a stone's throw from the border crossing to Juarez, Mexico. That was a number of years ago, before gang violence made Juarez a totally unsafe destination.

The quality of most Mexican LP pressings wasn't all that great and unfortunately that applies to the Pourcel albums even though they were released under the Odeon/EMI imprint.

Une fille aux yeux clairs (literally A Girl with Clear Eyes) comes from the LP pictured above and appears under the Spanish trnanslation, Una Muchacha de Ojos Claros. This was a pop hit for French singer Michel Sardou in 1974.

Une fille aux yeux clairs

Cantando en la Lluvia was released on CD in Mexico in 2001, but I have no idea whether it's still in print. However, there are dozens of Frank Pourcel albums available on CD or as downloads, so if you like the big easy listening orchestras, you're sure to come across something that strikes your fancy.

Here's some interesting footage of a rehearsal by the Pourcel orchestra for a 1959 French TV show. Unfortunately the music track doesn't match the video, but worthwhile nonetheless.

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