LP 262: Norrie Paramor and The Midland Radio Orchestra – BBC Top Tunes (BBC, 1974)

21 Jul

Side 1
01 Sweet And Gentle
02 The Sky At Night
03 The Archers
04 Owen M.D. (Sleepy Shores)
05 Midweek
06 Medley: Family Favourites / Top Of The Form / Sing Something Simple / Desert Island Discs

Side 2
07 The Onedin Line
08 Film 74
09 The Forsyte Saga
10 The Lotus Eaters
11 Softly, Softly
12 Medley: Pebble Mill At One / Dad’s Army / Tomorrow’s World / Match Of The Day

Released in 1974, BBC Top Tunes is the first of five collaborations between Norrie Paramor and The Midland Radio Orchestra. Highlights are a groovy version of John Scott’s Midweek theme and a bouyant bash at the Pebble Mill and Tomorrow’s World themes. Check out the fuzzy guitar at the beginning of that sweeping medley.

The remainder of the album is pretty sedate and lush with a strings overload on both Sweet And Gentle and The Forsyte Saga. Sleepy Shores manages to sound pretty haunting, giving Johnny Pearson a decent run for his money.

Comments and feedback are welcome.


5 Responses to “LP 262: Norrie Paramor and The Midland Radio Orchestra – BBC Top Tunes (BBC, 1974)”

  1. nlgbbbblth July 21, 2011 at 7:20 PM #


  2. Bob Sanders July 21, 2011 at 10:08 PM #

    I cannot see the link to this but would like to dl it please.

  3. Anonymous July 27, 2011 at 2:43 AM #

    h t t p : / / w w w . m e g a u p l o a d . c o m
    to it.

  4. lawyerwithalife May 13, 2012 at 3:38 PM #

    Good to find someone else who likes Norrie and the MRO. I’ve just found my recording of 2 1979 episodes of Top Tunes which had a live audience and I was one of those there. Sadly, it was one of those where Nick Ingman was standing in for Norrie who died shortly after. It’s the only time I’ve ever been to a TV/radio recording and it was good fun.

    • nlgbbbblth May 13, 2012 at 10:47 PM #

      Hi – I’d love to have been in the audience for one of those recordings. Hope you enjoy the music.

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