Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra

The Best of Tony Hatch & His Orchestra

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The third volume in Sequel's Easy Project series includes no less than 30 themes by Tony Hatch & His Orchestra, originally recorded for Pye between 1961 and 1975. Hatch's brand of easy listening was well-constructed orchestral pop, though it was often even blander than the average easy listening fare. He only charted one single (1962's "Out of This World," obviously included here). Still, there are great versions of "Music to Watch Girls By," "Downtown," and "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top," as well as Hatch's own themes to numerous TV series: "Emmerdale," "Naked City," "Sportsnight," "The Champions," "Mr. and Mrs.," and "Best in Football," among others. It's wonderful to see such a solid collection for this important figure in British pop, but since most of his best work was in service of star vocalists, this compilation of original material is best for only devoted listeners of easy listening.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 01:51 Amazon
2 03:20 Amazon
3
02:38 Amazon
4 02:32 Amazon
5
01:58 Amazon
6 01:51 Amazon
7 02:02 Amazon
8 03:10 Amazon
9 02:03 Amazon
10 01:36 Amazon
11 02:52 Amazon
12 03:55 Amazon
13 03:10 Amazon
14 02:49 Amazon
15 02:09 Amazon
16 02:36 Amazon
17 02:19 Amazon
18 02:44 Amazon
19 02:54 Amazon
20 02:48 Amazon
21 03:10 Amazon
22 03:18 Amazon
23
02:17 Amazon
24 02:03 Amazon
25
01:53 Amazon
26 02:28 Amazon
27 02:35 Amazon
28
03:21 Amazon
29 03:10 Amazon
30 02:11 Amazon
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