LP 251: Norrie Paramor and The Midland Radio Orchestra – My Personal Choice (BBC, 1976)

5 Jul

Side 1
01 Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
02 Midweek
03 The Pallisers Theme
04 The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
05 Ebb Tide
06 Love In Bloom

Side 2
07 When You Smile
08 Sweet and Gentle
09 The Forsyte Saga – Elizabeth of Glamis
10 The Frightened City
11 She
12 Whistle Down The Wind

Another comforting album from my childhood.

My Personal Choice is a compilation of tracks selected from four collaborative albums between Norrie and the Midland Radio Orchestra. It’s an even spread with three tracks from each LP – Norrie picked 11 while the BBC chose one. As a sampler it achieves its aim – showcasing the sound and making us want to delve deeper into the albums themselves. I’ll be featuring each of them later on this year along with 1978’s Volume 4.

From BBC Top Tunes: A groovy version of John Scott’s Midweek theme stands out along with the sedate strings of Sweet And Gentle and The Forsyte Saga.

The Most Beautiful Girl In The World yields a mournful take on The Pallisers, a breezy title track and the swinging lounge of When You Smile.

Radio 2 Top Tunes Volume 2 is represented by the stark and lonely Ebb Tibe, a reflective Love In Bloom and a stirring She.

Radio 2 Top Tunes Volume 3 provides us with the opening track on the LP, a sweet rendition of Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head. The Frightened City is magnificient – funky and atmospheric with an Eastern flourish. Finally we finish with the powerful Whistle Down The Wind.

Comments and feedback are welcome.

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One Response to “LP 251: Norrie Paramor and The Midland Radio Orchestra – My Personal Choice (BBC, 1976)”

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