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The Dis-Advantages of You/The Now Sound of the Brass Ring

Dusty Springfield, The Brass RingAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 30, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B000UPC37I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,570 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Dis-Advantages Of You
2. Theme From The Sand Pebbles
3. Music To Watch Girls By
4. I Will Wait For You
5. Born Free
6. The Dating Game
7. A Man & a Woman
8. Wait For Me
9. California Dreamin'
10. Lightning Bug
11. Pakistan
12. Sunny
13. Up, Up & Away
14. The Look Of Love
15. Georgy Girl
16. Don't Sleep In the Subway
17. Love In the Open Air
18. Monday, Monday
19. Amy's Theme
20. Carrot Top
See all 23 tracks on this disc

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The title tune to "The Dis-Advantages of You" was a big hit, and famous for its use as a Benson & Hedges cigarette ad jingle.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dis-Advantages of You/The Now Sound of the BRASS RING December 30, 2007
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Excellent CD recordings of the soft, sensual instrumentals from the 1960s. Phil Bodner's interpretations and musical leadership leaves you wondering if there really is a heaven to go to when you die. Because the music cajoles the ears, softens the edges of your day and allows you to believe you are comfortable, and at peace with the world. Heaven is coming out of the horns straight to your ears in the present. I bought every Brass Ring LP album each time I could find a new one in the late `60s and early 70s and they received a lot of play. Special thanks to Collector's Choice Music for putting this great music on CD. It's so nice to be able to listen now without the pops and clicks on my old vinyl. I bought all 3 CDs available and have been rewarded. If you're too young to remember the '60s soft sounds this double album CD would be a terrific way to acquaint yourself with the best of the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for retro music lovers! August 10, 2009
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This is a great 2 album set. I grew up listening to The Brass Ring. I used to sit and listen to a 45 of Love Theme from Flight of The Pheonix with the "B" side Lightning Bug which is why I purchased this set. I still have the 45 but is quite worn out and very pleased to hear the song again without straining to hear it through all the pops and surface noise. The CD is great start to finish. The Brass Ring have a unique sound all to themselves and before I purchased this set didn't know what to expect from the rest of the CD and was very pleased after my first listen. If you have ever enjoyed The Brass Ring this is a must buy along with the other set that has Love Theme from Flight of the Pheonix.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good and a half October 7, 2010
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I have been taken to task by many a commenter on my reviews for abusing 1960s easy listening bands. For example, last year I BBQed the sacred cow The Lettermen!!!...and "Live!, and I am still nowhere near hearing the end of that from old school AM radio fans.

That is why I am happy to submit a positive review of these two Brass Ring albums. Am I pandering? Not at all. It is never the "easy" in "easy listening" that makes me take out the charcoal and lighter fluid: it is the artificial sugar on top. With Brass Ring, that is not a problem.

I might be going to far if I said the Brass Ring handles easy listening with a fun sense of irony. It may be that this only sounds such from a 2010 perspective. But listen to the etherial female vocals on the title track to -"Disadvantages Of You," part of which was uses in a Benson and Hedges ad when ciggy commercials were still tube legal

That voice is pretty, very angelic, but there is almost a mocking behind it. Frankly, you are not sure if it is a half-goof or not, but it sure does not have the puppy dog cuddle of the Letterman or Bobby Goldsboro that dates such material so badly. There is a sexuality here most easy listening tried to erase.

Maybe unfortunately, that voice does not show up much throughout the rest of the album (maybe that angel flew up to heaven to teach Goldsboro's dead honey a little about the birds and bees. ) But there are a lot of covers of then hits, "California Dreamin'," "Look Of Love," that sound almost as if Neal Hefti arranged them. Few strings or harps, but lots of organ and Walter Matheau on a bad hair day horns.

Anyway, if your strictly a Blue Cheer and Hawkwind, your barking up the wrong tree. But if like me you have wide taste in good music, don't write this off as smaltz.

Well, ok, it is--but if smaltz were all this much fun, I'd listen to a lot more of it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy listening epitomized August 6, 2009
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Though the pop charts were dominated by the British invasion artists and a few surviving and new American contenders, the mid- and late-60's record racks still had room for a lot of so-called easy listening music. Ironically, while much of it came to be disparaged as "elevator music", it re-emerged as "hip" in the 90's "lounge" music fad.

Headed up by arranger/musician Phil Bodner, The Brass Ring studio ensemble found an audience for its "lite" instrumental recordings during the late 60's. The first few BR albums cruised along, but without a real presence in the singles arena (except for the "Flight of the Phoenix" love theme) the BR didn't command widespread name recognition. Then, when a quirky little jingle written for a TV commercial became the Brass Ring's next single, they were forevermore tied to both the music and the imagery of "The Dis-Advantages of You". The widespread recognition of the tune beyond its sales as a single, provided the momentum needed for the BR to create several more albums for the easy-listening audience.

In this new two-fer reissue from Collectors Choice, the "Dis-Advantages..." album with its title song is paired with 1968's "The Now Sound of the Brass Ring". While the earlier BR albums relied more on movie music, the influence of Steve Barri - producer for Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf and others - moved the repertoire of "Now Sound..." more towards the pop tunes of the day. With their livelier take, covers of "Monday, Monday", "Sunny", "Up, Up and Away" and other contemporary tunes of the day signaled a change, if only gentle, in the musical direction of the BR.

This CD is a straight reissue of the 23 tracks comprising the two original LP's - "Dis-Advantages..." and "Now Sound...".
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