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(a) the full artwork CD ready ie front & back cover scans, any gatefold inserts and tray insert. For best results we recommend scanning all 4 corners of L.P. covers before stitching so all information on the cover is available.
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Easy listening Easybeats

I picked up an interesting LP a few months back, which I have just got around to listening too, and I thought I would share in case others found it interesting too.

The album is called 'Take it Easy', and the artist is the Bob Gibson Orchestra.

Bob Gibson was one of Australia's top bandleaders in the forties and fifties (the days of the big bands), a time when bands and bandleaders were arguably better known than many singers. Gibson's band was one of the best, recording for the Pacific label into the early fifties, and recording (among other things) a popular version of the 1953 hit "Till I Waltz With You Again", with Ross Higgins on vocals.

Later in the fifties, he moved to the Columbia label and made many, many records. Among his featured vocalists were Jimmy Parkinson, who later went to the UK and enjoyed three top twenty hits in 1955-57, and Darryl Stewart, who featured on Gibson's popular recordings of "The End Of the Affair" and 'Take My Love".

Fast forward to the sixties, when The Easybeats were Australia's top group, with a UK top ten hit with "Friday On My Mind". Back in Australia, Bob Gibson was still in business and still on the Columbia label. In 1967, The Easys returned home from the UK for a successful tour, and someone at EMI hit on the bright idea of giving a dozen of their songs the big band treatment.

Enter Bob Gibson.

So, here in all their easy listening splendour, are twelve songs from Messrs Vanda, Wright and Young, arranged for big band and recorded by the Bob Gibson Orchestra.

TAKE IT EASY (Columbia SCXO 7872)

Side One:

She's So Fine
Girl On My Mind
In My Book
Step Back
I'll Make You Happy
Funny Feeling

Side Two:

Made My Bed Gonna Lie In It
Friday On My Mind
Who'll Be the One
Do You Have a Soul
Pretty Girl


No art work; sorry, but my scanner is kaput.

A bit out of leftfield, but anyone who enjoyed Bert kaemfert, Raymond Lefêvre or Frank Pourcel ought to enjoy this one.

I certainly did!

Re: Easy listening Easybeats

Fabulous! Thanks, Garethofoz.

Re: Easy listening Easybeats

Thanks Gareth

Interesting concept, something different

Re: Easy listening Easybeats

..."and someone at EMI hit on the bright idea of giving a dozen of their songs the big band treatment". Not really. It was more like "Hey, George Martin has recorded orchestral versions of Beatles songs, so let's copy that idea for the Easybeats".

Australia has always lacked original ideas.