Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra

The Best of Tony Hatch & His Orchestra

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AllMusic Review by John Bush

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 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 01:51 Amazon
2 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 03:20 Amazon
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Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 02:38 Amazon
4 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 02:32 Amazon
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Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 01:58 Amazon
6 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 01:51 Amazon
7 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 02:02 Amazon
8 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 03:10 Amazon
9 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 02:03 Amazon
10 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 01:36 Amazon
11 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 02:52 Amazon
12 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 03:55 Amazon
13 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 03:10 Amazon
14 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 02:49 Amazon
15 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 02:09 Amazon
16 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 02:36 Amazon
17 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 02:19 Amazon
18 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 02:44 Amazon
19 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 02:54 Amazon
20 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 02:48 Amazon
21 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 03:10 Amazon
22 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 03:18 Amazon
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Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 02:17 Amazon
24 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 02:03 Amazon
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Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 01:53 Amazon
26 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 02:28 Amazon
27 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 02:35 Amazon
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Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 03:21 Amazon
29 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 03:10 Amazon
30 Tony Hatch / The Tony Hatch Orchestra 02:11 Amazon
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