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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, September 12, 2014

The Marina Strings - Love Theme from the MGM Film "Skyjacked" & Other Great Love Songs

As is common with easy listening orchestral LPs there are almost no credits on this 1972 release on the short-lived Marina Records label based in Los Angeles. The company, formed at the beginning of the decade by former MGM Records executive Harold Berkman, bears no relation to the current independent Marina Records label nor to a German label of the same name that specialized in disco and dance music.

Berkman is credited as the producer of the Marina Strings album, with Ben Benay listed as the arranger of the title track. Benay also arranged tracks in the 1970s for Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods, including their hit Billy Don't Be a Hero, Buffy Sainte-Marie, the New Marketts (no relation to the Marketts of Out of Limits fame) and the Ventures.

Skyjacked (1972), starring Charlton Heston, Yvette Mimieux and James Brolin, was one of the in-flight dramas that followed the success of Airport. Skyjack's score was by Perry Botkin, Jr. (Nadia's Theme, Bless the Beasts and the Children). Below is the Love Theme by the Marina Strings.

Love Theme from Skyjacked

Harold Berkman produced another Marina Strings album in 1972, Play the Neil Diamond Solid Gold Songbook, which for some reason came out on a different label, 20th Century. Neither Marina Strings LP has received a digital release.

Here's a track from the Neil Diamond Solid Gold Songbook.


  1. Do you happen to have an album named "Music For Bathroom Baritones Bathing Beauties" I been looking everywhere for a digital copy. I am enclosing a photo of the album cover.