WEEK 45 - 2017

On the Move
Volume V
 
tracklisting:
 
1. Sandy Nelson - Day tripper / 02:44
2. Caravelli - The road / 02:43
3. Ray Davies - Choo Choo Samba / 02:40
4. Cliff Carpenter - Sommer, Sonne, Cabrio / 02:22
5. James Last - 500 miles / 02:24
6. Alan Tew - Grand Central station / 03:01
7. Arthur Greenslade - Convoy (I-10) / 04:08
8. Hagen Galatis - Rushhour / 02:47
9. Lawrence Welk - Horse & buggy / 03:24
10. Maurice Pop - Air clipper / 02:06
11. Bond - I'll fly away / 03:07
12. André Popp - De Pantin à Pekin / 02:22
13. Jim Butler's Happy Sound - Whistling drive / 02:20
14. Helmut Zacharias - Ferry-boat serenade / 03:24
15. Berry Lipman - Helicopter power / 02:32
16. Hugo Strasser - Blaues Boot fahr mich wieder in die Heimat / 02:29
17. Richard Marino and his orchestra - Bagdad express / 01:44
18. Horst Jankowski - Highway at night / 03:04
19. The Creed Taylor Orchestra - Lonely train / 02:36
20. Frank Valdor - Highway patrol / 02:37
21. Bert Kaempfert - Hit the open road / 03:22
22. The Dreams Orchestra - Car wash / 03:00
23. Percy Faith - Goin' home train / 02:45
24. The Nick Ingman Orchestra - Miles away / 03:09
25. Max Greger - One way ticket / 03:25
26. The Strings of Paris - One day I'll fly away / 03:14
27. John Fox - 99 miles from L.A. / 03:12
28. George Roberts - Next time, take the train / 02:28

101 Strings 
Around The World In 80 Melodies (2/4) 
Holidays
 
 01 -  Malaguena  - 
 02 -  Volare  - 
 03 -  La Vie En Rose  - 
 04 -  Come Prima  - 
 05 -  White Rose Of Athens  - 
 06 -  Granada  - 
 07 -  Baby Elephant Walk  - 
 08 -  Guantanamera  - 
 09 -  Athens By Night  - 
 10 -  Canadian Sunset  - 
 11 -  El Condor Pasa  - 
 12 -  The Lonely Bull  - 
 13 -  El Rancho Grande  - 
 14 -  Ciao Ciao Bambino  - 
 15 -  Habanera  - 
 16 -  Bella Notte  - 
 17 -  La Paloma  - 
 18 -  Cielito Lindo  - 
 19 -  Espana  - 
 

Cliff Carpenter 
Kalimba de Luna
 
 1 -  Kalimba de Luna  - 
 2 -  Es kann der Frömmste nicht in Frieden leben  - 
 3 -  Paris Latino  - 
 4 -  Barcarole vom Abschied  - 
 5 -  Telstar  - 
 6 -  Diggi Loo - Diggy Ley  - 
 7 -  Joanna  - 
 8 -  Blue Monday  - 
 9 -  Hungriges Herz  - 
 10 -  Aufrecht geh'n  - 
 11 -  Send me an Angel  - 
 12 -  Am weißen Strand vin San Angelo  - 

James Last CD 1 - Star Boulevard
 
 1 -  Biscaya  - 
 2 -  Der einsame Hirte  - 
 3 -  Moonlight Serenade  - 
 4 -  Wien Bleibt Wien  - 
 5 -  Morgens um Sieben  - 
 6 -  Ännchen von Tharau  - 
 7 -  Schiwago Melodie  - 
 8 -  Der letzte Walzer  - 
 9 -  Traumschiff Thema  - 
 10 -  Wenn süss das Mondlicht auf den Hügeln Schläft  - 
 11 -  Ballade pour Adeline  - 
 12 -  Rosen aus dem Süden  - 
 13 -  La Vie en Rose  - 
 14 -  Petite Fleur  - 
 
Star Boulevard - CD 2
 
 1 -  Spanish Eyes  - 
 2 -  Careless Love  - 
 3 -  Let It Be  - 
 4 -  Don't Cry For Me Argentina  - 
 5 -  El condor pasa  - 
 6 -  The Pearl Fishers  - 
 7 -  Ballad Of The Easy Rider  - 
 8 -  Romeo And Juliet (Tchaikovsky)  - 
 9 -  Song Sung Blue  - 
 10 -  Moon River  - 
 11 -  The Air That I Breathe  - 
 12 -  What Now My Love  - 
 13 -  Hey Jude  - 
 14 -  Games That Lovers Play  - 

photo by Teun Smit

Augusto Algueró 
Mi Gran Amor
 
 01 -  Laugh, Laugh  - 
 02 -  Discotheque  - 
 03 -  Stay With Me Forever  - 
 04 -  Chicas jóvenes  - 
 05 -  Cinecitta  - 
 06 -  Tartuffo  - 
 07 -  Mi gran amor  - 
 08 -  Clapping  - 
 09 -  Great Expectations  - 
 10 -  Tango de Valentino  - 
 11 -  Amor en un yate  - 
 12 -  En bici  - 
 13 -  Stay With Me Forever  - 
 14 -  En la catedral  - 
 15 -  Fade Out  - 

Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops 
100 Fiedler Favorites 6
 
 1 -  Cuban Overture  - 
 2 -  Rhapsody In Blue  - 
 3 -  El Salon Mexico  - 
 4 -  Interplay Gavotte  - 
 5 -  Blues  - 
 6 -  Slaughter On Tenth Avenue  - 
 7 -  The Typewriter  - 
 8 -  George M. Cohan Medley  - 

 The Romantic Strings Orchestra 
Beautiful Melodies of Our Time [Disc 1/4]
 
SWEET MEMORIES OF THE 70'S
 01  - You Light Up My LIfe  -     
 02  - Touch Me In The Morning  -     
 03  - Yesterday Once More  -     
 04  - Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree  -     
 05  - Feelings  -     
 06  - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face  -     
 07  - Music Box Dancer  -     
 08  - You Don'g Bring Me Flowers  -     
 09  - The Long and Winding Road  -     
 10  - Just The Way You Are  -     
 11  - I Write the Songs  -   
  
 WARM SOUNDS OF THE MOVIES
12  - The Wind Beneath My Wings  -     
 13  - Theme from Mahogany  -     
 14  - The Rose  -     
 15  - Can You Read My Mind  -     
 16  - (I've Had) The Time of My Life  -     
 17  - The Seduction  -     
 18  - Crazy  -     
 19  - It Might Be you  -     
 20  - Theme from Chariots of Fire  -     
 21  - What A Wonderful World  -     
 

Duane Eddy 
Lonely Guitar
 
 01 -  I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry  - 
 02 -  Long Lonely Days Of Winter  - 
 03 -  Along Came Linda  - 
 04 -  Someday The Rainbow  - 
 05 -  Gunsmoke  - 
 06 -  A Home In The Meadow  - 
 07 -  Danny Boy  - 
 08 -  Shenandoah  - 
 09 -  Summer Kiss  - 
 10 -  My Destiny  - 
 11 -  Cryin' Happy Tears  - 
 12 -  Joshin'  - 
 13 -  Saints And Sinners  - 
 14 -  Annie Laurie  - 

Enoch Light  
Command Performances     
 (Vinyl LP  Command RS 868SD
 
 01 -  La Dolce Vita  - 
 02 -  Tonight  - 
 03 -  Army Medley: Oh! How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning,   This Is The Army, Mr. Jones   - 
 04 -  September Song  - 
 05 -  Stairway To The Sea  - 
 06 -  Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart  - 
 07 -  Fly Me To The Moon  - 
 08 -  That's My Desire  - 
 09 -  That Old Black Magic  - 
 10 -  The Third Man Theme  - 
 11 -  Rio Junction (Bossa Nova)  - 
 12 -  Oh Lady Be Good  - 

Bert Kaempfert 
Famous Swing Classics
 
 1 -  At The Woodchopper's Ball  - 
 2 -  Little Brown Jug  - 
 3 -  One O'Clock Jump  - 
 4 -  Lullaby Of Birdland  - 
 5 -  Two O'Clock Jump  - 
 6 -  Airmail Special  - 
 7 -  Apple Honey  - 
 8 -  Intermission Riff  - 
 9 -  Jumpin' At The Woodside  - 
 10 -  Marie  - 
 11 -  It's Only A Paper Moon  - 
 12 -  In The Mood  - 
 13 -  Opus 1  - 
 14 -  Tuxedo Junction  - 
 15 -  Night Train  - 
 16 -  Perdido  - 
 17 -  Take The ''A'' Train  - 
 18 -  Skyliner  - 
 19 -  Honeysuckle Rose  - 

Various Artists 
Golden Sounds Of Country, disc 3/3
 
 1 -  Green, Green Grass Of Home  - Floyd Cramer  - 
 2 -  Make The World Go Away  - Henry Mancini  - 
 3 -  Am I That Easy To Forget  - Billy Vaughn  - 
 4 -  Behind Closed Doors  - Ferrante & Teicher  - 
 5 -  Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue  - Living Strings  - 
 6 -  A Very Special Love Song  - Syd Dale  - 
 7 -  Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town  - Kai Warner  - 
 8 -  Until It's Time For You To Go  - Al de Lory  - 
 9 -  Almost Persuaded  - Midnight Strings  - 
 10 -  Southern Nights  - Gunter Noris  - 
 11 -  Honey Come Back  - Kurt Edelhagen  - 
 12 -  He'll Have To Go  - Lawrence Welk  - 
 13 -  When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman  - Franck Pourcel  - 
 14 -  Gentle On My Mind  - Al Capps  - 
 15 -  Tennessee Waltz  - Percy Faith  - 
 16 -  Before The Next Teardrop Falls  - Frank Chacksfield  - 
 17 -  Home On The Range  - Roberto Delgado  - 
 18 -  Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues  - Ronnie Aldrich  - 
 19 -  Luckenback Texas  - Danny Davis & The Nashville Brass  - 
 20 -  Blanket On The Ground  - Pete Winslow  - 
 21 -  Let Me Be There  - Bert Kaempfert  - 
 22 -  Rocky Mountain High  - Lee Holdridge  - 
 23 -  On The Road Again  - James Last  - 
 24 -  Let Your Love Flow  - Arthur Greenslade  - 
 25 -  Mississippi  - Roy Etzel  - 
 

Readers Digest Collection
Muziek, Dans en Romantiek 3/3
- Midnight Magic -
 
 1 -  Moonligt Serenade  - The Romantic Strings Orchestra  - 
 2 -  Ciribiribin  - Douglas Gamley & his Orchestra  - 
 3 -  Le plus beau tango du monde  - Claude Blouin & his Orchestra  - 
 4 -  Yours  - Ambros Seelos & his Orchestra  - 
 5 -  He'll Have To Go  - Claude Blouin & his Orchestra  - 
 6 -  Monja  - Leslie Lewis & his Orchestra  - 
 7 -  Windy  - Benny Goodman & his Orchestra  - 
 8 -  Greensleeves  - Ambros Seelos & his Orchestra  - 
 9 -  Buenas Noches, Mi Amor  - Claude Blouin & his Orchestra  - 
 10 -  Everybody Loves Somebody  - Ambros Seelos & his Orchestra  - 
 11 -  Paradise  - Hill Bowen & his Orchestra  - 
 12 -  Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman  - Francis Goya (guitar) & Orchestra  - 
 13 -  The Summer Wind  - Roy Etzel (trumpet) & Orchestra  - 
 14 -  Domino  - Reg Owen & his Orchestra  - 
 15 -  Tango Of The Roses  - The Romantic Strings Orchestra  - 
 16 -  Why Worry  - Francis Goya (guitar) & Orchestra  - 
 17 -  La petite valse  - Dominique Chatelain (piano) & Orchestra  - 
 18 -  Pepito  - Billy May & his Orchestra  - 
 19 -  Limelight  - Ambros Seelos & his Orchestra  - 
 20 -  Three O'Clock In The Morning  - Harry James & his Orchestra  - 
 21 -  Nothing Compares To U  - Dominique de Marcis (guitar) & Orchestra  - 
 22 -  Wish You Were Here  - Claude Blouin & his Orchestra  - 
 23 -  Strangers In The Night  - Peter Hope & his Orchestra  - 
 24 -  The Last Waltz  - Les Reed & his Orchestra  - 

Kai Warner & his Orchestra and Singers
HiFI Stereo (1971)  
Polydor 2371 162
 
Side 1
 
01-Candida
02-My Heart Belongs To Daddy
03-Yester Me
04-Maria Elena
05-When Joeh Comes Around
06-So In Love
 
Side 2
 
07-Silence Is Golden
08-Was It Yesterday
09-Capri Serenade
10-Lingerin' On
11-The Summerwind
12-Goodbye Is Not Forever

  Roberto Mann  
 The World Of 
 
 01 -  Three O'Clock in the Morning  - 
 02 -  Quiet Nights - A Man and a Woman - Summer Samba  - 
 03 -  Lonely Ballerina   - 
 04 -  Aura Lee (Love Me Tender)  - 
 05 -  Moon River   - 
 06 -  Monya (Monja - Monia)  - 
 07 -  The Last Waltz (Der letzte Walzer)  - 
 08 -  Missouri Waltz  - 
 09 -  Moonlight and Roses  - 
 10 -  Did you ever get that Feeling in the Moonlight - I'll get by  - 
 11 -  Autumn Leaves  - 
 12 -  The Music Played (Was ich dir sagen will)  - 

Andre Carr Orchestra & choir
From Movies
 
 01 -  Toccata E Fuga (In Re Minore)  - 
 02 -  Theme From Jaws  - 
 03 -  The Reincarnation Of Peter Proud  - 
 04 -  The Pink Panther  - 
 05 -  Roissy  - 
 06 -  Gentleman Cambrioleur  - 
 07 -  History D'O  - 
 08 -  Frankenstein Junior  - 
 09 -  Adagio (In Sol Minore)  - 
 10 -  Le Dernier Arlequin  - 
 11 -  The Persuaders  - 
 12 -  Eagle  - 

Bert Helsing 
Happy Guitar
 
 01 -  La Cucaracha  - 
 02 -  Guantanamera  - 
 03 -  La Bamba  - 
 04 -  Greensleeves  - 
 05 -  900 Miles  - 
 06 -  Cielito Lindo  - 
 07 -  La Paloma  - 
 08 -  Oh, Danny Boy  - 
 09 -  Golondrina  - 
 10 -  Plaisir d'amour  - 
 11 -  Guitarre Virginia  - 
 12 -  Donna Michaela  - 

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Erich Kunzel 
Sailing
 
 1 -  Sounds of the Sea  - 
 2 -  Sailing  - 
 3 -  Theme from The Great Whales  - 
 4 -  Theme from the Dove  - 
 5 -  Love Came for Me [From Splash]  - 
 6 -  Wave  - 
 7 -  Foghorn  - 
 8 -  Under the Sea [From The Little Mermaid]  - 
 9 -  New Hampshire Hornpipe [From On Golden Pond]  - 
 10 -  Ebb Tide  - 
 11 -  Sea Chanteys: Blow the Man Down / A-Rovin' / Oh Shenandoah / Drunken Sa  - 
 12 -  Beyond the Sea  - 
 13 -  Lonely Looking Sky  - 
 14 -  Be  - 
 15 -  Dear Father  - 
 16 -  The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)  - 
 17 -  By the Sleepy Lagoon  - 
 18 -  (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay  - 
 19 -  Sleepy Shores  - 
 20 -  Margaritaville  - 
 21 -  Calypso  - 

Hugo Montenegro 
Ellington Fantasy
 
 01 -  Black and Tan Fantasy  - 
 02 -  Sophisticated Lady  - 
 03 -  Do Nothin Till You Hear from Me  - 
 04 -  Solitude  - 
 05 -  Azure  - 
 06 -  Mood Indigo  - 
 07 -  Caravan  - 
 08 -  In A Sentimental Mood  - 
 09 -  I Got It Bad and Than ain't Good  - 
 10 -  Don't Get Around Much Anymore  - 
 11 -  I Didn't Know About You  - 
 12 -  I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart  - 

Mystic Moods Orchestra 
Nighttide
 
 01 -  Theme From A Summer Place  - 
 02 -  Summertime  - 
 03 -  Shane  - 
 04 -  Days Of Wine & Roses  - 
 05 -  Strangers In The Night  - 
 06 -  Invitation  - 
 07 -  Singin' In The Rain  - 
 08 -  Neveda Smith  - 
 09 -  My Own True Love  - 
 10 -  Daphne's Theme  - 
 11 -  Moon River  - 
 12 -  Lara's Theme  - 

Orchester Kurt Henkels 
Hits von Gestern
 
 01 -  Blueberry Hill   - 
 02 -  Das Fräulein Gerda  - 
 03 -  Schönes Wetter heute   - 
 04 -  Vaya con dios  - 
 05 -  Von 8 bis um 8  - 
 06 -  Wenn ein junger Mann kommt  - 
 07 -  Die Männer sind schon die Liebe wert  - 
 08 -  Junger Mann aus gutem Hause   - 
 09 -  Bilbao Song  - 
 10 -  Brazil (Brasil)  - 

Edmundo Ros 
and the Mike Sammes Singers
Sing & Dance
 
 01 -  Amor, amor  - 
 02 -  Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps  - 
 03 -  Granada  - 
 04 -  Frenesi  - 
 05 -  Green eyes  - 
 06 -  Besame mucho  - 
 07 -  Adios  - 
 08 -  Brazil  - 
 09 -  Tici-tico  - 
 10 -  Always in my heart  - 
 11 -  Maria Elena  - 
 12 -  Perfidia  - 
 13 -  Magic is the moonlight  - 
 14 -  Baia  - 
 15 -  You belong to my heart  - 
 16 -  Come to the mardi gras  - 

The Columbia Musical Treasuries Orchestra And Chorus 
The Unforgettable Years (8/10)
CONTINENTAL  CONCERT
 
 801 -  Jalousie  - 
 802 -  Intermezzo  - 
 803 -  Offenbach Can-Can  - 
 804 -  Dark Eyes  - 
 805 -  Flight Of The Bumble Bee  - 
 806 -  Beethoven Moonlight Sonata  - 
 807 -  Granada  - 
 808 -  Hora Staccato  - 
 809 -  Brahms Hungarian Dance 5  - 
 810 -  Barcarolle  - 
 811 -  Liszt Liebestraum  - 
 812 -  Humoresque  - 

Ray Conniff 
Theme From ''S.W.A.T''. And Other TV Themes
 
 1 -  Theme from ''Police Story''  - 
 2 -  Happy Days  - 
 3 -  The Young and the Restless  - 
 4 -  Baretta's Theme (Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow)  - 
 5 -  Welcome Back  - 
 6 -  Theme from ''S.W.A.T.''  - 
 7 -  Love Is All Around  - 
 8 -  Mystery Movie Theme  - 
 9 -  Theme from ''M*A*S*H'' (Suicide Is Painless)  - 
 10 -  Making Our Dreams Come True  - 

Wencke Myhre & 
Wencke Myhre  (1966) 
Polydor 249-100
 
Side 1
 
01-Keine Post Von Dir
02-Mein Herz Hat Ja Gesagt
03-Einmal Eins... (Love Is Me, Love Is You)
04-Einsamer Boy
05-Mañana, Mañana (Nach Copacabana Geh' Ich)
06-Vergessen Und Vergeben
07-Ich Schau Dich An
 
Side 2
 
08-Alle Männer Alle
09-Sage Mir, Warum Das Glück Vergeht
10-Er Hat Mich Wirklich Lieb
11-Das Hat Er Aus Liebe Getan
12-Vor Lauter Freude, Vor Lauter Tränen
13-Wie Gern Wär'Ich Jetzt Bei Dir
14-Ola, Ola Min Eigen Unge

LES BAXTER
SOUL OF THE DRUMS
1963
 
 
The Soul Of The Drums is a mercilessly tropical album by composer, arranger and Exotica luminary Les Baxter (1922–1996), released in 1963 on Reprise Records and licensed to various other labels, sporting 12 tracks in total – two of them renditions – and multiplexing the two Latin styles of Cha Cha Cha and Samba with superb symphonic Space-Age strings, bucolic big band brass bursts and cavalcades of drums par excellence. The album is a culmination point of some sort, a superimposition of the composer’s utterly drum-focused Skins! (1957) and his more melodious adventures such as the aquatic Jewels Of The Sea (1961) and countless other examples.
 
 
 
The Soul Of The Drums is no more remarkable than any other of Baxter’s albums of one’s choice, but does thankfully emit a strictly uplifting, mirthful aura which is only fugaciously interrupted – or alternatively improved – by mystical heterodynes, otherworldly phantasms and ritualistic drum patterns. It is not as cineastic as his first forerunner and pre-Exotica blueprint Ritual Of The Savage (1951), but this works to its advantage, as the flow or fluxion is uninterrupted. While there are a few pinpointable real-world locations such as Kowloon and Rio on board, this is no dedicated travelog LP rather than a concoction of delight. What role do the drums play? How do the melodies unfold? And why are these things of importance in an Easy Listening work? Someone’s gonna explicate these things below.
 
 
This would not be a Les Baxter album if there were no compositions dedicated to adolescent girls and women on this album, and sure enough, the opener The Girl Behind The Bamboo Curtain both glorifies female intuition and beauty; this, however, does not happen via whitewashed strings but in the shape of a rather uplifting upper midtempo Latin base frame. The congas, tonewoods and diffuse maracas create a dense thicket which is lit by polyphonic fairy flutes, warmhearted pianos, short vibraphone additions and many brass instruments. Shuttling between excitement and soothingness, the opener is everything at once, but first and foremost utterly exotic. The odd follow-up Lord, What A Morning by Michael Carlton Clough is a true-spirited Gospel gone wild. Launching with rufescent sunset guitars and yearning strings, the constant bongocalypse nurtures and drives the tempo ever-forward. Mellifluous flutes and distant horn spirals traverse through the percussion placenta, which is later revved up, as are the strings around which a female vocalist orbits. Occasional show tune-resembling protrusions round off a Latinized corker.
 
Another girl comes along, it is called Coffee Bean And Calabash Annie. In true Cha Cha style complete with ligneous guiros and an enchanting mixture of jungular marimbas, moist vibraphones and Crime Jazz-evoking towering brass instruments, the composition is torn into two parts, with the latter augmenting the alternative rhythm scheme with glowing piano chords and mellower horns. Whatever the current state ofthe composition, it evokes the verdure of a rain forest.
 
 
Sunrise At Kowloon, meanwhile, sports the archetypical but utterly welcome string lachrymosity Baxter is predominantly known for even outside the Exotica bubble. Instead of painting a still life, said sunrise is jazzed up with clinging tambourines, orchestra bells and drum goodness and thus depicts the bustling scenery of Hong Kong’s famous harbor. Ending with a harp glissando and oddly dubious, almost portentous tone sequences, it eventually makes room for the riminiesque critter Which Doctor?, a James Last-like singalong tune loaded with la la la lyrics sung by a joyful mixed choir that becomes increasingly histrionic. The drum textures are very much in the spotlight, Italy’s Capri panorama clashes with São Paulo’s tropical density, with the stupefyingly silkened string panorama Mai Tai rounding off side A. Envisioned by Los Angeles discjockey Ira Cook, Baxter grafts pizzicato strings onto the cowbell-interspersed percussion riverbed and adds legato counterparts as well as glockenspiel-backed flute tones in order to boost the cute beatitude. A highly delightful piece that is mercilessly euphonious.
 
 
Side B opens with the swinging A Day In Rio, and what a trip this one is! Injecting heavily churning and scrawling percussion helixes which are nontheless soothing and streamlined, they are slaves to the flute-reed couples and slapped harp strings. The mood is all about laissez-faire, neither all too euphorious nor too introverted. Big props to the choir who bursts into wordless Space-Age chants which saturate the greenery of this parallax diorama. River Of Dreams follows, the only truthful piece with an entirely mellow circumambience of softened drums and flute washes and adjacent helical vibraphone droplets, and indeed, this piece is explicitly enchanting, but sports a second part with frantic drums that harken back to the album title. While the third and last femme Nina features a breakneck physiognomy whose densely layered speed is supercharged with gorgeous pizzicato strings, benign legato brethren and vibraphone vestibules, it is the slow Cha Cha Cha theme Shadow Of Love And The Enchanted Reef which is truly superb and carefully balanced to happily unite the dun-colored arcana with an incandescent exoticism. Rose-tinted string washes and Pagan flutes on the one hand meet downwards spiraling marimbaphone turbulences and majestic brass scents, all of them held together by croaking guiros and vesiculating drums.
 
 
Whereas Jacaranda sees a Samba rhythm unleashed, with many plinking cowbells and screeching flutes added to the aural landscape whose endpoint is the one (and only) instance of a Chinese gong, the closer Ceremony looks back to Baxter’s humble Exotica blueprint Ritual Of The Savage (1951) concept-wise and to his drum-heavy Skins! (1957) texture-wise. Fans of Chaino or Tito Puente’s Top Percussion (1957) will rejoice, as this is a pure, adamant drum escapade, showcasing anything else but… the soul of the drums.
 
The Soul Of The Drums is not cited or considered as often as Les Baxter’s other shiny Exotica albums. Considering that in 1963, the artist already has 12+ years of experience in a genre whose term was not officially coined until the beginning of 1957, and taking into account that Baxter aurally revisits tropical climates till the late 70’s, this particular album can be seen as a melting pot of ideas, genres and styles. Sure, the drums are upfront, but The Soul Of The Drums could have been named entirely differently, for even though they are dense and multilayered, the melodies and surfaces live, breathe and shine as well. Shuttling between Latin Cha Cha Cha and Samba rhythms, Les Baxter makes sure to inject his trademark ingredients such as dazzlingly beautiful strings, flute and brass embroideries as well as strongly hummable melodies, for once a choir is on board, even shower singers can sing along to the scenery.
 
The Soul Of The Drums is never opaque or pernicious, the only odd mood range consists of mildly enigmatic tone sequences – Shadow Of Love And The Enchanted Reef comes to mind in particular – or outright savage drums as in the outro Ceremony, but the rest is a wondrous journey through harmonious overtones and colorful vistas. The best, I think, is yet to come: if you deem this album valuable and worth your while, check out Don Tiare’s quintet renditions of Baxter’s symphonies on the album The Music Of Les Baxter, released in the same year and featuring four tunes off The Soul Of The Drums in an obviously less pompous but even more exotic way. Les Baxter’s album is available on vinyl, CD and in a digital version on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and cohorts.
 
 
Exotica Review 288: Les Baxter – The Soul Of The Drums (1963). 
Originally published on Dec. 7, 2013 at AmbientExotica.com.
 
 01 -  The Girl Behind The Bamboo Curtain  - 
 02 -  Lord, What A Morning  - 
 03 -  Coffee Bean/Calabash Annie  - 
 04 -  Sunrise At Kowloon  - 
 05 -  Which Doctor?  - 
 06 -  Mai Tai  - 
 07 -  Drum Intro From A Day In Rio  - 
 08 -  A Day In Rio  - 
 09 -  River Of Dreams  - 
 10 -  Nina  - 
 11 -  Shadow Of Love/The Enchanted Reef  - 
 12 -  Jacaranda  - 
 13 -  Ceremony  - 

Billy May 
Swingtime II
 
 01 -  March of the Toys  - 
 02 -  Don't Be That Way  - 
 03 -  Tampico  - 
 04 -  Temptation  - 
 05 -  Moon Glow  - 
 06 -  Rhythm Is Our Business  - 
 07 -  Sentimental Journey  - 
 08 -  Stardust  - 
 09 -  Caravan  - 
 10 -  I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart  - 
 11 -  Moonlight Cocktail  - 
 12 -  Things Ain't What They Used To Be  - 
 13 -  Goody Goody  - 
 14 -  Stairway to the Stars  - 
 15 -  Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree  - 
 16 -  You Do Something To Me  - 
 17 -  Pompton Turnpike  - 
 18 -  Shiny Stockings  - 
 19 -  Artistry in Rhythm  - 
Till Brönner 
At The End Of The Day
 
 01 -  And I Love Her  - 
 02 -  After You've Gone  - 
 03 -  Human  - 
 04 -  I'm Through With Love  - 
 05 -  Summer Breeze  - 
 06 -  We Said It All  - 
 07 -  Your Life  - 
 08 -  I'm Only Human  - 
 09 -  Space Oddity  - 
 10 -  If I Saw You Tomorrow  - 
 11 -  I Wanna Be Around  - 
 12 -  Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime  - 
 13 -  Air  - 
Lalo Schifrin 
Live in Paris
 
 1 -  Mannix  - 
 2 -  Bullitt  - 
 3 -  Enter The Dragon  - 
 4 -  Les Félins  - 
 5 -  The Fox  - 
 6 -  The Concorde: Airport '79  - 
 7 -  Dirty Harry Suite  - 
 8 -  The Cincinnati Kid  - 
 9 -  Rollercoaster  - 
 10 -  Echoes Of Duke Ellington  - 
 11 -  The Plot  - 
 12 -  Mission: Impossible  - 
 
 

SOUNDS LIKE FUN Volume 8
 79:31 - 320 Kbs
 
tracklist:
 
1. Ray McVay-Put on a happy face / 01:47
2. Hugo Strasser-La Bostella / 02:40
3. Werner Müller-Gloryland / 02:13
4. Sydney Thompson-The alley cat song / 02:27
5. Franck Pourcel-I want to be happy / 02:20
6. Steve Race-The Pied Piper / 02:13
7. Berry Lipman-Tick Tack Cha-Cha / 02:30
8. Andy Ross-Light Cavalry / 01:39
9. Werner Tauber-Dance darling dance / 02:01
10. Lawrence Welk-Loveable doll / 02:02
11. Norman Candler & Mladen Franko-Treppen Tratsch / 02:48
12. Heinz Kretzschmar-Donkey serenade / 02:56
13. Norrie Paramor-Chick sang a song / 03:06
14. Roberto Delgado-Creole dance / 02:23
15. Ladi Geisler-Little Geisha (with The Tonics) / 01:53
16. Geoff Love-Tijuana taxi / 02:41
17. 101 Strings-Alla en el rancho grande / 02:54
18. Wayne King-Scatter brain / 02:24
19. Paul Mauriat-l'Amour ça fait passer le temps / 02:44
20. James Last-Kiss me Honey, Honey kiss me / 02:34
21. Bert Kaempfert-Ducky / 02:52
22. Bobby Crush-The entertainer / 02:35
23. Caravelli-Fantasie pour cordes / 02:53
24. Eric Bachmann-Rapa-tapa / 02:33
25. Max Greger-Dancefloor baby / 02:21
26. Ted Heath-A-Tisket, A-Tasket / 02:07
27. Chico Arnez-Soolaimon / 01:53
28. Raymond Lefèvre-Sirop typhon (Lily The Pink) / 02:09
29. Helmut Zacharias-I was Kaiser Bills batman,Winchester Cathedral,Yellow Submarine / 03:14
30. Henry Mancini-Raindrops keep falling on my head / 02:28
31. Ray Anthony-Rock-Umba / 01:57
32. Rudi Bohn-Rock around the clock / 02:57
 
compiled & restored by Joey Starr
 
 

Sounds like fun - Volume 9
79:56 320 kb/sec
 
tracklist:
 
1. Ray Mc.Vay - Happy talk / 02:04
2. Bert Kaempfert - Holiday in Scotland / 02:15
3. 101 Strings - Grandpa polka / 02:47
4. Paul Mauriat - Colombe ivre / 02:30
5. Lawrence Welk - Bubbles in the wine / 02:16
6. Manuel and The Music Of The Mountains - I, yi, yi, yi, yi, yi (I like you very much) / 02:28
7. Hugo Strasser - Puppchen, Du bist mein Augenstern / 02:09
8. Andre Kostelanetz - Hey look me over / 01:52
9. Raymond Lefèvre - Kiss me / 02:44
10. Stephan Pola - Have some fun / 02:44
11. Berry Lipman - Keep on smiling / 02:21
12. Hagen Galatis - Suisse Hello (Gruezi wohl, Frau Stirnimaa) / 02:15
13. George Martin - Yellow Submarine / 02:37
14. Norrie Paramor - Poppa Picolino / 02:22
15. Bobby Crush - The stripper / 02:30
16. Sydney Thompson - Pennsylvania polka / 01:48
17. Caravelli - Sing to me mama / 02:33
18. Columbia Orchestra - Daydream / 02:37
19. Franck Pourcel - Puppet on a string / 02:18
20. James Last - She's too fat for me / 02:49
21. Ray Conniff  - Conniff's dance of the hours / 03:19
22. Ray Martin - William Tell Overture (The Lone Ranger) / 02:36
23. John Schroeder Orchestra- Papa's got a brand new bag / 02:26
24. Rico Fernandez - Afrikaan beat / 01:59
25. Hugh Masakela - Grazing in the grass / 02:37
26. Bob Moore - Good time party / 02:13
27. Mantovani - Look what they've done to my song ma / 02:13
28. Edmundo Ros -I  could have danced all night / 02:29
29. Apollo 100 - Apollo goes West / 02:06
30. Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass - Mexican road race / 02:29
31. The Mystic Moods Orchestra - Ti-Pi-Tin / 01:59
32. Tony Hatch - El payaso / 01:55
33. André Brasseur - Special 230 / 02:16
 
compiled and restored by Joey Starr

Sounds like fun - volume 10
320 Kb/sec - 79:51
 
tracklist:
 
1. André Brasseur - Studio 17 / 02:20
2. Cyril Stapleton and his orchestra - I could be happy with you / 02:36
3. Ron Goodwin - Serenade to a double Scotch / 02:39
4. John Barry - Hit and miss / 02:00
5. Rudi Bohn - La journée / 02:36
6. Hagen Galatis - Happy life / 02:56
7. Will Glahe & His Orchestra - Liechtensteiner Polka / 02:15
8. Hugo Strasser - Ausgerechnet Bananen / 02:09
9. Helly Kumpusch mit Orchester Ambros Seelos - You are my sunshine / 02:51
10. Ray Anthony - Cello-phane / 01:53
11. Werner Müller - The night they invented champagne (from "Gigi") / 02:15
12. Franck Pourcel - La petite valse / 02:47
13. Reynold und sein Orchester - Hot Love / 02:54
14. Jonny McDoodle - Hawaiian War Chant / 02:43
15. Manuel and the Music of the Mountains - Look for the silver lining / 02:34
16. Roland Shaw & His Orchestra - She'll be comin' round the mountain / 01:58
17. Lawrence Welk - Emerald hop / 01:58
18. Paul Mauriat - Freedom / 02:20
19. Judd Solo - The liars / 02:30
20. Waldo de los Rios - Toys (Haydn) / 03:56
21. James Last - Tiritomba / 02:27
22. Norrie Paramor - Twilight beguine / 03:10
23. Charles Parker - Rumba Gitana / 02:37
24. Raymond Lefèvre - Ding a dong / 02:18
25. Caravelli - Tarentelle / 02:03
26. Bert Kaempfert - The moon is making eyes / 02:44
27. Alfred Hause - Ski Polka / 02:13
28. Stephan Pola - Strings parade / 02:58
29. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - If you knew Sousa and friends / 03:04
30. Roberto Delgado - Who's got the paper / 03:00
31. André Popp - Tric-trac / 02:24
 
compiled & restored by Joey Starr

Onderwerp: WEEK 45 - 2017

Datum: 29-12-2017

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week45-2017

Amazing week!
Thanks!

Datum: 05-11-2017

Door: Darko

Onderwerp: week 45

Thank's Harry and all LL team for another great week of instrumentals. Specially compilations Instrumental country, Reader's digest collections and orchestra Ray Conniff. ( He has a birthday tomorow- 6.11.)

Darko

Datum: 05-11-2017

Door: Mike G

Onderwerp: Week 45

Have a Happy Guy Fawkes day! I can only add to Anchortaxi's comments and thank all the team for another wonderful week of marvelous music! Thank you all!!

Datum: 04-11-2017

Door: Eliane

Onderwerp: Robert Mann

Big coincidence, the same Robert Mann album I sent to you on October 22nd, our friend Frank also sent!!!

Datum: 04-11-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 45

If I've left anyone out as far as a resounding Thank You is concerned, I am sorry., but you all know just how much i appreciate your weekly time and efforts...
Sincerely, Ed

Datum: 04-11-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 45

Time is flying, so with that I best get going with the thank you's of the week. To Harry of course for his seemingly unending devotion to good music.., and Gunther for all the Cliff Carpenter albums. C.C. puts a little something extra into his arrangements that I've come to really enjoy. None of his recordings ever ended up on the shores of the 'New World', that I'm aware of so he is all new to me. Eliane for her Arthur Fiedler series, Cappy for his Golden Sounds series, and of course JOEY for his much appreciated super 'Sounds Like Fun' series, in which I found a lot of great tunes. To Edilson for Andre Carr and Bert Helsing, Frank, for Roberto Mann, and Harry for Wencke Myhre with James Last and the Mystic Moods album. I cannot thank you all enough for your beautiful and sometimes rare contributions to LoungeLegends
Ed, from a beautiful Tennessee

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