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Music For Pleasure ‎– MFP 1307
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November 7, 2010
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Music For Pleasure set out to be a budget reissue label for EMI in ’65. The catalogue is littered with easy listening, light classical and comp’s. In amongst the dross are established artists such as The
Beatles, Pink Floyd and alike. There are also a few gems and this is no exception.

Composed by Victor Graham at the end of the sixties, this East/West fusion sits in the pot nicely and bubbles away quite happily over the four tracks. I’ve mentioned budget and fusion but don’t think of frozen Chicken Tikka lasagna. No, this is much more appetising and classy with great packaging. More chilled than frozen; a comforting sound aroma that caresses the ears - think Korma rather than Madras.

The tracks have a filmic quality, and if you mentally remove the Indian side, the score could easily appear on a gritty Brit’ classic (Saturday Night, Sunday Morning), whilst the double bass has a Mingus ‘feel’. It would also sit well with Steve McQueens’ classic from ’72, The Getaway. But please, insert that sitar back in the mix, sit back and enjoy a slice of ‘budget’ cool. I say ‘budget’, it can be had cheap - if you can find it. If you’re prepared to pay then pay, even for a budget label - the quality is there. However, avoid the dealer that puts a “Psych’” tag on it to achieve a lot more £$’s. The sleeve is the only component that really warrants the tag!

A worthy find.