WEEK 08 - 2018

Happy Hour
with
Franck Pourcel
79:52 - 320 Kb/sec
 
tracklisting:
 
1. Adelita / 02:31
2. Et mon père / 03:13
3. Sunny Blue (Vastano) / 02:34
4. El gavilán / 02:02
5. Morning train / 02:41
6. La, Si, Re / 02:56
7. Le petit ballet / 02:53
8. Mariachi / 02:52
9. Chariot / 02:34
10. Qu'est-ce qui fait pleurer les blondes / 02:31
11. Fluty / 02:47
12. La cucaracha / 01:47
13. Nice majorette / 02:23
14. Cocktails for two / 02:36
15. Pop corn festival / 02:38
16. Fractured fiddle / 02:51
17. Porque te vas / 02:27
18. The Entertainer (L'Arnaque-theme from "The Sting") / 02:57
19. Cielito lindo / 02:16
20. Rod Marton parade / 03:13
21. Sugar baby love / 02:49
22. Delicado / 03:29
23. Winchester cathedral / 02:11
24. Saint Nicolas / 03:04
25. Lamento borincano / 03:18
26. Singin' in the rain / 03:11
27. Las mañanitas / 03:22
28. Holiday for strings / 03:13
29. Bye bye chérie / 02:24

Shall we dance?
Volume III
79:51 - 320 Kb/sec
 
tracklisting
 
1. Mantovani - Some enchanted evening / 03:29
2. Caravelli - Careless whisper / 03:56
3. Edmundo Ross - What are you doing the rest of your life / 03:33
4. Hugo Strasser & Heinrich Haas - Once in a while / 03:16
5. Günther Norris - Bel ami / 02:39
6. Percy Faith - Since I fell for you / 03:28
7. Bert Kaempfert - Love comes but once / 02:53
8. James Last - The lady in red / 04:25
9. Henry Mancini - Till there was you / 02:34
10. Dieter Reith & SWR Big Band - Morning Mr Radio / 03:55
11. Mr. Acker Bilk - Homecoming / 02:47
12. Ray Hamilton - With you I'm born again / 03:24
13. Clous van Mechelen - Say you, say me / 03:40
14. Roberto Delgado - Eres tu / 02:54
15. Francesco Anselmo - Anema e core / 02:23
16. The strings of Paris - A fine romance / 03:23
17. Geoff Love - Misty / 03:33
18. Max Greger - La Violetta / 03:09
19. Franck Chacksfield - Someone to light up my life / 02:50
20. Billy Vaughn - Help me make it through the night / 02:43
21. Franck Pourcel - When I need you / 03:34
22. The Moonlight Moods Orchestra - Moulin rouge / 02:54
23. Werner Tauber - After we met / 02:43
24. Rudi Bohn - Tanze Samba mit mir / 02:19
25. Syd Lawrence - Evening serenade / 03:13
 

 Non Stop Starparade vol.1
 
 
 01 Also Sprach Zarathustra medley
 02 Adalita
 03 Czardas von Monti
 04 Diary of an Empty Day
 05 Elvira Madigan
 06 Trompeten Jodler
 07 Greensleeves medley
 08 Hinaus in die Ferne (medley)
 09 Hits from the 70's medley
 10 How Do You Do
 11 Kap'tn James medley
 12 La Bamba
 13 My Sweet Gypsie Rose
 14 Pour Un Flirt; Spanish Harlem
 15 Rock meldey
 16 Sacramento medley
 17 Santanando
 18 Theme from Shaft; Thunder and Lightning
 19 Soley Soley; Amarillo
 20 South America medley
 21 Spanish medley
 

Berry Lipman
Music for Drivers 2 
 
01 - Stop And Dance! (Heinz Hötter)
02 - Overland With Beethoven (Peter Poll/Thomas Gronau)
03 - Take It Easy, Driver! (Friedel Berlipp/Franz-Josef Zimmermann)
04 - Noble Nannies (Horst Bredow)
05 - Shuffle Over Liszt (Liszt/arr. Günter Sonneborn/Friedel Berlipp)
06 - Summer Leaves (Joe Lordup)
07 - Strada Del Sol (Thomas Gronau/Peter Poll)
08 - Westminster Bells (Friedel Berlipp/Günter Sonneborn)
09 - Panamericana (Friedel Berlipp/Günter Sonneborn)
10 - Along The Black River (Thomas Gronau/Peter Poll)
11 - Please Mr. Verdi (Thomas Gronau/Peter Poll)
12 - Fly And Drive (Michael Inden/Howard Hawks)
13 - Viaduct (Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer)
14 - Bola Mexicana (Friedel Berlipp/Günther Tilgert)
 

Brian May & the Melbourne ABC Showband 
70'S DISCO CLASSICS RELOADED
 
 01 -  Best Disco In Town  - 
 02 -  Star Wars  - 
 03 -  Theme from Shaft  - 
 04 -  Ain't Gonna Bump No More  - 
 05 -  Darktown Strutters Ball  - 
 06 -  Moscow 'Moscow Olympics TV Theme'  - 
 07 -  Love's Theme  - 
 08 -  You Make Me Feel Like Dancing  - 
 09 -  Turn The Beat Around  - 
 10 -  Theme from Jaws  - 
 11 -  Babyface  - 
 12 -  Theme from The Godfather  - 
 13 -  Gonna Fly Now from Rocky  - 
 14 -  Strangers in the Night  - 
 15 -  Theme from 2001  - 
 

Cliff Carpenter und sein Orchester 
Ganz Paris ist ein Theater - 2LP
 
 1 -  Ganz Paris ist ein Theater  - 
 2 -  Au Revoir Mon Amour  - 
 3 -  Taratating, Taratatong  - 
 4 -  Am einem Sonntag in Avignon  - 
 5 -  Paris  - 
 6 -  Regen, Regen, Regen  - 
 7 -  Petite Fleur  - 
 8 -  Der Sommer kommt wieder  - 
 9 -  Das Wunder alle Wunder ist die Liebe  - 
 10 -  Es geht mir gut, Cherie  - 
 11 -  Aber dich vergess' ich nie  - 
 12 -  Pariser Tango  - 
 13 -  Die Kinder vom Montparnasse  - 
 14 -  Akropolis Adieu  - 
 15 -  Martin  - 
 16 -  Hans im Glück  - 
 17 -  Meine Träume  - 
 18 -  Meine Welt ist die Musik  - 
 19 -  Hinter den Kulissen von Paris  - 
 20 -  Drei Matrosen in Marseille  - 
 21 -  Aline  - 
 22 -  Oh la la l'amour  - 
 23 -  Le premiére étoile  - 
 24 -  Ja der Eiffelturm  - 

The Longines Symphonette 
Brass Voices 6
 
 601 -  Early In The Morning  - 
 602 -  Alone Again (Naturally)  - 
 603 -  Petite Fleur  - 
 604 -  Up On The Roof  - 
 605 -  Never My Love  - 
 606 -  A Man And A Woman  - 
 607 -  Rocky Mountain High  - 
 608 -  How Can You Mend A Broken Heart  - 
 609 -  Stand By Me  - 
 610 -  Sh-Boom  - 
 

Claudius Alzner 
Cocktail International, Vol. 2
 
 1 -  Mamma Leone - Ballade pour Adeline - Don't Cry For Me Argentina  - 
 2 -  Mandolinen und Mondschein - Arrivederci, Roma - Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop  - 
 3 -  12th Street Rag - La Bamba  - 
 4 -  Die weisse Hochzeitskutsche - Im Café de la Paix - Tiritomba  - 
 5 -  Die Loreley - Dunkelrote Rosen... - Hereinspaziert, hereinspaziert  - 
 6 -  Du kannst nicht immer siebzehn sein - Porque te vas - Mexico  - 
 7 -  Rivers Of Babylon - Love Is In The Air - Rasputin  - 
 8 -  Hopelessly Devoted To You - Ti amo  - 
 9 -  Tango Notturno - Ja, ja in Spanien - Florentinische Nächte  - 
 10 -  Rote Rosen, rote Lippen, roter Wein - Addio Donna Grazia  - 
 11 -  Sorry, I'm A Lady - Yes Sir, I Can Boogie  - 
 12 -  Carioca Time - Frenesie - Amapola  - 
 13 -  La vie en rose - Non, je ne regrette rien  - 
 14 -  When A Man Loves A Woman - Hollywood  - 
 

Galaxy Generation 
Windmills of Your Mind
 
 1 -  a1 Love Me Tonight  - 
 2 -  a2 I May Never Be Free  - 
 3 -  a3 Running Free  - 
 4 -  a3 Sleep Tight and Goodnight  - 
 5 -  a4 Ritmo d'Amour  - 
 6 -  a5 Sabre Dance  - 
 7 -  b1 Windmills of Your Mind  - 
 8 -  b2 Blue Bird, Blue Bird  - 
 9 -  b3 Amor Mistico  - 
 10 -  b4 How I Wish  - 
 

Maastricht Salon Orchestra 
Eine kleine Salonmusik
 
 1 -  Eine kleine Salonmusik  - 
 2 -  Les patineurs  - 
 3 -  The Parade Of The Tin Soldiers  - 
 4 -  Im Prater blüh'n wieder die Bäume  - 
 5 -  Spanish Dance  - 
 6 -  Si vous l'aviez compris  - 
 7 -  Marche viennoise  - 
 8 -  Glühwürmchen Idyll  - 
 9 -  Le cygne  - 
 10 -  Das gibt's nur einmal  - 
 11 -  Dreaming  - 

Various Artists
Instrumental Memories Are Made Of This - disc 1/2
 
 1 -  Acker Bilk / Stranger On The Shore  - 
 2 -  Percy Faith / Theme From A Summer Place  - 
 3 -  Bert Kaempfert And His Orchestra / A Swingin' Safari (Used In ING Direct TV Ad)  - 
 4 -  Whistling Jack Smith / I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman (Used In The AA Car Insurance TV Ad)  - 
 5 -  The Shadows / Apache  - 
 6 -  Kenny Ball And His Jazzmen / Midnight In Moscow  - 
 7 -  Henry Mancini / Pink Panther Theme  - 
 8 -  John Barry And Monty Norman / James Bond Theme  - 
 9 -  Brian Fahey And His Orchestra / At The Sign Of The Swinging Cymbal (Original Theme From Pick Of The Pops)  - 
 10 -  The Tornados / Telstar  - 
 11 -  B Bumble And The Stingers / Nut Rocker  - 
 12 -  Floyd Cramer / On The Rebound  - 
 13 -  Dave Brubeck / Unsquare Dance  - 
 14 -  Bert Weedon / Guitar Boogie Shuffle  - 
 15 -  Laurie Johnson Orchestra / Sucu Sucu (Theme From Top Secret)  - 
 16 -  Perez 'Prez' Prado And His Orchestra / Guaglione (Used In The Guinness TV Ad)  - 
 17 -  Joe Loss And His Orchestra / Wheels Cha Cha  - 
 18 -  Eddie Calvert / Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White  - 
 19 -  Nelson Riddle And His Orchestra / Dick Van Dyke Theme  - 
 20 -  The Charles Williams Orchestra / Devil's Gallop (Theme From Dick Barton - Special Agent)  - 
 21 -  Sidney Torch And His Orchestra / Barwick Green (Theme From The Archers)  - 
 22 -  Ron Goodwin And His Orchestra / Theme From 633 Squadron  - 
 23 -  Ray Anthony / Dragnet  - 
 24 -  Billy May / The Man With The Golden Arm  - 
 25 -  Johnny Keating And The Z Men / Them From Z Cars  - 
 26 -  Mood Mosaic / A Touch Of Velvet - A Sting Of Brass  - 
 27 -  Ken Woodman And His Piccadilly Brass / Town Talk (Theme From The Jimmy Young Program)  - 
 28 -  Winifred Atwell / The Poor People Of Paris  - 

READERS DIGEST MUSIC
Sentimental Songs That Will Live Forever 4/4
 
 1 -  Just One More Chance  - Ken Thorne & Ed Ames  - 
 2 -  A Day in the Life of a Fool  - Vic Damone,Nelson Riddle  - 
 3 -  My Cup Runneth Over  - Vaughn Monroe  - 
 4 -  You'll Never Know  - Ken Barrie/Robert Mandell  - 
 5 -  On the Street Where You Live  - Bryan Johnson / Johnny Douglas  - 
 6 -  If Ever I Would Leave You  - Harry James & Gene Merlino  - 
 7 -  I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen  - Ken Barrie/Johnnie Gibbs  - 
 8 -  Some Enchanted Evening  - Fred Lucas/Gordon Langford  - 
 9 -  Far Away Places  - Ken Thorne & Ed Ames  - 
 10 -  I Left My Heart in San Francisco  - Ray Eberly & The Modernaires/Ted Beneke  - 
 11 -  Sunrise Sunset  - Robert Peterson/Robert Mandell  - 
 12 -  Love Walked in  - Johnny Scott Sextet  - 
 13 -  Red Sails in the Sunset  - Gordon Langford Quartet  - 
 14 -  I Don't Know Why  - Three Sons, The/Eddie Layton & Roy Glover  - 
 15 -  Autumn Leaves  - Dennis Wilson Quartet, The  - 
 16 -  Some of These Days  - Frankie Carle  - 
 17 -  The Very Thought of You  - Frank Horrox Quintet  - 
 18 -  Poinciana  - Johnny Scott Sextet  - 
 19 -  Hey There  - Dennis Wilson Quartet, The  - 
 20 -  Love Me or Leave Me  - Ronnie Price Quartet, The  - 
 21 -  These Foolish Things  - Dennis Wilson Quartet, The  - 

Jean Lafontaine 
Vol. V
 
 01 -  Anonimo Veneziano  - 
 02 -  It's Impossible  - 
 03 -  Menina da Ladeira  - 
 04 -  Close to You  - 
 05 -  Another Day  - 
 06 -  For All We Know  - 
 07 -  Love Story  - 
 08 -  Dramma Della Gelosia  - 
 09 -  Você Abusou  - 
 10 -  Tanto Cara  - 
 11 -  Something  - 
 12 -  La Lontananza  - 

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester 
Eine Nacht In Berlin
 
 01 -  Ouvertüre - Ich Bin Nur Gut, Wenn Keiner Guckt  - 
 02 -  Marie, Marie  - 
 03 -  Schöne Isabella Von Kastilien  - 
 04 -  Speak Low  - 
 05 -  Mir Kann Nichts Passieren  - 
 06 -  Wir Sind Von Kopf Bis Fuß Auf Liebe Eingestellt  - 
 07 -  Ich Schlaf Am Besten Neben Dir  - 
 08 -  I Won't Dance  - 
 09 -  Kleine Lügen  - 
 10 -  Für Frauen Ist Das Kein Problem  - 
 11 -  Du Passt Auf Mich Auf  - 
 12 -  Lasst Mich Rein, Ich Hör Musik  - 
 13 -  Moritat Von Mackie Messer  - 
 14 -  Am Amazonas  - 
 15 -  Am Ende Kommt Immer Der Schluss  - 
 16 -  Küssen Kann Man Nicht Alleine  - 
 17 -  Mein Kleiner Grüner Kaktus  - 
 18 -  Schlaflied  - 
 19 -  Du Passt Auf Mich Auf  - 

Readers Digest Music 
The Fabulous Guitar 3/3
 
 1 -  Desafinado  - Laurindo Almeida  - 
 2 -  Perfidia  - Francis Goya  - 
 3 -  One Note Samba  - Jorge Morel  - 
 4 -  Cuando Cuando Cuando  - Francis Goya  - 
 5 -  Jalousie  - Chet Atkins & Cam Mullins  - 
 6 -  Esperanza  - Dominique De Marcis  - 
 7 -  How High The Moon  - Bergen White  - 
 8 -  Club Tropicana  - Kymaera  - 
 9 -  Blame It On The Bossa Nova  - Francis Goya  - 
 10 -  Wave  - Laurindo Almeida  - 
 11 -  O'Cangacerio  - Francis Goya  - 
 12 -  Guitarrissimo  - Ricky King  - 
 13 -  The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise  - Bergen White  - 
 14 -  South  - Chet Atkins & Cam Mullins  - 
 15 -  Clementine  - Ricky King  - 
 16 -  King Of The Road  - Jerry Reed  - 
 17 -  San Antonio Rose  - Bill Walker  - 
 18 -  Camptown Races  - Ricky King  - 
 19 -  Guitar Boogie  - Pete Wade  - 
 20 -  Bye Bye Blues  - Bergen White  - 
 21 -  Mercy, Mercy, Mercy  - Bill McElhiney  - 
 22 -  Amor De Mis Amores  - Francis Goya  - 
 23 -  Gypsy Waltz  - Los Reyes  - 
 24 -  Sueño De Amor  - Los Reyes  - 
 25 -  Tornerai  - Francis Goya  - 
 

Eddie Osborn (organ) 
Baldwin Organ & Bongos
 
 01 -  El Cumbanchero  - 
 02 -  Barbara Polka  - 
 03 -  Buttons and Bows  - 
 04 -  South of the Border  - 
 05 -  Frenesi  - 
 06 -  Saints  - 
 07 -  Washington Post  - 
 08 -  Tennessee Waltz  - 
 09 -  Perfidia.  - 
 10 -  Muskrat Ramble  - 
 11 -  Sid's Blues  - 
 12 -  Ma, He's Making Eyes to Me  - 

Sammy Kaye 
Midnight Serenade
 
 1 -  Did You Ever See A Dream Walking  - 
 2 -  Too Marvelous For Words  - 
 3 -  The Night Is Young and You're  - 
 4 -  I'll See You In My Dreams  - 
 5 -  It Had To Be You  - 
 6 -  It's Been A Long, Long Time  - 
 7 -  Dream A Little Dream Of Me  - 
 8 -  If I Could Be With You One Hour  - 
 9 -  We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye  - 
 10 -  I'll Get By  - 
 11 -  The Very Thought Of You  - 
 12 -  Where There's Life  - 
 

Montana Orchestra 
A Dance Fantasy
 
 1 -  A Dance Fantasy  - 
 2 -  V.M. IV  - 
 3 -  Warp Factor II  - 
 4 -  Love Star  - 
 5 -  Fly me To The Moon (in other words.....)  - 
 6 -  It's Peaceful Out There  - 
 

Werner Müller 
Music for Lovers
 
 01 -  Love Letters In The Sand  - 
 02 -  Goody Goody  - 
 03 -  Venus  - 
 04 -  Sweet Sue Just You  - 
 05 -  I Miss You So  - 
 06 -  Amor  - 
 07 -  Bye Bye Blues  - 
 08 -  A Fool Such As I  - 
 09 -  Some Of These Days  - 
 10 -  Tammy  - 

Marty 
Top Hits
 
 1 -  Maan Serenade  - 
 2 -  Oh Mein Papa  - 
 3 -  Alma Mia  - 
 4 -  On The Farm  - 
 5 -  Happy Weekend  - 
 6 -  Il Silenzio  - 
 7 -  Trumpet Polka  - 
 8 -  Babuschkin  - 
 9 -  La Lettre  - 
 10 -  La Paloma  - 
 11 -  Rock Around the Clock  - 
 12 -  Spanish Harlem  - 

Roy Etzel 
Pop Journal
 
 1 -  01 Das schöne Mädchen von Seite eins; Mademoiselle Ninette; Yellow River  - 
 2 -  02  Pretty Belinda;  Mendocino; Sugar Sugar  
 3 -  03 Wunder gibt es immer wieder;  Du  - 
 4 -  04 All Kinds of Everything; Pierre der Clochard; Oh Lady Mary  - 
 5 -  05 Guezi Wohl Frau Stirnimaa; Lady Carneval; Jingle Jangle  - 
 6 -  06 El Rancho Grande; La Bamb; La Cucaracha  - 
 7 -  07 Take A Letter Maria; If I had a Hammer; Wo Liebe ist, da ist auch ein Weg  - 
 8 -  08 True Love;  Ramona  - 
 9 -  09 Knock Knock Who is There; House of the Rising Sun; Oh Happy Day  - 
 10 -  10 Cecilia; Alle Blumen brauchen Sonne; Good Morning  - 
 

Diego Modena & Jean-Philippe Audin 
Songs For Baby Jane
 
 1 -  Mystical Force  - 
 2 -  Hot Cakes Reggae  - 
 3 -  Zamba  - 
 4 -  November Is Gone  - 
 5 -  Song Of Baby Jane  - 
 6 -  Birth Of An Angel  - 
 7 -  La complainte de Jesse James  - 
 8 -  Rose-Mary Reggae  - 
 9 -  Ocarina Blue  - 
 10 -  Mystical Force (flute solo)  - 
 11 -  After Bentha  - 
 12 -  Zamba (version longue)  - 

The Longines Symphonette 

Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head 3
 
 21 -  You'll Never Get To Heaven  - 
 22 -  Saturday Sunshine  - 
 23 -  I Say A Little Prayer  - 
 24 -  Don't Make Me Over  - 
 25 -  Loving Is A Way Of Living  - 
 26 -  Let Me Be Lonely  - 
 27 -  True Love Never Runs Smooth  - 
 28 -  Walk On By  - 
 29 -  Alfie  - 
 30 -  To Wait For Love  - 

John Sidney 
Piano 04
 
  -  Medley 1: The Sound of Music;Maria;Sixteen Going on Seventeen;Climb Every Montain;The Lonely Goatherd; Edelweiss   - 
  -  Body and Soul  - 
  -  Tenderly  - 
  -  California Here I Come  - 
  -  Over the Rainbow  - 
  -  Hands Across the Table  - 
  -  Georgia  - 
  -  Give Me the Moonlight, Give Me the Girl  - 
  -  Black and White Rag  - 
  -  Carolina in the Morning  - 
  -  April Showers  - 
  -  The Stars Will Remember  - 
  -  Our Love Affair  - 
  -  When Irish Eyes Are Smiling  - 
  -  Amapola  - 
  -   In The Chapel in the Moonlight  - 
  -  Swanee  - 
  -  Tangerine  - 
  -  Medley 2: Believe Me of All Those Endearing Young Charms;The Band Played On  - 
  -  Love Is Blue  - 
  -  Yankee Doodle Boy;Give Me Regards to Broadway  - 
  -  Two Sleepy People  - 
  -  Danny Boy  - 
  -  A Nightingale Sangs in Berkeley Square  - 

HENRY MANCINI

MUSIC OF HAWAII
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, dammit! 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.
 
 01 -  Hawaii (Main Title)  - 
 02 -  Quiet Village  - 
 03 -  The Moon of Manakoora  - 
 04 -  Pearly Shells  - 
 05 -  Blue Hawaii  - 
 06 -  Driftwood And Dreams  - 
 07 -  Hawaiian War Chant  - 
 08 -  Adventures In Paradise  - 
 09 -  Beyond The Reef  - 
 10 -  Tiny Bubbles  - 
 11 -  The Hawaiian Wedding Song  - 
 12 -  Aloha Oe  - 
 

 01  - Las Chicas de Tijuana  -   Frank Valdor & His Orchestra  -   
 02  - Tijuana Taxi  -   Bert Kaempfert  -   
 03  - Caballo Viejo  -   Ray Conniff  -   
 04  - Mexican Road Race  -   Herb Alpert  -   
 05  - El Relicario  -   Xavier Cugat  -   
 05  - Mexican Market Day  -   Ray Anthony and His Orchestra  -   
 06  - Mexican Hat Dance  -   Werner Tauber  -   
 07  - La Llorona  -   Caravelli  -   
 08  - Mexican Moonlight  -   Berry Lipman  -   
 09  - Taco Holiday  -   David Rose And His Orchestra  -   
 10  - Donkey Serenade  -   James Last  -   
 11  - La Cucaracha  -   Manuel and the Music of the Mountains  -   
 13  - Ti-Pi-Tin  -   Roland Shaw & His Orchestra  -   
 14  - The Hot Sand Mexican Band   -   Henry Mancini  -   
 15  - South of the Border  -   Chaquito & The Quedo Brass  -   
 16  - Mexican Road  -   Bert Kaempfert  -   
 17  - Guadalajara  -   Percy Faith  -   
 18  - Cinco De Mayo  -   Herb Alpert  -   
 19  - Cuanto Le Gusta  -   Percy Faith  -   
 20  - Tequila  -   Joe Loss  -   
 21  - Mexican Shuffle  -   Eric Winstone  -   
 22  - Mexico City  -   James Last  -   
 23  - Mexican Ding Ding  -   Syd Dale  -   
 24  - Señorita Juanita  -   Frank Valdor  -   
 25  - Juarez  -   Baja Marimba Band  -   
 26  - La Bamba  -   Luis Cobos  -   

01  - Bells of Argentina  -   Roberto Delgado  -   
 02  - Argentina  -   Conquistador  -   
 03  - Cielito Lindo  -   Baja Marimba Band  -   
 04  - Bailando A Dos (Tango)  -   Werner Muller & Das WDR Tanzorchester  -   
 05  - Libertango  -   Raymond Lefèvre  -   
 06  - La Gaucha  -   Roberto Delgado  -   
 07  - Tango Maritima  -   Willy Berking & his Orchestra  -   
 08  - Un Tango Agentino  -   Mark Whale  -   
 09  - Don't Cry For Me Argentina (2. version)  -   James Last  -   
 10  - El Condor Pasa  -   Caravelli  -   
 11  - Carnavalito (Argentine)  -   Alfred Hause and his Orchestra  -   
 12  - Adios Muchachos  -   Malando & His Tango Orchestra  -   
 13  - Night in Buenos Aires   -   101 Strings  -   
 14  - Viva Argentina  -   Günter Noris & Gala Big Band  -   
 15  - La Yumba  -   Danny Malando  -   
 16  - El Choclo  -   The 50 Guitars of Tommy Garrett  -   
 17  - Adios Pampa Mia  -   Ambros Seelos  -   
 18  - Cazadores  -   Conquistador  -   
 19  - Sueño En Hamaca  -   Helmut Zacharias  -   
 20  - Bandoneon arrabalero  -   The Richard Seddin Orchestra  -   
 21  - Todos Los Barcos, Tosas Las Aves  -   Franck Pourcel  -   
 22  - Por Una Cabeza  -   Danny Malando  -   
 23  - Adios Nonino  -   Carel Kraayenhof  -   
 24  - A Media Luz  -   Hugo Strasser  -   
 25  - Todos Los Domingos  -   Günter Noris  -   
 26  - Caminito (bonus)  -   James Last  -   

 01  - A Felicidade  -   Les Baxter  -   
 02  - Samba Do Soho  -   James Last & Astrud Gilberto  -   
 03  - Aquarela do Brasil  -   Percy Faith  -   
 04  - Mas Que Nada  -   Paul Nero  -   
 05  - The Girl From Ipanema  -   Berry Lipman  -   
 06  - Tristeza  -   Fausto Papetti  -   
 07  - Cachaca Mecanica  -   Bert Kaempfert  -   
 08  - Samba De Orfeu  -   Johnny Keating  -   
 09  - Sambadouro  -   Sergio Mendes  -   
 10  - Brasilia  -   Tony Mottola  -   
 11  - Cha Cha Brasilia  -   Bert Kaempfert  -   
 12  - Bahia Lady  -   Francis Goya & Carmina  -   
 13  - Carnaval Brasil (Playtime In Brasil)  -   Frank Valdor his Orchestra And Chorus  -   
 14  - Soul Bossa Nova  -   George S. Clinton  -   
 15  - Samba Repicado  -   Frank Valdor  -   
 16  - One Note Samba  -   Jo Kurzweg  -   
 17  - Aguas De Marco  -   Jack Parnell feat. Madeline Bell (vocal)  -   
 18  - Atrevido (Bem Te Vi Atravido)  -   Percy Faith  -   
 19  - Amorada  -   Klaus Wunderlich  -   
 20  - Cumana  -   The Clebanoff Strings & Orchestra  -   
 21  - Samba de Janeiro  -   Ambros Seelos  -   
 22  - Desafinado  -   Quincy Jones  -   
 23  - Berimbau  -   Stanley Black  -   
 24  - Tico Tico  -   Perez Prado  -   
 25  - Sambah Saravah  -   Xavier Cugat  -   
 

Onderwerp: WEEK 08 - 2018

Datum: 21-03-2018

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week08-2018

Great week!
Thanks!

Datum: 19-02-2018

Door: Mike G

Onderwerp: Week 8

Well, it's the auspicious year of the Dog, and with 8 being an auspicious number in the Chinese calendar, I guess it 's time to say thank you again to Harry and his magbnificent team for the wonderful music they provide every week. The only thing I'm missing this 8th week is the next exciting iteration of the Popular Music Hit Parade. Keep up the great work Harry!

Datum: 18-02-2018

Door: Lincoln Grecco

Onderwerp: greccolincoln@gmail.com

Harry, where's the icon I click on to donate????? I tried a lot of times but I did'nt get it.

Datum: 18-02-2018

Door: Donation button

Onderwerp: Re:greccolincoln@gmail.com

Hello Lincoln, thanx for noticing. I've restored the donation button now on the homepage.
Donations very much appreciated!

Datum: 18-02-2018

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 08

Harry, where's the icon I click on to donate?????

Datum: 18-02-2018

Door: PAY PAL DONATION BUTTON

Onderwerp: Re:Week 08

Hello Edward, thanx for noticing. I've restored the donation button now on the homepage.
Donations very much appreciated!

Datum: 17-02-2018

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 08

Wow, I'm impressed with Zippyshare's efforts to rid itself of the nasty adware, and the stuff that strains the CPU.
A lot of thanks owed to the contributors this week for their efforts in providing us with super music.
Thanks to Cappy, Eliane, Frank, Heinz, Edilson, and Gunther who graciously comes up with a 'new' Cliff Carpenter' album every week.. I'd say he must be running out of them by now, no?
And Harry, who does the most to keep this website flying high by posting week after week. Kudos to you, Harry.

Well, Spring is beginning to show signs of an early arrival here in Northeast Tennessee, and after the biting cold of December and January, I have to say I'm ready. Luckily, we don't get any snow here at 1700 feet above sea level other than an occasional dusting, but I was surprised about the Arctic cold here in January and the skyrocket electric bill, ugh! So, I'm ready for the flowers!
Ed, from a warming Tennessee, and a friend in music

Datum: 18-02-2018

Door: kudos

Onderwerp: Re:Week 08

Thanx for the kudos Ed ;)

Datum: 17-02-2018

Door: Greg Wagner

Onderwerp: Week 8

Thanks for the Reader's Digest Music and the Henry Mancini disc.

Datum: 17-02-2018

Door: Lucien Van Acker

Onderwerp: Week 08

Zoals steeds indrukwekkend. Bedankt Harry

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