WEEK 27 - 2017

Various Artists 
LL BEST OF JUNE 2017
 
 01 -  El Condor Pasa (If I Could)  - Galway Pops Orchestra/James Galway  - 
 02 -  Slip Slidin' Away  - Acker Bilk  - 
 03 -  America  - James Last And His Orchestra  - 
 04 -  Ironside  - Quincy Jones  - 
 05 -  Recuerdos de la Alhambra  - Claude Ciari  - 
 06 -  Memories Of Mexico  - Bert Kaempfert  - 
 07 -  There Comes A Time  - The Laurie Johnson Orchestra  - 
 08 -  Easy Days-Easy Nights  - Percy Faith  - 
 09 -  Stairway To Heaven  - David Syme  - 
 10 -  Cachaca Queima  - Frank Valdor  - 
 11 -  If You Wanna Be Happy  - Caravelli  - 
 12 -  Kung Fu Fighting  - Günter Noris  - 
 13 -  Con Sentimiento  - Danny Malando Orkest  - 
 14 -  Begin The Beguine  - Paul Fried  - 
 15 -  You're The One That I Want  - Berry Lipman  - 
 16 -  Williams: E. T. - Over The Moon  - John Williams: Boston Pops Orchestra  - 
 17 -  Forever Green  - Richard Clayderman with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - 
 18 -  There's A Kind Of Hush  - Paul Mauriat  - 
 19 -  Happy Days  - Paul Fried  - 
 20 -  Holiday For Trombones  - David Rose  - 
 21 -  B5 Little Man  - Dan Hill and His Sounds Electronic  - 
 22 -  Don't Make Me Over  - Raymond Lefèvre  - 
 23 -  Sugar Pie  - Les Reed  - 
 24 -  The Impossible Dream  - Anthony Arizaga  - 
 25 -  The Feather Theme (from Forrest Gump Suite)  - David Osborne  - 
 26 -  Stumblin' In  - Kai Warner  - 
 27 -  You've Got A Friend  - Les Reed  - 
 28 -   Strangers in the Night  - Billy May  - 
 29 -  I Say A Little Prayer  - George Shearing  - 
 30 -  Benedictus  - 2Cellos  - 

Happy Hour
with Roberto Delgado
Volume 3
79:46 - 320 Kb/sec
 
tracklisting:
 
01. Roberto Delgado - Ob La Di, Ob La Da / 03:06
02. Roberto Delgado - Rhumba tamba / 02:02
03. Roberto Delgado - Freedom come, freedom go / 02:54
04. Roberto Delgado - A sunny siesta / 02:32
05. Roberto Delgado - La felicidad / 02:32
06. Roberto Delgado - El paloma / 02:19
07. Roberto Delgado - La fiesta en el rancho grande / 02:28
08. Roberto Delgado - Mamy Blue / 02:56
09. Roberto Delgado - Reggae special / 02:06
10. Roberto Delgado - Bella Bimba / 02:15
11. Roberto Delgado - Glühwürmpchen / 02:27
12. Roberto Delgado - Un poco rico / 02:15
13. Roberto Delgado - Sweet yellow bird / 03:08
14. Roberto Delgado - Spanish step / 02:39
15. Roberto Delgado - Yankee dollar / 02:42
16. Roberto Delgado - Taboo / 01:58
17. Roberto Delgado - Percolator / 02:23
18. Roberto Delgado - Las alazanas / 02:15
19. Roberto Delgado - Amapola / 02:55
20. Roberto Delgado - Banana boat song / 03:04
21. Roberto Delgado - Carioca / 02:21
22. Roberto Delgado - Da Doo Ron Ron / 02:53
23. Roberto Delgado - Funiculi - Funicula / 02:50
24. Roberto Delgado - Soul limbo / 02:17
25. Roberto Delgado - Music to watch girls by / 02:54
26. Roberto Delgado - Elisabethan Reggae / 02:40
27. Roberto Delgado - Gypsies, tramps & thieves / 02:28
28. Roberto Delgado - Abraham und Sarah / 02:49
29. Roberto Delgado - Wimoweh / 02:32
30. Roberto Delgado - Tequila / 02:34
31. Roberto Delgado - Happy days are here again / 02:19
 

Stationen einer Karriere ''Classics''
 
 1 -  Thema aus ''Elvira Madigan'' (Mozart)  - 
 2 -  Barcarole aus ''Hoffmanns Erzählungen'' (Offenbach)  - 
 3 -  Gefangenenchor aus ''Nabnucco'' (Verdi)  - 
 4 -  Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart)  - 
 5 -  Intermezzo aus ''Cavalleria rusticana'' (Mascagni)  - 
 6 -  Zwischenspiel aus ''Notre Dame'' (Schmidt)  - 
 7 -  Die Moldau aus ''Mein Vaterland'' (Smetana)  - 
 8 -  In mir klingt ein Lied (Chopin)  - 
 9 -  Concierto de Aranjuez (Rodrigo)  - 
 10 -  Chanson triste (Tschaikowsky)  - 
 11 -  Mondscheinsonate (Beethoven)  - 
 12 -  Adagio aus dem Violinkonzert Nr. 1 g-Moll op. 26 (Bruch)  - 
 13 -  Eines Tages seh'n wir aus ''Madame Butterfly'' (Puccini)  - 
 14 -  Auf einem persischen Markt (Ketelby)  - 
 15 -  Feuertanz (de Falla)  - 
 16 -  Capriccio italien (Tschaikowsky)  - 

Bert Kaempfert 
That Latin Feeling * 1964
 
 1 -  The Bandit (O' Cangaceiro)  - 
 2 -  Sweet And Gentle (Me Lo Dijo Adela)  - 
 3 -  Maria Elena  - 
 4 -  Mambo Mania  - 
 5 -  Say Si Si (Para Vigo Me Voy)  - 
 6 -  Poinciana  - 
 7 -  The Breeze And I (from the Suite ''Andalucia'')  - 
 8 -  Cha Cha Brasilia  - 
 9 -  Besame Mucho  - 
 10 -  Trumpet Fiesta  - 
 11 -  Bert's Bossa Nova  - 
 12 -  Chicken Talk  - 
 

-Readers Digest Collection-
Festival of International Hits 
Hits Of The Sixties 
 
 01 -  Delilah  - Les Reed Orchestra  - 
 02 -  The Last Waltz  - Les Reed Orchestra  - 
 03 -  I'm A Believer  - Arthur Greenslade Orchestra  - 
 04 -  The Day I Met Marie  - Johnny Harris Orchestra  - 
 05 -  San Francisco  - Perry Botkin Jr. Orchestra  - 
 06 -  This Guy's In Love With You  - Les Reed Orchestra  - 
 07 -  Georgy Girl  - Robert Norton Orchestra And Chorus  - 
 08 -  Down Town  - Robert Norton Orchestra And Chorus  - 
 09 -  Michelle  - Robert Norton Orchestra And Chorus  - 
 10 -  Can't Buy Me Love  - Robert Norton Orchestra And Chorus  - 
 11 -  If I Only Had Time  - Johnny Harris Orchestra  - 
 12 -  Release Me  - Bill Walker Orchestra And Chorus  - 
 13 -  Massachusetts  - Johnny Harris Orchestra  - 
 14 -  I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman  - Robert Norton Orchestra And Chorus  - 
 15 -  Mr Tambourine Man  - Johnny Harris Orchestra  - 

Various Artists 
Strictly Dance Favorites 2
 
 1 -  Cherry Ping And Apple Blossom White - (Cha Cha)  - Claude Blouin And His Orchestra  - 
 2 -  Mambo Italiano - (Mambo)  - Georges Jovin, His Trumpet And Orchestra  - 
 3 -  Pepito - (Rumba)  - Billy May & His Orchestra  - 
 4 -  Hernando's Hideaway - (Tango)  - Don Cristobal And His Orchestra  - 
 5 -  Lambada - (Lambada)  - Ian Hughes And His Orchestra  - 
 6 -  Quzás, Quizás, Quizás - (Cha Cha)  - Claude Blouin And His Orchestra  - 
 7 -  El Relicario - (Paso Doble)  - Gordon Langford And His Orchestra  - 
 8 -  Esperanza - (Cha Cha)  - Luis Rodriguez And His Orchestra  - 
 9 -  In A Little Spanish Town - (Mamba)  - Ronaldo Vincent And Is His Mambo Band  - 
 10 -  Guaglione - (Mambo)  - Pablo Mendez And His Orchestra  - 
 11 -  Brazil - (Samba)  - Chucho Zarzoso And His Orchestra  - 
 12 -  The Girl From Ipanema - (Bossa Nova)  - Bryan Bennett His Saxophone And Orchestra  - 
 13 -  Mambo Jambo - (Mambo)  - Claude Blouin And His Orchestra  - 
 14 -  El Gato Montés (Paso Doble)  - Kenny King, His Trumpet And Orchestra  - 
 15 -  La Isia Bonita - (Disco)  - Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra  - 
 16 -  Livin' La Vida Loca (Latin Disco)  - Luis Rodriguez And His Orchestra  - 
 17 -  Frenesi - (Cha Cha)  - Tito Lecuona And His Orchestra  - 
 18 -  Mambo Fever - (Mambo)  - Ambrose & His Orchestra  - 
 19 -  Olé Guapa - (Tango)  - Gordon Lanford And His Orchestra  - 
 20 -  Perfidia - (Rumba)  - Georges Jovin, His Trumpet And Orchestra  - 
 21 -  Poema - (Tango)  - Kenny King, His Trumpet And Orchestra  - 
 22 -  Papa Loves Mambo - (Mambo)  - Claude Blouin And His Orchestra  - 
 23 -  España Cañi (Paso Doble)  - Ambrose & His Orchestra  - 
 24 -  Macarena (Macarena)  - Ralph Benatar And His Orchestra  - 

Living Strings 
Visit Alice's Restaurant
 
 01 -  Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head  - 
 02 -  This Girl is A Woman Now  - 
 03 -  Alice's Restaurant  - 
 04 -  Put A Little Love In Your Heart  - 
 05 -  You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'  - 
 06 -  Love Of The Common People  - 
 07 -  Blue Is My World  - 
 08 -  I'm Gonna Make You Love Me  - 
 09 -  Make Your Own Kind Of Music  - 

Manuel & The Music of The Mountains 
Blue Waters 
(Parlophone WPCR-17620 UK 1966)
 
 1 -  Quizas, quizas, quizas  - 
 2 -  Tara's Theme from ''Gone With The Wind''  - 
 3 -  The Man Who Loves You Well  - 
 4 -  Tabu  - 
 5 -  Autumn In Venice  - 
 6 -  Serenata  - 
 7 -  Somewhere My Love (Lara's Theme from ''Dr. Zhivago'')  - 
 8 -  Blue Waters  - 
 9 -  El cumbanchero  - 
 10 -  Amanda  - 
 11 -  Autumn Concerto  - 
 12 -  Strangers In The Night  - 

Durval Ferreira  
As Músicas de Henry Mancini 
em Bossa Nova
 
 01 -  Champagne And Quail  - 
 02 -  Charade  - 
 03 -  Days Of Wine And Roses  - 
 04 -  Royal Blue  - 
 05 -  Megeve  - 
 06 -  Moon River  - 
 07 -  Sally's Tomato  - 
 08 -  Breakfast At Tiffany's  - 
 09 -  Night Side  - 
 10 -  Latin Snowfall  - 
 11 -  Mr. Lucky  - 
 12 -  Dreamsville  - 

Johnny Mann Singers 
Night
 
 1 -  Through A Long and Sleepless Night  - 
 2 -  How Blue the Night  - 
 3 -  Midnight Sun  - 
 4 -  Deep Night  - 
 5 -  Magic in the Night  - 
 6 -  The Night We Called It A Day  - 
 7 -  My Night for the Blues  - 
 8 -  The Way You Look Tonight  - 
 9 -  The Night Has A Thousand Eyes  - 
 10 -  The Night is Young  - 
 11 -  You and the Night and the Music  - 
 12 -  In the Still of the Night  -

David Carroll and His Orchestra 
Galaxy  
 
 01 -  It's A Wonderful World  - 
 02 -  Clarinet Polka  - 
 03 -  Dites Moi (Tell Me Why )  - 
 04 -  The Cricket  - 
 05 -  In A Persian Market  - 
 06 -  Just In Time  - 
 07 -  Tequila  - 
 08 -  Let's Dance  - 
 09 -  Patricia  - 
 10 -  Fascination  - 
 11 -  Soft Shoe Song  - 
 12 -  Maria Cha-Cha  - 
 13 -  Don't Get Around Much Anymore  - 
 14 -  Melody Of Love  - 
 

Ray Conniff 
Exitos Latinos
 
 1 -  Cidade Maravilhosa  - 
 2 -  Esclavo Y Amo  - 
 3 -  Abrazame  - 
 4 -  Mi Cafetal  - 
 5 -  A Distância  - 
 6 -  Dama Latina  - 
 7 -  Cuando Calienta el Sol  - 
 8 -  Detalhes  - 
 9 -  Jamás  - 
 10 -  O Progresso  - 
 11 -  Chame a mi la Culpa  - 
 

Floyd Cramer 
'On The Rebound' 
 
 1 -  On The Rebound  - 
 2 -  Wonderland By Night  - 
 3 -  I Can Just Imagine  - 
 4 -  Faded Love  - 
 5 -  Let It Be Me  - 
 6 -  Two Of A Kind  - 
 7 -  Danny Boy  - 
 8 -  Corinna Corinna  - 
 9 -  Tammy  - 
 10 -  First Impression  - 
 11 -  San Antonio Rose  - 
 12 -  Alma Mater  - 

Enoch Light & The Light Brigade 
Film on Film Great Movie Themes
 
 1 -  Theme from The Sand Pebbles  - 
 2 -  Born Free  - 
 3 -  The Alphabet Murders  - 
 4 -  Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf  - 
 5 -  Alfie  - 
 6 -  Mirror, Mirror, Mirror (Big Hand for a Little Lady)  - 
 7 -  Hawaii  - 
 8 -  Paris Smiles  - 
 9 -  Love Theme from The Blue Max  - 
 10 -  Khartoum  - 
 11 -  Theme from Lady  L  - 
 12 -  Two Lovers  - 

Sam Sklair & his orchestra 
Dance time '69
 
 01 -  Help Yourself - Little Arrows - Those Where The Days  - 
 02 -  On The Road Again - Hello, I Love You - Born To Be Wild  - 
 03 -  A Message To You - Hurdy Gurdy Man - Little Green Apples  - 
 04 -  Hang 'Em High  - 
 05 -  Take Time To Know Her - For Your Precious Love - My Special Prayer  - 
 06 -  1.2.3. Red Light - Baby Come Back - Mony, Mony  - 
 07 -  Groen Koringlande - Crystal Chandelier - Red Balloon  - 
 08 -  Pickin' Up Pebbles - Impossible Dream - Bicyclettes De Belsize  - 
 09 -  Indian Lake - Your Time Hasn't Come Yet Baby  - 
 10 -  Sunglasses - Under My Beach - Down At Lulu's  - 

Happy Piano Party
Günter Noris and his Party Band
EMI 1 C 062-28 884
 
 
01. Mademoiselle Ninette / Das schöne Mädchen von Seite 1 / Good bye Sam
 
02. If I were a rich man / Knock knock, who's there / Desafinado
 
03. Song of Joy / Oh, happy day
 
04. Antonella / Mini oder Maxi / Dann schon eher der Pianoplayer
 
05. Sugar-sugar / Ich verliebe mich nie mehr / Raindrops keep fallin' on my head
 
06. Anuschka / Schwarze Augen / Kalinka
 
07. Sha la la / Cecilia / Mendocino
 
08. Wunder gibt es immer wieder / Wenn du bei mir bist
 
09. El condor pasa / In the summertime / Grüezi wohl, Frau Stirnimaa
 
10. Alles und noch viel mehr / Schiwago-Melodie / Der letzte Walzer
 

Paul Mauriat 
FROM SOUVENIRS TO SOUVENIRS
 
 1 -  From Souvenirs To Souvenirs  - 
 2 -  Mandy  - 
 3 -  Joanna Francesa  - 
 4 -  Et Bonjour A Toi L'artiste  - 
 5 -  Emmanuelle  - 
 6 -  Oumparere  - 
 7 -  Une Fille Aux Yeux Clairs  - 
 8 -  Over The Rainbow  - Singin' In The Rain  - 
 9 -  Le Sud  - 
 10 -  Jolie Baby Blue  - 
 11 -  Pacific Holiday  - 
 12 -  Si Tu T'appelles Melancolie Please Tell Her  - 
 13 -  On Ne Vit Pas Sans Se Dire Adieu  - 

Sax Appeal 
Sax Appeal
 
 01 -  Love Me For A Reason (J. Bristol)  - 
 02 -  Love Can Build A Bridge (N. Judd - J. Jarvis)  - 
 03 -  I'll Stand By You (C. Hinde - B. Steinberg)  - 
 04 -  You Don't Love Me (No. No. No) (Ken Lewis)  - 
 05 -  Run Baby Run (Botrell - Bearwald)  - 
 06 -  Aladino (A. Valeri Manera - N. Carucci)  - 
 07 -  Zombie (Dolores O'Riordan)  - 
 08 -  I Swear 4'00'' (J. Mayer - Baker)  - 
 09 -  I Can See Clearly Now (J. Nash)  - 
 10 -  Circle Of Life (E.John - T. Rice)  - 
 11 -  Be My Lover (G.A. Saraf - A. Brenner)  - 
 12 -  Believe (L. Kravitz - H. Risch)  - 

 Los Indios Tabajaras
 Twin Guitars - In A Mood For Lovers (1966)
 
 1 Make Believe
 2 The High And The Mighty
 3 El Reloj
 4 Some Of These Days
 5 Who Can I Turn To
 6 The 3rd Man Theme
 7 The Song Has Ended
 8 Time Was
 9 La Mer
 10 Lagrimas de Sangre
 11 As Time Goes By
 12 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Andre Kostelanetz & His Orchestra 
Broadway Greatest Hits
 
 01 -  Send in the Clowns  - 
 02 -  Tomorrow  - 
 03 -  Caberet  - 
 04 -  One  - 
 05 -  What I Did For Love  - 
 06 -  If I Were a Rich Man  - 
 07 -  To Life  - 
 08 -  Try to Remember  - 
 09 -  People  - 
 10 -  Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend  - 
 11 -  Day by Day  - 
 12 -  Hello Dolly  - 
 13 -  Baubles Bangles and Beads  - 
 14 -  September Song  - 
 15 -  The Impossible Dream  - 
 16 -  Seventy-Six Trombones  - 
 17 -  Consider Yourself  - 
 18 -  The Rain in Spain  - 
 19 -  New York New York  - 
 20 -  My Favorite Things  - 
 21 -  What Kind of Fool Am I  - 
 22 -  Tonight  - 
 23 -  Somewhere  - 
 24 -  Kiss Me Kate Medley  - 
 

Hugo Montenegro 
Loves Of My Life
 
 01 -  Girl Of My Dreams  - 
 02 -  The Lady Is A Tramp  - 
 03 -  Little Girl Blue  - 
 04 -  Jeanine I Dream Of Lilac Time  - 
 05 -  Sophisticated Lady  - 
 06 -  My Old Flame  - 
 07 -  Sweet And Lovely  - 
 08 -  Lady Of Spain  - 
 09 -  Sleepy Time Gal  - 
 10 -  A Beautiful Lady In Blue  - 
 11 -  This Is My Beloved  - 
 12 -  I Married An Angel  - 

Ray Davies Orchestra 
Button Down Brass 
Firedog! [1976]
 
 1 -  Theme From Police Story  - 
 2 -  Hawaii 5-0  - 
 3 -  Theme From Police Woman  - 
 4 -  Firedog!  - 
 5 -  Theme From The Rockford Files  - 
 6 -  McCloud Theme  - 
 7 -  Kojak Theme  - 
 8 -  The Sweeney  - 
 9 -  Quiller  - 
 10 -  Switch Theme  - 
 11 -  Theme From Kiss Of Blood  - 
 12 -  Columbo Theme  -

Lawrence Welk 
Remembering The Sweet & Swing Band Era Vol. 1
 
 01 -  And The Angels Sing  - 
 02 -  Take The A Train  - 
 03 -  String Of Pearls  - 
 04 -  Ciribiribin  - 
 05 -  Boogie Woogie  - 
 06 -  Sentimental Journey  - 
 07 -  Boo Hoo  - 
 08 -  Does Your Heart Beat For Me  - 
 09 -  The Waltz You Saved For Me  - 
 10 -  Cumana  - 
 

Acoustic Sound Orchestra 
Country Super Hits Instrumental, Vol.2
 
 01 -  Some Broken Hearts Never Mend  - 
 02 -  Home On The Range  - 
 03 -  Jambalaya  - 
 04 -  Help Me Make It Through The Night  - 
 05 -  Oh, Lonesome Me  - 
 06 -  I May Fall Again  - 
 07 -  Oh, Susanna  - 
 08 -  Carry Me Back To Old Virginny  - 
 09 -  Play Me A Love Song  - 
 10 -  It's Country Time  - 
 11 -  Clementine  - 
 12 -  How Come It Took So Long To Say Goodbye  - 
 13 -  A Game I Can't Afford To Lose  - 
 14 -  Get Me Back To Tennessee  - 
 15 -  Yellow Rose Of Texas  - 
 16 -  Country Roads  - 

Enoch Light 
& the Charleston City All Stars 
The Roaring 20's, Vol. 3 
 
 01 -  I'm Sitting on Top of the World  - 
 02 -  I Love My Baby, My Baby Loves Me  - 
 03 -  Sleepy Time Gal  - 
 04 -  The Sheik of Araby  - 
 05 -  Bye, Bye Blackbird  - 
 06 -  Singin' in the Rain  - 
 07 -  Ma, He's Makin' Eyes at Me  - 
 08 -  I'm Just Wild About Harry  - 
 09 -  Margie  - 
 10 -  April Showers  - 
 11 -  When the Red, Red Robin  - 
 12 -  Baby Face  - 

101 STRINGS
THE ROMANCE OF HAWAII
1969
 
 
Who brought the strings into the Exotica realms years before the genre's name was even coined? Les Baxter of course! He was able dozens of times to come up with a lush blending of exotic percussion and colorful strings, creating either romantic or mysterious moods. However, there is one string ensemble – or rather: one brand – that consisted of way over 100 (!) players, thus coming up with a sheer overload of shimmering strings.
 
 
Since no studio was big enough for the 101 Strings who consisted of skilled players from all over Europe, they had to record their interpretations of well-known classics in concert halls. The conductors changed during the years, among them Les Baxter and Easy Listening maestro Nelson Riddle, but one thing never changed from 1957 till 1981, the time span of the ensemble's existence: the overwhelming power of the stringed instruments. Due to the fact that the 101 Strings even outnumbered larger orchestras, this meant that every mood was multiplied and enlarged big time. On each LP, romantic songs turn into overflowing maelstroms of saccharine hooks, swinging pieces deliver a voluminous impetus and jungle vistas morph into whole island areas. Quantity beats quality in this case, and once you accept or actually embrace this fact – for it is the 101 String's signature trademark –, you can have a lot of fun with the instrumentals.
 
 
I have chosen The Romance Of Hawaii for the moment because it is torn between the changing times: I don't need to mention the various implications of the release date of 1969, but even apart from this year, times got rougher for the 101 Strings brand in particular and the Exotica genre in general. Such being the case, this album is still part of the wider family of Exotica releases due to its Hawaiian theme and the 10 renditions it contains. The album title and the selection of songs already suggest the inclusion of less upbeat and more romantic songs, and since there are ukuleles and xylophones added, the string-heaviness is oftentimes reduced, as you will see below.
 
 
The first entry of the album is a richly texturized rendition of the classic Sleepy Lagoon and shows the problematic approach of the string brand on this particular song. The vastness of the strings destroys the mystical, introverted aura of the title-giving lagoon and substitutes it with overly romantic but joyful and quite attractive string washes. The setting is hyper-schmaltzy, but again, the selling point of the 101 Strings offerings is rooted in the quantity of the involved players and instruments. Also of importance are the short harp strings at the very end of the song. Since this is my favorite Western string instrument, I am quite fond of its fitting inclusion.
 
 
Moon Of Manakoora is a much better tune and rectifies the slight disappointment the first track induced. Xylophones, swirling marimbas and angelic harp strings deliver a great interplay that is faithful in its depiction of a moon-lit bay. The killer inclusion for me is the main melody on the banjo, though. The sustain of the strings is gorgeously warped and it is only after over a minute of runtime that the lush strings make their first appearance. The banjo fends off the stark bits of schmaltziness, to my mind. Paradise, on the other hand, integrates the string ensemble right from the beginning but the players stay in the background, making room for the main melody, again delivered on the ukulele, while occasional glistening xylophone bits appear. The strings swell up in the second half of the song and implicitly refer back to the song title, making this a paradisiac song for string lovers.
 
 
 
The following Pagan Love Song is a song I actually like in the version that is presented here: the ukulele truly shines and is totally upfront, while the strings are especially euphonious and not that clichéd. The only remaining discrepancy results in the string-heavy setting: since when do Pagans meet and play their intimate love songs in an ensemble? Naturally, the question is mean-spirited and doesn't make much sense in the context of Easy Listening, but sometimes it's funny to reflect about the weird interaction between topic and instrumentation, right? South Sea Serenade delivers without a shadow of a doubt the best clichéd feeling of a distinctly Hawaiian style. The sunny and dreamy ukulele melody is so bold that I wonder why that certain aura wasn't perceptible this strongly in the previous songs. The strings are reduced at first and actually fit quite well into the setting. A remarkable first inclusion is the female choir with its short ooh-ooh backing vocals. The best track on the album for sure.
 
 
Sweet Hawaiian Kisses is the first song off side B and slows things down: it presents a Hawaiian flute next to gentle percussion and once again surprisingly fitting strings. Their vividness is quite charming, and the song isn't as romantic as one might think. The boldly colored, care-free Hawaiian Bells brings back the female choir in a less dominant way by reducing their status from ooh-oohs to occassional aah-aahs, while Hawaiian Magic is again driven by the choir and additional gentle harp strings, both trembling and bursting marimba sections and beautiful string washes. Maybe it is because my ears have adapted the prevalent sounds of the 101 Strings or it is due to the focus on the female choir, but I am definitely more keen on side B.
 
 
 
Whatever the final reason may be, the mandatory Aloha Oe ends the album with bright xylophone backings, lush harp backings and downspiraling strings. The female choir finally got hold of a few men and sheets of lyrics, for they sing in the most melodramatic and glowing way possible. Even the magic of the strings is secondary. Say what you will about this schmaltzy end, but it does work perfectly in the context of this album and comes up with a huge surprise in the end: the choir can actually sing recognizable bits, and there were singing men involved in the production. Quite a shocker at the end, but a good one!
 
 
Think of The Three Suns and multiply their romantic output with the number 34 – you get the idea of the 101 strings. Apart from this mind-boggling picture, the title really says it all: every Exotica listener likes Hawaiian hymns, sure, but you have to embrace or at last partially accept the exuberantly romantic notions created by all of the one-hundred string players as well. Each song paints a cinematic setting in your head, but it's pictures of love films and romantic weekends that come to mind. There is not a single surprise or abrupt outburst of creativeness anywhere; this is Easy Listening par excellence. In contrast to this LP, Nelson Riddle's albums which he released under his own name could be considered experimental Rock albums! I for one don't like this kind of Easy Listening or Exotica, but have to agree about the effectiveness of this music which you normally hear in movies only, but seldomly on its own.
 
 
 
I can recommend The Romance Of Hawaii to die-hard collectors of schmaltz and string music. I very much prefer the versions of other Exotica-related big names, but tried to present the most streamlined and overproduced viewpoint on Exotica I could find. After a few songs, some kind of brain-washing process sets in – no kidding! –, for side B curiously sounds so much better and less clichéd than the first 6 songs. My answer thus always ends with keeping the 101 Strings in mind, and although this won't be the last album by the huge string ensemble I'm reviewing, it is surely the most romantic and sugar-sweet one that is out there. Or is it…?
 
 
 
Exotica Review 050: 101 Strings – The Romance Of Hawaii (1969).
 Originally published on Mar. 24, 2012 at AmbientExotica.com.
 
 01  - Sleepy Lagoon  -     
 02  - Moon Of Manakoora  -     
 03  - Paradise  -     
 04  - Pagan Love Song  -     
 05  - South Sea Serenade  -     
 06  - Sweet Hawaiian Kisses  -     
 07  - Hawaiian Bells  -     
 08  - 'neath Azure Skies  -     
 09  - Hawaiian Magic  -     
 10  - Aloha Oe  -     
 

Toots Thielemans 
The Whistler & His Guitar
 
 01 -  Wives And Lovers  - 
 02 -  It's The Talk Of The Town  - 
 03 -  Indian Nuts  - 
 04 -  Manhattan  - 
 05 -  Falling In Love With Love  - 
 06 -  It's Only A Paper Moon  - 
 07 -  The Valley Whistler  - 
 08 -  Deep Purple  - 
 09 -  Marionette  - 
 10 -  Star Dust  - 
 11 -  Bluesette  - 
 12 -  Duke's Place  - 
 

 Ted Heath
 Swing Is King vol.1 (1968)
 Decca PFS 4135
 
 01 Flyin'Home
 02 Cherokee
 03 Begin The Beguine
 04 One O'Clock Jump
 05 Song of India
 06 At the Woodchopper's Ball
 07 Elk's Parade
 08 In the Mood
 09 Two O'Clock Jump
 10 Contrasts
 11 Take the "A" Train
 12 Sing Sing Sing

Quincy Jones 
I Heard That!
 
 1 -  I Heard That!  - 
 2 -  Things Could Be Worse For Me  - 
 3 -  What Good Is A Song  - 
 4 -  You Have To Do It Yourself  - 
 5 -  There's A Train Leavin'  - 
 6 -  Midnight Soul Patrol  - 
 7 -  Brown Soft Shoe  - 
 8 -  Superstition  - 
 9 -  Summer In The City  - 
 10 -  Is It Love That We're Missing?  - 
 11 -  Body Heat  - 
 12 -  If I Ever Lose This Heaven  - 
 13 -  Killer Joe  - 
 14 -  Gula Matari  - 
 15 -  Theme From The Anderson Tapes  - 
 16 -  Walking In Space  - 

Best of LoungeLegends 
- June 2013-
 
 -  01  -  Memories of Summer  - Tony Hatch
  -  02  -  Happy Heart  - David Rose
  -  03  -  Music to Watch Girls By  - 101 Strings
  -  04  -  Elizabeth serenade  - Claudia Hirschfeld
  -  05  -  Pas Sur La Bouche  - Franck Pourcel
  -  06  -  Saving All My Love For You  - Roger Williams
  -  07  -  Action  - Jo Ment
  -  08  -  C'est Magnifique  - Enoch Light
  -  09  -  How High The Moon  - Andre Brasseur
  -  10  -  É Preciso Muito Amor  - Paul Mauriat
  -  11  -  Hold Me Tight  - Ray Conniff
  -  12  -  Work Song  - Billy Strange & The Challengers
  -  13  -  Stupidi  - Raymond Lefèvre
  -  14  -  La solitudine  - Louis van Dijk & The London Studio Orchestra
  -  15  -  Auf Der Neya---Kornblume---Ach Warum War So Schön  - Victor Partinsky's Party Band
  -  16  -  In Like Flint  - Billy Strange
  -  17  -  The Gypsy  - Laurens van Rooyen
  -  18  -  Blowin' In The Wind  - Ray Conniff
  -  19  -  Keep On Smiling  - Berry Lipman Singers
  -  20  -  Werner Müller - A Man Without Love  - Werner Müller
  -  21  -  The Way We Were  - Letty De Jong
  -  22  -  Knots Landing  - Floyd Cramer

 Best of LOUNGELEGENDS
- June 2014-
 
 01  - Eres Tu  -   Juan Carlos Calderon and his Orchestra  -   
 02  - A Hard Day's Night  -   Marty Gold & His Orchestra  -   
 03  - You're So Vain  -   Ronnie Aldrich  -   
 04  - St. Joe,Mo  -   Billy May  -   
 05  - Les Indiens  -   Franck Pourcel  -   
 06  - The Magician  -   Ray Davies and the Button Down Brass  -   
 07  - Sing Sing Sing Pt. 2  -   Enoch Light  -   
 08  - Riders  -   Kapono Beamer  -   
 09  - Shame and Scandal in the Family  -   Caravelli  -   
 10  - Classical Gas  -   Hugo Winterhalter  -   
 11  - Gente  -   Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra  -   
 12  - Aquarius  -   Helmut Zacharias  -   
 13  - Chariots Of Fire  -   Roger Williams  -   
 14  - Moon Love  -   Marty Gold  -   
 15  - Yesterday When I Was Young  -   Tony Mottola  -   
 16  - Dance (while the music still goes on)  -   The Munich Philharmonic   -   
 17  - Clair  -   Helmut Zacharias  -   
 18  - The Homecoming  -   Manuel and the Music of the Mountains  -   
 19  - Jupiter  -   Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  -   
 20  - Monkey Dance  -   Ricky King  -   
 21  - Time Is On My Side  -   London Symphony Orchestra & London Pop Choir  -   
 22  - Midnight At The Oasis  -   Living Brass  -   
 23  - Sol-Y-Mar Samba  -   Tony Evans  -   
 24  - Lifestyle  -   Living Voices  -   
 25  - Ole Guapa  -   Franck Pourcel  -   
 26  - Aqua  -   Conquistador  -   
 27  - Fiesta  -   Juan Carlos Calderon and his Orchestra  -   
 28  - How High The Moon - So Long  -   Max Greger  -   
 29  - Enfants de Tous Pays  -   Franck Pourcel  -   
 30  - The Last Waltz  -   Kevin Pabst  -   

 Best of LOUNGELEGENDS
June 2015
 
 01  - Bond Street  -    Heinz Ehme played by Fred Hector and His Accordion Orchestra  -   
 02  - Angelo Latino  -   Peter Thomas  -   
 03  - Emotion  -   Franck Chacksfield  -   
 04  - San Remo  -   Perez Prado  -   
 05  - Hava Naguila Hava  -   Werner Drexler  -   
 06  - Morning Has Broken  -   Floyd Cramer  -   
 07  - Fox As Fox Can  -   Günter Noris  -   
 08  - Cielito Lindo  -   Xavier Cugat  -   
 09  - Alley Cat  -   Al Hirt  -   
 10  - La Rubia  -   Perez Prado  -   
 11  - I Will Wait For You  -   Roy Etzel & the Gert Wilden Orchestra  -   
 12  - La Grande Marche  -   Jan Mulder & Moscow Symphoiny Orchestra  -   
 13  - Walkin'  -   Al Hirt  -   
 14  - Un Poco Rico  -   Roberto Delgado  -   
 15  - In Fuga  -   Rondo Veneziano  -   
 16  - Misty / The Hustle  -   Ray Davies and his Buttown Down Brass  -   
 17  - The High Chaparral  -   Floyd Cramer  -   
 18  - Concertino ritmico (Drexler)  -   Werner Drexler  -   
 19  - Last Night Of The World  -   Max Greger sr & jr  -   
 20  - Night In Buenos Aires  -   Les Baxter & 101 Strings  -   
 21  - Tune Cor & Co.  -   Cor Bakker  -   
 22  - Alfie  -   Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra  -   
 23  - Hot Toddy  -   Syd Lawrence  -   
 24  - Matilda  -   Willy Berking  -   
 25  - September Morn'  -   The Strings Of Paris Orchestra  -   
 26  - Salome - Ich bin nur ein armer Wandergesell - Dein ist mein ganzes Herz  -   Jo Kurzweg  -   
 27  - Brazil  -   Richard Clayderman  -   
 28  - Stone In Love with You; All of You; You Are the Sunshine of My Life  -   Franck Chacksfield  -   
 29  - Miami Beach Rumba  -   Roberto Delgado  -   
 30  - I Can't Dance  -   The Pasadena Roof Orchestra  -   

Onderwerp: WEEK 27 - 2017

Datum: 31-07-2017

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week27-2017

Wonderful week.
Thanks!

Datum: 04-07-2017

Door: Mike G

Onderwerp: Week 27

Thank you Harry and team for another great week of LL music!

Datum: 02-07-2017

Door: Darko

Onderwerp: week 27

Thank's Harry and all LL team for the great choice of instrumental music for the 27. week of this year. A story about 101 strings and "Romance of Havai " is interesant.

Darko

Datum: 02-07-2017

Door: Alberto Gateno

Onderwerp: week 27-2016

Thanks so much for another week of fantastic music.
Could you please re-up Best of Loungelegends April 2013.

Best regards,

Datum: 01-07-2017

Door: Greg Wagner

Onderwerp: Week 27

Thanks for the Los Indios Tabajaras and André Kostelanetz

Datum: 01-07-2017

Door: Joe

Onderwerp: Happy Canadian Birthday

Happy Greetings to all at LL. Today is Canada's 150th birthday as a nation. I include you in our celebrations ... as I listen to some celebratory LL tunes.

Smiles from Joe in Vancouver, Canada

Datum: 01-07-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 27

We have turned the corner on the year and are now on a path toward winter, Ugh! But the tunes just keep om coming.
Many thanks to RON for the Johnny Mann Singers, and EDILSON for what appears to be a 'new' artist on 'Dance Time'
And of course always HARRY for his tireless postings., at least I hope he's tireless. Please don't burnout, Harry.
Hoping everyone stateside has a safe 4th of July weekend and for those around the world, just a safe and happy start to the summer season.
Again, many thanks to all who contributed to this week and all the music we get year round.
anchortaxi, from a gloomy Tennessee

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