WEEK 11 - 2018

Various Artists 
Lounge Legends Voices 12
 
 01 -  Gentle On My Mind  - The Rainy Day Singers  - 
 02 -   Ring-Ding-Ding  - Der Botho Lucas Choir  - 
 03 -  MacArthur Park - Les Humphries Singers  - Les Humphries Singers  - 
 04 -  Feeling Groovy   - Hank Levine Orchetra and Chorus  - 
 05 -  For All We Know  - Perry Botkin jr. orchestra  - 
 06 -  Long Train Running  - The Longines Symphonette  - 
 07 -  Goin' Out Of My Head  - The Ed Sullivan Singers & Orchestra  - 
 08 -  Oh Happy Day  - Mike Curb Congregation  - 
 09 -  She Let's Her Hair Down  'Early in the Morning'  - Sammy Kaye Orchestra & Chorus  - 
 10 -  It's Easy To Say (With Chorus)    - Henry Mancini  - 
 11 -  Close To You  - Lawrence Welk  - 
 12 -  Grazing in the Grass  - Joe Reisman  - 
 13 -  The Friendliest Thing  - Ray Charles Singers  - 
 14 -  Eve of Destruction  - Living Voices   - 
 15 -  Half As Much  - The Anita Kerr Singers  - 
 16 -  Come Saturday Morning  from 'The Sterile Cuckoo'  - Sammy Kaye Orchestra & Chorus  - 
 17 -  Laughter In the Rain  - The Mike Sammes Singers  - 
 18 -  Just A Little Lovin'  - Richard Alden Orchester und Chor  - 
 19 -  Side By Side  - The Norman Luboff Choir  - 
 20 -  Do You Know The Way To San Jose  - The Longines Symphonette  - 
 21 -  Red Sails in the Sunset  - The Romantic Strings Orchestra with Chorus  - 
 22 -  Groovin  - Billy Vaughn Singers  - 
 23 -  Trains and Boats and Planes  - The Tony Mansell Singers  - 
 24 -  Moments to Remeber  - Perry Botkin Orch & Chorus  - 
 25 -  Southern Nights  - Laurie Bower Singers  - 
 26 -  Daybreak  - The Laurie Bower Singers  - 
 27 -  Walk On By  - The Longines Symphonette  - 
 28 -  We'll Sing In The Sunshine  - The Hank Levine Singers And Orchestra  - 
 29 -  Lemon Tree  - The Columbia Musical Treasuries Orchestra And Chorus  - 
 30 -  Cigarillo (Funk  Easy Listening)  - Der Botho Lucas Chor  - 

Shall we dance?
Volume VI
79:54 - 320 Kb/sec
 
 
tracklisting:
 
1. Acker Bilk - La playa / 02:52
2. The Fantastic Strings Of Felix Slatkin - Three coins in the fountain / 02:19
3. Bert Kaempfert - Midnight blues / 02:47
4. Lawrence Welk - Smoke gets in your eyes / 02:16
5. Dick Bakker Orchestra - We're all alone / 03:35
6. The Romantic Strings Orchestra - Constant craving / 03:08
7. James Last - Melodie in F / 02:18
8. Ted Heath - The very thought of you / 03:09
9. Hugo Strasser - Island in the sun / 03:02
10. Billy Vaughn - Till I waltz again with you / 02:09
11. Cyril Stapleton - They say it's wonderful (from "Annie Get your gun") / 02:53
12. Manuel and the Music of the mountains - Theme from "Love story" / 03:22
13. The Columbia Ballroom Orchestra - I like Chopin / 02:12
14. Martin Böttcher - Bengelchen Bossa Nova / 02:44
15. Frank Comstock - You've lost that lovin' feelin' / 03:07
16. Kai Warner - My prayer / 02:40
17. Norrie Paramor - Three o'clock in the morning / 02:19
18. John Fox - Cherish / 03:16
19. Max Greger - Something stupid / 02:39
20. Peter Nero - Don't blame me / 02:52
21. Living Strings - Solitaire / 05:32
22. Victor Silvester - Dancing on the ceiling / 02:04
23. Leroy Holmes - These eyes / 03:41
24. Franck Chacksfield - Still / 04:06
25. The Hollyridge Strings - Our day will come / 02:36
26. Eric Winstone - Night time and you / 02:51
27. Larry Page - Do it in slow motion / 03:14

Happy James Last
 
 01 -  Blowin' In The Wind  - 
 02 -  Secret Love  - 
 03 -  Power To The People  - 
 04 -  Good Morning Starshine  - 
 05 -  Lichtensteiner Polka  - 
 06 -  Ave Maria no morro  - 
 07 -  Schützenliesel  - 
 08 -  Mademoiselle Ninette  - 
 09 -  Memories Of Rubinstein  - 
 10 -  I Am... I Said  - 
 11 -  Wenn süss das Mondlicht auf den Hügeln schläft  - 
 12 -  Happy Brasilia  - 

Joe Henderson 
Hits, Hits, Hits!
 
 1 -  A1 A Man Without Love  - 
 2 -  A2 Cinderella Rockefella  - 
 3 -  A3 She Wears My Ring  - 
 4 -  A4 Mame  - 
 5 -  A5 Careless Hands  - 
 6 -  A6 What a Wonderful World  - 
 7 -  B1 Help Yourself  - 
 8 -  B2 Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You  - 
 9 -  B3 Cabaret  - 
 10 -  B4 I Pretend  - 
 11 -  B5 Old Devil Moon  - 

Ray Conniff 
The Way We Were
 
 01 -  Most Beautiful Girl  - 
 02 -  Loves Me Like A Rock  - 
 03 -  Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)  - 
 04 -  Paper Roses  - 
 05 -  Goodbye Yellow Brick Road  - 
 06 -  Who's In The Strawberry Patch With Sally  - 
 07 -  Way We Were  - 
 08 -  Photograph  - 
 09 -  Beyond Tomorrow - (from "Serpico")  - 
 10 -  Top Of The World  - 
 11 -  Medley - Dear Father - Be  - 

The Tony Hatch Sound 
Beautiful In The Rain
 
 1 -  Beautiful In The Rain  - 
 2 -  Music To Watch Girls By  - 
 3 -  Once Upon A Time  - 
 4 -  An Occassional Man  - 
 5 -  Too Late Now  - 
 6 -  El Payaso  - 
 7 -  Surrey With The Fringe On Top  - 
 8 -  Mas Que Nada  - 
 9 -  While The City Sleeps  - 
 10 -  Fiddler On The Roof  - 
 11 -  How Insensitive  - 
 12 -  Finito  - 
 

Cliff Carpenter 
Woman In Love
 
 1 -  Santa Maria  - 
 2 -  The Winner Takes It All  - 
 3 -  The Tide Is High  - 
 4 -  Cry To Me  - 
 5 -  Ring Me Honey  - 
 6 -  January-February  - 
 7 -  Felicidad (Margherita)  - 
 8 -  Gloria  - 
 9 -  Ten O'Clock Postman  - 
 10 -  Mach mir das Leben doch schön  - 
 11 -  Children of Paradise  - 
 12 -  Woman in Love  - 

Sammy Kaye And His Orchestra 
 The Glory Of Love
Decca – DL 74970
 
Tracklist
A1 The Glory Of Love 2:16
A2 Goin' Out Of Head 2:30
A3 Chattanooga Choo Choo 2:18
A4 It Must Be Him 2:27
A5 Glad To Be Unhappy 2:00
A6 A Certain Girl 2:15
B1 Talk To The Animals 2:32
B2 To Sir, With Love 2:29
B3 Bonnie And Clyde 2:23
B4 By The Time I Get To Phoenix 2:23
B5 Live For Life 3:00
B6 Little Brown Jug 2:12

VARIOUS ARTISTS 
Golden Hits Of The 50s & 60s, cd2
 
 01 -  Stranger on the Shore  - Mr. Acker Bilk, his Clarinet and Orchestra  - 
 02 -  Fly Me to the Moon  - Harry James and his Orchestra  - 
 03 -  I'm Sorry  - David Firman and his Orchestra  - 
 04 -  A Day in the Life of a Fool  - Jorge Morel, his Guitar and Orchestra  - 
 05 -  Java  - Bob Crosby and his Orchestra  - 
 06 -  Early Bird  - Andre Brasseur, Organ  - 
 07 -  Delilah  - Les Reed and his Orchestra  - 
 08 -  Blame It on the Bossa Nova  - Francis Goya, his Guitar and Orchestra  - 
 09 -  (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me  - David Firman and his Orchestra  - 
 10 -  Mannix - Main Theme  - Lalo Schifrin and The San Diego Orchestra  - 
 11 -  A Taste of Honey  - Harry James and his Orchestra  - 
 12 -  Jambalaya  - Gordon Langford and his Orchestra  - 
 13 -  Love is Blue  - Paul Mauriat and his Orchestra  - 
 14 -  The Girl from Ipanema  - Laurindo Almeida, his Guitar and Orchestra  - 
 15 -  Nights in White Satin  - Larry Dalton and his Orchestra  - 
 16 -  King of the Road  - Jerry Reed, his Guitar and orchestra  - 
 17 -  Ramona  - Roland Shaw and his Orchestra  - 
 18 -  Ramblin' Rose  - Mr. Acker Bilk, his Clarinet and Orchestra  - 
 19 -  Wheels  - Billy Vaughn and his Orchestra  - 
 20 -  The More I See You  - Terry Harrington, his Clarinet and Orchestra  - 
 21 -  Spanish Flea  - Ray Davis, his Trumpet and Orchestra  - 
 22 -  While My Guitar Gently Weeps  - Francis Goya, his Guitar and Orchestra  - 
 23 -  A Man Without Love  - Kenny King, his Trumpet and Orchestra  - 
 24 -  Save the Last Dance for Me  - Larry Dalton and his Orchestra  - 

Jack Parnell and his Orchestra 
Great Film Scores of the 70's
 
 1 -  The Entertainer (featured in "The Sting")  - 
 2 -  Beyond Tomorrow (theme from "Serpico")  - 
 3 -  Lady sings the Blues (theme from the film)  - 
 4 -  Sword for your Supper (featured in "The Three Musketeers")  - 
 5 -  Sail the Summer Winds (theme from "The Dove")  - 
 6 -  Live and Let Die (theme from the film)  - 
 7 -  Enter the Dragon (theme from the film)  - 
 8 -  The Way We Were (theme from the film)  - 
 9 -  What I'll Do (featured in "The Great Gatsby")  - 
 10 -  Tubular Bells (theme from "The Exorcist")  - 
 11 -  Free as the Wind (theme from "Papillon")  - 
 12 -  Poor People (featured in "Lucky Man")  - 
 

Botticelli and his Orchestra 
Classics in Latin
 
 1 -  Eine Kleine Nachtmusik  - 
 2 -  Liebestraum  - 
 3 -  Menuet  - 
 4 -  Eternal Cycle  - 
 5 -  Bolero  - 
 6 -  In A Persian Market  - 
 7 -  Nabucco Slaves  - 
 8 -  Air  - 
 9 -  Türkischer Marsch  - 
 10 -  Don't Cry For Me Argentina  - 
 

READERS DIGEST MUSIC 
Instrumental Magic - 
Romantic Piano Moods 3/3
 
 1 -  A Lover's Concerto  - Johnny Pearson And His Orchestra  - 
 2 -  Air On A G String  - Jacques Loussier & His Orchestra  - 
 3 -  Moonlight Love  - Roger Williams And His Orchestra  - 
 4 -  Für Elise  - Michael Reeves & His Orchestra  - 
 5 -  Monnlight Sonata  - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra  - 
 6 -  My Rêverie  - Richard Alden And His Orchestra  - 
 7 -  Moon Love  - Douglas Gamley And His Orchestra  - 
 8 -  Berceuse from "Dolly"  - Christian Steiner & His Orchestra  - 
 9 -  Full Moon And Empty Arms  - Douglas Gamley And His Orchestra  - 
 10 -  Romance  - Gordon Langford And His Orchestra  - 
 11 -  I'm Always Chasing Rainbows  - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra  - 
 12 -  Yours Is My Heart Alove  - Peter Nero & His Orchestra  - 
 13 -  Barcarolle  - Gordon Langford And His Orchestra  - 
 14 -  The Chestnut Tree  - Christian Steiner & His Orchestra  - 
 15 -  Londonderry Air  - Gordon Langford And His Orchestra  - 
 16 -  Concerto Pour Une Voix  - Dominique Chatelain & His Orchestra  - 
 17 -  Lake Como  - Richard Abel & His Orchestra  - 
 18 -  Love Theme from "Romeo and Juliet" (A Time For Us)  - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra  - 
 19 -  Maria from "West Side Story"  - Peter Nero & His Orchestra  - 
 20 -  All I Ask Of You  - Roger Williams And His Orchestra  - 
 21 -  Prelude No. 20  - Sounds Orchestral  - 
 22 -  No Other Love  - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra  - 
 23 -  Piano Concerto No. 21 "Elvira Madigan"  - Christian Steiner & His Orchestra  - 

Richard Clayderman 
Ein Traum von Liebe
 
 1 -  Du sollst der Kaiser meiner Seele sein  - 
 2 -  Im Prater blühn wieder die Bäume  - 
 3 -  Wenn die kleinen Veilchen blühen  - 
 4 -  Verliebte muß man gar nicht erst in Stimmung bringen  - 
 5 -  Himmelblaue Träume  - 
 6 -  Salome  - 
 7 -  Frag nicht, warum ich gehe (Das Lied ist aus)  - 
 8 -  Ungeküßt sollst du nicht schlafen gehen  - 
 9 -  Wien wird bei Nacht erst schön  - 
 10 -  Auch dur wirst mich einmal betrügen  - 
 11 -  Behalt mich lieb, Chérie  - 
 12 -  Du, du, du, schließ deine Augen zu  - 
 13 -  Tattoo For Lovers (Das Signal erklingt, lebe wohl)  - 
 14 -  Komm in den Park von Sanssouci  - 
 15 -  Die ganze Welt ist himmelblau  - 
 16 -  Mein Liebeslied muß ein Walzer sein - Ich möcht' einmal wieder verliebt sein - Zwei Herzen im Dreivierteltakt  - 

Emanuel Vardi and The Medallion Strings 
The Sound Of Hollywood    
Vinyl LP Medallion (Kapp) MS-7513
 
 01 -  Theme From The Sundowners  - 
 02 -  Never On Sunday  - 
 03 -  Spellbound  - 
 04 -  The Theme From A Summer Place  - 
 05 -  Theme From Black Orpheus  - 
 06 -  Midnight Lace  - 
 07 -  The Green Leaves Of Summer  - 
 08 -  Theme From Sons and Lovers  - 
 09 -  Suzie Wong  - 
 10 -  The Unforgiven  - 
 11 -  Theme From Picnic   Moonglow  - 
 12 -  Theme From The Apartment  - 
 

Ed Calle 
Plays Jobim
 
 1 -  Desafinado   - 
 2 -  Corcovado  - 
 3 -  Wave  - 
 4 -  The Girl from Ipanema   - 
 5 -  Triste  - 
 6 -  Once I Loved  - 
 7 -  How Insensitive   - 
 8 -  Dindi  - 
 9 -  If You Never Come To Me (Inutil Paisagem)  - 
 10 -  Meditation  - 
 11 -  Some One to Light Up My Life (Se todos fossem iguais a voce)  - 
 12 -  One Note Samba  - 

Jean Lafontaine 
LAFONTAINE
 
 01 -  Honey  - 
 02 -  Homburg  - 
 03 -  Do You Want to Dance  - 
 04 -  It Must Be Him  - 
 05 -  The Ballad of Bonnie And Clyde  - 
 06 -  Arranjuez, Mon Amour  - 
 07 -  Love Is Blue  - 
 08 -  Look To Your Soul  - 
 09 -  It's Too Late  - 
 10 -  Live For Life  - 
 11 -  Aonde Estás-  - 
 12 -  When a Man Loves a Woman  - 

Guido Luciani 
Mediterranean Sunset
 
"celebrate the spirit of the Mediterranean 
with a blend of Spanish Guitar and Greek Instruments"
 
 1 -  Athanata Nisiotika (Island Songs That Live Forever)  - 
 2 -  Galazia Kimata (Beautiful Blue Waves)  - 
 3 -  La Brisa Del Egeo (Aegean Breeze)  - 
 4 -  Espiritu De Aventura (Adventurous Spirit)  - 
 5 -  Agapi Tis Sofias (For The Love Of Sofia)  - 
 6 -  Mediterranean Sunset  - 
 7 -  Syrto To Fegari (Dance Of The Moon)  - 
 8 -  Panagiri Sto Horio (Party In The Village)  - 
 9 -  Nuevas Amistades (New Friendships)  - 
 10 -  Ta Asteria Stin Santorini (The Stars Of Samorini)  - 

Joe Loss and his Orchestra 
Ain't We Got Fun! (1974)
 
 1 -  Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue  - 
 2 -  Whispering  - 
 3 -  The Sheik of Araby  - 
 4 -  Waltz Medly; What'll I do; When You and I were Seventeen; Alice Blue Gown  - 
 5 -  Kitten on the Keys  - 
 6 -  Yes Sir, That's My Baby  - 
 7 -  Ain't We Got Fun  - 
 8 -  Who?  - 
 9 -  Charleston  - 
 10 -  Beale Street Blues  - 
 11 -  It Had To Be You  - 
 12 -  What'll I Do  - 
 

Longines Symphonette 
Memory Lane Spectacular LP 3 of 3
 
 1 -  Autumn Leaves  - 
 2 -  The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face  - 
 3 -  I Left My Heart In San Francisco  - 
 4 -  Kiss Me Again  - 
 5 -  Rock Around The Clock  - 
 6 -  The Impossible Dream  - 
 7 -  White Cliffs Of Dover & Drifting And Dreaming  - 
 8 -  Release Me  - 
 9 -  Blowin' In The Wind  - 
 10 -  Tennessee Waltz  - 

Werner Müller 
Time To Unwind
 
 01 -  Dancing in the Dark  - 
 02 -  Once In Awhile  - 
 03 -  With A Song In My Heart  - 
 04 -  Serenade  - 
 05 -  How Deep Is The Ocean  - 
 06 -  Tango Bolero  - 
 07 -  Swinging Sweethearts  - 
 08 -  I'm In The Mood For Love  - 
 09 -  Shenandoah Serenade  - 
 10 -  Stardust  - 
 11 -  Moonlight Serenade  - 
 12 -  Twilight Time  - 

Percy Faith and his Orchestra 
I M A G E S
 
 1 -  Angel of the morning  - 
 2 -  This guy's in love with you  - 
 3 -  Windmills of your mind  - 
 4 -  Funny girl  - 
 5 -  Here there and everywhere  - 
 6 -  The fool on the hill  - 
 7 -  Gypsies, tramps and thieves  - 
 8 -  Without you  - 
 9 -  Good morning Starschine  - 
 10 -  Spinning wheel  - 
 11 -  The first time  - 
 12 -  How van i be sure  - 
 13 -  If  - 
 14 -  Never can say goodbye  - 

READERS DIGEST MUSIC 
Popular Music Hit Parade 6
 
SWEET AND LOVELY
 601 -  My Cup Runneth Over (Vocal By Bill Lee)  - Nelson Riddle And His Orchestra  - 
 602 -  Guantanamera  - Nelson Riddle And His Orchestra  - 
 603 -  Somethin' Stupid (Vocal By Bill And Diana Lee)  - Frank DeVol And His Orchestra  - 
 604 -  If He Walked Into My Life (Vocal By Joy Martell)  - Robert Mandell And His Orchestra  - 
 605 -  Massachusetts  - Johnny Gibbs And His Orchestra  - 
 606 -  Games That Lovers Play (Vocal By Vic Damone)  - Nelson Riddle And His Orchestra  - 
A TOUCH OF TIJUANA
 607 -  The Mexican Shuffle  - Ray Davies And His Button-Down Brass  - 
 608 -  Five Minutes More  - Ray Davies And His Button-Down Brass  - 
 609 -  Flamingo  - Ray Davies And His Button-Down Brass  - 
 610 -  John B Sails  - Ray Davies And His Button-Down Brass  - 
 611 -  Mr. Dieingly Sad (Vocal By The Caballeros)  - Ray Davies And His Button-Down Brass  - 
 612 -  Greensleeves  - Ray Davies And His Button-Down Brass  - 
 613 -  Dinah  - Ray Davies And His Button-Down Brass  - 
 614 -  The Third Man Theme  - Ray Davies And His Button-Down Brass  - 
 

Clous van Mechelen 
Saximental Moods II
 
 01 -  Flamingo  - 
 02 -  Hopelessly Devoted To You  - 
 03 -  Moonglow  - 
 04 -  Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue  - 
 05 -  Smoke Gets In Your Eyes  - 
 06 -  You Needed Me  - 
 07 -  How Deep Is Your Love  - 
 08 -  Three Times A Lady  - 
 09 -  Dream  - 
 10 -  When I Need You  - 
 11 -  Only A Fool  - 
 12 -  Stranger In Paradise  - 
 13 -  It's A Heartache  - 
 14 -  Sandy  - 
 15 -  Mexican Girl  - 
 16 -  Deep Purple  - 

John Sidney 
Piano 06
 
  -  Ces't Magnifique  - 
  -  Our Love Affair  - 
  -  Amapola  - 
  -  Pretty Baby  - 
  -  Ida,Sweet as Apple Cider  - 
  -  La Vie en Rose  - 
  -  Smoke Gets in Your Eyes  - 
  -  Who  - 
  -  How Wonderful to Know (Anema e Core)  - 
  -  Medley 1:Lilly of Laguna; Carolina in the Morning; Walkin' My Baby Back Home  - 
  -  The Band Played On. Oh.oh Antonio  - 
  -  Give Me the Moonlight Give Me the Girl  - 
  -  Glad Rag  - 
  -  Maria Elena   - 
  -  Destiny Waltz  - 
  -  Hands Across the Table  - 
  -  Zorba the Greek  - 
  -  A White Sports Coat and a Pink Carnation  - 
  -  I'm on a See Saw  - 
  -  La Piccinina (Ferry Boat Serenade)  - 
  -  A Fine Romance  - 
  -  Love is a Many Splendored Thing  - 
  -  Around the World  - 
  -  I Can't Give You Anything But Love  - 
  -  The Shadow Waltz  - 

Henry Mancini 
The Latin Sound Of Henry Mancini
 
There's a flood of Latin albums on the market. Exotica came and went, then came back for good. Latin never went away. Even today it's worth for the glitziest Pop artist to consider Latin-themed songs. Back in the 60's, this rule of thumb was applicable as well, and so it came to pass in 1965 that one Henry Mancini (1924–1994) came up with a Latin album of twelve tracks called The Latin Sound Of Henry Mancini. The term Latin comprises of dozens of styles and subgenres, as does the term Exotica. Mancini resides on the Easy Listening side of the Latin spectrum, merging Samba rhythms with iridescent Hollywood strings, hence creating a faux-Latin album if you will. There are neither particularly hot-blooded compositions nor mood-crushing lamentos to be found on this album.
 
 
Although eleven of the twelve tracks consist of traditional material and modern classics by Latin composers, Mancini is keen on displaying the vivacious power of his orchestra's strings whenever he can. He then adds exotic percussion, horn sections, piano notes and alto flutes to the arrangements and creates an appealing cocktail that oscillates in equipollent parts between Latin, Exotica and Easy Listening. The last of these listed genres is usually problematic and leaves a stale aftertaste, but Mancini accomplishes to come up with certain moments and intersections in most of the tracks that are utterly melodious or captivating in all kinds of ways. It is refreshing to hear well-known Latin classics like The Breeze And I, for instance, which were usually composed with an orchestra in mind, but then presented by trios and quartets from the 50's onwards. Mancini, as many composers like Nelson Riddle, Norrie Paramor or naturally Les Baxter did before him, offers a third option where the intimacy of Exotica is merged with a sumptuous, string-heavy orchestra. Read on if you want to know whether Mancini's operation is successful and the eleven Latin tracks plus a surprise are worth it. And it is that special composition out of twelve which is not of Latin origin, but adds a sympathetic touch to the album…
 
 
… and this very composition is placed at the opening spot. The Latin Sound of Henry Mancini launches in a magnificent way, putting a bold emphasis on the meaning of the album title, for in the first track, Mancini rearranges one of his own world-famous tracks. "Señor" Peter Gunn is presented in 6/8 time and starts with Hammond organ whooshes, sneaky Rock guitar backings and a glorious trumpet solo. The tension soon rises due to the slow fade-in of the well-known, danger-evoking brass sections and Hollywood string accompaniments. It is a great reinterpretation of the Peter Gunn spy theme, but in the end, it's not Latin at all, but remains a splendid crime chase that happens to be played in 6/8 time. This, to my mind, is the actual significant change.
 
 
Up next is a take on Ary Baroso's Baía, and it is lush and laid-back due to its creeking guiro shakers that accompany the four-note motif played on silky alto flutes. A smooth trumpet is added, the whole setup is very intimate and quiet, but before the first minute is over, glaring-red sunset strings float in and are answered by tremendously euphonious brethren, making this a majestic string-heavy offering that even swallows the embedded acoustic guitar frame. It's a terrific version, quite exotic due to its shakers, but not overly Latin in style as it favors a mellifluously dusky approach of the scenery over a hot-blooded energetic concoction.
 
 
Edmundo Zaldívar's joyful Carnavalito is the song where Mancini turns things up a notch without going overly crazy. Starting with an intimidating three-note motif on the baneful trumpet and a luxuriously auroral answer by quavering violin washes, the song moves into a proper Samba piece from there on with cacophonous piano spirals, bass guitar twangs, sky-high flutes and blissful strings. Proper focus is also set on the percussion with its eclectic maracas and marimba droplets. The freely flowing trumpet solo meshes well with the opulent strings, making this rendition a success despite its strong quirkiness of the flutes and piano layers.
 
 
While Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (Corcovado) by Antonio Carlos Jobim offers a James Last-like uplifting mellowness with melting organs, gentle horns and gorgeously warped backing strings – reminding of Mancini's Lujon – which altogether create an absolutely delicious dreaminess, Gonzalo Curiel's Vereda Tropical is an underwhelming track with overly sweet alto flutes, syrupy horns, saccharine harpsichords and schmaltzy strings. Only the last 25 seconds turn out to be great due to the inclusion of underlining piano sprinkles, but all in all, this is prototypical Easy Listening by the numbers without any surprise. The final song of side A is a killer track, though, especially due to its dripping percussion: Guararé by Ricardo Fabregas paints a tropical jungle landscape with a long exotic percussion intro, a warmly glowing staccato nine-note string and trumpet motif and an alternative version of that motif on a car horn-like electric piano preset. Whatever happens in that track, whether a paradisiac flute is wafting or an improvised piano is playing jumpy Latin tone sequences, the exhilarative percussion is always present. A super-strong rendition!
 
Side B launches with the traditional La Raspa known by virtually every listener on the planet. This cheeky piece isn't particularly intriguing, it is too quirky to take it seriously even by Easy Listening standards, but Mancini makes the best of the situation, coming up with the famous theme on the xylophone that is answered by brass eruptions. The rhythm is shifting, which is actually a bummer, for the accordion backings and the vivacious marimba tones give this tune an unexpected twist. Mancini's version is best when it leaves the famous melody and moves to improvised bridges that tie the chorus together. No matter how hard I try to mock it… this version is very good!
 
 
The same can be said about Ernesto Lecuona's famous The Breeze And I. Yet again are the percussion instruments in the spotlight, as bongos and castanets meet and merge from the start. The solemnity is augmented by a deep horn in the background, but it is the phantasmagoric washes of the orchestra strings that take the listener to seraphic realms. Alas, two counteracting devices are implemented, namely a harpsichord that seems out of place plus a warbled electric piano that is played in high regions, thereby dampening the celestial breeze which is maintained by the strings. However, I like the version all in all.
 
 
While Preciosa written by Rafael Hernández is chock-full of punchy acoustic guitar licks and dreamily oscillating backing strings and their melodramatic "sisters", Come To The Mardi Gras is too kitschy for my likings. Shuffling between a carnivalesque mood and rose-tinted romance, Mancini doesn't seem to know where to take this song. A dull Easy Listening ditty that ought to be skipped. Osvaldo Farrés Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps (Quizas, Quizas, Quizas) is next, and yet again, two distinctive moods clash, for one the playful glockenspiel-flute parades with welcome bursts of Hammond organs, followed by a melancholia that is nurtured by lamento strings and an intermixed trumpet. I prefer Michel Magne's utterly crazy and over-the-top interpretation anytime. Still, Mancini ends this album with the rapid-firing Tico-Tico, another world-famous Latin theme that launches with the chirping of a cuckoo and goes nuts from there. It's a rather complex setup, as lots of instruments float in and out within seconds. It's the most joyful song of the album that reunites organs, strings, horns, percussion and mallet instruments for a final quick take that ends with cuckoo chants.
 
The Latin Sound Of Henry Mancini is a superb album that stands in sharp contrast to his harpsichord misstep Music Of Hawaii of 1966. There are only slight glints of a lamenting melancholia scattered in some of the interpretations, while the majority consists of lavish string sections and silky horn parts. The percussion is usually in the background, but is sometimes put to the forefront and shines all the more, for instance on Guararé. Due to the focus on the strings, there is no rough Latin feeling perceptible. Instead, a streamlined version is presented. Only the last three tracks are a bit nerve-racking, but I can cope with that.
 
 
 
There is one opportunity that Mancini half-missed: why did he only reinterpret one single composition of his own? "Señor" Peter Gunn is a nice opener, even its auspicious name is downright funny and closely related to the album title, but in-between the various classics, there would have been room for another retake or two, maybe even unique compositions. But these are only minor quibbles, and I for one am glad that Mancini resisted to jump on the harpsichord-heavy Funk bandwagon with this release, as he unfortunately did in the later years when his truly exotic offerings became less important to him; the signs of the times, I suppose. Particularly successful compositions include Baía, Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (Corcovado) andCarnavalito, while the traditional La Raspa is my personal reminder about keeping an open mind and staying true to my 5 Golden Rules: what seems to be an unnerving rendition of a jocular ditty that contains even less soul than other Easy Listening pieces at first, is turned around by Mancini who comes up with interesting bridges whose curlicues and euphonious eruptions make up for the dull moments and expected schemes.
 
 
 
Mancini delivers a vivid Easy Listening album that is closely tied to both the Latin and Exotica genre. And even though it's Easy Listening, there are lots of superb chords, twangs and bursts on this release that break the spell and outshine the streamlined approach. Recommended even for those listeners who don't like Latin music in general. The Latin Sound Of Henry Mancini is easily available in various formats, as its state as a classic release is thankfully recognized by marketing people and sales managers, thank you very much.
 
 
 
Exotica Review 115: Henry Mancini – The Latin Sound (1965). 
Originally published on Sep. 1, 2012 at AmbientExotica.com.
 1 -  ''Señor'' Peter Gunn  - 
 1 -  Baia  - 
 2 -  Carnavalito  - 
 3 -  Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)  - 
 4 -  Vereda Tropical  - 
 5 -  Guararé (Cumbieras)  - 
 6 -  La Raspa  - 
 7 -  The Breeze And I (Andalucia)  - 
 8 -  Preciosa  - 
 9 -  Come To The Mardi Gras (Nao Tenho Lagrimas)  - 
 10 -  Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps (Quizas, Quizas, Quizas)  - 
 11 -  Tico-Tico  - 
 

1    -  It's Impossible  - Aldemaro Romero Singers  -    
2    -  Call Me  - The New Classic Singers  -    
3    -  Oh, ich will betteln, ich will stehlen  - Rosy Singers  -    
4    -  Dont Sleep in the Subway  - Alan Copeland Conspiracy  -    
5    -  Sing Sang Song  - The Les Humphries Singers   -    
6    -  How Can I Be Sure  - Anita Kerr Singers  -    
7    -  The Mighty Quinn  - Hugo Montenegro & Chorus  -    
8    -  Non Dimenticar  - The Ray Charles Singers  -    
9    -  Goin' Out of My Head  - Percy Faith & chorus  -    
10    -  Mrs Robinson  - Johnny Mann Singers  -    
11    -  The Shadow Of Your Smile  - Gunter Kallmann Chorus  -    
12    -  Walk On By  - The Norman Luboff Choir  -    
13    -  People Got To Be Free  - Enoch Light Singers  -    
14    -  (I Love You and) Don't You Forget It  - Henry Mancini & Chorus  -    
15    -  Die Kleine Stadt Will Schlafen Geh'n  - Botho Lucas Chor  -    
16    -  El Cubanchero  - Norman Luboff Choir  -    
17    -  Watching Scotty Grow  - Ray Conniff Singers  -    
18    -  Just The Way You Are  - Geoff Love Singers  -    
19    -  And I Love You So  - Voices of Manuel  -    
20    -  Walk Right Back  - Tony Hatch Singers  -    
21    -  Where Is The Love  - The Singers Unlimited  -    
22    -  It's Going Take Some Time  - James Last and his chorus  -    
23    -  Wimoweh  - New Christy Minstrels  -    
24    -  Suzanne Suzanne  - Kai Warner Singers  -    
25    -  Dance in the old Fashioned Way  - Paul Kuhn & Ute Mann Singers  -    
1    -  Leaving On A Jet Plane  - Percy Faith & chorus  -    
2    -  As Time Goes By  - Baja Marimba Band & chorus  -    
3    -  Thoroughly Modern Milly  - Günter Kallman Choir  -    
4    -  Frenesi  - Edmundo Ross Orchestra & chorus  -    
5    -  Something Stupid  - Billy Vaughn Singers  -    
6    -  Can't Take My Eyes Off You  - Alan Copeland Conspiracy  -    
7    -   Holly Holly  - Hugo Montenegro  -    
8    -  Your Song  - The Anita Kerr Singers  -    
9    -  Take Me Along  - Ray Charles Singers  -    
10    -  Charade  - Henry Mancini & chorus  -    
11    -  We'll Fly You To The Promised Land  - The Les Humphries Singers   -    
12    -  Walk On By  - The Norman Luboff Choir  -    
13    -  The Lightning Tree  - Mike Sammes Singers  -    
14    -  You Only Live Twice  - Ronald Shaw Orchestra & Chorus  -    
15    -  Monday Monday  - Johnny Mann Singers  -    
16    -  Here You Come Again  - Living Voices  -    
17    -  Help Yourself  - Enoch Light Singers  -    
18    -  Senorita Juanita   - Frank Valdor & chorus  -    
19    -  As Tears Go By  - New Classic Singers  -    
20    -  Heart of Gold  - Kai Warner  -    
21    -  Kleine Grüne Apfel  - Horst Jankowski Singers  -    
22    -  The Way Of Love  - James Last orchestra & chorus  -    
23    -  By The Time I Get To Phoenix  - Ray Conniff Singers-    
24    -  Green Green Grass of Home  - Robert Norton Orchestra & Singers  -    
25    -  Time is On My Side  - The LoungeLegend Singers (feat. Berget Lewis)  -   

1  -   Philadelphia Freedom  - 101 Strings & Chorus  -
2  -   Bowling Green  - Alan Copeland Conspiracy  -
3  -   This Is My Song  - Billy Vaughn Singers  -
4  -   Put A Little Love In Your Hear  - Dave Pell Singers  -
5  -   Green Tambourine  - Enoch Light Singers  -
6  -   The Girl From Ipanema  - Mike Sammes  -
7  -   Where Did Our Love Go  - The New Christy Minstrels  -
8  -   Paradise Is Half As Nice  - Günter Kallman  -
9  -   Theme From I Dream Of Jeannie  - Hugo Montenegro And His Orches  -
10  -   Dancin' On Saturday Night  - Kai Warner & Singers  -
11  -   Face On The Wind  - Keith Mansfiield Orchestra And  -
12  -   Wichita Lineman  - The Ray Charles Singers  -
13  -   Suicide Is Painless  - M.a.s.h.  -
14  -   Young Girl  - Midnight Voices  -
15  -   Hello I Love You  - Enoch Light Singers  -
16  -   What The World Needs Now  - New Christy Minstrels  -
17  -   Georgy Girl  - Robert Norton Orchestra And Ch  -
18  -   She's Lets Her Hair Down 'earl  - Sammy Kaye Orchestra & Chorus  -
19  -   It's Impossible  - The Geoff Love Singers  -
20  -   From Me To You  - The Johnny Mann Singers  -
21  -   I Say A Little Prayer For You  - The Tony Mansell Singers  -
22  -   Cotton Candy  - The Midnight Voices  -
23  -   The Telephone Song  - The Mike Sammes Singers  -
24  -   Pretty World  - The Mike Sammes Singers  -
25  -   Ode To Billy Joe  - Enoch Light Singers  -
26  -   Where Have All The Flowers Gon  - The New Christy Minstrels  -
27  -   Free Again  - Les Baxter  -
28  -   Adios  - The Ray Charles Singers  -
29  -   Downtown  - The Johnny Mann Singers  -
30  -   Can't Get Used To Losing You  - Vale Orchestra And Singer  -

Onderwerp: WEEK 11 - 2018

Datum: 31-03-2018

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week11-2018

Wonderful Sammy Kaye in WAV quality!
Thanks!

Datum: 11-03-2018

Door: Darko

Onderwerp: week 11

Thank's for new compilation 12 LL Voices, and for LL voices from arhive, Botticelli orch., Ray Conniff singers, Jean Lafontaine and the other choice of music for this week.

Darko

Datum: 11-03-2018

Door: Mike G

Onderwerp: Week 11

Another stunning week! I often start off thinking I don't need all the albums, but every week, the variety is so large, and the sets so enticing, that I end up downloading them all anyway. Thank you Harry and Team! And particularly for the Tony Hatch recordings. I've been watching the 'Edge of Darkness' on iTunes and was surprised to find that Tony Hatch co-wrote the music for it. Thanks also for another disc of the RD 'popular Music Hit Parade' set too!

Datum: 11-03-2018

Door: Greg Wagner

Onderwerp: Week 11

Thanks for the Jean Lafontaine.

Datum: 10-03-2018

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 11

And so the year is tooting along at a frantic pace., the trees here are in bloom here, and it's still officially winter out there. The music is humming along as well, with another week of pleasant surprises for the ears.
A few 'new' artists as well as lots of familiar and much loved artists as well.
Gunther never seems to run out of Cliff Carpenter albums, and that is one happy affair as far as I'm concerned. CC with his saxophone heavy orchestra is music to my ears, and i always have a great time listening to his superb renditions. Cappy and Eliane and Frank and all of the other contributors seem to be keeping pace with the heavy demand for more and more beautiful music.
Many thanks to all for their really great contributions..
Ed, from a warming Tennessee

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