WEEK 15 - 2017

 

 LoungeLegends
 Voices 11
 
 01  - How Deep Is Your Love  -   Henry Mancini and His Orchestra with Chorus  -   
 02  - Don't Look Back  -   Johnny Mann Singers  -   
 03  - (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons  -   The Pete King Chorale  -   
 04  - These Foolish Things  -   Les Baxter  -   
 05  - What The World Needs Now Is Love  -   The Longines Symphonette Society  -   
 06  - Faith  -   Mike Curb Congregation  -   
 07  - Hello, Young Lovers From "The King and I"  -   Henry Mancini and His Orchestra with Chorus  -   
 08  - Where Do I Go  -   Hank Levine  -   
 09  - I'm Glad There Is You  -   Joe Reisman  -   
 10  - Chee chee kookaroo  -   Lawrence Welk  -   
 11  - Good Vibrations  -   101 Strings  -   
 12  - Southern Nights  -   The Living Voices  -   
 13  - Jean  -   Joe Reisman  -   
 14  - Up Up and Away  -   Frank Valdor  -   
 15  - A minute of your time  -   The Gunter Kallmann Choir  -   
 16  - Instant Happy  -   Johnny Mann Singers  -   
 17  - September In The Rain  -   Les Baxter  -   
 18  - Yesterday I Heard the Rain  -   Joe Reisman  -   
 19  - Red Sails In The Sunset  -   Johnny Gibbs & The Mike Sammes Singers  -   
 20  - When a Man Loves a Woman  -   Richard Alden  -   
 21  - Love Me Tonight  -   Hank Levine  -   
 22  - All The Things You Are  -   The Pete King Chorale  -   
 23  - I Just Want To Be Your Everything  -   The Living Voices  -   
 24  - I Get Around  -   101 Strings plus The Alshire Singers  -   
 25  - Battle Hymn of the Republic  -   Mike Curb Congregation  -  

Girls! Girls! Girls!
Volume XXIV
 
tracklisting:
 
1. Billy May - Jackie / 02:58
2. Percy Faith - Cheryl / 02:29
3. Caravelli - Désirée / 03:45
4. Piergiorgio Farina - Roberta / 03:38
5. Eric Winstone - Valse Huguette / 02:31
6. Norrie Paramor - Who's in the strawberry patch with Sally / 02:37
7. Arthur Greenslade - I recall a gypsy woman / 02:21
8. Lawrence Welk - Alice In Wonderland / 02:06
9. City of Westminster String Band - I can't let Maggie go / 02:43
10. Frank Chacksfield - Tamoretta / 02:26
11. Perez Prado - Catalania / 02:07
12. Alan Tew - This way Mary / 02:19
13. Velvet Sound Orchestra - Joana / 02:40
14. Cyril Stapleton - Ava / 02:40
15. Ricardo Santos - Bianca / 03:03
16. Young Pops Otchestra - Natacha's waltz / 02:40
17. Richard Marino and his orchestra - Ziganette / 01:53
18. Gebroeders Brouwer-Marty-Willy Schobben - Elly / 03:26
19. The Al Capps Orchestra - Julie, do ya love me / 02:38
20. David Carroll - Polly / 02:36
21. Melachrino Strings - Musetta's waltz song / 02:41
22. Frank Valdor - Här kommer Pippi Langstrump / 02:07
23. Leroy Holmes - Justine / 02:59
24. Briamonte Orchestra - Tema de Cristina / 02:58
25. The Pete Moore Orchestra - Alison / 02:53
26. The Acapulco Brass - Ida / 02:57
27. George Roberts - Susie Q / 02:33
28. Gerhard Narholz - Latina beauty / 01:59
29. Hugo Strasser - Samantha / 04:33
 

Hammond a Gogo 1 
 
 01  - Hello Dolly - Milord - Ces't Magnifique  -     
 02  - In A Little Spanish Town - Benita - Wheels  -     
 03  - Sole, Sole - Ich Möcht' So Gern Mit Dir Nache Hause Geh'n - Goody-Goody  -     
 04  - True Love - Moon River  -     
 05  - Letkiss - Norskejenka  -     
 06  - America - If I Had A Hammer - Lucky Lips  -     
 07  - Du, Du, Du - Blue Moon - Makin' Whopee  -     
 08  - Cavaquinho - Cumana - Sambarita  -     
 09  - Melancholie - La Mamma  -     
 10  - Red Roses For A Blue Lady - Bye Bye Blackbird - Auf Wiederseh'n Bei Dir  -     

 Various Artists
 Das Beste - Im Traumland der Melodie
 
 01  - Love Is A Many Splendored Thing  -   Helmut Zacharias  -   
 02  - This Guy's In Love With You  -   The Tony Mansell Singers  -   
 03  - Jeux Interdits  -   Guy Lukowski - Gitarre und Orchester  -   
 04  - Scarbourough Fair  -   The Tony Mansell Singers  -   
 05  - If You Go Away  -   Romantic String Orchester  -   
 06  - Mrs. Robinson  -   The Tony Mansell Singers  -   
 07  - Blue Moon  -   Ronnie Price  -   
 08  - Close To You   -   The Tony Mansell Singers  -   
 09  - You Made Me So Very Happy  -   Benny Goodman Orchestra  -   
 10  - Trains and Boats and Planes  -   The Tony Mansell Singers  -   
 11  - Unchained Melody  -   Hugo Strasser Tanzorchester  -   
 12  - The Peanut Vendor  -   Chet Atkins  -   
 13  - Bridge over Troubled Water  -   The Tony Mansell Singers  -   
 14  - Try To Remember  -   Paul Weston Orchestra (Jo Stafford singer)  -   

 Roberto Delgado 
Latin Special '72
 
 01  - Spanish Harlem  -     
 02  - Mamy Blue  -     
 03  - Cha Beat  -     
 04  - Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves  -     
 05  - Bahia Blanca  -     
 06  - Para los Rumberos  -     
 07  - Freedom Come, Freedom Go  -     
 08  - Borriquito  -     
 09  - La Buga Buga Loo  -     
 10  - California Sunday Morning  -     
 11  - $ 47.50  -     
 12  - Che Sara  -     

 Horst Wende 
Oriental Caravan
 
 1  - My Beautiful Beloved  -     
 2  - Handkerchief Dance  -     
 3  - Indian Taffeta  -     
 4  - Laura's Love  -     
 5  - Come, My Shepherd  -     
 6  - Sunrise  -     
 7  - She Walks Gracefully  -     
 8  - My Darling  -     
 9  - Beautiful One  -     
 10  - The Girls Of Alexandria  -     
 11  - Forlorn Girl  -     
 12  - The Beautiful Bedouin Girl  -     
 13  - My Little Gazelle  -     
 14  - I Await Your Visit  -   

Various Artists
Favourite Instrumental Hits 3
 
 1  - Dance The Night Away  -   James Last  -   
 2  - Heartbeat  -   Hank Marvin  -   
 3  - No Matter What  -   Richard Clayderman  -   
 4  - I Just Called To Say I Love You  -   James Galway  -   
 5  - The Hustle  -   Henry Mancini  -   
 6  - Jolene  -   James Last  -   
 7  - Mrs Robinson  -   Hank Marvin  -   
 8  - Wired For Sound  -   Hank Marvin  -   
 9  - Stand By Your Man  -   James Last  -   
 10  - Could It Be Magic  -   Henry Mancini  -   
 11  - The Most Beautiful Girl  -   James Last  -   
 12  - Achy Breaky Heart  -   Hank Marvin  -   
 13  - Lyin' Eyes  -   James Last  -   
 14  - Candle In The Wind  -   Richard Clayderman  -   
 15  - The Crying Game  -   Hank Marvin  -   
 16  - Can't Get You Out Of My Head  -   Richard Clayderman  -   
 17  - Acker Bilk  -   Acker Bilk  -   
 18  - Bridge Over Troubled Water  -   Richard Clayderman  -   
 19  - We Are The Champions  -   Hank Marvin with Brian May  -   

 Bert Kaempfert 
A Man Could Get Killed
 
 1  - Main Title  -     
 2  - Explosive Welcome - Bi-Naveled - Key Note  -     
 3  - Beddy Bye  -     
 4  - Beddoes Shadows  -     
 5  - Clues Dropper - A Tape Sandwich - Rude Awakening  -     
 6  - Noted Arrival  -     
 7  - Taking De-Tour  -     
 8  - Sale Fish  -     
 9  - Down To The Docks - A Deadly Game  -     
 10  - Foiled In Oil  -     
 11  - Handy Brandy - Hail The Azaela  -     
 12  - No A Go-Go (End Title)  -     

 Bruno Bertone Orchester & 
Harald Winkler (Guitar)
Impressions
 
 01  - Blue Sea  -     
 02  - Allegro  -     
 03  - Andante  -     
 04  - Aranjuez  -     
 05  - Chant Sans Paroles  -     
 06  - Habanera  -     
 07  - House Of The Rising Sun  -     
 08  - Love Behind The Wall  -     
 09  - Moldau  -     
 10  - Once I Had A Sweetheart  -     
 11  - Poeme  -     
 12  - Queen Of Hearts  -     
 13  - Mountain Top  -     
 14  - Happy Time   -     
 15  - Romanze  -     
 16  - Slaves  -     
 17  - The Banks Of The Ohio  -     
 18  - The Forest  -     
 19  - Walzer  -   

 Maksim Mrvica (piano)
Greatest Maksim
 
 01  - Wonderland  -     
 02  - Kolibre  -     
 03  - Cubana  -     
 04  - The Gypsy Maid (from Il Trovatore)  -     
 05  - Requiem  -     
 06  - New World Concerto  -     
 07  - Exodus  -     
 08  - Bohemian Rhapsody  -     
 09  - Claudine  -     
 10  - Intermezzo (from Cavelleria Rusticana)  -     
 11  - Sarabande  -     
 12  - Totentanz  -     
 13  - Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence  -     
 14  - Dido's Lament (from Dido and Aeneas)  -     
 15  - Nostradamus  -     
 16  - Amazonic  -     
 17  - Croatian Rhapsody  -     
 18  - The Flight of Bumble-Bee  -   

 C a r a v e l l i 
Butterfly 
 
 01  - Butterfly  -     
 02  - Mammy Blue  -     
 03  - Mets Ta Main Dans La Mian  -     
 04  - Sound Of Silence  -     
 05  - On Laisse Toujours Quelqu'un Derrierre Soi  -     
 06  - Au Temps Du Cinema   -     
 07  - The Fool  -     
 08  - Je T'aime Je T'aime  -     
 09  - The Boxer  -     
 10  - Jesus  -     
 11  - Me Voy Muy Lejos  -     
 12  - Mrs Robinson  -     

 Bob Sharples 
AMERICA ON THE MARCH
 
 01  - National Emblem  -     
 02  - The Caissons Go Rolling Along  -     
 03  - Wild Blue Yonder  -     
 04  - Semper Fidelis  -     
 05  - Stars And Stripes Forever  -     
 06  - Marine Corps Hymn  -     
 07  - Anchors Aweigh  -     
 08  - Washington Post  -     
 09  - El Capitan  -     

 10  - Star Spangled Banner  -   

 Henry Mancini 
Country Gentleman
 
 01  - Delta Dawn  -     
 02  - If You've Got The Time (I've Got The Place)  -     
 03  - A Picture Of Me (Without You)  -     
 04  - Your Cheatin' Heart  -     
 05  - For The Good Times  -     
 06  - Take Me Home, Country Roads  -     
 07  - Come Live With Me  -     
 08  - With One Exception  -     
 09  - The Ways To Love A Man  -     
 10  - All His Children - Tomorrow Is My Friend - Dear Heart  -   
 
Enoch Light 
With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming
 
 01  - With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming  -     
 02  - Deep Purple  -     
 03  - All My Love  -     
 04  - Harbor Lights  -     
 05  - Only You (And You Alone)  -     
 06  - Smoke Gets In Yor Eyes  -     
 07  - I Cried For You  -     
 08  - I Still Get A Thrill (Thinking Of You)  -     
 09  - I'll Never Smile Again  -     
 10  - Blueberry Hill  -     
 11  - Stormy Weather  -     
 12  - Am I Blue?  -    
 Johnny Keating 
Keating straight Ahead
 
 01  - The Preacher  -     
 02  - Swing Low Sweet Chariot  -     
 03  - Hey Girl  -     
 04  - Cast Your Fate To The Wind  -     
 05  - On Broadway  -     
 06  - The Chihuahua  -     
 07  - Ticket To Ride  -     
 08  - Wives And Lovers  -     
 09  - Spanish Harlem  -     
 10  - Bee Bom  -     
 11  - You'll Never Get To Heaven  -     
 12  - My Kind Of Girl  -     

 Felix Slatkin 
Love Strings
 
 01  - Laura  -     
 02  - Pigalle  -     
 03  - Street Scene  -     
 04  - Theme Searching For A Picture  -     
 05  - The Streets Of Laredo  -     
 06  - Love Is A Many Splendored Thing  -     
 07  - Street Of Dreams  -     
 08  - Gayther's Gone  -     
 09  - Love Letters  -     
 10  - Meditation  -   

 Alain Morisod 
20 Melodies pour Rever, Volume 1
 
 1  - Memory  -     
 2  - Et les oiseaux chantaient (And the birds were sing  -     
 3  - Il etait une fois dans l'ouest  -     
 4  - un homme et une femme  -     
 5  - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes  -     
 6  - La playa  -     
 7  - Sail Along Silvery Moon  -     
 8  - Les feuilles mortes  -     
 9  - Yesterday  -     
 10  - Only You  -     
 11  - Limelight  -     
 12  - Feelings  -     
 13  - Love Story  -     
 14  - Wonderful World  -     
 15  - Jeux Interdits "Le reve"  -     
 16  - Moon River  -     
 17  - La mer  -     
 18  - My Way  -     
 19  - I Can't Stop Lovin' You  -     
 20  - Tombe la neige  -     

 David Osborne 
The Power Of Love
 
 1  - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You  -     
 2  - The Power Of Love  -     
 3  - How Do I Live  -     
 4  - I Honestly Love You  -     
 5  - Just The Way You Are  -     
 6  - You're The Inspiration  -     
 7  - Your Song  -     
 8  - To Love You More  -     
 9  - With You I'm Born Again  -     
 10  - Can't Help Falling In Love  -     
 11  - Tell Him  -     
 12  - Endless Love  -     
 13  - I Won't Last A Day Without You  -    

Readers Digest Collection
INSTRUMENTAL MAGIC  
Piano Wizardy
 
 01  - The Sound of Music  -   Roger Williams  -   
 02  - Long Ago (And Far Away)   -   Henry Mancini  -   
 03  - Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)  -   Ronnie Price  -   
 04  - Canadian Sunset  -   Douglas Gamley  -   
 05  - The Entertainer  -   Henry Mancini  -   
 06  - Little White Lies  -   Richard Alden  -   
 07  - I've Grown Accustomed to her Face  -   Richard Alden  -   
 08  - All The Things You Are  -   Henry Mancini  -   
 09  - Just One of Those Things  -   Richard Alden  -   
 10  - Misty  -   Ronnie Price  -   
 11  - Lullaby of Broadway  -   Douglas Gamley  -   
 12  - An Affair To Remember   -   Richard Alden  -   

 Ron Goodwin 
Spellbound
 
 1  - America (from West Side Story)  -     
 2  - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue (from "On Your Toes"  -     
 3  - March (from "Things To Come")  -     
 4  - Prelude (from "49th Parallel")  -     
 5  - Spellbound Concerto Ifrom "Spellbound")  -     
 6  - Theme from Exodus  -     
 7  - The Dam Busters March (from "The Dam Busters")  -     
 8  - Theme from Frenzy  -     
 9  - An American In Paris  -     
 10  - Aces High (from "Battle of Britain"  -    
 

 Living Strings 
  Play Music Of Hawaii   
 
 01  - Sweet Leilani  -     
 02  - To You Sweetheart, Aloha  -     
 03  - Song Of The Islands  -     
 04  - Pagan Love Song  -     
 05  - On The Beach At Waikiki  -     
 06  - Drifting And Dreaming  -     
 07  - Lovely Hula Hands  -     
 08  - The Hawaiian Wedding Song  -     
 09  - Blue Hawaii  -     
 10  - Aloha Oe (Farewell To Thee)  -     

 Various 
Lounge Legends
 
 1  - Tom Jones / Promise Her Anything  -     
 2  - Roberto Delgado / Mas Que Nada  -     
 3  - France Gall / Made In France  -     
 4  - Max Greger / A Man And A Woman  -     
 5  - Burt Bacharach / Freefall  -     
 6  - Sammy Davis Jr. / John Shaft  -     
 7  - James Last / I Can´t Move No Mountains  -     
 8  - The Gunter Kallmann Choir / Daydream  -     
 9  - Kai Warner / The Beat Goes On  -     
 10  - Lee Hazlewood / These Boots Are Made For Walking  -     
 11  - John Barry / Diamonds Are Forever  -     
 12  - Dusty Springfield / Magic Garden  -     
 13  - Bert Kaempfert / Wheeling Free  -     
 14  - Peter Thomas / The Eyes Of The Golden Mask  -     
 15  - Engelbert / Can´t Take My Eyes Off You  -     
 16  - Horst Jankowski / Don´t Sleep In The Subway  -     

 Walter Murphy 
Dance to the Themes from E.T.  and More
 
 01  - Themes from ''E.T.'' The Extra-Terrestrial  -     
 02  - Themes from ''Close Encounters of the Third Kind''  -     
 03  - Themes from ''Jaws''  -     
 04  - Theme from ''Star Trek''  -     
 05  - Themes from ''Raiders of the Lost Ark''  -     
 06  - Themes from ''Superman''  -     
 07  - Themes from ''Poltergeist''  -    
 

 Lawrence Welk 
 CELEBRATES 50 YEARS IN MUSIC
 
 1  - Champagne time  -     
 2  - True love  -     
 3  - The last blues song  -     
 4  - Vienna echoes  -     
 5  - I saw the light  -     
 6  - For the good times  -     
 7  - Liechtensteiner polka  -     
 8  - Why my lord  -     
 9  - There is no greater love  -     
 10  - Baby face  -     
 11  - Cu cu rru cu Paloma  -     
 12  - Old´ man river  -     
 13  - Danny boy  -     
 14  - Top the world  -     
 15  - I asked the Lord  -     
 16  - Wabash cannonbal  -     
 17  - Try to remember  -     
 18  - Shenandoah  -  

Readers Digest Collection
Tijuana - A Touch Of Magic
Disc 2:Big Hits Tijuana Style
 
 1  - Mack The Knife  -   Joe Reisman & His Orchestra  -   
 2  - The Continental  -   David Whitaker & His Orchestra  -   
 3  - Hold Me  -   Joe Reisman & His Orchestra  -   
 4  - Thanks For The Memory  -   Arthur Greenslade & His Orchestra  -   
 5  - In A Little Spanish Town  -   Arthur Greenslade & His Orchestra  -   
 6  - Tea For Two  -   Arthur Greenslade & His Orchestra  -   
 7  - Tangerine  -   Joe Reisman & His Orchestra  -   
 8  - Mrs Robinson  -   Joe Reisman & His Orchestra  -   
 9  - A Quiet Tear  -   Arthur Greenslade & His Orchestra  -   
 10  - For Carlos  -   Arthur Greenslade & His Orchestra  -   
 11  - Little Green Apples  -   David Whitaker & His Orchestra  -   
 12  - Good Morning Starshine  -   David Whitaker & His Orchestra  -   

 Various Artists
 The World of Guitar CD 1
 
 01  - Verde  -   Ricky King  -   
 02  - Recuerdos De La Alhambra  -   Miguel Alvarez  -   
 03  - Cielito Mexicano  -   Nils Tuxen  -   
 04  - Non Ho L'Eta Per Amarti  -   Francisco Garcia  -   
 05  - Wheels  -   Ricky King  -   
 06  - Yesterday  -   Miguel Alvarez  -   
 07  - Tornero  -   Francisco Garcia  -   
 08  - Concierto De Aranjuez  -   Miguel Alvarez  -   
 09  - Un Lacrima Sul Viso  -   Francisco Garcia  -   
 10  - Hava Nagila  -   Ricky King  -   
 11  - Disco Tropicano  -   Nils Tuxen  -   
 12  - Träumerei  -   Miguel Alvarez  -   
 13  - Zorbas Dance  -   Francisco Garcia  -   
 14  - Feelings  -   Miguel Alvarez  -   
 15  - Apache  -   Ricky King  -   
 16  - Akropolis Adieu  -   Francisco Garcia  -   
 17  - Liebestraum  -   Miguel Alvarez  -   
 18  - Ghostriders In The Sky  -   Ricky King  - 

 Percy Faith 
Malaguena
 
Taking his long career of many decades into account, conductor Percy Faith (1908–1976) is the chameleon of the Easy Listening genre, able to exotify orchestral standards as well as brassier compositions. During the 50's and early 60's, Faith basically relies on a huge amount of strings and a female choir, both ingredients not uncommon or overly exotic per se, but successful components of a balmy veil that silkens the harder edges of vivid piano arrangements or big band settings. In late 1958, shortly before Fidel Castro's control of Cuba, there was a slowly establishing market for Cuban rhythms in the veins of Spanish band leader Xavier Cugat, and so Columbia Records approached the multitalented composer Mr. Faith to transform and ennoble both the Cuban and general Latin material with lush strings and exotic percussion, but otherwise retain the hot-blooded or lamenting visions of the composers. Only the huge female choir is (almost) missing.
 
 
 
The result is called Malagueña: Music Of Cuba. From the liner notes: "The excitement and color contained in this collection is fulfillment of the promise of the title and artist. For Cuban music is enormously invigorating, and Percy Faith has long been famous for his arranging and conducting of Cuban And Latin-American melodies." Interestingly enough, the orchestra strings are only whirring in the background, literally filling the gaps of the staccato brass flourishes and Flamenco guitars, making Malagueña less of a Hollywood-focused work than a true-spirited Latin take. The album is still transfigurative. It poeticizes the mysteriously dubious isle of the 50's quite a bit, but offers an interesting glimpse into the supposedly unique soundscape of Cuba. The variety is also top-notch, many different tempos, subgenres and moods are on board. A large amount of 14 tracks made it onto the album, and even though the Exotica craze of 1958 does only partially permeate the intrinsic arrangements, Malagueña turns out to be a good hybrid between a dry, intimate Latin core and North American orchestra-based filter techniques that elevate this morphogenetic code base into something new that is farther away from the origin, but whose superimposition offers an easier access for the targeted group of contemporary listeners in the United States.
 
 
 
Ernesto Lecuona's titular Malagueña opens the album, and it is on the one hand the ultimate Latin tunes with a strong pathos and devotion, and on the other hand a splendid artifact waiting for distinct changes. Nothing beats Andre Kostelanetz's pompous take on Lure Of The Tropics (1954), but Percy Faith comes pretty close as he diminishes the grandeur: the main melody turns out to be surprisingly dreamy thanks to a silkened blur of brass instruments which then expectedly accelerate both in tempo and voluminousness. Clinging tambourins, interspersed maracas and a gorgeous interplay between dragonfly violins and paradisiac alto flute spirals unfolds. There is even room for a Flamenco guitar solo, with the only other instruments being tranquilizing but low-level violins which float as backdrop devices. Malagueña inherits the fulminant pompousness, but sounds milder and brighter. It is hard to describe for me, but a feeling that is supported by the majority of the forthcoming compositions.
 
 
 
Gonzalo Roig's Quiéreme Mucho follows and is a much better marker of Percy Faith's style. Enchanting flutes, bittersweet string washes, a golden acoustic guitar and sizzling maracas make this a lush but strongly doleful tune which only provides a syrupy euphony in the middle section. Moisés Simóns' El Manisero (The Peanut Vendor) is next and is the third tune in a row that completely changes the mood. Uplifting sun-soaked brass infusions are towering above a superb conga beat and distant strings. The tempo is rapid, the mood jocular and the scope curiously large and yet intimate. The different brass horn melodies present a show tune-like euphony that make this rendition a great take.
 
 
 
Up next is a rendition of Danza Negra, another one of many tunes by Ernesto Lecuona. Aqueous claves and a conga aorta build the jungular thicket for an unfortunately way too cheesy polyphony of good-natured flutes and strings. The violins float freely and jovially but are too saccharine for my taste. Lecuona's next song is better orchestrated, the well-known Exotica gold standard Andalucía, probably better known as The Breeze And I, surprises with liquid harp cascades, a rhythm in 3/4 time and silky flute waves in-between the lofty strings and bedazzling frizzles of the maracas and glockenspiels. Staccato brass blasts, pizzicato strings and a very distant, almost imperceptible female choir round off the good-natured mood. This might be Easy Listening, but it is very vivid and dynamic.
 
 
 
Up next comes another real treat, Richard Egües' Merengue El Bodeguero. It seems to come from another album, composer or even time, since its style is so different. A maximum of blitheness is unchained in the forms of eupeptic brass blasts, Portuguese accordions and croaking guiros which altogether play the downright catchiest melody on side A. If you want an even funnier take on the already blasting happiness, consider Frenchman Karl Zéro's vocal mockup on his millennial album Songs For Cabriolets for an even larger boost of hilarity. Side A, however, closes with Lecuona's Damisela Encantadora and ends things with a fulminantly melodramatic Waltz of yearning strings which suddenly morph into a glockenspiel-accompanied Space-Age polyphony, losing the burdening heaviness that was heretofore adamant.
 
 
 
Side B continues the variety with another duo of Ernesto Lecuona-invented compositions. While Siboney takes the crown due to its over-the-top melodrama which is realized with door-blasting horn flourishes, quavering threnodic strings and a frantic double bass backing, La Cumparasa brings back that plastic jungle feeling thanks to its hollow bongos, sunset guitars and doleful flutes which then float into a catchy euphoria of sugar-sweet tone sequences. It is Antonio Castro's and Santana Raminez's Tumbando Cana which changes the soundscape to sizzling-hot staggering brass stabs, tribal bongo rhythms in Balkan style and gorgeous faux-Polynesian flutes. Affection and devotion are all over the horizon and make this critter one of the genuine surprises of the album.
 
 
 
Easy Listening? Not at all! But Moisés Simón's Marta sure as hell is. Lachrymose gypsy strings in tandem with their mellifluous brethren, a sugar-coated lead trumpet and glockenspiel glints make this a seriously kitschy but somehow great ballad with not even a trace of Latinism in sight. Whereas Eliseo Grenet's Mama Inez is a Pérez Prado-esque sunside Mambo full of catchy euphonious brass riffs and a jocularly whistling flute, the dichotomous Para Vogo Me Voy (Say Sí Sí) uses the same cinematic amount of brass players and puts their blasting impetus into a whirling mawkish maelstrom of clicking claves, melancholic strings and warm-hearted chorus sections as if the preceding melodrama did not happen at all. The final Tabu by Ernesto Lecuona's niece Margarita is the cream of the exotic crop on this album, for Percy Faith decides for a James Bond-esque brass stab (roughly five years before the famous theme was even composed!), frantic drums and a rhythmic shift to languorous realms. An acoustic guitar backs the well-known lamento of the strings and flute sections, but is much lessened by the orange-tinged vibe of the brass players, making Tabu more of an embracing than a contemplative version. A very huge and successful interpretation which closes the vivid album in a magnificent way.
 
 
 
Malagueña: Music Of Cuba is one of the best and most successful Latin albums of the 50's. It is not boldly Exotica-related, but whenever a placenta of exotic percussion is placed in a tune, it reminds of vivid material in the veins of Les Baxter. Even though Percy Faith or Columbia Records do not boast about the drums in the liner notes, they are much more important than one might expect. Despite the short glimpses of true-fashioned Easy Listening sugar, the arrangements succeed with their purposely oversaturated brass instruments, the soothing alto flutes and lush strings. I am no fan of the lamenting Latin themes, but thankfully the vivacious hooks and tone sequences outweigh the murkier ones. Strong favorites are the cheeky El Bodeguero, the vivid take on Tabu and the dreamlike Marta. Close contenders comprise of the stomping trait of Tumbando Cana and the gleeful atmosphere in Andalucía (The Breeze And I), but heck, you better not care about my opinion and check this album out yourself.
 
 
 
Percy Faith's tactics in terms of altering the Latin core of each featured take fully accomplish the intended effect. It is one of the albums both Retro Latin and Exotica fans can relate to with ease. Followers of Xavier Cugat, Cal Tjader's Latin output and the great Pérez Prado should definitely check this one out. The everchanging arrangements, the mediation between intimacy and a largely orchestrated pompousness, the follow-up of brighter tones in major after a melancholic gloominess encompass all the tasteful stereotypes of the Latin genre. And remember that the alternative goal of this album – besides cashing in – is to introduce a North American audience to Latin cuts and that strangely shaky neighbor called Cuba. Regardless of a success in this regard, Malagueña is one of my essential Latin albums for starters and even those Exotica listeners who are normally wary of the genre. It is available on iTunes and Amazon in a digital version which was remastered in 2009. Even the LP is easy to fetch for a fair price. Strongly recommended as a whole, but if you are fond of a certain style and mood or only want to listen to the rather exotic pieces, pre-listen and cherry-pick.
 
Exotica Review 162: Percy Faith – Malagueña (1958). Originally published on Dec. 29, 2012 at AmbientExotica.com.
 
1  - Malaguena  -     
 2  - Quiereme Mucho  -     
 3  - El Manisero  -     
 4  - Danza Negra  -     
 5  - Andalucia  -     
 6  - El Bodeguero  -     
 7  - Damisela Encantadora  -     
 8  - Siboney  -     
 9  - La Cumparsa  -     
 10  - Tumbando Cana  -     
 11  - Marta  -     
 12  - Mama Inez  -     
 13  - Para Vigo Me Voy  -     
 14  - Taboo  -     
 

 Quincy Jones 
Jazz 'Round Midnight
 
 1  - A Change of Pace  -     
 2  - Dear Old Stockholm  -     
 3  - Meet Benny Bailey  -     
 4  - Moonglow  -     
 5  - The Midnight Sun Never Sets  -     
 6  - Under Paris Skies  -     
 7  - Evening in Paris  -     
 8  - Everybody's Blues  -     
 10  - Manha de Carnival  -     
 11  - Django  -     
 12  - A Sunday Kind of Love  -     
 13  - Exodus  -     
 14  - Soldier in the Rain  -     
 15  - The Witching Hour  -     

 Jeffrey Benson,Charles Alexander Quartet
A Handful of Stars
 
 01  - A Handful of Stars  -     
 02  - Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars  -     
 03  - Stars Fell on Alabama  -     
 04  - Stella by Starlight  -     
 05  - When You Wish Upon A Star  -     
 06  - I Saw Stars  -     
 07  - Stardust  -     
 08  - I've Told Every Little Star  -     
 09  - Star Eyes  -     
 10  - Stairway To The Stars  -     
 11  - Star Trek  -     
 12  - Manha de Carnaval   -     

 The Galactic Light Orchestra 
(Peter Herbolzheimer)
Time Travellers
 
 01  - Falling Asleep  -     
 02  - Anitras Dance  -     
 03  - Galactic Swan  -     
 04  - Ave Maria  -     
 05  - Poeme  -     
 06  - Dance  -     
 07  - The Dance of Death  -     
 08  - Prelude No. 20  -     
 09  - Air  -     
 

The LoungeLegends
Voices 4
 
01  -   I'm Gonna Make You Love me  - Nick de Caro Orchestra  -
02  -   Traces  - Hugo Montenegro  -
03  -   Why  - The Young Generation  -
04  -   Daydream  - Johnny Mann Singers  -
05  -   Stumblin'  In  - Kai Warner  -
06  -   All I wanna do  - Max Greger  -
07  -   Arizona  - André Kostelanetz  -
08  -   Over The Rainbow  - The Ivor Raymonde Orchestra & choir  -
09  -   Life Is What You Make It  - Henry Mancini  -
10  -   Live for Life  - Les Baxter  -
11  -   Let Go   - Percy Faith  -
12  -   Drift Away  - The Ray McVay Band  -
13  -   One Less Bell To Answer  - Burt Bacharach  -
14  -   Na Na hey hey kiss him goodbye  - Hugo Montenegro  -
15  -   We've Only Just Begun  - Horst Jankowski  -
16  -   Thank You Very Much  - Henry Mancini  -
17  -   Walk On By  - The Norman Luboff Choir  -
18  -   Dont You Care  - Alan Copeland Conspiracy  -
19  -   Green, Green  - The New Christy Minstrels  -
20  -   Two for the Road  - Gunter Kallmann Chorus  -
21  -   Goodbye  - The Anita Kerr Singers  -
22  -   For Once In My Life  - Terry Baxter  -
23  -   If  - The Anita Kerr Singers  -
24  -   Dancing In The Moonlight  - Alan Tew Orchestra & Young Generation  -
25  -   The Children of Sanchez  - Henry Mancini  -
26  -   Face in a crowd  - James Last   -
27  -   Whatever Lola Wants  - Les Baxter  -
28  -   I Want To Hold Your Hand  - New Christy Minstrels  -
29  -   The Surrey With The Fringe On Top  - The Mike Sammes Singers  -
30  -   California  Dreaming  - The Ray Charles Singers  -
The PianoMen
A LoungeLegend Compilation 
 
 01  -   Killing Me Softly With His Song  - Roger Williams  -
 02  -   Have I Told You Lately  - James Last & Richard Clayderman  -
 03  -   Looking For Mr Goodbar (Terry's Theme)  - Floyd Cramer  -
 04  -   Theme From Star Trek  - Ferrante And Teicher  -
 05  -   First Love  - Johnny Pearson & His Orchestra  -
 06  -   Classical Gas  - Ronnie Aldrich  -
 07  -   Half Breed  - Roger Williams  -
 08  -   Root Beer Rag  - Billy Joel  -
 09  -   You've Got A Friend  - Johnny Pearson & His Orchestra  -
 10  -   Harry Potter Melody (main theme)  - Richard Clayderman  -
 11  -   Alley Cat  - Liberace  -
 12  -   Mission Impossible  - Floyd Cramer  -
 13  -   (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me  - Peter Nero  -
 14  -   Sweet Remembrance Of You  - William Joseph  -
 15  -   Rainy Days and Mondays  - Roger Williams  -
 16  -   She Loves Me  - Peter Nero  -
 17  -   Happy Barefoot Boy  - Liberace  -
 18  -   The Main Event  - Ronnie Aldrich  -
 19  -   Knots Landing  - Floyd Cramer  -
 20  -   Black Cat's Tango  - Richard Clayderman  -
 21  -   The Surrey with the Fringe on Top  - Peter Nero  -
 22  -   Asturias  - William Joseph  -
 23  -   The Tijuana Twenties  - Ferrante & Teicher  -
 24  -   The Night Song Of A North Bound Trip  - Richard Clayderman & Raymond Lefevre  -
 25  -   Morning Dance  - Johnny Pearson & His Orchestra  -
 26  -   Spanish Eyes  - Liberace  -
 27  -   Love's Theme  - Roger Williams  -
GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Volume 1
"Spring is in the air, pretty GIRLS are everywhere"…
79:37
tracklist
 
1. Rudi Bohn-Girls, Girls, Girls / 02:49
2. Franck Pourcel-Gloria / 03:07
3. James Last-Jolene / 03:11
4. Ray Conniff-Siboney / 03:13
5. Rogers Williams-Dominique / 02:28
6. Dieter Reith & SWR Big Band-Josephine / 02:49
7. Eric Bachmann-Mona's melody / 02:33
8. Norrie Paramor-Miss Mikimoto / 03:10
9. Ronnie Aldrich-Clair / 03:10
10. Anthony Ventura-Cecilia / 03:41
11. Manuel and the Music of the Mountains-Amanda / 02:43
12. Nelson Riddle-Naomi / 03:19
13. Bert Kaempfert-Sweet Caroline / 03:26
14. The strings of Paris-My funny Valentine / 03:12
15. Botticelli-Bianca / 02:23
16. Lawrence Welk-Donna Lee / 02:03
17. Francis Moore-Mandy / 02:58
18. Les Reed-Nicola / 02:34
19. Caravelli-Hélène / 03:54
20. The Hollyridge Strings Orchestra-Eleanor Rigby / 02:11
21. Munich Symphonic Sound Orchestra-Supergirl / 03:46
22. Paul Mauriat-Jesahel / 02:36
23. Lester Lanin-Sweet Georgia Brown / 02:28
24. Raymond Lefèvre-Billie Jean / 04:52
25. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra-Lily was here / 03:58
26. Max Greger-Suzanne, Suzanne / 03:04
compiled and restored by Joey Starr
 
 

Onderwerp: WEEK 15 - 2017

Datum: 14-05-2017

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week15-2017

Wonderful instrumental music selection this week!
Thanks!

Datum: 09-04-2017

Door: Darko

Onderwerp: week 15

First: thank's Harry for music of Maksim Mrvica , he is from Croatia. Second : thank's for Alain Morisod collection. All other compilations and choice of instrumentals of contributors, for the 15. week is excellent. Story about Percy Faith- Malaguena is very beautiful !

Darko

Datum: 08-04-2017

Door: Lincoln Grecco

Onderwerp: greccolincoln@gmail.com

Thank you for the marvelous songs.I'm dreaming.

Datum: 08-04-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 15

Zippyshare is fast and furious but also harbors some rather nasty spyware which needs to be addressed.
As for the music., it appears to be quite good., oh, decidedly so. I'm thinking more of the EZ Listening genre this week, which is always refreshing to me. It has been my good fortune to have tasted the elegance of this music for more than 50 years.
I never seem to tire of it., always managing to find something new and previously unheard. It is my version of 'Soul Music' that will always be a part of me wherever and whenever I need it.
Thanks to Harry and his dedicated crew and contributors I have every right to believe this music will sustain me to the very end. Many thanks for all your efforts..
Ed, from Tennessee

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