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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, August 22, 2014

The Young Lovers - Valley of the Dolls

The cover of this cheap LP reminds of the posters for those exploitation flicks that used to be shown at drive-ins and 42nd Street grindhouses. Chicks in chains, the evils of drugs and alcohol, motorcycle gangs, teenage delinquents, etc.

Valley of the Dolls (Design, 1968) is billed as by the Young Lovers, but it sounds as though the tracks were drawn from several different sources. There are the three well-known movie themes plus seven tracks that seem to consist mostly of pop renditions of classical pieces.

The arrangement of the familiar Carmen bears more than a passing resemblance to the Tijuana Brass or perhaps the Phil Bodner-led Brass Ring, both of which got lots of airplay in the late '60s.


There were at least two other Young Lovers LPs issued by Design. One featured the theme from Barbarella and another spotlighted songs from the musical Finian's Rainbow. I'd be willing to bet that many of the tracks from the LPs were recycled on other cheap albums, no doubt with different artist credits and perhaps some song title changes as well. None of the Young Lovers material has been released digitally, at least not under that name.

Since I mentioned them earlier, here's a couple of things from the Tijuana Brass and the Brass Ring.

And finally, something from the Young Lovers' The Hit Songs Of The Wild Movie Barbarella And Other Way Out Themes (Design, 1970).

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