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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, November 08, 2013

Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony - Love Is the Answer

How you feel about Van McCoy (1940-1979) depends in large part on how you feel about disco. Although McCoy was recording, producing and writing songs before that much maligned genre came along his name is almost always associated with it because of his chart-topping hit The Hustle (1975).

He was never able to repeat that success although he remained active until he died of a heart attack in 1979. He was just 39.

For myself McCoy and disco are best taken in small doses -- and with a healthy slice of melody thrown in. Tunefulness was in short supply in the disco era, unfortunately.

Love Is the Answer (Avco, 1974) came along just as the disco era was beginning to hit its stride, so there were still some great tunes on this LP, including a cover of Diana Ross's Touch Me in the Morning.

Touch Me in the Morning

Love Is the Answer has never received a digital release, but a couple of tunes from the LP are included on the compilation The Hustle and the Best of Van McCoy (Amherst, 1995), available via CD or download.

Here's the title tune from Love Is the Answer.

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