The Riviera Strings, Love Is Blue (1968)
This must be one of the oldest records in my collection – passed down, handed on of course…but I just always remember this one being around…in mum and dad’s collection; I don’t really remember it ever being played though. I used to have this DJ gig – a really great one – up at this bar, Motel. And I could play, arguably, whatever I wanted. Though the main sorts of themes were jazz, blues and lounge music – later in the night you could play a pop hit or some hip-hop, you could take it anywhere, I’m talking 6-8 hour sets, big, long nights. Start at 8pm to an empty bar, finish around 4am having played to all sorts, people passing by for one drink, others staying to buy expensive whiskys and cigars…It was a good time. And I’d try to sneak in some of the cheesiest, most random things I could. Old crackly weird records. So one night I took this and played a track. Well, why not? I’ve held onto it all this time and only listened through to it once. I quite like a bit of this pastel easy-listening from the late 60s/early 70s. No shame.
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