Xavier Cugat
Whipped Cream & Other Delights
Provocative Percussion
Les Baxter

Easy Listening

Easy Listening music is instrumental music that was designed to be soothing and relaxing. Unlike jazz, which demands your utmost attention, easy listening slips into the background, which is the very reason many critics and listeners dismissed the music as nothing more than disposible fluff. Although some records certainly fall into that category, there were a number of inventive arrangers and conductors working in the genre, such as Martin Denny, Les Baxter and Esquivel, who distinguished themselves with unpredictable instrumentation and idiosyncratic arrangements. Still, the primary characteristic of easy listening, from Ray Conniff's lush wordless vocals to the Latin flourishes of Herb Alpert, is that it's pleasant and easy on the ears.

Easy Listening Artists Highlights

Xavier Cugat
Xavier Cugat
Les Baxter
Les Baxter
Herb Alpert
Herb Alpert
Yma Sumac
Yma Sumac
Esquivel
Esquivel
Ray Conniff
Ray Conniff

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Easy Listening Album Highlights

Whipped Cream & Other Delights
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana ...
Whipped Cream & Other ...
Provocative Percussion
Enoch Light
Provocative Percussion
More of the Best of the Arthur Lyman Group
Arthur Lyman
More of the Best of the ...
Esquivel!
Esquivel
Esquivel!
Exotica [Vols. 1-2]
Martin Denny
Exotica [Vols. 1-2]
16 Most Requested Songs
Ray Conniff
16 Most Requested Songs

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Easy Listening Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Spanish Flea Herb Alpert
Route 66 Theme Nelson Riddle
The Enchanted Sea Martin Denny
Yellow Bird Arthur Lyman
Begin the Beguine Enoch Light & the Light Brigade
Harlem Nocturne Esquivel
Theme from "A Summer Place" Percy Faith
Lara's Theme
Ray Conniff
Unchained Melody Les Baxter
Mais Que Nada Sergio Mendes

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