WEEK 06 - 2018

Shall we dance?
Volume 2
 
1. Michel Legrand - Charmaine / 02:47
2. Manuel - The shadow of your smile / 03:52
3. James Last - Du bist nicht allein / 03:16
4. Joe Loss - Cheek to cheek / 02:37
5. Ted Heath - A string of pearls / 03:23
6. Frank Valdor - My heart stood still / 02:44
7. Helmut Zacharias - Lara's theme / 02:57
8. Anthony Ventura - Crying in the chapel / 03:12
9. Perry Botkin and his Orchestra - Memories are made of this / 02:45
10. Lex de Azevedo - I only have eyes for you / 02:31
11. Paul Mauriat - Guantanamera / 02:11
12. Heart & Soul - After the love has gone / 02:58
13. Billy Vaughn - Dancing in the dark / 02:12
14. Hugo Strasser - Putting on the Ritz / 03:03
15. Orlando - La Golondrina / 02:49
16. Ray Conniff - Someone to watch over me / 02:54
17. Geoff Love - Serenata / 02:37
18. Frank Chacksfield - Perigoso amore / 03:03
19. Max Greger jr - Cherish / 02:36
20. Roberto Delgado -  Besame mucho / 02:53
21. Ambros Seelos - No more boleros / 03:10
22. Bert Kaempfert - Cachaca mecanica / 03:53
23. Mantovani - The old fashioned way / 03:25
24. Syd Dale - Liebling, mein Herz läßt dich grüßen / 02:37
25. John Gregory - Longer / 03:20
26. Werner Müller - DIe Lorelei / 02:45
27. Peter Nero - That's all / 03:09

Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra 
Plays The Music of Ernesto Lecuona
 
 01 -  Barcelona  - 
 02 -  La Comparsa  - 
 03 -  The Breeze And I (Andalucia)  - 
 04 -  Two Hearts That Pass In The Night  - 
 05 -  Jungle Drums  - 
 06 -  Siboney  - 
 07 -  Malaguena  - 
 08 -  Maria My Own  - 
 09 -  Dust On The Moon  - 
 10 -  Heartless  - 
 11 -  Always In My Heart  - 
 12 -  Say Si Si  - 
 

Cliff Carpenter und sein Orchester 
Top Hits Aktuell
 
 1 -  Dschingis Khan  - 
 2 -  Jamaica Farewell  - 
 3 -  Ich will mit dir spielen  - 
 4 -  We'll Have A Party Tonite'Nite  - 
 5 -  California Gold  - 
 6 -  Ribbons of Blue  - 
 7 -  Hooray! Hooray! It's A Holi-Holiday!  - 
 8 -  Madeleine  - 
 9 -  I Will Survive  - 
 10 -  Dieter  - 
 11 -  Ein Herz für Kinder  - 
 12 -  Heart of Glass  - 

Sammy Kaye Orchestra & Chorus 
Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
 
 1 -  Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head  - 
 2 -  She Let's Her Hair Down  'Early in the Morning'  - 
 3 -  Something  - 
 4 -  Juanita Love Theme   from 'TOPAZ'  - 
 5 -  The Old Fun City  from 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'  - 
 6 -  Maxwell's Silver Hammer  - 
 7 -   Early in the Morning  - 
 8 -  Come Saturday Morning  from 'The Sterile Cuckoo'  - 
 9 -  Hold Me and How I Miss You Tonight  - 
 10 -  Backfield in Motion  - 
 11 -  I Want You 'She's So Heavy'  - 
 

Berlin Concert
 
 1  - Fanfare For The Common Man  -     
 2  - Penny Lane  -     
 3  - Tiger Feet - Radar Love - Jesus Loves You  -     
 4  - Respect Yourself  -     
 5  - Broken Wings  -     
 6  - Missing  -     
 7  - Eine kleine Nachtmusik  -     
 8  - Roses From The South  -     
 9  - Mornings At Seven  -     
 10  - Vibration  -     
 11  - Eine Seefahrt die ist lustig - Das ist die Liebe der Matrosen - Heut' geht's an Bord  -     
 12  - Vienna Is Vienna  -     
 13  - Mac Arthur Park  -     
 14  - Jog And Rock'n Roll  -     
 15  - At The Banks Of Sacramento  -     
 16  - Jigs And Reels  -     
 17  - Chicken Reel - Turkey In The Straw - Orange Blossom Special  -     
 18  - Saddle Up  -     
 19  - Chequered Love - I've Done Everything  For You - La La La  -     
 20  - That's What Friends Are For  -     
 21  - Star Wars  -     
 22  - Life At The Vienna Prater  -     
 23  - I Just Called To Say I Love You  -     

The Longines Symphonette 
Brass Voices 4
 
 401 -  Me And You And A Dog Named Boo  - 
 402 -  Make It With You  - 
 403 -  Our Day Will Come  - 
 404 -  Heart Of Gold  - 
 405 -  Great Balls Of Fire  - 
 406 -  Last Train To Clarksville  - 
 407 -  Puppy Love  - 
 408 -  Wooden Heart  - 
 409 -  Puppet Man  - 
 410 -  Take Me Home, Country Roads  - 
 

Werner Müller 
Focus on Werner Müller
 
 1 -  Seventy-Six Trombones  - 
 2 -  The Syncopated Clock  - 
 3 -  Fiddler On The Roof  - 
 4 -  Lili Marleen  - 
 5 -  Mas Que Nada  - 
 6 -  Mozart Symphony No 40  - 
 7 -  Hawaiian War Chant  - 
 8 -  Serenata  - 
 9 -  Wooden Heart  - 
 10 -  Hora Staccato  - 
 11 -  La Cumparsita  - 
 12 -  Italian Festival  - 
 13 -  Mack The Knife  - 
 14 -  Arrivederci Roma  - 
 15 -  Nights In White Satin  - 
 16 -  Funiculi Funicula  - 
 17 -  The Girl From Ipanema  - 
 18 -  Zorba's Dance  - 
 19 -  Czardas  - 
 20 -  The Typewriter  - 
 21 -  Falling In Love Again  - 
 22 -  Hungarian Dance No.5  - 
 23 -  Fool  - 
 24 -  Show Business  - 

 Frank Valdor
 Wonderful World Of Trumpets (1976)
 
 01 Good Morning Friends
 02 I Can't Stop Loving You
 03 I Can Do It
 04 Il Silenzio
 05 Paloma Blanca
 06 Bambolengo
 07 Truympet Blues
 08 Amazing Grace
 09 Shame, Shame, Shame
 10 Brahm's Lullaby
 11 Schön wie Mona Lisa
 12 Samba Repicado
 13 Peanut Vendor
 14 Ding-A-Dong
 15 Señorita Juanita
 16 The Entertainer
 17 Der Junge mit der Mundharmonika
 18 Voulez-vous coucher avec moi
 19 Fox On The Run
 20 Hey Jude
 21 Only You Can
 22 Maria Elena
 23 O Sole Mio
 24 Rote Rosen

Metropole Orkest 
Solo
 
 1 -  John Brown's Body  - 
 2 -  Happy Mango Song  - 
 3 -  Chelsea Bridge  - 
 4 -  Limehouse Blues  - 
 5 -  Les Vieux Amants  - 
 6 -  La Fiesta  - 
 7 -  Moment's Notice  - 
 8 -  Rogier van Otterloo medley  - 
 9 -  Nite Sprite  - 
 10 -  Send in the Clowns  - 
 11 -  Indiana  - 
 12 -  Espece  - 
 13 -  Basin' Street Blues  - 
 14 -  Come Fly With Me  - 
 15 -  The Heart of Rotterdam  - 

READERS DIGEST MUSIC
Various Artists 
Sentimental Songs That Will Live Forever
 
 1 -  That Old Feeling  - Romantic Strings, The  - 
 2 -  All I Have to Do Is Dream  - Romantic Strings, The  - 
 3 -  I'll Never Love This Way Again  - Romantic Strings, The  - 
 4 -  Theme from a Summer Place  - Romantic Strings, The  - 
 5 -  Blue Velvet  - Romantic Strings, The  - 
 6 -  I Write the Songs  - Romantic Strings, The  - 
 7 -  The Shadow of Your Smile  - Romantic Strings, The  - 
 8 -  Solitaire  - Romantic Strings, The  - 
 9 -  On the Wings of Love  - Romantic Strings, The  - 
 10 -  Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart  - Romantic Strings, The  - 
 11 -  It's Only a Paper Moon  - Joe Reisman & Orch.  - 
 12 -  For the Good Times  - Steve Chandler Orchestra  - 
 13 -  Memories Are Made of This  - Richard Benson And Orchestra  - 
 14 -  What a Wonderful World  - Larry Dalton  - 
 15 -  (I'd Love to Spend) One Hour With You  - Paul Weston's Orchestra  - 
 16 -  I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You  - Richard Benson And Orchestra  - 
 17 -  Don't Get Around Much Anymore  - Perry Botkin Jr. Orch & Chorus  - 
 18 -  Try a Little Tenderness  - Tony Ross Orchestra  - 
 19 -  Can't Take My Eyes Off You  - Nelson Riddle & Orchestra  - 
 20 -  This One's for You  - Henry Mancini  - 
 21 -  Sentimental Jouirney  - Les Brown & His Band Of Renown  - 

The International Pop Orchestra 
Spanish Inferno
 
 01 -  España  - 
 02 -  The Maids Of Cadiz  - 
 03 -  Malagueña  - 
 04 -  Spanish Dance Nº 1  - 
 05 -  La Macareña  - 
 06 -  Lady Of Spain  - 
 07 -  Chiapanecas  - 
 08 -  España Cani  - 

Les Brown and his Band of Renown 
Plays for the World of the Young
 
 1 -  A1 Tomorrow  - 
 2 -  A2 The Look Of Love  - 
 3 -  A3 The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener  - 
 4 -  A4 Wait Until Dark  - 
 5 -  A5 Green Tambourine  - 
 6 -  A6 Sentimental Journey  - 
 7 -  B1 Sunny  - 
 8 -  B2 If You Ever Leave Me  - 
 9 -  B3 Pata Pata  - 
 10 -  B4 Live For Life  - 
 11 -  B5 When Will It End (P.J.'s Theme)  - 
 

READERS DIGEST MUSIC
Various Artists 
The Fabulous Guitar 1/3
 
 1 -  Amapola  - David Palmer  - 
 2 -  Riders In The Sky  - Ricky King  - 
 3 -  Apache  - David Palmer  - 
 4 -  Maria Elena  - Robert Mandell  - 
 5 -  Wheels  - David Palmer  - 
 6 -  Albatross  - Pete Moore  - 
 7 -  Johnny Guitar  - David Palmer  - 
 8 -  Myers (Stanley): Cavatina, "Theme From The Deer Hunter"  - Marco Muciano; Romantic Strings Orchestra  - 
 9 -  Sleep Walk  - Santo & Johnny  - 
 10 -  Rebel Rouser  - Duane Eddy  - 
 11 -  Raunchy  - Bill Justis  - 
 12 -  Wipe Out  - The Surfaris  - 
 13 -  Because They're Young  - Duane Eddy  - 
 14 -  Verde  - Ricky King  - 
 15 -  The Peanut Vendor  - Chet Atkins & Cam Cullins  - 
 16 -  Guitar Tango  - Francis Goya  - 
 17 -  The Girl From Ipanema  - Laurindo Almeida  - 
 18 -  Green Fields  - Francis Goya  - 
 19 -  Greensleeves  - Jorge Morel  - 
 20 -  Nostalgia  - Francis Goya  - 
 21 -  A Day In The Life Of A Fool  - Jorge Merel  - 
 22 -  La Playa  - Francis Goya  - 
 23 -  Pegao  - José Feliciano  - 
 24 -  Vaya Con Dios  - Francis Goya  - 
 

Hugo Strasser 
Leben mit Dir ~ Tanzen & Träumen mit ...
 
 1 -  Leben mit dir  - 
 2 -  Hello Again  - 
 3 -  Sharazan  - 
 4 -  Nikita  - 
 5 -  Flieg nicht so hoch, mein kleiner Freund  - 
 6 -  Lieb mich ein letztes mal  - 
 7 -  Send In The Clowns  - 
 8 -  Arrivederci Claire  - 
 9 -  Eloisa  - 
 10 -  New York, New York  - 
 11 -   ... aber der Traum war sehr schön (Begin The Beguine)  - 
 12 -  Bye Bye My Love  - 
 13 -  I Just Called To Say I Love You  - 
 14 -  Sommernacht in Rom  - 
 15 -  Fernando  - 
 16 -  Adios amor  - 

Lluís Gómez 
Dotze Contes
 
 01 -  Virton 2014  - 
 02 -  Salviac Waltz  - 
 03 -  Pour Jean-Marie  - 
 04 -  Nofuentes Bb&b  - 
 05 -  Foggy Mountain Banjo  - 
 06 -  Pony Express  - 
 07 -  Nola  - 
 08 -  Bel's Reel  - 
 09 -  Don Biloute  - 
 10 -  Devil's Dream  - 
 11 -  Fu Manchú Blues  - 
 12 -  Tree O House  - 
 13 -  Rocky Mountains  - 

Bela Sanders 
Tanzroulette
Kompositionen u/o Arrangements von Hans Last
 
01 -  Hully-Gully-Time  - 
 02 -  Hollie Dollie  - 
 03 -  Pop-Slop  - 
 04 -  Playboy Cha-Cha  - 
 05 -  Norskejekka  - 
 06 -  Monkiss: Let's Go  - 
 07 -  Rosario  - 
 08 -  Rina Baion  - 
 09 -  Atlantis-Boogie  - 
 10 -  Küsse im Dunkeln (Kisses in the Dark)  - 
 11 -  Adios Muchados  - 
 12 -  Luna Argentina  - 
 13 -  Maracaibo  - 
 14 -  Tango las Palmas  - 
 15 -  Blue Beguine  - 
 16 -  Roter Sombrero  - 

Anthony Ventura and his Orchestra 
Music For Making Love
 
 1 -  I Can't Stop Loving You  - 
 2 -  I'd Love You To Want Me  - 
 3 -  Don't Cry For Me, Argentina  - 
 4 -  If I Only Had Time - Save The Last Dance For Me  - 
 5 -  Bridge Over Troubled Water  - 
 6 -  Johnny Guitar  - 
 7 -  Hotel California  - 
 8 -  A Whiter Shade Of Pale  - 
 9 -  Killing Me Softly  - 
 10 -  Mull Of Kintyre  - 
 11 -  Jill's Theme  - 
 12 -  If You Could Read My Mind  - 
 13 -  In The Ghetto  - 
 14 -  Morning Has Broken  - 
 15 -  Je t'aime  - 

Les Paul 
NOW!
 
 01 -  Lover  - 
 02 -  Bye Bye Blues  - 
 03 -  The System  - 
 04 -  Whispering  - 
 05 -  I Really Don't Want to Know  - 
 06 -  Tennessee Waltz  - 
 07 -  How High The Moon  - 
 08 -  Little Rock Getaway  - 
 09 -  Sleep  - 
 10 -  Caravan  - 
 11 -  Los Angeles  - 
 12 -  Lady of Spain  - 
 13 -  Golden Earrings  - 
 

Sandy Nelson 
Golden Hits 
 
 01 -  Live It Up  - 
 02 -  Splish Splash  - 
 03 -  Kansas City  - 
 04 -  Early In The Morning  - 
 05 -  Rock House  - 
 06 -  Walking To New Orleans  - 
 07 -  What'd I Say  - 
 08 -  Honky Tonk  - 
 09 -  Bony Moronie  - 
 10 -  I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday  - 
 11 -  I Want To Walk You Home  - 
 12 -  Be Bop Baby  - 

Richard Abel 
Hommage Aux Compositeurs Canediens et Quécois
 
 01 -  Angel  - 
 02 -  Bird On A Wire  - 
 03 -  Les Vieux Pianos  - 
 04 -  Je Reviens Chez Nous  - 
 05 -  Jolie Louise  - 
 06 -  Sundown  - 
 07 -  Hélène  - 
 08 -  Straight From The Heart  - 
 09 -  Both Sides Now  - 
 10 -  Early Morning Rain  - 
 11 -  (You're)Having My Baby  - 
 12 -  Je Pense A Toi  - 
 13 -  Time And Time Again I Hear Your Voice  - 

READERS DIGEST MUSIC 
Soft and Soothing Moods [Disc 2]
 
 1 -  The Swan  - London Promenade Orchestra  - 
 2 -  To a Water Lily  - London Promenade Orchestra  - 
 3 -  The Last Rose of Summer  - William Bennett & Robert Docker  - 
 4 -  Spring Song  - William Bennett & Robert Docker  - 
 5 -  Sheep May Safely Graze  - Mayfair Chamber Orchestra  - 
 6 -  Greensleeves  - London Promenade Orchestra  - 
 7 -  To a Wild Rose  - London Promenade Orchestra  - 
 8 -  A Swan  - New Symphony Orchestra Of London  - 
 9 -  The Chestnut Tree  - London Promenade Orchestra, Christian Steiner  - 
 10 -  Air on the G String  - London Promenade Orchestra  - 
 11 -  Träumerei  - Ralph Votapek  - 
 12 -  Nocturne in E-Flat  - Ralph Votapek  - 
 13 -  Moonlight Sonata  - Ralph Votapek  - 
 14 -  Liebestraum  - Ralph Votapek  - 
 15 -  Rêverie  - Ralph Votapek  - 
 16 -  It Never Entered My Mind  - Francis Goya & Orchestra  - 
 17 -  If I Fell  - Francis Goya & Orchestra  - 
 18 -  Magic Is the Moonlight  - Francis Goya & Orchestra  - 
 19 -  Non Dimenticar  - Francis Goya & Orchestra  - 
 20 -  Amor  - Francis Goya & Orchestra  - 

101 Strings 
That Latin Sound
 
 1 -  Guantanamera  - 
 2 -  Guadalajara  - 
 3 -  El condor pasa  - 
 4 -  La bamba  - 
 5 -  The Breeze And I  - 
 6 -  La cucaracha  - 
 7 -  Be Mine Tonight  - 
 8 -  La cumparsita  - 
 9 -  Affair In Arruba  - 
 10 -  You Belong To My Heart  - 
 11 -  Night in Buenos Aires  - 
 12 -  Felicia My Love  - 
 13 -  Adios muchachos  - 
 14 -  Malagueña  - 
 15 -  Quando, quando, quando  - 
 16 -  Cu cu rru cu cu paloma  - 
 17 -  Adios  - 
 18 -  Brazil  - 
 19 -  Puerto Vallarta  - 
 20 -  Adios, mariquita linda  - 
 21 -  Jalousie  - 
 22 -  The Girl From Ipanema  - 

The Longines Symphonette 
Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head 1/5
 
 1 -  Casino Royale  - 
 2 -  One Less Bell To Answer  - 
 3 -  Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head  - 
 4 -  Any Old Time Of The Day  - 
 5 -  Reach Out For Me  - 
 6 -  Knowing When To Leave  - 
 7 -  Are You There (With Another Girl)  - 
 8 -  Do You Know The Way To San Jose  - 
 9 -  All Kinds Of People  - 
 10 -  I'll Never Fall In Love Again  -

Andre Kostelanetz 
Sunset
 
 1 -  Sunset  - 
 2 -  Minuet  - 
 3 -  Air on G strings  - 
 4 -  Playful Game  - 
 5 -  To a Water Lily  - 
 6 -  Toreador's Prayer  - 
 7 -  Crisantemi  - 
 

Morton Gould 
Wagon Wheels
 
 1 -  High Noon  - 
 2 -  On Top Of Old Smoky  - 
 3 -  Wagon Wheels  - 
 4 -  I'm An Old Cowhand  - 
 5 -  Riders In The Sky  - 
 6 -  Tennessee Waltz  - 
 7 -  Home On The Range  - 
 8 -  Buckaroo Blues  - 
 9 -  The Last Roundup  - 
 
 

Nelson Riddle 
Sea Of Dreams
 
Sea Of Dreams by Nelson Riddle (1921–1985) was released in 1958 on Capitol Records, but not only did it have to fend off a glut of Exotica releases of all flavors, for Riddle himself was his biggest competitor in the realms of string-laden Easy Listening: His own album C'mon… Get Happy, released in the same year, is Riddle’s more successful album, peaking at #20 in the Billboard Charts. However, Sea Of Dreams is much more lush, romantic and, most important in the given context, exotic. If you are begging for sarcasm, one could say that Riddle copies Les Baxter’s sound perfectly, which would neither be an insult, nor a coincidence, for Riddle teamed up with Baxter quite a lot and was in fact hired by him in order to come up with releases on Capitol Records.
 
 
 
If you are craving for the romantic side of the Exotica genre, you are making the right choice with Sea Of Dreams. Instead of interweaving exotic percussion with the surroundings, Riddle concentrates exclusively on the strings, leaving a small niche for mallet instruments and bells of all kinds. In his later years, Riddle presented some variety in his albums, but here, the sphere of action is much more restricted, or as the saying goes, once you know one song, you know them all. The coherence isn’t bad at all, though, for romantic Exotica records need to maintain a certain quality in their continuity, I believe, so be aware of this. It’s also harder to write about them in greater detail. If you don’t like romantic Exotica and favor the tropical heat and bongo-driven savagery, you better stay away from it. I won’t, as the following paragraphs will show.
 
 
 
Out Of The Night starts majestically and features a mellifluousness that is definitely kitschy. The whirling strings merge perfectly with the sustained serenity of main melody. Careful harp tones add articulated warmth to the mix which shows that Riddle doesn’t inundate the listener with string washes, but actually leaves room enough for placidity and particularities of other instruments. A negligible intro, if you ask me. The following classic My Isle Of Golden Dreams, though, is a killer track, even though this is just some cruddy Easy Listening album, right? Well, it’s not cruddy at all due to the start of the track which features gorgeous harp sprinkles and a careful fade-in of the string orchestra that plays extremely lush and dreamy. Additional xylophones shimmer through from the background and the character of the main melody is the slightest bit drugged or warped – yes, seriously –, making the first half of the track a surprisingly modern peculiarity in the genre. The second half is smoochy Easy Listening by the numbers whose sky-high strings are enhanced with quieter, blurry counterparts. Taking the limiting genre boundaries into account, this track is all the more successful in depicting the longing for an island in the tropics.
 
 
 
Tango Tahiti (The Call Of Tahiti) is equally great, surprisingly laid back and reduced in volume. This has nothing to do with a Tango as we know it today, so don’t expect an explosive hot-blooded performance. The pulsating strings are meandering and spread spaces all over the song. Even though the volume is low, the strings are pompous and warm. Success! The next title is simply titled Dream and consists of violins played in high ranges but due to the sheer amount of violinists, the listener is washed away in terrifically mellow strings. The last song of side A, Drifting And Dreaming, has one particular element that you didn’t hear before on the album: Short double bass droplets create a lush bass line that works perfectly well with the acoustic guitar, the dark harp strings and the glinting xylophones. When the violinists return in full force, these diversified elements are still audible. In the boundaries of Sea Of Dreams, these small additions could be called risks or even dynamic experiments … but again, begone, sarcasm!
 
 
 
Easter Isle is a top-notch start of side B and continues the variety shown in Drifting And Dreaming. A repetitive two-note harp melody is soaked up and echoed by glitzy xylophones. The strings work particularly well and the cascading harp is utterly gorgeous. The double bass backings are again a vibrant rhythmic device. This could well be the Riddle’s best song that is featured on Sea Of Dreams. I’m not too sure about this due its the steady variety, but my rule of thumb is basically the following: once an string-laden Easy Listening track features a variety of additional instruments, it is certainly good.
 
 
 
Let’s Fall In Love is the next great tune, and due to its name, the strings are even more lush than they were before, encapsulating a romance that erupts in multilayered melodies, for example darkly trilling strings, blissful harp chords and bold string washes. Jimmy Van Heusen’s 1940 Jazz standard Polka Dots And Moonbeams is next, and the transition can only be called phantasmagoric. The main melody is still recognizable, but much more dreamlike due to the full-scale orchestra. While the French classic Autumn Leaves is the most melancholic song on the album with the greatest wanderlust mood and a melodramatic motif that is interchanged with short outbursts of happiness, the final title-giving track Sea Of Dreams is a typical closer that is exuberant in its depiction of care-free happiness and majestic serenity. The final harp tones in the last 15 seconds show the great weakness of the whole album: the concentration on violins rather and the inferiority of other string instruments.
 
 
 
Nelson Riddle delivers just another Easy Listening album in the pool of many other releases. In 1958 alone, he released at least 11 LP’s! Consistent quality is the tractive force we all strive for, but if a certain quality level is reached, the result is a whitewashed plateau. Sea Of Dreams has its moments and gorgeous tunes – My Isle Of Golden Dreams, Easter Isle and, ahem, Let’s Fall In Love come to mind –, but its coherence and raison d’être prevent it from making a long-lasting impression in its entirety. In contrast to Les Baxter’s way of conducting, the strings aren’t remarkable and effervescent enough. The mood doesn’t change at all, there are no dark undertones, and only Autumn Leaves allows a strong wave of melancholy to enter the Sea Of Dreams. The Exotica level is still appropriate enough for me to consider this album in this section due to its island theme and the topics of reveries and romance.
 
 
 
The only outstanding inclusions are a few mallet instruments and harp strings that could have enhanced the Exotica factor if they had been used more often. Recommended for the aforementioned target audience and fans of Les Baxter. Not recommended, though, for listeners who want energetic, tropical and percussion-driven Exotica skits; this niche is better served with the official next of kin to Sea Of Dreams, the much more exotic Love Tide, released on Capitol Records in 1961. That album even features two original tunes written by Nelson Riddle, and although I do not see that great a connection between Love Tide and Sea Of Dreams, it is a noteworthy contender as well. In smaller doses and in the right moments, Riddle’s Sea Of Dreams is charming. It is also easily available on digital music stores and streaming services.
 
 
 
Ambient Review 070: Nelson Riddle – Sea Of Dreams (1958). 
Originally published on May 19, 2012 at AmbientExotica.com.
 
 1 -  Out Of The Night  - 
 2 -  My Isle Of Golden Dreams  - 
 3 -  Tangi Tahiti  - 
 4 -  Dream  - 
 5 -  There's No You  - 
 6 -  Drifting And Dreaming  - 
 7 -  Easter Isle  - 
 8 -  Let's Fall In Love  - 
 9 -  Polka Dots And Moonbeams  - 
 10 -  Put Your Dreams Away (For Another Day)  - 
 11 -  Autumn Leaves  - 
 12 -  Sea Of Dreams  - 
 

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  -  02  -  Besame Mucho  - The Clebanoff Strings
  -  03  -  Eine Mark für Charlie  - Ambros Seelos
  -  04  -  Fever  - The Three Suns
  -  05  -  Hungarian Dance No.5 (Brahms)  - Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
  -  06  -  Imagine  - The Hollyridge Strings
  -  07  -  Viento del sur  - Luis Cobos
  -  08  -  Downtown  - The Fantasy Strings
  -  09  -  La Seine  - Xavier Cugat
  -  10  -  Music To Watch Girls By  - Billy Vaughn
  -  11  -  Killing Me Softly With His Song  - Andy Ross
  -  12  -  Feelings  - Günter Fuhlisch
  -  13  -  Lover Man  - The Fantasy Strings
  -  14  -  If You Go Away  - Richard Clayderman
  -  15  -  Slow Bus To Oswego  - Enoch Light
  -  16  -  One Fine Day  - The Hollyridge Strings
  -  17  -  Yellow Bird  - Jack Emblow
  -  18  -  Emmendez Moi  - Raymond Lefevre et son grand orchestre
  -  19  -  Lambeth Walk  - Klaus Wunderlich
  -  20  -  Almost There  - Syd Dale
  -  21  -  California Dreaming  - Jean Michel de France
  -  22  -  Amor Amor  - Brett Wales
  -  23  -  The Waiter, The Porter and the Maid Upstairs  - Jack Emblow
  -  24  -  Comin' Home Baby  - The Soulful Strings
  -  25  -  Lady Madonna  - Paul Mauriat
  -  26  -  Tiritomba---Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da---Go Tell It On The Mountains  - Jack Lester Special Band
  -  27  -  Forget The Woman  - The Fantasy Strings
  -  28  -  Lemon Merengue  - Enoch Light
  -  29  -  Sugar Town  - Billy Vaughn
  -  30  -  Somethin' Stupid  - Paul Mauriat
  -  31  -  Pathetique  - Syd Dale
  -  32  -  Romanze  - Roy Etzel
  -  33  -  Tico Tico  - Mantovani
  -  34  -  Trumpet Cha Cha Cha  - Sydney Thompson
  -  35  -  Restless pulse  - Raimond Pauls & The Latvian TV-Radio Orchestra
  -  36  -  Maggie May  - Sydney Thompson
 

BEST OF LL - JANUARY 2014
 
 01  - Garden party  -   Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra  -   
 02  - The Gypsy  -   Laurens van Rooyen  -   
 03  - Amiga  -   Ray Conniff  -   
 04  - Du bist nicht allein  -   T.W. Ardy  -   
 05  - Midnight Cowboy  -   Percy Faith  -   
 06  - El Relicario  -   Willi Stech und sein großes Orchester  -   
 07  - Carneval No Rio  -   Frank Valdor  -   
 08  - Navidad negra  -   Roberto Delgado  -   
 09  - Apache  -   Xavier Cugat  -   
 10  - Velvet Shoes  -   Kookie Freeman  -   
 11  - Close To You  -   The Nelson Riddle Orchestra  -   
 12  - Z Cars Cha-Cha  -   John Warren (Strictempo) Orchestra  -   
 13  - Cumana  -   Eddie Layton  -   
 14  - Living in a House Divided  -   Ray Conniff  -   
 15  - Terrahawks  -   London Symphony Orchestra  -   
 16  - For Me, Formidable  -   Caravelli  -   
 17  - Miss California  -   Palast Orchester Mit Max Raabe  -   
 18  - Calypso  -   101 Strings Orchestra featuring The Alshire Singers  -   
 19  - Little Arrows; Oh Lonesome me; Highway Patrol  -   Hugo Strasser  -   
 20  - O' Cangaciero  -   Werner Müller  -   
 21  - Macumba  -   Caravelli  -   
 22  - Bach goes latin  -   Ricardo Santos  -   
 23  - ABC  -   Keith Mansfield  -   
 24  - Mascate  -   Tony Nolte Television Orchestra  -   
 25  - Concierto De Aranjuez  -   Big Band der Bundeswehr  -   
 26  - Wade In The Water  -   Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass  -   
 27  - Jalousie  -   Malando  -   
 28  - Disco / Evening Party  -   Orchester Ambros Seelos  -   
 29  - Segeln  -   Martin Böttcher  -   
 30  - Goodbye  -   Anita Kerr Singers  -   
 

 Best of LL - January 2015
 
 01  - What Have They Done To My Song, Ma  -   Günter Fuhlisch  -   
 02  - Eye Level (Van der Valk)  -   Ray Martin  -   
 03  - La Bamba  -   Orchester Joachim Kurzweg  -   
 04  - Glory Hallelujah  -   Montanara Symhonie Orchester  -   
 05  - Peace Train  -   The Ventures  -   
 06  - Two Tribes  -   James Last  -   
 07  - Never My Love (Live)  -   Bert Kaempfert  -   
 08  - Let's do the Tango - Tg  -   Günter Noris  -   
 09  - Question De Choix (Lanca Perfume)  -   Caravelli  -   
 10  - Tres Perlas  -   Franck Pourcel  -   
 11  - Perry Mason Theme   -   Richard Gleason Orchestra  -   
 12  - El Humahuaqueno  -   Michel Legrand  -   
 13  - It's Impossible  -   The Ventures  -   
 14  - Theme ''Tatort''  -   Freddy Golden  -   
 15  - - Looking Out For Number One  -   Frank Chacksfield & Orchestra  -   
 16  - El bimbo  -   Orchester Rudi Bohn  -   
 17  - Sica Sica  -   Paul Mauriat  -   
 18  - Boneparte's Retreat  -   Brian May and the ABC Showband  -   
 19  - Libertango  -   Ana Rucner  -   
 20  - A Song For You  -   Ray Conniff  -   
 21  - The Wind Beneath My Wings  -   James Galway  -   
 22  - Nicola  -   Manuel & the Music of the Mountains  -   
 23  - Theme from the Fox  -   Percy Faith  -   
 24  - Happy  -   Till Brönner feat. Everette Harp (tenor sax)  -   
 25  - La Cucaracha  -   Jo Kurzweg & Siegfried Krause (violin)  -   
 26  - Les enfants du siècle  -   Raymond Lefèvre  -   
 27  - Matador  -   Richard Clayderman  -   
 28  - The Impossible Dream (The Quest) from ''Man Of La Mancha''  -   Raymond Lefèvre  -   
 29  - Maggie May  -   Sydney Thompson  -   
 30  - Everybody´s Talking  -   Ray Conniff  -   

Onderwerp: WEEK 06 - 2018

Datum: 13-03-2018

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week06-2018

Great Sandy Nelson!
Thanks!

Datum: 15-02-2018

Door: Mike G

Onderwerp: Week 6

What a great collection again this week. Thank you for the Longines Symphonette sets too.

Datum: 04-02-2018

Door: Greg Wagner

Onderwerp: Week 6 2018

Thanks for the Reader's Digest, 101 Strings and Longines discs.

Datum: 04-02-2018

Door: darko

Onderwerp: week 6

Thank's Harry and all contributors, for a story ( review) about Nelson Riddle orchestra and some new names for this week.

Darko

Datum: 04-02-2018

Door: Edilson dos Santos

Onderwerp: Anthony Ventura and his Orchestra Music For Making Love

Sorry, the link - Anthony Ventura and his Orchestra
Music For Making Love - is wrong.Thanks.


Datum: 04-02-2018

Door: Harry

Onderwerp: Re:Anthony Ventura and his Orchestra Music For Making Love

Thanks Edilson, i've restored the link

Datum: 03-02-2018

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 6

Fairly easy time with the downloading this week..trying to dodge the nasty stuff last week almost drove me away.
Some nice music again for the 6th week of the year, and of course some others that are not my style, but that's to be expected
Thanks to Gunther..;-) for the C.C. album to which there seems to be no ending and Eliane for her contributions. To Harry for his tireless efforts on behalf of the rest of us.
You know., I have this music playing just about everywhere most of the time. In my car, on the pc, on my stereo, and quite possibly a friend's home or two, so I guess you could call me hopelessly devoted to the EZ listening genre as I have been since the mid 60's.
I'll say this., it's been one hell of a ride..
Ed, who could use a little Spring about now!

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