Mellow Moods: Forgotten Gems

by: Martijn Soetens

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In the 1970s studio techniques improved rapidly and there was plenty of money to hire the best musicians, so artists took their time to make their records. In Philadelphia, for instance, the sophisticated 'Philly soul' was created ('Get down with the mellow sound') by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and around the West Coast singer-songwriters started to make their own mellow sound, which is now known as 'yacht rock'. This clean new sound sounded perfect on FM radio, so it became immens popular, especially in the United States. By the beginning of the 1980s people got fed up with the mellow sounds and its popularity faded. The Smooth Operators (Martijn Soetens & Professor Eddy) pay tribute to the heyday of the FM radio sound with their series Mellow Moods. Enjoy their trip on quiet water!


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