Brilliant work by an easy maestro
you've probably never heard of! David Whitaker's name isn't as famous as other 60s pop legends – like Brian Wilson or George Martin – both of whom his work could easily stand next to – but thanks to this beautiful set, his name may finally be out there a bit as one of the true geniuses of his time. The package brings together 21 tracks, mostly from the late 60s, that feature backings, arrangements, and occasional compositions by Whitaker – work he did for singers both English and French, and tracks from a variety of soundtrack and easy instrumental sources. Whitaker's got a slightly more orchestral approach than other pop arrangers, but he also uses the larger group in a way that cuts to the chase – slicing through a bank of strings with a well-placed horn or piano, unfolding the music to make way for the lovely voice of a female singer, then pushing her up to the sky on waves and waves of sound! Titles include "I'm Not Saying" by Nico, "The Last Time" by The Andrew Oldham Orchestra, "What's More I Don't Need Her" by Lee Hazelwood, "Chanson Indienne" by France Gall, "Remember" by Air, "Plaisir D'Amour" by Marianne Faithfull, and the tracks "Pavane", "Susie", "Philip On The Moors", "Cressida", "Mr Mouthpiece", and "Dominique" by Whitaker himself.
(Out of print.)