Various Artists

This Is Easy [Virgin]

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With a plethora of lounge revival collections flooding the market, this impressive 52-track offering from Virgin should make the first choice an easy one for bachelor pad fans in waiting. All the heavy hitters are present, including Burt Bacharach, Henry Mancini, Esquivel, Ray Conniff, Michel Legrand, and Percy Faith. And while these maestros strike up the band themselves on several instrumentals, their best vocal tracks get nicely dressed up by everyone from Jack Jones and Dionne Warwick to Aretha Franklin and Isaac Hayes. Beside the pop hits, there are also several movie highlights, such as Francis Lai's "Un Homme Et Une Femme" and John Barry's "Theme From Midnight Cowboy," as well as TV material like the Monday Night Football theme, "Superstars." Pleasant surprises and unexpected gems abound, too: Stones and Carpenters covers by Nancy Sinatra and Matt Monro, Roy Budd's "Get Carter" theme, Sergio Mendes' version of Joni Mitchell's "Chelsea Morning," and Jose Feliciano's once forgettable Top 40 entry "Light My Fire." The disc also gets high marks for it's top-notch song sequence and sheer easy listening brevity. Relax and enjoy.

Track Listing - Disc 1

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