Billy May and His Orchestra, Sorta-May (1955)
I bought this back before I even knew who Billy May was – later I’d find out his fingerprints were all over so many tunes I loved, from great singers and other orchestras, across movie and TV soundtracks but back when I bought this – for 20c in a second-hand book-store/junk shop in Hastings – I wasn’t aware of any of the magic that May had created. I just wanted something old for the turntable. It was my first year at university and though I knew the name, and knew of a lot of music similar to what I ended up hearing when I finally played the May I really just was looking for something a bit kitsch, maybe even corny. I couldn’t even call this either of those things – I love a lot of this music. More so now than ever before. Makes this a wise purchase I guess.
Sample Track: In A Persian Market
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