WEEK 17 - 2017

 
 

VARIOUS ARTISTS
LL Festival in Wien
 
 01  - Vienna Forever  -   Andre Rieu  -   
 02  - Heut´kommen d´Engerln auf Urlaub nach Wien  -   James Last  -   
 03  - Wien wird bei Nacht erst schön  -   Alfred Hause  -   
 04  - Wien, wien nur du allein  -   Hazy Osterwald   -   
 05  - Wiener Bonbons  -   Kai Warner & His Orchestra  -   
 06  - Good Old Vienna   -   Gunter Norris  -   
 07  - Girls From Vienna  -   Horst Jankowski  -   
 08  - Vienna for Lovers  -   Marc Reift Orchestra  -   
 09  - Wiener Lippizaner  -   Günter Noris  -   
 10  - All About Vienna  -   The Rias Orchestra cond. Benny Gebauer  -   
 11  - Festival in Wien  -   Hugo Strasser  -   
 12  - Wiener Praterleben  -   Andy Ross  -   
 13  - Charming Vienna  -   Horst Jankowski  -   
 14  - Viva Vienna!  -   Ricky King  -   
 15  - Sleepless in Vienna  -   Acoustic Sound Orchestra  -   
 16  - Wiener Bürger  -   Bela Sanders  -   
 17  - Wiener Stadtbummel   -   Orchester Ambros Seelos  -   
 18  - The Vienna Affair  -   The Simon Park Orchestra  -   
 19  - Goodnight Vienna  -   Sydney Thompson  -   
 20  - Hearts Of Vienna  -   Franz Lambert  -   
 21  - Lovely Vienna By Night  -   Andre Rieu  -   
 22  - Wiener Serenade  -   Norman Candler  -   
 23  - Vienna, city of my dreams   -   101 Strings  -   
 24  - Waltz From Vienna  -   Jean 'Toots' Thielemans & Georg Pommer  -   
 25  - Wien Bleibt Wien  -   James Last  -

HiFi Stereo Festival
Volume X
 
tracklisting:
 
1. David Rose - Meet the orchestra / 01:51
2. Lawrence Welk - On a clear day you can see forever / 02:02
3. Joe Loss - I'd like to teach the world to sing / 02:24
4. Norrie Paramor - Matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs / 02:37
5. Harald Banter - Just before slumber / 02:34
6. Hugo Montenegro - You don't know me / 02:34
7. Les Reed - The entertainer / 02:48
8. Clebanoff - Where the toys are / 02:23
9. Ray Conniff - Oklahoma! / 02:37
10. Hugo Winterhalter - Never my love / 03:22
11. René Hernandez - Oyeme Mama / 02:47
12. James Last -  September Song - Serenata / 02:57
13. Manuel - The white rose of Athens / 02:19
14. David Carroll - Let's dance / 01:42
15. Arthur Greenslade - Don't it make my brown eyes blue / 02:12
16. Billy May - Solving the riddle / 02:22
17. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Don't stop / 03:45
18. The Hollyridge Strings - Don't be cruel / 02:10
19. Caravelli - Holidays / 02:39
20. Charles Berman - Paradiso / 02:41
21. Henry Jerome  & His Orchestra - Across the wild Missouri / 02:12
22. Franck Pourcel - There's a kind of hush / 02:31
23. Cyril Stapleton - Catch a falling star / 02:37
24. Gerhard Narholz - Town talk / 02:10
25. Kai Warner - Blue bayou / 02:54
26. Brian May & the Melbourne ABC Showband - I can see clearly now / 02:31
27. Geoff Love - Chi Mai / 03:37
28. Percy Faith - The glass mountain / 02:45
29. Miami Sunset Strings - When a man loves a woman / 02:58
30. Peter-Thomas Sound - Land of make believe / 04:17

Hammond A GoGo 3
 
 1  - Volare/You Do Something to Me/Calcutta  -     
 2  - Dance Ballerina Dance/Strawberry Cha Cha/If I Were a Rich Man  -     
 3  - I Could Have Danced All Night/When You're Smiling/Isabell  -     
 4  - The Impossible Dream/Autumn  -     
 5  - Salome/Sweet Sue, Just You/The Way You Look Tonight  -     
 6  - Tequila/Papa Loves Mambo/Oh, Lonesome Me  -     
 7  - It Had to Be You/Roses of Picardy/Half as Much  -     
 8  - The Wedding Samba/El Cumbanchero/La Pachanga  -     
 9  - September Song/Serenata  -     
 10  - Mame/S'wonderful/Cherokee  -     

 Jo Ment 
Griechischer Wein
 
 01  - Griechischer Wein  -     
 02  - Lady Marmelade  -     
 03  - Lady Lay  -     
 04  - The Bump  -     
 05  - Sugar Candy Kisses  -     
 06  - El Bimbo  -     
 07  - El Matador  -     
 08  - Ein Lied kan eine Brücke sein  -     
 09  - Und hinterher, da nehm' ich dich in meine Arme  -     
 10  - Down Down  -     
 11  - I'm Leaving It Up All To You  -     
 12  - Rosamunde  -     

 Esquivel 
Exploring New Sounds In Stereo
 
 01  - My Blue Heaven  -     
 02  - Bella Morra  -     
 03  - Boulevard of Broken Dreams  -     
 04  - Lazy Bones  -     
 05  - Spellbound  -     
 06  - All of Me  -     
 07  - Whatchamacallit  -     
 08  - La Ronde  -     
 09  - My Number One Love  -     
 10  - The 3Rd Man Theme  -     

 Bert Kaempfert 
Blue Midnight
 
 1  - Blue Midnight  -     
 2  - Love  -     
 3  - Red Roses For A Blue Lady  -     
 4  - Java  -     
 5  - Almost There (from the Ross Hunter production ''I'd Rather Be Rich'' A Universal Picture)  -     
 6  - Lonely Nightingale  -     
 7  - Cotton Candy  -     
 8  - Three O'Clock In The Morning  -     
 9  - Free As A Bird  -     
 10  - Love Comes But Once  -     
 11  - Treat For Trumpet  -     
 12  - Goodnight Sweet Dreams  -   

 Ray Conniff 
Charlotte's Web
 
 01  - Charlotte's Web  -     
 02  - Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo  -     
 03  - Chim Chim Cher-ee  -     
 04  - The Sound Of Music  -     
 05  - Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah  -     
 06  - A Spoonful Of Sugar  -     
 07  - My Favorite Things  -     
 08  - Getting To Know You - I Whistle A Happy Tune  -     
 09  - Edelweiss  -     
 10  - Supercalifragilisticeexpialidocious  - 

 Taylor Davis 
Melodies of Hyrule: 
Songs from The Legend of Zelda
 
 01  - Gerudo Valley (From Ocarina of Time)  -     
 02  - Bolero of Fire (From Ocarina of Time)  -     
 03  - Song of Time and Song of Storms (From Ocarina of Time)  -     
 04  - Dragon Roost Island (From the Wind Waker)  -     
 05  - Kokiri Forest (From Ocarina of Time  -     
 06  - Great Fairy Fountain  -     
 07  - Zelda's Lullaby  -     
 08  - Midna's Lament (From Twilight Princess)  -     
 09  - Nocturne of Shadow (From Ocarina of Time)  -     
 10  - Serenade of Water (From Ocarina of Time)  -     
 11  - Sheik's Theme (From Ocarina of Time)  -     
 12  - Lon Lon Ranch (From Ocarina of Time)  -     
 13  - Dark World Theme (From a Link to the Past)  -     
 14  - Ballad of the Goddess (From Skyward Sword)  -     
 15  - Tal Tal Heights and the Legend of Zelda Main Theme  -     
 16  - Lost Woods (From Ocarina of Time)  -    

 Anthony Ventura 
Tender Moments
 
 01  - Everything I Dio  -     
 02  - What A Wonderful World  -     
 03  - Wind Of Change  -     
 04  - Nothing Compares 2 U  -     
 05  - Lady In Red  -     
 06  - Right Here Waiting  -     
 07  - One More Night  -     
 08  - Senza Una Donna  -     
 09  - From A Distance  -     
 10  - Another Day In Paradise  -     
 11  - For Anne  -     
 12  - Eternal Flame  -     
 13  - One Moment In Time  -     
 14  - We Are The World  -    

 Dick Schory's Percussion and Brass Ensemble 
    Runnin' Wild        
 
 01  - Brass Jockeys  -     
 02  - Me And My Shadow  -     
 03  - Portrait In Jazz  -     
 04  - Mama's Gone Goodbye  -     
 05  - But Not For Me  -     
 06  - Love For Sale  -     
 07  - Runnin' Wild  -     
 08  - Lazy Bones  -     
 09  - Down Home Rag  -     
 10  - Greensleeves  -     
 11  - Bully  -     
 12  - Thou Swell  -    
 

 Percy Faith 
Jesus Christ Superstar  (1971)
 
 1  - Superstar  -     
 2  - Heaven On Their Minds  -     
 3  - What's The Buzz  -     
 4  - Everything's Alright  -     
 5  - Hosanna  -     
 6  - Simon Zealotes  -     
 7  - Pilate's Dream  -     
 8  - The Temple  -     
 9  - I Don't Know How To Love Him  -     
 10  - Gethsemane  -     
 11  - The Trail Before Pilate  -     
 12  - Superstar  -    
 Enoch Light & His Orchestra 
Far Away Places
 
 1  - Waltzing Matilda  -     
 2  - Banana Boat Song  -     
 3  - The Third Man Theme  -     
 4  - Sunrise Over Sumatra  -     
 5  - Bali Ha'i  -     
 6  - Mimi  -     
 7  - Calcutta  -     
 8  - The Cockeyed Mayor Of Kaunakakai  -     
 9  - Theme from ''The Sundowners''  -     
 10  - Lisbon Antigua  -     
 11  - How Are Things In Glocca Morra  -     
 12  - The Poor People Of Paris  -   
 David Osborne 
Come Sail Away
 
 1  - Time In A Bottle / Piano Man Concerto (Medley)  -     
 2  - If  -     
 3  - Beauty And The Beast  -     
 4  - The Lady In Red  -     
 5  - She Believes In Me  -     
 6  - I Can't Make Me Love You  -     
 7  - Come Sail Away  -     
 8  - She's Got A Way  -     
 9  - Killing Me Softly With His Song  -     
 10  - Sara  -     
 11  - I'll Never Fall In Love Again  -     
 12  - I Only Have Eyes For You  -     
 13  - Here, There And Everywhere  -   
 Denny Berthiaume 
Sentimental Journey
 
 01  - Moon River  -     
 02  - Sentimental Journey  -     
 03  - Stardust  -     
 04  - On A Clear Day  -     
 05  - They Can't Take That Away From Me  -     
 06  - As Time Goes By  -     
 07  - Give Me The Simple Life  -     
 08  - I Will Wait For You  -     
 09  - Moonglow  -     
 10  - Stairway To The Stars  -     
 11  - Blue Moon  -     
 12  - Witchcraft  -    
 Lawrence Welk 
 THE CHAMPAGNE MUSIC OF L.WELK
 
 01  - I'm Thru With Love-For All We Know-Down Among The Sheltering Palms  -     
 02  - At Sundown-I'm Always hasing Rainbows-Rose Room  -     
 03  - Swingin' Down The Lane-Linger Awhile-Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree  -     
 04  - When I Grow Too Old To Dream-When It's Springtime In The Rockies  -     
 05  - Wedding Of The Painted Doll-Broadway Melody-Doll Dance  -     
 06  - Ja Da-I'm A Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas-Goofus  -     
 07  - Street of Dreams-All I Do Is Dream Of You-I'll See You In My Dreams  -     
 08  - You're a Sweetheart-Elmer's Tune-You Were Meant For Me  -     
 09  - The Wooden Soldier And The China Doll-Rio Rita-I Miss My Swiss  -     
 10  - Love, Here Is My Heart-Lovely Lady  -     
 11  - Stumbling-I'm Nobody's Baby-Hot Lips  -     
 12  - Ferry Boat Serenade-No No Nora-I Feel A Song Comin' On  -   
 
 Alain Morisod 
20 Melodies pour Rêver - vol 3
 
 1  - Blue Bayou  -     
 2  - Fernando  -     
 3  - I Will Always Love You  -     
 4  - Besame Mucho  -     
 5  - L'hymne a L'amour  -     
 6  - Edelweiss  -     
 7  - Don't Cry for Me Argentina  -     
 8  - Only Love Sets You Free  -     
 9  - Something Stupid  -     
 10  - My Heart Will Go On  -     
 11  - Con Te Partiro  -     
 12  - Jardin D'hiver  -     
 13  - Exodus  -     
 14  - Killing Me Softly  -     
 15  - Torno a Surriento  -     
 16  - Crazy  -     
 17  - Caruso  -     
 18  - Nights in White Satin  -     
 19  - Le Monde Est Stone  -     
 20  - Waterloo's Bridge  -     
 Charlie Byrd Orchestra & Chorus 
Hollywood Byrd 
Plays Today's Movie Hits
 
 01  - A Time For Love  -     
 02  - Georgy Girl  -     
 03  - Alfie  -     
 04  - The Wishing Doll  -     
 05  - Wish Me A Rainbow  -     
 06  - Born Free  -     
 07  - In The Arms Of Love  -     
 08  - Any Wednesday  -     
 09  - Moment to Moment  -     
 10  - I'll Be Back  -   
 
 Readers Digest Collection
 Instrumental Magic 
Trumpet Enchantment
 
 01  - My Melancholy Baby  -   Harry James  -   
 02  -  A Taste Of Honey  -   Ray Davies  -   
 03  - Java  -   Al Hirt  -   
 04  - Time After Time  -   Harry James  -   
 05  - Strangers In The Night  -   Bert Kaempfert  -   
 06  - Poor Butterfly  -   Harry James  -   
 07  - Cabaret  -   Ray Davies  -   
 08  - Cherry Pink and Apple Blosson White  -   Al Hirt  -   
 09  - Wonderland By Night  -   Ray Davies  -   
 10  - This Guy's In Love With You  -   Harry James  -   
 11  - Frenesi  -   Ray Davies  -   
 12  - I'll Be Seeing You  -   Harry James  -   
 Ken James 
Happy Brasilia
 
 01  - La Cucuracha  -     
 02  - Guantanamera  -     
 03  - La Bamba  -     
 04  - Greensleeves  -     
 05  - 9000 Miles  -     
 06  - Cielito Lindo  -     
 07  - La Paloma  -     
 08  - Danny Boy  -     
 09  - La Golondrina  -     
 10  - Plaisir D'Amour  -     
 11  - Guitarra Viginia  -     
 12  - Donna Michaela  -     
 John Fox  
Let Your Love Flow
 
 01  - Can't Get It Out Of My Head  -     
 02  - Ready To Take A Chance Again  -     
 03  - Only Love Can Break A Heart  -     
 04  - Ninety-nine Miles From L.A.  -     
 05  - Dear Heart  -     
 06  - Cherish  -     
 07  - I.O.U.  -     
 08  - Let Me Love You Tonight  -     
 09  - I'm Stone In Love With You  -     
 10  - More Then A Woman  -     
 11  - Because  -     
 12  - Lady Willpower  -     
 13  - Trying To Get The Feeling Again  -     
 14  - I Got A Name  -     
 15  - Tonight I Celebrate My Love  -     
 16  - Believe In Me  -     
 17  - Let Your Love Flow  -     
 Skitch Henderson: 
New York Pops Orchestra 
Magical Melodies
 
 01  - The Phantom Of The Opera- Main Theme  -     
 02  - The Music Of The Night/ Michael Maguire  -     
 03  - Ragtime / Henderson-Piano  -     
 04  - On The Street Where You Live/Maguire  -     
 05  - Gershwin/S'Wonderful/Foggy Day/Soon  -     
 06  - Sun And Moon /Miss Saigon  -     
 07  - Bring Him Home /Les Miserables Maguire  -     
 08  - Strange Music/Grieg-Song Of Norway  -     
 09  - Maria/West Side Story-Maguire  -     
 10  - The Sound Of Music/ Henderson-Piano  -     
 11  - If Ever I Would Leave You/Camelot-Maguire  -     
 12  - We Need A Little Christmas/Mame  -     
 13  - Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'/Maguire-OK  -     
 14  - Guys And Dolls/Loesser  -     
 15  - All The Things You Are/Maguire-Kern  -     
 16  - Give My Regards To Broadway/G M Cohan  -   
  
 The Readers Digest Collection
 Wonderful World Of Music 
Today's Favourites, Tomorrows Evergreens [Disc 2]
 
 1  - Careless Whisper  -   Paul Bateman & His Orchestra  -   
 2  - What's Another Year  -   Christian Colombier And His Orchestra  -   
 3  - To All The Girls I've Loved Before  -   Floyd Cramer, His Piano And Orchestra  -   
 4  - Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You  -   The David Firman Orchestra  -   
 5  - The Lady In Red  -   Ian Hughes Orchestra  -   
 6  - Up Where We Belong  -   The Romantic Strings & Orchestra  -   
 7  - Against All Odds  -   Gordon Langford & His Orchestra  -   
 8  - Islands In The Stream  -   Pete Moore Orchestra  -   
 9  - From A Distance  -   Paul Bateman & His Orchestra  -   
 10  - Woman In Love  -   Helmut Zacharias, Violin, With The German Babelsberg Orchestra  -   
 11  - Wind Beneath My Wings  -   Roger Williams, His Piano And Orchestra  -   
 12  - I Just Called To Say I Love You  -   The Romantic Strings & Orchestra  -   
 13  - Take My Breath Away  -   The David Firman Orchestra  -   
 14  - Arthur's Theme  -   John Gregory & The Orchestra Unlimited  -   
 15  - The Power Of Love  -   Paul Bateman & His Orchestra  -   
 16  - Love On The Rocks  -   The Romantic Strings & Orchestra  -   
 17  - One Moment In Time  -   Acker Bilk  -   
 Readers Digest Collection
 Tijuana - A Touch Of Magic:
Disc 4:Tijuana Sunshine
 
 1  - Lollipops And Roses  -   David Whitaker & His Orchestra  -   
 2  - Girl Talk  -   David Whitaker & His Orchestra  -   
 3  - Harper Valley PTA  -   Joe Reisman & His Orchestra  -   
 4  - The Day I Met Marie  -   Johnny Harris & His Orchestra  -   
 5  - Love Has A Way  -   Joe Reisman & His Orchestra  -   
 6  - Light My Fire  -   Joe Reisman & His Orchestra  -   
 7  - Volare  -   Joe Reisman & His Orchestra  -   
 8  - The Best Is Yet To Come  -   Johnny Gibbs & His Orchestra  -   
 9  - Acapulco 1922  -   Arthur Greenslade & His Orchestra  -   
 10  - Lemon Tree  -   Arthur Greenslade & His Orchestra  -   
 11  - Somethin' Stupid  -   Arthur Greenslade & His Orchestra  -   
 12  - Mexican Road Race  -   Arthur Greenslade & His Orchestra  -  
 
 Herb Geller und Holger Voss, Saxophon  
Orchester Udo Reichel 
Saxophon Hits
 
 01  - Sail Along Silv'ry Moon  -     
 02  - Flamingo  -     
 03  - So schon wird nie mehr eine Liebe sein  -     
 04  - Armer Jim  -     
 05  - Killing Me Softly With His Song  -     
 06  - La journee  -     
 07  - Matrimony  -     
 08  - Sag nicht Goodbye  -     
 09  - Lass mich in Ruh  -     
 10  - Stranger On The Shore  -     
 11  - Manolito  -     
 12  - Morgen  -     
 Ron Goodwin 
Excitement and Adventure
 
 1  - The Trap Main Theme  -     
 2  - The Gypsy Fiddler  -     
 3  - Windows Of The East  -     
 4  - Main Theme  Decline & Fall of a Birdwatcher  -     
 5  - Tribute to Mancini  -     
 6  - Ritual Fire Dance  -     
 7  - Legend of Glass Mountain  -     
 8  - Old Beirut  -     
 9  - Things to Come  -     
 10  - Return To Paradise  -     
 11  - Lawrence of Arabia  -     
 12  - Dancing Eyes  -     
 13  - Scarborough Fair  -     
 14  - Barefoot Girl  -     
 15  - Brazil  -     
 16  - Peanut Vendor  -     
 17  - Moon And I  -     
 18  - America  -     
 19  - Dambusters March  -     
 20  - Theme from Where Eagles Dare  -     
 21  - Desert Hero  -     
 22  - Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines  -     
 23  - Spitfire prelude and fugue  -     
 24  - Cedars Of Lebanon  -     

LES BAXTER
AFRICAN JAZZ
1959
 
African Jazz by the symphonic conductor and multi talent Les Baxter (1922–1996) is traversed by minimalism and sound-related sacrifices. It is recorded in two sessions that take place in May and August 1958 respectively, released in 1959 on Capitol Records and immediately followed by its emerald-green foil Jungle Jazz a few weeks later, a record which focuses on the same deliberate shortcomings, but is, at least to my ears, the less desirable album of the couple. African Jazz shows the first two surprises in its title already: it is – well, you've guessed it – a Jazz album. With African allusions rather than Polynesian ones.
 
 
Baxter's archetypical symphonic pompousness and rose-tinted Hollywood strings are exchanged with a more rustic, down-to-earth scheme. This tendency materializes itself in the form of some less than successful arrangements and melodies that simply sound too mundane and curiously city-like, with only slight glimpses of Exotica. But luckily, the majority of the material is absolutely gorgeous, and whenever the Jazz setup becomes too bland, a wide array of percussion instruments is usually close at hand in order to camouflage this fact and to improve the sun-dried scope of the release, thus making African Jazz a proper Exotica album at the end of the day. A second occurrence of luck comprises of the compositions themselves. Not one of them is a rendition, all twelve cuts are unique takes, incredibly vivid and always melodious. The more intimate settings are further envisioned by three particularly skillful musicians: Plas Johnson plays the tenor saxophone, Milt Bernhart is the trombonist, and Larry Bunker revs up the mystique and playfulness with the help of various mallet instruments. I am not sure how many players ended up in the studio, but somehow Baxter manages to place this record in limbo: neither is it a fully blown out orchestral release, nor does it encapsulate the typical Exotica quartet sound. Even a septet could not deliver a fleshed out soundscape like this. This works to the album's advantage. These and its minor flaws will be pinpointed in greater detail below.
 
 
And off we go with Congo Train, a vividly jazzy piece with a pumping Honky Tonk piano aorta, mellifluous alto flute injections and a mimicking train whistle effect on shrieking woodwinds, a gimmick that is used here one too many times, at least to my ears. The whole skeleton of this piece is figuratively boned, as the main melody consists of repeated downwards spiraling flute tones and not too many accentuations. It is only when Plas Johnson’s tenor saxophone and Larry Bunker’s vibraphone are added that the soundscape widens, evoking a joyful ride through jungle-like panoramas. Particularly noteworthy are the Brazilian drums and African djembes that boost the dynamic further. All in all, Congo Train is a tune with a lackluster beginning that grows with every drum beat.
 
 
Up next is Elephant Trail, and its opening phase is much more cinematic and intimidating: tambourin-infused, darkly droning drums resemble the stomps of these majestic animals, and the cozy alto flute melody works fantastically well in juxtaposition to the dreamy piano chords, the clicking claves, double bass backings and harp twangs. The dulcet, sunset-colored aura is boosted by a fantastic rhythm-maintaining drum segue that leads to the most effervescent path full of silky maracas and euphonious brass melodies. And as expected does Milt Bernhart unleash onomatopoetic elephant trumpeting via his trombone. Stereotyped yet grandiloquent.
 
 
While the particularly tropical glitz of Banana Boy succeeds with high-plasticity percussion sections, a delicately carefree flute polyphony, rattling snake-like shakers and the at times purposefully tipsy inclusion of wonky xylophone droplets, the technicolor spectrum is replaced by a sepia-toned, earthen approach, as Tunisian Interlude-like Oriental horn hooks remind of John Scott Trotter’s this very take on Escape To The Magic Mediterranean of 1956. However, the tenor saxophone is much more upfront, the reverb of the bongos and congas delicate, and the two smashes of the Chinese temple gongs unsuspected, but by no means de trop. Side A continues with a cheesy downbeat Jazz number called Mombasa After Midnight, a decidedly non-exotic piece that rather pays homage to the Manhattan skyline than African climes. Mellow piano flutes mesh with schmaltzy trombones, trumpets and saxophones, and only the well-groomed bongo base frame and the refreshingly nocturnal vibraphone stabs add that certain something. In all other regards, this tune is one of Baxter’s very rare missteps.
 
The embracing Rain is much better due to its granular structure of xylophone blebs, vibraphone vesicles, rolling thunder-timpani and the mild-mannered acidity of the brass instruments. While Les Baxter usually poeticizes the sound-based locations and natural phenomena he created, this take is pretty close to true-spirited African Jazz and lives up to the title; especially the xylophone soundscape reminds of Tony Scott’s 1984 tribute to the legendary Charlie Parker called African Bird: Come Back! Mother Africa.
 
Side B launches with one of my favorite takes, Lost City, where the track title is as vivid and exciting as the skillfully crafted aural diorama. Soothing woodwind-brass couples encapsulate liminal fractions of excitement and lurking danger. The relatively quiet opening phase allows a better look onto the more conventional drum pattern. Rising five-note vibraphone spirals expand the mystery, and it is after about 70 seconds that the take meshes a freely flowing trumpet main melody with plinking shakers, hollow bongos and emery coconut shells. The second section gets rid of the mystery, but fits nonetheless with the overall scheme and fulfills the album title-related expectations much better than the first section of this tune. The following Walkin’ Watusi unfortunately harks back to the concrete jungle atmosphere as already depicted in Mombasa After Midnight on side A, but Baxter makes a sudden U-turn and unleashes the most splendid bongo and conga intermission that makes the brass-heavy, spy theme-resembling and rhythm-shifting Jazzscape much more bearable. And indeed are the exhilarative flutes a prolific counterpart to the ebbing and flowing double bass underpinning and the more conventional piano notes.
 
A fast-paced Bossa Nova is on board as well, the tremendously catchy and gleeful Ostrich Hunt which nonetheless preserves a certain degree of solemnity and grace. Bass flute and alto flute melodies are in a constant interplay with Johnson’s jazzy improvisation on the sax, and it is here that Bunker’s vibraphone and xylophone are finally placed in the spotlight when he plays a wonderfully jarring and humpy side motif. Cairo Bazaar builds on that mood with its hyperventilating drums, epicurean Middle Eastern alto flute infusions and a magnificent surprise in the shape of Space-Age Acid Jazz guitar licks that cut through the charming soundscape like scissors and make an important stand. A deliberately languid male choir hums along to the melody, causing a fitting comic relief. There are even Far Eastern tone sequences in this gem. The polyphonous staccato of the xylophones then reminds of the African theme of this LP. Cairo Bazaar is an enlightening, joyful conglomeration that shows Baxter’s skills of wide, convoluted arrangements.
 
It cannot beat the upcoming Jungalero, though. This penultimate composition very successfully entangles an almost oxymoronic sun-lit mystique: jungle flutes, luminescent piano and xylophone creeks, hazy cymbals and awesome vibraphone chords altogether create a merry ride that make it the pinnacle of side B and probably the whole album. A classic Jungle Exotica cut by Les Baxter with the tendency of denying the Steppe-oriented African theme for a little while. I won’t complain! The final Balinese Bongos does the same trick, at least in regard to its title: Bali and Africa do not have too much in common, regardless of one's applied criterion, but it is a great finale, one of Les Baxter’s best-known: conventional staccato piano notes and brass eruptions are placed in-between exotic bongos, congas and shakers, but it is the ensuing enchanting (!) intersection full of chimes, vibraphones and other mallet instruments that cause a moment of tranquility and pure bliss before Baxter finishes the album with hectic percussion and whirring trombones.
 
African Jazz offers the better soundscape in comparison to Jungle Jazz. Not only are the melodies more vivid and catchy, the brass instruments are furthermore less piercing and saturated, but mellow enough to not destroy the respective mood. And moods there are aplenty: dreaminess, excitement and beauty are not just the ingredients of the album, but can also occur altogether in one single composition. Utterly strong favorites include the enigmatic joy of Jungalero and the similarly arranged Lost City. Both show the metamorphosis and conceptual range of Les Baxter; what starts as a brass-laden eupeptic ditty becomes a lush aurora of vibraphone-fueled mystery – or vice versa. The short intersection of the male choir in Cairo Bazaar plus the cool texture of the one-time lead guitar are eminently noteworthy as well.
 
There are bold missteps, though: Mombasa After Midnight should have been titled Manhattan After Midnight, as its urban scheme does not fit with the wide Steppes and jungle huts this record so ably evokes. Even though I see this tune as a bold flaw, I should better be not too harsh about it, for the album title focuses on the concept of Jazz. Besides, once Baxter unleashes the various percussion instruments, the common Jazz structure gets exceptional anyway. The silkier instruments, the smaller scope and the better carved out melodies let me rate African Jazz quite a bit higher than the convoluted klaxon karma of Jungle Jazz. However, this is really a matter of personal taste, and I would not be surprised if my perception might change over the years. If you do not know any of these works yet, why not fetch both of them at the same time? They are released on a two-CD version with bonus tracks off Baxter's symphonic opus from 1956, Caribbean Moonlight, which may be chock-full of renditions and interpretations of classics, but is otherwise my favorite of his 50's albums. Both albums are also available as digital downloads on iTunes and Amazon, and even the LP's are readily available on eBay, with Jungle Jazz being the slightly more valuable and rarer album.
 
Exotica Review 191: Les Baxter – African Jazz (1959). Originally published on Mar. 9, 2013 at AmbientExotica.com.
 
 01  - Congo Train  -     
 02  - Elephant Trail  -     
 03  - Banana Boy  -     
 04  - Safari  -     
 05  - Mombasa After Midnight  -     
 06  - Rain  -     
 07  - Lost City  -     
 08  - Walkin' Watusi  -     
 09  - Ostrich Hunt  -     
 10  - Cairo Bazaar  -     
 11  - Jungalero  -     
 12  - Balinese Bongos  -     

 
 
 

  

 Ted Heath 
Those Were The Days
 
 01  - I've Got A Gal In Kalamazoo  -     
 02  - Canadian Sunset  -     
 03  - The Stripper  -     
 04  - Li'l Darlin'  -     
 05  - When The Saints Go Marching In  -     
 06  - Tuxedo Junction  -     
 07  - I'm Gonna Love That Guy  -     
 08  - Girl Talk  -     
 09  - Swing Low, Sweet Chariot  -     
 10  - Baby, It's Cold Outside  -     
 11  - Those Were The Days  -    

 Peter Herbolzheimer 
Touchdown
 
 01  - Time Line  -     
 02  - Hi-Fly Angel  -     
 03  - Spain  -     
 04  - Madcap  -     
 05  - A Day in the Life  -     
 06  - Antares  -     
 07  - A Letter from R. K.  -     
 08  - Inka's Return  -    

 Quincy Jones 
I Heard That!
 
 01  - I Heard That  -     
 02  - Things Could Be Worse for Me  -     
 03  - What Good Is a Song  -     
 04  - You Have to Do It Yourself  -     
 05  - There's a Train Leavin'  -     
 06  - Midnight Soul Patrol  -     
 07  - Brown Soft Shoe  -     
 08  - Superstition  -     
 09  - Summer in the City  -     
 10  - Is It Love That We're Missing?  -     
 11  - Body Heat  -     
 12  - If I Ever Lose This Heaven  -     
 13  - Killer Joe  -     
 14  - Gula Matari  -     
 15  - Theme from the Anderson Tapes  -     
 16  - Walking in Space  -  

 

HiFi Stereo Festival
Volume 2
 
 
1. Franck Pourcel - Holiday for strings / 03:13
2. Marty Gold and his Orchestra - Climb ev'ry mountain / 02:32
3. Henry Jerome  & His Orchestra - The blue tail fly / 01:56
4. Ray Conniff & Billy Butterfield - This love of mine / 02:59
5. Don Costa - Nice work if you can get It / 02:41
6. Larry Elgart - In a little spanish town / 01:48
7. Raymond Lefèvre - Porque te vas / 02:58
8. Fred Boehler - Limehouse blues / 02:38
9. Frank Valdor - Small talk / 02:26
10. Kurt Edelhagen - Try a little tenderness / 03:16
11. James Last - Tico tico / 03:12
12. Cyril Ornadel - The dock of the bay / 03:45
13. Max Greger - Honey suckle rose / 02:50
14. Rüdiger Piesker & The Rias Orchestra - Boulevard dancer / 02:47
15. André Kostelantez - Volare (Nel blu dipinto di blu) / 02:27
16. Enoch Light - The candy man / 03:13
17. Bert Kaempfert - Caravan / 02:42
18. Clebanoff Strings - Blue theme / 02:24
19. Ronnie Aldrich - Inka Dinka Doo / 02:20
20. Augusto Algueró - I say a little prayer / 02:49
21. Xavier Cugat - Always in my heart / 02:20
22. Billy Strange - You were on my mind / 02:17
23. David McCallum - The sugar cane / 02:20
24. Terry Snyder and The All Stars - Orchids in the Moonlight / 02:45
25. Cyril Stapleton - Strangers in the night / 03:15
26. The Jack Dorsey Orchestra - Up up and away / 01:23
27. Larry Page - Body movement / 04:24
28. Les Elgart - Together / 02:20
29. José Marcello - Under the moon of love / 03:06

 LL Plays Music for Cats
 
 01  - The Cat  -   Claudia Hirschfeld  -   
 02  - One Eyed Cat  -   Henry Mancini  -   
 03  - Black Cat's Tango  -   Richard Clayderman  -   
 04  - Wild Cat Blues  -   Hugo Strasser  -   
 05  - Something For Cat  -   Henry Mancini & His Orchestra  -   
 06  - The blue cat  -   Marc Fortier Orchestra  -   
 07  - What's New Pussycat  -   Caravelli  -   
 08  - Bona Fide Bob Cats  -   Bob Crosby & The Bob Cats  -   
 09  - The Dancing Cat  -   Henry Mancini  -   
 10  - The Alley Cat song  -   Sydney Thompson  -   
 11  - Happy Cat  -   The Anita Kerr Singers  -   
 12  - The Alley Cat's Kitten  -   Hans Jorgenson Orchestra  -   
 13  - The Old Gumbie Cat (from Cats)  -   Orchester Werner Tauber - vocal Pat Behrens  -   
 14  - Honky Cat  -   The 101 Strings Orchestra  -   
 15  - The Cats (uit ''Because of the Cats'')  -   Ruud Bos  -   
 16  - Siamese Cat Song  -   The Mike Sammes Singers  -   
 17  - Catwalk  -   Moore,Pete  -   
 18  - Cat's in the Cradle  -   Ray Conniff  -   
 19  - Cat and Mouse in Berlin (from Wild Geese 2)  -   Roy Budd  -   
 20  - Copy Cat  -   Lawrence Welk  -   
 21  - Pussy Cat  -   Al Hirt  -   
 22  - The Cat Strikes Again  -   Jimmy Smith  -   
 23  - The Waltzing Cat  -   Leroy Anderson  -   
 24  - Catwalk  -   Strato-Vani  -   
 25  - Cat and Mouse  -   Henry Mancini  -  
 The LoungeLegends  
It's Folk, Folks !!!
 
 01  - Windy  -   Percy Faith  -   
 02  - Along Comes Mary  -   Baja Marimba Band  -   
 03  - My Coloring Book  -   Enoch Light & His Orchestra  -   
 04  - Mr. Tambourine Man  -   The Mike Leander Orchestra  -   
 05  - Monday, Monday  -   Henry Jerome  -   
 06  - Wichita Lineman  -   Peter Nero  -   
 07  - I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing  -   Ray Conniff  -   
 08  - This Land Is Your Land  -   The Anita Kerr Singers  -   
 09  - The 50th Street Bridge Song  -   Caravelli  -   
 10  - Happy Together  -   Hugo Montenegro  -   
 11  - Fire and Rain  -   Herb Alpert/Tijuana Brass  -   
 12  - Brand New Key  -   Frank Vador  -   
 13  - Greenfields  -   Andre Kostelanetz  -   
 14  - Ballad Of The Easy Rider  -   James Last  -   
 15  - I Got A Name (Fox, Gimbel)  -   Paul Mauriat  -   
 16  - Both sides now  -   Ronnie Aldrich  -   
 17  - Mellow Yellow We Gotta Get Out Of This Place  -   David McCallum  -   
 18  - Everybody's Talking  -   Waldo de los Ríos  -   
 19  - Bridge Over Troubled Water  -   Billy Vaughn  -   
 20  - Nowhere Man  -   Les & Larry Elgart  -   
 21  - In My Life  -   Laurens van Rooyen  -   
 22  - Homeward Bound  -   Frank Chacksfield  -   
 23  - If I had a Hammer  -   Franck Pourcel  -   
 24  - Shenandoah  -   101 Strings Orchestra  -   
 25  - Woodstock  -   Alan Tew and his orchestra  -   

 

Onderwerp: WEEK 17 - 2017

Datum: 14-06-2017

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week17-2017

Thanks for this week!

Datum: 28-04-2017

Door: Alberto Gateno

Onderwerp: week 17

Thanks so much for such a great this week selection.
I am missing Madleys 22. Could you be so kinds as pointing where I can get it as I searched for it and could not finds it.
Best regards,

Datum: 25-04-2017

Door: Mike G

Onderwerp: Week 17

Another superb week ... many thanks to Harry and the team. And what a great collection of Reader's Digest albums there are coming through! Thank you Eliane and Cappy, among others. Thanks also for Percy Faith's rendition of some great Jesus Christ Superstar songs, and for the Cats from the archive. A week of great LL music!

Datum: 24-04-2017

Door: Mark Truso

Onderwerp: week 17

Thank you Harry and all the contributors for your hard work and generosity!

Datum: 23-04-2017

Door: Darko

Onderwerp: week 17

Thank's especially to Cappy for Alain Morisod and Readers Digest collection ( Today's favorites), and to Anhortaxi for John Fox orchestra. All other artists are also interesting. Thank's to Harry and all LL team.

Darko

Datum: 22-04-2017

Door: Greg Wagner

Onderwerp: Week 17

Thanks to all for bringing us this fantastic music.

Datum: 22-04-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 17

Well, looks like a good week for LoungeLegends., a few compilations I don't recall having seen (heard) before, and a couple 'new' artists as well.
A few from Cappy, Eliane and Edilson which are always appreciated. Also the time and effort by Harry to post this stuff in the first place., my ever grateful thanks to these folks.
I could wish that Zippyshare was more on top of things as far as the nasty adware on their site is concerned, but it's really only a small inconvenience to pay for the quest for the beautiful weekly music.
anchortaxi, from beautiful Tennessee

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