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This Is Easy

Various Artists Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (7 Mar 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0000075PP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,571 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Our product to treat is a regular product. There is not the imitation. From Japan by the surface mail because is sent out, take it until arrival as 7-14 day. Thank you for you seeing it.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
By the mid Nineties a generation of thirty somethings were ready to explore their parents' record collections. But not the 'hip' stuff; no, we're talking the easy listening music that was so far 'out' it had started to be 'in'. And so the whole 'loungecore' concept came into being. Whether savoured 'ironically' as kitsch or a retro guilty pleasure, this once mundane muzak now seemed oddly exotic, a relic of a lost world of formica, tupperware and a life lived in man-made fibres.

So rummaging through mum and dad's grammophone player what do we find here? Well, there's the 'easy' legends of Aretha, Dionne, Nancy, Sandie and Mr Burt Bacharach, of course; and we have the more cultish pleasures of Esquivel, Sérgio Mendes and the ever dependable John Barry. This collection, spanning over 50 tracks from the Sixties and Seventies, covers cult film scores (Get Carter, Midnight Cowboy, The Thomas Crown Affair, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid) and ancient British 'light entertainment' and kids TV themes (Black Beauty, Animal Magic, Superstars, Crossroads, This Is Your Life), as well as a touch of exotica (Martin Denny), the odd polo-necked crooner and a sprinkling of pop standards.

And guess what? Listening to this music is gloriously liberating. You're freed from the restraints of current spurious notions of 'cool' and hackneyed macho rock posturing. Unshackled from the modern tyrrany of guitar and drums, the sonic palette here embraces real orchestras, featuring for your listening pleasure the exotic strains of marimbas, swirling strings, trumpet and saxophone.

This is the soundtrack to a simpler, gentler era when music combos were headed by gentlemen called Ray, Ron, Geoff, Bert, Hugh, Harry and Percy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I've seen this somewhere before 22 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those collections that EMI/Virgin does extremely well - an easy listening mixture of cool 60s pop, cheesey TV themes and advertising jingles, and some classic instrumentals from films.
However...
To use a phrase borrowed from the "Radio Times" this is a "revised repeat" of a Virgin-EMI compilation of the same name issued in 1999 (and still, just, available). Some twenty of the tracks on this new issue are on the old one, so check the depths of your collection before shelling out your dosh. They're both excellent compilations, on their own, but the repetition drags down the rating here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent selection in a fun package 16 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
The selection of easy listening ranging from tv and movie theme songs to pop classics is excellent. Quite a few Burt Bacharach tunes, notably "Walk on By" by Dionne Warwick. Sandy Shaw's "Always Something There to Remind Me" is equally touching, "The Windmills of Your Mind" from "The Thomas Crown Affair" or "Raindrops Are Falling on My Head" from "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" are real gems from the silver screen. José Feliciano's version of "Light My Fire" is another classic of the genre, as are many more featured here. Make sure to get the double CD, there's a shorter compilation which is less than half the fun. Plus there is even a minuscule backgammon set for a cool game when you have guests over at the pad!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A TASTE OF CHEESE 'N' PINEAPPLE 25 Oct 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This reworked edition of the classic comp feels somewhat butchered, the first CD is missing the hey-they're-actually-quite-good tv themes (Crossroads and Black Beauty, both of which have been relegated to the inferior companion comp Best of Cult Fiction). Although the first CD still flows like fine wine, the second CD now comes stuffed full of Bacharach fat. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan but the first 5 tracks are devoted to the man. If you like Bacharach get a Bacharach compilation, it's as simple as that.
A classy if somwhat unfocused collection, I would strongely recommend that you get hold of the infinitely superior Sound Gallery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rereleased rehash 19 Mar 2004
By Jack
Format:Audio CD
Altho there's several new tracks and substitutions, this is the 1996 Virgin release of the same name, acclaimed at the time for being the "definitive" easy listening compilation. As such, it just goes to show how misleading the term "definitive" can be: despite the slew of new inclusions it still sounds fairly "classic". Depending on your previous exposure to this material you'll find it either quaintly cheery or unbearably cheesy (or maybe both).
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