WEEK 22 - 2017

DEAR FRIENDS !!
I want to thank those who supported me with their heart-warming reactions after last week's computer hack.
It makes it very clear that the LoungeLegends site is still appreciated by most of you.
Luckily for me, my son in law has restored 90% of the files.
So....LoungeLegends is up and running....(again)
Enjoy this week's music
Harry

Various Artists 
LL BEST OF MAY 2017
 
 01 -  Bashtiki-Boom  - Ron Goodwin & His Orchestra  - 
 02 -  A Happy Day  - Ray Conniff  - 
 03 -  Misirlou (Theme From Pulp Fiction)  - 2 Cellos   - 
 04 -  Ironside  - Alan Tew  -
 05 -  Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me  - Brian Withycombe  - 
 06 -  Hit The Open Road  - Bert Kaempfert  - 
 07 -  Love Grows  - Big Ben Hawaiian Band  -   
 08 -  Apache  - Curt Shoemaker  - 
 09 -  Yeyo  - Esquivel  - 
 10 -  Mandy  - Ferrante & Teicher  - 
 11 -  O Barquinho (Little Boat)  - Guitars Unlimited  - 
 12 -  Ein Senor und eine schöne Senorita  - Günter Noris  - 
 13 -  Kiss Of Fire  - Ray Conniff  - 
 14 -  That Night (''The Fox'')  - Hugo Winterhalter  - 
 15 -  The Homecoming  - James Galway  - 
 16 -  Wednesday's Child {From the Quiller Memorandum}  - John Barry  - 
 17 -  People  - Johnny Mann  - 
 18 -  You're So Vain  - Les Reed  - 
 19 -  In A Sentimental Mood  - Marty Gold and His Orchestra  - 
 20 -  Star (Earth,Wind & Fire)  - Maynard Ferguson  - 
 21 -  Conquistador  - Percy Faith  - 
 22 -  What`s Going On?  - Quincy Jones feat. Tots Thielemans  - 
 23 -  Tzena Tzena  - Roberto Delgado  -  
 24 -  Is it Love  - Syd Dale and his Orchestra  - 
 25 -  Split Level  - The City Of Westminster String Band  - 
 26 -  Baker Street  - The David Firman Orchestra  - 
 27 -  It's Too Late  - The Hollyridge Strings  - 
 28 -  Gimme Dat Ding  - The Longines Symphonette  - 
 29 -  My Life  - The Nelson Riddle Orchestra  - 
 30 -  Fight Song / Amazing Grace  - The Piano Guys  - 

Yesterday Once More
Volume 3
79:55 - 320 Kb/sec
 
tracklisting:
 
1. Hugo Strasser - Yesterday man / 01:38
2. Lex De Azevedo - Take good care of my baby / 02:36
3. Captain Cook - Blame it on the Bossa Nova / 02:34
4. Franck Chacksfield - You're my world / 02:48
5. Caravelli - Shame and scandal / 02:32
6. David McCallum - We've gotta get out of this place / 02:11
7. Soul Affair - My chérie amour / 04:47
8. James Last - Heart of gold / 02:57
9. Floyd Cramer - What'd I say / 02:50
10. Paul Mauriat - All kinds of everything / 02:15
11. Frank Valdor - Help yourself / 02:36
12. Anthony Ventura - A whiter shade of pale / 04:08
13. Roberto Delgado - Sugar sugar / 02:05
14. Botticelli - Yesterday once more / 03:43
15. Kai Warner - The legend of Xanadu / 02:01
16. Billy Strange - Like a rolling stone / 02:49
17. Ventures - Limbo rock / 01:51
18. Jean-Michel Defaye - Et maintenant / 02:30
19. Max Greger - I feel fine / 01:45
20. Las Vegas International Philharmonic - You don't have to say / 02:56
21. Alan Tew - Words / 02:31
22. Sounds Orchestral - (If paradise is) Half as nice / 03:04
23. André Popp - Tonight / 03:02
24. Eric Winstone Orchestra- He'll have to go / 02:27
25. David Rose - Downtown / 02:10
26. Andrew Oldham Orchestra - Blowin' in the wind / 02:01
27. Ray Davies - Fame / 03:14
28. Billy Vaughn - In the chapel In the moonlight / 02:23
29. Xavier Cugat -  Come Prima / 02:34
30. Bud Shank - The end of the world / 02:42
 

Trumpet A GoGo 2
 
 01 -  Happy Music  - James Last  - 
 02 -  Begin The Beguine  - James Last  - 
 03 -  Skokiaan  - James Last  - 
 04 -  La Golondrina  - James Last  - 
 05 -  Donkey Serenade  - James Last  - 
 06 -  Guantanamera  - James Last  - 
 07 -  Havah Nagilah  - James Last  - 
 08 -  Caravan  - James Last  - 
 09 -  Carmen 68  - James Last  - 
 10 -  La Mer  - James Last  - 
 11 -  Un Poco Rio  - James Last  - 
 12 -  Always  - James Last  - 
 13 -  Time After Time  - James Last  - 
 14 -  Down By The Riverside  - James Last  - 
 

Bert Kaempfert 
Love Letters * 1965
 
 1 -  Moon Over Naples (Spanish Eyes)  - 
 2 -  Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella  - 
 3 -  The Moon Is Making Eyes  - 
 4 -  Take My Heart Away  - 
 5 -  A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square  - 
 6 -  Rainbow Melody  - 
 7 -  You You You  - 
 8 -  Notrhing´s New  - 
 9 -  If I Give My Heart To You  - 
 10 -  Rose Of Washington Square  - 
 11 -  Let´s Go Home  - 
 12 -  The White Cliffs Of Dover  - 

Promenadenorchester Alfred Hause 
Klassische Traummelodien vol II
 
 1 -  Georges Bizet / Carmen - Habanera  - 
 2 -  Tarrega / Recuerdos de la Alhambra  - 
 3 -  Ricci Ferra / Espana  - 
 4 -  Tommy Children / Children's Dream  - 
 5 -  Johannes Brahms / Ungarischer Tanz Nr.4  - 
 6 -  Wolfagang Amadeus Mozart / Türkischer Marsch  - 
 7 -  Peter Tschaikowsky / Chanson Triste op.40 Nr.2  - 
 8 -  Alfred Hause/Ricci Ferra / Serenata Espanola  - 
 9 -  Wolfagang Amadeus Mozart / Klavierkonzert Nr.21 - Andante 'Elvira Madigan'  - 
 10 -  Ricci Ferra / Romeao et Natalie  - 
 11 -  Massenet / Thais - Meditation  - 
 12 -  Ludwig van Beethoven / Sonate Nr.8 - Adagio  - 
 13 -  Ricci Ferra / Champagne After Midnight  - 
 14 -  Alexander Borodin / Fürst Igor - Polowetzer Tänze Nr.17  - 
 15 -  Ricci Ferra / In A Spanish Market  - 
 16 -  Rodrigo / Aranjuez 'Mon Amour' 

Boston Pops, Arthur Fiedler 
Fiddle-Faddle
 
 01 -  Fiddle-Faddle  - 
 02 -  Blue Tango  - 
 03 -  Sleigh Ride  - 
 04 -  The Waltzing Cat  - 
 05 -  Jazz Pizzicato - Jazz Legato  - 
 06 -  Saraband  - 
 07 -  The Syncopated Clock  - 
 08 -  Classical Juke Box  - 
 09 -  Plink, Plank, Plunk!  - 
 10 -  Belle of The Ball  - 
 11 -  Serenata  - 
 12 -  Chicken Reel  -

Roberto Delgado 
Along Mexican Highways vol.II * 1965
 
 1 -  Mexicana  - 
 2 -  El Rancho Grande  - 
 3 -  Contigo en la Distianca  - 
 4 -  Las Alazanas  - 
 5 -  El Colas  - 
 6 -  El Solado de Levita  - 
 7 -  Adios Mariquita Linda  - 
 8 -  Las Mananitas  - 
 9 -  El Palomo  - 
 10 -  La Sangudunga  - 
 11 -  Cancion Mixteca  - 
 12 -  Guadalajara  - 
 13 -  Negra Consentida  - 
 14 -  Adios, Mi Chaparita  - 

  

Kai Warner 
Golden Dance Melodies
 
 01 -  So in love  - 
 02 -  Matador  - 
 03 -  Can't buy me love  - 
 04 -  Mull of kintyre  - 
 05 -  The last waltz  - 
 06 -  Melody in A  - 
 07 -  Tango Rondeel  - 
 08 -  Tango Dorita  - 
 09 -  My Prayer  - 
 10 -  Dream  - 
 11 -  Zwei Herzen Im 3.4 Takt  - 
 12 -  Funky Town  - 
 13 -  Hot Stuff  - 
 14 -  Andalucia  - 
 15 -  Heart Of Glass  - 
 16 -  Baker Street  - 
 17 -  Stumblin' In  - 
 18 -  Song For Guy  - 
 19 -  Barbella  - 
 20 -  Crasy Little Thing Called Love  - 
 21 -  Knock On Wood  - 

 Orchester Bert Landers 
Schlager Runde folge 4
 
 01  - Beiß nicht gleich in jeden Apfel  -     
 02  - Ganz in Weiß  -     
 03  - Der neue Tag beginnt  -     
 04  - Silver Dollars  -     
 05  - Schenk mir dein Vertrauen  -     
 06  - Eine kleine Träne  -     
 07  - Sieben Träne  -     
 08  - Wenn du gehn willst  -     
 09  - 100 Mann und ein Befehl  -     
 10  - Wenn das geschiet  -     
 11  - Müssen Frauen einsam sein  -     
 12  - Einmal gibts ein Wiederseh'n  -     
 13  - Heut'hab ich mein Herz verloren  -     
 14  - Marmor Stein und Eisen bricht  -     
 15  - Merci Cherie  -     
 16  - Love and Kisses  -     
 17  - Bis Morgen  -     
 18  - Und dann  -     
 19  - These Boots Are Made for Walking  -     
 20  - Es ist zum Weinen  -     
 21  - Irgendjemand liebt auch dich  -     
 22  - Morgen ist der schönste Tag  -     
 23  - Weißes Tuch im blauen Jacket  -     
 24  - Ich sende dir Rosen  -     
 25  - Er ist wieder da  -     
 26  - Abschied vom Meer  -     
 27  - Anja Anja  -     
 28  - Dreamboat  -     

Claude Ciari 
Nostalgy
 
 01 -  Che Sara ♥♫  - 
 02 -  Marylou   - 
 03 -  Poderoso Senor  - 
 04 -  Quand Le Vent d'Automne  - 
 05 -  Siver Threads And Golden Needles  - 
 06 -  Sirinata Ajaccina  - 
 07 -  Old Paint  - 
 08 -  Solitare  - 
 09 -  Sweet Dixie  - 
 10 -  The Lonesome Road  - 
 11 -  Soft Guitare  - 
 12 -  Toujours Un Coin Me Rappelle  - 
 13 -  Melody Fair  - 
 14 -  Troubadour  - 
 15 -  Midnight Special  - 
 16 -  The Tiger And The Snake  - 

Various 
TV Sound And Image 
British Television, Film And Library Composers 1956 - 80
 01 -  Condition Red  - Barry Stoller  - 
 02 -  Light Flight  - Pentangle  - 
 03 -  Three Days Of The Condor  - Geoff Love & His Orchestra  - 
 04 -  Man Alive  - The Tony Hatch Sound  - 
 05 -  Tomorrow´s World  - Richard Denton And Martin Cook  - 
 06 -  At The Sign Of The Swingin` Cymbal  - Brian Fahey And His Orchestra  - 
 07 -  The Contract Man  - Bullet (7)  - 
 08 -  Man Friday  - Syd Dale  - 
 09 -  Echo Four-Two  - The Laurie Johnson Orchestra  - 
 10 -  Hard Hitter  - Keith Papworth  - 
 11 -  The Persuaders  - John Barry  - 
 12 -  Getting Nowhere In A Hurry  - Roy Budd  - 
 13 -  Dawn To Dusk  - The Simon Park Orchestra  - 
 14 -  Fiesta Numero Uno  - The Marylebone Orchestra  - 
 15 -  Sort Of Soul  - Birds 'N Brass  - 
 16 -  The Avengers  - Johnny Gregory And His Orchestra*  - 
 17 -  Fragment Of Fear  - Johnny Harris  - 
 18 -  Get Carter  - Roy Budd  - 
 19 -  Guide Path  - Neil Richardson  - 
 01 -  Canvas  - Brian Bennett  - 
 02 -  Death Line  - Will Malone  - 
 03 -  Huckleberry Fine  - Syd Dale  - 
 04 -  Spiral  - The Harry Roche Constellation  - 
 05 -  Jungle Fire Dance  - The Ivor And Basil Kirchin Band  - 
 06 -  The New Avengers Theme  - The Laurie Johnson Orchestra  - 
 07 -  Folk Song  - James Clarke  - 
 08 -  Strike Rich  - The Reg Tilsley Orchestra  - 
 09 -  Joe 90  - The Barry Gray Orchestra  - 
 10 -  Soul Thing  - Keith Mansfield  - 
 11 -  Whole Lotta Love  - C.C.S.  - 
 12 -  Artful Dodger  - Syd Dale  - 
 13 -  Jaguar  - John Gregory And His Orchestra  - 
 14 -  Down Home  - Nick Ingman  - 
 15 -  Steam Heat  - Barbara Moore  - 
 16 -  Angels  - Alan Parker  - 
 17 -  Face Up  - Alan Moorhouse  - 
 

Red Skelton 
Red Skelton Conducts
 
 1 -  Summer Girl  - 
 2 -  As Time Goes By  - 
 3 -  Theme from A Summer Place  - 
 4 -  Lovely is the Look of You  - 
 5 -  Tenderly  - 
 6 -  I'll Be Seeing You  - 
 7 -  Autumn Leaves  - 
 8 -  Laugh! Clown! Laugh!  - 
 9 -  My True Love  - 
 10 -  Maria Elena  - 
 11 -  Don't Get Around Much Anymore  - 
 12 -  Smile  - 
 

Ray Conniff 
Theme From ''S.W.A.T''. And Other TV Themes
 
 01 -  Theme from ''Police Story''  - 
 02 -  Happy Days  - 
 03 -  The Young and the Restless  - 
 04 -  Baretta's Theme (Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow)  - 
 05 -  Welcome Back  - 
 06 -  Theme from ''S.W.A.T.''  - 
 07 -  Love Is All Around  - 
 08 -  Mystery Movie Theme  - 
 09 -  Theme from ''M*A*S*H'' (Suicide Is Painless)  - 
 10 -  Making Our Dreams Come True  - 

Percy Faith 
American Serenade * 1963
 
 1 -  Sunset  - 
 2 -  Stars Fell On Alabama  - 
 3 -  Tennessee Waltz  - 
 4 -  Home On The Range  - 
 5 -  Moonlight In Vermont  - 
 6 -  Californ-I-AY  - 
 7 -  Autumn In New York  - 
 8 -  Beautiful Ohio  - 
 9 -  Moon Over Miami  - 
 10 -  Carolina Moon  - 
 11 -  Shenandoah  - 
 12 -  Sweet Leilani  - 

Acoustic Sound Orchester & Choir 
German Favourites 1
 
 01 -  Guten Abend, Gut' Nacht  - 
 02 -  Ich Geh Mit Meiner Laterne  - 
 03 -  Kein Schöner Land In Dieser Zeit  - 
 04 -  Lustig Ist Das Zigeunerleben  - 
 05 -  In Einem Kühlen Grunde  - 
 06 -  Muss I Denn Zum Städtele Hinaus  - 
 07 -  Wenn Alle Blümlein Fliessen  - 
 08 -  Wohl Auf In Gottes Schöne Welt  - 
 09 -  Im Schönsten Wiesengrunde ♥♫  - 
 10 -  Hereh, Was Kommt Von Draussen Rein  - 
 11 -  Im Fruhlau Zu Berge  - 
 12 -  Wenn Alle Blümlein Fliessen  - 
 13 -  Nun Will Der Lenz Uns Grüssen  - 
 14 -  Wohl Ist Die Welt So Gross Und Weit  - 

Enoch Light 
Far Away Places, Volume 2 
(Command RS 850 SD US 1963)
 
 1 -  Istanbul  - 
 2 -  Isle Of Capri  - 
 3 -  Cielito Lindo  - 
 4 -  The Moon Of Manakoora  - 
 5 -  Bonnie Dundee - Loch Lomond - Comin' Thru The Rye - The Campbell's Are Coming - Scotland The Brave  - 
 6 -  Flying Down To Rio  - 
 7 -  By The River Sainte Marie  - 
 8 -  Ching Ching Ching Chow  - 
 9 -  Tales From The Vienna Woods  - 
 10 -  Colonel Bogey  - 
 11 -  The White Cliffs Of Dover  - 
 12 -  Under Paris Skies  - 

Frankie Carle 
April In Portugal and Other Piano Favorites
 
 01 -   April In Portugal  - 
 02 -   Fascinating Rhythm  - 
 03 -  Nola  - 
 04 -  American Patrol  - 
 05 -  The Carle Boogie  - 
 06 -  Nice Work If You Can Get It  - 
 07 -   Loch Lomond  - 
 08 -  From This Moment On  - 
 09 -   Dardanella  - 
 10 -  Maybe  - 
 

Various Orchestras 
Souvenirs From The 70's, disc 4
 
 1 -  Just the Way You Are  - John Fox  - 
 2 -  The Entertainer  - Mantovani  - 
 3 -  You're So Vain  - Les Reed  - 
 4 -  The Last Farewell  - Ronnie Aldrich  - 
 5 -  Music Box Dancer  - Manuel & The Music Of The Mountains  - 
 6 -  Sam  - John Fox  - 
 8 -  Eye-Level  - Mantovani  - 
 9 -  Until It's Time For You To Go  - John Fox  - 
 10 -  Daniel  - Geoff Love  - 
 11 -  Snowbird  - Ronnie Aldrich  - 
 11 -  You Needed Me  - Frank Chacksfield  - 
 13 -  Chanson D'Amour  - Les Reed  - 
 14 -  Clair  - John Fox  - 
 15 -  Sing  - Mantovani  - 
 16 -  Theme from Love Story  - Manuel & The Music Of The Moun  - 
 17 -  Top Of The World  - Ronnie Aldrich  - 
 18 -  Can You Read My Mind  - John Fox  - 
 19 -  I'm Stone In Love With You  - Frank Chacksfield  - 
 20 -  The Long And Winding Road  - Ronnie Aldrich  - 

Lawrence Welk 
CD4 - Reader's Digest Listening and Dancing
 
 01 -  My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean  - 
 02 -  Josephine  - 
 03 -  O Dear What The Matter Be  - 
 04 -  South  - 
 05 -  O Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone  - 
 06 -  The Bear Jumped Over The Mountain  - 
 07 -  Perfidia  - 
 08 -  Save The Last Dance For Me  - 
 09 -  Fiesta  - 
 10 -  Blue Tango  - 
 11 -  Blame It On The Bossa Nova  - 
 12 -  Marianne  - 

Andre Kostelanetz 
A Kostelanetz Festival
 
 1 -  Marche Solennelle - Tchaikovsky  - 
 2 -  Festivals (Fêtes) - Debussy  - 
 3 -  Can-Can - Offenbach  - 
 4 -  Waltz from ''Faust'' - Gounod  - 
 5 -  Johannesburg Festival Overture - Walton  - 
 6 -  Bacchanale (from Samson and Delilah) - Saint-Saëns  - 
 7 -  Belle of the Ball - Leroy Anderson  - 
 8 -  Polonaise Militaire, Op. 40, Nº 1 - Chopin  - 

Bronn Journey 
The Long and Winding Road
 
 1 -  All My Loving  - 
 2 -  Yesterday  - 
 3 -  Michelle  - 
 4 -  When I'm 64  - 
 5 -  And I Love Her  - 
 6 -  Because  - 
 7 -  Something  - 
 8 -  While My Guitar Gently Weeps  - 
 9 -  You've Got to Hide Your Love Away  - 
 10 -  Here, There and Everywhere  - 
 11 -  Ob-La-Di  - 
 12 -  Strawberry Fields Forever  - 
 13 -  Hey Jude  - 
 14 -  The Long and Winding Road  - 
 

The Laurie Johnson Orchestra 
Something's Coming *1967
 
 1 -  Something's Coming  - 
 2 -  I'm Beginning To See The Light  - 
 3 -  Bye-Bye Brown Eyes  - 
 4 -  There Comes A Time  - 
 5 -  Once In Love With Amy  - 
 6 -  Gigi  - 
 7 -  Funny Face  - 
 8 -  On A Clear Day You Can See Forever  - 
 9 -  Night Of My Nights  - 
 10 -  When Chiquita Says  - 
 11 -  Looking For A Girl  - 
 12 -  My Foolish Heart  - 

Morton Gould and His Orchestra 
Love Walked In * 1962
 
 01 -  Love Walked In  - 
 02 -  I'm In The Mood For Love  - 
 03 -  Let's Fall In Love  - 
 04 -  Tell Me That You Love Me  - 
 05 -  Speak To Me Of Love  - 
 06 -  Easy To Love  - 
 07 -  My Silent Love  - 
 08 -   I Love You  - 
 09 -  Why Do I Love You  - 
 10 -  I Love Thee  - 
 11 -  Almost Like Being In Love  - 
 12 -  I'm Sure Of Your Love  - 

Ray Charles Singers  
Something Special for Young Lovers * 1964
 
 13 -  Something Extra Special (bonus)  - 
 01 -  This Could Be the Start of Something  - 
 02 -  I Left My Heart in San Francisco  - 
 03 -  More  - 
 04 -  There, I've Said It Again  - 
 05 -  This is All I Ask  - 
 06 -  Dominique  - 
 07 -  Hello, Dolly  - 
 08 -  Quiet Nights  - 
 09 -  Love Me with All Your Heart  - 
 10 -  Charade  - 
 11 -  What Kind of Fool am I  - 
 12 -  Sweet Little Mountain Bird  - 

Mantovani 
A Night in Vienna
 
 1 -  Die Fledermaus Overture  - 
 2 -  The Merry Widow Waltz  - 
 3 -  Tritsh Tratsch Polka  - 
 4 -  Perpetuum Mobile  - 
 5 -  The Skater's Waltz  - 
 6 -  Light Cavalry Overture  - 
 7 -  Tales From The Vienna Woods  - 
 8 -  Eine Kleine Nachtmusik  - 
 9 -  Czardas  - 
 10 -  Radetsky March  -

THE READERS DIGEST COLLECTION
Soft and Soothing Moods Disc 1
 
 1 -  Moonlight Serenade  - The Romantic Strings  - 
 2 -  Moon River  - The Romantic Strings  - 
 3 -  Deep Purple  - The Romantic Strings  - 
 4 -  As Time Goes By  - The Romantic Strings  - 
 5 -  Sleepy Lagoon  - The Romantic Strings  - 
 6 -  Misty  - The Romantic Strings  - 
 7 -  I'll See You in My Dreams  - The Romantic Strings  - 
 8 -  Soft Lights and Sweet Music  - The Romantic Strings  - 
 9 -  Beautiful Dreamer  - The Romantic Strings  - 
 10 -  Shangri-La  - The Romantic Strings  - 
 11 -  Stardust  - The Romantic Voices  - 
 12 -  Serenade in Blue  - The Romantic Voices  - 
 13 -  Harbor Lights  - The Romantic Voices  - 
 14 -  Linger Awhile  - The Romantic Voices  - 
 15 -  September Song  - The Romantic Voices  - 
 16 -  Moon Over Miami  - The Romantic Voices  - 
 17 -  Stella By Starlight  - The Romantic Voices  - 
 18 -  Love's Old Sweet Song  - The Romantic Voices  - 
 19 -  Blue Moon  - The Romantic Voices  - 
 20 -  All Through the Night  - The Romantic Voices  - 

ARTHUR LYMAN
YELLOW BIRD 
1960
 
 
Percussion Spectacular! aka Yellow Bird by Arthur Lyman (1932–2002) turns out to be a threefold milestone for the talented vibraphonist and birdcaller and is considered the last of his truly creative Exotica concoctions, with the latter releases still being top-notch in their faux-Polynesian presentation and sound quality, but drawing from a formula that wore, unfortunately, all too thin in the Rock-heavy 60's. I am going to carve out the many reasons for the album's special status in greater detail below, for it turns out to be on the cusp of many counteropposite movements and decisions which are altogether glaringly neglected due to the impression that Percussion Spectacular! is simply another Easy Listening album. This is not the case. Many decisions were made that had an impact on the course of the vibraphonist's career, although things seem to be business as usual, and rightfully so if you consider the band setup: Alan Soares is still the pianist, second mallet instrument player and percussionist, John Kramer is the bassist and flutist, with Harold Chang backing the team with additional percussive devices and further marimbas.
 
Of course, today's Exotica fans should not necessarily care about Lyman's contemporary listeners who started to turn their backs in larger numbers when the exotic shtick slowly dec(r)eased, but the marketing- and music-related aspects of this particular LP are among the most fascinating of any work of this genre for three reasons: Arthur Lyman's album is firstly a prime example of hectically shifting changes and short-lived windows of opportunities. Released in 1960 as Percussion Spectacular! in order to face the ever-growing flood of vivid releases with the term Percussion – and exclamation marks – in their titles, the good people at Lyman's house label Hi-Fi Records thought to take a stand with this title. "Look here, the one and only Arthur Lyman can indeed present a percussive album that outshines the competition!" However, it then turned out that the public did not care so much for the prospect of great percussion, but the single Yellow Bird off that album. It catapulted Arthur Lyman to real stardom and was played on all popular radio stations across the United States. Hi-Fi Records reacted quickly and renamed the album to Yellow Bird in 1961, leaving the cool volcano-depicting artwork and stylish title font intact. Thus Percussion Spectacular! became better known as Yellow Bird. It is re-issued with that title to this day, and it was the task of the 1962 album The Colorful Percussions Of Arthur Lyman to reintroduce the particular idea of the percussion term.
 
The second reason for the times that were achangin' is rooted in the song material: for the first time, Lyman chose decidedly international compositions that were not exclusively based on Hawaiian, Japanese or Latin climes. These were then exotified with – you've guessed it – percussion prowess and very sparse birdcalls (namely on one song only). This LP is the reason why I am confirmed in my habit to place so many artifacts of the Space-Age, Easy Listening or eminent travelog subgenres in my Exotica Review Archive. Even vintage albums from – or about – Old Europe are at times exotic enough to feature them on this website, although they are no genuine examples of Exotica. The final reason for the importance of Percussion Spectacular! / Yellow Bird is the tendency to see it as the beginning of the end of Arthur Lyman's importance. He has achieved the greatest success with this album which he could never repeat again. He furthermore opened the roster to include compositions from various, wildly inconsistent sources. Whether this is a lackluster decision is up for debate. But first and finally, enter Percussion Spectacular! and its 12 tracks.
 
The traditional superhit Hava Nagila opens the LP, and right from the beginning, Lyman and his band fathom out the various interpretatory possibilities; sun-soaked marimbas evoke paradisiac islands, John Kramer's alto flute and the pristinely plinking percussion boost the Oriental aura, with the dusky impetus of the piano chords embedding the tune into its original Yiddish context. Once the main melody is played on the marimba and the vibraphone, the dichotomy between Occident and Polynesia grows even larger… way too large, unfortunately, to let the contradictory elements conflate into a cohesive piece. The following Yellow Bird by Alan Bergman, Michael Keith and Norman Luboff, however, is utterly dreamy and harks back to the mellow formula of Lyman's Hawaiian Sunset (1959). A mirage of acoustic guitar aortas, enchantingly reverberated vibraphone textures in tandem with accentuating marimbas and rhythmic double bass backings make this a purposefully humble and hammock-friendly tune that does not have any eminently eclectic percussive traces, leading to the question why this album was originally called Percussion Spectacular! in the first place, but that is nit-picking.
 
Heck, even Maurice Ravel made it onto the album with his eternal masterpiece Bolero. Lyman cuts and shortens the prelude of the original and changes it into a fairy tale with glistening glockenspiels, snake-like shakers and mellifluous flutes. Of particular success is the incessant infinitesimally rumbling bass backdrop caused by Harold Chang's gentle drums. Even though the song grows in crescendo, a true majesty cannot unfold without warped violins, and so the band increases the vigor of the drums and cymbals as well as the polyphony of the piano, vibraphone and marimba, all three of which are coupled together. This experiment fails, to be honest. Ravel's Bolero is badly transferred into exotic realms, the strings are sorely missing. Johnny Mercer's Autumn Leaves offers more value in comparison and is a surprisingly progressive track, launching with a doleful dialog between aqueous pianos and beautifully sustained vibraphone driblets. This solemnity is maintained for over two minutes before the percussion is revved up with bongos, maracas and congas as the song visits into Latin territories which are further expanded with short chants and the typical piano-related jumpiness. A pure delight and a great arrangement! 
 
Arrive Derce Roma by the songwriting trio Pietro Garinei, Sandro Giovannini and Carl Sigman is another superb – if largely unexpected – performance. It is again Alan Soares' performance on the piano which elevates the marimba-infused staccato panorama. Shuttling between warmhearted backings and vivacious attacks complete with the Latin (!) calls of the band, this tune lives and breathes due to the great interplay and the catchy melody. Closing side A is a rendition of Gus Arnheim's Sweet And Lovely that could have been taken straight off Lyman's Bahia (1959). The vibes glow flamboyantly, the spiraling piano notes are delicate and the bongo accompaniment in the middle is truly exotic.
 
Side B then returns to form(ula), as Arthur Lyman and his men unleash a string of four strictly exotic pieces, starting with the second song from Alan Bergman and Michael Keith: Bamboo-Tamboo finally features the first – and sadly last – inclusion of vivid birdcalls and croaking guiros as well as sleazy double bass melodies, congas and laid-back vibraphones. The band then continues with Ernesto Lecuona's Andalusia, otherwise known as Andalucía or The Breeze And I, which lives up to the album's original title since the bongos, boobams, guiros and goblet drums are upfront in the spotlight. This is otherwise a clear cut piano arrangement, no mallet instrument is used throughout the track, a strange omission for an arrangement à la Lyman. While the take on Lionel Newman's Adventures In Paradise focuses on the mallet instruments again and puts the percussive devices into the back in favor of a vibraphone-fueled dreaminess with sunset-colored piano chords, the arrangement of Agustín Lara's Granada reminds strongly of Vera Cruz off Lyman's 1958 album Bwana Ā both in terms of the timbre and the focus on the marimba, but stands on its own feet otherwise thanks to rhyhmic shifts, Balearic guitars and a pompous-jocular aura that does the original justice.
 
Maxwell Anderson's and Kurt Weill's September Song breaks the Exotica spell, but only due to its title alone, for the actual downtempo arrangement is indeed soothing: sizzling maracas accompany iridescent mallet tones and icy hi-hats. A languorous intertwining of cozy vibes, warm piano chords – which are later coupled with hammering snare drums – and double bass blebs make this contemplative centerpiece of five minutes a successful inclusion that showcases the skills of all musicians in presenting serious material if necessary. The final track, however, is one of those feared comical tracks which Arthur Lyman is also infamously known for. The traditional John Henry ends the album in a Honky Tonk way with effervescent marimba sprinkles, jumpy rhythm pianos, sizzling maracas and energetic drums. This tune simply does not fit the mood of the previous selections, and there is definitely a reason why it is placed at the end of the record like so many lackluster cartoonish tunes before it.
 
One thing is for sure, even though this sounds overly critical: neither Percussion Spectacular! nor Yellow Bird are appropriate titles for this album since the percussion side is glaringly whimsical in comparison to Tito Puente's Top Percussion (1957) or Terry Snyder's four volumes of Persuasive Percussion. Likewise, there is only one instance of birdcalls on this album; it is surprisingly missing on the title track and featured on Bamboo-Tamboo instead. But even if you throw the concepts of titles and aesthetics over board, there is still the roster of 12 tracks meeting the ears, and both the selection as well as the exotic arrangements are mostly great, but eminently dividing as well. Once Arthur Lyman succumbed to songs which poeticize Europe and boost the yearning for its enchanting destinations like Paris and Rome, the Polynesian mystery was strongly degraded, despite the same band setup as usual. No more Akaka Falls or enigmatic jungles, only four out of 12 tunes are truly exotic on their own, with the remaining material comprising of Jazz standards that are few and far between. Yellow Bird (the song), Arrive Derce Roma and Autumn Leaves are nonetheless delightful and match the best of Lyman's renditions. I for one find the historic dimensions and the marketing hubbub of this album much more fascinating, even though I continually state the importance of the music itself, not its surrounding factors or beautiful cover artworks.
 
Percussion Spectacular! / Yellow Bird proves to be the apex and one of the hallmarks of Lyman's career. It is his final truly successful multi-seller, sets the theme of variety for all of his consecutive works, shows the tendency of including instrumentations of everything non-exotic (read: US-Jazz standards) and the power found in the uppermost floors of the record industry to poignantly control trends and take course corrections whenever posible in order to fetch more dollars. No other Exotica album shows this more plainly than this work by Arthur Lyman. This story is hardly ever mentioned. Sometimes, reality cuts harshly through the plastic jungles of Exotica. Oh dear.
 
 
Exotica Review 185: Arthur Lyman – Percussion Spectacular! (1960). Originally published on Feb. 23, 2012 at AmbientExotica.com.
 
 01  - Hava Nagila  -     
 02  - Yellow Bird  -     
 03  - Ravel's Bolero  -     
 04  - Autumn Leaves  -     
 05  - Arrivederci Roma  -     
 06  - Sweet and Lovely  -     
 07  - Bamboo Tamboo  -     
 08  - Andalusia  -     
 09  - Adventures in Paradise  -     
 10  - Granada  -     
 11  - September Song  -     
 12  - John Henry  -   

Toots Thielemans & Elis Regina 
Aquarela do Brasil
 
 1 -  Wave  - 
 2 -  Aquarela do Brasil  - 
 3 -  Visão  - 
 4 -  Corrida de Jangada  - 
 5 -  Wilsamba  - 
 6 -  Voce  - 
 7 -  Barquinho  - 
 8 -  O sonho  - 
 9 -  Five For Elis  - 
 10 -  Canto de Ossanha  - 
 11 -  Honeysuckle Rose  - 
 12 -  Volta  - 

Jimmy Smith 
Standards
 
 1 -  Little Girl Blue  - 
 2 -  Bye Bye Blackbird  - 
 3 -  I'm Just A Lucky So And So  - 
 4 -  Ruby  - 
 5 -  September Song  - 
 6 -  I Didn't Know What Time It Was  - 
 7 -  Memories Of You  - 
 8 -  But Beautiful  - 
 9 -  Mood Indigo  - 
 10 -  While We're Young  - 
 11 -  It Might As Well Be Spring  - 
 12 -  The Last Dance  - 

 Ted Heath 
Big Band Percussion
 
 01  - Johnny One Note  -     
 02  - Blues In The Night  -     
 03  - Peanut Vendor  -     
 04  - More Than You Know  -     
 05  - Poinciana  -     
 06  - Drum Crazy.  -     
 07  - Taking A Chance On Love  -     
 08  - It Ain't Necessarily So  -     
 09  - Daddy  -     
 10  - Mood Indigo  -     
 11  - Thou Swell  -     
 12  - But Not For Me  - 

 Girls Girls Girls vol.8
 
 01  -   Pauline geht tanzen  - Günter Noris  -
 02  -   Helena Polka  - 101 Strings  -
 03  -   Do so Natine  - Carl Nelke Company  -
 04  -   Gabriella  - Ronnie Aldrich-  -
 05  -   Windy  - Lex de Azevedo  -
 06  -   Titina  - Stanley Black-  -
 07  -   Rosalie  - Caravelli-  -
 08  -   Margo  - Billy Vaughn-  -
 09  -   Michaela  - Max Greger  -
 10  -   Co Co  - City of Westminster String Band  -
 11  -   Elise  - Paul Mauriat  -
 12  -   Anna  - George Martin-  -
 13  -   Thème de Candice  - Les Reed-  -
 14  -   Janie  - Stan Butcher-  -
 15  -   Gemma  - Bert Kaempfert-  -
 16  -   Mary in the morning  - Percy Faith-  -
 17  -   Annie's other song  - Lee Holdrige-  -
 18  -   Annie Laurie  - James Last-  -
 19  -   La valse d'Amélie  - Hollywood Strings-  -
 20  -   Oh Venus  - Kai Warner-  -
 21  -   Sally  - The Melachrino Orchestra-  -
 22  -   Tell me, Margarita  - Les Baxter-  -
 23  -   Adelaide  - Franck Pourcel-  -
 24  -   Swinging Lara  - Norman Candler-  -
 25  -   Angeline is always Friday  - Morningtown Strings-  -
 26  -   Natalie  - Pete Moore-  -
 27  -   Marina  - Paul Kuhn-  -
 28  -   Oh Susannah!  - Ted Heath-  -

GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS. VOL.5
 
 01  -   Venus  - Waldo de los Rios  -
 02  -   Aline  - Paul Mauriat  -
 03  -   Felicia my love  - 101 Strings  -
 04  -   Samba Marina  - Eric Bachmann  -
 05  -   Bette Davis eyes  - Ray Hamilton  -
 06  -   Michelle  - Cyril Stapleton Orchestra  -
 07  -   Matilda  - Roberto Delgado  -
 08  -   The girl with the sun in her hair  - John Barry  -
 09  -   Nikki  - Burt Baccharach  -
 10  -   Ma Louise  - Franck Pourcel-  -
 11  -   Helena  - Ladi Geisler (with The Tonics)  -
 12  -   Isadora  - Raymond Lefèvre  -
 13  -   Annelise  - James Last  -
 14  -   Tammy  - Ray Conniff   -
 15  -   Emanuelle  - The strings of Paris-  -
 16  -   Maria Elena  - Andre Kostelanetz-  -
 17  -   Mamma Maria  - Munich Symphonic Sound Orchestra-  -
 18  -   Eloise  - Caravelli-  -
 19  -   Laura  - Biddu-  -
 20  -   Linda's love  - Werner Tauber-  -
 21  -   Cachita  - Kai Warner-  -
 22  -   Dark Lady  - Ronnie Aldrich  -
 23  -   Milica (Sweet Maria)  - Bert Kaempfert-  -
 24  -   Hanna's Blues  - Max Greger & sein grosses Tanzorchester  -
 25  -   Laura  - Percy Faith-  -
 26  -   Evie  - Kurt Edelhagen  -

Girls! Girls! Girls! Volume 13

 
1. John Keating - Jezebel / 02:34
2. Pierre Porte - Sentimental Jenny / 03:44
3. Ambros Seelos - Las chicas / 03:04
4. Ralph Dollimore - Kulta's lullaby / 03:36
5. John Barry - Donna's theme / 02:04
6. Roberto Delgado - Katjuschka  / 03:05
7. Lawrence Welk - Sophia mia / 02:15
8. The Hollyridge Strings - Sherry / 02:50
9. Heinz Kretzschmar - Swannee / 03:02
10. Caravelli - Mademoiselle Lise / 02:42
11. Henry Mancini - Cha Cha Cha for Gia / 02:41
12. Bert Kaempfert - Sermonette / 02:34
13. Syd Lawrence - Rose Marie / 02:15
14. Marty Gold - Ballerina / 02:41
15. Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass - Struttin' with Maria / 02:10
16. Armik - For Annette / 04:43
17. Leroy Holmes - Maria Isabel / 02:14
18. The Brass Explosion - Oh girl / 01:49
19. Billy Vaughn -  Josephine / 02:43
20. Hugo Strasser - Good Golly Miss Molly / 02:26
21. Lucky Simon - Françoise / 03:21
22. Ken Turner - Patsy / 02:46
23. Werner Müller - Mischa / 02:36
24. Kai Warner - Larisa's theme / 03:44
25. Max Greger - Sweet gypsy Rose / 03:00
26. Tol & Tol - Eleni / 03:45
27. Berry Lipman - Bossa for Sandy / 02:18
28. The Three Suns - Hi Lili, Hi-Lo / 02:10

 

Onderwerp: WEEK 22 - 2017

Datum: 08-07-2017

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week22-2017

Wonderful selection!
Thanks LL Team!

Datum: 08-06-2017

Door: Mark Truso

Onderwerp: week 22

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful music!



















Datum: 31-05-2017

Door: Alberto Gateno

Onderwerp: special request

If any of the team has James Last - Dancing a Go Go set of 4 CDs I would be very appreciative for the sharing.
All the best

Datum: 30-05-2017

Door: Mike G

Onderwerp: Week 22

Harry and team, I'm so glad you were able to 'get out' of a most awkward situation. If it happened to me, I'd be beside myself!!
Anyhow, thank you for the wonderful music, as always.

One point for Cappy: I can't find the 'Souvenirs from the '70s' on the web, so what is the missing number 7 on this week's disc?

And for Eliane, thank you for the new 'moods' of RD music—they are beautiful ...

Datum: 29-05-2017

Door: Brian Mitchell

Onderwerp: wk 22

Sorry for your troubles, computers are great when they work otherwise they are a pain. Thanks for all the great music. Please set up a tab so we can contribute.

Datum: 28-05-2017

Door: Greg Wagner

Onderwerp: Week 22

Harry, glad to hear you have gotten through your computer difficulties. Thanks to you and your team for the music this week.

Datum: 28-05-2017

Door: Darko

Onderwerp: week 22

Harry, It is nice to know that you had a great success recovering most of your files. This situation is a result of our tehnical world. Thank's for a choice of instrumentals for this 22. week.
Darko

Datum: 28-05-2017

Door: Piet Hemminga

Onderwerp: Sundaymorning

How would my Sundaymorning be without Loungelegends? (Unpacking musical presents for the rest of the week - or most of the time: month) I can't imagine.

Datum: 28-05-2017

Door: Etienne

Onderwerp: week 22

geweldig Harry dat alles terug in zijn normale doen is gevallen en wees er maar van overtuigd dat niet de meesten maar dat wij allemaal appreciëren wat jij en je team voor ons doen.

Datum: 28-05-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 22

Sorry, I forgot a special thank you for the Orchester Bert Landers, Vol.4
Many thanks, Harry

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