Various Artists

The Sound Gallery, Vol. 2

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Like volume one, this offers a further ungodly helping of perky British easy listening music from the EMI vaults, spanning the mid-'60s to the mid-'70s (with one ringer from 1960 thrown in). It's another mosaic of television/soundtrack themes, corny instrumental versions of rock hits (Lord Sitar's treatment of "I Can See for Miles" is bound to break the ice at parties), uptempo, brassy go-go music, and the occasional odd touch that leaves you convinced that some frustrated authentic musician was inserting progressive touches on the sly. There are even a couple of artists with heavy rock credentials: Beatle producer George Martin weighs in with the ponderous "Theme One," while Mike Vickers (once of Manfred Mann) does "On the Brink." It's still way too superficial to be taken seriously, but then, that was never the intention.

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