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I hate easy listening music but this programme is moderately entertaining.

Seems it became really popular when older people who had enough money to buy new-fangled stereo systems bought the records which showed them at their best. Whereas their kids had a Dansette in the bedroom - if they were lucky - so rock and pop was mixed for mono.

My dad fell for it. Now I'm ancient too I suppose I ought to like it, but I don't. :)

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DOCUMENTARY: The Joy of Easy Listening
On: BBC 4 (9)
Date: Friday 17th August 2012 (1 hour and 11 minutes left)
Time: 20:50 to 22:20 (1 hour and 30 minutes long)

Documentary telling the story of a popular music that is often said to be made to be heard, but not listened to. The film looks at easy listening's architects and practitioners, its dangers and delights, and the mark it has left on modern life. From its emergence in the 50s to its heyday in the 60s, through its survival in the 70s and 80s and its revival in the 90s and beyond, the film traces the hidden history of a music that has reflected society every bit as much as pop and rock - just in a more relaxed way. Invented at the dawn of rock 'n' roll, easy listening has shadowed pop music and the emerging teenage market since the mid-50s. It is a genre that equally soundtracks our modern age, but perhaps for a rather more 'mature' generation and therefore with its own distinct purpose and aesthetic. Contributors include Richard Carpenter, Herb Alpert, Richard Clayderman, Engelbert Humperdinck, Jimmy Webb, Mike Flowers, James Last and others.
(Stereo, Repeat, Widescreen, Subtitles, 2011, 3 Star)
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Herb Alpert has made some great records. Always hated james Last, Richard Clayderman ( :throwup: )

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Smooth Radio is quite good. Mainly 70s but they do 50s and 60s on occasion and up to the present day. Quite a mix of styles today; Andy Williams, Carpenters, Beatles, Four Tops, Abba, Fine Young Cannibals, etc. Simon Bates does the Golden Hour, 30 minutes of 1 year, 30 minutes of another. Fun trying to guess what year it is before he tells you.

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