Various Artists

Long Lost Instrumental Hits of the '50s & '60s

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Even though some of the songs on Long Lost Instrumental Hits of the '50s and '60s, such as "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White," never really went away in the first place, this is an enjoyable collection of '50s and '60s easy listening that falls somewhere between the quirkiness of lounge and exotica and the more staid sounds of ensembles like 101 Strings Orchestra. The album covers a surprising amount of moods and sounds with its ten tracks, spanning the ultra- traditional, ultra-sentimental easy listening of Bill Pursell's "Our Winter Love" and Frank DeVol & the Rainbow Strings' "La Montana (If She Should Come to You)," to the Marlowe Morris Quintet's relatively funky "Play the Thing" to Lionel Newman & His Orchestra's windswept, gently dramatic "Theme From "The Proud Ones"." The best tracks here manage to sound fresh and a little kitschy at the same time, and provide a welcome reminder that there's more to '50s and '60s instrumental pop than the usual suspects like Esquivel, Martin Denny and Mantovani.

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