Hammond Goes Bossa


Following on from another previous post, this week I discovered a second album by Hammond maestro Danny Hodgson…and what a scorcher it is! Wheras the other album had a somewhat thrown-together feel, with Danny backed by a basic rhythm section, this is a full-blown easy listening extravaganza, arranged by one Pete Smith, featuring full backing band plus strings and all manner of persuasive percussion instruments.  Best of all, this is one of those records that looks to me like it’s never been played, resulting in a super-clean, crackle-free listening experience that totally belies it’s 35 years of age.

Danny (photographed on the sleeve performing at the Circus Tavern, Purfleet) avoids the usual latin repertoire, preferring to adapt popular tunes from the likes of Burt Bacharach, Paul Simon and George Harrison.  Still, I find the choice of cover-girl somewhat curious. Surely the obvious choice here would be a lady of Latin ancestry, rather than African. Makes me think that whoever at Contour Records chose the sleeve image (with a brief to come up with someone ‘exotic’) didn’t have the slightest clue what they were doing.

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  1. Thought the previous Danny H LP would have scared you off … 2 in the collection – question is how many more are out there to be hunted down !!

    Sleeve is indeed a tad difficult to comprehend ….

  2. i cannot physically resist any record with the words ‘hammond’ and ‘bossa’ in the title. in some ways this is almost the archetypal easy listening instrumental album. if it hadn’t existed it would’ve been necessary to invent it.

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