WEEK 29 - 2017

Yesterday once more
Volume VI
79:44 - 320 Kb/sec
 
All my best memories
Come back clearly to me
Some can even make me cry.
Just like before...
It's yesterday once more
 
tracklisting:
 
1. Larry Page - Venus / 03:31
2. John Fox - Can't get it out of my head  / 03:06
3. Bobby Darin & His Orchestra - Theme from ''Come September'' / 02:35
4. Bert Kaempfert - You don't own me / 02:52
5. Norman Percival - Don't sleep in the subway / 02:38
6. Max Greger - Unchained melody / 03:15
7. Richard Marino and his orchestra - Fever / 02:38
8. Arthur Greenslade - To love somebody / 03:32
9. Billy Vaughn - Music to watch girls by / 02:32
10. Ferrante and Teicher - Yesterday once more / 03:03
11. Gordon Franks - I remember you / 02:27
12. Cliff Carpenter - Looking for freedom / 03:27
13. Bruno Bertone - Torn / 03:57
14. Nelson Riddle - My sweet lord / 02:51
15. Franck Pourcel - It's over / 02:53
16. Lafayette - Beautiful Sunday / 02:35
17. Marty Gold - How high the Moon / 02:18
18. Perry Botkin jr - For what it's worth / 02:42
19. The Andrew Oldham Orchestra - The last time / 03:44
20. Raymond Lefèvre - Can't give you anything (but my love) / 03:29
21. Miami Sunset Strings - Stand by your man / 02:46
22. Caravelli - We are the champions / 02:58
23. Carlten & Orchester - All I have to to is dream / 03:05
24. Captain Cook und seine singenden Saxophone - Zwei Kleine Italiener / 02:18
25. Cyril Stapleton - Catch a falling star / 02:37
26. Roy Etzel - Mit 17 hat man noch Träume / 02:51
27. Longines-Symphonette - United we stand / 02:52

Stationen einer Karriere vol.3
''Welthits''
 
 1 -  Spanish Eyes  - 
 2 -  In The Mood  - 
 3 -  El Condor Pasa  - 
 4 -  Hey Jude  - 
 5 -  Greensleeves  - 
 6 -  Charmaine  - 
 7 -  Moonlight Serenade  - 
 8 -  Bridge Over Troubled Water  - 
 9 -  Der einsame Hirte  - 
 10 -  Amazing Grace  - 
 11 -  Biscaya  - 
 12 -  Ballade pour Adeline  - 
 13 -  Havah Nagilah  - 
 14 -  Erinnerungen  - 
 15 -  Stenka Rasin  - 
 16 -  The Battle Of Bilbao  - 

Bert Kaempfert 
The Wonderland Of Bert Kaempfert
 
 1 -  Tenderly  - 
 2 -  Cerveza  - 
 3 -  Ducky  - 
 4 -  Auld lang syne  - 
 5 -  Savoy Blues  - 
 6 -  Plaisir d'amour  - 
 7 -  Don't Forbid Me  - 
 8 -  Morgen (One More Sunrise)  - 
 9 -  Catalania  - 
 10 -  Midnight Snack  - 
 11 -  Without Your Love  - 
 12 -  Louisa  - 

Mantovani & His Orchestra 
The American Scene
 
 01 -  My Old Kentucky Home  - 
 02 -  Camptown Races  - 
 03 -  I Dream of Jeannie  - 
 04 -  Old Folks At Home  - 
 05 -  Ringo De Banjo  - 
 06 -  Beautiful Dreamer  - 
 07 -  Home On The Range  - 
 08 -  Grandfather's Clock  - 
 09 -  Yellow Rose of Texas  - 
 10 -  Just A-Wearin' For You  - 
 11 -  Turkey In The Straw  - 
 12 -  Goodnight Irene  - 

 Peter Covent 
Hits à GoGo
 
 01  - Up Around the Bend: Annabella; Mademoiselle Ninette  -     
 02  - In The Year 2525; Dynamite Woman; Mendocino  -     
 03  - Sorry Suzanne; People World; Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'  -     
 04  - Jumpin' Jack Flash; Yummy Yummy Yummy  -     
 05  - Get Back; Let The Sunshine In  -     
 06  - El Condor Pasa; American Woman; Cecilia  -     
 07  - Suspicious Mind; Raindrops Keep Fallin'; Call Me Number One  -     
 08  - All Kinds of Everything; Sha La La I Love You  -     
 09  - I Can Hear Music; Snake In The Grass; Ragamuffin' Man  -     
 10  - Question; Ma Belle Amie  -     
 11  - Mah-Nah Mah Nah; Come Together  -     
 12  - Wandrin'Star; Bridge over Troubled Water; Let it Be  -     
 13  - Je t'aime moi non plus; Nie mehr allein; Dein schönstes Geschenk  -     
 14  - Oh Happy Day; Venus; Sugar Sugar  -     
 15  - Daughter of Darness; I.O.I.O.; Yellow River  -     
 16  - Jasmine; Son of A Preachterman; Fox On The Run  -     
 17  - Down on the Corner; Na Na Hey Kiss Him Goodbye  -     

Das grosse Tanzalbum
Orchester Béla Sanders
Philips H72AM204
 
01. Bye bye blackbird - Foxtrot
 
02. Roses of Picardy - Slow waltz
 
03. Tango-Poesie - Tango
 
04. So what's new - Foxtrot
 
05. Michelle - Slowfoxtrot
 
06. Abends auf dem Niederrhein - Viennese waltz
 
07. Quando m'innamoro - Rumba
 
08. Amorosa - Cha cha cha
 
09. A banda - Samba
 
10. Danke schön - Blues-boogie
 
11. Midnight train - Jive
 
12. Mood indigo - Blues
 
13. Moon river - Slow waltz
 
14. Guantanamera - Tango
 
15. Hello Dolly - Foxtrot
 
16. Let me cry on your shoulder - Slowfoxtrot
 
17. Mame - Foxtrot
 
18. Ain't she sweet - Charleston
 
19. Rumba romantica - Rumba
 
20. Playboy cha-cha - Cha cha cha
 
21. Samba Sabrina - Samba
 
22. Spanish gypsy dance - Paso doble
 
23. A taste of honey - Boogie-woogie
 
24. La bostella - Bostella

Judd Downing Orchestra 
Latin Satin
 
 1 -  Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars  - 
 2 -  Menina Flor  - 
 3 -  Sand in My Shoes.  - 
 4 -  Call Me  - 
 5 -  No Ba La La  - 
 6 -  Flamenco Love  - 
 7 -  Nunca Mais  - 
 8 -  How Insensitive  - 
 9 -  Errinho Atao  - 
 10 -  The Girl from Ipanema  - 
 11 -  I Appreciate  - 
 12 -  Meditation  - 
 13 -  So Nice  - 
 14 -  La Braca No Bonfa  - 

Paul Mauriat 
Il Etait Une Fois Nous Deux - 1976
 
 01 -  Derriere L'Amour  - 
 02 -  Papa Tango Charly  - 
 03 -  L'amour Cést Comme Les Bateaux  - 
 04 -  Save Your Kisses For Me  - 
 05 -  Could It Be Magic  - 
 06 -  Tu Sais Je T'aime  - 
 07 -  Je Vais T'aimer  - 
 08 -  Il Etait Une Fois Nous Deux  - 
 09 -  Tattoo Bay  - 
 10 -  Besame Mucho  - 
 11 -  Don't Go Breaking My Heart  - 
 12 -  Fernando  - 
 

Alan Moorhouse 
And His Bond Street Brigade
 
 01 -  The Liberty Bell    - 
 02 -  Hang 'em High  - 
 03 -  Tea For Two  - 
 04 -  Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum  - 
 05 -  A Whiter Shade of Pale  - 
 06 -  Funky Fever  - 
 07 -  Radetzky March  - 
 08 -  I Did What I Did For Maria  - 
 09 -  Blues In The Night  - 
 10 -  Chirpy Chirpy, Cheep Cheep  - 
 11 -  Drum Diddley  - 
 12 -  Yellow River  - 

READERS DIGEST COLLECTION
Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops 
LP1 - Pops Today - Pops goes Latin
 
 01 -  Cabaret  - 
 02 -  Lara's Theme from Dr.Zhivago  - 
 03 -  Up,Up and Away  - 
 04 -  A Man And A Woman  - 
 05 -  Yesterday  - 
 06 -  Georgy Girl  - 
 07 -  Tijuana Taxi  - 
 08 -  Desafinado  - 
 09 -  A Taste Of Honey  - 
 10 -  Dansero  - 
 11 -  Spanish Flea  - 
 12 -  Manha de Carnaval  - 
 
 

Various Artists 
Strictly Dance Favourites vol.4
 
 1 -  The Lovliest Night Of The Year  - William Hill-Bowen  - 
 2 -  P.S. I Love You  - Claude Blouin  - 
 3 -  Memory (From Cats)  - Ambros Seelos  - 
 4 -  Sail Along Silvery Moon  - Billy Vaughn  - 
 5 -  Are You Lonesome Tonight  - Larry Dalton  - 
 6 -  Nights In White Satin  - Larry Dalton  - 
 7 -  Jalousie  - Charles Gerhardt  - 
 8 -  Tulips From Amsterdam  - Leslie Lewis  - 
 9 -  Harbour Lights  - Claude Blouin  - 
 10 -  Tenessee Waltz  - Norman Percival  - 
 11 -  Candie In The Wind  - Frank Abrams  - 
 12 -  500 Miles  - Kenny King  - 
 13 -  Everybody Loves Somebody  - Ambros Seelos  - 
 14 -  Three O'clock In The Morning  - Harry James  - 
 15 -  He'll Have To Go  - Claude Blouin  - 
 16 -  How Deep Is Your Love  - John Anthony  - 
 17 -  Yours  - Ambros Seelos  - 
 18 -  At Last  - Claude Blouin  - 
 19 -  After The Ball  - Romantic Strings  - 
 20 -  As Time Goes By  - Claude Blouin  - 
 21 -  That Ole Devil Called Love  - Dominique Chatelin  - 
 22 -  The Last Waltz  - Les Reed  - 
 23 -  Woderful Tonight  - Guitar Corporation  - 

THE READERS DIGEST COLLECTION
Festival of International Hits vol.5
Folk Hits From Across The Sea
 
 1 -  I01. A World Of Our Own  - Intérprete(s): Norman Percival And His Orchestra  - 
 2 -  I02. Tom Dooley  - Intérprete(s): Arthur Greenslade And His Orchestra  - 
 3 -  I03. This Little Light Of Mine  - Intérprete(s): Arthur Greenslade And His Orchestra  - 
 4 -  I04. The House Of The Rising Sun  - Intérprete(s): Frank De Vol And His Orchestra  - 
 5 -  I05. I'll Never Find Another You  - Intérprete(s): Pete King And His Orchestra  - 
 6 -  I06. What Have They Done To The Rain  - Intérprete(s): Pete King And His Orchestra  - 
 7 -  I07. Ode To Billy Joe  - Intérprete(s): Perry Botkin Jr. And His Orchestra  - 
 8 -  I08. Green, Green Grass Of Home  - Intérprete(s): Robert Norton And His Orchestra  - 
 9 -  J01. If I Had A Hammer  - Intérprete(s): Jerry Reed And Weldon Myrick  - 
 10 -  J02. 500 Miles  - Intérprete(s): Joe Babcock  - 
 11 -  J03. The Sound Of Silence  - Intérprete(s): Dottie DeLeon  - 
 12 -  J04. Where Have All The Flowers Gone  - Intérprete(s): Dottie DeLeon  - 
 13 -  J05. Blowin' In The Wind  - Intérprete(s): The Nashville Sounds  - 
 14 -  J06. This Land Is Your Land  - Intérprete(s): The Nashville Sounds  - 

 Hugo Strasser
 Die Tanzplatte des Jahres 74/75
 Emi 1-C 062 29 537
 
 01 s' Wonderful
 02 Alamo
 03 A Media Luz
 04 Skyline In The Night
 05 Theme from A Summerplace
 06 Anything Goes
 07 Raffaela
 08 Seasons In The Sun
 09 Theo, wir fahr'n nach Lodz
 10 Waterloo
 11 Apollo-Rock
 12 Liechtensteiner Polka

Manuel & 
The Music of The Mountains 
Exotica 
(Parlophone WPCR-17619 UK 1965)
 
 1 -  Exotica  - 
 2 -  Autumn Leaves  - 
 3 -  Sabara  - 
 4 -  Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White  - 
 5 -  Dusk  - 
 6 -  Forget Domani  - 
 7 -  Tico tico  - 
 8 -  La vie en rose  - 
 9 -  Life Goes On  - 
 10 -  The Dancers Of Delphi  - 
 11 -  Two Strangers Met  - 
 12 -  Blood And Sand  - 

Dick Hyman & Enoch Light 
Great Themes From Hits Films
 
 01 -  Goldfinger  - 
 02 -  I Could Have Danced All Night  - 
 03 -  Tom Jones  - 
 04 -  A Hard Day's Night  - 
 05 -  Call Me Irresponsible  - 
 06 -  From Russia With Love  - 
 07 -  Mondo Cane #2  - 
 08 -  It Had Better Be Tonight  - 
 09 -  The Carpetbaggers  - 
 10 -  The Seventh Dawn  - 

Bronn Journey 
You've Got a Friend
 
 1 -  You Needed Me  - 
 2 -  If You Could Read My Mind  - 
 3 -  Nadia's Theme (Young and the Restless)  - 
 4 -  Sunshine on My Shoulders  - 
 5 -  Desperado  - 
 6 -  Ben  - 
 7 -  Lady  - 
 8 -  Play Me  - 
 9 -  The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face  - 
 10 -  El Condor Pasa  - 
 11 -  If  - 
 12 -  Rainy Days and Mondays  - 
 13 -  You've Got a Friend  - 

Buddy Defranco
 & The Glenn Miller Orchestra 
In The Mod * 1967
 
 1 -  In The Mod  - 
 2 -  Shangri-La  - 
 3 -  Song Of India  - 
 4 -  Chelsea Bridge  - 
 5 -  Sherry  - 
 6 -  Charlie Cat  - 
 7 -  Gone With The Wind  - 
 8 -  Walking Happy  - 
 9 -  My Ship  - 
 10 -  The Continental  - 
 11 -  Thanks For The Memory  - 
 

Alain Debray 
''Around the World'' (1977)
Label:  RCA Victor 104.7054
 
Tracklist:
A1 Adiós Nonino
A2 Tristeza
A3 O sole mío
A4 Granada
A5 Nadia's Theme
B1 Salsable
B2 Fifth of Beethoven
B3 Un homme et une femme
B4 Brother's Theme
B5 Laura

Giovanni Marradi 
Dreams: Nature & Music
 
 01 -  Forever  - 
 02 -  1920  - 
 03 -  With You  - 
 04 -  Toys  - 
 05 -  Diana's Theme  - 
 06 -  Free  - 
 07 -  Dreams  - 
 08 -  Rain Dance  - 
 09 -  Friend  - 
 10 -  Ghost ♥♫  - 

Hugo Montenegro 
Bongos & Brass * 1960
 
 1 -  In The Hall Of The Mountain King  - 
 2 -  Limehouser Blues  - 
 3 -  Slaughter On Tenth Avenue  - 
 4 -  Lover  - 
 5 -  Lonesome Road  - 
 6 -  Cottontail  - 
 7 -  Take The A Train  - 
 8 -  Heat Wave  - 
 9 -  One O'Clock Jump  - 
 10 -  Lover Come Back To Me  - 
 11 -  The Peanut Vendor  - 
 12 -  Laura  - 

Bobby Hackett 
with Glenn Osser and the Midnight Strings
Night Love
 
 1 -  Theme from The Second Piano Concerto  - 
 2 -  Romance  - 
 3 -  Theme From The Third Symphony  - 
 4 -  Mattinata  - 
 5 -  Theme fromThe Fifth Symphony  - 
 6 -  Pavane  - 
 7 -  Aria From Samson and Delilah  - 
 8 -  Theme From Prince Igor  - 
 9 -  Etude In E  - 
 10 -  Aria From Madame Butterfly  - 
 11 -  Reverie  - 
 12 -  Theme From Romeo and Juliet  - 

Klaus Wunderlich
Wunderlich Pops 6
 
 01 Money, money, money -- Sunny -- Tante Emma
 02 Argentina -- Und es war summer -- Rock bottom
 03 Alice -- Beautiful noise -- Anita
 04 Boogie woogie -- Under the moon of love
 05 Marleen -- Knowing me knowing you -- Fairytale
 06 So ein mann -- Unter dem Schottenrock -- In Zaire
 07 Silver bird -- Orzowel -- L'oiseau et l'enfant
 08 Shake your booty -- Jeans on -- Dance little lady
 09 Verde -- Le reve
 10 Ma baker -- Oh, Susi -- Tarzan ist wieder da

Various Artists 
Come Spy With Us
 
 01 -  A Man Alone (Theme From the Ipcress File)  - John Barry and His Orchestra  - 
 02 -  Deadlier Than the Male  - The Walker Brothers  - 
 03 -  Arabesque  - The Ventures  - 
 04 -  The Look of Love (Theme From Casino Royale)  - Dusty Springfield  - 
 05 -  Theme From Danger Man  - Red Price & His Combo  - 
 06 -  The Silencers  - Vikki Carr  - 
 07 -  Secret Agent Man  - Al Caiola  - 
 08 -  Who Needs Forever (Theme From the Deadly Affair)  - Astrud Gilberto  - 
 09 -  Theme From the Man From U.N.C.L.E.  - The Challengers  - 
 10 -  The Last of the Secret Agents  - Nancy Sinatra  - 
 11 -  Mission: Impossible  - Lalo Schifrin & His Orchestra  - 
 12 -  Dr Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine  - The Supremes  - 
 13 -  Our Man Flint  - Billy Strange  - 
 14 -  Wednesday's Child (Theme From the Quiller Memorandum)  - Matt Monro  - 
 15 -  Theme From Get Smart  - Bob Crane, His Drums and Orchestra  - 
 16 -  We Should've (Theme From Modesty Blaise)  - Cleo Laine & Ray Ellington  - 
 17 -  The James Bond Theme (Dr No)  - Johnny & The Hurricanes  - 
 18 -  Burke's Law Theme  - Wynton Kelly  - 
 19 -  Where the Bullets Fly  - Susan Maughan  - 
 20 -  High Wire (Theme From Danger Man)  - Brian Fahey & His Orchestra  - 
 21 -  Bye Bye (Theme From Peter Gunn)  - Sarah Vaughan  - 
 22 -  Theme From Where the Spies Are  - Jimmy Smith  - 
 23 -  The Liquidator  - Shirley Bassey  - 
 24 -  I Spy  - Roland Shaw & His Orchestra  - 
 25 -  Come Spy With Me  - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles  - 

Enoch Light & the Charleston All Stars 
The Roaring 20's, Vol. 4 
 
 01 -  I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover  - 
 02 -  Clap Hands! Here Comes Charlie  - 
 03 -  If I Could Be with You One Hour Tonight  - 
 04 -  I Want to Be Happy  - 
 05 -  'S Wonderful  - 
 06 -  Ain't We Got Fun  - 
 07 -  Barney Google  - 
 08 -  Sunny Side Up  - 
 09 -  Mary Lou  - 
 10 -  The Prisoner's Song  - 
 11 -  Diga Diga Doo  - 
 12 -  Ev'rybody Loves My Baby  

Studio London Orchestra & Singers
All Night Long
 
 01 -  I Just Called To Say I Love You  - 
 02 -  Never Gonna Let You Go  - 
 03 -  With You I'm Born Again  - 
 04 -  Baby Come To Me  - 
 05 -  Take A Look At Me Now  - 
 06 -  Blue Fantasy  - 
 07 -  True  - 
 08 -  Lady Of The Dawn  - 
 09 -  All The Love In The World  - 
 10 -  I Love You  - 
 11 -  Caresess Whisper  - 
 12 -  Lost Without Your Love  - 
 13 -  Orchard Road  - 
 14 -  Let It Be  - 
 15 -  Tomorrow & Forever  - 
 16 -  Old & Wise  - 
 17 -  Midnight Blue  - 
 18 -  Don't It Make Your Body Move  - 
 19 -  You Are  - 
 20 -  All Night Long  - 

ARTHUR LYMAN
THE LEGEND OF PELE
1959
 
 
Rising fame changes the perception of the people. A famous, or worse, infamous incident can spoil any good name or product. This has happened to Pele as well. But which Pele do I mean? People of the 50‘s would have either shrugged their shoulders or would correctly point to the direction of Pele, the fire goddess who, as the legend goes, was born in Kawaihealani before she settled in the crater of Kilauea, Hawaii and left it regularly. During one of her journeys to Puna, while she was asleep in the disguise of a beautiful woman, she heard distant drums and soon encountered Prince Lohiau who saw the sparkle in her eyes and fell in love with her.
 
 
 
They were happily married, but all too soon, Pele left, as her true home was Puna. Lohiau died of grief, and Pele felt a sense of guilt and sent her younger sister Hiiaka and her best, most beautiful friend Hopoe to the spirit of Lohiau, then residing in a cave among the cliffs. Hiiaka reunited Lohiau‘s soul with his body. When he felt strong and nurtured enough, Lohiau decided to search for Pele. While on his search, Lohiau, however, fell in love with Pele‘s best friend, Hopoe. Pele, waiting back home for the three to arrive, got to know through the trade winds that Prince Lohiau fell in love with Hopoe. In rage, she teleported herself to Lohiau and threw him over the cliffs. Dead again, Lohiau cried after Hopoe, who threw herself over the cliff, and both Lohiau and Hopoe were transformed into cliffs in the sea of Kahalekai where they can be seen up to this day. Pele, now a widow, returned to her role as a fire goddess and taught her slaves a lesson by causing a gargantuan eruption of the volcano, showing herself in full glory – as seen on the above front artwork – and becoming the most venerated but also most feared goddess.
 
 
 
So now you know it. I‘m not talking about Pelé, the legendary soccer god. And Arthur Lyman didn‘t either. But say what you will, his 1959 album The Legend Of Pele is something special due to a fourth column in the usual symbiosis of Exotica records. Normally, the front artwork, the music and the titles form a meaningful whole. Let‘s say the front artwork of an Exotica record shows a beautiful beach. You then expect the music to be either dreamy or Surf Rock-like. Finally, the album and track titles may support your expectation by containing certain signal words that link back to beaches, places, adventurous or romantic things.
 
 
 
On The Legend Of Pele, Lyman adds a fourth element: a story arch, making it the first true concept album of the Exotica genre! The above – and admittedly shortened – legend of the fire goddess of Hawaii is told via music, mainly of already known compositions that still work in the given context even though they weren‘t written with the fire goddess Pele in mind. Arthur Lyman‘s group, consisting of John Kramer, Alan Soares and Harold Chang, tries to capture romance and amour, mystique and adventure, but also jealousy and wrath in 12 songs, the latter moods being highly uncommon additions in Exotica records; heck, I‘d even argue that they are contrapuntally devices that could potentially deny the record any affiliation with the Easy Listening genre. Is this the fiercest, most frightening Exotica record of the 50‘s? Let‘s see if it comes to this.
 
 
 
Pele, the title track, begins with nervous birds, energetically played finger cymbals and swirling piano notes. A tribal 4/4 rhythm is added next to Pele chants, and Soares‘ piano play is a gorgeous complemental device to the reduced setting that is only slightly enhanced by a few marimba notes played by Lyman. This dark setting is illuminated by Lyman‘s vibes in the second half, but the melodies are still surprisingly complex. Pele is an unexpectedly dark anacrusis that has all the signature instruments and birds of the Lyman group in it, but is structured much more eclectically.
 
 
 
Fire Down Below offers another surprise: while the banging rhythm and the marimba-vibraphone combo of the first half evoke the Calypso genre, the second half is equally joyful with supplemental piano backings. Very catchy, highly effervescent, a great tune overall and a top pick of mine due to its sunny mood. Hana Pele interweaves the Far Eastern flavor of Chinese gongs with exemplary piano and mallet instrument keys. Once more, the interplay is convoluted and upholds the convergence of mystique with the story arch of the legend. The Far Eastern flavor might be a bit strange at this point and on this album in general, I find it refreshing. On the short Cumana, Lyman‘s group goes Mambo.
 
 
 
Their rendition of the 1947 classic by Barclay Allen, Harold Spina and Roc Hillman is especially focused on the ambience and its various birds. It is without a doubt the most dreamy song offered on this album. The reduced, low-level use of the instruments only adds to the flavor. The perfect song for hammock Sundays. While the traditional Ye Lai Sian is a percussive, ever-morphing track with a tribal rhythm, opaque piano backings, glistening vibraphone interludes, Hana Maui is the song with the fastest pace that exchanges the tropical feeling with a Latin style that becomes particularly apparent in regard to the piano style of play. Another great plus is the gorgeously vivid percussion sequence that lasts nearly 2 minutes and is basically a battle between Kramer and Chang. The winner is the listener.
 
 
 
Side B starts with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov‘s Scheherezade, and though its name implies an Oriental flavor, it is not to be found on Lyman‘s rendition because it is belittled by short marimba droplets and dusky piano accompaniments. This version does little for me, and while it is refreshingly complex, it is too humpy and unmelodious for me to follow the several threads. My problem!
 
 
 
The following Magic Islands, originally written by Ken Darby, is a swinging tune that is realized without brass instruments. The marimba melody is gorgeous, the piano chords are silky in the first half and are put into the limelight in the second half. One of the best Lyman renditions overall, and I have to admit that I don‘t even know the original yet. Up next is my favorite track of the release: Fascination is pure bliss and ambience. Gentle ocean waves, extremely mellow mallet instruments and gentle piano backings put this on par with my other Lyman favorites Whispering Reef Lullaby and Beyond The Reef. The second half is exhilarant by featuring bird noises and louder vibraphone tones. The dreamy mellifluousness, though, is maintained.
 
 
 
The super-energetic Cubana Chant is loaded with high-pitched percussion instruments plus polyphonous mallet-piano combos that play an especially cozy melody, while Tropical is the unofficial continuation of Fascination with an equally dreamy lazy afternoon setting and a stronger focus on piano counterparts. Especially well-made is the quavering sustain of the vibraphone notes and orchestra bells. The final 76 Trombones is a huge disappointment, both on its own and in the given context of the storyline. Instead of a bubbling vulcano eruption, the listener is fed with a quick, exhilarant military march. It‘s unfortunate that this song was chosen as the conclusion, although Arthur Lyman and the marketing guys of High Fidelity Recordings were fully aware of it as they explain their on the back of the LP cover: "Other tune titles such as the closing one, 76 Trombones, are not appropriate to the story, but the music itself surely is, since it depicts the happy abandon of Pele who, though unfortunate in her romantic life, at least has left for herself her fire goddess career, which after all is the more spectacular and satisfying to her." Erm … okay.
 
 
 
"Is this the fiercest, most frightening Exotica record of the 50‘s?" This is the very question I‘ve asked in the second paragraph. The bold answer is: no. In fact, the whole potential of this project hasn‘t been delivered by the Arthur Lyman Group … not in the slightest. While the start of the album is surprisingly – and best of all: fittingly – dark, Pele‘s legend isn‘t transformed into music very well. First of all, the material played by the group consists entirely of interpretations. Each song is either traditional or by a big composer. I don‘t mind this fact, as long as each song can be linked to a sequence of the plot with a bit of good-will. However, while at the beginning of the record, the symbiosis between story and music is sustainable, not much later the careful listener gets the feeling that the whole concept is just an illusion.
 
 
 
The album could have been named differently, and it would still be a great record with Far Eastern, Calypso, Mambo and military march styles. But this melange doesn‘t work when you see The Legend Of Pele as a concept album. And blimey, the listener is asked to receive the album as such due to the elaborate exemplification of the legend on the back cover and the beautiful front artwork. It is true that the guys from High Fidelity Recordings put this perception into perspective by stating that "most of the tune titles are appropriate to sequences of the legend", so they clearly state that this is not the case with all of them, but still, The Legend Of Pele could have been so great as a real concept album. But it isn‘t. It is a concept album, but one with a lackluster implementation. However, as a normal Exotica or Lyman album with the usual 12 tracks, it is successful, and I especially dig its darker undertones as well as the mellow ambient tracks like Fascination and Tropical.
 
 
 
Fans of the Gene Rains Group should be especially pleased with this release, as Arthur Lyman‘s complex compositions are equally sophisticated. Lyman‘s album clearly remains in Exotica territories, but has left the Easy Listening genre, for many a composition is harder to digest than expected, and while everyone can enjoy this album without any problem, the ideal listener already knows a few other versions of the presented tracks in order to compare and rate them. He or she should also be familiar with or willed to experience complex songs whose beauty isn‘t apparent after the first listening session only – as is the case with the majority of Exotica tunes –, but grows on the listener whenever he or she returns to the song. In the end, I recommend this album, but don‘t expect a change of formula or a successful intermingling of a textual legend with appropriate music.
 
 
 
Exotica Review 059: Arthur Lyman – The Legend Of Pele (1959).
 Originally published on Apr. 21, 2012 at AmbientExotica.com.
 01  - Pele  -     
 02  - Fire Down Under  -     
 03  - Hana Pele  -     
 04  - Cumana  -     
 05  - Ye Lai Sian versie 2  -     
 06  - Hana Maui  -     
 07  - Scheherezade  -     
 08  - Magic Island  -     
 09  - Fascination  -     
 10  - Cubana Chant  -     
 11  - Fascination  -     
 12  - 76 Trombones  -     
 

 

Chris Botti 
Boston Pops Orchestra
Chris Botti In Boston
 
 01 -  Ave Maria  - 
 02 -  When I Fall In Love  - 
 03 -  Seven Days  - 
 04 -  Emmanuel  - 
 05 -  I've Got You Under My Skin  - 
 06 -  Cinema Paradiso  - 
 07 -  Broken Vow  - 
 08 -  Flamenco Sketches  - 
 09 -  Glad To Be Unhappy  - 
 10 -  Hallelujah  - 
 11 -  Smile  - 
 12 -  If I Ever Lose My Faith In You  - 
 13 -  Time To Say Goodbye  -

Stan Kenton 
Stan Kenton Plays Chicago
 
 06 -  First Child  - 
 03 -  Free  - 
 04 -  From Blood, Sweat and Tears:  - 
 05 -  Inner Crisis  - 
 01 -  Mother  - 
 02 -  Once Upon A Time  - 
 07 -  The Rise And Fall Of A Short  - 

Peter Herbolzheimer 
I Hear Voices * 1978
 
 01 -  I Hear Voices  - 
 02 -  Feedback Brother  - 
 03 -  November  - 
 04 -  Birdland  - 
 05 -  Save Me from the City  - 
 06 -  Someday  - 
 07 -  Time Out  - 
 08 -  Din A3  - 
 

01  -   Nowhere Man  - The Hollyridge Strings & Stu Phillips  -
02  -   Moi, Lolita  - Caravelli  -
03  -   Ramona  - T.W.Ardy  -
04  -   La Comparsa  - Carel Kraayenhof  -
05  -   Blueberry Hill  - Horst Fischer  -
06  -   Forrest Gump  - Orchester Ambros Seelos  -
07  -   Poinciana  - M.F.S.B.  -
08  -   Aleluya No.1  - Franck Pourcel  -
09  -   Touch The Stars  - Mladen Franko, Piano & The Norman Candler Strings  -
10  -   The Maigret Theme  - Joe Loss & His Orchestra  -
11  -   The New World Symphony (Last Movement)  - Les Reed  -
12  -   People  - Hugo Winterhalter  -
13  -   Root Beer Rag  - Richard Clayderman  -
14  -   The More I See You  - Heinz Schachtner  -
15  -   Lisboa Antigua  - Gert Wilden und sein Orchester  -
16  -   Old Man Moses  - Orchester Werner Twardy  -
17  -   Paroles, Paroles  - Raymond Lefevre  -
18  -   Je T'Aime (Love At First Sight)  - Ray Conniff & The Singers  
19  -   Sleepy shores  - Norrie Paramor  -
20  -   Princess Leia's Theme   - Geoff Love & His Orchestra  -
21  -   Frag den Abendwind  - James Last  -
22  -   The Godfather Waltz  - Henry Mancini  -
23  -   Der Summerwind  - Kai Warner  -
24  -   La Peregrinación  - Chaquito  -
25  -   For Once In My Life  - Mantovani  -

 01  -   Up, Up And Away  - Billy Vaughn Singers  -
 02  -   Do You Want To Dance  - Baja Marimba Band  -
 03  -   Superstar  - Klaus Wunderlich  -
 04  -   Eight Days A Week  - The Hollyridge Strings  -
 05  -   Rosie  - Alan Tew Orchestra  -
 06  -   Love's Theme  - Ronnie Aldrich  -
 07  -   California Dreamin'  - Hugo Winterhalter  -
 08  -   Tanguera  - Alfred Hause  -
 09  -    Dreamcatcher   - Werner Tauber und das RIAS Tanzorchester  -
 10  -   Les Acadiens  - Franck Pourcel  -
 11  -   Our Day Will Come  - Stanley Black  -
 12  -   Tornado (From The Wiz)  - Tony Hatch  -
 13  -   The Way We Were  - Bert Kaempert  -
 14  -   I Say A Little Prayer  - Augusto Algueró  -
 15  -   Ding-A-Dong  - Andre Popp  -
 16  -   Melisa  - Paul Mauriat  -
 17  -   My Cherie Amour  - Woody Herman & His Thundering  -
 18  -   From Me To You  - George Martin  -
 19  -   Girl Talk  - Berry Lipman  -
 20  -   The last time I saw Paris  - Kurt Edelhagen  -
 21  -   Dancing Eyes  - Ron Goodwin  -
 22  -   Country Train  - James Last  -
 23  -   Viva La Feria  - Frank Valdor  - 
 24  -   Stupido  - Raymond Lefevre  - 

01  -   Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets)  - Mantovani & his Orchestra  -
02  -   Let The Heartache Begins  - Alan Tew  -
03  -   Sweet Jasmin  - Kai Warner  -
04  -   Du lebst in deiner Welt  - Günter Noris  -
05  -   The Impossible Dream  - Ethel Smith  -
06  -   Love Song Of Ching Yie  - Richard Clayderman & Raymond Lefevre  -
07  -   Feelin' Groovy  - 101 Strings  -
08  -   This World Today Is A Mess  - Caravelli  -
09  -   Never My Love  - Hugo Winterhalter  -
10  -   Colombe ivre  - Paul Mauriat  -
11  -   Tout Tout Pour Ma Cherie  - Andre Popp   -
12  -   Carnavalito (Argentine)  - Alfred Hause and his Orchestra  -
13  -   The Savage  - Norrie Paramor  -
14  -   Blowin' In The Wind  - Enoch Light  -
15  -   Vado Via  - Ronnie Aldrich  -
16  -   An Evening in Rome  - Ray Martin  -
17  -   Eloise  - Klaus Wunderlich  -
18  -   Love Is Blue  - Hugo Montenegro  -
19  -   I wish.....  - Cliff Carpenter  -
20  -   On Days Like These  - Les Reed  -
21  -   Asturias   - William Joseph  -
22  -   Deborah's Theme  - Henry Mancini  -
23  -   Inno  - Raymond Lefevre  -
24  -   Half-Breed   - Ray Conniff & The Singers  -
25  -   Desert Hero  - Ron Goodwin  -
 

Onderwerp: WEEK 29 - 2017

Datum: 18-08-2017

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week29-2017

Splendid week. Thanks!

Datum: 29-07-2017

Door: Ramon Castillo

Onderwerp: Week 29

Thanks Harry and LL Teams for Giovanni, Chris and Alan Debay!!!!

Datum: 22-07-2017

Door: latinaussierichard

Onderwerp: Week 29

Harry, bedankt !!!!!
Alain Debray, his real name was Horacio Malvicino, born in Argentina, great talent. Sadly he shot himself and committed suicide while he was in Spain.
He conducted the orchestra of Channel 11 in Buenos Aires when Argentian adopted the analogue PAL TV colour system.

Datum: 18-07-2017

Door: Lucien Van Acker

Onderwerp: Week 29

Peter Herzbolzheimer. Wat een bezetting!
Chris Botti (waaw)
Bedankt Harry.

Datum: 16-07-2017

Door: Greg Wagner

Onderwerp: Week 29

Harry & Team, thanks for the Judd Downing post.

Datum: 15-07-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 29

It's hard to believe the year is so far gone already., like the song., time just keeps on slip slip slippin' away.
But the music just keeps on coming, thanks to Harry and his crew of providers.
And Harry, many thanks for the 'Folk Hits' album full of delightful tunes. I'm going to enjoy that one.
anchortaxi from a warm Tennessee

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