WEEK 20 - 2017

 Various Orchestras
 Evergreens for Dancing
 
 01  - Hit The Road Jack  -   Peter Herbolzheimer  -   
 02  - How High The Moon  -   Paul Kuhn  -   
 03  - Matrimony  -   Orchester Ambros Seelos  -   
 04  - Musik liegt in der Luft  -   Claus Backhaus  -   
 05  - La Bamba  -   Billy Vaughn  -   
 06  - El Irresistible  -   Franco Ernesto  -   
 07  - Troileana  -   Orquesta Color Tango  -   
 08  - Radiomarsch  -   Original Salon-Ensemble Prima Carezza  -   
 09  - Patricia  -   Alan Braden   -   
 10  - Tennessee Waltz  -   Günter Fuhlisch  -   
 11  - Dolce Vita  -   Kuno Alexander  -   
 12  - Time is tight  -   André Brasseur  -   
 13  - Adios Pampa Mia  -   Caravelli  -   
 14  - Hiawatha Rag  -   Val Reno Dixieland Band  -   
 15  - The Lonely Bull  -   Button Down Brass Band  -   
 16  - Bonnie & Clyde (Thema aus Bonnie Clyde)  -   David Whitaker  -   
 17  -  Quiéreme mucho (Yours - Du bist mein erster Gedanke)  -   Ambros Seelos Show Band   -   
 18  - The Whistler and his dog  -   Soundgarden-Orchester  -   
 19  - Raindrops keep fallin on my Head  -   Gordon Langford  -   
 20  - A Fuego Lento  -    Orquesta Color Tango  -   
 21  - Clarinett-Roulette  -   Claus Backhaus  -   
 22  - Los Moreno  -   Ambros Seelos  -   
 23  - Überall blühen Rosen  -   Studio Tanz Orchester Klaus Hallen  -   
 24  - Danzarin  -   Piro Osvaldo  -   
 25  - Adios Muchachos  -   Béla Sanders  -   

Happy Hour
with Lawrence Welk
 
tracklisting:
 
1. Lawrence Welk - The syncopated clock / 02:20
2. Lawrence Welk - The candy man / 02:36
3. Lawrence Welk - Honeysuckle rose / 02:16
4. Lawrence Welk - It might as well be Spring / 02:15
5. Lawrence Welk - Rhythm of the rain / 02:01
6. Lawrence Welk - China doll / 02:39
7. Lawrence Welk - Calcutta  / 02:12
8. Lawrence Welk - Fiddle-faddle / 03:12
9. Lawrence Welk - Horse & buggy / 03:24
10. Lawrence Welk - Get me to the church on time / 02:31
11. Lawrence Welk - Cracklin' Rosie / 02:39
12. Lawrence Welk - Sandpaper ballet / 02:57
13. Lawrence Welk - I've grown accustomed to your face / 02:25
14. Lawrence Welk - When the saints go marching in / 02:11
15. Lawrence Welk - Maria / 02:14
16. Lawrence Welk - On the street where you live / 02:59
17. Lawrence Welk - The penny-whistle song / 02:53
18. Lawrence Welk - Humoresque Boogie / 02:06
19. Lawrence Welk - Getting to know you / 02:35
20. Lawrence Welk - Clarinet candy / 02:44
21. Lawrence Welk - The entertainer / 02:44
22. Lawrence Welk - Promenade / 02:47
23. Lawrence Welk - I guess I'll have to change my plan / 02:15
24. Lawrence Welk - Belle of the ball / 02:32
25. Lawrence Welk - Bugler's holiday / 02:17
26. Lawrence Welk - Tie a yellow ribbon round the ole oak tree / 02:11
27. Lawrence Welk - The waltzing cat / 02:38
28. Lawrence Welk - Canadian capers / 01:50
29. Lawrence Welk - The typewriter / 01:35
30. Lawrence Welk - Bubbles in the wine / 02:41
31. Lawrence Welk - Bombay / 02:04
32. Lawrence Welk - Adios, Au revoir, Auf Wiedersehn / 02:24
 

Trumpet a GoGo 1
 
 01  - American Patrol  -     
 02  - Wheels  -     
 03  - Granada  -     
 04  - Never On Sunday  -     
 05  - La Paloma  -     
 06  - Ave Maria No Morro  -     
 07  - Tico Tico  -     
 08  - Delicado  -     
 09  - Cherry Pink  -     
 10  - La Bamba  -     
 11  - Greensleeves  -     
 12  - Mexican Hat Dance  -     
 13  - Passion Flower  -     
 14  - Mexico City  -     

 Kai Warner
 Go In vol.5
 Polydor 2371-061 (1970)
 
 
 01 Caroline / Das schöne Mädden von Seite 1 / Supermann 
 02 Ma Belle Amie / Love Grows / Cecilia 
 03 Daughter of Darkness / Barfulß im Regen / Mademoiselle Ninette 
 04 Wunder gibt es immer wieder / Silber und Gold
 05 Love A Little Bit / Ich mach' ein Interview mit deinem Herzen / Er hat ein knallrotes Gummiboot 
 06 Yellow River / Everything is Beautiful / In the Summertime 
 07 Lorelay / You're Such a Good Looking Woman / Babuschkin 
 08 Du / Bridge Over Troubled Water 
 09 Alle Blumen brauchen Sonne / Knock, Knock Who's There / Love Song 
 10 All Kinds of Everything / Wo Liebe ist, da ist auch ein Weg / El Condor Pasa

 Frank Valdor 
Rhythmus à go go
 
 1  - Ich mache keine Komplimente-Happy Days In Germany  -     
 2  - Anuschka-Heliocopter U.S.Navy 66-Venus  -     
 3  - Geh nicht vorbei-Oh Lady Mary  -     
 4  - Havah Nagilah-Tarata Ting Tarata Tong  -     
 5  - My Special Prayer-Je t'aime moi non plus  -     
 6  - Good Morning, Starshine-Mendocino-Sugar Sugar  -     
 7  - Viva Bobby Joe-Tracy-Drummy Drummy  -     
 8  - Pretty Belinda-Scheiden tut so weh-Something  -     
 9  - Shalalalali-Up Up And Away-Mexican Har Dance  -     
 10  - Was damals war-Forgive Me Darling  -     
 11  - Suspicious Minds-I'll Never Fall In Love Again-O Happy Days  -     
 

 Bert Kaempfert 
Free And Easy
 
 1  - Love Theme from ''You Can't Win 'Em All''  -     
 2  - I'm In Love  -     
 3  - Hit The Open Road  -     
 4  - Over The Rainbow  -     
 5  - Sweet Caroline  -     
 6  - Flight To Mecca  -     
 7  - Free And Easy  -     
 8  - Magic Moments  -     
 9  - Gone With The Wind  -     
 10  - Wait For Me  -     
 11  - Laura  -     
 12  - Susan  - 

 Ray Conniff 
Ray Conniff In Moscow
 
 1  - Ray Conniff In Moscow  -     
 2  - Keep It Slow (Don't Be In A Hurry)  -     
 3  - Melody  -     
 4  - The Little Prince  -     
 5  - A Song Of Gena The Crocodile  -     
 6  - The Wild Horses (Horses, The Beasts)  -     
 7  - Moscow Windows  -     
 8  - Birch Sap  -     
 9  - A Happy Day  -     
 10  - Fleeting Moments  -     
 11  - I Will Not Come Back To You  -     
 12  - This Can Never Be Again (It Never Happens Again)  -     

 Werner Müller 
Werner Müller's Music Shop
 
 01  - Let's Dance  -     
 02  - A Taste Of Honey  -     
 03  - Exodus  -     
 04  - The Stripper  -     
 05  - Beyond The Blue Horizon  -     
 06  - Strangers In The Night  -     
 07  - Yesterday  -     
 08  - Jeepers Creepers  -     
 09  - Lara's Theme (Schiwago-Melodie)  -     
 10  - Eine Schwarzwaldfaht (A Walk In The Black Forest)  -     
 11  - Winchester Cathedral  -     
 12  - I'm Sitting On Top Of The World  -     
 13  - Take The ''A'' Train  -     
 14  - Give Me Five Minutes More  -  

 David Carroll & His Orchestra 
Percussion In Hi-Fi
 
 01  - Hell's Bells  -     
 02  - Bali Ha'i  -     
 03  - The Chimes of Swing  -     
 04  - Malaguena  -     
 05  - Discussion In Percussion  -     
 06  - Quiet Talk  -     
 07  - Chatter  -     
 08  - Controversy  -     
 09  - Jungle Drums  -     
 10  - The Cricket  -     
 11  - Spanish Symphonique  -     

 

Jo Ment Orchestra & Party Singers
Tops for Dancing (1972)
Ariola 85921
 
Side A:
Du lebst in deiner Welt
Jeepster
Hab'ich dir heute schon gesagt, das ich dich leibe
 
Coz I Love You
Zeit macht nur vor dem Teufel halt
Komm, gib mir deine Hand
 
Soley, soley
Sacramento
Is this the way to Amarillo
 
Wir singen mit der ganzen Welt
I've found my Freedom
 
Margie
Der gemeinsame Weg
We are goïn'down Jordan
 
Side B:
Poppa Joe
Old Man Moses
 
How do You Do?
American Pie
Piri Piri
 
Du weinst um mich
Ich träume mit offenen Augen von dir
Wenn die Sonne erwacht in den Bergen
 
Mamma (Did You Realy Think We'd Leave You Alone)
Spoon
Zuerst kam die Sonne
 
Mädchen mit roten Haaren
Telegram Sam
Meilenstein der ersten Liebe

 Mantovani & His Orchestra 
Film Favourites
 
 01  - Love Story  -     
 02  - The Big Country  -     
 03  - Secret Love  -     
 04  - Wand'rin' Star  -     
 05  - Tammy  -     
 06  - Never On Sunday  -     
 07  - When You Wish Upon A Star  -     
 08  - Born Free  -     
 09  - Whatever Will Be (Que Sera Sera)  -     
 10  - Alfie  -     
 11  - High Noon  -     
 12  - The Trolley Song  -     
 13  - Moon River  -     
 14  - The Windmills of Your Mind  -     
 15  - Moulin Rouge Theme  -     
 16  - Chim Chim Cher-Ee  -     
 17  - As Time Goes By  -     
 18  - My Foolish Heart  -     
 

 Malando 
12 Wereldberoemde Tango-Melodieën
 
 01  - Penny Serenade  -     
 02  - Un Violon Dans La Nuit  -     
 03  - Tanze Mit Mir In Den Morgen  -     
 04  - Was Machst Du Mit Dem Knie Lieber Hans  -     
 05  - Rote Rosen, Rote Lippen, Roter Wein  -     
 06  - Zwei Gitarren Am Meer  -     
 07  - Mama  -     
 08  - Es Muß Was Wunderbares Sein  -     
 09  - Warum Weinst Du, Kleine Tamara  -     
 10  - J'ai Deux Amours  -     
 11  - Warum Küßt Mich Dein Mund So Heiß  -     
 12  - Darf Ich Um Den Nächsten Tango Bitten  -     
 

 Orchester Bert Landers 
Schlagerrunde Folge 2
 
 1  - Spanish Harlem (Das ist die Frage aller Fragen)  -     
 2  - Memphis Tennessee  -     
 3  - Junger Mann mit roten Rosen  -     
 4  - Mama  -     
 5  - Vergangen, vergessen, vorüber  -     
 6  - Honeymoon in St. Tropez  -     
 7  - Tennesee Waltz  -     
 8  - Aus jedem Land ein Souvenir  -     
 9  - My Boy Lollipop  -     
 10  - Hokuspokus  -     
 11  - Sein bestes Pferd  -     
 12  - Mach' die Augen zu  -     
 13  - Luna Nel Blu  -     
 14  - Sweet, Sweet Rosalie  -     
 15  - Seide und Samt  -     
 16  - Liebeskimmer lohn sich nicht  -     
 17  - Shake Hands  -     
 18  - Wenn du musikalisch bist  -     
 19  - Wenn du mal allein bist  -     
 20  - Kein Gold im Blue River  -     
 21  - Morgen hast du keine Sorgen  -     
 22  - Ein Boy ist ein Boy  -     
 23  - Sag "No"zu ihm  -     
 24  - Kleine Annabell  -     
 25  - Du, du, du gehst vorüber  -     
 26  - Zwei Mädchen aus Germany  -     
 27  - Everybody Loves Somebody  -     
 28  - Wenn der Silbermond  -     

 The 101 Strings Orchestra 
Play Hits written by 
The Beatles
 01  - Penny Lane  -     
 02  - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band  -     
 03  - Hello Goodbye  -     
 04  - Yesterday  -     
 05  - Hey Jude  -     
 06  - Strawberry Fields Forever  -     
 07  - Free As A Bird  -     
 08  - When I'm 64  -     
 09  - Help!  -     
 10  - Something  -     
 11  - All My Loving  -     
 12  - She's Leaving Home  -     
 13  - Eleanor Rigby  -     
 14  - Till There Was You  -     
 15  - Come Together  -     
 16  - Nowhere Man  -     
 17  - Michelle  -     
 18  - Yellow Submarine  -     
 19  - In My Life  -   

 Alessandro Alessandroni 
A Trip Through The Music
 
 01  - Largo For Orchestra  -     
 02  - St. Paul  -     
 03  - N.Y. Airport  -     
 04  - Bordering The Lake  -     
 05  - Western Song  -     
 06  - Holiday In Florida  -     
 07  - Barcarola For Orchestra  -     
 08  - Bahamas Beach  -     
 09  - Atlantic City  -     
 10  - Santa Monica Boulevard  -     
 11  - Hudson River  -     
 12  - Sunvalley Mountains  -     
 13  - September Morning  - 

 Guitars Unlimited 
Quiet Nights and Brazilian Guitars
 
 01  - The Girl from Ipanema  -     
 02  - Manha de Carnival (Theme from 'Black Orpheus')  -     
 03  - Meditation (Meditacao)  -     
 04  - Here Lies Love  -     
 05  - Ho-Ba-La-La  -     
 06  - Bim-Bom  -     
 07  - Desafinado  -     
 08  - Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)  -     
 09  - One Note Samba (Samba de Uma Nota So)  -     
 10  - These Are the Ways of Love  -     
 11  - O Barquinho (Little Boat)  -     
 
 

 Various Orchestras
 Souvenirs From The 70's
disc 2
 
 1  - Song Sung Blue  -   Les Reed  -   
 2  - Your Song  -   Geoff Love  -   
 3  - You're The Best Thing That Eve  -   John Fox  -   
 4  - Sailing  -   Manuel & the Music of the Mountains  -   
 5  - Times Of You Life  -   Ronnie Aldrich  -   
 6  - If  You Could Read My Mind  -   Les Reed  -   
 7  - Never Gonna Fall In Love Again  -   Frank Chacksfield  -   
 8  - With You, I'm Born Again  -   John Fox  -   
 9  - Love's Theme  -   Ronnie Aldrich  -   
 10  - Bright Eyes  -   Manuel & The Music Of The Mountains  -   
 11  - The Old Fashioned Way  -   Mantovani  -   
 12  - Day By Day  -   Geoff Love  -   
 12  - It Never Rains in Southern California  -   Ronnie Aldrich  -   
 13  - 99 Miles From L.A.  -   John Fox  -   
 15  - The Summer Of My Life  -   Ronnie Aldrich  -   
 15  - Torn Between Two Lovers  -   Frank Chacksfield  -   
 16  - Yesterday Once More  -   John Fox  -   
 18  - Chiquitita  -   Manuel & The Music Of The Mountains  -   
 19  - I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song  -   Ronnie Aldrich  -   
 20  - Candle In The Wind  -   Geoff Love  -   

 James Galway 
The Wayward Wind
 
 01  - The Homecoming  -     
 02  - Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue  -     
 03  - Duelin' Banjos  -     
 04  - Shenandoah  -     
 05  - Montana Skies  -     
 06  - Piper, Piper  -     
 07  - The Wayward Wind  -     
 08  - Winter Sunset  -     
 09  - Drifter  -     
 10  - Smokey Pines  -     
 11  - Shaman (Medicine Man)  -     
 12  - Dreams  -     
 

 Lawrence Welk 
CD2 - Reader's Digest Listening and Dancing
 
 01  - Swingin' Down The Lane-Linger Awhile-Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree  -     
 02  - On the Street Where You Live  -     
 03  - At Sundown-I'm Always hasing Rainbows-Rose Room  -     
 04  -  I've Grown Accustomed To Face  -     
 05  - Stumbling-I'm Nobody's Baby-Hot Lips  -     
 06  - Ja Da-I'm A Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas-Goofus  -     
 07  - Willow Weep For Me  -     
 08  - Maybe  -     
 09  - Temptation  -     
 10  - Dear Heart  -     
 11  - That Old Black Magic  -     
 12  - The Trumpet Rag  -  

 Curt Shoemaker 
Wonderful Tonight
 
 1  - Peaceful Easy Feeling  -     
 2  - Rhythm Of The Rain  -     
 3  - Wonderful Tonight  -     
 4  - I Can't Stop Loving You  -     
 5  - Never On Sunday  -     
 6  - Even Now  -     
 7  - Apache  -     
 8  - Amaris (You Are Love)  -     
 9  - Here, There And Everywhere  -     
 10  - The White Rose Of Athens  -     
 11  - I Love How You Love Me  -     
 12  - Born To Lose  -     
 

 THE READERS DIGEST COLLECTION
 Instrumental Magic
 Wondrous Woodwinds & Tantalizing Trombones
 
 01  - Moonglow  -   Les Brown Band of Renown  -   
 02  - Up, Up and Away  -   Benny Goodman  -   
 03  - Walk On By  -   Les Brown Band of Renown  -   
 04  - Cocktails for Two  -   Ray Davies  -   
 05  - In A Little Spanish Town  -   Gary Hughes  -   
 06  - Spinning Wheel  -   Benny Goodman  -   
 07  - I'm Getting Sentimental Over You  -   Tommy Dorsey  -   
 08  - Tangerine  -   Boots Randolph  -   
 09  - Alice Blue Gown  -   Glenn Miller  -   
 10  - Bye Bye Blues  -   Russ Morgan  -   
 11  - I'll Be Around  -   Acker Bilk  -   
 12  - I Get A Kick Our Of You  -   Tommy Dorsey  -   

 Andre Kostelanetz 
MUSICAL REFLECTIONS OF 
BROADWAY & HOLLYWOOD
 
 01  - Where Did The Good Times Go  -     
 02  - Charleston  -     
 03  - Little Prince  -     
 04  - Loving You  -     
 05  - No Goodbyes  -     
 06  - Gigi  -     
 07  - What'll I Do  -     
 08  - Medley -Solace & The Entertainer  -     
 09  - Small World  -     
 10  - Good News  -  

 Johnny Mann Singers 
Golden Folk Song Hits Vol. 3
 
 01  - Alabam  -     
 02  - Don't Think Twice, It's All Right  -     
 03  - Green, Green   -     
 04  - There's A Meetin' Here Tonight  -     
 05  - Blowin' In The Wind  -     
 06  - Freight Train  -     
 07  - Kisses Sweeter than Wine  -     
 08  - Midnight Special  -     
 09  - Stranger in Your Town  -     
 10  - Saturday Night  -     
 11  - Abilene  -     
 12  - Rovin' Gambler  -   

 Enoch Light & The Light Brigade 
Provocative Percussion Volume 2

1960

 1  - Hernando's Hideaway  -     
 2  - Speak To Me Of Love  -     
 3  - Matilda  -     
 4  - Good Night Sweetheart  -     
 5  - What Is This Thing Called Love  -     
 6  - The Lady Is A Tramp  -     
 7  - Speak Low  -     
 8  - I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues  -     
 9  - Mack The Knife  -     
 10  - Temptation  -     
 11  - The Natives Are Restless Tonight  -     
 12  - Foggy Day  -     

 Various Artists
 The Sound Spectrum
 
 01  - Get Carter  -   Roy Budd  -   
 02  - Love Is A Four Letter Word  -   Roy Budd  -   
 03  - Getting Nowhere  -   Roy Budd  -   
 04  - Plaything  -   Roy Budd  -   
 05  - Grow Your Own  -   The John Schroeder Orchestra  -   
 06  - A Touch Of Velvet  -   The City Of Westminster String Band  -   
 07  - Stiletto  -   Chico Rey And The Jet Band  -   
 08  - Heavy Water  -   Ray Davies & The Button Down Brass  -   
 09  - Hurry To Me  -   Roy Budd  -   
 10  - Speakin' Of Spoken  -   The Lovin' Spoonful  -   
 11  - Super Shine No.9  -   Sister Goose And The Ducklings  -   
 12  - Headband  -   John Schroeder  -   
 13  - The Loner  -   Milton Hunter Orchestra  -   
 14  - Busy Boy  -   Ted Dicks  -   
 15  - Birds  -   Tony Hatch Orchestra  -   
 16  - Mach 1  -   Ray Davies & The Button Down Brass  -   
 17  - Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)  -   The Cecil Holmes Soulful Sounds  -   
 18  - Pegasus  -   Mike Vickers  -   
 19  - Hot Wheels (The Chase)  -   Badder Than Evil  -   
 20  - Split Level  -   The City Of Westminster String Band  -   
 

MARTIN DENNY
HYPNOTIQUE
1959
 
 
Hypnotique by pianist and composer Martin Denny (1911–2005) is a vivacious eleven-track album of Far Eastern and Japanized aural gems. Released in 1959 on Liberty Records, it is a dream come true for Exotica fans who prefer pentatonic sequences and glistening sparks in their otherwise birdcall-accentuated Jazz works. Martin Denny has always been keen on delivering a great wealth of instruments whose textures were, at least on some of his unique songs or renditions, admittedly more important than the euphony of the melodious structures.
 
 
 
On Hypnotique, Denny tries something different and potentially audacious: not only is his quartet accompanied by a choir called the Jack Halloran Singers on a few songs, there are many string players on board as well, and while their number is not as huge as the amount of instrumentalists involved in David L. Miller's 101 Strings orchestra, they bolster and enlarge the soundscape noticeably, and decidedly so. Some listeners might see this as a kind of desperate move: after dozens of albums in the 50's, Denny and his fellow musicians – Julius Wechter on the mallet instruments, August "Augie" Colón as the dedicated percussionist and animal imitator as well as bassist Harvey Ragsdale – seemingly decide to wind up their enchanting thicket with even more vocals, chants and strings, among them many Japanese instruments such as the koto and shamisen, just so they can fight the impression of a repetitive formula. This perception is definitely correct, but the reasons are not worrisome at all. Denny simply tries to rev up the scope of production, and I would not even dare to state that the singers or strings are the sole reason for this album's huge success concept-wise; the truth of the matter is found in the coherence, the residency in Asian climes, the enthralling polyphony and stunning melodies.
 
 
 
Three tracks are created by Martin Denny, with the remaining eight building a gallimaufry of Western compositions which are then spiced with Asian ingredients. If you love the Asian songs that are found on almost each and every one of Denny's albums – Buddhist Bells and M'Bira off Primitiva (1958) come to mind –, you won't simply fall in love with Hypnotique… you'll feel the urge to be it.
 
 
 
The hypnotic session starts with what I perceive as one of Martin Denny's very best Exotica tracks ever created. Co-written with longterm collaborator Hal Johnson, Jungle Madness is coated in an enormously claustrophobic-weird aura that merges tropical exoticism with spacey tone sequences. Kicking off with Augie Colón's birdcalls and frog imitations, followed by Julius Wechter portentous vibraphone glints and the highly mysterious seven-note scheme by the Jack Halloran Singers, Jungle Madness may be much more downbeat than its vivifying title suggests, but bursts at the seams when it comes to shadiness and that certain Space-Age tonality. Despite the short sunburst in the middle of the song that is loaded with sun-dried xylophones and more jocular vibes, the eeriness continues in tandem with the bongo beat and sweeping maracas. This very eeriness, however, is a delightful one. As I tend to repeat every so often, this tune has to be heard to be believed, the singers give much depth and weight to a stellar synergy of a jungle setting with Lounge-alluding tones. An absolute highlight!
 
 
 
While Billy Hill's and Peter De Rose's On A Little Street In Singapore is a contrastive hyper-mellow Far Eastern phantasmagoria come true with galloping drums, a mesmerizing moiré of Asian strings, shimmering strings with a few admixed koto twangs as well as downwards spiraling vibraphone cascades in adjacency to Martin Denny's wind chime-accentuated piano play, Les Baxter's Voodoo Dreams is stripped off its string-heavy bones and tribalized by the means of male savage chants and divine female vocals as well as an eminently punchy high-plasticity conga-maraca underbrush. And this is already the whole trick. It is a percussion song par excellence, the only melodies being unleashed by the mélange of vocals.
 
 
 
The first string of tracks has been magnanimous, and Martin Denny's band makes sure to continue this successful path. Robert Hood Bowers's Chinese Lullaby draws from huge doses of Asian pentatonicism with effervescent xylophone tones, wind chimes, Chinese gongs and many enormously dreamy sections with John Mechigashari on the shakuhashi flute and Barbara Smith on the koto. The oscillation between sun-dappled vistas and crepuscular caverns of contemplation is usually problematic, but works very well here. In fact, I would go so far as to state that the placid phases are early instances of pre-New Age music, with the uplifting phases clearly rooted in Exotica lands.
 
 
 
Up next is the title-lending Hypnotique, a song Martin Denny co-wrote with Mack David. Supercharged with unsuspectedly threnodic-melodramatic strings covered in a dusky hue, it is only the aqueous drum droplets plus the xylophones that inject traces of jocular behavior. Even the scintillating glockenspiels cannot diminish the perceived heaviness or gravity of this tune. Hypnotique is a good one after all, but if I did not know it already, I would never believe this to be a track written and played by Martin Denny and his men. Side A is closed with William Christopher Handy's St. Louis Blues, a tune which foreshadows Tak Shindo's Far East Goes Western (1962) in which he tries to mediate between the Occidental, purely Western-based and the Oriental styles. My comparison might be forced but poignant, I hope. Denny's interpretation is great due to the prominent shakuhachi flute, the Honky Tonk atmosphere of the piano and the archetypically Eastern xylophone sprinkles. Add Chinese gongs and Harvey Ragsdale's droning double bass runlets, and you get yourself a hit.
 
 
 
Side B connects without any problem to the quality level. Denny's interpretation of We Kiss In A Shadow by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. has two signature ingredients that elevate its auroral structures: firstly the wonky-hollow marimbula played by Harvey Ragsdale, and secondly the members of the Jack Halloran Singers whose performance – divided into an all-female and an all-male choir –seems to be curiously de trop, but in a good way! It is as if Martin Denny distilled their chintzy-saccharine lyrics off another record and wove them into the coruscating chime-charged glitter world. George Gershwin's classic Summertime experiences the Asian treatment as well. Brazilian guiros are merged with the moist glissando of Denny's piano and Julius Wechter's superb vibe dreaminess. Augie Colón reprises his role as the birdcaller. The best thing about this version is the gorgeous interplay of mystical scents and genuinely warm-hearted airflows of thermal heat. Summertime has been cited and arranged so many times, even in Space-Age, Lounge and Exotica settings, but Denny's version has that second layer of birdcalls and sea shell percussion which may destract from Gershwin's eternal melody, but I worship this take nonetheless.
 
 
 
Les Baxter's Scimitar then merges a Spanish pride and prowess via its strings akin to Isaac Albéniz's Granada with shedloads of glockenspiels, vibes and xylophones, making this an almost exclusively mallet instrument-and string-based minimal take, whereas Martin Denny's own American In Bali is a rather complex tune, with Harvey Ragsdale reprising his role on the translucent marimbula while featuring a clear cut Manhattan-style Jazz rhythm which of course embodies the role as the American in this tune. Despite Denny weaving in a few tones of Yankee Doodle Dandy, this tune glows and gleams thanks to the crystalline sparks and bright sprinkles, with the outro, Raymond Egan's and Richard Whiting's Japanese Sandman, being a magnificently enchanting restructuring complete with rose-tinted Hollywood strings, harp licks and pointillized vibraphone aortas. Just crossing the mark of 100 seconds by a hair's breadth, Japanese Sandman is a wonderful closer bathing in string washes sans any comic relief.
 
 
 
Thank the tiki gods that Hypnotique is released in 1959, at both Martin Denny's creative peak and at the height of the Exotica craze. Imagine what would have happened if it was released in the 60's when the impact of Exotica slowly declined. Everyone would have thought that Martin Denny's quartet wants to camouflage the waning success with choirs and strings. Thankfully, Hypnotique is clearly released in the late 50's, but merges two distinct decades in an almost prophetic fashion: the typical Denny sound, i.e. that of a quartet with the occasional birdcalls, a huge variety of instruments and a clear nod towards the structures of Jazz on the one hand, and a more symphonic approach with Space-Age hues and Asian colors on the other. The very reason of any music-related quartet is to rely on each band member's skills and simply create a great record via these synergies. If, for any reason, several additional people are all of a sudden on board, the potential in terms of a stale aftertaste grows. But not here, not on Hypnotique.
 
 
 
Every single tune is a glorious hit, the mixture of Japanese and Japanized material creates the eponymous hypnotic fluxion, but nowhere does this estranging feeling swallow the listener more formidably than on the opener Jungle Madness, a downright epic Exotica piece where even the birdcalls are just optional ornaments and by no means essential for the grandiloquence, the at times uneasily enigmatic protuberances and the atmosphere. It sweeps over the listener like a mirage. The Jack Halloran Singers are a great addition to the album, not the slightest bit gimmicky or out of place, hence elevating each song they appear on. The performance quality ranges from astutely savage to sweet and syrupy, but once the singers are a tad too clichéd as on We Kiss In A Shadow, Martin Denny and his quartet already impose a course correction and let the lyrics submerge into glamorous-glitzy isles of enchantment. Is Hypnotique the best album by Martin Denny? Well, it at least provides the greatest string of top-notch Far Eastern material, and while Asian songs are always scattered in each of his albums, here we have eight to nine of them, depending on one's definition or expectations in terms of that very timbre. Hypnotique is available on LP, CD and a digital download version, and I ask everyone who is just distantly interested in Asian influences and Exotica to check it out as soon as possible. It is a tremendously captivating opus.
 
 
Exotica Review 237: Martin Denny – Hypnotique (1959). Originally published on Jul. 13, 2013 at AmbientExotica.com.
 
 01  - Jungle Madness  -     
 02  - On A Little Street in Singapore  -     
 03  - Voodoo Dreams  -     
 04  - Chinese Lullaby  -     
 05  - Hypnotique  -     
 06  - St. Louis Blues  -     
 07  - We Kiss In A Shadow  -     
 08  - Summertime  -     
 09  - Scimitar  -     
 10  - American in Bali  -     
 11  - Japanese Sandman  -  
 

 Pete Coulman Band  
Remembering the Big Bands
 
 01  - In the Mood  -     
 02  - Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree  -     
 03  - Moonlight Serenade  -     
 04  - Jumpin' at the Woodside  -     
 05  - Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White  -     
 06  - Sun Valley Jump  -     
 07  - Opus One  -     
 08  - Swingtime in the Rockies   -     
 09  - String of Pearls  -     
 10  - Sing, Sing, Sing  -     
 11  - Caravan  -     
 12  - One O'Clock Jump  -     
 13  - I'll Never Smile Again  -     
 14  - Jersey Bounce  -   

 Red Bank Jazz Orchestra & Joe Muccioli  
Strike Up The Band
 
 01  - Strike Up the Band  -     
 02  - Suche Sweet Thunder  -     
 03  - The Mooche  -     
 04  - After You've Gone feat. Champion Fulton  -     
 05  - Moanin'  -     
 06  - Baby Won't You Please Come Home  -     
 07  - Smile feat. Bruce Williams  -     
 08  - I Believe You feat. Tony DeSare  -     
 09  - The Kid from Red Bank feat. Steve Ashe  -     
 10  - Us  -     
 11  - I'll Never Smile Again feat. Wayne Goodman  -     
 12  - Come Fly with Me feat Joe Piscopo  -    

  Ray Sherman 
Piano Chicago Style
 
 01  - You Turne The Tables On Me   -     
 02  - My Romance   -     
 03  - Just In Time  -     
 04  - You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To  -     
 05  - Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup  -     
 06  - It All Depends On You  -     
 07  - Gone With The Wind  -     
 08  - Dawe's Melody  -     
 09  - When It's Sleepy Time Down South  -     
 10  - Stealin' Apples  -     
 11  - Sweet Lorraine  -     
 12  - Too Close For Comfort  -     
 13  - Makin' Whoopee  -     
 14  - Henderson Stomp  -     
 15  - I'm Through With Love  -     
 16  - Chicago  -     

The LoungeLegends
Best of Eurovision Songcontest
 
Hugo Montenegro  - 01 -  Volare  
Joe Loss & His Orchestra  - 02 -  Congratulations   
Augusto Alguero  - 03 -  La, La, La  
Paul Mauriat  - 04 -  All kinds of everything  
Ray Davies & The Buttown Down Brass  - 05 -  Love Is Blue  
Günter Noris  - 06 -  Merci Cherie  
Keith Mansfield  - 07 -  Puppet on a String  
Gordon Langford Orchestra  - 08 -  Beg, Steal or Borrow   
Paul Mauriat  - 09 -  Un Jour Un Enfant  
Bert Kaempfert  - 10 -  Eres Tu  
Franck Pourcel  - 11 -  Apres Toi  
Max Greger  - 12 -  Un, Deux, Trois  
Frank Valdor  - 13 -  Ding A Dong  
Paul Mauriat  - 14 -  Tu te reconnaitras  
Keith Mansfield  - 15 -  Boom Bang-a-Bang  
Franck Pourcel  - 16 -  Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue  
Botticelli and his Orchestra  - 17 -  Save Your Kisses For Me  
Max Greger  - 18 -  Waterloo  
Günter Noris  - 19 -  Rock Bottom  
Caravelli  - 20 -  L'Oiseau et LÉnfant  
Hugo Strasser  - 21 -  Theater  
Bob Lanese  - 22 -  What's Another Year  
Horst Jankowski  - 23 -  Halleluja  
Paul Mauriat  - 24 -  Si la vie est un cadeau  
Henry Arland - 25 - Ein bisschen Frieden
 
The best of the 
Eurovision Song Festival
34 instrumental gems
96:01 - 320 Kb/sec
tracklisting:
 
1. Franck Pourcel - Congratulations / 02:36 (United Kingdom, 1968)
2. Andre Kostelanetz - Love is blue (L'amour est bleu) / 02:30 (Luxembourg, 1967)
3. Béla Sanders - Beg steal or borrow / 02:11 (United Kingdom, 1972)
4. Acker Bilk - Eres tu / 03:12 (Spain, 1973)
5. Cliff Carpenter - Diggi Loo, Diggi Ley / 03:04 (Sweden, 1984)
6. Caravelli - Dansevise / 02:53 (Denmark, 1963)
7. Bob Lanese - What's another year / 02:52 (Ireland, 1980)
8. Alfred Hause - Non ho l'eta / 02:48 (Italy, 1964)
9. Roy Etzel - Un, deux, trois / 02:38 (France, 1976)
10. Anthony Ventura - Merci chérie / 03:03 (Austria, 1966)
11. Franck Pourcel - Tom Pillibi / 02:55 (France, 1960)
12. Günter Noris - Rock bottom / 02:52 (United Kingdom, 1977)
13. Caravelli - A-Ba-Ni-Bi / 03:02 (Israel, 1978)
14. Paul Mauriat - L'oiseau et l'enfant / 02:46 (France, 1977)
15. Raymond Lefevre - Ding a dong / 02:18 (Netherlands, 1975)
16. Cliff Carpenter - Dschinghis Khan / 03:02 (Germany, 1979)
17. Hugo Strasser - Theater / 03:03 (Germany, 1980)
18. Max Greger - Power to all our friends / 01:44 (United Kingdom, 1973)
19. Franck Pourcel - Poupée de cire, poupée de son / 02:14 (France, 1965)
20. Mantovani - Puppet on a string / 01:55 (United Kingdom, 1967)
21. Helmut Zacharias - Un banc, un arbre, une rue / 03:25 (Monaco, 1971)
22. Hugo Wintherhalter - Volare / 01:59 (Italy, 1958)
23. Cliff Carpenter - Johnny Blue / 03:00 (Germany, 1981)
24. Paul Mauriat - Un jour, un enfant / 02:42 (France, 1969)
25. Ronnie Aldrich - Save your kisses for me / 03:10 (United Kingdom, 1976)
26. Raymond Lefèvre - Après toi / 03:31 (Luxembourg, 1972)
27. Roy Etzel - Waterloo / 02:33 (Sweden, 1974)
28. Cliff Carpenter - Ein bisschen Frieden / 03:01 (Germany, 1982)
29. Secret Garden - Nocturne / 03:09 (Norway, 1995)
30. Norman Candler - Tu te reconnaîtras / 02:40 (Luxembourg, 1975)
31. Ray Hamilton - Making your mind up / 02:58 (United Kingdom, 1981)
32. Strato-Vani - Jack in the box  / 03:03 (United Kingdom, 1971)
33. Ken Turner - Hallelujah / 02:40 (Israel, 1979)
34. Caravelli - La La La / 02:54 (Spain, 1968)
 
compiled & restored by Joey Starr
ANDY WILLIAMS
An instrumental tribute
 
tracklisting:
 
1. Columbia Orchestra - Music to watch girls by / 02:14
2. Joe Loss - Can't take my eyes off of you / 02:49
3. Floyd Cramer - Canadian sunset / 02:25
4. Caravelli - Can't get used to losing you / 02:48
5. Nelson Riddle - In the arms of love / 02:16
6. Percy Faith - Born free / 02:18
7. Franck Pourcel - Speak softly love 
(Love theme from "The Godfather") / 02:43
8. Les Reed - Quiet nights of quiet stars (Corcovado) / 03:07
9. James Last - Happy heart / 03:05
10. Alan Tew - Home lovin' man / 03:31
11. Ronnie Aldrich - I think I love you / 02:20
12. David Whitaker - The look of love / 02:37
13. Ray Conniff - Moon river / 02:39
14. Bert Kaempfert - Almost there / 02:57
15. André Kostelanetz - The impossible dream / 03:04
16. Billy Vaughn - Hawaiian wedding song / 02:37
17. Ted Heath - Never on Sunday / 02:49
18. The Norrie Paramor Orchestra - What now my love / 03:03
19. The strings of Paris - Where do I begin Theme from "Love Story" / 03:29
20. Dieter Reith & SWR Big Band - Charade / 02:26
21. Roberto Delgado - Exodus / 03:08
22. Frank Valdor - Danny Boy / 02:13
23. Victor Silvester - Tonight / 02:34
24. Peter Nero - Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet (A time for us)  / 02:56
25. Felix Slatkin - Love is a many splendored thing / 01:55
26. Frank Chacksfield - Three coins in the fountain / 03:41
27. Billy Vaughn - Solitaire / 03:46
28. FJH Symphonic Band - It's the most wonderful time of the year / 01:57
 
compiled and restored by Joey Starr
 
 
 

Onderwerp: WEEK 20 - 2017

Datum: 05-07-2017

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week20-2017

Thanks for this week!

Datum: 21-05-2017

Door: Osvaldo

Onderwerp: Week 21

Dear friend, how are you? What happened about the posts this week? We are anxious to coming soon. Greetings. Max

Datum: 20-05-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 21

I am sincerely hopeful that our friend and music provider has not fallen ill this week... we are all anxiously awaiting our music fix...
Ed from a very hot Tennessee

Datum: 15-05-2017

Door: Edilson dos Santos

Onderwerp: Jo Ment

Sorry, album Jo Ment without link, thanks.

Datum: 15-05-2017

Door: Harry van der Veen

Onderwerp: Re:Jo Ment

My apologies.....link restored now

Datum: 14-05-2017

Door: Darko

Onderwerp: week 20

Thank's to Harry and all LL team for the choice of instrumentals in the 20. week. The choice of music in arhive is great. I think that songs from past years on Eurovision festival where much better than last years. So it is good to remind this old songs. Thank's for compilations of Mr. Joey.

Darko

Datum: 14-05-2017

Door: Mike G

Onderwerp: Week 20

Thanks as always Harry and Team. I appreciate a second volume of Enoch Light's Provocative Percussion, and the Martin Denny recording. Although I see that the Jo Ment link is missing ... perhaps an oversight.

Datum: 13-05-2017

Door: Greg Wagner

Onderwerp: Week 20

Thank you for the Guitars Unlimited.

Datum: 13-05-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 20

Harry, where is the link to paypal??

Datum: 13-05-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 20

I have nothing but admiration for the work put into this music website. I think about all the joyful hours I've had listening to music from Harry's LoungeLegends, and can never repay him for all the joy he has brought me over the years.
It was a happy day when I inadvertently 'discovered' this website
Many many thanks to Harry and his efforts., also all of his contributors..
A special thanks to CAPPY for the Curt Shoemaker album. I know there must have been thousands of albums with relatively unknown artists performing fine works of traditional music, but hard to find.., still, they must be out there somewhere.
Ed, from a pleasant Tennessee

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