Album of the Month - August 2018
Paradise: The Sound Of Ivor Raymonde. Available here on 180 Gram Double LP and Standard CD.
Classic singles like Billy Fury’s Halfway To Paradise, Dusty Springfield’s I Only Want To Be With You and The Walker Brothers’ Make It Easy On Yourself would not have been hits without Ivor Raymonde. As their arranger, and in the case of I Only Want To Be With You songwriter too, he shaped the final recordings. He decided on the orchestration and backing vocals, chose the instruments and determined what was heard on the radio – and what record buyers bought.
Paradise: The Sound Of Ivor Raymonde is a long-overdue celebration of Ivor Raymonde, collecting his work as an arranger, musical director, producer, singer and songwriter. The story of a British musical great is told for the first time. Billy Fury, Dusty Springfield and The Walker Brothers are heard. So is the only vocal performance for which Ivor Raymonde received a credit on a record label. He worked with the pre-fame David Bowie and Tom Jones. He spotted the potential of Los Bravos, steering them into the charts with Black Is Black. Near-misses and obscurities made with Brit-girls Cindy Cole and Helen Shapiro, the soulful Sonny Childe and confrontational proto-psychedelic London band The Flies are as fantastic as the hits. With these and more, Paradise: The Sound Of Ivor Raymonde distils the essence of the magic of Ivor Raymonde.
Compiled by Simon Raymonde and Kieron Tyler, it is a very personal tribute to a sadly missed father. Born in 1926, Ivor Raymonde passed away in 1990. The 26 selections balance the well-known with collectable rarities and tracks drawn from – until now – barely heard-of singles. Each is a gem; and each shows the magic of an Ivor Raymonde recording. Paradise: The Sound Of Ivor Raymonde is issued on CD and as a double album. Each version features the same tracks, but the vinyl version is sequenced differently for listening flow. Every track was originally issued as a single which were issued in mono for the pop market until 1968 / 1969. Keeping the integrity of the compilation in mind, all but four tracks appear in mono as they did originally. The masters used are those of the original singles. It features Dusty Springfield, Helen Shapiro, Tom Jones, David Bowie, The Walker Brothers, Ian Dury etc.
LPx2 - 180 Gram Double LP.
CD - Standard CD.