Easy Listening

It's easy to see why Ray Conniff's albums were so appealing to listeners, particularly older ones: He took old-fashioned musical rudiments like traditional pop songs and a big vocal group and added a snappy, modern veneer that bridged the gap between the '60s and the era before rock & roll. Speak...

This collection of organ oldies includes classics like "The Glow Worm," "Maple Leaf Rag, " "My Gal Sal, " "Anchors Aweigh, " "The Entertainer, " "Kiss Me Again" and "Cuddle up a Little Closer."

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Hooked on Swing 2 follows the same formula as the original -- Larry Elgart and his Manhattan Swing Orchestra romping through six medleys of popular dance songs -- and winds up as a rousing success; this disc will certainly please fans of the first volume.

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