Teece’s Bit: Takin’ The Easy Road

Time once more to hand over the reigns to my fellow book and music lover Teece for a wander through the dusty catacombs of his mind. This article finds our redoubtable hero waxing lyrical over a clutch of easy listening LPs beamed in from an altogether more exotic location than Rotherham;

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Funny how the passage of time changes one’s perceptions. To this earnest young rock fan ‘easy-listening’ music seemed like the enemy. Bland background muzak with no redeeming features, right? I smugly dismissed the older generation’s middle of the road tastes as I listened to the interminable drum solo on side 3 of some heavy rock live double album. Fast forward a fair few years and the sides have been flipped completely. The creatively unfettered and joyously bonkers music of people like Esquivel, Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman now seems infinitely more inventive and original than the vacuous histrionics of corporate rock music.

Anyway, here’s a selection of album covers from my collection, with their promise of exotic locations, exotic liaisons and a modern stereophonic listening experience.

Byrd In Hawaii by Jerry Byrd
London Records, 1973

Byrd in Hawaii

The Magic Music Of Faraway Places by Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra
Polydor Records, 1964

The Magic Music of Faraway Places

Maria Elena by The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett
Liberty Records, 1963

50 Guitars of Tommy Garrett

Tropicana by Hugo Blanco
Polydor Records, 1964

Tropicana

The Music Of Lecuona by Stanley Black And His Orchestra
Decca, 1959

The Music of Lecuona

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2 thoughts on “Teece’s Bit: Takin’ The Easy Road

  1. Lestaret 28/01/2015 / 11:12 pm

    Incomparable Melody Steel Guitar? 50 guitars of Tommy Garrett? These are the true ‘axe’ heroes of the day. It is a little known fact that Eric Clapton originally modelled himself on Jerry Byrd before eventually switching to a more blues-based style in order to join the Yardbirds. He also tried to get them to change the the name to The YardByrds but was out voted four to one by everyone else. Rock’n’roll. Good times, good times…

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    • unsubscriber 28/01/2015 / 11:23 pm

      Great pop gem from the archives there Mr Lestaret, thanks for sharing. Of course, old slow hand learned his stock in trade whilst working the London club circuit as a guitar tech for Tommy Garrett who possessed unfeasibly large hands and therefore had tremendous difficulty tuning each instrument precisely before going onstage. Crazy nights indeed…

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