WEEK 19 - 2017

 The Loungelegends play
 The Michel Legrand Songbook
 
 01  - Disco Concorde Magic  -   Michel Legrand Orchestra  -   
 02  - The Windmills of Your Mind  -   James Last  -   
 03  - Watch What Happens  -   Harry Roche Constellation  -   
 04  - Les parapluies de Cherbourg   -   Franck Pourcel  -   
 05  - What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life  -   Edmundo Ros  -   
 06  - Love And Main Themes From The Three Musketeers  -   Andre Kostelanetz  -   
 07  - Pieces Of Dreams  -   101 Strings  -   
 08  - Theme {From 'The Go-Between'}  -   Ronnie Aldrich  -   
 09  - Happy (from Lady Sings The Blues)  -   Caravelli  -   
 10  - The Years of My Youth  -   Maurice Larcange  -   
 11  - Yentl: Papa, Can You Hear Me?  -   Itzhak Perlman  -   
 12  - Brian's Song  -   Henry Mancini  -   
 13  - Pieces Of Dreams (Little Boy Lost)  -   Michel Legrand  -   
 14  - Yentl  -   Caravelli  -   
 15  - Theme From "Picasso Summer" (Summer Me, Winter Me)  -   Living Strings  -   
 16  - Le Messager  -   Caravelli  -   
 17  - The Paris I Love  -   Maurice Larcange  -   
 18  - The Summer Knows (From The Summer Of '42)  -   Percy Faith & His Orchestra  -   
 19  - La Valse Des Lilas (Once Upon A Summertime)  -   Toots Thielemans  -   
 20  - Orson's Theme  -   Andre Kostelanetz  -   
 21  - How Do You Keep The Music Playing  -   John Fox & His London Studio Orchestra  -   
 22  - Autumn Leaves  -   Roger Williams  -   
 23  - Di-Gue-Ding-Ding  -   Legrand,Michel  -   
 24  - Sweet Gingerbread Man  -   Mike Curb Congregation  -   
 25  - The World of Legrand (M. Legrand)  -   Richard Hayman And His Orchestra  -   

Yesterday Once More
Volume 1
 
01. 101 Strings - Baby love / 02:45
02. Caravelli - To whom it concerns / 02:29
03. Hugo Strasser - Reet Petite / 02:37
04. Lawrence Welk - Mockin' bird hill / 02:13
05. Andrew Oldham Orchestra - Needles and pins / 02:19
06. Franck Pourcel - What's new Pussycat / 02:11
07. Les Reed - Good vibrations / 03:41
08. Syd Dale - Have I the right / 02:05
09. Dalton and his orchestra - Only you / 03:04
10. Soul Affair - You won't find another fool like me / 02:49
11. Sounds Orchestral - Green tambourine / 02:08
12. Tony Hatch - I know a place / 02:41
13. Francis Goya - Photograph / 03:21
14. Horst Jankowski - The happening / 02:44
15. Cyril Stapleton - You've got your troubles / 02:20
16. Billy Vaughn - Time of the season / 02:39
17. Arthur Greenslade - The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo) / 02:08
18. Max Greger - Something's gotten hold of my heart / 03:31
19. Chris Bruhn - Marmor, Stein und Eisen bricht / 03:58
20. Alec Gould and his Orchestra - I love you and don't you forget it (Timpanola) / 03:22
21. Xavier Cugat - Bang Bang / 02:28
22. Billy Strange - Do you believe in magic / 01:56
23. George Martin - Itchycoo Park / 02:29
24. Cliff Carpenter - Mister Cannibal / 03:07
25. Bert Kaempfert - Games people play / 02:51
26. David Rose & his Orchestra - My heart belongs to Daddy / 02:04
27. Nick Ingman and his Orchestra - Don't let the sun catch you cryin' / 03:16
28. Maurice Monthier Orquestra - Something's happening / 02:09
29. Raymond Lefèvre - Yesterday once more / 04:00

Humba Humba a GOGO (1968)
 
Trink, Brüderlein trink
Du, du liegst mir im Herzen
Jetzt trink'n ma noch a Flascherl Wein
 
Heut' komm'n die Engerl'n auf Urlaub nach Wien
Kleine Mädchen müsen schlafen geh'n
Muß i denn
 
Schütt die Sorgen in ein Gläschen Wein
I hab die schönen Maderl'n net erfunden
O du wunderschöner, deutscher Rhein
 
Ich hab mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren
Der treue Husar
 
Bummel-Petrus
Immer an der Wand lang
Oh, Susanna (Trink'n wir noch'n Tröpfchen)
 
 
Lustig ist das Zigeunerleben
Rheinische Lieder, schöne Frau'n beim Wein
Oh, wie bist du schön
 
Waidmannsheil
Fehrbelliner Reitermarsch
Mainzer Narrhalla Marsch
 
Waldeslust
Du kannst nicht treu sein
In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus
 
Kornblumenblau
Wer soll das bezahlen
Humba, Humba Tätärä
 
Im tiefen Keller
So ein Tag, so wunderschön wie heute

 Esquivel 
Cabaret Manana
 
 01  - Mini Skirt  -     
 02  - Johnson Rag  -     
 03  - Night And Day  -     
 04  - El Cable  -     
 05  - Harlem Nocturne  -     
 06  - Mucha Muchacha  -     
 07  - Time On My Hands  -     
 08  - Malaguena  -     
 09  - Guanacoa  -     
 10  - Sentimental Journey  -     
 11  - Estrellita  -     
 12  - Limehouse Blues  -     
 13  - Todavia  -     
 14  - April In Portugal  -     
 15  - Take The 'A' Train  -     
 16  - Question Mark (Que Vas A Hacer)  -     
 17  - It Had To Be You  -     
 18  - Yeyo  -     
 19  - Lullaby Of Birdland  -     
 20  - Flower Girl From Bordeaux  -     

 John Barry 
Themeology 
The Best of John Barry
 
 1  - The Persuaders Theme  -     
 2  - Midnight Cowboy  -     
 3  - The Ipcress File  -     
 4  - The Knack  -     
 5  - Wednesday's Child {From the Quiller Memorandum}  -     
 6  - Space March (Capsule in Space)  -     
 7  - The Girl With the Sun in Her Hair  -     
 8  - Vendetta  -     
 9  - The Danny Scipio Theme  -     
 10  - The James Bond Theme  -     
 11  - Goldfinger  -     
 12  - Diamonds Are Forever  -     
 13  - From Russia With Love  -     
 14  - You Only Live Twice [Instrumental]  -     
 15  - Thunderball [Instrumental]  -     
 16  - On Her Majesty's Secret Service  -     
 17  - 007  -     
 18  - Walk Don't Run  -     
 19  - Beat for Beatniks  -     
 20  - Hit and Miss  -     
 21  - Born Free  -     
 22  - Main Title (I Had a Farm in Africa) {From Out of Africa}  -     
 23  - The John Dunbar Theme {From Dances With Wolves}  -   

 Ken James 
Trumpet Time for Dancing
 
 01  - Down by the Riverside; When The Saints; Oh Susanna  -     
 02  - La Paloma  -     
 03  - Bublitschky ; Katjuscha  -     
 04  - La Golondrina; Guantanamera  -     
 05  - My Bobbie; Good Night Ladies; Glory Hallelujah  -     
 06  - Clementine; Muß I denn;  Michael  -     
 07  - Santa Lucia; Heidschi Bumbeidschi  -     
 08  - Schwarze Augen; Moskow  -     
 09  - Old Lang Syne; Greensleeves  -     
 10  - Tanz mit mir die Polka; Ging ein Mädchen  -   

 Jo Ment 
Rockin' Tops
 
 1  - Rock Around The Clock; Good Golly Miss Molly; Tutti Frutti  -     
 2  - Rock-A-Beat Boogie; Happy Baby; Giddy Up Ding Dong  -     
 3  - Rebel Rouser; Long Tall Sally; Rip It Up  -     
 4  - Jambalaya; Chain Locker Rock  -     
 5  - Yummy Yummy Yummy; Mony Mony; Dance To The Music  -     
 7  - See You Later Alligator; True Fine Mama; Tennessee Waltz Rock  -     
 8  - Summertime Blues; Money; Down Yunder  -     
 9  - Jailhouse Rock; Swannee Rock; Crazy Man, Crazy  -     
 10  - The House of the Rising Sun; Theme from A Summerplace  -     
 11  - Shake Rattle and Roll; Razzle Dazzle; Mambo Rock  -     

 Günter Noris 
Ein Ball Erlebnis
 
 12  - Lili Merleen  -     
 11  - Mackie Messer  -     
 8  - Ich küsse Ihr Hand Madame  -     
 14  - In der Nacht ist der Mensch nicht gerne allein  -     
 1  - Bel Ami  -     
 13  - Mit Musik geht alles besser  -     
 2  - Ich tanze mit Dir in den Himmel hinein  -     
 7  - Was machst Du mit dem Knie lieber Hans  -     
 6  - Wir machen Musik  -     
 9  - Capri Fischer  -     
 10  - Ein Senor und eine schöne Senorita  -     
 5  - Wenn der weisse Flieder wieder blüht  -     
 3  - Roter Mohn  -     
 4  - Pauline geht tanzen  -     

 Baja Marimba Band 
Rides Again
 
 01  - Brasilia  -     
 02  - Walk On By  -     
 03  - Guacamole  -     
 04  - More  -     
 05  - Dear Heart  -     
 06  - Majorca  -     
 07  - Red Roses For A Blue Lady  -     
 08  - Hecho en Mexico  -     
 09  - The Woody Woodpecker Song  -     
 10  - A Spanish Rose  -     
 11  - Juarez  -     
 12  - Goïng Out The Side Door  -     
 

 Bert Kaempfert 
Dancing In Wonderland
 
 1  - Only Those In Love  -     
 2  - Twilight Time  -     
 3  - Unchained Melody  -     
 4  - Funny Talk  -     
 5  - Sleepy Lagoon  -     
 6  - There I've Said It Again  -     
 7  - Now And Forever  -     
 8  - Somebody Loves Me  -     
 9  - Blue Moon  -     
 10  - When I Fall In Love  -     
 11  - I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)  -     
 12  - How Deep Is The Ocean (How High Is The Sky)  -    
 

 David Carroll and His Orchestra 
 Mexico 
and 11 Other Great Hits
 
 01  - Mexico  -     
 02  - La Golondrina  -     
 03  - Caribbean  -     
 04  - Perfidia  -     
 05  - Vaya Con Dios  -     
 06  - El Rancho Grande  -     
 07  - Amor  -     
 08  - Mexican Joe  -     
 09  - Senor  -     
 10  - Bonita  -     
 11  - Tequila  -     
 12  - Mexican Hat Twist  -     

 Percy Faith 
Day By Day
 
 01  - Song Sung Blue  -     
 02  - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face  -     
 03  - Conquistador  -     
 04  - I Need You  -     
 05  - Amazing Grace  -     
 06  - Day By Day  -     
 07  - Love Theme From The Godfather  -     
 08  - How Can I Be Sure  -     
 09  - Bach's Lunch  -     
 10  - Candy Man  -     
 11  - Too Young  -     

 Andre Kostelanetz 
PLAYS COLE PORTER
 
 1  - You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To  -     
 2  - In The Still Of The Night  -     
 3  - Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye  -     
 4  - I Love Paris  -     
 5  - You Do Something To Me - I Get A Kick Out Of You  -     
 6  - Begin The Beguine  -     
 7  - Love For Sale  -     
 8  - Fresh As A Daisy  -     
 9  - Night And Day  -     
 10  - Easy To Love - I've Got You Under My Skin  -     
 11  - All Through The Night  -     
 12  - Just One Of Those Things  -     
 13  - What Is This Thing Called Love  -     
 14  - I Love You  -     
 15  - Kiss Me Kate Medley  -     
 16  - I Concentrate On You   -     
 17  - It's All Right With Me  -     
 18  - Anything Goes Medley  -     
 19  - Easy To Love  -     
 20  - Love For Sale  -    

 Bert Weedon 
Bert Weedon Remembers Jim Reeves
 
 1  - I Won't Forget You  -     
 2  - There's A Heartache Following Me  -     
 3  - You're The Only Good Thing That Happened To Me  -     
 4  - Distant Drums  -     
 5  - Mexicali Rose  -     
 6  - I Love You Because  -     
 7  - Welcome To My World  -     
 8  - I Can't Stop Loving You  -     
 9  - Hawaiian Wedding Song  -     
 10  - Make The World Go Away  -     
 11  - Moonlight And Roses  -     
 12  - He'll Have To Go  -     

 David Osborne 
Let It Go
 
 01  - Let it Go  -     
 02  - Thinking Out Loud  -     
 03  - Everybody Wants To Rule The World  -     
 04  - Love me Like You Do  -     
 05  - Listen To Your Heart  -     
 06  - Can't Fweel My Face  -     
 07  - Faithfully  -     
 08  - All Of me  -     
 09  - She's Like The Wind  -     
 10  - The Way it Is  -     
 11  - Hello  -     
 12  - That's What Love Is For  -     
 13  - The Way We Were  -   
 

Various Orchestras
 The Easy Project 
 20 Loungecore Favourites
 
 1  - The Shake  -   Laurie Johnson Orchestra  -   
 2  - Kinda Kinky  -   Ray McVay Sound  -   
 3  - Mas Que Nada  -   Sounds Orchestral  -   
 4  - Lunar Walk  -   Johnny Hawksworth Orchestra  -   
 5  - Walk on the Wild Side  -   Alan Tew  -   
 6  - It's Murder  -   Johnny Hawksworth Orchestra  -   
 7  - Theme from Sam Benedict  -   Johnny Keating  -   
 8  - House of the Rising Sun  -   Synthesonic Sounds  -   
 9  - Blue 'N' Groovy  -   Paraffin Jack Flash Ltd  -   
 10  - The Clown  -   Johnny Keating Orchestra  -   
 11  - Echo Four-Two  -   Laurie Johnson Orchestra  -   
 12  - Mucho Mexico Seven-O  -   John Shakespeare Orchestra  -   
 13  - On the Scene  -   Les Reed Piano  -   
 14  - Staccato  -   The Eliminators  -   
 15  - Ironside  -   Alan Tew  -   
 16  - A Little Waltzin'  -   Johnny Keating  -   
 17  - Revenge  -   Ray McVay Sound  -   
 18  - But She Ran the Other Way  -   John Schroeder Orchestra  -   
 19  - Spiral  -   Harry Roche Constellation  -   
 20  - Superfly  -   Synthesonic Sounds  -   

 Lawrence Welk 
CD1 - Reader's Digest Listening and Dancing
 
 01  - Bubbles In The Wine  -     
 02  - I'm Thru With Love-For All We Know-Down Among The Sheltering Palms  -     
 03  - (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons  -     
 04  - The Merry Widow Waltz  -     
 05  - Maria  -     
 06  - Get Me To the Church on Time  -     
 07  - Scatterbrain  -     
 08  - Melodie D'Amour  -     
 09  - It Might As Well Be Spring  -     
 10  - You're a Sweetheart-Elmer's Tune-You Were Meant For Me  -     
 11  - I'm Beginning To See The Light  -     
 12  - Last Date  -     

 Big Ben Hawaiian Band 
The Hawaiian Way
ARRANGED AND CONDUCTED BY NORRIE PARAMOR
 
 01  - Tracy  -     
 02  - Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head  -     
 03  - Let It Be  -     
 04  - El Condor Pasa  -     
 05  - All Kinds Of Everything  -     
 06  - Honolulu Holiday  -     
 07  - Love Grows  -     
 08  - Wandrin' Star  -     
 09  - All I Have To Do Is Dream  -     
 10  - Knock Knock Who's There  -     
 11  - Plaisir D'Amour  -     
 12  - Mauna Nova  -  

 

 Various Orchestras
 Souvenirs From The 70's, disc 1
 
 01  - When I Need You  -   Frank Chacksfield  -   
 02  - It's Impossible  -   Mantovani  -   
 03  - Forever And Ever  -   Manuel & the Music of the Mountains  -   
 04  - Don't Give Up On Us  -   John Fox  -   
 05  - Summer (The First Time)  -   Ronnie Aldrich  -   
 06  - For All We Know  -   Frank Chacksfield Orchestra  -   
 07  - Make It With You  -   John Fox  -   
 08  - She  -   Mantovani  -   
 09  - Evergreen  -   Manuel & the Music of the Mountains  -   
 10  - Vado Via  -   Ronnie Aldrich  -   
 11  - Can't Smile Without You  -   Frank Chacksfield  -   
 12  - Reunited  -   John Fox  -   
 13  - Wand'rin Star from 'Paint Your Wagon'  -   Mantovani  -   
 14  - You've Got A Friend  -   Les Reed  -   
 15  - Touch Me In The Morning  -   Ronnie Aldrich  -   
 16  - When Forever Has Gone  -   Manuel & the Music of the Mountains  -   
 17  - When You're In Love With A Bea  -   John Fox  -   
 18  - Send In The Clowns  -   Mantovani  -   
 19  - Weekend In New England  -   Frank Chacksfield  -   
 20  - My Sweet Lord  -   Ronnie Aldrich  -   

 Paul Mauriat 
I Love Breeze
Paul Mauriat On Stage
 
 1  - Introduction - Prelude 59  -     
 2  - Ai no cafe terrasse  -     
 3  - Mozart Medley  -     
 4  - I Love Breeze  -     
 5  - Toccata  -     
 6  - Fascination - La vie en rose - Les feuilles mortes - La mer - C'est si bon  -     
 7  - El condor pasa - La peregrinacion - Lisbon antigua - Western - Sakura - Brazil - Kalinka - Malagueña  -     
 8  - Czardas  -     
 9  - Love Is Blue  -     
 10  - Penelope - El Bimbo  -     

 Readers Digest collection
INSTRUMENTAL MAGIC
Saxophone Sorcery
 
 01  - So Rare  -   Les Brown Band  -   
 02  - I Left My Heart In San Francisco  -   The Golden Saxophones  -   
 03  - I Can't Stop Loving You  -   The Golden Saxophones  -   
 04  - Charade  -   Charlie Barnet  -   
 05  - You're the Cream in My Coffee  -   Ray Anthony  -   
 06  - Stranger on the Shore  -   Tex Beneke  -   
 07  - Sail Along Silv'ry Moon  -   Billy Vaughn  -   
 08  - Blue Velvet  -   The Golden Saxophones  -   
 09  - All My Love  -   Billy Vaughn  -   
 10  - Tara's Theme  -   Billy Vaughn  -   
 11  - You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To  -   The Golden Saxophones  -   
 12  - Melody Of Love  -   Billy Vaughn  -  

 The Johnny Mann Singers 
Golden Folk Hits vol.2
 
 01  - Walk Right In  -     
 02  - Puff The Magic Dragon  -     
 03  - Gotta Travel On  -     
 04  - Wimoweh  -     
 05  - The Green Leaves of Summer  -     
 06  - Thieving  Stranger  -     
 07  - If I Had A Hammer  -     
 08  - Greenback Dollar  -     
 09  - Two Brothers  -     
 10  - Honey Comb  -     
 11  - Foggy,Foggy Dew  -     
 12  - Waltzing Matilda  -     

 Enoch Light & The Light Brigade 
Provocative Percussion 3
 
 1  - Easy To Love  -     
 2  - April In Portugal  -     
 3  - The Continental  -     
 4  - Pagan Love Song  -     
 5  - Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive  -     
 6  - El relicario  -     
 7  - Far Away Places  -     
 8  - Let's Do It  -     
 9  - Theme from ''Exodus''  -     
 10  - Adios muchachos  -     
 11  - Provocative Percussion  -     
 12  - Old Devil Moon  -     

 Hugo Winterhalter 
Romanceable And Danceable
 
 101  - Born Free  -     
 102  - That Night (''The Fox'')  -     
 103  - A Lover's Concerto  -     
 104  - California Dreamin'  -     
 105  - Lazy River  -     
 106  - Summer Wind  -     
 107  - What The World Needs Now  -     
 108  - Happiness Is  -     
 109  - A Taste Of Honey  -     
 110  - Tequila  -     
 
 201  - Yesterday  -     
 202  - You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You  -     
 203  - Flamingo  -     
 204  - Spanish Flea  -     
 205  - Come To The Mardi Gras  -     
 206  - The Lonely Bull  -     
 207  - Summer Samba (So Nice)  -     
 208  - Lisbon Antigua  -     
 209  - Call Me  -     
 210  - Spanish Eyes  -     
 

MARTY GOLD
SKIN TIGHT
1960
 
 – better known under his nickname Marty, not to be mixed up with Morton Gould – isn't one of your typical conductors of whom you would expect a great Exotica record. He was the bandleader of the Korn Kobblers, a satirical fun band that makes The Three Suns look grave and grim in comparison, a composer of manifold styles and genres, among them the Space-Age shtick, and published several records per year. So does the quality degrade in consideration of this lifestyle on the edge? I cannot say for sure, as I do not even know 5% of Mr. Gold's output. In terms of Skin Tight though, released in 1960 on RCA Victor, there is no question about the vivid bang and the positive vibe. Gold puts the focus on exotic drums and percussion devices, but does not mention this fact in the title – as many other exotic albums in the late 50's and early 60's did – in order to surprise the listener all the more.
 
 
A look at the back sleeve then reveals mostly everything, as it prowdly showcases the many instruments that were used to create the usual twelve aural panoramas: congas, bongos, djembes, timpani, you name it… they are all in there, and incessantly juxtaposed to great brass fanfares which are not necessarily played over the top, but inherit a punch and verve that is both euphonious and powerful. It is hard to describe, but all the greater on the album which is luckily available in digital download stores. Sure enough are there Exotica classics like Caravan and Hawaiian War Chant on there, and they admittedly do not cause raised brows once the Exotica connoisseur approaches them, but their vivid bongo-infused transformations are very catchy and great, with utterly exotic but less-known material thrown in. Regardless of the mood or atmosphere, the drums are always on the forefront. But Gold is able to reduce their glaring presence if necessary and keeps a, well, skin tight formula without any ornaments. This is apparent on three particular tracks, but more about this later. The compositions are as important as the arrangements, and with these thought in mind, I'm revisiting Skin Tight and dare a closer look.
 
Juan Tizol’s Perdido is the gateway to Gold’s resplendent Lounge. And right from the get-go is the listener greeted with a magnanimous amount of bongos, timpani and congas. In unison with the swinging brass sections, the jazzy double bass backings, the smashing cymbals and gentle maracas, it makes up for a great start of the album. The improvised drum solos as well as the main melody being played on the timpani are great additions. The stereo effect is great, the lead saxophone dirty, and the impression that this is a high-quality album rises with every note. Allah’s Holiday continues the good fun even more, since this seldom considered composition by Otto Harbach and Rudolf Friml marries mystical wind chimes with convivial flutes, a manic bongo pattern and silky horns. Whatever instrument is upfront in any given moment and whichever tonality is in place, Gold makes sure that the hollow bongos and clicking claves remain audible. The setting may be decidedly jazzy, but the drums as well as the arcane brass outbursts add a pinch of a faux-Oriental setting to the table. Splendid!
 
 
Duke Ellington’s Caravan is next, and it expands the Middle Eastern flavor in the boldest way. The legato strings are spectral, the pizzicato brethren exhilarative, but in tandem with the bongos, the mysterious mood outweighs any tipsy scent. Luckily enough, the conductor decides to keep the majesty flowing, there is no sudden tempo shift or ebullient brass fanfare as it is often the case in many a rendition. As a result, this version of Caravan lacks energy, true, but what it lacks in dynamics it gains in coherence, making it one of the surprisingly few takes that keep a specific mood intact from the beginning till the end.
 
Richard Rodgers’ and Lorenz Hart’s Lover appears, and both the tempo and the mercurial atmosphere are resurrected, with frantically spiraling brass sections and show tune-evoking timpani parts meshing well with the classic drum kit, the large amount of congas and related drums. The main melody is again played on the timpani, and I wonder why this trick is not (or better: was not) used more often on records of the time. Be it as it may, Lover is anything but a cliché-laden romance. While Marty Gold’s rendition of Song Of India bases on the arrangement by Tommy Dorsey, consequentially revs up the brass instruments and rounds them off with the expected congas, bongos and positively weird flute infusions, the final song of side A, Irving Berlin's (I Wonder Why) You're Just In Love, proves to be the string-heavy counterpoint, with more pizzicato droplets than necessary and too much saccharine glee for my taste, making it the lackluster black sheep which even the bongos cannot rescue.
 
 
Side B opens with Harold Weeks’ and Oliver Wallace’s Hindustan, entangling an eclectic beat pattern with spy theme-like droning brass sections that turn much milder over the course of the tune, a Dixieland-evoking lead trumpet and the occasional usage of Space-Age flutes that even move into Chinese waters at times. Up next is one of the most unusual Exotica treats if there ever was one, making me wonder why so few bands consider this piece: James Weldon’s Dry Bones anthem, also known as Dem Bones by many children, is pitch-perfectly transformed into a magnificent brass version. The horns are gleaming in all colors, and the main melody played on the timpani as well as the occasional Latinized chant are huge bonuses, especially in the given context of the tune. Gold could not have possibly crammed better ideas in this tight corset. A swinging masterpiece!
 
Morgan Lewis’ How High The Moon is the next super song to my ears, as Marty Gold shows the same patience he already did on Caravan: instead of featuring one too many weird additions, this tune remains in romantic, syrupy string-heavy legato climes. The tempo is upheld throughout the tune, and it is only in the last minute that the bongos are heating up mildly, providing a few molecules of energy without destroying the depicted reverie. I for one like the dreaminess coupled with the bongos.
 
Sy Oliver’s Opus One would be another typical jazzy big band offering with double-bass backings and this – now utterly expected – bongo base frame, if it were not for the warbled flutes which complement the horn superstructure. Opus One is also noteworthy for the seemingly improvised bridges that are not overly memorable. However, it is here that Gold unleashes more drums than before, thus making them more interesting. The album closes with two Exotica classics: Hawaiian War Chant is based on Johnny Noble’s arrangement and hence neglects the exotic flavor in regard to the instruments. Don’t expect any ukuleles or vibraphones. Mind you, the varying rhythm patterns and the textures of the bongos make up for the loss of paradisiac notions. And to be honest, the vivid brass sections are neither the worst choice, nor an audacity.
 
The final Jungle Drums, originally written by Ernesto Lecuona, lives up to its name, as all of the preceding drums are featured – or rather over-exposed – in this wild version. Lecuona’s original, however, is more keen on the depiction of a lush, almost celestial depiction of the jungle rather than a crazy ritualistic outlook. And so Gold does the right thing and delivers the third incredibly stringent composition after Caravan and How High The Moon: the strings seem to come from another world, as they are as doped and warped as on Les Baxter’s records, with the bongos providing a steady, but strangely inferior ingredient of the song. Make no mistake, though: this is a fantastic interpretation and one of my favorites of the album, thanks in large parts to the strings. A magnificent outro.
 
 
Skin Tight is a great and fun ride through many Exotica classics and potential material that never turned out to be a part of the genre's canon. While the purpose of the album is the dedicated music fan who insists on an audiophile stereo recording in order to positively shock visiting friends, the compositions turn out to be the actual stars of the LP and, continuing the closer look, the drums themselves are the stars of each composition. Whether they are underlining and accentuating the luminescent strings and delicious brass sections or are used for solo performances, these devices are top-notch, sound great and add the important exotic flavor. Without them, Skin Tight would have been a good showcase album for brass lovers and orchestra string afficionados, but since the drums are kept alive on every note, they provide the important link to the Exotica genre. And how tremendously cool is the anomaly of the main melodies being played on the timpani? This trick elevates the album to the ethereal realms of the tiki gods and makes it something special. Topping things off is Marty Gold's will to decrease the tension whenever necessary. It would have been easy to frantically beat the drums again and again, but on Caravan, for instance, the atmosphere is maintained and the bongos and congos are used as accentuating devices. The rhythm remains the same, and this fact is all the more refreshing, as the hundreds of Caravan versions out there are always played to impress the listener with a convoluted eclecticism and twisted fugues. But not here.
 
 
Skin Tight is a great album for bongo lovers and fans of Don Ralke, Tito Puente, Terry Snyder or Pérez Prado's suites. But even big band followers in the traditional, jazzy sense are in for a real treat. Gold delivers one of the liveliest LP's during the vintage Exotica craze. Highly recommended and easily available on iTunes, Amazon and Co. It does not reach the highest-class gold (!) standard, but comes pretty close. Oh, and it has the craziest version of Dem Bones you can possibly find – earworm alert!
 
 
 
Further reading:
 
SpaceAgePop features a detailed article about Marty Gold, his life and many records. Worthwhile!
 
 
 
Exotica Review 179: Marty Gold – Skin Tight (1960). Originally published on Feb. 9, 2013 at AmbientExotica.com.
 
 1  - Perdido  -     
 2  - Allah's Holiday  -     
 3  - Caravan  -     
 4  - Lover  -     
 5  - Song of India  -     
 6  - You're Just in Love  -     
 7  - Hindustan  -     
 8  - Dry Bones  -     
 9  - How High the Moon  -     
 10  - Opus One  -     
 11  - Hawaiian War Chant  -     
 12  - Jungle Drums  -     
 

 Maynard Ferguson 
It's My Time
 
 01  - It's My Time  -     
 02  - Dance To Your Heart  -     
 03  - Everybody Loves the Blues  -     
 04  - An Offering Of Love II  -     
 05  - Star (Earth,Wind & Fire)  -     
 06  - You Can Have Me Anytime  -     
 07  - Red Creek  -     
 08  - The Spirit Of St. Frederic  -    

 Howard Roberts Quartet  
Is A Dirty Guitar Player
 
 01  - Watermelon Man  -     
 02  - Smolderin'  -     
 03  - Lili Darling  -     
 04  - Turista  -     
 05  - If Ever I Would Leave You  -     
 06  - One O'Clock Jump  -     
 07  - Deep Fry  -     
 08  - Rough Ridin'  -     
 09  - Satin Doll  -     
 10  - Smokin'  -     
 11  - One Note Samba  -     
 12  - Dirty Old Bossa Nova  -     

 Quincy Jones
 feat. Toots Thielemans 
I Never Told You
 
 01  - What`s Going On?  -     
 02  - Velas  -     
 03  - Brown Ballad  -     
 04  - Bluesette  -     
 05  - I Never Told You  -     
 06  - Brown Soft Shoe  -     
 07  - Eyes of Love  -     
 08  - Hummin'  -     
 09  - Love Theme From 'The Get Away'  -     
 10  - Theme From The Anderson Tapes  

 

 The LoungeLegends
 plays Sweet Soul Music
 
 01  - This Is Soul - Soul Finger - Soul Man  -   Paul Nero  -   
 02  - Love Child  -   The Disco Strings of  Harry Robinson  -   
 03  - Think  -   Pat Williams and his Orchestra  -   
 04  - If You Don't Know Me by Now  -   Ray Conniff  -   
 05  - What's Going On  -   Hagen ''Charlie'' Galatis  -   
 06  - When A Man Loves A Woman  -   Cyril Ornadel  -   
 07  - Me and Mrs. Jones  -   Caravelli  -   
 08  - On The Dock Of The Bay  -   The Soulful Strings  -   
 09  - When Will I See You Again  -   Alyn Ainsworth Orchestra  -   
 10  - Green Onions  -   Claus Ogerman & His Orchestra  -   
 11  - Dancing In The Street  -   Harry Robinson  -   
 12  - Natural woman  -   Paul Mauriat  -   
 13  - Can't Get Enough Of Your Love  -   Kai Warner & his Orchestra  -   
 14  - Try a Little Tenderness  -   Andre Kostelanetz    -   
 15  - Help Me Make It Through The Night  -   Norman Candler  -   
 16  - Let's Stay Together  -   Werner Müller  -   
 17  - Midnight Train to Georgia  -   Ferrante & Teicher  -   
 18  - ABC  -   Keith Mansfield  -   
 19  - Land of a Thousand Dances  -   Percy Faith  -   
 20  - I Say A Little Prayer  -   Larry Page Orchestra  -   
 21  - Superstition  -   Sounds Orchestral  -   
 22  - Tears of a Clown  -   Simon Park  -   
 23  - If I Were A Carpenter  -   Waldo de los Rios  -   
 24  - Papa's got a brand new bag  -   John Schroeder orchestra  -   
 25  - Time Is Tight  -   John Scott & His Orchestra  -   

The LoungeLegends
Swing is our Thing
 
01  -   Take Off And Dance  - Hugo Strasser  -
02  -   Skyliner  - Paul Kuhn  -
03  -   Honky Tonk Train Blues (American swing)  - Rubino Und Sein Großes Ballroom-Orchester  -
04  -   Little Brown Jug  - Les & Larry Elgart  -
05  -   Cherokee  - Ted Heath  -
06  -   The Cat  - Henry Mancini  -
07  -   I Got Rhythm  - Billy Vaughn Singers  -
08  -   Airmail Special  - Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra  -
09  -   Trumpet Blues  - Frank Valdor  -
10  -   Take five  - Fausto Papetti  -
11  -   Love For Sale  - Ray Anthony  -
12  -   Too Close For Comfort   - Joe Loss  -
13  -   I Get A Kick Out Of You  - Kai Warner  -
14  -   Night And Day  - Paul Mauriat  -
15  -   Where Or When  - James Last  -
16  -   Perdido  - Billy May & His Orchestra  -
17  -   Splanky  - Orchester Ambros Seelos  -
18  -   Pennsylvania 6-5000  - The Mariachi Brass (feat Chet Baker)  -
19  -   One O'clock Jump  - Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra  -
20  -   Call Me Irresponsible  - Dalby, Graham and the Grahamophones  -
21  -   Some Of These Days  - Kookie Freeman & His Velvet Sound  -
22  -   Swinging On A Star  - Paul Kuhn & his SFB Tanzorchester  -
23  -   In The Mood  - Ray Conniff  -
24  -   Begin the Beguine  - Geoff Love and his Orchestra  -
25  -   Hamp's boogie woogie  - Max Greger Big Band  -
26  -   Bugle Call Rag  - Glenn Miller Orchestra  -
27  -   Bluesette  - Lenny Dee  -
28  -   From This Moment On  - James Last  -
29  -   Witchcraft  - Ray Davies and his Orchestra  -
30  -   Fever  - Richard Marino & His Orchestra  

The Loungelegends
R O C K S
 
01  -   Hi, Hi, Hi  - Max Greger  -
02  -   With A Little Help from My Friends  - Günter Noris  -
03  -   She Came In Through The Bathroom Window  - James Last  -
04  -   Ticket To Ride  - Hank Marvin  -
05  -   I Can Do It  - Frank Valdor  -
06  -   All Right Now  - Ray McVay & His Orchestra  -
07  -   Spinning Wheel  - Les Reed  -
08  -   Proud Mary  - Bert Kaempert  -
09  -   Whiter Shade Of Pale  - Pat Williams  -
10  -   Hotel California  - Anthony Ventura and His Orchestra  -
11  -   Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye  - Franck Pourcel  -
12  -   The House Of The Rising Sun  - Maurice Pop Und Sein Orchester  -
13  -   Suspicious minds   - Paul Mauriat  -
14  -   Evil Ways  - Al DeLory  -
15  -   Venus  - Larry Page Orchestra  -
16  -   Pinball Wizard  - Harry Roche Constellation  -
17  -   I Am A Rock  - Anthony Ventura And His Orchestra  -
18  -   I Want To Hold Your Hand  - George Martin  -
19  -   Let's Dance  - Raymond LeFevre  -
20  -   Black Night  - Hugo Strasser  -
21  -   What is Life  - Frank Valdor  -
22  -   Satisfaction  - Helmut Zacharias  -
23  -   Baby Come Back  - Fred Silver  -
24  -   Good Vibrations  - Hugo Montenegro  -
25  -   Paranoid  - Rolf Kühn  -
26  -   Eloise  - Augusto Algueró  -
27  -   Streets Of Philadelphia  - Ray Conniff  -
28  -   Gimme A Little Sign  - Buddy Morrow  -
29  -   Little Willy  - Max Greger  -
30  -   Easy Living; Coming Closer (live)  - James Last  -

Onderwerp: WEEK 19 - 2017

Datum: 01-07-2017

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week19-2017

Thanks for wonderful week!

Datum: 20-05-2017

Door: Ramon Castillo

Onderwerp: Week 19

Thanks again to Harry and LL Team nice selection this week specially Esquivel Album

Datum: 12-05-2017

Door: Mark Truso

Onderwerp: week 19

Big Thanks to All Contributers!

Datum: 09-05-2017

Door: Joe

Onderwerp: 19

Wow.... that brings back memories. Bert Weedon Remembers Jim Reeves. I never thought I would have the pleasure of hearing that again. Many thanks to Cappy ... and great quality restoration. AND, thanks to Harry and all contributors, as always......Joe from Vancouver, Canada

Datum: 07-05-2017

Door: Darko

Onderwerp: week 19

Thank's to Mr. Joey for his great compilation.( it is a first part I think ), to Mr. Cappy for his choice for this week ( photo of a cat is great), and to Harry and all LL team.

Darko

Datum: 07-05-2017

Door: Mike G

Onderwerp: Week 19

Just when I thought the selections couldn't get better! This week's offerings outshine theme all. A great selection. Thank you Harry and team for bringing us another marvellous week of LL music, and Eliane for her much appreciated RD collection.

I use a Mac and quickly shut down any page that Zippyshare tries to open other than the download page of course : )

Datum: 06-05-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 19

The year is moving on and Zippyshare has some really nasty issues. I'm sure they spend a great deal of time cleaning, but still the problem persists.
I did however manage to get around all that nasty stuff and d/l some of LoungeLegends ear-pleasing music.
Thanks to Eliane and Cappy for what looks like a couple of interesting albums. And to Harry for his everlasting work and patience posting the stuff!
anchortaxi, from a chilly Tennessee

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