WEEK 31 - 2017

Various Artists 
Best of JULI 2017
 
 01 -  Daydream  - Lyrio Panicali  - 
 02 -  In The Mod  - Buddy Defranco & The Glenn Miller Orchestra  - 
 03 -  A Brand New Me  - Liberace  - 
 04 -  Little Tracy  - Living Jazz  - 
 05 -  Charade  - Durval Ferreira   - 
 06 -  Abrazame  - Ray Conniff  - 
 07 -  Call Me  - Judd Downing Orchestra  - 
 08 -  Mister Sandman  - Living Jazz  - 
 09 -  Hang 'Em High  - Sam Sklair & his orchestra  - 
 10 -  Desperado  - Bronn Journey  - 
 11 -  Star Trek  - John Keating  - 
 12 -  Corazon  - Woody Herman  - 
 13 -  Brazil (Aquarela Do Brasil)  - Axel Stordahl  - 
 14 -  Tequila  - David Carroll and His Orchestra  - 
 15 -  Gold  - The Ray Davies Orchestra  - 
 16 -  I'm Gonna Make You Love Me  - Living Strings  - 
 17 -  Daydream  - Lyrio Panicali & The Flasback Orchestra  - 
 18 -  One Note Samba  - Enoch Light  - 
 19 -   This One's For You  - Living Voices  - 
 20 -  El cumbanchero  - Manuel & The Music of The Mountains  - 
 21 -  La Cumparsita  - Malando  - 
 22 -  Le Sud  - Paul Mauriat  - 
 23 -  Theo, wir fahr'n nach Lodz  - Hugo Strasser  - 
 24 -  What A Wonderful World  - Horst Fischer (tr) & Werner Müller and his Orchestra  - 
 25 -  Sexbomb  - Max Raabe & Palast Orchester  - 
 26 -  Cumana  - Lawrence Welk  - 
 27 -  Portuguese Washerwoman  - Floyd Cramer  - 
 28 -  She Lets Her Hair Down  - Bert Kaempfert  - 
 29 -  Day by Day  - Andre Kostelanetz & His Orchestra  - 
 30 -  All Night Long  - Studio London Orchestra  - 

MADleys
Volume XXII
 79:38  - 320 Kb/sec
 
 
01 101 Strings (20:52) "Soul of music U.S.A." Red river valley - Round her neck she wore a yellow ribbon - Streets of Laredo - Bury me not on the lonely prairie - Swing low sweet chariot - Joshua fit the battle of Jericho - Nobody knows the trouble I see - Turkey in the straw - Arkansas traveler
 
02 Roberto Delgado "Samba Caramba" (20:38) Mama Inez - Carioca - El Colas - La Bamba - Amor Tequila - Besame Mucho; Mexicana - Summer Samba - El condor pasa - Negra Maria - Carnevalito - Rum and tabasco
 
03 André Kostelanetz/New York Philharmonic "Showstoppers" (18:31) Wunderbar - So in love - Some enchanted evening - Happy talk - Dites moi - I could have danced all night - With a little bit of luck - On the street where you live - Make believe - Bill, why do I love you - You are love - Ol' Man river
 
04 Jo Kurzweg "Schenkt man sich Rosen" (12:14) Rote Rosen - Dunkelrote Rosen - Tulpen aus Amsterdam - Blau blüht der Enzian - Rote Rosen, rote Lippen - Weisser Holunder - Es grünt so grün - Wenn der weisse Flieder wieder blüht - Vergiss mein nicht - Die Rose vom Wörthersee - Rose von Stambul - La vie en rose
 
05 Werner Müller "Let's twist" (7:24) Popocatepeti - Rock a Hula Baby - Peppermint twist - Twist twist - Hawaii tatoo - Let's twist again - Speedy Gonzalez - St. Tropez twist - Ya Ya
 
 

Stationen einer Karriere 
''Ein Sound geht um die Welt''
 
 1 -  Around The World  - 
 2 -  La Bostella  - 
 3 -  Cu-Cu-Rru-Cu-Cu-Paloma  - 
 4 -  Happy Brasilia  - 
 5 -  American Patrol  - 
 6 -  Oh! Susanna  - 
 7 -  Happy Luxemburg  - 
 8 -  La Cumparsita  - 
 9 -  Telstar  - 
 10 -  Starparade  - 
 11 -  La Bamba  - 
 12 -  A Media Luz  - 
 13 -  Copacabana  - 
 14 -  Amor Amor Amor  - 
 15 -  Rhinestone Cowboy  - 
 16 -  Petite fleur  - 

The Keating Sound
 (Johnny Keating and his Orchestra) 
This Bird Has Flown
 
 1 -  This Bird Has Flown (Norwegian Wood)  - 
 2 -  Moonlight Serenade  - 
 3 -  It Was A Very Good Year  - 
 4 -  The Shadow Of Your Smile  - 
 5 -  Girl Talk  - 
 6 -  Felicidade  - 
 7 -  Canadian Sunset  - 
 8 -  Ebb Tide  - 
 9 -  Who (Will Take My Place) (Qui)  - 
 10 -  Michelle  - 
 11 -  Imprevu  - 
 12 -  Shangri-La  - 

Bert Kaempfert 
Three O'Clock In The Morning
 
 1 -  Three O'Clock In The Morning  - 
 2 -  Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella  - 
 3 -  The Moon Is Making Eyes  - 
 4 -  Take My Heart  - 
 5 -  A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square  - 
 6 -  Rainbow Melody  - 
 7 -  You You You  - 
 8 -  Notrhing´s New  - 
 9 -  If I Give My Heart To You  - 
 10 -  Rose Of Washington Square  - 
 11 -  Let´s Go Home  - 
 12 -  (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover  - 

The Columbia Musical Treasuries 
Orchestra And Chorus 
The Unforgettable Years 01/10
 
 101 -  I Left My Heart In San Francisco  - 
 102 -  Java  - 
 103 -  Fly Me To The Moon  - 
 104 -  Everybody Loves Somebody  - 
 105 -  My Coloring Book  - 
 106 -  Dominique  - 
 107 -  Volare  - 
 108 -  I Can't Stop Loving You  - 
 109 -  Ramblin' Rose  - 
 110 -  Wonderland By Night  - 
 111 -  Are You Lonesome Tonight  - 
 112 -  Red Roses For A Blue Lady  - 

Acoustic Sound Orchestra 
FLY AWAY
 
 01 -  When I Need You   - 
 02 -  'Wind Of Change'  - 
 03 -  Fly Away  - 
 04 -  Argentina  - 
 05 -  Careless Whisper  - 
 06 -  Senza Una Donna  - 
 07 -  How Deep Is Your Love  - 
 08 -  Liebe Ist Starker   - 
 09 -  Close Your Eyes  - 
 10 -  Can You Feel The Love Tonight  - 
 11 -  Bilitis  - 
 12 -  Bridge Over Troubled Water  - 
 13 -  Accordion Dream  - 
 14 -  Your My Heart, Your My Soul  - 
 15 -  Il Mare   - 
 16 -  Blue Grass Dream  - 
 17 -  Du Ich Brauch' Dich  - 

Living Strings 
Play Songs Made Famous By Loretta Lynn
 
 01 -  If You're Not Gone Too Long.  - 
 02 -  Woman Of The World (Leave My World Alone)  - 
 03 -  Wine, Women and Song  - 
 04 -  Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)  - 
 05 -  Before I'm Over You  - 
 06 -  Blue Kentucky Girl  - 
 07 -  The Home You're Tearin' Down  - 
 08 -  Your Squaw Is On The Warpath  - 
 09 -  You Ain't Woman Enough  - 
 10 -  Success.  - 

Les Elgart 
The Great Sound Of Les Elgart
 
 01 -  Cherokee  - 
 02 -  All By Myself  - 
 03 -  Moonlight Shuffle  - 
 04 -  Pick Yourself Up  - 
 05 -  'Deed I Do  - 
 06 -  Ginger Snap  - 
 07 -  When I Take My Sugar To Tea  - 
 08 -  These Foolish Things (Remind Me Off You)  - 
 09 -  Lullaby Of The Leaves  - 
 10 -  Poinciana  - 
 11 -  Painting The Clouds With Sunshine  - 
 12 -  If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight  - 

Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops 
LP3 - The Beatles Hits - Million Dollar Movies
 
 01 -  Yellow Submarine  - 
 02 -  Michelle  - 
 03 -  Eleanor Rigby  - 
 04 -  The Fool On The Hill  - 
 05 -  Penny Lane  - 
 06 -  Hey Jude  - 
 
07 -  Piano Concerto No. 21 'Elvira Madigan'_Andante  - 
 08 -  More (Theme from Mondo Cane)  - 
 09 -  Tom Jones (Main Title)  - 
 10 -  Days of Wine and Roses  - 
 11 -  The Longest Day  - 
 12 -  Parade Of The Charioteers From Ben Hur  - 

Alessandro Alessandroni 
A Trip Through The Music
 
 01 -  Largo For Orchestra  - 
 02 -  St. Paul  - 
 03 -  N.Y. Airport  - 
 04 -  Bordering The Lake  - 
 05 -  Western Song  - 
 06 -  Holiday In Florida  - 
 07 -  Barcarola For Orchestra  - 
 08 -  Bahamas Beach  - 
 09 -  Atlantic City  - 
 10 -  Santa Monica Boulevard  - 
 11 -  Hudson River  - 
 12 -  Sunvalley Mountains  - 
 13 -  September Morning  - 

THE READERS DIGEST COLLECTION
FESTIVAL OF INTERNATIONAL HITS
International Hit Parade 07/11
 
 1 -  M01. That Happy Feeling  - Perry Botkin Jr. And His Orchestra  - 
 2 -  M02. Those Were The Days  - Arthur Greenslade And His Orchestra  - 
 3 -  M03. Winchester Cathedral  - Marty Paich Orchestra And Chorus  - 
 4 -  M04. The Happy Trumpeter  - Perry Botkin Jr. And His Orchestra  - 
 5 -  M05. The World We Knew  - Norman Percival And His Orchestra  - 
 6 -  M06. What The World Needs Now Is Love  - Perry Botkin Jr. And His Orchestra  - 
 7 -  M07. Blue Midnight  - Pete King And His Orchestra  - 
 8 -  N01. Going Out Of My Head  - Frank Comstock And His Orchestra  - 
 9 -  N02. Zambezi  - Arthur Greenslade And His Orchestra  - 
 10 -  N03. Spanish Eyes  - Alberto Mendez And His Orchestra  - 
 11 -  N04. Skokiaan  - Norman Percival And His Orchestra  - 
 12 -  N05. Sweet Maria  - Johnny Harris And His Orchestra  - 
 13 -  N06. Afrikaan Beat  - Arthur Greenslade And His Orchestra  - 
 14 -  N07. It Must Be Him  - Perry Botkin Jr. And His Orchestra  - 
 

Mario Battaini 
Romantica Fisarmonica
 
 01 -  Blue Gardenia  - 
 02 -  Moonlight Serenade  - 
 03 -  Flamingo  - 
 04 -  Quando Ti Stringi A Me (I'm In The Mood For Love)  - 
 05 -  Petit Fleur  - 
 06 -  Sogno D'amore  - 
 07 -  Maria Elena  - 
 08 -  Tramonto  - 
 09 -  More  - 
 10 -  Il Cielo In Una Stanza  - 
 11 -  Non Dimenticar (T'ho Voluto Bene)  - 
 12 -  Blue Star  - 
 13 -  Gentlemen Cambrioleur  - 
 14 -  Tristezze  - 
 15 -  Notte Armonica  - 
 16 -  Teneramente  - 

Various Artists 
Melodies, Moods & Memories 02/06
 
 1 -  Serenata  - Geoff Love  - 
 2 -  Theme From "A Summer Place"  - Percy Faith  - 
 3 -  Blue Moon  - Bert Kaempfert  - 
 4 -  It's Now Or Never (O Solo Mio)  - Franck Pourcel  - 
 5 -  Are You Lonesome Tonight  - Roberto Mann  - 
 6 -  The White Rose Of Anthens  - Manuel  - 
 7 -  Spanish Harlem  - Frank Chacksfield  - 
 8 -  Theme From The Apartment  - Geoff Love  - 
 9 -  Softly As I Leave You  - Ronnie Aldrich  - 
 10 -  Stranger On The Shore  - Geoff Love  - 
 11 -  Blowin' In The Wind  - Percy Faith  - 
 12 -  A Walk In The Black Forest  - Mantovani  - 
 13 -  On A Clear Day You Can See For Ever  - Franck Pourcel  - 
 14 -  Cast Your Fate To The Wind  - Sounds Orchestral  - 
 15 -  I Left My Heart In San Francisco  - Boston Pops Orchestra  - 
 16 -  Fly Me To The Moon  - Mantovani  - 
 17 -  The Shadow Of Your Smile  - Manuel  - 
 18 -  Maria Elena  - Percy Faith  - 

Anthony Arizaga 
Guitarra De Amor
 
 1 -  Unbreak My Heart  - 
 2 -  I Can See Clearly Now  - 
 3 -  Can't Stay Away From You  - 
 4 -  Spanish Harlem  - 
 5 -  Quiet Nights  - 
 6 -  The Lion Sleeps Tonight  - 
 7 -  Wonderful Tonight  - 
 8 -  Under The Boardwalk  - 
 9 -  Light My Fire  - 
 10 -  Don't Cry For Me Argentina  - 
 11 -  I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You  - 
 12 -  On This Night Of A Thousand Stars  - 

The Ray Conniff Singers 
So Much In Love
 
 01 -  Autumn Leaves - Just Walking In The Rain  - 
 02 -  I Fall In Love Too Easily - My Heart Stood Still  - 
 03 -  Dancing On The Ceiling - Dancing In The Dark  - 
 04 -  I Wish I Didn't Love You So - Bewitched  - 
 05 -  Whatever Will Be, Will Be - True Love  - 
 06 -  Chances Are - It's Not For Me To Say  - 

Mark Wirtz Orchestra & Chorus 
Latin A Go-Go (1966)
 
 1 -  Watermelon Man  - 
 2 -  More  - 
 3 -  Comin' Home, Baby  - 
 4 -  Sunday Night  - 
 5 -  Reviera Carnival  - 
 6 -  Beyond The Horizon  - 
 7 -  Tennessee Waltz  - 
 8 -  Adventure  - 
 9 -  Yeh, Yeh  - 
 10 -  Don't Do It, Baby  - 
 11 -  Yesterday's Laughter, Today's Tears  - 
 12 -  I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry  - 

David Bradstreet 
Walking On Sunshine
 
 1 -  Give A Little Bit  - 
 2 -  Mrs. Robinson  - 
 3 -  Solsbury Hill  - 
 4 -  Brown Eyed Girl  - 
 5 -  Danny's Song  - 
 6 -  Faith  - 
 7 -  Back In The High Life  - 
 8 -  Take It Easy  - 
 9 -  You Can't Hurry Love  - 
 10 -  Daydream  - 
 11 -  Torn  - 
 12 -  All I Need Is A Miracle  - 
 13 -  Walking On Sunshine  - 
Valentino 
his piano and Orchestra
Stairway To Paradise
 
 01 -  Strange Music  - 
 02 -  The Story of a Starry Night  - 
 03 -  Stranger in Paradise  - 
 04 -  If You Are But A Dream  - 
 05 -  Full Moon and Empty Arms  - 
 06 -  Moon Love  - 
 07 -  My Reverie  - 
 08 -  I Think of You My Sweet  - 
 09 -  No Other Love  - 
 10 -  The Lamp Is Low  - 
 11 -  Baubles Bangles and Beads  - 
 12 -  Our Love  - 

Various Orchestras
The Lonely Music Hour For Your Listening Pleasure 02
 
 01 -  Toccata  - Nordisle Movin Dream Orchestra  - 
 02 -  Lost In Love  - Nordisle Movin Dream Orchestra  - 
 03 -  No More Lonely Night  - Nordisle Movin Dream Orchestra  - 
 04 -  Mr. Lonely  - Nordisle Movin Dream Orchestra  - 
 05 -  Sealed With A Kiss  - Nordisle Movin Dream Orchestra  - 
 06 -  Song Of The Birds  - Ensemble Jack & Jill's  - 
 07 -  Adagio De La Concerto En Do  - Concert Collier  - 
 08 -  Last Waltz  - Nordisle Movin Dream Orchestra  - 
 09 -  Concero De Aranjuez  - Antonio Koga  - 
 10 -  Nocturne In E-Flat Major  - Golden Pops Orchestra  - 
 11 -  Adagio Cardinal  - Concert Collier  - 
 12 -  The Pathetique Symphony, 1St..  - Ensemble Jack & Jill's  - 
 13 -  La Maison Est In Ruine  - Golden Pops Orchestra  - 
 14 -  Le Canon De Pachelbel  - Golden Pops Orchestra  - 
 15 -  Yesterday  - Nordisle Movin Dream Orchestra  - 
 16 -  Casablanca  - Nordisle Movin Dream Orchestra  - 
 17 -  The Music Of Good-Bye, Love ..  - The Movin Dream Orchestra  - 
 18 -  Greensleeves  - Nordisle Movin Dream Orchestra  - 

Martin Denny
EXOTIC SOUNDS FROM THE 
Silver Screen (1960)
 
 01 -  Ruby  - 
 02 -  Carioca  - 
 03 -  I'm In The Mood for Love  - 
 04 -  Sayonara  - 
 05 -  Children's Marching Song  - 
 06 -  Singing In The Rain  - 
 07 -  Chattannooga Choo Choo  - 
 08 -  Paradise  - 
 09 -  Frankie and Johnny  - 
 10 -  Over The Rainbow  - 
 11 -  We're off To See The Wizzard  - 
 12 -  Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing  - 

Marty Gold and His Orchestra 
Sticks and Bones *  (1959)
Vinyl LP RCA LSP-2070
 
 01 -  Hall Of The Mountain King  - 
 02 -  All I Do Is Dream Of You  - 
 03 -  Ramona  - 
 04 -  You've Changed  - 
 05 -  On The Alamo  - 
 06 -  Sticks And Bones  - 
 07 -  Limehouse Blues  - 
 08 -  Comes Love  - 
 09 -  Autumn In New York  - 
 10 -  Star Of Evening  - 
 11 -  Love For Sale  - 
 12 -  Smoke Rings 

Hugo Montenegro 
Montenegro In Italy (1961)
 
 1 -  Ah Marie Tarantella  - 
 2 -  Diciticello Vuie  - 
 3 -  Torna A Sorienta-La Danca  - 
 4 -  Chella Lla-Lla  - 
 5 -  Arrivederci Roma  - 
 6 -  La Panse  - 
 7 -  Il Pescatore Scapricciatiello  - 
 8 -  Nenella Bella  - 
 9 -  Lazzarella Core'ncrato  - 
 10 -  Non Dimenticar-Funiculi Funicula  - 
 11 -  La Guaglioncella  - 
 12 -  Ti Voglio Bene  - 

 Various Orchestras
Films In Love - CD02
 
 01 -  More  - The Magic Strings  - 
 02 -  This Is My Song  - Jean Corbin. Magic Strings  - 
 03 -  Raindrops Keep Fallin' on my Head   - Cyril Ornadel  - 
 04 -  Moulin Rouge  - Johnny Gregory  - 
 05 -  Over the Rainbow  - Frank Chacksfield  - 
 06 -  The Windmills of your Mind   - Jack Nitzsche Orchestra  - 
 07 -  Bolero (Ravel )  - Romantic Strings  - 
 08 -  The Way We Were   - Herny Malone Orchestra  - 
 09 -  Smile  - Bobby Helm Orchestra  - 
 10 -  Memory   - Boston Symphony Orchestra  - 
 11 -  Giochi Proibiti  - The Magic Strings  - 
 12 -  Around The World  - Romantic Strings  - 
 13 -  Don't Cry for me Argentina  - Masterworks Orchestra  - 
 14 -  Que Sera, Sera   - Mantovani  - 
 15 -  Vivre Pour Vivre  - The Magic Strings  - 

Luis Bordon 
Light and Latin
 
 1 -  Hava Nagila  - 
 2 -  Somewhere my love (Tema de Lar  - 
 3 -  Lemon Tree  - 
 4 -  Alma Vibrante  - 
 5 -  A Lenda Das Montanhas  - 
 6 -  Three Coins In The Fountain  - 
 7 -  India  - 
 8 -  Love Is Blue  - 
 9 -  Honey  - 
 10 -  Ha-Ba-Na  - 
 11 -  Sukiaki  - 
 12 -  The Impossible Dream  - 

LES BAXTER

SPACE ESCAPADE
1958
 
 
Space Escapade is just one vivacious pinnacle of world-renowned composer Les Baxter (1922–1996), but an enormously compelling one that is loaded with multitudinous hopes, desires, styles and peculiarities. Released on Capitol Records in 1958, the expert’s 12 unique compositions are envisioned by a string-heavy orchestra with noteworthy horns, mallet instruments and exotic percussion layers. Space Escapade belongs to an exciting tradition of several composers' work phases who neglect the style they are primarily known for in favor of a one-off stop to far away galaxies. There are plenty of examples: Ferrante & Teicher’s Soundproof (1955), Enoch Light‘s Spaced Out (1969), the 101 Strings’ Astro-Sounds From Beyond The Year 2000 (1969), Piero Umiliani‘s Musica Dell'Era Tecnologica (1972) or even Roger Roger’s and Nino Nardini’s Informatic 2000 (1982) are but five swabs of a whole maelstrom of arabesques. All of these artifacts are highly sought after despite their constant availability. The hyper-vast capaciousness of space and the race to the moon fueled the imagination and remain fan favorites to this day.
 
 
 
Even if listeners hate the saccharine melancholia of the above artists, chances are that the coolness of these works is eternal and way above the multitude of ever-changing styles and tastes. Surprisingly enough, Les Baxter’s Space Escapade is potentially critical in this regard. It is a magnificent work whose colorful-psychedelic front artwork is world-famous and at least as trippy as the music, but at the same time, the composer views the topic of space exploration from a rose-tinted technocratic viewpoint. The advancements and innovations in technology create a better world, people from 1958 envisioned the year 2000 as a fun place with several interplanetary bases and wonders. The reality, alas, is different, but this naïvety nurtures all segues and intermissions of the presented material. Space Escapade offers a great mixture of Jazz by means of piano sprinkles, cocktail conundrums, bachelor pad sound carpets, big band scents and string washes. No ondioline, theremin or esoteric chime ever appears, Baxter’s vision is not based on this kind of galactic weirdness. When I mention Space-Age strings in my reviews, I usually have this LP and Baxter’s preceding masterpiece Caribbean Moonlight (1956) in mind. The rocket has launched, the propulsion presses us forward, so here is an in-depth look at Space Escapade.
 
 
 
Before the Brits got to know in 1984 that “shooting stars never stop,” Les Baxter epitomizes this saying both in person and through his composition Shooting Star. This opener does not waste any precious time to unleash a glittering glitzscape of whirling strings in tandem with their pizzicato brethren, turquoise pianos and a couple of xylophones and vibes. The mood range is all swinging and euphoric, with not a dull moment or grey cloud in sight. The most interesting thing that works to this day is, to my mind, the short rhythmic shift in the middle which adjusts the escapade factor with a bold dose of Exotica: stumbling and rumbling congas remind of a scatman skit and seem to be taken right of Baxter’s drum-focused album Skins! (1957). To be utterly honest: Shooting Star has not aged well. Its jolly spirits are too much over the top, making this formerly futuristic trip a retrogressive one by today’s standards. I do not care though. It is a warmhearted gem, less spacey than iridescent, and catchy to the maximum.
 
 
 
The following Moonscape offers a like-minded scenery, but in pastel colors and downbeat structures. Romance is all over this piece, the roughness of the ashen wastelands is nowhere to be found. This tune would be a lachrymose elegy by the numbers, were it not for the textural quality of the phantasmagoric string washes. They simmer and shimmer, overwhelm the listener or murmur in the background to make room in order to let the lead trombone shine. Add the few vibraphone sparkles, and you got another laid-back hit.
 
 
 
Mr. Robot is not as wonky as its title supplies, although a bucolic-bustling physiognomy cannot be denied. Lilac-colored pizzicato bursts underline the conga-accentuated magic of the strings. The composition feels lively and enormously blissful, the wonders of a working robot at home are clearly woven into each chord and twang, and there are only infinitesimal traces of a designed dissonance that are injected to thematize the metallic machinery of the eponymous star of the arrangement. Instead of clanging and clonking critters, a streamlined harmony reigns in this piece as well. Whereas The City offers a particularly enchanting thermal heat-vapored mystique of a heliospheric city floating in space by the means of golden shimmering piano tercets, gorgeous recurring wind chime-like glass gongs, mellowly trembling string coils and a carefreeness to die for, A Distant Star is a tastefully grandiloquent ode to the titular star. A piano arrangement at its heart, it is ennobled by Baxter’s signature technicolor strings, sudden protrusions of transcendental tone sequences and non-hazardous eddy currents of twirling glitters and gleaming vibes.
 
 
 
The final piece of side A, The Commuter, almost proves to be portentously prophetic if one specific letter of the title is exchanged with another one. As expected, no grim entanglement takes place, but the focus shifts away from the still strongly blooming orchestra strings and instead concentrates on the brass instruments. Their vivid energy and incisive impetus is astutely lessened by short harp cascades, an instrument which appears far too sporadically, but shows its genteel dreaminess all the better in this amicable frenzy.
 
 
 
Side B opens with a comparably big surprise and provides an element that was heretofore not part of the endemic style range: a field recording of harsh wind gusts. These turbulences do not appear out of the blue, for they are the fitting – and only rougher – part of Winds Of Sirius, an otherwise polymorphous adventure ditty which transmutes dreaminess into bubbling excitement. Galloping beats, gunmetal cymbals, ethereal strings and pizzicato specks vesiculate time and again, xylophone sprinkles add another layer of moisture and make this poeticized planet a formidable habitat.
 
 
 
After this fleeting visit, Baxter turns his attention to The Other Side Of The Moon whose first eight seconds are draped in twilight and dichotomy. Could the rising crescendo of this short prelude lead to a dark shadiness that was previously neglected? No, of course not! Benign piano sparks, translucent glockenspiels and shuttling strings create a diffuse otherworldly diorama whose profound ambience is unfortunately lessened by the following carnivalesque plinking prongs. The strings continue to float solemnly, but the hectic foreground is overly chintzy and does not conflate completely with the languorous setting. This, however, can be interpreted as successful; the simultaneity of discongruous strata is a key part of a lot of Space-Age erections. In a way, Les Baxter truly delivers in this case.
 
 
 
Throughout the runtime of Space Escapade, the targeted destinations were quite specific. This changes temporarily as the spaceship approaches a void Somewhere In Space, wherever that may be. This is no acroamatic enigma rather than a Honky Tonk piano tune whose humble piano-fueled beginnings lead to clarinet-permeated violin-and-brass whirlwinds which themselves turn out to be interim parts that are soon encapsulated by a swinging beat. Somewhere In Space is simply delightful. It aurally displays the expected exhilaration but interpolates it with the help of a vigorous piano that is at the utmost front of the arrangement. The 90 seconds long Earth Light then reciprocates between the silkiest, most luring string cascades, the most somnolent harp-vibraphone patterns of the whole album and a hyper-soothing ballad format. The glinting polar lights are transformed into music, and even though the harp mirages are a common element of hypnotic states and dream sequences in Hollywood artifacts, their plasticity is formidably bewitching.
 
 
 
The penultimate The Lady Is Blue sees Baxter revisiting his shtick of dedicating compositions to women. This case study shows that specific names are de trop in space. Complexion is what matters. The tune turns from a bachelor pad apparition over its cocktail lounge compatibility to a crystalline Waltz. Even a femme fatale theme on a muted trombone appears for a short time, but drowns in waves of strings. The sustain of the last deep piano tone leads to the grand finale: Saturday Night On Saturn is a Latin Exotica Space-Age spy theme hybrid of hollow congas, a tipsy tension as delivered by droning pianos, sanguine strings and xylophone globs. The spaciest and most eclectic of all pieces opens up the ever-sweet formula, and not a moment too soon. This shapeshifting aurora is Les Baxter’s most exciting tune that is closest to today’s interpretation of Space-Age.
 
 
 
While the following statement usually carries a dismissive connotation, I use it to stress the fun ride Space Escapade offers: if you know one track, you know all the other ones. This Space-Age work is hued in the warmest colors, and whatever the genre implications tend to be today, Les Baxter’s fleeting inspection beyond the heliosphere is completely and mercilessly glorifying. There is anything but positive vibes on both the planets and locations the listener is allowed to visit. The swinging rhythms are great and luring, but what makes the album really valuable is the changing patterns and the carefully interwoven brass sections which are never too piercing and become pale next to the rainbows of strings. Only three instances are faintly chilling: the forceful storm in Winds Of Sirius, the short multifaceted prelude of The Other Side Of The Moon as well as the closer Saturday Night On Saturn which inherits just the right amount of distant uneasiness to be called a proper Space-Age anthem.
 
 
 
Given the cavalcades of fun and joy that are baked into this release, it remains astonishing that the very same composer and arranger delivered scores to horror flicks and big budget dramas. Here, however, the music creates an eternal fluxion of celestial bliss that even I fall prey to; usually, I brush albums of a similar vein away with terms like chintzy, sugary or syrupy. Turns out that I avoid doing just that, not because this is an album by the Exotica genre's grand luminary, but due to the energy level and solar luminescence that reaches even the farthest of all places. Space Escapade is just great. Exotica fans will feel right at home and dig the lush piano placentas, bucolic bongos, coruscating congas and serpentine strings. The album is available on all formats one could possibly desire. It is a classic that lives up to its iconic front artwork… and goes well beyond it once the record is spinning.
 
 
 
Exotica Review 266: Les Baxter – Space Escapade (1958). Originally published on Sep. 28, 2013 at AmbientExotica.com.

 

 01  - Shooting Star  -     
 02  - Moonscape  -     
 03  - Mr. Robot  -     
 04  - The City  -     
 05  - A Distant Star  -     
 06  - The Commuter  -     
 07  - Winds Of Sirius  -     
 08  - The Other Side Of The Moon  -     
 09  - A Look Back At Earth  -     
 10  - Earth Light  -     
 11  - The Lady Is Blue  -     
 12  - Saturday Night On Saturn  -   

Woody Herman 
1963 Swingin'est Big Band Ever
 (25th Year...His Greatest)
 
 01 -  Mo-Lasses  - 
 02 -  Blues For J.P.  - 
 03 -  Don't Get Around Much Anymore  - 
 04 -  Tunin' In  - 
 05 -  Sister Sadie  - 
 06 -  Sig Ep  - 
 07 -  It's A Lonesome Old Town (When You're Not Around)  - 
 08 -  Camel Walk  - 

Stan Kenton 
Hair
 
 01 -  Aquarius  - 
 02 -  Walking In Space  - 
 03 -  Frank Mills  - 
 04 -  I Got Life  - 
 05 -  Colored Spade  - 
 06 -  Where Do I Go  - 
 07 -  Sodomy  - 
 08 -  Hare Krishna (Be In)  - 
 09 -  Easy To Be Hard  - 
 10 -  Good Morning Starshine  - 

Jeff Steinberg Jazz Ensemble 
TV Lounge
 
 01 -  Bewitched  - 
 02 -  Dick Van Dyke Show Theme   - 
 03 -  Route 66 Theme  - 
 04 -  Andy Griffith Show Theme  - 
 05 -  The Lucy Show Theme  - 
 06 -  Naked City Theme  - 
 07 -  I Spy  - 
 08 -  I Dream of Jeannie  - 
 09 -  Flintstones Theme  - 
 10 -  Theme from Mr.Lucky  - 
 11 -  Theme from Dobie Gillis  - 
 12 -  Theme Jack Gleason Show (Melancholy Serenade)  - 
 13 -  Peter Gun Theme   - 
 

 

 

LL BEST OF JULY 2013
 
 -  01  -  Jesus Cristo  - Paul Mauriat
  -  02  -  Willie Boy  - Les and Larry Elgart
  -  03  -  Cycles  - Henry Mancini
  -  04  -  Do You Know The Way To San Jose  - Xavier Cugat
  -  05  -  If You Don't Know Me by Now  - Ray Conniff
  -  06  -  Rich Girl  - Michel Legrand
  -  07  -  Sabrosa  - Chet Atkins
  -  08  -  Where the Violets Grow  - Jan Vayne
  -  09  -  Night Flight To Tokyo  - Roger Bennet
  -  10  -  Tico Tico  - Eddie Layton
  -  11  -  05 Rio  - James Last
  -  12  -  African Echoes  - Ferrante & Teicher
  -  13  -  She's a Witch  - Ernö Olah
  -  14  -  Easy Going  - Martin Böttcher
  -  15  -  Just The Way You Are  - Peter Herbolzheimer
  -  16  -  La Muñeca Española (The Spanish Doll)  - Hugo Winterhalter 
  -  17  -  Ritual Fire Dance  - Les Baxter
  -  18  -  Theme from ''Blake's 7''  - Geoff Love
  -  19  -  Bahia Lady  - Goya & Carmina
  -  20  -  Country Polka  - Strato-Vani
  -  21  -  Goin' Out Of My Head  - Les Baxter
  -  22  -  Hello Dolly  - Paul Mauriat
  -  23  -  By The Time I Get To Phoenix  - Mantovani & His Orchestra
  -  24  -  You See The Trouble With Me  - Kai Warner
  -  25  -  Killer Joe  - 101 Strings
  -  26  -  Moonlight Sonata  - BBC Big Band
  -  27  -  Za Za  - Horst Jankowski
  -  28  -  C'est Magnifique  - Nelson Riddle
  -  29  -  Tennessee Waltz  - Living Strings
  -  30  -  La Nuit  - Paul Mauriat

LL BEST OF JULY 2014
 
 01  - Ce n'est Rien  -   Franck Pourcel  -   
 02  - 25 or 6 to 4  -   John Schroeder  -   
 03  - Joy  -   Henry Mancini  -   
 04  - Trumpets Ole  -   Skitch Henderson  -   
 05  - C Moon  -   The Larry Page Orchestra  -   
 06  - Just The Way You Are  -   Max Greger sr & jr  -   
 07  - Le Freak  -   Roberto Delgado  -   
 08  - I Gotta Get Back To Lovin' You  -   Paul Mauriat  -   
 09  - It's Going To Take Some Time  -   Tony Mottola  -   
 10  - The Dance Of The Kites -  Dick Bakker & The Metropole Orchestra  -   
 11  - Theme From The Fox  -   Peter Nero  -   
 12  - Be-In (Hare Krishna)  -   Peter Nero  -   
 13  - C'est Magnifique  -   Nelson Riddle  -   
 14  - Here's To You  -   Paul Mauriat  -   
 15  - Sweet Heaven  -   Tony Evans  -   
 16  - Taco Holiday  -   David Rose And His Orchestra  -   
 17  - Les Gondoles A Venise  -   Franck Pourcel  -   
 18  - The Other Way  -   Norman Candler  -   
 19  - The House Of The Rising Sun  -   Max Greger  -   
 20  - Rumpus  -   Al Hirt & Orchestra conducted by Billy May  -   
 21  - Soulful Strut  -   Marty Gold Orchestra & Donald Hulme  -   
 22  - The Break  -   Caravelli  -   
 23  - Oh What A Night  -   José Marcello  -   
 24  - Let's Do The Latin Hustle  -   Klaus Wunderlich  -   
 25  - This Way Mary  -   Alan Tew  -   
 26  - Queen Of The Night  -   Claudia Hirschfeld  -   
 27  - Banzai Rhapsodie  -   Vladimir Cosma  -   
 28  - Take Five  -   Larry Page  -   
 29  - The Third Man Theme  -   Big Band Europe  -   
 30  - Lady Bump  -   Günter Noris und die Big Band der Bundeswehr  -   

 LL - The Best of July 2015
 
 01  - Arabesque  -   Rondo Veneziano  -   
 02  - Soul Limbo - BBC Cricket Theme  -   London Music Works  -   
 03  - If You Could Read My Mind  -   Franck Pourcel  -   
 04  - Peanut Vendor  -   Don Lusher Big Band  -   
 05  - Keep Fit  -   Werner Drexler  -   
 06  - Kramer Vs Kramer  -   Giovanni  -   
 07  - Ma Belle Amie  -   Fausto Papetti  -   
 08  - The Gipsy Fiddler  -   Ron Goodwin  -   
 09  - Gentle On My Mind  -   Ray McVay  -   
 10  - Johnny Guitar  -   Anthony Ventura   -   
 11  - Rain, rain, rain  -   Harald Winkler & The Norman Candler Orchestra  -   
 12  - Countrylypso (Cool Runnings)  -   Werner Tauber  -   
 13  - It's Going to Take Some Time  -   James Carter  -   
 14  - Cielito lindo  -   Teddy Stauffer  -   
 15  - Ode to Billie Joe  -   Fausto Papetti  -   
 16  - Brazil  -   Max Greger  -   
 17  - Son of a Gun  -   Perez Prado  -   
 18  - La Balanga  -   Jorgen Ingmann - (Antageligt)  -   
 19  - Sunny  -   Dave Daffodil  -   
 20  - Begin The Beguine  -   Pedro Iturralde  -   
 21  - Rise  -   John Verkroost  -   
 22  - God Only Knows  -   Kai Warner  -   
 23  - Goody Goody  -   Werner Müller  -   
 24  - Rio  -   Manuel & the Music of the Mountains  -   
 25  - Shame, Shame, Shame  -   Roy Etzel  -   
 26  - You're so Vain  -   Botticelli & His Orchestra  -   
 27  - Tiger Rag  -   Arthur Fiedler and the  Boston Pops  -   
 28  - Last Tango Of Paris  -   James Last  -   
 29  - Summernight Samba  -   The Strings Of Paris Orchestra  -   
 30  - Summertime  -   John Schroeder  -   
 31  - Please Sir!  -   London Music Works  -   

Onderwerp: WEEK 31 - 2017

Datum: 10-09-2017

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week31-2017

Thanks for this week!

Datum: 31-07-2017

Door: Darko

Onderwerp: week 31

It is another great week of instrumentals Harry and LL team.! This time I have to thank to Anchor taxi for his choice of music.

Darko from very hot Zagreb

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