The Longines Symphonette Society – Ladies Choice

10 Jul

Longines Symphonette Society - Ladies Choice DS501s front

The LSS, along with a group of session musicians and chorus, take some of the hits of Melanie, Carole King & Laura Nyro down easy listening avenue.

A requested release

Release: DS501s

Source: QS LP

Process: ‘Sphinx’

Format: DVD-A/V MLP/DTS/DD

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4 Responses to “The Longines Symphonette Society – Ladies Choice”

  1. Owen Smith July 11, 2015 at 13:33 #

    Not quite lift music, but fairly throw away easy listening. A moderately active quad mix but it doesn’t save the music. And The Wurzles? They did an easy listening cover of The Wurzles? What were they thinking (shakes head). The album cover is misleading really, this doesn’t feature french horn much.

    By the way, I nothing against you Beechwoods for liking this, it would be a boring world if we all liked the same music.

    • sacdtodvda July 13, 2015 at 06:53 #

      No, The Wurzels song (originally by some Irish comedian I think) was based on the tune of Melanie’s Brand New Key.

  2. Beechwoods (@Beechwoods_) July 10, 2015 at 18:52 #

    Disclosure time: I requested this, having a copy on 8-Track and having originally purchased it because it features arrangements of Laura Nyro’s stuff, and I’m somewhat obsessive about Laura Nyro’s early material. Some members may find this album a bit ‘doobie doo’ for their tastes, but it should put a smile on your face! For me the strongest arrangements are the ones with the strongest source material. ‘I Feel The Earth Move’, ‘Save The Country’, ‘Eli’s Coming’, ‘It’s Too Late’ and ‘Wedding Bell Blues’.

    This release was only ever mixed for quad. The stereo 8-track is QS encoded. So I’m only familiar with the undecoded mix. In stereo it sounds nice and wide, as you can expect from a matrixed source played back without a decoder. Decoded here, it sounds big, with a relatively inactive mix – on some tracks the solo instruments and voices emphasise the front or rears, but there’s little directional experimentation going on in the mix.

    This is very much easy-listening music. The wah-wah guitar on ‘It’s Too Late’ and ‘Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)’ lift things from workaday easy towards a funky lounge feel. I can see bits of this being sampled by more adventurous modern artists. The ‘la la la’ vocals can get a bit repetitive – but if you’re in the mood for a sing along they can be quite sneaky.

    OD’s vinyl is nice and clean and the decode clear and balanced. I’m very pleased he was able to source a copy and bring this to us as it’s a really rather uncommon release, certainly in decoded form.

    Now what we need is Ron Frangipane’s ‘The Music Of Laura Nyro’ to turn up a quad mix… his arrangements are more deft but similarly brassy, with a very nicely recorded and arranged orchestra to boot. I never thought I’d hear this one, maybe if I wait long enough that will turn up!

  3. beechwoods July 10, 2015 at 11:03 #

    Thank you OD! I love this record – can’t wait to hear the Sphinx decode. Thanks for fulfilling my request – it’s much appreciated!

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