James Last, This Is James Last (1966)
Made a joke on Sunday morning, about how “This is the Last thing I feel like listening to” – and it’s true. It is the only James Last album I play – and hardly ever. But when I do I play it – as with Val Doonican, which I talked about recently here too – out of some nostalgic whim; the music of my grandparents’ records collections. Both my grandparents had all those sorts of LPs you now find stuffed into every corner of dump-shops and second hand book stories and charity stalls and garage sales. And, in most cases, I have their copies. But sometimes I’ve even gone and bought a copy of an album I remember from their collection. Weird? Possibly. I also only buy albums of this type if I can tolerate the music. And I quite like the whiff of musical cheese on a Sunday morning. It triggered a conversation too about how James Last had just died, Val Doonican too in fact. And how in both cases, they were people that could have been reported dead, as far as most were concerned, anytime since 1985 and it would not have been any sort of surprise.
Sample Track: Delicado
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