The Go-Go Music of Mark Wirtz, His Orchestra & Chorus

Mark Wirtz

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The Go-Go Music of Mark Wirtz, His Orchestra & Chorus Review

by Richie Unterberger

Twenty-three track compilation of material overseen by Wirtz between 1965 and 1969, assembled from a few LPs and singles. Revisionist claims to the contrary, this is European easy listening at its most trivial -- lightened-up covers of contemporary pop and rock hits for the middle-aged crowd, and background music that, as the title implies, was entirely suitable for go-go scenes in B-movie soundtracks. There is fun easy-listening trash from the '60s, and then there is simply meaningless easy-listening trifles from the same era. This compilation falls much closer to the latter. It's not even amusing for camp value; it's just dumb and boring, appealing only to those whose tastes are irredeemably immature, or collectors convincing themselves that this stuff merits investigation by virtue of its very obscurity.

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