WEEK 43 - 2017

MADleys
Volume XXVIII
79:28 - 320 Kb/sec
 
 
01 Horst Wende - "Dance medley 3" (16:43) Tragedy - Heart of glass - Save me -  Chiquitita - Oh my darling Clementine - Hooray hooray, it's a holi-holiday - Body talk - Farewell, Jamaica, farewell - Love you inside out - Blue nights - House of the rising sun
 
02 Lawrence Welk (11:02):  Swingin' down the lane - Linger awhile - Don't sit under the apple tree - At sundown - I'm always chasing rainbows - Rose room - Stumbling - I'm nobody's baby - Hot lips - Ja Da - I'm a ding dong daddy from Dumas - Goofus
 
03 Max Greger "Tanzen '89" (09:35): I should be so lucky - Forever together - Joe le taxi - An der Copacabana - Get outta my dreams, get into my car - Ella elle l'a
 
04 Claudius Alzner - "Music cocktail 2" (12:01): Jambalaya - Foxie Foxtrott - Milord - Glühwürmchen-Idyll - Petit bonheur - Patricia - Smurf song - Morning sky - Smile - Mississippi
 
05 Helmut Zacharias - "Swinging hits 2" (10:24): Ma Baker - Queen of China town - Mountain King - Love me tender - Can't help falling in love - Are you lonesome tonight - New York, New York - Lost in France
 
06 Billy Howard  "Russian medley 2” (19:43): Moskauer Nächte - Katjuschka - Schwarze Augen - Zwei Gitarren - Lagierka - Das Glocken - Kalinka - Der rote Saraphan - Hell scheint der Mond - Ach,ihr Wege - Abenddämmerung - Kosakisches Wiegenlied - Rasposcholl - Der große Don
 

Cliff Carpenter
--Wart auf mich!-- 
Stereo Tanzparty 13
 
 1 -  Ach Heinrich  - 
 2 -  Immer die schönen Träume  - 
 3 -  Ein Engel, der mich liebt  - 
 4 -  Anna Karina  - 
 5 -  Marie Luise  - 
 6 -  Tornero ( Wart'auf mich) * Nino Rosso Trumpet  - 
 7 -  Paloma Blanca  - 
 8 -  Aria  - 
 9 -  La La Love Song  - 
 10 -  Lady Marmelade  - 
 11 -  Shame Shame Shame * Fausto Papetti - Sax  - 
 12 -  Buona Sera  - 

Hugo Strasser 
Tanzhits 3
REMASTERED
 1 -  Black and White  - 
 2 -  Silver Machine  - 
 3 -  Mexico  - 
 4 -  How Can I Be Sure  - 
 5 -  Clair  - 
 6 -  Manana  - 
 7 -  If You Could Read My Mind  - 
 8 -  Wig Wam Bam  - 
 9 -  Candy Man  - 
 10 -  Time of the Season  - 
 11 -  Oh-Wakka-Doo-Wakka-Day  - 
 12 -  Schools Out  - 

Yesterday's Memories
 
 01 -  American Patrol  - 
 02 -  I Got You Babe  - 
 03 -  Sweet Georgia Brown  - 
 04 -  Delicado  - 
 05 -  Toreadors March  - 
 06 -  Makin' Whoopee  - 
 07 -  Greensleeves  - 
 08 -  Yesterday  - 
 09 -  La Bostella  - 
 10 -  Sail Along Silv'ry Moon  - 
 11 -  Adagio  - 
 12 -  Hello Dolly  -

Max Greger 
Tanz Orchester
 
 1 -  Cielito Lindo - The Girl From Ipanema  - 
 2 -  La Golondrina - Guantanamera  - 
 3 -  Jamaica Farewell - Banana Boat  - 
 4 -  Risco Del Gato  - 
 5 -  Sempre, Sempre  - 
 6 -  Dirty Mambo  - 
 7 -  My Bonnie - Rock Around The Clock  - 
 8 -  Fast Steps  - 
 9 -  Love Is Everything  - 
 10 -  I Got Rhythm - I Get A Kick Out Of You  - 
 11 -  Madeleine  - 
 12 -  Blue Tango - La Violetta  - 
 13 -  Du und du  - 
 14 -  Tritsch-Tratsch Polka  - 

Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops 
100 Fiedler Favorites 4
 
 1 -  Tales From The Vienna Woods  - 
 2 -  The Skater's Waltz  - 
 3 -  Pizzicato Polka  - 
 4 -  Wine, Women & Song  - 
 5 -  Thunder And Lightning Polka  - 
 6 -  Roses From The South  - 
 7 -  The Count Of Luxemburg Waltzes  - 
 8 -  Music Of The Spheres  - 
 9 -  Acceleration Waltz  - 
 10 -  On The Beautiful Blue Danube  - 

Various Artists 
Surf's Comin' 2/3
 
 01 -  Stung  - The Bel-Aires  - 
 02 -  Vaquero  - The Fireblls  - 
 03 -  Week End  - The Kingsmen  - 
 04 -  Chariot  - Rhet Stoller  - 
 05 -  The Mccoy  - The Ventures  - 
 06 -  Sandstorm  - Johnny & The Hurricanes  - 
 07 -  Raw-Hide  - Link Wray  - 
 08 -  Cruising  - Jimmy & The Night Hoppers  - 
 09 -  Stampede  - The Scarlets  - 
 10 -  Ramrod  - Duane Eddy  - 
 11 -  Man Of Mystery  - The Shadows  - 
 12 -  Avalanche  - Don & The Galaxies  - 
 13 -  Nameless  - The Rockin' R's  - 
 14 -  Teen Scene  - The Hunters  - 
 15 -  Bulldog  - The Fireballs  - 
 16 -  Sunday Date  - The Fleerekkers  - 
 17 -  Movin' 'n Groovin'  - Duane Eddy  - 
 18 -  Gost Riders In The Sky  - The Ramrods  - 
 19 -  Wail!  - The Royaltones  - 
 20 -  Jessie Pearl  - Dick Dale  - 

Floyd Cramer 
Country Piano-City Strings
 
 01 -  Heartless Heart  - 
 02 -  Bonaparte's Retreat  - 
 03 -  Streets Of Laredo  - 
 04 -  It Makes No Difference Now  - 
 05 -   Shoe Shine Boy  - 
 06 -  You Don't Know Me  - 
 07 -  Making Believe  - 
 08 -  I Love You Because  - 
 09 -  Night Train To Memphis  - 
 10 -  I Can't Stop Loving You  - 
 11 -  Cotton Fields  - 
 12 -  (I heard That) Lonesome Whistle  - 

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester 
Palast Orchester mit seinem Sänger
 Max Raabe
 
 01 -  Kein Schwein ruft mich an (Radio Mix)  - 
 02 -  Dort tanzt Lu-Lu! A-ha-ha! U-hu-hu!  - 
 03 -  Carmen, hab Erbarmen  - 
 04 -  Junger Mann im Fruhling  - 
 05 -  Wenn die Sonne hinter den Dachern versinkt  - 
 06 -  Die Manner sind schon die Liebe wert  - 
 07 -  Rinderwahn  - 
 08 -  Weine nicht, Mutterlein  - 
 09 -  Das Fraulein Gerda  - 
 10 -  Was will der Mann da auf der Veranda  - 
 11 -  Kleines Fraulein, einen Augenblick  - 
 12 -  Es war einmal ein Musikus  - 
 13 -  Fraulein, Pardon  - 
 14 -  Mein Herz ist dein  - 
 

READERS DIGEST COLLECTION
 
Rousing Brass [Disc 2/3] - 
The World's Most Popular Marches
 
 1 -  Anchors Aweigh - National Honor Band & Chorus, Edwin Philip Pryor (c)  - Various Artists  - 
 2 -  The British Grenadiers - Band Of H.M. Coldstream Guards, Capt. R.A Ridings (c)  - Various Artists  - 
 3 -  Semper Fidelis -  National Honor Band & Chorus, Edwin Philip Pryor (c)  - Various Artists  - 
 4 -  Old Comrades - Das Grosse Pressburger Blasorchester, Paul Fabian (c)  - Various Artists  - 
 5 -  King Cotton - The Regimental Band Of the British Guards, Maj. Hillary Wilkenson (c)  - Various Artists  - 
 6 -  The Stars and Stripes Forever - United States Marine Band, Lt.Col. Albert Schoepper (c)  - Various Artists  - 
 7 -  La Marseillaise - French Military Band  - Various Artists  - 
 8 -  Under the Double Eagle - Das Grosse Pressburger Blasorchester, Paul Fabian (c)  - Various Artists  - 
 9 -  El Capitan - United States Marine Band, Lt. Comm. A. Mitchell (c)  - Various Artists  - 
 10 -  Frei Weg! - Das Grosse Pressburger Blasorchester, Paul Fabian (c)  - Various Artists  - 
 11 -  The Caissons Go Rolling Along -  National Honor Band & Chorus, Edwin Philip Pryor (c)  - Various Artists  - 
 12 -  Preussens Gloria - Das Grosse Pressburger Blasorchester, Paul Fabian (c)  - Various Artists  - 
 13 -  The Thunderer - United States Navy Band, Lt. Comm. A. Mitchell (c)  - Various Artists  - 
 14 -  Heart of Oak - The Band Of H. M. Royal Marines, Capt. C. J. Taylor (c)  - Various Artists  - 
 15 -  The Gladiator - American Military Band, Capt. Wayne Thompson (c)  - Various Artists  - 
 16 -  The National Emblem -  National Honor Band & Chorus, Edwin Philip Pryor (c)  - Various Artists  - 
 17 -  Fridericus Rex - Das Grosse Marsch-Orch, Herbert Ferstl (c)  - Various Artists  - 
 18 -  The Invincible Eagle -  United States Marine Band  - Various Artists  - 
 19 -  R.A.F. March Past - The Southern Band Of the Royal Air Force, Fl. Lt. Brian Sturnham (c)  - Various Artists  - 
 20 -  Washington Post March -  National Honor Band & Chorus, Edwin Philip Pryor (c)  - Various Artists  - 
 21 -  Goodbye, Dolly Gray - The Band Of H. M. Coldstream Guards, Capt. R. A. Ridings (c)  - Various Artists  - 
 22 -  Colonel Bogey March -  National Honor Band & Chorus, Edwin Philip Pryor (c)  - Various Artists  - 
 

VARIOUS ORCHESTRAS 
Golden Sounds Of Country, disc 1/3
 
 1 -  Rhinestone Cowboy  - Bert Kaempfert  - 
 2 -  Lyin' Eyes  - The Living Strings  - 
 3 -  Could I Have This Dance  - Acker Bilk  - 
 4 -  Rose Garden  - Al Capps  - 
 5 -  Sunshine On My Shoulders  - 101 Strings  - 
 6 -  Angel of The Morning  - Alyn Ainsworth  - 
 7 -  Jambalaya  - Kai Warner  - 
 8 -  Help Me Make It Through The Night  - Arthur Fielder  - 
 9 -  I Love You Because  - Bert Weedon  - 
 10 -  Snowbird  - Franck Pourcel  - 
 11 -  On The Rebound  - Danny Davis & The Nashville Br  - 
 12 -  Delta Dawn  - Ferrante & Teicher  - 
 13 -  Wasted Days And Wasted Nights  - Frank Chacksfield  - 
 14 -  Lucille  - Gunter Noris  - 
 15 -  The End Of The World  - Marty Gold  - 
 16 -  Sundown  - Percy Faith  - 
 17 -  Stand By Your Man  - Henry Mancini  - 
 18 -  Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye  - Billy Vaughn  - 
 19 -  (Hey, Won't You Play) Another  - Floyd Cramer  - 
 20 -  Daytime Friends  - Ronnie Aldrich  - 
 20 -  Jolene  - James Last  - 
 22 -  The Tip Of My Fingers  - Lawrence Welk  - 
 23 -  You Needed Me  - Arthur Greenslade  - 
 24 -  Orange Blossom Special  - Pete Winslow  - 
 25 -  There Goes My Everything  - Midnight Strings  - 

READERS DIGEST COLLECTION
Various Artists 
Muziek, Dans en Romantiek 1/3
All-Time Dance Favourites
 
 1 -  In The Mood  - Claude Blouin & his Orchestra  - 
 2 -  Jeepers Creepers  - Ambros Seelos & his Orchestra  - 
 3 -  Pigalle  - Charles Gerhardt & his Orchestra  - 
 4 -  Jalousie  - Charles Gerhardt & his Orchestra  - 
 5 -  Charleston  - Bob Wilson & his Orchestra  - 
 6 -  Kansas City  - Claude Blouin & his Orchestra  - 
 7 -  Mambo Fever  - Ambros Seelos & his Orchestra  - 
 8 -  Time After Time  - Harry James & his Orchestra  - 
 9 -  Kriminal Tango  - Don Cristobal & his Orchestra  - 
 10 -  Casatchock  - Arthur Greenslade & his Orchestra  - 
 11 -  The Lambeth Walk  - Pete Moore & his Orchestra  - 
 12 -  Ain't She Sweet  - Ambros Seelos & his Orchestra  - 
 13 -  Just A Gigolo  - Claude Blouin & his Orchestra  - 
 14 -  Red River Rock  - André Brasseur (organ) & Orchestra  - 
 15 -  Letkiss  - Peter James & his Orchestra  - 
 16 -  Guitar Tango  - Francis Goya (guitar) & Orchestra  - 
 17 -  Anna Rumba  - Anton Karas (citar) & Orchestra  - 
 18 -  Top Of The World  - Ambros Seelos & his Orchestra  - 
 19 -  Amor  - Claude Blouin, his Orchestra & Chorus  - 
 20 -  Yes, We Have No Bananas  - Bob Wilson & his Varsity Rhythm Boys  - 
 21 -  How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You  - Claude Blouin & his Orchestra  - 
 22 -  Dancing Queen  - Bryan Bennett (sax) & his Orchestra  - 
 23 -  Rocking Goose  - André Brasseur (organ) & Orchestra  - 
 24 -  Dance Little Bird  - Peter James & his Orchestra  - 

Joe Loss & His Orchestra 
World Ballroom Championship Dances [1977]
 
 01 -  [What's Happened To] Broadway [Quickstep]  - 
 02 -  Sailing [Fox Trot]  - 
 03 -  My Resistance is Low [Viennese Waltz]  - 
 04 -  I Only Have Eyes for You [Fox Trot]  - 
 05 -  Can't Help Falling In Love [Waltz]  - 
 06 -  Save Your Kisses for Me [Quickstep]  - 
 07 -  The Combine Harvester [Brand New Key] [Jive]  - 
 08 -  Fernando [Cha Cha]  - 
 09 -  Mamma Mia [Cha Cha]  - 
 10 -  Dancing Queen [Samba]  - 
 11 -  I Love to Love [Samba]  - 
 12 -  Forever And Ever [And Ever] [Rumba]  - 
 13 -  The Glissando Tango  - 
 14 -  Spanish Gipsy Dance [Paso Doble]  - 

Alex Brown Orchestra 
Golden Moonlight 
Serenades
 
 01 -  Verde Luna  - 
 02 -  Moonlight Sonata  - 
 03 -  A Whiter Shade of Pale  - 
 04 -  Moonlight in Vermont  - 
 05 -  Last Night (La Ultima Noche)  - 
 06 -  Foolish Moon  - 
 07 -  Stardust  - 
 08 -  Moonlight Guitars  - 
 09 -  Blue Moon  - 
 10 -  Serenade Portugaise  - 
 11 -  Aurora Lunare  - 
 12 -  Venezia, La Luna e Tu  - 
 13 -  Fly Me To the Moon  - 
 14 -  Il Cigno (The Swan)  - 
 

Don Pablo de Havana 
Cha Cha Cha
 
 1 -  Alguem me Disse  - 
 2 -  El Choclo  - 
 3 -  Andalucia (The Breeze And I)  - 
 4 -  Na Baixa do Sapateiro  - 
 5 -  Together Wherever We Go  - 
 6 -  Adios  - 
 7 -  Mustapha  - 
 8 -  Aquarela do Brasil  - 
 9 -  La Cumparsita  - 
 10 -  Climb Every Mountain  - 
 11 -  Quero Beijar-te as Maos  - 
 12 -  Delicado  - 

Living Voices 
Moonglow and Other Great Standards
 
 01 -  Moonglow  - 
 02 -  Solitude  - 
 03 -  Sentimental Journey  - 
 04 -  I Get a Kick Out of You  - 
 05 -  My Funny Valentine  - 
 06 -  What Is This Thing Called Love  - 
 07 -  I'll Get By  - 
 08 -  Nice Work If You Can Get It  - 
 09 -  I'll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time  - 
 10 -  These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)  -

Werner Müller 
Gypsy!
 
 1 -  Czardas  - 
 2 -  Hungarian Dance No. 3  - 
 3 -  Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2  - 
 4 -  Zorba's Dance  - 
 5 -  Gypsy Love  - 
 6 -  At The Balalaika  - 
 7 -  Two Guitars  - 
 8 -  Hora Staccato  - 
 9 -  Mischa  - 
 10 -  Komm Zigany  - 
 11 -  Black Eyes  - 
 12 -  Golden Earrings  - 

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Erich Kunzel 
Young at Heart
 
 1 -  Sing (Sing a Song) /I Believe in Music  - 
 2 -  I Won't Grow Up  - 
 3 -  I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)  - 
 4 -  Medley of Famous Cartoon Themes  - 
 5 -  The Doggie in the Window  - 
 6 -  ABC Song  - 
 7 -  If We Hold on Together  - 
 8 -  Linus and Lucy  - 
 9 -  Mother Goose Medley  - 
 10 -  Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?  - 
 11 -  The Muppet Show Themes/Movin' Right Along  - 
 12 -  People in Your Neighborhood  - 
 13 -  The Rainbow Connection  - 
 14 -  Astro Boy March  - 
 15 -  Be Kind to Your Parents  - 
 16 -  Brahms' Lullaby  - 
 17 -  Young at Heart  - 
 

Nicolas de Angelis 
Grand Concert (Live)
 
 1 -  La marche turque (Live)  - 
 2 -  Danse macabre (Live)  - 
 3 -  Adagio (Live)  - 
 4 -  Barcarolle (Live)  - 
 5 -  La chauve-souris (Live)  - 
 6 -  La lettre à Elise (Live)  - 
 7 -  Jesus que ma joie demeure (Live)  - 
 8 -  Amours interdits (Live)  - 
 9 -  La danse du sabre (Live)  - 
 10 -  La 40e symphonie (Live)  - 
 11 -  Trois valses vénézuéliennes (Live)  - 
 12 -  Canon de Pachelbel (Live)  - 
 13 -  Menuet (Live)  - 
 14 -  Sonate au clair de lune (Live)  - 
 15 -  Prélude en ré mineur (Live)  - 
 16 -  Le lac des cygnes (Live)  - 
 17 -  Badinerie (Live)  - 
 18 -  Etude de sor (Live)  - 
 19 -  Reve d'amour (Live)  - 
 20 -  La petite musique de nuit (Live)  - 

101 Strings 
The Soul of Spain
 
 01 -  Malagueña  - 
 02 -  Sunday in Seville  - 
 03 -  España  - 
 04 -  La Virgen de La Macarena  - 
 05 -  Novillero (The Novice Bullfighter)  - 
 06 -  Ecos Españoles  - 
 07 -  Andalucía  - 
 08 -  La Violetera  - 
 09 -  El Gato Montes  - 
 10 -  Medley de Luis Alonzo  - 
 12 -  España Cani  - 

The Fantastic Strings Of Felix Slatkin 
Many Splendored Themes
 
 01 -  Bonanza  - 
 02 -  Golden Earrings  - 
 03 -  Spellbound  - 
 04 -  The Terry Theme From Limelight  - 
 05 -  Theme From A Summer Place  - 
 06 -  Peter Gunn  - 
 07 -  Love Is A Many Splendored Thing  - 
 08 -  Three Coins In The Fountain  - 
 09 -  Mr. Lucky  - 
 10 -  Gigi  - 
 11 -  Green Leaves Of Summer  - 
 12 -  Around The World  - 

London Philharmonic Orchestra 
The Diamond Symphonies
 
 01 -  I Am.. I Said  - 
 02 -  (Cracklin' Rosie Medley) Cracklin' Rosie - Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show  - 
 03 -  Play Me  - 
 04 -  Forever In Blue Jeans  - 
 05 -  Sweet Caroline  - 
 06 -  September Morn  - 
 07 -  Beatiful Noise  - 
 08 -  You Don't Bring Me Flowers  - 
 09 -  (Song Sung Blue Medley) Song Sung Blue - Shilo - Kentucky Woman - Song Sung Blue (Reprise)  - 

The Mystic Moods Orchestra 
Moods for a Stormy Night
 
 1 -  The Look of Love  - 
 2 -  Love Theme from Rhapsody  - 
 3 -  Far from the Madding Crowd  - 
 4 -  Moonlight  - 
 5 -  Friendly Persuasion  - 
 6 -  Can't Take My Eyes Off You  - 
 7 -  Live for Life  - 
 8 -  Love Theme from Tristan and Isolde  - 
 9 -  A Very Precious Love  - 
 10 -  The Glory of Love  - 

Edmundo Ros 
CATERINA VALENTE
Fire & Frenzy
 
 01 -  Misirlou  - 
 02 -  Estrellita Del Sur  - 
 03 -  Felicidade Infeliz  - 
 04 -  Frenesi  - 
 05 -  Fale Baixinho  - 
 06 -  Saudade Da Bahia  - 
 07 -  Canto Karabali (Jungle Drums)  - 
 08 -  Baiao  - 
 09 -  Recado  - 
 10 -  Ba  - 
 11 -  Contiga En La Distancia  - 
 12 -  Adios  - 

Henry Mancini 
Music Of Hawai (1966)
 
 
 
Music Of Hawaii by Henry Mancini (1924–1994) isn't one of those late blooming entries of the Exotica genre when it was released in 1966. In fact, the existence of the album was most definitely a well set up ploy of the marketing people at RCA Records, trying to cash in on a highly contemporary phenomenon: the launch of George Roy Hill's sophisticated film Hawaii with Max von Sydow and Julie Andrews in the lead roles.
 
 
Suddenly, the tropical topos of these islands was rediscovered for a short amount of time, causing an ephemeral revival of the Exotica genre. And indeed does Mancini come up with a version of the original Hawaii Main Theme by Elmer Bernstein, while the rest of the album consists of various Hawaiian classics and one unique Mancini composition. To be honest, I'm treating Music Of Hawaii quite unfairly in this introductory description, for the production value is top notch on the one hand, the used choir and silky brass sections offer a glimpse of Bert Kaempfert's style, and the multicolored strings provide a first flavor of the prospective 70's Easy Listening lushness.
 
On the other hand, the album has a huge (and I really mean it!) problem: the incessant use of a harpsichord. It reminds of the first cautious Funk movements that became equally successful a few years later. Surprisingly enough, this instrument is played in such a wonky honky tonk way that Mike Simpson's Jungle Odyssey of the same year comes to mind on more than one occasion. But this particular instrument is too obnoxious on Mancini’s album. Apart from this, he plays it save and remains in slightly melancholic and all the more opulent realms, making this one of those melodious yet perishable albums at first, but provides a few twists and renditions that are interesting enough to make this a strong poster child of 60's Easy Listening Funk (yay, another genre blending). Still, it's not mandatorily a top pick for Exotica fans as you will see below.
 
Fittingly enough, the album launches right with Bernstein's aforementioned Theme Of Hawaii, which was at the time a brand-new piece of music, only a few months old and not yet engraved in the collective mind of the listening audience. Bernstein's version is what you might expect from a typical cinematic piece: it's pompous, melodramatic and string-heavy. Mancini, enslaved by the characteristic traits of the album, needs to streamline and limewash the overly loud and coarse sections and decides to deliver an entirely different, superbly technicolored approach with floating harps, sloping ukuleles and a good-spirited choir. Still, even Mancini decides to introduce quieter bridges filled with vibraphone sprinkles, a harpsichord and gentle percussion. The last third sees the increased use of brass instruments and a rather curious final inclusion of the harpsichord that doesn't fit in this new context. But since the Theme Of Hawaii is seldom featured in the Exotica context, my complaint is negligible.
 
 
The second song is a surprise … and is yet entirely expected at the same time. Les Baxter's eternal classic Quiet Village – although not strictly tied to Hawaii – is offered in an orchestral setting that is much closer to the original than the various quartet or quintet incarnations of the genre's usual suspects. The rustic piano intro is enhanced by a humming male choir while the golden shimmering string section is accompanied by female singers. Paradisiac flutes swirl in the background, a nylon-string guitar that is mixed way too loud takes over, followed by a warped harpsichord that is actually positively amusing in this setting. Gleaming woodwinds, which again are mixed too loud for my taste, are followed by the complete choir whose smashing performance marks the high point before the punchy brass leads the way to the exit. A very curious version whose ingredients don't seem to fit and are too arbitrarily mixed. Still, if you're up for a unique cut of Quiet Village, this one could please you.
 
Alfred Newman's composition The Moon Of Manakoora is next, and Mancini better not starts to fool around with the genuine gentleness of the original by featuring yet another harpsichord. Luckily, he doesn't, as the slow exotic percussion is boosted by the cozy washes of harp strings and further refined by a female lead singer who adds mystique and grace. She is later accompanied by the choir together with lavish, glowing strings. The appearance of the brass sections is especially silky. The best thing I can say about this version is that it is faithful to the original and the spirit. However, it also lacks any good surprises or little curlicues that would have improved it to my mind.
 
Next is Pearly Shells, a waltz-like ditty originally written by Webley Edwards and Leon Pober and presented here with a focus on darkly droning brass instruments that keep the convivial spirit, playful xylophone droplets and the usual spring lushness. What kills this track for me is its waltz architecture and the loud electric piano that puts itself on the forefront. Thankfully, this section is relatively short, but the remaining ingredients cannot capture my heart either, I'm afraid. While Blue Hawaii returns to pitch-perfect Easy Listening lands with cascading harps, brightly-lit violin strings and mellow horns that altogether are merged with the well-known nerve-racking notes of the electric piano for – phew! – only a short time, Mancini's unique skit Driftwood And Dreams marries Funk with Easy Listening in a clear-cut fashion; the brass-heavy string-infused beginning is Easy Listening by the numbers, but the middle section introduces a surprisingly modern spy-theme funk guitar that harmonizes well with the trumpets. The harpsichord follows immediately and is substituted by a choir section. Unfortunately, the melodies don't stick.
 
Side B continues with the seeming arbitrariness of thrown-in instruments. The pompous 1936 classic Hawaiian War Chant is one of the better renditions with dusky horn sections and their tension-causing foils, louder percussion, Hawaiian guitars and a mystical vibraphone whose sustained reverb merges well with the tribal rhythms. The male choir sings along to the rhythm before the track ends on a solemn note with an effervescent choir-brass mélange. I don't have any complaints this time, it's a catchy, danger-evoking song that culminates into a clichéd but expected ending.
 
Lionel Newman's Adventures In Paradise is one of my favorite Exotica numbers, and Mancini fails to deliver, as the iconic main melody doesn't work on a harpsichord, damnit! Since it is also played on horns and strings as well as it is sung by the choir, my anger vanishes quickly but resurfaces yet again during the second half when the harpsichord is resurrected. The final seconds of the dreamy harp ambience are really gorgeous but don't make up for the unnecessary Funk flavor. I'm really disappointed, and the same can be said about the interpretation of Jack Pitman's Beyond The Reef which features the unfitting harpsichord once more and merges it with an otherwise phantasmagorically tropical instrumentation.
 
 
Tiny Bubbles, the second song written by Leon Pober, is a much-needed success: ukuleles, doo-doo choirs, exuberantly warm strings, mellow flutes and sneaky trumpets mesh aurorally. I don't like the overly joyful approach of this song, but it is skillfully played, and the incessant ukulele makes for a formidable base frame, I have to admit. The Hawaiian Wedding Song is yet again keen on the formula of an incisive harpsichord thrown into a tropical fantasy, and even Queen Lydia Lili'uokalani's final Aloha Oe cannot escape the now infamous treatment. The choir and the solemn mood are really admirable, but again, I cannot cope with the harpsichord, I'm sorry to say.
 
Did I just pan Music Of Hawaii? I’m afraid I did, and the reasons for this are as frustrating as they remain curious to myself. For one, I really like the instrumentation, the humming choir, the colorful violin string ensemble and the lavish rapture it is able to create. But then again, there are alway instruments that are mixed too loud and sound out of touch even when they're better embedded in the mix. I'm talking about three particular devices: the harpsichord, the electric piano and a curiously punchy string instrument that could be a tweaked harpsichord or of a similar electronic origin. These funk devices are found in many an album at the brink of the 70's, but here they are particularly annoying and simply don't fit in the Hawaiian theme.
 
 
If Mancini had chosen an over the top-presentation as Mike Simpson did on the aforementioned Jungle Odyssey, I would have loved the album better. But each and every beautifully soothing vista that is aurally painted is sooner or later destroyed by one of the three above instruments. I may be entirely, horribly wrong and Music Of Hawaii might be a huge favorite of many people, but I simply cannot push myself to listen to it often enough. I've tried over the years to like it and always failed in this regard, which is to this day curious to me as its ingredients are all strong favorites of mine.
 
 
 
As a fan of Cal Tjader, I embrace pre-70's Funk, just take his gorgeous Solar Heat into account where every harpsichord and electric piano sits tightly and never annoys. But here I have to say that Henry Mancini's Music Of Hawaii is a misstep of a man who brought us an endless stream of catchy pieces and themes – and many of the renditions found here are better arranged and orchestrated in Mancini's 1957 Exotica opus Driftwood And Dreams (aka The Versatile Henry Mancini). Music Of Hawaii, however, is definitely not recommended by me. Two good interpretations – Hawaiian War Chant and The Moon Of Manakoora – may be mollifying artifacts, though. If you happen to like it, great. But this is one of the albums that failed to impress me time and again, though every element in it is for itself grand. Oh these dissonances!
 
Exotica Review 079: Henry Mancini – Music Of Hawaii (1966). 
Originally published on Jun. 9, 2012 at AmbientExotica.com.
 
 1 -  Hawaii (Main Title)  - 
 2 -  Quiet Village  - 
 3 -  The Moon of Manakoora  - 
 4 -  Pearly Shells  - 
 5 -  Blue Hawaii  - 
 6 -  Driftwood and Dreams  - 
 7 -  Hawaiian War Chant  - 
 8 -  Adventures in Paradise  - 
 9 -  Beyond the Reef  - 
 10 -  Tiny Bubbles  - 
 11 -  The Hawaiian Wedding Song  - 
 12 -  Aloha Oe  - 

Billy May 
Swingtime 1
 
 01 -  Little Brown Jug  - 
 02 -  Ja-Da  - 
 03 -  Tuxedo Junction  - 
 04 -  My Blue Heaven  - 
 05 -  Sing, Sing, Sing: Parts 1 & 2  - 
 06 -  No Name Jive, Parts 1 & 2  - 
 07 -  Frenesi  - 
 08 -  Chattanooga Choo Choo  - 
 09 -  Jersey Bounce  - 
 10 -  Casa Loma Stomp  - 
 11 -  Stompin' at the Savoy  - 
 12 -  April in Paris  - 
 13 -  Pennsylvania 6-5000  - 
 14 -  Northwest Passage  - 
 15 -  Blues in the Night: Parts (1 & 2)  - 
 16 -  Central Avenue Breakdown  - 
 17 -  I Know That You Know  - 
 18 -  You're a Sweetheart  - 
 19 -  Satin Doll  - 
 20 -  And the Tears Flowed Like Wine  - 
 21 -  Panama  - 
 22 -  Air Mail Special  - 
 23 -  Drumboogie  - 
 24 -  I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo  - 
 25 -  Hamp's Boogie Woogie  - 
NEW RECORDINGS
Phil Woods 
Groovin' To Marty Paich
 
 01 -  Groovin' High  - 
 02 -  Walkin' Shoes  - 
 03 -  I've Never Been In Love Before  - 
 04 -  Round Midnight  - 
 05 -  Donna Lee  - 
 06 -  Moanin'  - 
 07 -  Anthropology  - 
 08 -  Violets For Your Furs  - 
 09 -  Bernie's Tune  - 
 10 -  Airegin  - 
 11 -  Too Close For Comfort  - 
 12 -  Shaw'nuff 
Nino Ricci 
Nino Ricci's Multicoloured Jazz Selection
 
 1 -  Autumn Leaves  - 
 2 -  The Shadow Of Your Smile  - 
 3 -  Song For A Guy  - 
 4 -  Memphis Underground  - 
 5 -  Birdland  - 
 6 -  Mercy Mercy  - 
 7 -  Misty  - 
 8 -  Let The Music Play  - 
 9 -  Colours Of Music  - 
 10 -  Alfie  - 
 11 -  Heavenly  - 
 12 -  Oriental Magic  - 
 13 -  What Is This Thing Called Love - Night & Day  - 
 14 -  Smoke Gets In Your Eyes  - 
 15 -  Take The ''A'' Train  - 
 16 -  Desafinado - Girl From Ipanema  - 
 17 -  Soul 2000  - 

Various Orchestras
Happy Music 8    
 
1.  Alfie Khan - Woman / 03:10
2.  George Martin - Itchygoo Park / 02:30
3.  Rhythm of the rain / 02:43
4.  Henry Mancini - A shot in the dark / 02:29
5.  Ransey Lewis - The In Crowd / 03:14
6.  Bert Kaempfert - What a difference a day makes / 04:16
7.  Hugo Srasser - El secondo / 02:03
8.  Caravelli - Fantasie pour Cordes / 02:51
9.  Barry de Vorzon - I Write the Songs / 03:51
10. Peter Nero - Summer of '42 / 02:48
11. Roberto Delgado - Adonis / 03:33
12. Les Reed - We do it / 02:51
13. Botticelli - T.S.O.P / 03:27
14. Geoff Love - La Bamba / 03:16
15. Paul Mauriat - I'm not in love / 02:29
16. James Last - April in Portugal / 02:45
17. Gene Page - Jungle Eyes / 04:45
18. Percy Faith - Stranger in Paradise / 03:25
19. Werner Müller - Downtown / 03:00
20. Rundfunk Tanzorchester Berlin - Chattanooga Choo Choo / 03:04
21. Waldo de los Rios - If I were a carpenter / 02:12
22. James Galway - Annie's song / 03:05
23. Cyril Ornandel - Happy Wanderer / 02:07
24. Ray Conniff - Brazil / 03:03
25. Alan Tew - Surrender / 03:24
26. 101 Strings - Tennessee Waltz / 02:19

VARIOUS ORCHESTRAS
On the move
 
1. 101 Strings - Freeway fantasy / 02:02
2. Marty Gold - Rush hour / 02:25
3. Pete Moore - Route 66 / 02:08
4. Alan Tew - Big yellow taxi / 02:29
5. James Last - Ballad of the Easy Rider / 02:59
6. Franck Pourcel - The race / 03:27
7. Joe Loss - Music to drive by / 02:45
8. Floyd Cramer - Last train to Clarksville / 02:24
9. Milton Rogers - Palm Canyon drive / 02:35
10. Ambros Seelos - Philadelphia train / 02:36
11. Kai Warner - Mexican Road / 02:01
12. Larry Elgart and his Orchestra - Sunday drive / 01:42
13. Paul Kuhn - Take the A train / 02:54
14. Berry Lipman - Fasten seat belts / 02:38
15. Paul Mauriat - Ships / 03:42
16. Lenny Dee - Truck stop / 02:26
17. Bert Kaempfert - Night train / 02:55
18. Billy Vaughn - I'm moving on / 02:07
19. Caravelli - On prend toujours un train pour quelque part / 03:19
20. Roger Williams - Riders in the sky / 02:36
21. Max Greger - On my way to LA / 03:17
22. Frank Chacksfield -  Took the last train / 02:41
23. Hartmut Kiessewetter - Fly with me / 02:51
24. Norman Candler - Motorbike Samba / 02:43
25. John Fox - The morning train / 03:11
26. Percy Faith - Goin' home train / 02:42
27. Tony Hatch - Crosstown commuter / 02:59
28. Nelson Riddle - Supercar / 02:10
29. Raymond Lefèvre - The train / 02:47
30. Augusto Alguero - I'm coming home / 02:55

SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY 
Volume 9
320 kb/sec - 79:54
 
tracklisting:
 
1. Ralph Benatar Orchestra - Speedy Gonzales / 02:45
2. Victor Silvester - Happy talk / 02:11
3. Kai Warner - God only knows / 02:20
4. Franck Pourcel - There's a kind of hush / 02:34
5. Frank Chacksfield - Red sails in the sunset / 03:34
6. Ace Cannon - Wooly Bully / 02:08
7. Ray Davies - Sway (Quien sera) / 03:16
8. Lafayette - Simon says / 02:05
9. Percy Faith - Everyone's gone to the moon / 02:32
10. Alan Tew - I'm a believer / 02:39
11. Ronnie Aldrich - Sunny / 03:01
12. Billy Vaughn - Wooden heart / 02:08
13. Raymond Lefèvre - Don't make me over / 02:12
14. Caravelli - My love / 02:36
15. Joe Harnell - Take five / 02:23
16. The Hollyridge Strings - Big girls don't cry / 02:11
17. Geoff Love - Makin' whoopee / 02:34
18. Bert Kaempfert - I'm beginning to see the light / 03:03
19. Paul Mauriat - I say a little prayer / 03:01
20. Cyril Stapleton - Sucu-Sucu / 02:05
21. 101 Strings - As time goes by / 02:35
22. James Last -  Sixteen tons / 02:26
23. Andy Ross - Night and day / 03:26
24. Paul Kuhn - Can't take my eyes off of you / 03:06
25. The New Refelections Orchestra - Angel of the morning / 03:20
26. Boston Pops - Deep in the heart of Texas / 02:43
27. Nilo Sérgio - Love letters / 02:19
28. Roger Coulam -  Dizzy / 02:53
29. André Kostelantez - Days of wine and roses / 02:28
30. Ron Goodwin & His Orchestra - Do you know the way to San Jose / 02:29

Onderwerp: WEEK 43 - 2017

Datum: 26-11-2017

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week43-2017

Thanks for this week!

Datum: 28-10-2017

Door: Greg Wagner

Onderwerp: Week 43

Thanks for the LL country instrumentals.

Datum: 23-10-2017

Door: Mark Truso

Onderwerp: week 43

Thanks to all contributors for a very fine selection of very fine music!

Datum: 21-10-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 43

A lot of thank you's due today to a lot of the folks contributing music here., Heinz for the Cliff Carpenter which I have to admit
I enjoy immensely. Carpenter adds a little spice to the EZ listening genre.
Edilson for the 2nd Surf album., Cappy for the Rousing Brass, nothing like a little marsch music to get you up and running, and the Golden Country album.
Eliane for another delightful Arthur Fiedler album. I grew up in the Boston area and A.F. was a big part of the Boston music scene.
And of course to Harry who i'm sure spends an enormous amount of time sorting and posting all this music.
It is hard to believe that we have already reached week 23 in the year and that, at least in these parts, winter and the holidays are fast approaching.
So, in light of that., I'm hoping everyone manages to stay safe and keep an eye open wherever you go., it could save your life!
Ed, from a cooling Tennessee

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