Paul Mauriat And His Orchestra ‎– El Condor Pasa

Philips ‎– PHS 600-352
Vinyl, LP


A1 Love Story 3:00
A2 El Condor Pasa 3:06
A3 To Be The One You Love 3:03
A4 Melancholy Man 3:38
A5 Tonta Gafay Boba 2:25
A6 Black Harlem 2:13
B1 My Sweet Lord 2:58
B2 Gentle On My Mind 3:26
B3 Burning Bridges 2:10
B4 Lonely Days 3:27
B5 Etude In The Form Of Rhythm & Blues 4:58

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September 27, 2017
Geeze - so many great tracks on this album . I remember this song "Meloncholy Man" was fresh in my head when i saw Portishead touring for their 2nd album. It totally resonates with the vibe they reconstructed years later. Cinematic lush sex funk. One of those inexpensive albums with expansive qualities to suit many a need in music styling. I tend to buy all of Mauriat's albums and this one is top 3.


December 1, 2011
edited over 5 years ago
This was originally something I learned about from the old Vinyl Vulture website, a UK outfit that wrote extensively about funky, groovy, and/or cool cheesy easy listening records. They worked hard to separate the rare interesting album from the massive amount of useless easy/lounge LPs. This is one of my favorites, as it was usually mentioned for "Etude In The Form Of Rhythm And Blues." This is about as good as easy gets, with a great funky cinematic feel and soulful swing to it, highlighted by piano work, snappy drumming, and some great basslines. But just as good is the last track on the A-side, "Black Harlem," which sounds like an urgent 70's TV crime theme done big band style, with some latin percussion and rapid piano lines... even sounds like a harpsichord leading the mix. Reminds me of some of Henry Mancini's best funky material (what, you don't know?) or some of the orchestration Johnny Pate did for the Shaft In Africa OST. A great example of when easy listening meets big band funk.