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101 Strings Orchestra

One of the most prolific and reliable names in instrumental easy listening music, the 101 Strings Orchestra has literally recorded hundreds of albums since its inception in 1957. Their trademark sound is built on a reverence for melody, pristine production, and a pleasant, relaxing ambience; while occasional albums have concentrated on brass, piano, guitars, and even mild rock & roll rhythms, the string section -- true to the group's name -- nearly always remains front and center, because of its lush, soothing sound qualities. Most of their albums were built around some unifying theme, whether the work of a well-known artist or songwriter, a specific topic (patriotism, holidays, et al.), TV/ movie themes, songs from a particular country, revampings of familiar tunes from other genres, and so on. The group was founded by producer/engineer Dick L. Miller, who was searching for a way to mimic the sound and style of orchestras led by "name" conductors like Mantovani, without the expense involved in securing their services. He hit upon the idea of recruiting unknown European groups at a much lower cost, and made the 101 Strings Orchestra into something of a brand name (since the personality of the group rested with the arrangements, the individual musicians were somewhat interchangeable, so long as they could play in the preset style). The orchestra's first home was Miller's own Somerset label and their first arranger was Robert Lowden; he was followed by Joseph Kuhn and Monte Kelly in turn, all of whom wrote occasional original numbers as well. In 1964, Miller sold the whole 101 Strings package to the Alshire label, which continued to turn out product with assembly line regularity over the next few decades. During their first decade, the 101 Strings would occasionally offer a more experimental album as a change of pace, but that all stopped after their fan base's reaction to 1968's futuristic and at times unsettling Astro Sounds From Beyond the Year 2000 (which became a sought-after item among latter-day space age pop fans). In 1995, Madacy Entertainment purchased the Alshire label and began reissuing a great deal of the 101 Strings back catalog on CD, not to mention new material. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Very beautiful.
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Love this
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Very nice, almost psychedelic.
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Great for ballroom dancing.
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I've always enjoyed listening to them as well as the other instrumental groups through the years.. Through the magic of services like Pandora, we can all enjoy music we loved years ago, and discover new music to love,
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My Dad always played 1001 strings albums on his Lafeyette sterio back in the day..sure do miss him
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Espana Cani is the second best on the Album. Awesome.
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Malaguena on The Soul of Spain is one of a kind. No matter how many times you return to it and listen to it, it will always bring chills. Beautiful.
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The Soul of Spain a classic!
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Love love is Blue It always takes me someplace else
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simpley' wonderful !
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My Dad would always but 33's on his way home from work- always classical or jazz in the 1950's. 101 Strings was one of them
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101 Strings sometimes seems too easily accessable but with a glass of champaign and one's lady fair I found that they created the perfect soft mood for Valentine's Day. But will not work at all for the Fourth of July or for the Super Bowl.
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The producer creator was David L Miller, my father. He wanted to create orchestral music that was accessible to all and at affordable prices. He loved his work. I hope the name will change on the above entry soon.
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nice
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sonora santanera

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