14 December: The London Sound 70 Orchestra And Chorus: Deck The Hall

Published December 14, 2012

Sometimes I think the late Sixties and early Seventies must be the best era in popular music. On average, I mean. I can't think of a genre that wasn't good or excellent at the time: pop was good, rock was good, bubblegum was good, soul music was good...and so on.

And easy listening was good too. A case in point would be this version of the traditional Christmas carol 'Deck The Hall', as performed by The London 70 Orchestra and Chorus. Released in November 1970, it attempts to straddle the gulf between then-modern pop and the "familiar hits played in easy listening versions by a full orchestra and an anonymous choir" style. It starts out quite traditional, then around 0:25 goes into semi-funk mode, then around 01:00 enters a kind of 'Good Vibrations' style interlude phase, and finally just goes overboard with it all in a most fabulous way. It's all quite mad and quite fantastic at the same time.

Click here to listen to 'Deck The Hall'.

The London Sound 70 Orchestra And Chorus: The Sounds Of Christmas.