WEEK 23 - 2017

 Various Artists
 LL Take My Hand
 
 01  - With These Hands  -   Living Brass  -   
 02  - Hands Across The Table  -   The Romantic Strings  -   
 03  - Holding Hands with Lucy  -   Frank Chacksfield  -   
 04  - Careless Hands  -   Alan Tew  -   
 05  - Lovely Hula Hands-version 1  -   Billy Vaughn  -   
 06  - A Girl In Your Hand  -   Gérard Hever  -   
 07  - Melody For Hand Clappers  -   Luther Henderson  -   
 08  - Take My Hand  -   Freddy Anthony  -   
 09  - Keep Your Eyes on The Hands  -   Leo Addeo   -   
 10  - Hands Up  -   Brett Wales  -   
 11  - With Pen in Hand  -   Hank Levine  -   
 12  - Time on my hands  -   Bert Kaempfert  -   
 13  - Hold My Hand  -   Cyril Stapleton  -   
 14  - Four Hand Boogie (Marek & Vace  -   Marek & Vacek  -   
 15  - So Was Love (He Got The Whole World In His Hands)  -   Kookie Freeman  -   
 16  - I Want To Hold Your Hand  -   Gary McFarland  -   
 17  - One Hand, One Heart  -   André Rieu  -   
 18  - I Want To Hold Your Hand  -   The Torero Band  -   
 19  - Mes mains sur tes hanches  -   Caravelli and His Magnificent Strings  -   
 20  - The Hands Of Time (Brian.s Song)  -   George Shearing  -   
 21  - Ich küsse Ihre Hand, Madame  -   Helmut Zacharias  -   
 22  - Hand in Hand  -   Tony Osborne  -   
 23  - Reach out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)  -   Alyn Ainsworth  -   
 24  - Healing Hands  -   Simon Park  -   
 25  - Dans le creux de tes mains  -   Franck Pourcel  -   
 26  - Hands of Love [#]  -   The Ray Conniff Singers  -   
 27  - Die Hände zum Himmel  -   Strato-Vani  -   
 28  - Komm und gib mir Deine Hand  -   Hugo Strasser  -   
 29  - Put Your Hand In The Hand  -   Andre Kostelanetz  -   

HiFi Stereo Festival
Volume 11
320 Kb/sec - 80:27
 
tracklisting:
 
1. Hugo Montenegro - Hang 'em high / 02:08
2. Marty Gold - That old black magic / 02:19
3. Andre Kostelanetz - The gentle rain / 02:40
4. David Carroll -  Patricia / 02:34
5. Kai Warner (with Tommy Reilly) - Pueblo Bossa / 02:42
6. Gerhard Narholz - Sport Journal / 02:35
7. Arthur Greenslade - Jolene / 02:57
8. Joe Kennedy Orchestra - All by myself / 02:15
9. Horst Jankowski - So what's new / 01:53
10. Lawrence Welk - Let me go, lover! / 02:17
11. Billy Vaugn - Forever / 02:27
12. Norrie Paramor - The bad old days / 02:37
13. Brian May & the Melbourne ABC Showband - Sing / 02:23
14. Cyril Stapleton - Hey there (from "The pajama game") / 02:37
15. Caravelli - Les enfants du Pirée / 03:06
16. Joe Loss - Tango d'amore / 03:15
17. Cyril Ornadel - In the summertime / 02:41
18. The Brass Ring - Samba de Orfeo / 02:02
19. Clebanoff - Can't get used to losing you / 02:25
20. Leroy Holmes - Los perros lanudos (The pink poodles) / 02:52
21. Roberto Delgado - Venus / 02:52
22. Percy Faith - Swingin' village / 02:13
23. Christian Colombier - D.I.S.C.O / 03:08
24. Felix Slatkin - Love letters / 02:17
25. Sammy Kaye - Hot lips / 02:28
26. David Rose - You've lost that lovin' feelin' / 02:53
27. Frank Chacksfield - Come rain or come shine / 02:09
28. Hugo Winterhalter - I still get a thrill / 02:10
29. Orquestra Serenata Tropical - Samba pa ti / 03:13
30. 101 Strings - Birth of the blues / 03:20
31. The Three Suns - The poor people of Paris / 02:46
 

Les Reed Orchestra
ACTION
 
 01 -  Also Sprach Zarathustra  - 
 02 -  Song Sung Blue  - 
 03 -  You Make Me Feel Brand New  - 
 04 -  Call me  - 
 05 -  Good Morning Starshine  - 
 06 -  You're So Vain  - 
 07 -  Never Can Say Goodbye  - 
 08 -  Superstar  - 
 09 -  Nimrod (Enigma Variations Opus 36)  - 
 10 -  My Cherrie Amour  - 
 11 -  Dancing Queen  - 
 12 -  Sugar Pie  - 
 13 -  Everybody Knows  - 
 14 -  Brazil  - 
 15 -  Les Reed-Besame mucho  - 
 16 -  Chanson D'Amour  - 
 17 -  You've Got A Friend  - 
 18 -  Killing Me Softly With His Song  - 
 19 -  Desafinado [Slightly Out Of Tune]  - 
 20 -  The Hustle  - 
 21 -  Baby, I Won't Let You Down  - 
 22 -  Sweet Caroline  - 
 23 -  There's A Kind Of Hush [All Over The World]  - 
 24 -  It's Not Unusual  - 
 25 -  Let 'em In  - 

Morton Gould & His Symphonic Band 
Doubling In Brass * 1959
 
 01 -  The U.S. Field Artillery March  - 
 02 -  Dixie  - 
 03 -  St. Lawrence Suite - I Dedication  - 
 04 -  The High School Cadets  - 
 05 -  Sound off March  - 
 06 -  The Corcoran Cadets March  - 
 07 -  American Patrol  - 
 08 -  Jericho  - 
 09 -  Yankee Doodle  - 
 10 -  Manhattan Beach  - 
 11 -  National Fencibles March  - 

Günter Noris
Bittet zum Tanz (1969)
EMI-1C 054-32-504
 
01 Lady Madonna
02 With A Little Help From My Friends
03 Bungalow Bill
04 Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
05 Penny Lane
06 Hey Jude
07 Can't Buy Me Love
08 Back In The USSR
09 Birthday
10 Norwegian Wood
11 When I'm Sixty Four
12 All You Need Is Love

Trumpet A GoGo 3 * 1968
 
 01 -  Secret Love  - 
 02 -  Perfidia  - 
 03 -  Malaguena  - 
 04 -  Drina Marsch  - 
 05 -  The Touch Of Your Lips  - 
 06 -  Ole! O'cangaceiro  - 
 07 -  Around The World  - 
 08 -  Kiss Me Honey, Honey Kiss Me  - 
 09 -  Adalita  - 
 10 -  Memories Of Rubinstein  - 
 11 -  Plaisir D'amour  - 
 12 -  Espana Cani  - 

Caravelli 
VAGUES A L´AME avec.....
 
 1 -  My Little Girl  - 
 2 -  Elle était si jolie  - 
 3 -  If I Had a Hammer  - 
 4 -  Maria  - 
 5 -  Et maintenant  - 
 6 -  O toi qui veux t´en aller  - 
 7 -  If You Wanna Be Happy  - 
 8 -  Pendant les vacances  - 
 9 -  Sukiyaki  - 
 10 -  Tonight  - 
 11 -  La novia  - 
 12 -  Where Have All The Flowers Gone  - 
 

Acker Bilk 
In A Mellow Mood
 
 01 -  Evergreen  - 
 02 -  Slip Slidin' Away  - 
 03 -  You're My Best Friend  - 
 04 -  These Foolish Things  - 
 05 -  Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue  - 
 06 -  Can't Smile Without You  - 
 07 -  Raining In My Heart  - 
 08 -  Just The Way You Are  - 
 09 -  Nobody Does It Better  - 
 10 -  The Way We Were  - 
 11 -  Talking In Your Sleep  - 
 12 -  I'll Put You Together Again  - 
 13 -  Forever Autumn  - 
 14 -  My Sweet Lord  - 
 15 -  Sweet Caroline  - 
 16 -  Too Much Heaven  - 
 17 -  Walk In Love  - 
 18 -  Song For Guy  - 
 19 -  Touch Me In The Morning  - 
 20 -  Didn't We?  - 
 21 -  Goodnight Tonight  - 
 22 -  Sometimes When We Touch  - 
 23 -  September Song  - 
 24 -  Georgia On My Mind  - 
 25 -  Emotion  - 

Acoustic Sound Orchestra 
World Hits Instrumental Vol 1  
 
 01 -  Ecoute Dans Le Vent (Blowin' I  - 
 02 -  First Love   - 
 03 -  Accordion Dream  - 
 04 -  Ballade Pour Adeline  - 
 05 -  Are You Lonesome Tonight  - 
 06 -  Bilitis  - 
 07 -  Lady in Red  - 
 08 -  A Day Without You  - 
 09 -  L'Arlesienne  - 
 10 -  A Lovely Work of Art   - 
 11 -  Blue Eyes /ASO  - 
 12 -  Alane  - 
 13 -  Aloha Oe   - 
 14 -  My Way /ASO  - 
 15 -  I don't Know How To Love Him /Acoustic Orch**  - 
 16 -  Yesterday  -

André Moss 
Plays Billy Vaughn
 
 1 -    - Sail Along Silvery Moon
 2 -    - Wheels
 3 -    - La Paloma
 4 -    - Blue Tango
 5 -    - The French Song
 6 -    - Cherry Pink
 7 -    - Tumbling Tumble Weeds
 8 -    - My Happiness
 9 -    - Raunchy
 10 -    - Oh Mein Papa
 11 -    - Melody of Love
 12 -    - Mouling Rouge
 

Franz Lambert 
Begegnungen - Encounters - Rencontres
 
 1 -  La Musica  - 
 2 -  Lady In Blue  - 
 3 -  First Love  - 
 4 -  Gracia Patricia  - 
 5 -  Einsames Herz  - 
 6 -  Dreaming Ballerina  - 
 7 -  Vila Vita  - 
 8 -  Liebesmelodie  - 
 9 -  Why  - 
 10 -  Atlantis  - 
 11 -  Hymne  - 
 12 -  Hearts Of Vienna  - 
 13 -  Türkisch Mocca  - 
 14 -  Sensible  - 
 15 -  High Society  - 
 16 -  Lamberts Lullaby  - 
 17 -  Open Your Heart  - 
 18 -  Begegnung in Venedig  - 

Raymond Lefèvre 
Concerto pour une voix
 
 01 -  Concerto pour une voix  - 
 02 -  Tokiniwa Haha No Nai Ko No Yo Ni (Bonustrack)  - 
 03 -  Aime ceux qui t'aiment (Bonustrack)  - 
 12 -  Don't Make Me Over  - 
 04 -  Le clan des Siciliens  - 
 05 -  Lullaby  - 
 06 -  Bridge Over Troubled Water  - 
 07 -  Stéphanie  - 
 08 -  Volevo Un Gato Nero  - 
 09 -  Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head  - 
 10 -  Wand'rin' Star  - 
 11 -  Scat In The Dark  - 
 

Percy Faith 
The Vintage Years
 
 1 -  Everybody Loves Saturday Night  - 
 2 -  Go-Go-Po-Go  - 
 3 -  Till  - 
 4 -  Italiano  - 
 5 -  Theme For Young Lovers  - 
 6 -  Hey Jose  - 
 7 -  Bubbling Over  - 
 8 -  We All Need Love  - 
 9 -  Swedish Rhapsody  - 
 10 -  Little Bells Big Bells  - 
 11 -  Jamaican Rhumba  - 
 12 -  Tropical Merengue  - 
 13 -  The Syncopated Clock  - 
 14 -  The Song From Moulin Rouge  - 
 15 -  Bim Bam Boom  - 
 16 -  The Theme From A Summer Place  - 
 17 -  Amorada  - 
 18 -  Granada  - 
 19 -  Tara's Theme  - 
 20 -  Up On The Roof  - 
 21 -  Exodus  - 
 22 -  Qanto La Gusta  - 
 23 -  The Bandit  - 
 24 -  They Can't Take That Away From Me  - 
 25 -  Goin' Home Train  - 
 26 -  Christmas In Killarney  - 
 27 -  Maria  - 
 28 -  Delicado  - 

Various Artists 
Souvenirs From The 60's
 
 1 -  By The Time I Get To Phoenix  - Frank Chacksfield  - 
 2 -  Do You Know The Way To San Jos  - Ron Goodwin  - 
 3 -  If I Only Had Time  - Mantovani  - 
 4 -  Ferry Across The Mersey  - John Fox  - 
 5 -  A Man Without Love  - Johnny Howard  - 
 6 -  I'll Never Fall In Love Again  - Frank Chacksfield  - 
 7 -  What A Wonderful World  - Ray Davies & The Button Down Brass  - 
 8 -  Cast Your Fate To The Wind  - Ronnie Aldrich  - 
 9 -  A Walk In the Black Forest  - Geoff Love  - 
 10 -  Little Green Apples  - Mantovani  - 
 11 -  Here, There And Everywhere  - John Fox  - 
 12 -  Wichita Lineman  - Ronnie Aldrich  - 
 13 -  Can't Take My Eyes Off You  - Johnny Howard  - 
 14 -  This Is My Song  - Frank Chacksfield  - 
 15 -  This Guy's In Love With You  - Ron Goodwin  - 
 16 -  Don't Sleep In The Subway  - John Fox  - 
 17 -  Aquarius  - The London Pops Orchestra  - 
 18 -  The Last Waltz  - Geoff Love  - 
 19 -  Those Were the Days  - Mantovani  - 
 20 -  A Summer Place  - Frank Chacksfield  - 
 21 -  (I Left My Heart In) San Franc  - Johnny Howard  - 
 22 -  Zorba's Dance from ''Zorba The  - Geoff Love  - 
 23 -  Strangers In The Night  - George Shearing  - 
 24 -  Winter World Of Love  - Les Reed  - 
 25 -  To Sir With Love  - Ronnie Aldrich  - 

Orquestra América Romântica 
O Mundo em 12 Sucessos
 01 -  Granada  - 
 02 -  Moon River  - 
 03 -  Petit Fleur  - 
 04 -  Lisboa Atiga  - 
 05 -  Barcarola  - 
 06 -  Sukiyaki  - 
 07 -  Afrikan Beat  - 
 08 -  Mondo Cane  - 
 09 -  Al Di La  - 
 10 -  Cuando Calienta El Sol  - 
 11 -  Noites de Moscou  - 
 12 -  Hava Nagila  - 

Paul Fried 
Afternoon Delight
 
 1 -  Up Where We Belong [ from the movie "An Officer & a Gentleman"]  - 
 2 -  Michele  - 
 3 -  Theme from Il Postino  - 
 4 -  Theme from Friends  - 
 5 -  One Hand, One Heart  - 
 6 -  All The Way  - 
 7 -  Theme from Braveheart  - 
 8 -  Begin The Beguine  - 
 9 -  Them to Picket Fences  - 
 10 -  Doe Eyes [from "The Bridges of Madison County]  - 
 11 -  Witchcraft  - 
 12 -  Strangers In The Night  - 
 13 -  Young At Heart  - 
 14 -  My Funny Valentine  - 

The Hugo & Luigi Chorus 
Cascading Voices
 
 1 -  A1 Moonlight and Roses  - 
 2 -  A2 It Happened In Monterey  - 
 3 -  A3 Look For The Silver Lining  - 
 4 -  A4 Paradise  - 
 5 -  A5 Marcheta  - 
 6 -  A6 When Day Is Done  - 
 7 -  B1 For You  - 
 8 -  B2 I Love You  - 
 9 -  B3 Three O'Clock In The Morning  - 
 10 -  B4 I'll See You In My Dreams  - 
 11 -  B5 Remembering Time  - 
 12 -  B6 Good Night Sweetheart  - 

Lawrence Welk 
CD5 - Reader's Digest Listening and Dancing
 
 01 -  Song Of The Island  - 
 02 -  King Kamehameha  - 
 03 -  Sweet Leilani  - 
 04 -  Sing An Island Song  - 
 05 -  If You Wanna Dance The Hula  - 
 06 -  Song Of Old Hawaii  - 
 07 -  Calcutta  - 
 08 -  Yellow Bird  - 
 09 -  Wives And Lovers  - 
 10 -  Baby Elephant Walk  - 
 11 -  It's All In The Game  - 
 12 -  Winchester Cathedral  - 

Don Costa 
The Golden Touch
 
 01 -  Exodus  - 
 02 -  Put Your Head On My Shoulder  - 
 03 -  Gina  - 
 04 -  Pretty Blue Eyes  - 
 05 -  I'll Take Romance  - 
 06 -  If I Had A Hammer  - 
 07 -  Personality  - 
 08 -  When The Boy In Your Arms  - 
 09 -  Make Yourself Comfortable  - 
 10 -  The Magnificent Seven  - 
 11 -  Town Without Pity  - 
 12 -  Never On Sunday  - 

David Osborne 
Keys To The Heart
 
 1 -  How Do I Live  - 
 2 -  Misty  - 
 3 -  Beauty And The Beast  - 
 4 -  Just The Way You Are  - 
 5 -  If You Asked Me To  - 
 6 -  Love Theme from "St. Elmo's Fire"  - 
 7 -  All By Myself  - 
 8 -  For The First Time  - 
 9 -  My Heart Will Go On  - 
 10 -  I Will Wait For You  - 
 11 -  Romeo And Juliet (Love Theme)  - 
 12 -  Places That Belong To You (from "The Prince Of Tides")  - 
 13 -  Because You Loved Me  - 
 14 -  She's Got A way  - 
 15 -  The Feather Theme (from Forrest Gump Suite)  - 

Les & Larry Elgart 
Big Band Hootenanny
 
 1 -  Walk Right In  - 
 2 -  Where Have All The Flowers Gone  - 
 3 -  Washington Square  - 
 4 -  Greensleeves  - 
 5 -  If I Had A Hammer  - 
 6 -  Green Leaves Of Summer  - 
 7 -  Santy Anno  - 
 8 -  Blowin' In The Wind  - 
 9 -  Green Green  - 
 10 -  Four Strong Winds  - 
 11 -  A Worried Man  - 
 12 -  Kisses Sweeter Than Wine  - 

Kai Warner 
Golden Melodies
 
 1 -  As time goes By  - 
 2 -  Besame Mucho  - 
 3 -  David's Song  - 
 4 -  Tara's Theme  - 
 5 -  Mexican Hat Dance  - 
 6 -  Singin' in the Rain  - 
 7 -  Love Story  - 
 8 -  Amor, Amor  - 
 9 -  Moon River  - 
 10 -  The last Waltz  - 
 11 -  Theme from a Summer Place  - 
 12 -  Et Maitenant  - 
 13 -  TSOP  - 
 14 -  La Cumparsita  - 
 15 -  Somewhere  - 
 16 -  Verde  - 
 17 -  Bright Eyes  -

Bert Kaempfert 
...Love That Bert Kaempfert
 
 1 -  Caravan  - 
 2 -  Lonely Is The Name  - 
 3 -  Again  - 
 4 -  Steppin' Pretty  - 
 5 -  I Should Care  - 
 6 -  Just As Much As Ever  - 
 7 -  The First Waltz  - 
 8 -  My Love For You  - 
 9 -  The Glory Of Love  - 
 10 -  The Sheik Of Araby  - 
 11 -  Every Time I Dream Of You  -

The Readers Digest Collection
Soft and Soothing Moods Disc 2
 
 1 -  The Swan  - The London Promenade Orchestra  - 
 2 -  To a Water Lily  - The London Promenade Orchestra  - 
 3 -  'Tis the Last Rose of Summer  - The London Promenade Orchestra  - 
 4 -  Spring Song  - William Bennett, Flute and Robet Docker, Piano  - 
 5 -  Sheep May Safely Graze  - The Mayfair Chamber Orchestra  - 
 6 -  Greensleeves  - The London Promenade Orchestra  - 
 7 -  To A Wild Rose  - The London Promenade Orchestra  - 
 8 -  A Swan  - The New Symphony Orchestra of London  - 
 9 -  The Chestnut Tree  - The London Promenade Orchestra with Christian Steiner, Piano  - 
 10 -  Air On The G String  - The London Promenade Orchestra  - 
 11 -  Träumerei  - Ralph Votapek, Piano  - 
 12 -  Nocturne in E-Flat  - Ralph Votapek, Piano  - 
 13 -  Moonlight Sonata  - Ralph Votapek, Piano  - 
 14 -  Liebestraum  - Ralph Votapek, Piano  - 
 15 -  Rêverie  - Ralph Votapek, Piano  - 
 16 -  It Never Entered My Mind  - Francis Goya, His Guitar and Orchestra  - 
 17 -  If I Fell  - Francis Goya, His Guitar and Orchestra  - 
 18 -  Magic is the Moonlight  - Francis Goya, His Guitar and Orchestra  - 
 19 -  Non Dimenticar  - Francis Goya, His Guitar and Orchestra  - 
 20 -  Amor  - Francis Goya, His Guitar and Orchestra  - 

Enoch Light & His Orchestra 
Stereo 35 / MM
 
 1 -  Heat Wave  - 
 2 -  The Man I Love  - 
 3 -  I've Got A Crush On You  - 
 4 -  All The Way  - 
 5 -  My Romance  - 
 6 -  You Do Something To Me  - 
 7 -  Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart  - 
 8 -  Someone To Watch Over Me  - 
 9 -  Love For Sale  - 
 10 -  I'll See You Again  - 
 11 -  I See Your Face Before Me  - 
 12 -  With A Song In My Heart  - 
 

The Clebanoff Strings and Orchestra 
Clebanoff Plays More Songs From Great Films
 
 01 -  All The Way  - 
 02 -  An Affair To Remember (Our Love Affair)  - 
 03 -  Around The World  - 
 04 -  But Not For Me  - 
 05 -  Anna (El Negro Zumbon)  - 
 06 -  The High And The Mighty  - 
 07 -  Auntie Mame  - 
 08 -  Separate Tables  - 
 09 -  Secret Love  - 
 10 -  April Love  - 
 11 -  A Certain Smile  - 
 12 -  Love Is A Many Splendered Thing  - 

LES BAXTER
PORTS OF PLEASURE
1957
 
 
This is before Exotica. The prequel. This is exotic music that wasn‘t called Exotica until one year later when the stereo version of Martin Denny‘s Exotica LP was released in 1958 and praised as a genre-establishing milestone nowadays (the original mono LP was released in 1957). Naturally, faux-exotic music existed long before the 50‘s; think of all the Road To… movie series of the 40‘s with Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour that took place in such exotic places – or, to be more precise, exotic studio settings – as Zanzibar and Morocco, among others.
 
Or consider Les Baxter‘s own Quiet Village tune from 1952 and his albums Tamboo! and Caribbean Moonlight from 1956 and 1957 respectively. Ports Of Pleasure contains the common number of 12 songs, the overarching theme is of Eastern and Asian flavor, and as usual, Baxter and his orchestra depict the glistening, rose-tinted Hollywood version of locations like Ceylon and Tahiti. Each track is named after an exotic location of the Far East, causing a wistful longing. The tracks are chock-full of positively energetic naïveté and affairs of the heart, but Baxter never falls into the cliché trap (which is the primary domain of The Three Suns anyway), and if he partially does, the following tracks are always more light-hearted and exciting than his intimate ones. There is, however, also a darker side to this album, and it‘s an unexpected but welcome one considering the issued credo. Honestly, there are real winners on this LP that activate either the happiness hormones or the goosebumps even decades after its release. 
 
Tahiti: A Summer Night At Sea marks the beginning of Baxter‘s journey through exotic places and the Far East. This song is heavy on the polyphonous strings, gently played Eastern bells, crystalline glockenspiels and euphoric harps. Not a pompous start, but a rather placid one. The strings are overly romantic at the beginning, but Baxter gets his act together and delivers an upward change of focus by putting the other instruments into the limelight as well. This is especially true for Hong Kong Cable Car with its pitch-perfect cliché of Chinese popular culture that is aurally displayed with Eastern flutes, ostentatious brass sections and piano bits, inducing a rather exciting and tense non-Easy Listening ride.
 
The Gates Of Annam evokes a dream-like atmosphere in dolce with its careful setup of a sole violin plus a quiet string ensemble with an occasional appearance of a flügelhorn. Shanghai Rickshaw, the shortest track on the album, returns to Chinese clichés but is otherwise keen on flute sections and cascading harps, leading the way to the best track of the album, Tramp Steamer To Singapore, that starts with pompous bass violins and brass bursts but all of a sudden changes the tone and morphs into enormously soothing strings that are among the best string sections Baxter ever came up with! These purified strings are accompanied by beautiful harps, subtle timpani and Chinese gongs; everything but the drums is reduced, making this another string-heavy, euphonious composition and one of Baxter‘s very best in my book. 
 
City Of Veils marks another exciting track with rhythmical shifts between daunting sections of brass and bass violins on the one hand, and much quieter Middle Eastern counterfoils with fuzzy maracas and colorful string melodies on the other hand, realizing a feeling of aloofness as if the veil of the city cannot be lifted in its entirety. Harem Silks From Bombay is a surprisingly bearing and eerie track from the feather of Les Baxter. The focus lies on melancholic yet lugubrious strings and features a cinematic quality.
 
Since Les Baxter has always been a prolific and hard-working film scorer, this shouldn‘t come as a surprise, but it is in the end a surprise nonetheless, for this piece is a curious mixture of three M‘s: mystery, majesty and melancholy. And these three M‘s aren‘t usually included altogether in Space-Age music, let alone on Easy Listening albums. Baxter returns in top form on Sidewalk Cafes Of Saigon with its cheerful glockenspiels, high strings, a bassoon and gorgeous string sections that evoke a bustling scenery, while The Pearls Of Ceylon adds a mysterious calmness and musical elements of devotion: the string sections adjure sadness and deepness, and a discernible piano adds another serious undertone to this piece. The final track is Bangkok Cockfight and is – by the laws of its track title – more playful and an exciting closer with effective and previously unhears chimes and staccato string and flute sections. 
 
Why is this release valuable in this day and age? Because this is no typical Easy Listening record, let alone a Les Baxter record by the numbers, because it features a surprising amount of darkness, tension and – gasp! – sadness. Such being the case, the record undermines the expectations of Baxter‘s audience who long for that certain presentation of a brightly colored exotic paradise. Apart from Tahiti: A Summer Night At Sea, Tramp Steamer To Singapore and the various Chinese tracks, the colors are reduced and more toned down in their playfulness. As such, this Baxter record stands out of his huge catalog of Space-Age and Exotica records. If you like listening to slightly darker, more mysterious exotic sounds, then this might be Baxter‘s album that is most appropriate for your taste as long as you don‘t mind minor music-related clichés about China; in the end, this shouldn‘t be a problem as Exotica listeners usually cope with these clichés or actively seek them. Recommended with minor quibbles in terms of  the more serious approach – I guess I skip Baxter‘s soundtrack of House Of Usher then. 
 
Exotica Review 029: Les Baxter – Ports Of Pleasure (1957). Originally published on Jan. 28, 2012 at AmbientExotica.com.
 
 01  - Tahiti: A Summer Night At Sea  -     
 02  - Shanghai Rickshaw  -     
 03  - City Of Veils  -     
 04  - Hong Kong Cable Car  -     
 05  - Tramp Steamer To Singapore  -     
 06  - Monkey Dance Of Bali  -     
 07  - Pearls Of Ceylon  -     
 08  - Harem Silks From Bombay  -     
 09  - Sidewalk Cafes Of Saigon  -     
 10  - Gates Of Annam  -  

Hugo Montenegro 
Ellington Fantasy
 
 01 -  Black and Tan Fantasy  - 
 02 -  Sophisticated Lady  - 
 03 -  Do Nothin Till You Hear from Me  - 
 04 -  Solitude  - 
 05 -  Azure  - 
 06 -  Mood Indigo  - 
 07 -  Caravan  - 
 08 -  In A Sentimental Mood  - 
 09 -  I Got It Bad and Than ain't Good  - 
 10 -  Don't Get Around Much Anymore  - 
 11 -  I Didn't Know About You  - 
 12 -  I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart  - 

Quincy Jones 
Jazz 'Round Midnight
 
 01 -  A Change Of Pace  - 
 02 -  Dear Old Stockholm  - 
 03 -  Meet Benny Bailey  - 
 04 -  Moonglow  - 
 05 -  The Midnight Sun Never Sets  - 
 06 -  Under Paris Skies  - 
 07 -  Evening In Paris  - 
 08 -  Everybody's Blues  - 
 09 -  Ellington Medley  - 
 10 -  Manha De Carnaval  - 
 11 -  Django  - 
 12 -  A Sunday Kind Of Love  - 
 13 -  Exodus  - 
 14 -  Soldier In The Rain  - 
 15 -  The Witching Hour  -

Glenn Zottola  
Charles Parker with Strings Revisited
 
 01 -  Just Friends   - 
 02 -  April in Paris  - 
 03 -  Summertime  - 
 04 -  East of the Sun  - 
 05 -  I Didn't Know What Time It Was  - 
 06 -  Laura  - 
 07 -  I'm In The Mood for Love  - 
 08 -  Everything Happens to Me  - 
 09 -  Dancing in the Dark  - 

Best of LoungeLegends 
Mai 2013
 
 -  01  -  The Avengers (Theme)  - Jack Parnell
  -  02  -  Temptation  - Geoff Love
  -  03  -  A Little Love and Understanding  - Norrie Paramor
  -  04  -  Soulful Strut  - Billy Vaughn
  -  05  -  California Dreamin'  - The Mystic Moods Orchestra
  -  06  -  Love Is For The Two Of Us  - Ray Anthony
  -  07  -  Gabriel's Oboe  - Han de Vries
  -  08  -  Taking The Whole Day Off  - The Norman Luboff Choir
  -  09  -  Estrellita (Ponce)  - Morton Gould 
  -  10  -  Love Song Of Ching Yie  - Raymond Lefevre & Richard Clayderman
  -  11  -  Running Bear  - Les Baxter
  -  12  -  Someone  - Ray Conniff
  -  13  -  Suicide Is Painless (Thema van "Mash'')  - Cor Bakker
  -  14  -  Boogie Woogie Stomp  - Russ Conway
  -  15  -  More  - Raymond Lefevre
  -  16  -  Cielito, Si, Si  - Augusto Algueró
  -  17  -  Vanessa  - Living Strings and Bob Ralston(organ)
  -  18  -  Sweetie  - Joe Loss
  -  19  -  Typhon Sur Kagoshima  - Caravelli
  -  20  -  How Am I Supposed to Live Without You  - Laurens van Rooyen
  -  21  -  Hasta Mañana  - Arthur Greenslade
  -  22  -  Same Old Song  - Werner Müller
  -  23  -  Siboney  - Morton Gould
  -  24  -  Boulevard Dancer  - Rüdiger Piesker & the Rias Orchestra, Eugen Cicero, piano
  -  25  -  In Zaire  - Kai Warner
  -  26  -  Day's Of Wine And Roses  - Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
  -  27  -  Without Her  - Billy Vaughn
  -  28  -  Décalé  - Berdien Stenberg
  -  29  -  Salome  - Roy Etzel
  -  30  -  When People Come Together  - Berry Lipman
  -  31  -  Fields Of Gold  - Ray Kelley
  -  32  -  Stranger Than Fiction  - Bert Weedon

 Best of LoungeLegends 
May 2014
 
 01  - Opening  -   Ambros Seelos Orchestra  -   
 02  - I'm Gonna Make You Love Me  -   Keith Mansfield  -   
 03  - More  -   Earl Grant  -   
 04  - Walking The Dog  -   Cyril Ornadel  -   
 05  - Emmanuelle  -   André Popp  -   
 06  - Banner Man  -   Andy Ross,His Orchestra & Chorus  -   
 07  - Spanish Hustle  -   Jose Marcello  -   
 08  - Back Boy Shuffle  -   Spitfire Band, The  -   
 09  - This Hotel  -   Percy Faith  -   
 10  - Don't Cry For Me Argentina (2. version)  -   James Last  -   
 11  - It's Noto Unusual  -   Boots Randolph  -   
 12  - Bend me Shape me  -   Ray Rivera  -   
 13  - Samba De Orfeu  -   Johnny Keating  -   
 14  - Gabriel's oboe  -   Galway, James  -   
 15  - It's Dark On Observatory Hill (Album Version)  -   Ray Conniff & The Singers  -   
 16  - Music to Watch Girls By  -   Joe Loss  -   
 17  - Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer  -   Cyril Ornadel    -   
 18  - Navaronne  -   Franck Pourcel  -   
 19  - Limbo Jazz  -   Bob Wilber and Dick Hyman  -   
 20  - Ca Va Pas Changer Le Monde (Non Cambia Il Mondo)  -   Paul Mauriat  -   
 21  - The Loop  -   Ray Kelley  -   
 22  - Non, Non Rien n'a Changé  -   Caravelli  -   
 23  - Ghostrider In The Sky  -   Ricky King  -   
 24  - Corale  -   Norrie Paramor  -   
 25  - It's A Man's Man's Man's World (Brown)  -   Paul Mauriat  -   
 26  - You're The One That I Want  -   Max Greger  -   
 27  - The Virginian  -   Andy Ross & His Orchestra  -   
 28  - Love Is In The Air  -   Tony Evans  -   
 29  - Beach Bash  -   Frank Valdor  -   
 30  - Hole In Your Sole  -   Franck Pourcel  -  

  

Best of LoungeLegends
 MAY 2015
 
 01  - A Lover's Concerto  -   Rias Tanzorchester Berlin, Leitung Helmuth Brandenburg  -   
 02  - Viva La Feria  -   Frank Valdor  -   
 03  - Aime ceux qui t'aiment  -   Raymond Lefèvre  -   
 04  - Meditation  -   Les & Larry Elgart  -   
 05  - A Go Go  -   Perez Prado  -   
 06  - Honey  -   Giovanni  -   
 07  - Fools Rush In  -   Jack Jezzro   -   
 08  - Go-Cart  -   Ricky King  -   
 09  - Mister Akkermann  -   Peter Thomas  -   
 10  - Rico Vacilon  -   Eric Delaney & Bill Sheperd Orchestra  -   
 11  - Amigo  -   Al Caiola  -   
 12  - Perfidia  -   Mantovani  -   
 13  - Ghostriders Of Gulag  -   Bert Kaempfert  -   
 14  - Dizzy Fingers  -   David Carroll Orchestra   -   
 15  - Song Of Ocarina (ocarina solo)  -   Diego Modena & Jean-Philippe Audin  -   
 16  - The Impossible Dream  -   Floyd Cramer  -   
 17  - Zacatecas  -   Henry Mancini  -   
 18  - Cowboys and Indians  -   Herb Alpert  -   
 19  - Reach out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)  -   Alyn Ainsworth  -   
 20  - Some Broken Hearts Never Mend  -   Ambros Seelos Orchester   -   
 21  - Angelitos Negros  -   Manuel & the Music of the Mountains  -   
 22  - Cry of the Wild Goose  -   Baja Marimba Band  -   
 23  - Brasilia Mission  -   The Tony Hatch Orchestra  -   
 24  - Vilja Song (Cha cha cha)  -   Josè Marcello Orchestra  -   
 25  - Ungarischer Tanz Nr.5 (Brahms)  -   Klaus Wunderlich  -   
 26  - Mexican Shuffle - Tijuana Taxi - La Bamba  -   The Black & White Minstrels and The Joe Loss Orchestra  -   
 27  - I'll Be There  -   Eric Marienthal  -   
 28  - Romance from ''The Gadfly''  -   André Rieu  -   
 29  - Big Noise From Winnetka  -   SWR Big Band  -   
 30  - Theme From The 'Deer Hunter'  -   The Shadows  - 

Onderwerp: WEEK 23 - 2017

Datum: 17-07-2017

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week23-2017

Wonderful selection!
Thanks!

Datum: 08-06-2017

Door: Mark Truso

Onderwerp: week 23

Thanks for all the great music!

Datum: 05-06-2017

Door: olivares68

Onderwerp: Week 23

Dear Harry, thank you for sharing such a beautiful music collection, I wanted to ask you if you have Ronnie Aldrich's CD "Destination Love / Love" and "Reflections / With Love & Understanding"

I have some CDs, maybe you can share them on the blog.

Thank you again for contributing and disseminating albums that are no longer available and that only in certain countries were edited.

Greetings from El Salvador in Central America

Datum: 04-06-2017

Door: Lucien Van Acker

Onderwerp: Week 23

Bedankt Harry, in het bijzonder voor de albums van Kai Warner en Quincy Jones.

Datum: 04-06-2017

Door: Darko

Onderwerp: week 23

Thank's for the choice of instrumentals for the week 23

Darko

Datum: 03-06-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 23

Well, it would appear that Harry has recovered sufficiently enough to post on time again, and that alone creates a soothing effect in my soul.
So Harry., many thanks for your herculean efforts on our behalf.
Also, while I'm fully aware that Zippyshares problems with malware is not the fault of Harry, perhaps a little pressure on that website might do the trick, or maybe nothing can be done about it at all and we must learn to live with it.
Thanks for all the fine music posted this week by Harry and contributors.
Ed, from a very pleasant Tennessee

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