WEEK 26 - 2017

A Serenade to Summertime
Volume II
79:57 - 320 Kb/sec
 
tracklisting:
 
1. Addy Flor - Chica do verrrao / 02:42
2. Paul Mauriat - Valse d'été / 03:36
3. Hugo Strasser - In the Zum Zum Zummernight / 02:19
4. Syd Dale - Another Summer / 02:27
5. James Last - Happy Summer night / 04:01
6. Acoustic Sound Orchestra - Summer lover / 03:18
7. Orquestra Serenata Tropical - Summer holiday / 02:45
8. Buddy Morrow - Summer in the city / 03:08
9. Red Skelton - Summer girl / 02:27
10. Captain Cook - Wie ein Stern in einer Sommernacht / 02:45
11. The Pete Moore Orchestra - Eternal summer / 03:28
12. Jerry Murad's Harmonicats - Soft summer breeze / 03:01
13. Nick Ingman and his Orchestra - A Summer song / 02:43
14. Northern Dance Orchestra - Sounds like Summer / 02:39
15. Bert Landers - Eine Schwalbe macht noch keinen Sommer / 01:08
16. Ronnie Aldrich - The Summer of my life / 03:31
17. Mantovani - Greengage Summer / 02:43
18. MFSB - Summertime and I'm feeling mellow / 04:01
19. Helmut Brandenburg & The Philharmonic Pop Orchestra - A breeze of Summer / 03:51
20. Lawrence Welk - The green leaves of summer / 02:12
21. Roger Williams - Summer magic / 02:25
22. Captain Cook - Sommernacht in Rom / 04:10
23. Tony Hatch - Memories of Summer / 02:54
24. The Luxembourg Pop Orchestra - Indian Summer / 02:51
25. Norman Candler Magic Strings - The last rose of Summer / 02:55
26. Peter Nero - Wasn't the Summer short / 02:35
27. Paul Mauriat - Summer has flown / 03:13

The America Album
 
 01 -  Evie  - 
 02 -  America  - 
 03 -  Jean  - 
 04 -  Wedding Bell Blues  - 
 05 -  Sunshine Of Your Love  - 
 06 -  Tracy  - 
 07 -  Lay Lady Lay  - 
 08 -  Fahrt Ans Meer  - 
 09 -  Is That All There Is  - 
 10 -  Zwischen Tag Und Nacht  - 
 11 -  Ballad Of Easy Rider  - 

Bert Kaempfert 
That Happy Feeling
 
 1 -  That Happy Feeling  - 
 2 -  A Swingin' Safari  - 
 3 -  Market Day  - 
 4 -  Take Me  - 
 5 -  Similau  - 
 6 -  Zambesi  - 
 7 -  Happy Trumpeter  - 
 8 -  Tootie Flutie  - 
 9 -  Wimoweh  - 
 10 -  Sunday In Madrid  - 
 11 -  Black Beauty  - 
 12 -  Skokiaan (South African Song)  - 

Frank Valdor 
16 Fantastic Golden Latin Hits
 
 1 -  Siboney  - 
 2 -  Amor Amor Amor  - 
 3 -  La Golondrina  - 
 4 -  Patricia  - 
 5 -  La Bamba  - 
 6 -  Orfeo Negro  - 
 7 -  Brazil  - 
 8 -  Mambo Jambo  - 
 9 -  La Cucaracha  - 
 10 -  Spanish Eyes  - 
 11 -  El Cumbanchero  - 
 12 -  Cielito Lindo  - 
 13 -  Viva La Feria  - 
 14 -  Besame Mucho  - 
 15 -  Vaya Con Dios  - 
 16 -  O Cangaceiro  - 

Arno Flor 
Tschaikowsky Wonderland
 
 01 -  Capriccio Italian  - 
 02 -  Rodina (Symphony No.4 - 2nd Movement)  - 
 03 -  Scherze Pizzicato (Symphony No.4 - 3rd Movement)  - 
 04 -  Barcarole  - 
 05 -  Slavonic March  - 
 06 -  Sleeping Beauty (Dornröschen)  - 
 07 -  Swan Lake (Schwanensee)  - 
 08 -  Elegie (Serenade For Strings - 3rd Movement)  - 
 09 -  Romance  - 
 10 -  Nadeshda (Symphony No.5 - 2nd Movement)  - 
 11 -  Canzonetta (Violin Concert - 2nd Movement)  - 
 12 -  Ballet Valse (Serenade For Strings - 2nd Movement)  - 

Berry Lipman 
Disco Dance * 1978
 
 01 -  Night Fever  - 
 02 -  Dance In The Daytime  - 
 03 -  How Deep Is Your Love  - 
 04 -  Let's Dance Together  - 
 05 -  Stayin' Alive  - 
 06 -  Amor, Amor  - 
 07 -  Get A Blow  - 
 08 -  You're The One That I Want  - 
 09 -  Bonita Carmecita  - 
 10 -  The House Of The Rising Sun  - 
 11 -  Beach Girl  - 
 12 -  Fiesta Mabella  - 
 

Living Strings - Living Free * 1972
(conducted by Johnny Douglas)
 
Side A
01 - Living Free
02 - Joy's Theme
03 - Life And Death In The Bush
04 - No Other Girl
05 - Playtime For Cubs
 
Side B
06 - Born Free
07 - Sweet Talk
08 - Joy's Theme - Living Free Reprise
09 - My Special Dream
10 - Finale
 

The Norman Luboff Choir 
Broadway! * 1958
 
 01 -  New York, New York  - 
 02 -  The Girl That I Marry  - 
 03 -  I Whistle A Happy Tune  - 
 04 -  How Are Things In Glocca Morra  - 
 05 -  There Is Nothing Like A Dame  - 
 06 -  Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor  - 
 07 -  Another Op'nin', Another Show  - 
 08 -  Come To Me, Bend To Me  - 
 09 -  This Is The Army, Mr Jones  - 
 10 -  Out of My Dreams  - 
 11 -  Once In Love With Amy  - 
 12 -  You'll Never Walk Alone  - 

Orchester Hans Carste & 
Peter Cramer Orchester 
Beliebte Melodien zum Tanzen
 
 1 -  Sie will nicht Blumen  - 
 2 -  Halt mich in den Armen  - 
 3 -  Schließ deine Augen und träume  - 
 4 -  Rote Rosen, rote Lippen, roter Wein  - 
 5 -  La Cucaracha  - 
 6 -  Kann denn Liebe Sünde sein  - 
 7 -  Küß mich, bitte, bitte küß mich  - 
 8 -  Merci mon ami  - 
 9 -  Mach doch beim Küssen deine Augen zu  - 
 10 -  Zwei Herzen im 3/4 -Takt  - 
 11 -  Mit 'nem Küß vor der Haustür fing's an  - 
 12 -  Ich bin heute ja so verliebt  - 

The Briarcliff Strings 
Favorite Songs Of Love
 
 01 -  I'll Remember Apri  - 
 02 -  Deep Purple  - 
 03 -  Tenderly  - 
 04 -  Body and Soul  - 
 05 -  That Old Black Magic  - 
 06 -  Stardust  - 
 07 -  September Song  - 
 08 -  Temptation  - 
 09 -  What is This Thing Called Love  - 
 10 -  All The things You Are  

Acoustic Sound Orchestra 
Country Classics
Die Schönsten Country Songs, Vol.1
 
 01 -  Old Smoky  - 
 02 -  Help Me Make It Through The Night  - 
 03 -  The Yellow Rose Of Texas  - 
 04 -  Some Broken Hearts Never Mend  - 
 05 -  Oh My Darling Clementine  - 
 06 -  Tom Dooley  - 
 07 -  For The Good Times  - 
 08 -  Jambalaya  - 
 09 -  Tennessee Waltz  - 
 10 -  Tears Will Be The Chaser  - 
 11 -  A Lovely Work Of Art  - 
 12 -  Oh Susanna  - 
 13 -  Home On The Range  - 
 14 -  Rose Garden  - 

Bob Lanese 
Orchester Udo Reichel 
Trompeten Hits 3 (1978) 
 Europa 111 728.9
 
Side 1
 
01-Love Is In The Air
02-Ti Amo
03-Komm, Greif Zu
04-Vielleicht Wird Morgen Alles Anders Sein
05-Ein Schöner Tag Wie Heute
06-The House Of The Rising Sun (Trumpet by Horst Fischer)
 
Side 2
 
07-La Pastorella
08-Buenas Dias, Argentina
09-Manolito
10-Unsere Liebe Ist So Wunderschön
11-This Guy's In Love With You (Trumpet by Horst Fischer)
12-In Paris, Mon Amour
 

Danny Malando Orkest 
Olé Tango
 
 01 -  La Cumparsita  - 
 02 -  Olé Guapa  - 
 03 -  Adios Muchachos  - 
 04 -  Jealousy  - 
 05 -  Blue Tango  - 
 06 -  El Choclo  - 
 07 -  Con Sentimiento  - 
 08 -  Poëma  - 
 09 -  Guapita  - 
 10 -  Hernando's Hideaway  - 
 11 -  Dark Eyes  - 
 12 -  A La Gran Muñeca  - 
 13 -  Bailando  - 

Dean Franconi and His Sound Stage Orchestra 
Pleasant Percussion Music Of Leroy Anderson
 
 01 -  Syncopated Clock  - 
 02 -  Belle Of The Ball  - 
 03 -  Blue Tango  - 
 04 -  Fiddle Faddle  - 
 05 -  Penny Whistle  - 
 06 -  Serenata  - 
 07 -  Sleigh Ride  - 
 08 -  Forgotten Dreams  - 
 09 -  Sandpaper Ballet  - 
 10 -  Plink, Plank, Plunk  - 

Various Artists
Focus On Phase 4 Stereo
 
 01 -  I Love Paris  - Stanley Black  - 
 02 -  A Whiter Shade Of Pale  - Ronnie Aldrich  - 
 03 -  El Cumbanchero  - Los Machucambos  - 
 04 -  I've Heard That Song Before  - Harry James  - 
 05 -  The Skater's Waltz  - Will Glahe  - 
 06 -  Lover  - Les Paul  - 
 07 -  Washigton Post  - Grenadier Guards  - 
 08 -  Swing Low, Sweet Chariot  - The Keating Sound  - 
 09 -  La Bamba  - Edmundo Ros  - 
 10 -  Limelight  - Frank Chacksfield  - 
 11 -  The Avengers  - Roland Shaw  - 
 12 -  Two Guitars  - Werner Muller  - 
 13 -  More  - Ted Heath  - 
 14 -  Camptown Races  - Eric Rogers Chorale  - 

The Romantic Strings 
Play Great Broadway Favorites
 
 1 -  Oklahoma / Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'  - 
 2 -  My Fair Lady / I Could Have Danced All Night  - 
 3 -  South Pacific / This Nearly Was Mine  - 
 4 -  Annie Get Your Gun - The Girl That I Marry  - 
 5 -  Camelot - If Ever I Would Leave You  - 
 6 -  Phantom of the Opera / The Music of the Night  - 
 7 -  A Chorus Line / One  - 
 8 -  The King and I - Hellow, Young Lovers  - 
 9 -  The Three Penny Opera / Mack the Knife  - 
 10 -  Carousel / The Carousel Waltz  - 
 11 -  Oh, Kay! / Someone to Watch Over Me  - 
 12 -  Babes in Arms - Where or When  - 
 13 -  Les Miserables / I Dreamed a Dream  - 
 14 -  Annie / Tomorrow  - 
 15 -  "I Do! I Do!" / My Cup Runneth Over  - 
 16 -  On Your Toes - There's a Small Hotel  - 
 17 -  The King and I / I Have Dreamed  - 
 18 -  Camelot - Camelot  - 
 19 -  Brigadoon - The Heather on the Hill  - 
 20 -  The Sound of Music / The Sound of Music  - 

Anthony Arizaga 
Impossible Dream
 
 1 -  The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face  - 
 2 -  Autumn Leaves  - 
 3 -  Blue Bayou  - 
 4 -  It Was A Very Good Year  - 
 5 -  Try To Remember  - 
 6 -  Theme From Romeo & Juliet  - 
 7 -  Fly Me To The Moon  - 
 8 -  Golden Earrings  - 
 9 -  My Way  - 
 10 -  What A Wonderful World  - 
 11 -  Dulcinea  - 
 12 -  The Impossible Dream  - 

Billy May 
Play The Standards
 
 01 -  Ain't She Sweet  - 
 02 -  Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue  - 
 03 -  Tuxedo Junction  - 
 04 -  You're Driving Me Crazy  - 
 05 -  Top Hat White Tie and Tails  - 
 06 -  Cheek to Cheek  - 
 07 -  High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)  - 
 08 -  The Continental  - 
 09 -   Lulu's Back in Town  - 
 10 -  Say It Isn't So  - 
 11 -  Eager Beaver  - 
 12 -   In The Mood  - 
 13 -   Little Brown Jug  - 
 14 -   Makin' Whoopee  - 
 15 -   Mad About The Boy  - 
 16 -   Blues In The Night  - 
 17 -  Till There Was You  - 
 18 -   Young At Heart  - 
 19 -  Thee Shadow of Your Smile  - 
 20 -   Strangers in the Night  - 
 21 -  Autumn Leaves  - 
 22 -  Unforgettable  - 

The Three Suns 
Devaneio
 
 01 -  Change Partners  - 
 02 -  All Of Me  - 
 03 -  Dream A Little Dream Of Me  - 
 04 -  Easy Listening  - 
 05 -  Walkin' My Baby Back Home  - 
 06 -  Down Home Rag  - 
 07 -  Say It With Music  - 
 08 -  The Wood-Pecker Song  - 
 09 -  Making Whoopee  - 
 10 -  Happy Face Baby  - 
 11 -  By The Waters Of Minnetonka  - 
 12 -  Wunderbar  - 

Various Artists 
Strictly Dance Favorites 1
 
 1 -  In The Mood - (Jive/Swing)  - Claude Blouin And His Orchestra  - 
 2 -  Come Dancing - (Quickstep)  - Norrie Paramor And His Orchestra (From Come Dancing)  - 
 3 -  Ciribiribin - (Viennese Waltz)  - Douglas Gamley And His Orchestra  - 
 4 -  Tea For Two - (Cha Cha)  - Gorges Jouvin His Trumpet And Orchestra  - 
 5 -  Tango Del Amor - (Tango)  - Ambrose & His Orchestra  - 
 6 -  Granada - (Waltz)  - Luiz Rodriquez And His Orchestra  - 
 7 -  Moonlight Serenade (Foxtrot)  - Kenny King, His Trumpet And Orchestra  - 
 8 -  At The Woodchopper's Ball - (Swing)  - Claude Blouin  - 
 9 -  Charleston - (Charleston)  - Bob Wilson & His Varsity Rhythm Boys  - 
 10 -  Patricia - (Cha Cha)  - Alan Braden His Trumpet And Orchestra  - 
 11 -  Cuckoo's Waltz - (Waltz)  - Martin Muchhausen His Trumpet And Orchestra  - 
 12 -  Beer Barrel Polka - (Roll Out The Barrel) - (Polka)  - Kenny King, His Trumpet And Orchestra  - 
 13 -  Till - (Rumba)  - Claude Blouin And His Orchestra  - 
 14 -  Tango Of Roses - (Tango)  - The Romantic Strings & Orchestra  - 
 15 -  Aint' She Sweet? - (Charleston)  - Ambrose & His Orchestra  - 
 16 -  Greensleves - (Slow Waltz)  - Ambrose & His Orchestra  - 
 17 -  Sweet Georgia Brown - (Charleston)  - Kenny King, His Trumpet And Orchestra  - 
 18 -  Limelight - (Slow Waltz) (Terry's Theme)  - Ambrose & His Orchestra  - 
 19 -  La Paloma - (Tango)  - Don Cristobal And His Orchestra  - 
 20 -  Clarinet Polka - (Polka)  - Pat Zackavich And His Orchestra  - 
 21 -  Birthday Waltz - (Waltz)  - Georges Jovin, His Trumpet And Orchestra  - 
 22 -  Jeppers Creeper - (Quickstep)  - Ambrose & His Orchestra  - 
 23 -  Georgia On My Mind - (Slow)  - Ken Willetts And His Orchestra  - 
 24 -  Tuxedo Junction - (Swing)  - Claude Blouin  -

André Rieu 
Magic Moments
 
 01 -  01 My Heart Wil Go On  - 
 02 -  02 Send In The Clowns  - 
 03 -  03 Toselli-Serenade No.1, Op. 6  - 
 04 -  04 Strauss Jr.-Casanova-Nun  - 
 05 -  05 Dvořak-Lied An Den Mond  - 
 06 -  06 Chanson D'amour  - 
 07 -  07 Suite No2 Spartacus  - 
 08 -  08 Rieu-La Vie Est Belle  - 
 09 -  09 Air  - 
 10 -  10 Salut D'amour  - 
 11 -  11 Ole Guapa  - 
 12 -  12 Mozart-Violin Concerto No.3 In G  - 
 13 -  13 Martini-Plaisir D Amour  - 
 14 -  14 Romance En Fa  -
 

Richard Clayderman 
with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
My Classic Collection
 
 1 -  Spring from ''The Four Seasons'' (Vivaldi)  - 
 2 -  The Swan (Saint-Saens)  - 
 3 -  Italian Symphony No. 4 Sharp, Op. 90 Allegro (Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)  - 
 4 -  Aria (Bach)  - 
 5 -  Waltz in A Flat (Brahms)  - 
 6 -  Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni)  - 
 7 -  Barcarolle (Offenbach)  - 
 8 -  Nocturne in D Flat Major Op. 27, No. 2 (Chopin)  - 
 9 -  Forever Green  - 
 10 -  Hill Street Blues  - 
 11 -  Do You Know Where You're Going To (Theme from ''Mahogany'')  - 
 12 -  Sleepy Shores  - 
 13 -  Evergreen (Love Theme from ''A Star Is Born'')  - 
 14 -  Tara's Theme (Main Theme from ''Gone With The Wind'')  - 
 15 -  Over The Rainbow  - 
 16 -  Medley of ''The Four Seasons'' (Vivaldi)  - 

The Command All-Stars 
Provocative Percussion
 
 1 -  You're The Top  - 
 2 -  Somebody Loves Me  - 
 3 -  Blues In The Night  - 
 4 -  Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps  - 
 5 -  Love For Sale  - 
 6 -  Fascinating Rhythm  - 
 7 -  'S Wonderful  - 
 8 -  Mood Indigo  - 
 9 -  Ain't Misbehavin'  - 
 10 -  The Man I Love  - 
 11 -  Song Of India  - 
 12 -  Mad About The Boy  - 

Floyd Cramer 
 'Last Date'
 
 01 -  Last Date  - 
 02 -  I Need You Now  - 
 03 -  Moments To Remember  - 
 04 -  Tennessee Waltz  - 
 05 -  Too Young  - 
 06 -  Mood Indigo  - 
 07 -  Sweetie Baby  - 
 08 -  Mumble Jumble  - 
 09 -  Flip Flop And Bop  - 
 10 -  Fancy Pants  - 
 11 -  Rumpus  - 
 12 -  Heart And Soul  - 

John Williams 
Boston Pops Orchestra 
The Spielberg / Williams Collaboration
 
 01 -  Williams: Raiders Of The Lost Ark  - 
 02 -  Williams: Always - Theme  - 
 03 -  Williams: E. T. - Adventures on Earth  - 
 04 -  Williams: Sugarland Express - Theme  - 
 05 -  Williams: Jaws - Title Theme  - 
 06 -  Williams: Jaws - Shark Cage Fugue  - 
 07 -  Williams: Empire Of The Sun - Exsultate Justi  - 
 08 -  Williams: Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom - Parade Of The Slave Children  - 
 09 -  Williams: E. T. - Over The Moon  - 
 10 -  Williams: 1941 - March  - 
 11 -  Williams: Empire Of The Sun - Cadillac Of The Skies  - 
 12 -  Williams: Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade - Scherzo For Motorcycle & Orchestra  - 
 13 -  Williams: Close Encounters/When You Wish Upon A Star Medley  - 

ARTHUR LYMAN
TABOO 2
1960
 
! Time and again, Roman numerals or related "volume markers" that are attached to works of art cause goosebumps and rolling eyes. While this is especially true in terms of Hollywood's movie industry, it is surprisingly regularly applied to music-related artifacts as well. The vivacious Exotica genre has spawned many of these abominations throughout the decades, which itself is much more than a merely alienating side-issue given the fact that it is comparably easy to come up with imaginative titles within the genre's boundaries. Once this does not apply, it happens in most cases due to the reason of pointing a desultory listener to the continuation of a certain sound or formula, as seen on Martin Denny's Exotica Volume II (1957) and Exotica Volume III (1959), Terry Snyder's additional three volumes of Persuasive Percussion (1959) or in the possibly most impressive and awe-inspiring case of them all, Robert Drasnin's Voodoo II (2006) which was released a whopping 46 years after the original Voodoo! (1959), to just give a few examples. Even vibraphonist Arthur Lyman (1932–2002) fell prey to this lackluster naming convention, curiously enough at a time when he was already considered a real star.
 
 
Taboo 2 (also known as Taboo Vol. 2) marks the first entry of his 60's oeuvre, is released in 1960 on his house label Hi-Fi Records and serves as the stylistic node to his Exotica debut Taboo from 1958. Not only is Taboo 2 infamously feared for its horrible front artwork as pictured above, it is thankfully a contrapuntally strong work! I can only imagine that either the record label or Arthur Lyman and his men themselves decided to include the numeral in this reused title in order to showcase the beginning of a new era – the 60's – in which they wanted to continue the interweaving of preciously exotic realms in their music. And indeed: they succeed. The band setup has not changed, Arthur Lyman is still the mallet instrumentalist and leader, John Kramer is the bassist, Alan Soares the pianist and Harold Chang the dedicated percussionist, although each member is able to support Chang in his role on the fly, and frequently so. Eleven flamboyant renditions and one unique track by Lyman are gathered, all of them truly exotic, and without giving too much away as of yet, Taboo 2 harks back to the shape-shifting form of the original Taboo, with magnificent percussion sections, frantic tempos and the soothing susurrations of Pacific ambiences keeping the listeners on their toes. Read more about a work whose number at the end of its title gives no cause for alarm.
 
 
 
A first hint that the title of this album comes indeed from the shared mind of the band and not from an oppressive label directive is already given in the opener called Taboo Tu, written by the bandleader himself. It is a fantastic reprise of Margarita Lecuona's original Taboo incarnation, but changes the tone sequences boldly enough to not feel like a blatant copy. The feling is murky but moonlit, a setting it shares with Lecuona's original. John Kramer's double bass is delicately punchy, plinking triangles boost the ashen moonlight, croaking guiros, bongos and even djembes point to jungle thickets, the vibraphone layers draped in mystery. Alan Soares even injects a heterodyn of bold chords off Les Baxter's Quiet Village into the scenery, and though this addition sounds strange on paper or your reading device, it adds depth to the arrangement and puts smiles on the faces of people in the know. Taboo Tu orbits around moony shades and translucent scintillae and make it one of Arthur Lyman's best unique tunes – or possibly even the greatest – he has ever unchained on any of his albums.
 
 
 
Robert Maxwell's and Carl Sigman's Exotica standard Ebb Tide follows and launches in a promising way: field recordings of Hawaiian beaches and a mild alto flute are in a dialog with Soares' partially yearning and melancholic piano glissando. The field recording is audible all the time, even on the track's apex when frizzling cymbals introduce the short high point with energetically swirling pianos before the interpretation ends with mellow double bass blebs and crying seagulls.
 
 
 
Two traditional instrumentals follow, as these folkloristic remainders have always been the pet peeves of Arthur Lyman and band. They form splendid bases for truthfully exotic compositions that are mostly unknown to Western ears, even if they appeared in the forms of perfectly common piano arrangements. Babalik Ka Rin surprises with its Tango allusions à la castanets, typically besotted rhythm pianos and clinging tambourins. Only a few xylophones boost the Polynesian feel of this otherwise adamantly dusky first half, but the second half opens up with vivid bongos, more amicable pianos and the titular Babalik Ka Rin chants in Cuban style. It is this second portion that rescues the song from an all too dark obscurity.
 
 
 
The traditional Sakura is much more genteel and solemn on the other hand, harking back to Arthur Lyman's grand take on Moon Over A Ruined Castle off his LP Bwana Ā (1958) as well as Martin Denny's own Buddhist Bells off Primitiva (1958), a tune where he was flacked by koto player and Exotica hero Tak Shindo. Lyman launches Sakura with a Chinese gong and unites its sustain with wonderfully warped koto twangs, a galloping beat and a magnificently Japanese flute melody. The short rhythm marimbas and the threnodic piano work of Soares ennoble this beautiful concoction further. If you want a rather acidic brass-laden but nonetheless fantastic version of Sakura, check out Ricardo Santos' (aka Werner Müller) Holiday In Japan (1958) where it is included as well. However, if you want a take which unites the truthful Japanese proportions with sanguine organ bubbles, consider Paul Mark's interpretation from his album East To West (1961). 
 
 
 
Fans of Far Eastern Exotica will applaud either version and remain in this state even when the song is over, for Frank Loesser's and Alfred Newman's The Moon Of Manakoora is rising here, slightly renamed to The Moon Over Manakoora as it occasionally happens on other bands' albums too. The rendition is equally enchanting thanks to the firefly-like vibraphone sparkles, the upfront ukulele licks as well as the rare inclusion of an ethereal Hammond organ in the background, a clear marker of the 60's. In this soothing beachscape, Kramer's double bass slaps are working even better. If you do not mind the glaring ukulele-based nod to Hapa Haole, this version brings much joy. Side A closes with Esy Morales' fulminant Jungle Fantasy. Torn between Rapid-firing congas, Latin chants, frantic cowbells, birdcalls en masse and downwards spiraling piano tones of the lamenting kind, Jungle Fantasy reminds of Lyman's experiments of comic relief, but is a dedicated percussion beast with a specifically great second half sans any trace of melodies. An impressively fast-paced Exotica anthem thanks to Arthur Lyman.
 
 
 
What better way to start side B than with Les Baxter's Love Dance off his genre-inventing opus Ritual Of The Savage (1954)? Honky Tonk piano chords, luminescent glockenspiels, vibes plus tambourins in adjacency to emerald-green marimbas, various congas, djembes and bamboo rods altogether create a formidable cocktail. What Love Dance lacks in melodies, it delivers with various textures and surfaces. Dimitri Tiomkin's and Ned Washington's Return To Paradise is pure gold though: gigantic timpani, enigmatic wind chimes, wonderfully echoey bongos and one of Lyman's specialties, namely ship signal-like flutes, induce a mélange of paradisal dimensions. Distant vibes, growing cymbals and warmhearted piano chords make this an almost unrecognizable but splendidly transfiguring version of this classic and thus one of my absolute favorites. It is full of bliss and an interesting arrangement overall. Listeners who know the melody of this classic by heart will get the most out of Lyman's take, as he designedly silkens and lessens the recognizability of the main melody.
 
 
 
It is Helen Deutsch's and Bronisław Kaper's cute Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo which at first returns to the Lyman's dreamiest album ever, Hawaiian Sunset (1959). If this tune would have appeared on this album, I would not have raised a brow, at least not during its prelude form full of mellifluous, completely encapsulating vibraphone washes whose magic is all too soon diminished by a 3/4 time oompa-like rhythm piano, bongo droplets and the frizzles of maracas. Additional glockenspiels add flashing shimmers and white-tinted vesicles to the scenery. Not my kind of tune really, although all the right ingredients are prominently in place.
 
 
 
The traditional Hawaiian song Manhwani M'Pulele is all the more successful and impressive with its muffled bongos, Latin chants, sun-soaked vibes and constantly glitzy tambourin-bongo rhythm. At times, the tune even ventures into Yiddish traditions, though with clearly exotified complexions. Beautiful Kahana by Charles E. King is the fitting foil to Helen Lindsey Parker's Akaka Falls which Lyman already considered on Taboo. The majestic carefreeness continues here as well. The main melody is played on Lyman's vibes in a mild-mannered staccato way, all the while waves of birdcalls, glockenspiel glints and an accompanying ukulele finish off the lush diorama, with the outro Koni Au Ika Wai being one of the famous experiment Arthur Lyman is known for. Originally written by Charles E. King and King David Kalakaua, this tune is a military march-like parade tune with cheerful flute tones, orchestra bells, Honky Tonk pianos and pulsating double bass placentas. The ceremonial aspect is both grandiloquent and jocular, the vibes add traces of mystique to the otherwise most cheerful track; its blasting percussion schemes make it a strange hybrid and the proof that there is almost no album by Arthur Lyman whose final track truly impresses.
 
 
 
Taboo 2 is a vivid and truthful Exotica album. This remark may sound superfluous in terms of Arthur Lyman's career, but the 60's proved to be a different field for the vibraphonist and his band as they tried to loosen the formula by drawing from diverse material reminiscent to their non-exotic debut Leis Of Jazz (1957). Percussion Spectacular! aka Yellow Bird (1960) showed the first signs of this development. However, Taboo 2 lives up to its name and is full of esprit, wondrousness and colorful Exotica material. The addition of traditional takes proves once more to be a boon, especially Sakura succeeds big time with its huge doses of Far Eastern glitz. Exotica has always been about deception and the copying of certain traits, so dedicated-adamant musicologists might dislike Lyman's Polynesian and Asian renditions, but Taboo 2 works so well most of the time that it is both delighting and enlightening. Taboo Tu sails around the famous tone sequences of Señorita Lecuona's Taboo and at the same time integrates Quiet Village fragments while being chock-full of birdcalls, the lively Jungle Fantasy is all about percussion prowess, and Return To Paradise lures the listener with its strange but soothing arrangement where the vibes swirl far away in the background all the while the usual backing instruments are upfront. 
 
 
 
Taboo 2 shows Arthur Lyman entering the 60's in which he fondly remembers the album that started his Exotica-related solo career. In this regard, the calamitous number two is for once no soulless marker of a thoughtless addition that is attached out of necessity, but a hidden explanation of what to expect material-wise and future-related: "This is Arthur Lyman, bringing you the same joy in the 60's as he did in the 50's." Naturally, if one ignores these dates and just concentrates on the music – an approach which I encourage all the time at AmbientExotica –, one can innocently bathe in the shimmering beauty of the eleven tracks (plus the quirky closer). The amount and consistency of the birdcalls rounds the album off.
 
 
 
Seven out of 12 songs feature these human-made noises. Without painting a too dark picture, let me compare these seven chirping arrangements to Arthur Lyman's Percussion Spectacular! of the same year, where only one out of 12 songs comprises birds! While these fake animal sounds are by no means absolutely essential, they are beautiful markers nonetheless. Taboo 2 maintains this innocence and playfulness. It is a precious gem that should not be neglected due to the bitter aftertaste its numeral causes. This time, things are fortunately different. Taboo 2 is easily available on LP, CD and digitally on iTunes, Amazon and Co.
 
Exotica Review 227: Arthur Lyman – Taboo 2 (1960). Originally published on Jun. 15, 2013 at AmbientExotica.com.
 
 01  - Taboo Tu  -     
 02  - Ebb Tide  -     
 03  - Babalik Ka Rin  -     
 04  - Sakura  -     
 05  - The Moon Of Manakoora  -     
 06  - Jungle Fantasy  -     
 07  - Love Dance  -     
 08  - Return To Paradise  -     
 09  - Hi Lili Hi Lo  -     
 10  - Mangwani Mpulele  -     
 11  - Beautiful Kahana  -     
 12  - Koni Au Ika Wai  -     
 

 Chet Baker 
and the Carmel Strings
Quietly There
 
 01  - Early Autumn  -     
 02  - I Left My Heart in San Francisco  -     
 03  - Forget Him  -     
 04  - Christmas Song  -     
 05  - Quietly There  -     
 06  - Spring can hang you up the most  -     
 07  - Strange on the shore  -     
 08  - You dont have to say you love me  -     
 09  - The More I see you  -     
 10  - No more blues  -     
 11  - Message to Michael  -     
 12  - Soul and Inspiration  -     

Quincy Jones 
The Quintessence
 
 01 -  The Quintessence  - 
 02 -  Robot Portrait  - 
 03 -  Little Karen  - 
 04 -  Straight, No Chaser  - 
 05 -  For Lena And Lennie  - 
 06 -  Hard Sock Dance  - 
 07 -  Invitation  - 
 08 -  The Twitch  - 

Maynard Ferguson 
MF Horn II 1972
 
 1 -  Give It One  - 
 2 -  Country Road  - 
 3 -  Theme From Shaft  - 
 4 -  Theme From Summer Of '42  - 
 5 -  Mother  - 
 6 -  Spinning Wheel  - 
 7 -  Free Wheeler  - 
 8 -  Hey Jude  - 
 

 LL Here Comes The Sun 1
 
 01  - Here Comes The Sun  -   James Last  -   
 02  - Sunrise Serenade  -   Billy Vaughn  -   
 03  - You Are The Sunshine Of My Life  -   Berry Lipman  -   
 04  - On The Sunny Side Of The Street  -   Alan Tew  -   
 05  - Californian Sunrise  -   Addy Flor and His Orchestra   -   
 06  - Tahitian Sunset  -   Bert Kaempfert  -   
 07  - Good Day Sunshine  -   José Marcello  -   
 08  - Malibu Sun  -   101 Strings  -   
 09  - The Sunshine of Your Love  -   Ken Thorne  -   
 10  - Sunrise  -   Klaus Ammann  -   
 11  - Sundance  -   Andre Brasseur  -   
 12  - The House Of The Rising Sun  -   Alfred Hause  -   
 13  - The girl with the sun in her hair  -   John Barry  -   
 14  - Sunrise, Sunset  -   Aldemaro Romero  -   
 15  -  Morning Sun  -   Ambros Seelos Show Band   -   
 16  - A Sunny Moment  -   Norman Candler  -   
 17  - Catching the Sun  -   Laurens van Rooyen  -   
 18  - I'll Catch The Sun  -   Billy Vaughn  -   
 19  - The Sun, The Sea And The Sky  -   Manuel  -   
 20  - Island Of The Sun  -   Anthony Ventura  -   
 21  - Sunshine Superman  -   Enoch Light  -   
 22  - The Sky, The Sun and the Sea  -   Franck Pourcel  -   
 23  - Like a Ruby in the Sunset  -   Horst Jankowski  -   
 24  - West of Sunset  -   Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra  -   
 25  - Yellow Sun  -   Les Baxter  -   
 26  - Sunny  -   Paul Mauriat  -   
 27  - Misty Sunset  -   Johhny Pearson  -   
 28  - Sunrise  -   Karl Schmidt Big Band  -   

 LL Here Comes The Sun 2
 
 01  - Here comes the sun  -   Hugo Montenegro  -   
 02  - Barcelona Sunsets  -   Armik  -   
 03  - Season In the Sun  -   Botticelli and his Orchestra  -   
 04  - Bring Me Sunshine  -   Brett Wales  -   
 05  - Tropical Sunrise  -   Bert Kaempfert  -   
 06  - Let the sunshine in  -   Paul Mauriat  -   
 07  - Beautiful Sunday  -   Billy Vaughn  -   
 08  - Don't  Let The Sun Go Down On Me  -   James Last  -   
 09  - Journey To The Sun  -   Biddu Orchestra  -   
 10  - Throwin' Stones at the Sun  -   Si Zentner  -   
 11  - Red Sails In The Sunset  -   Billy Vaughn  -   
 12  - Heat Of The Sun  -   Strunz & Farah  -   
 13  - It Happened In Sun Valley  -   Syd Lawrence  -   
 14  - Prince Of The Rising Sun  -   Richard Clayderman  -   
 15  - Morning Sun  -   Stefan Pintev  -   
 16  - California Sun  -   Arthur Lyman  -   
 17  - Dancing in the sun  -   Sydney Thompson and his Orchestra  -   
 18  - A Sunny Siësta  -   Roberto Delgado  -   
 19  - Magic Sun  -   Berolina Sound Orchestra, cond. Siegfried Mai  -   
 20  - Trumpets In The Sun  -   Brian Fahey  -   
 21  - Walk Your Feet in The Sunshine  -   Ronnie Aldrich  -   
 22  - Sunny Sky  -   Strato-Vani  -   
 23  - Sunset Beach  -   Franck Pourcel  -   
 24  - Rain And Sun  -   James Last  -   
 25  - Lazing In The Sun  -   Syd Dale  -   
 26  - Softly As In A Morning Sunrise  -   Enoch Light  -   

 LL Here Comes The Sun 3
 
 01  - Here Comes The Sun  -   Raymond Lefevre  -   
 02  - Dancing in the Sun  -   Franck Pourcel  -   
 03  - Sunny Holiday  -   Kapono Beamer  -   
 04  - Sunrise feeling  -   Max Greger junior  -   
 05  - Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying  -   Clebanoff  -   
 06  - Carribean Sunset  -   Dick Bakker Orchestra  -   
 07  - East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)  -   Don Lusher conducting Ted Heath and His Music  -   
 08  - Lady Sunshine und Mr. Moon  -   Captain Cook  -   
 09  - Hymn To The Sun  -   Manuel and the Music of the Mountains  -   
 10  - At Sundown  -   Button Down Brass  -   
 11  - A Sunny Day in Town  -   Chet Baker  -   
 12  - My Kind Of Sunshine  -   Dieter Reith  -   
 13  - Sun Valley Jump  -   Buddy DeFranco  -   
 14  - Canadian Sunset  -   Alan Tew  -   
 15  - The Sungoddess  -   Carlos Romanos  -   
 16  - Hello Mr. Sunshine  -   Billy Vaughn  -   
 17  - Sunny  -   Chaquito  -   
 18  - Blue Sun  -   Caravelli  -   
 19  - Le Blon (Beach in the Sun)  -   City Of Westminster String Band  -   
 20  - Sundown  -   James Last  -   
 21  - Sunrise-Melody  -   Berry Lipman  -   
 22  - Sunset Melody  -   Bert Kaempfert  -   
 23  - Ballad of the Sun  -   Narholz's Orchestra  -   
 24  - Island In The Sun  -   Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra  -   
 25  - Estrada Do Sol (Road To The Sun)  -   Paul Mauriat  -   
 26  - Saturday Sunshine   -   Burt Bacharach  -   
 27  - 77 Sunset Strip [Alternate Stereo Version]  -   Don Ralke  -   
 28  - Sun Of Jamaica  -   Hugo Strasser  -   

 

Onderwerp: WEEK 26 - 2017

Datum: 25-07-2017

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week26-2017

Wonderful Strictly Dancing Favorites compilation.
Thanks!

Datum: 29-06-2017

Door: Mark Truso

Onderwerp: WEEK 26

Thanks to all for the great music posted this week.

Datum: 27-06-2017

Door: Mike G

Onderwerp: Week 26

Another week of great music; however, i'm missing the Reader's Digest Festival of International Music albums—they are wonderful to listen to. Still. Harry and team, thank you for your hard work and continuing benevolence.

Datum: 25-06-2017

Door: Osvaldo

Onderwerp: Week 26

Thank you so much for everything. Brilliant instrumentals as always.

Datum: 25-06-2017

Door: Greg Wagner

Onderwerp: Week 26

Thanks for the strings (Briarcliff & Romantic).

Datum: 24-06-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 26

Half way in the year and the tunes keep on comin', lucky folks that we are.
Some nice music this week., some old and some new, some tried and and some blue.
We are into summer and so I'm hoping everyone is enjoying themselves cuz you know what comes next ;)
Many thanks to Harry and crew who contribute to make this blog possible..
anchortaxi from a pleasant Tennessee

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