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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, June 27, 2014

The Windmill Orchestra - Instrumental Gold

Instrumental Gold was a TV-advertised double-LP set issued in Canada in 1976 on the Windmill label. The tracks were recorded in England and credited to the Windmill Orchestra. The tunes ranged from instrumental rock to easy listening and movie and TV themes.

A similar Instrumental Gold set with almost exactly the same cover was issued by Warwick in the U.K. the same year. It was also advertised on TV.

The track listing was different from the Canadian version, but a few cuts appeared on both releases. However, the U.K. release, on a single LP, credited the tracks individually to various artists, including the Bev Phillips Orchestra, Terry Walsh and the Phantoms and Don Lusher and His Trio.

The British version was issued in Germany in 1978 by K-Tel with this cover.

Anyway, back to the Canadian version. This release contained several then-recent movie and TV themes that were not included in the U.K., including Shaft, S.W.A.T. and The Rockford Files.

The Rockford Files

The Windmill Orchestra take on the Theme from The Rockford Files is very close to that of the original by Mike Post.

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