WEEK 24 - 2017

Yesterday Once More
Volume 4
79:51 - 320 Kb/sec
 
tracklisting:
 
1. The Hollyridge Strings - Kiss me quick / 02:51
2. Jo Ment - I'm leaving it up all to you / 02:35
3. André Popp - Runaway / 03:08
4. David Whitaker - The boxer / 02:33
5. Raymond Lefèvre - If I were a carpenter / 02:09
6. Jimmy Takeuchi - Have you ever seen the rain / 01:55
7. André Kostelanetz - One day in your life / 02:19
8. Mark Wirtz Orchestra - (I say) Yeh, Yeh / 03:31
9. Caravelli - She wears my ring / 02:57
10. Syd Dale - Cinderella Rockafella / 02:03
11. James Last - You're still the one / 03:27
12. Clebanoff & his Orchestra - Puff / 02:14
13. Billy Strange & The Challengers - Milord / 02:03
14. The Ventures - Yesterday once more / 03:33
15. Howard Blaikley - Zabadak / 02:24
16. The Robert Stigwood Orchestra - Massachusetts / 02:21
17. José Marcello - Wishing and hoping / 02:33
18. Lex De Azevedo - True love ways / 02:18
19. Roy Etzel - My boy Lollipop / 02:10
20. Alan Tew - Home lovin' man / 03:30
21. Bert Kaempfert - Morgen / 02:52
22. Francis Moore - (Sittin' on) The dock of the bay / 02:44
23. Maurice Monthier Orquestra - To Sir with love / 02:13
24. Ray McVay - Time is tight / 03:01
25. John Fox - Let your love flow / 02:30
26. The Dreams Orchestra - You're more than a number (in my little red book) / 02:43
27. Roger Williams - Sailor (Your home is the sea) / 03:36
28. Royal Blue - Dizzy / 02:14
29. Living Guitars - Dedicated to the one I love / 02:42
30. Norman Candler & Harald Winkler - What have they done to my song, Ma / 02:31

Guitar A GoGo * 1968
 
 01 -  12Th Street Rag  - 
 02 -  Jezebel  - 
 03 -  Espana  - 
 04 -  Tiritomba  - 
 05 -  Brazil  - 
 06 -  La Playa  - 
 07 -  Fandango  - 
 08 -  Funiculi-Funicula  - 
 09 -  Johnny Guitar  - 
 10 -  Little Brown Jug  - 
 11 -  The Breeze And I  - 
 12 -  Amapola  - 
 13 -  Who Are We  - 
 14 -  Vive L'amour  - 

Roberto Delgado 
Eviva Roberto
 
 1 -  Eviva Espana; Dolores; A Banda  - 
 2 -  Chiquitita  - 
 3 -  Dancing Queen  - 
 4 -  Guantanamera  - 
 5 -  Bei Mir Bist Du Schön  - 
 6 -  Tanze Samba Mit Mir  - 
 7 -  Some Enchanted Evening (medley)  - 
 8 -  Bahia Blanca  - 
 9 -  Sentimental Journey  - 
 10 -  La Bamba  - 
 11 -  Farewell Jamaica, Farewell  - 

Bert Kaempfert 
My Way Of Life * 1968
 
 1 -  My Way Of Life  - 
 2 -  Mister Sandman  - 
 3 -  Welcome To My Heart  - 
 4 -  Memories Of Mexico  - 
 5 -  Manhattan After Dark  - 
 6 -  You Are There  - 
 7 -  Malaysian Melody  - 
 8 -  Fascination  - 
 9 -  On My Lonely Way  - 
 10 -  Soul Time  - 
 11 -  Ridin' Rainbows  - 
 12 -  Stompin' At The Savoy  - 

Frank Valdor 
Hallo Happy Day
 
 01 -  Good Morning Friends  - 
 02 -  Keep Up Your Dancing Babe  - 
 03 -  Komm mit auf die Reise  - 
 04 -  Hallo Happy Day  - 
 05 -  Kolibri  - 
 06 -  Guten Morgen keine Sorgen  - 
 07 -  Cachaca Queima  - 
 08 -  Carneval No Rio  - 
 09 -  Mexican Mambo  - 
 10 -  Midnight Fever  - 
 11 -  Samba Maracatu  - 
 12 -  Pituzinha  - 
 13 -  Highway Patrol  - 
 14 -  Salute To Les Brown  - 
 15 -  Skyrider  - 
 16 -  The Girl From Ipanema  - 
 17 -  Danny Boy  - 
 18 -  Happy Days Are Here Again  - 
Ferrante & Teicher 
All Time Great Movie Themes
 
 01 -  Theme from The Apartment  - 
 02 -  Exodus - Main Theme  - 
 03 -  Love Theme from One Eyed Jacks  - 
 04 -  Theme from Goodbye Again  - 
 05 -  Tonight  - 
 06 -  Smile  - 
 07 -  Moon River  - 
 08 -  Lisa  - 
 09 -  Theme from Taras Bulba  - 
 10 -  Theme from Lawrence Of Arabia  - 
 11 -  Antony and Cleopatra Theme  - 
 12 -  More  - 
 13 -  Khartoum  - 
 14 -  A Man and A Woman  - 
 15 -  Live For Life  - 
 16 -  Theme From Elvira Madigan (Mozart Piano Concert No. 21)  - 
 17 -  Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet  - 
 18 -  Midnight Cowboy  - 
 19 -  Pieces of Dreams  - 
 20 -  The Music Lovers (Main Title)   - 
 21 -  Sunrise, Sunset  - 
 22 -  Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From 'The Godfather')  - 
The Readers Digest collection 
Hits From Around The World
 
 01 -  A01. Puppet On A String  - Frank Comstock And His Orchestra  - 
 02 -  A02. Love Is Blue  - Johnny Gibbs And His Orchestra  - 
 03 -  A03. Strangers In The Night  - Bill Lee, Marty Paich And His Orchestra  - 
 04 -  A04. Wiederseh'n  - Pete King And His Orchestra  - 
 05 -  A05.The Girl From Ipanema  - Ray Davis And Hi Button - Down Brass  - 
 06 -  A06. April In Portugal  - Ken Thorne And His Orchestra  - 
 07 -  A07. The Lion Sleeps Tonigh  - Norman Percival And His Orchestra  - 
 08 -  B01. Never On Sunday  - Frankie Carle, His Piano And Orchestra  - 
 09 -  B02. The French Song  - Frankie Carle, His Piano And Orchestra  - 
 10 -  B03. More  - Frankie Carle, His Piano And Orchestra  - 
 11 -  B04. Cuando Caliente El Sol  - Frankie Carle, His Piano And Orchestra  - 
 12 -  B05. Midnight In Moscow  - Frankie Carle, His Piano And Orchestra  - 
 13 -  B06.Sukiyaki  - Frankie Carle, His Piano And Orchestra  - 
 14 -  B07. Dominique  - Frankie Carle, His Piano And Orchestra  - 
 15 -  B08. Tie Me Kangaroo Down Spor  - Frankie Carle, His Piano And Orchestra  - 
 16 -  B09. I Want To Hold Your Hand  - Frankie Carle, His Piano And Orchestra  - 
The 101 Strings Orchestra 
Gipsy Campfires
 
 01 -  Dark Eyes  - 
 02 -  Two Guitars  - 
 03 -  Slavonic Dances  - 
 4a -  Czardas De Monti  - 
 4b -  Gipsy Song No 4  - 
 05 -  Brahms Hungarian Dance No 6  - 
 06 -  Golden Earrings  - 
David Rose 
The Special Magic Of 
 
 01 -  King Of The Road  - 
 02 -  Holiday For Strings  - 
 03 -  One More Time  - 
 04 -  Bonanza  - 
 05 -  All the Things You Are  - 
 06 -  Mr. Tambourine Man  - 
 07 -  What Is There To Say  - 
 08 -  Gigi  - 
 09 -  There's a Small Hotel  - 
 10 -  Love  - 
 11 -  Holiday For Trombones  - 
 12 -  Spartacus-Love Theme  - 
 13 -  Dance Of The Spanish Onion  - 
 14 -  What's New Pussycat  - 
Les Baxter 
Confetti
 
 1 -  Ricordate Marcellino  - 
 2 -  Heartstring Melody  - 
 3 -  Dance From Bonjour Tristesse  - 
 4 -  The Lonely Whistler  - 
 5 -  Mon Amour O Mon Amour  - 
 6 -  April In Portugal  - 
 7 -  La Panse  - 
 8 -  Love Begins  - 
 9 -  The Bachelors Of Brussels  - 
 10 -  Love Theme From A Farewell To Arms  - 
 11 -  I Never Had A Dream Like This Before  - 
 12 -  The Poor People Of Paris  - 
 
David Osborne 
Music Of The Night
 
 01 -  I Won't Last A Day Without You  - 
 02 -  Hero/Wind Beneath My Wings  - 
 03 -  Somewhere Over The Rainbow  - 
 04 -  Superstar  - 
 05 -  Sound Of Music Medley  - 
 06 -  I Can't Make You Love Me  - 
 07 -  I Have Nothing (From The Bodyguard)  - 
 08 -  West Side Story  - 
 09 -  The Way We Were/The Times Of Your Life  - 
 10 -  Love Story  - 
 11 -  Sara  - 
 12 -  Phantom Medley  - 
 13 -  Send In The Clowns  - 
Dan Hill and His Sounds Electronic 
Music To Watch Girls By
 
 01 -  A1 A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You  - 
 02 -  A2 The More I See You  - 
 03 -  A3 No Milk Today  - 
 04 -  A4 Work Song  - 
 05 -  A5 Sugar Town  - 
 06 -  A6 Thoko  - 
 07 -  B1 Music To Watch Girls By  - 
 08 -  B2 I Love Onions  - 
 09 -  B3 Wednesday's Child  - 
 10 -  B4 Matthew and Son  - 
 11 -  B5 Little Man  - 
 12 -  B6 Lady Godiva  - 
Enoch Light 
SHOW SPECTACULAR * 1959
 
 1 -  Bluckle down winsocki  - 
 2 -  How are the things in Glocca Mora  - 
 3 -  This can´t be love  - 
 4 -  Seventy-six trombones   - 
 5 -  Lida rose  - 
 6 -  Grant Avenue  - 
 7 -  June is bustin´ out all over  - 
 8 -  This nearly was mine  - 
 9 -  Wunderbar  - 
 10 -  There´s a small hotel  - 
 11 -  Don´t merry me  - 
 12 -  If I loved you  - 
Lawrence Welk 
CD6 - Reader's Digest Listening and Dancing
 
 01 -  You Belong To Me  - 
 02 -  No Other Love  - 
 03 -  Where The Blue Of The Night Meets The Gold Of The Day  - 
 04 -  I Can Dream Can't I  - 
 05 -  Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes  - 
 06 -  The Sweetest Sounds  - 
 07 -  Carolina In The Morning  - 
 08 -  Wedding Of The Painted Doll-Broadway Melody-Doll Dance  - 
 09 -  People Will Say We're In Love  - 
 10 -  Mary Lou  - 
 11 -  If I Loved You  - 
 12 -  Street of Dreams-All I Do Is Dream Of You-I'll See You In My Dreams  - 
Various Artists 
Souvenirs From The 60's, disc 2
 
 1 -  Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds  - John Fox  - 
 2 -  Albatross  - The London Pops Orchestra  - 
 3 -  Honey  - Mantovani  - 
 4 -  A Hard Day's Night  - Frank Chacksfield  - 
 5 -  The Look Of Love  - Ronnie Aldrich  - 
 6 -  Walk On By  - Ron Goodwin  - 
 7 -  My Cherie Amour  - Ray Davies & The Button Down Brass  - 
 8 -  Love Is Blue  - Geoff Love  - 
 9 -  She's Leaving Home  - The London Pops Orchestra  - 
 10 -  Hey Jude  - Frank Chacksfield  - 
 11 -  You Only Live Twice  - Johnny Howard  - 
 12 -  Everybody Knows  - Les Reed  - 
 13 -  Classical Gas  - Ronnie Aldrich  - 
 13 -  Les Bicyclettes de Belsize  - Mantovani  - 
 15 -  Strawberry Fields Forever  - John Fox  - 
 16 -  One Note Samba  - George Shearing  - 
 17 -  Moon River  - Frank Chacksfield  - 
 18 -  What The World Needs Now Is Lo  - Ron Goodwin  - 
 19 -  It Must Be Him  - Ronnie Aldrich  - 
 20 -  I Say A Little Prayer  - George Shearing  - 
 21 -  Somewhere My Love (Lara's Them  - Johnny Howard  - 
 22 -  Both Sides Now  - Mantovani  - 
 23 -  True Love Ways  - Ron Goodwin  - 
 24 -  The Girl from Ipanema  - Geoff Love  - 
 25 -  Mrs Robinson  - Frank Chacksfield  - 
Claude Ciari 
La Playa - Vol. 1
 
 01 -  La Playa  - 
 02 -  Solenzara  - 
 03 -  Recuerdos de la Alhambra  - 
 04 -  Maria Elena  - 
 05 -  Jeux Interdits  - 
 06 -  Stardust  - 
 07 -  Le Vert Gallant  - 
 08 -  Sans Toi Mamie  - 
 09 -  Nathalie  - 
 10 -  Manuel Benites "El Cordobes"  - 
 11 -  The Third Man Theme  - 
 12 -  L'Amour C'Est Pour Rien  - 
 13 -  Estrellita  - 
 14 -  Einsamer Hirte  - 
 15 -  On Ne Vit Pas Sans Se Dire Adieu  - 
Anthony Ventura 
Melodies from France
 
 01 -  Ne Me Quitte Pas  - 
 02 -  La Mer  - 
 03 -  Je l'Aime A Mourir - Les Feuilles Mortes  - 
 04 -  J'ai Oublié De Vivre  - 
 05 -  Amsterdam - Le Plat Pays  - 
 06 -  Comme d'Habitude  - 
 07 -  Prendre Un Enfant - La Ballade Des Gents Heureux  - 
 08 -  Mon Vieux - Malheur A Celui Que Blesse Un Enfant  - 
 09 -  Nous - Milles Colombes  - 
 10 -  Hymne a l'Amour  - 
 
Galway Pops Orchestra
James Galway 
The Wind Beneath My Wings
 
 1 -  El Condor Pasa (If I Could)  - 
 2 -  Unchained Melody  - 
 3 -  From a Distance  - 
 4 -  La Vie en Rose  - 
 5 -  Come to My Garden [From The Secret Garden]  - 
 6 -  Memory [From Cats]  - 
 7 -  Smoke Gets in Your Eyes [From Roberta]  - 
 8 -  Windmills of Your Mind [From The Thomas Crown Affair]  - 
 9 -  Perhaps Love  - 
 10 -  Basque  - 
 11 -  Ceremony [From Miss Saigon]  - 
 12 -  Send in the Clowns [From A Little Night Music]  - 
 13 -  Angel of Music [From The Phantom of the Opera]  - 
 14 -  Irish Medley: Isle of Innisfree/I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen/Ros  - 
 15 -  The Wind Beneath My Wings  - 
Klaus Wunderlich 
Wunderlich Pops 7
 
 01 -  Don't let me be misunderstood -- Yes sir, boogie  - 
 02 -  Sir Duke -- So you win again -- 7  fasser wein  - 
 03 -  Ti amo -- Lucille  - 
 04 -  Im wagen for mir -- It's your life -- Lady in black  - 
 05 -  A far l'amore -- Standing rain -- Love air -- Spring  - 
 06 -  Queen of chinatown -- Sorry I'm a lady -- Love me baby  - 
 07 -  Mull of Kintyre -- Auld lang syne  - 
 08 -  Accidental lover -- Belfast -- Black is black -- Crossfire  - 
 09 -  Einsamer hirte -- Ballade pour Adeline  - 
 10 -  Oxygene IV -- Magic fly -- I feel love  - 
The Three Suns 
Warm And Tender * 1962
 
 01 -  There Goes My Heart  - 
 02 -  Fly Me To The Moon  - 
 03 -  Unchained Melody  - 
 04 -  Love is Like A Violin  - 
 05 -  Just Say I Love Her  - 
 06 -  Warm and Tender  - 
 07 -  Poor Butterfly  - 
 08 -  Portofino Amor  - 
 09 -  I'm Always Chasing Rainbows  - 
 10 -  C'est Si Bon  - 
 11 -  The Lamp Is Low  - 
 12 -  A Touch of Tenderness  - 
Paul Mauriat 
Le grand orchestre de Paul Mauriat, volume 5
1967
 
 1 -  Puppet On A String  - 
 2 -  This Is My Song  - 
 3 -  Penny Lane  - 
 4 -  Love Is Blue  - 
 5 -  Adieu la nuit  - 
 6 -  Mama  - 
 7 -  Somethin' Stupid  - 
 8 -  Inch Allah  - 
 9 -  There's A Kind Of Hush  - 
 10 -  Seuls au monde  - 
 11 -  Ta, ta, ta, ta  - 
 12 -  L'important c'est la rose  - 
Ray Martin 
Rainy Night in London * 1956
 
 01 -  That Old Feeling  - 
 02 -  Again  - 
 03 -  My Foolish Heart  - 
 04 -  You Are My Lucky Star  - 
 05 -  Isn't It Romantic  - 
 06 -  Love Walked In  - 
 07 -  A Fine Romance  - 
 08 -  You Stepped Out Of A Dream  - 
 09 -  Long Ago And Far Away  - 
 10 -  September In The Rain  - 
 11 -  As Time Goes By  - 
 12 -  I've Got You Under My Skin  - 
 
The Readers Digest Collection
Various Artists 
Soft and Soothing Moods Disc 3
 
 1 -  The Very Thought of You  - Terry Harrington, His Saxophone and Orchestra  - 
 2 -  Embraceable You  - Terry Harrington, His Saxophone and Orchestra  - 
 3 -  I'm Getting Sentimental Over You  - Terry Harrington, His Saxophone and Orchestra  - 
 4 -  Red Sails in the Sunset  - Terry Harrington, His Saxophone and Orchestra  - 
 5 -  A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening  - Terry Harrington, His Saxophone and Orchestra  - 
 6 -  Long Ago (And Far Away)  - Terry Harrington, His Saxophone and Orchestra  - 
 7 -  Yours  - Terry Harrington, His Saxophone and Orchestra  - 
 8 -  But Beautiful  - Terry Harrington, His Saxophone and Orchestra  - 
 9 -  They Say It's Wonderful  - Terry Harrington, His Saxophone and Orchestra  - 
 10 -  Far Away Places  - Terry Harrington, His Saxophone and Orchestra  - 
 11 -  Stranger on the Shore  - Acker Bilk, His Clarinet and Orchestra  - 
 12 -  The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face  - Acker Bilk, His Clarinet and Orchestra  - 
 13 -  We've Only Just Begun  - Acker Bilk, His Clarinet and Orchestra  - 
 14 -  Let It Be Me  - Acker Bilk, His Clarinet and Orchestra  - 
 15 -  I Left My Heart in San Francisco  - Acker Bilk, His Clarinet and Orchestra  - 
 16 -  You'll Never Know  - Terry Harrington, Clarinet and Orchestra  - 
 17 -  The More I See You  - Terry Harrington, Clarinet and Orchestra  - 
 18 -  My Foolish Heart  - Terry Harrington, Clarinet and Orchestra  - 
 19 -  Feelings  - Pierre Belmonde, Pan Flute and Orchestra  - 
 20 -  You Don't Bring Me Flowers  - Pierre Belmonde, Pan Flute and Orchestra  - 
 21 -  Time to Say Goodbye  - Damian Luca, Pan Flute and Orchestra  - 
Johnny Douglas 
The Railway Children, 
Music from the Motion Picture
 
 1 -  The Railway Children Overture  - 
 2 -  Roberta's Theme  - 
 3 -  Mother's Theme  - 
 4 -  The Robbers  - 
 5 -  The Paper Chase  - 
 6 -  A Kindly Old Gentleman  - 
 7 -  Perks Must Be About It  - 
 8 -  The Birthday Waltz  - 
 9 -  The Railway Children Finale  - 
 10 -  More Than Ever Now  -
ARTHUR LYMAN
TABOO
1958
 
 
 
Millions have been sold! The world changed completely! It's the real exotic debut of Arthur Lyman and his men that makes their first record Leis Of Jazz of 1957 look pale in comparison. It's Taboo, the enchanting pinnacle of Lyman's craftsmanship, and though I love all of his 58's and 59's albums, this particular work is a novelty that is rightfully mentioned next to Martin Denny's mono version of Exotica of 1957, on which Arthur Lyman played the vibraphone.
 
 
Having been inspired by the vivid bird calls of his then-bandmate Augie Colón, Taboo is the first album to contain Lyman's take on croaking, chirping and squawking. The band members remain the same as on his debut: John Kramer plays a variety of string and percussion instruments and supports Lyman with additional bird calls, Alan Soares is the pianist and second percussionist, with Harold Chang being the third percussion meister and xylophone player. Taboo features twelve renditions of well-known songs, with the occasional surprise and traditional song thrown in for good measure. A
rranged by Ethel Azama's then-current and soon-to-be pianist of the Gene Rains Group, Paul Conrad – who released his own debut Exotic Paradise later in the 60's –, Taboo is the hallmark of Arthur Lyman, with the first clear signs of dreamy landscapes, exotic rhythms and Far Eastern traits. Yes, it lacks a coherent focus and is often seen as an audacious copy of Martin Denny's style, but seriously, we're not talking about the East Coast vs. West Coast Hip Hop scheme here. I believe that fans of Exotica can and should have their respective favorites, as do I, but at the end of the day, I think that followers should love Denny and Lyman equally, if not for their personae, then for the fun activity of cherry picking and cream-skimming through their huge back catalog. With these rose-tinted thoughts in mind, let's get ready for Taboo.
 
 
Margarita Lecuona wrote the eponymous Latin piece in 1934 already, and it is one of the best known Jazz classics in general and most beloved Exotica songs in particular. In one sentence: Taboo is the opener. As I've written time and again, Les Baxter made this composition accessible to my ears on his pre-Exotica album Caribbean Moonlight of 1956, so all other versions are inferior to his Hollywood strings rendition in my book, even the hordes of latinized tries. But Arthur Lyman sure knows how a good retake of it should sound like. And thus he launches the album with Brazilian guiro shakers and piles of vivid bird calls. The piano melody is exchanged with nocturnally glinting vibraphones whose sustain is allowed to oscillate. The piano is still there, but it is Soares' task to accentuate the vibes with carefully dropped chords. Of particular success is the percussive vignette that is intersected in the middle of the track. I'm more than a bit sceptic about the incessant rhythm shifts in Lyman's debut Leis Of Jazz, but since the percussion consists of exotic bamboo rods and bongos, I am making a U-turn and praise the hell out of this short stop which is later accompanied by a purposefully cacophonous alto flute and majestic piano chords. In one last shift, the band revs up the tempo and presents a frantic bongo performance with allotted bird cries, making this an overall verbose, but delicately exotic piece.
 
 
Up next is a take on Ken Darby's Kalua, also known as Love Song Of Kalua. Lyman and his band surprise with a ukulele base frame, orchestra chimes and vibraphone goodness. The merging sustain of the vibes is delicious, the whole song is dreamy and is in fact the first of Lyman's dreamy renditions. It doesn't reach the hammock-compatible phantasmagoria of Martin Denny's take on Waipio, on which Lyman played the vibes as well, but is still a wonderfully clinging piece of ambience. As frantic as the opener Taboo is, the percussion is softly played and placed in the mix on Kalua. Most impressive. 
 
Ringo Oiwake is next. This proper Japanese song by Masao Yoneyama and Fujio Ozawa is properly treated by Lyman. Every fissure of this track is filled with kitschy Japanese tone sequences and Far Eastern tonalities. A vibraphone-xylophone couple plays the cheeky main melody in staccato style while droning temple gongs, galloping bongos and awe-inspiring cascading sunset-fueled piano chords conflate mellifluously. They are a great counterpart to the occasionally tipsy and deliberately wonky five-note repetition of the mallet instruments. A great song for fans of Far Eastern song structures. The clichés actually work to the song's advantage!
 
Another stomper is approaching: Sea Breeze, written by Lou Busch, starts with a field recording of Hawaiian ocean waves, followed by delicately blurry vibraphone spirals that waft up and down, creating an utterly dreamy panorama that serves as a mystical background for Soares' piano droplets and the silky polyphony of the vibes. This song is, well, Ambient Exotica at its finest, almost on par with the aforementioned Waipio and clearly inspired by it. It is solemn pieces like this that make me forget Lyman's lackluster Jazz debut that preceded Taboo by one year. The mood is paradisiac, soothing and sumptuous, it is all about the sustain of the mallet instruments. My absolute favorite off Taboo, and my favorite of Lyman's many styles. A humble but gargantuan take.
 
 
 
While the Greek classic Misirlou is presented here in a double bass-fueled, bongo-driven and piano-focused manner that reciprocates between mystique and sunset-evoking majesty thanks to Soares' piano chords and the unexpected omission of any mallet instrument, China Clipper ends side A with a composition by arranger Paul Conrad himself, showing his love for the Eastern culture that he showcased later on his album Exotic Paradise. As one might expect, temple gongs, another infusion of galloping percussion and even slapped kotos or related zithers are all in here, providing another ambience intro before the song moves into jazzy territories with the Far Eastern eleven-note motif played on both the vibraphone and the piano. The cymbals, tambourins and triangles are used very carefully, as if not to boost the liveliness further. Side A is huge. Not one single dud, only winners, six in a row.
 
 
Side B is fired off with a rendition of Les Baxter's Sim Sim, and interestingly enough, it is also considered in the same year, 1958, by Martin Denny on his third exotic album Forbidden Island. In direct comparison, Lyman's version wins due to the vivid bird calls – which, on a side-note, are used in the very same running order on Vera Cruz off Lyman's 1958 album Bwana Ā – and the sunnier, mellower vibraphone melody in tandem with the high plasticity of the gentle percussion. The second phase sees this song transformed into a tribal thunderstorm of percussion goodness as it is already the case on Baxter's original. However, there's a little flaw worth mentioning that decreases the production value of this song, and it has to do with the aforementioned bird calls: not only are they re-used in Vera Cruz, but repeated three times on Sim Sim. Given the bird call talent of Lyman, this is a letdown, I have to admit. Nature is not that repetitive, and artificial bird calls shouldn't either. 
 
Taboo is continued with a take on Franz Waxman's Katsumi Love Theme. What starts with the already known Far Eastern ingredients plus glittering wind chimes becomes an arrangement that shuttles incessantly between Japanese tone sequences and more Occidental piano notes. It's without a doubt the most jazzy rendition on the album, with no clear golden thread or distinct progression. It doesn't get any more convoluted on Taboo. 
 
 
Up next is a wonderfully percussion-driven version of Duke Ellington's classic Caravan, and while its middle section resides in decidedly jazzy, double bass-backed territories and bathes in Honky Tonk piano accentuations, it's the percussion that rescues this otherwise uninspiring take. No shawm or sitar are featured, the used instruments sound all perfectly normal to Western ears. But the bongos make up for it. If they weren't used in this clear-cut fashion, Caravan could well have been included in Leis Of Jazz otherwise. Helen Parker's beautiful Akaka Falls is next, and Lyman exchanges the warped ukulele licks with balmy vibraphone notes that mimic the drugged sustain of the string instrument perfectly. John Kramer's ukulele is instead used as an accentuating device. Downspiraling vibraphone scintillae boost the paradisiac nature of the depicted diorama, the bird calls sound very life-like and are of the non-disturbing kind, as they never detract from the maintained reverie on the forefront. Additional piano chords round off this gorgeous ditty and bring side B back on the right track.
 
 
 
The traditional Dahil Sayo is another clear winner. Lyman's blurry vibraphones at the beginning seem to shimmer due to the evoked heat, but the biggest selling point is surely the greatly carved out main melody that is easily hummable. It's not as catchy as Misirlou, but pretty close. The second part gets even better, as the band goes Latin. Soares' jumpy piano chords and Chang's revved up percussion make this a superb rendition that captures my attention regularly. The final Hilo March is the mandatory quirky track that is found on most Exotica albums by Lyman or Denny. It is a vibraphone-laden military march full of whistles, a clear focus on the percussion and a jazzy intersection with quickly slapped double bass strings, and boldly audible bongos. It is surprisingly good thanks to the gentle piano chords, but definitely the weakest track off Taboo. It's no total letdown, just not exotic enough and thus a rather weak closer of a grandiloquent album.
 
 
Taboo is a strong second debut by Arthur Lyman. Leis Of Jazz was firmly rooted in jazzy realms despite its reference to the leis, but Taboo builds the base of the band's future success, although an overarching concept, harmony or coherence had yet to be established – think of the nocturnal latinization of Bahia or the magnanimous amount of thirteen (!) languorous ditties on Hawaiian Sunset, for instance. Side A off Taboo is almost too good to be true, with one magnificent track after the other. Not even Denny's Exotica delivers such a string of high-quality material right from the get-go, but that's up for debate and definitely not meant in a blasphemous way.
 
 
 
It's also worth noting that one of the main columns of the Exotica formula hasn't been established on this album yet: the use of overly exotic and alienating instruments. Temple gongs, bamboo rods and wind chimes are probably the best examples, but apart from the expected bongos and congas that fall into the same category, the colorful landscapes and destinations are all created with the vibraphone and the piano. The latter is especially present on every track and even beats the use of the vibraphone which is neglected on Misirlou. Make no mistake, Taboo is on par with Denny's Exotica, both of them deserved bestsellers and milestones of this humble genre. Bird calls, field recordings, lushness, dreaminess, jazzventures – it's all in here, and hence broadly available in all disc and file formats one might imagine. Taboo is, in my opinion at least, the real debut of Arthur Lyman's group as we know it. It's catchy, technicolored and even majestic in its depiction of calm and peacefulness. Hyper-recommended to every person that's even distantly interested in Exotica music. 
 
 
 
Exotica Review 126: Arthur Lyman – Taboo (1958). Originally published on Sep. 29, 2012 at AmbientExotica.com.
 01  - Taboo  -     
 02  - Love Song Of Kalua  -     
 03  - Ringo Oiwake  -     
 04  - Sea Breeze  -     
 05  - Misirlou  -     
 6  - China Clipper  -     
 07  - Sim Sim  -     
 08  - Katsumi Love Theme  -     
 09  - Caravan  -     
 10  - Akaka Falls  -     
 11  - Dahil Sayo  -     
 12  - Hilo March  -     
 13  - Bwana A  -     
 14  - Colonel Bogey March  -     
 15  - Waikiki Serenade  -     
 16  - Moon Over A Ruined Castle  -     
 

 

Bobby Hutcherson 
Candy
 
 01 -  Stardust  - 
 02 -  On Green Dolphin Street  - 
 03 -  Stand by Me   - 
 04 -  Blues in the Night  - 
 05 -  I Don't Want to Cry  - 
 06 -  Stella by Starlight  - 
 07 -  Night and Day  - 
 08 -  Through for the Night  - 
 09 -  Stone Crazy  - 
 10 -  Just Waiting  - 
 11 -  The Way You Look Tonight  - 
 12 -  Deep Fried  - 
 13 -  Nothing But The Truth  - 
 14 -  RBQ  - 
 15 -  Laughing Tonight  - 
 16 -  Three-Fourths Blues  - 
 17 -  Sometihing's Got a Hold in Me   - 
 18 -  Boss Tina  - 

Glenn Zottola  
Too Marvelous for Words
 
 01 -  Too Marvelous for Words  - 
 02 -  Body and Soul  - 
 03 -  Oh, Lady Be Good  - 
 04 -  Embraceable You  - 
 05 -  Three Little Words  - 
 06 -  Poor Butterfly  - 
 07 -  Sometimes I'm Happy  - 
 08 -  You Go to My Head  - 
 09 -  When Your Lover Has Gone  - 
 10 -  Fine and Daddy  - 

Bobby Byrne 
The Jazzbone's Connected To The Trombone
 
 01 -  Speak Low  - 
 02 -  Sometimes I'm Happy  - 
 03 -  I Got It Bad  - 
 04 -  After You've Gone  - 
 05 -  Street Of Dreams  - 
 06 -  Wild Bones  - 
 07 -  That Old Black Magic  - 
 08 -  I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues  - 
 09 -  I Get A Kick Out Of You  - 
 10 -  Frenesi  - 
 11 -  Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea  -
 

01    -  Around The World   - Chaquito and the Quedo Brass  -    
02    -  Brasil Tropical  - Günter Noris  -    
03    -  We Are Goïng Down Jordan  - Kurt Edelhagen  -    
04    -  In Old Lisbon  - Pete Moore  -    
05    -  Japan Bridge  - Werner Müller  -    
06    -  Kentucky Woman  - Les Baxter  -    
07    -  Geef Mij Maar Amsterdam (Holland)  - James Last  -    
08    -  Guantanamera  - Geoff Love  -    
09    -  The Volga Boatmen  - Roberto Delgado  -    
10    -  San Francisco  - Klaus Wunderlich  -    
11    -  Trip To Hindustan  - Berry Lipmann  -    
12    -  Rhil Mhor Bhaile An Chalaid (Ireland)  - James Last  -    
13    -  Arriverderci Roma  - Werner Müller  -    
14    -  Canadian Sunset  - Floyd Cramer  -    
15    -  Monte Carlo  - Bert Kaempfert  -    
16    -  Edelweiss (Switzerland)  - Max Greger  -    
17    -  Moliendo Café (Venezuela)  - Larry Elgart  -    
18    -  Mongolian Horsemen  - Hugo Montenegro  -    
19    -  Monaco Theme  - Percy Faith  -    
20    -  Madagascar  - Baja Marimba Band  -   

01    -  Tzena Tzena (Israël)  - Roberto Delgado  -    
02    -  In A Persian Market  - Terry Snyder and The All Stars  -    
03    -  Mexican Hat Dance  - Chaquito & The Quedo Brass  -    
04    -  Mississippi  - Raymond Lefevre & His Grand Orchestra  -    
05    -  The Girls From Paramaribo (Suriname)  - Berry Lipman  -    
06    -  I Belong To Glasgow (Scotland)  - James Last  -    
07    -  El Condor Pasa (Peru)  - Horst Jankowski  -    
08    -  Berliner Luft  - Klaus Wunderlich  -    
09    -  Moonlight in Vermont  - Percy Faith  -    
10    -  A Night in Puerto Rico  - Roberto Delgado  -    
11    -  Panama Poppa  - Joe Loss  -    
12    -  New Orleans  - The Les Humphries Singers  -    
13    -  Zwei Münchener in Hamburg  - James Last  -    
14    -  Mambo Jambo  - Cherry Wainer  -    
15    -  Tango in Shanghai  - Danny Malando  -    
16    -  Peru  - Roberto Delgado  -    
17    -  Prager Polka (Czechoslovakia)  - Bert Kaempfert  -    
18    -  Tie Me Kangaroo Down (Australia)  - New Christy Minstrels  -    
19    -  Dallas   - Major Schiffer & Bundeswehr Showband  -    
20    -  Pyramid Dance  - Percy Faith  -

01    -  Miami Twilight  - Berry Lipman  -    
02    -  Ay, Ay, Ay (Chile)  - Manuel and the Music of The Mountains  -    
03    -  Spanish Step  - Roberto Delgado  -    
04    -  Thailand  - James Last  -    
05    -  Suikerbossie (South-Africa)  - Horst Wende  -    
06    -  Road To Marbella   - Augusto Alguero  -    
07    -  Calcutta (India)  - Caravelli  -    
08    -  Ayacucho (Peru)  - James Last  -    
09    -  Mexico twist  - Hugo Strasser und sein Tanzorchester  -    
10    -  Portugal  - Danny Malando  -    
11    -  Aloha-Oe (Hawaï)  - Frank Valdor  -    
12    -  My Beautiful Värmland (Sweden)  - Roberto Delgado  -    
13    -  In The Hall of The Mountain king (Norway)  - Hugo Montenegro  -    
14    -  I Love Paris  - Jack Costanzo  -    
15    -  Kilimanjaro  - Roberto Delgado  -    
16    -  Istanbul (Not Constantinople)  - Joe Fingers Carr, 80 Drums Around The World  -    
17    -  The Belly Dancer  - Kai Warner  -    
18    -  Londonderry Air  - The Tattoos  -    
19    -  Adios Pampa Mia (Argentina)  - Stanley Black  -    
20    -  Bahama Mama  - Paul Kuhn  -

01    -  African Beat  - Chaquito  -    
02    -  The Banana Boat Song (Jamaica)  - Les Reed  -    
03    -  Happy Luxemburg  - James Last  -    
04    -  Budapest Tango  - Danny Malando  -    
04    -  Turkish Harem Dance  - Clebanoff Strings & Percussion  -    
05    -  Tritsch Tratsch Polka (Austria)  - Günter Noris  -    
06    -  My Haïti Cherie  - Roberto Delgado  -    
07    -  Mombassa Rock  - Bert Kaempfert  -    
08    -  Hora Staccato (Hungary)  - Werner Muller Orchestra  -    
09    -  Jamaica Boy  - Roberto Delgado  -    
10    -  You Are Far Away At The Front (Taiwan)  - James Last  -    
11    -  Soul Limbo (Haïti)  - Günter Noris  -    
12    -  Liechtensteiner Polka  - Hugo Strasser  -    
13    -  Bermuda Triangle  - James Last  -    
13    -  Winds of Barcelona  - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass  -    
14    -  The Ale Of Diamonds (Denmark)  - Roberto Delgado  -    
16    -  Jamaica Samba  - Günter Noris  -    
17    -  New York, New York  - Franck Pourcel  -    
19    -  Foggy Day In London Town  - Werner Müller & His Orchestra  -    
20    -  Around The World  - James Last   -  

Onderwerp: WEEK 24 - 2017

Datum: 18-07-2017

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week24-2017

Great Lawrence Welk Boxset Readers Digest.
Thanks for Eliane and LL Team.

Datum: 25-06-2017

Door: Ramon Castillo

Onderwerp: Week 24

Thanks again to Harry and LL Team, superb music selection this week

Datum: 11-06-2017

Door: Lincoln Grecco

Onderwerp: greccolincoln@gmail.com

oNE MORE TIME. THANK YOU FOR THE BEAUTIFUL WEEK.

Datum: 11-06-2017

Door: Darko

Onderwerp: week 24

Thank's Harry and all LL team for the instrumentals this week. I have to say that photographs about Ray Martin's album are great.

Darko

Datum: 11-06-2017

Door: Mike G

Onderwerp: Week 24

I agree totally with Ed's words. The world is becoming a darker place, but music brings some light into it. The music is certainly worth waiting for every week! The power failed here yesterday [off for a few hours] ... it's then that you miss music the most. Thanks Harry and team for the Arthur Lyman commentary. I have a few Lyman and Denny albums now, thanks to LL! And looking forward to many more weeks of great listening.

Datum: 10-06-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 24

And so the year is marching on, but the music just keeps on coming even though Harry recently suffered a hack job.
It looks as though Harry has recovered, and for that we are all thankful.., waiting patiently at our terminals.
As usual, many thanks to all the contributors to this music blog, and keep your eyes open at all times in this very dangerous age we live in.
Ed, from a pleasant Tennessee

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