WEEK 12 - 2018

Various Artists 
LL WE LOVE DISCO! vol.1
 
 01 -  Magic Fly  - The Alan Tew Orchestra  - 
 02 -  Chasing  - Larry Page Orchestra  - 
 03 -  Blue Gardenia  - Mario Battaini  - 
 04 -  Get A Blow  - Berry Lipman  - 
 05 -  Sweeney II Theme  - Tony Hatch Orchestra  - 
 06 -  Voyage Of No Return  - Silvetti  - 
 07 -  Ain't Gonna Bump No More  - Brian May and the ABC Melbourne Showband  - 
 08 -  Crazy Pelican  - Ambros Seelos Orchestra  - 
 09 -  Think At Over  - Fantastic Sounds Orchestra  - 
 10 -  Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel  - Heart & Soul Orchestra  - 
 11 -  Sing, Sing, Sing  - The Charlie Calello Orchestra  - 
 12 -  He's The Greatest Dancer  - Heart & Soul Orchestra  - 
 13 -  Pardon Me Maestro  - Van Ludwig Orchestra  - 
 14 -  Tragedy-Heart Of Glass-Save Me  - Horst Wende  - 
 15 -  Baretta's Theme  - Lawrence Welk  - 
 16 -  11 Ebb Tide  - Tony Hatch  - 
 17 -  Get It On  - Henry Mancini  - 
 18 -  Brazilia  - Tony Hatch  - 
 19 -  Dance In The Daytime  - Berry Lipman  - 
 20 -  Turn The Beat Around  - Brian May and the ABC Melbourne Showband  - 
 21 -  Devil's Gun  - Enoch Light  - 
 22 -  The Savage  - Norrie Paramor  - 
 23 -  Black Magic Man  - Biddu Orchestra  - 
 24 -  Loving You Hurts So Bad  - The Cecil Holmes Soulful Sounds  - 
 25 -  Dance Your Face Off  - Walter Murphy  - 
 

Shall we dance?
Volume VII
79:51 - 320 Kb/sec
 
tracklisting:
 
1. AG Orchestra - Don't it make my brown eyes blue / 02:11
2. Pat Valentino & his Orchestra - All at once / 03:15
3. The Al Capps Orchestra - Gentle on my mind / 02:29
4. Eric Winstone - The nearness of you / 02:38
5. Ray Conniff - It had to be you / 02:47
6. Mantovani - I know I'll never love this way again / 03:01
7. Jack Jezzro & Sam Levine - Dance with me / 03:19
8. Starlight Orchestra - Where does my heart beat now / 04:34
9. Heart & Soul - All night long (All night) / 03:59
10. Bill McGuffie - The great pretender / 03:34
11. Manuel & his Music of the Mountains - Una paloma blanca / 02:56
12. Acker Bilk - Could I have this dance / 03:08
13. Percy Faith - Posh party / 02:37
14. Fausto Papetti - Brivido felino / 03:54
15. Billy Vaughn - I don't know how to love him / 03:17
16. Hugo Strasser - Sway / 02:36
17. Ray Hamilton - One day I'll fly away / 04:46
18. James Last - Hard to say I'm sorry / 03:45
19. Bert Kaempfert - Sentimental journey / 02:45
20. Pete Moore - I won't last a day without you / 04:00
21. Kai Warner - La source / 02:30
22. John Gregory - If you could read my mind / 03:09
23. The Barrel House Mob - You'll never know / 03:13
24. Frank Chacksfield - Stranger in paradise / 02:26
25. Neville Hughes Orchestra - It's all in the game / 02:53

Werner Müller 
Werner Müllers große Musical Show
 
 1 -  Medley aus ''Annie Get Your Gun''  - 
 2 -  Medley aus ''Irma la Douce''  - 
 3 -  Medley aus ''West Side Story''  - 
 4 -  Medley aus ''My Fair Lady''  - 

Stars im Zeichen eines guten Sterns
 
 1 -  Annie Laurie; Greensleeves  - James Last  - 
 2 -  Aloha Oe; La Paloma; Und dan ging ich zu den Mädchen  - Lars Berghagen & James Last  - 
 3 -  Pick A Bale of Cotton; On Top of Old Smokey; Midnight Special  - Abba  - 
 4 -  Auf der Straße zu dir; Katjuschka; Kalinka  - Bata Illic & James Last  - 
 5 -  Danny Boy; Plaisir D'amour; House of the Rising Sun  - James Last  - 
 6 -  Guantanamera; La Golondrina; Cielito Lindo  - Freddy & James Last  - 
 7 -  Tiritomba; Holzschuhtanz; Tritsch Tratsch Polka  - Wencke Myhre & James Last  - 
 8 -  Horch was kommt von draußen rein; Jetzt kommen die lustige Tage  - Fischer Chöre  - 
 9 -  Swannee River; When the Saints go Marching In; Glory Glory  - Karel Gott & James Last  - 
 10 -  Wenn wir heut' auseinandergeh'n  - James Last  - 

Lawrence Welk And His Orchestra 
Till The End Of Time
 (Melodies That Live Forever)
 
 01 -  Stranger in Paradise  - 
 02 -  Full Moon and Empty Arms  - 
 03 -  He'll Be There  - 
 04 -  My Reverie  - 
 05 -  Tonight We Love  - 
 06 -  Till The End Of Time  - 
 07 -  Our Love  - 
 08 -  Moon Love  - 
 09 -  On The Isle Of May  - 
 10 -  Clair De Lune  - 
 

Cliff Carpenter 
Schlagerauslese '81 Instrumental
 
 1 -  Dich zu lieben  - 
 2 -  The Winner Takes It All  - 
 3 -  Mamma Lorainne  - 
 4 -  Dance Little Bird  - 
 5 -  Seven Tears  - 
 6 -  Loreley  - 
 7 -  Lieb' mich ein letztes Mal  - 
 8 -  Stop The Cavalry  - 
 9 -  Pistolero  - 
 10 -  Angel of Mine  - 
 11 -  The Tide Is High  - 
 12 -  Woman in Love  - 
 13 -  Malaika  - 
 14 -  Santa Maria  - 
 

Fausto Papetti 
43a Raccolta
 
 01 -  Si può dare di più  - 
 02 -  Tanti Auguri  - 
 03 -  E non si finisce mai  - 
 04 -  Sinuè  - 
 05 -  Come dentro un film  - 
 06 -  Dal Cuore in poi  - 
 07 -  Nostalgia canaglia  - 
 08 -  L'Odore del Mare  - 
 09 -  Rosanna  - 
 10 -  Canto per Te  - 
 11 -  Dimmi che cos'è  - 
 12 -  Io Amo  - 
 13 -  Il Sognatore  - 
 14 -  Destino  - 
 15 -  Canzone d'Amore  - 
 16 -  Pigramente Signora  - 
 17 -  Figli  - 
 18 -  Vita Mia  - 
 19 -  Il Garibaldi  - 
 20 -  Quello che le donne non dicono  - 
 21 -  Bolero  - 
 22 -  Aria e Musica  - 

Anthony Ventura 
48 Traum Melodien 
 01 -  Je t'Aime...Moi Non Plus  - 
 02 -  Spanish Eyes My Special Prayer  - 
 03 -  Spanish Harlem Massachusetts  - 
 04 -  Killing Me Softly  - 
 05 -  You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' Unchained Melody  - 
 06 -  A Whiter Shade Of Pale  - 
 07 -  One Way Wind   - 
 08 -  Green Grass Of Home Strangers In The Night  - 
 09 -  Yesterday Monday, Monday  - 
 10 -  San Francisco  - 
 11 -  Guantanamera Charly  - 
 12 -  Crying In The Chapel  - 
 13 -  If I Were A Carpenter Maria Elena  - 
 14 -  If I Only Had Time Save The Last Dance For Me  - 
 15 -  Lara's Theme - Song Sung Blue  - 
 16 -  If You Could Read My Mind  - 
 17 -  Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Blowin' In The Wind  - 
 18 -  Hey Jude  - 
 19 -  Greensleeves - Love Me Tender  - 
 20 -  Vaya Con Dios - House Of The Rising Sun  - 
 21 -  Are You Lonesome Tonight - Detroit City  - 
 22 -  Island In The Sun  - 
 23 -  Red Roses For A Blue Lady - Love Letters In The Sand  - 
 24 -  I Can't Stop Loving You  - 
 25 -  Don't Tell Me Why  - 
 26 -  I Almost Lost My Mind - Soleada  - 
 27 -  My Happiness - Only You  - 
 28 -  Tennessee Waltz - Amazing Grace  - 

Los Tropicanos 
Los Tropicanos
 
 01 -  C'Est Ma Vie - Nice And Slow  - 
 02 -  Our Love - Atlantica  - 
 03 -  Pavão Mysteriozo - La Prima Volta  - 
 04 -  Tu T'En Vas - Love Hurts  - 
 05 -  Fascination - El Dia Que Me Quieras  - 
 06 -  Paloma Blanca - Beijinho Doce  - 
 07 -  Além do Horizonte - You Set My Heart on Fire  - 
 08 -  She's My Girl - Flying  - 
 09 -  Meu Mundo e Nada Mais - Theme From Mahogany
10 -  Love Me Like a Stranger - Só Louco  - 
 11 -  Happy Days - Just You And I  - 
 12 -  Seu Corpo - All By Myself  - 
   
 

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Golden Hits Of The 50s & 60s, cd3/3
 
 01 -  Mona Lisa  - Francis Goya, his Guitar and Orchestra  - 
 02 -  Love Me Tender  - Larry Dalton and his Orchestra  - 
 03 -  That's Amore  - Larry Dalton and his Orchestra  - 
 04 -  Answer Me  - Patrick Mortier, his Trumpet and Orchestra  - 
 05 -  Milord  - Ken Thorne and his Orchestra  - 
 06 -  Les Bicyclettes de Belsize  - Charles Gerhardt and his Orchestra  - 
 07 -  Love and Marriage  - Patrice Rivey, his Cello and Orchestra  - 
 08 -  The Great Pretender  - Larry Dalton and his Orchestra  - 
 09 -  A Whiter Shade of Pale  - Perry Botkin and his Orchestra  - 
 10 -  Hey Jude  - Mr. Acker Bilk, his Clarinet and Orchestra  - 
 11 -  Yesterday  - Roderick Dunk and his Orchestra  - 
 12 -  One Note Samba  - Jorge Morel, his Guitar and Orchestra  - 
 13 -  Ebb Tide  - Ronnie Aldrich, his Piano and Orchestra  - 
 14 -  My Way  - Mr. Acker Bilk, his Clarinet and Orchestra  - 
 15 -  La Playa  - Francis Goya, his Guitar and Orchestra  - 
 16 -  Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus  - David Whitaker and his Orchestra  - 
 17 -  Blue Tango  - Gilbert Vinter and his Orchestra  - 
 18 -  You'll Never Know  - Harry James and his Orchestra  - 
 19 -  Mamma  - David Firman and his Orchestra  - 
 20 -  Morgen  - Billy Vaughn and his Orchestra  - 
 21 -  Wonderland by Night  - Ray Davis, his Trumpet and Orchestra  - 
 22 -  I Can't Stop Loving You  - Mr. Acker Bilk, his Clarinet and Orchestra  - 

Ferrante & Teicher 
The Soft Touch
 
 01 -  Ebb Tide  - 
 02 -  Touch Me In The Morning  - 
 03 -  Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree  - 
 04 -  The Morning After  - 
 05 -  Killing Me Softly With His Song  - 
 06 -  Living Together, Growing Together  - 
 07 -  Moon River  - 
 08 -  Three Coins in a Fountain  - 
 09 -  June in January  - 

 
 

Bob Barnard and Strings 
Stardust
 
  -  Getting Sentimental Over You  - 
  -  Stardust  - 
  -  You Must Believe in Spring  - 
  -  When It's Sleepy  Time Down South   - 
  -  Round Midnight  - 
  -  When Your Love Has Gone  - 
  -  Georgia  - 
  -  In My Solitude  - 
  -  Stella By Starlight  - 
  -  Skylark  - 
  -  Old Folks  - 
  -  Here's That Rainy Day   - 
  -  Lazy Bones  - 
  -  Lush Life  - 
  -  Bein' Green  - 
  -  Stars Fell on Alabama  - 
  -  Reflection   - 

Burt Bacharach 
Portrait In Music
 
 01 -  I'll Never Fall In Love Again  - 
 02 -  Reach Out For Me  - 
 03 -  The Look Of Love  - 
 04 -  South American Getaway  - 
 05 -  A House Is Not A Home  - 
 06 -  I Say A Little Prayer  - 
 07 -  This Guy's In Love With You  - 
 08 -  Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head  - 
 09 -  Any Day Now  - 
 10 -  Do You Know The Way To San Jose  - 
 11 -  Alfie  - 
 12 -  Promises, Promises  - 
 13 -  The Sundance Kid  - 
 14 -  What The World Needs Now Is Love  - 
 

Jim Roberts 
Romantic Piano
 
 1 -  Catch a Rising Star  - 
 2 -  Those Eyes  - 
 3 -  Impressions of Faure's Pavane  - 
 4 -  Leaving  - 
 5 -  Little Flower  - 
 6 -  Pretty Lady  - 
 7 -  The High Tide of My Life  - 
 8 -  With You in Mind  - 
 9 -  Seasons of Love  - 
 10 -  I Always Knew  - 
 11 -  Reflection  - 
 12 -  Early Morning Light  - 
 13 -  Garden in the Sky  - 
 

Brian Slawson 
Bach On Wood
 
 1 -  01 - Vivaldi: Violin Concerto In F Minor, Op. 8/4, RV 297, "The Four Seasons (Winter)" - 1. Allegro Non Molto  - 
 2 -  02 - Bach: Concerto In C For 3 Harpsichords, BWV 1064 - 3. Allegro  - 
 3 -  03 - Corelli: Concerto Grosso In G Minor, Op. 6/8, "Christmas Concerto" - Grave, Adagio  - 
 4 -  04 - Bach: Concerto In A Minor For 4 Harpsichords, BWV 1065 - 1. Allegro  - 
 5 -  05 - Bach: Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring  - 
 6 -  06 - Pachelbel: Canon & Gigue In D - Canon  - 
 7 -  07 - Slawson: Children's Medley Of Themes By Bach  - 
 8 -  08 - Vivaldi: Concerto In D Minor For Strings, RV 129, "Madrigalesco" - 2. Adagio  - 
 9 -  09 - Handel: Solomon, HWV 67 - Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba  - 
 10 -  10 - Slawson: Medley Of Themes From French Suite #5 & Goldberg Variations  - 
 11 -  11 - Halperin/Slawson: Tricentennial  - 

Jan Garber 
Mellow Medleys
 
 1 -  Everywhere You Go Etc  - 
 2 -  This Heart Of Mine etc  - 
 3 -  A Little Bit Independent etc  - 
 4 -  Darn That Dream etc  - 
 5 -  Outside of Heaven etc  - 
 6 -  Medley-Day In-Day Out etc  - 
 7 -  My Foolish Heart etc  - 
 8 -  Wake The Town & Tell The People etc  - 
 9 -  Oh! What It Seemed To Be  - 
 10 -  Pennies From Heaven etc  - 
 11 -  Allegheny Moon etc  - 
 12 -  Zip-A-Dee=Doo Dah etc  - 
 

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Erich Kunzel 
Great Movie Scores from the 
Films of Steven Spielberg
 
 1 -  Main Title [Sugarland Express]  - 
 2 -  Theme [Jaws]  - 
 3 -  Main Theme [From Close Encounters of the Third Kind]  - 
 4 -  March [1941]  - 
 5 -  The Raiders' March [From Raiders of the Lost Ark]  - 
 6 -  Carol Ann's Theme [From Poltergeist]  - 
 7 -  Bicycle Chase [From E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial]  - 
 8 -  End Title [From the film Twilight Zone: the Movie]  - 
 9 -  Parade of the Slave Children [From Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom  - 
 10 -  Finale [The Color Purple]  - 
 11 -  Toy Planes, Home and Hearth [Empire of the Sun]  - 
 12 -  Escape from Venice [From Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade]  - 
 13 -  Dorinda Solo Flight  - 
 14 -  Main Themes [Hook]  - 
 15 -  Main Themes [From Jurassic Park]  - 
 16 -  Main Theme [Schindler's List]  - 
 17 -  Theme [The Lost World]  - 
 18 -  The Long Road to Justice [Amistad]  - 
 19 -  Hymn to the Fallen [Saving Private Ryan]  - 

Hugo Montenegro 
Mamy Blue
 
 01 -  All I Can Do  - 
 09 -  From Sunset Until Dawn  - 
 06 -  I Feel The Earth Move  - 
 04 -  If I Were A Rich Man - Fidler on the Roof  - 
 05 -  Mamy Blue  - 
 11 -  Movin' On  - 
 07 -  Peace Train  - 
 03 -  Superstar  - 
 08 -  The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down  - 
 02 -  Uncle Albert - Admiral Halsey  - 
 10 -  Yo-Yo  - 

READERS DIGEST COLLECTION
Popular Music Hit Parade 7
 
HAPPY PIANOS
 701 -  Hey, Look Me Over  - Wayne And Geraldi, Twin Pianos With Orchestra  - 
 702 -  You're Gonna Hear From Me  - Wayne And Geraldi, Twin Pianos With Orchestra  - 
 703 -  The Happy Piano  - Wayne And Geraldi, Twin Pianos With Orchestra  - 
 704 -  Angel Eyes  - Wayne And Geraldi, Twin Pianos With Orchestra  - 
 705 -  Everything Happens To Me  - Wayne And Geraldi, Twin Pianos With Orchestra  - 
 706 -  Dance Of The Spanish Onion  - Wayne And Geraldi, Twin Pianos With Orchestra  - 
 DIXIELAND JAM SESSION
 707 -  Ballin' The Jack  - Bob Crosby And His Orchestra Featuring The Bobcats  - 
 708 -  Washington And Lee Swing  - Bob Crosby And His Orchestra Featuring The Bobcats  - 
 709 -  Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody (Vocal By Joy Martell)  - Robert Mandell And His Orchestra  - 
 710 -  When The Saints Go Marching In  - Bob Crosby And His Orchestra Featuring The Bobcats  - 
 711 -  Jada  - Bob Crosby And His Orchestra Featuring The Bobcats  - 
 712 -  Tiger Rag  - Bob Crosby And His Orchestra Featuring The Bobcats  - 
 

Stanley Black 
Music Of A People
 
 1 -  Shema - Hava Nagila  - 
 2 -  Raisins And Almonds  - 
 3 -  Yes, My Darling Daughter  - 
 4 -  Eili Eili  - 
 5 -  Tzena Tzena Tzena  - 
 6 -  And The Angels Sing  - 
 7 -  A Letter To My Mother  - 
 8 -  Joseph! Joseph!  - 
 9 -  Hebrew Melody  - 
 10 -  Hatikvah  - 

Sammy Kaye 
Serenade Of The Bells
 
 1 -  Serenade Of The Bells  - 
 2 -  In The Chapel In The Moonlight  - 
 3 -  In The Mission Of St. Augustine  - 
 4 -  When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano  - 
 5 -  When The Organ Played At Twilight  - 
 6 -  Chapel In The Valley-  - 
 7 -  Church Bells Chime  - 
 8 -  My Prayer  - 
 9 -  The Bells Of St. Mary's  - 
 10 -  The Shrine Of St. Cecilia  - 
 11 -  Cathedral In The Pines  - 
 12 -  Del Rio  - 
 

Maastricht Salon Orchestra 
Serenata
 
 1 -  Serenade Op. 6 (with the wonderful song of the nightingale)  - 
 2 -  Gold und Silber  - 
 3 -  Bummelpetrus  - 
 4 -  Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume  - 
 5 -  Adieu tristesse  - 
 6 -  Plaisir d'amour  - 
 7 -  Wiener Praterleben  - 
 8 -  Heinzelmännchens Wachtparade  - 
 9 -  Vilja's Song  - 
 10 -  Komm Zigani  - 
 11 -  Méditation  - 

Percy Faith
Earl Wrightson & Lois Hunt
A Night With Sigmund Romberg
 
 10 -  Deep In My Heart, Dear  - 
 6 -  Golden Days  - 
 5 -  Lover, Come Back To Me  - 
 7 -  One Alone  - 
 11 -  One Kiss  - 
 4 -  Serenade  - 
 3 -  Song Of Love  - 
 2 -  Stout Hearted Men  - 
 1 -  The Desert Song  - 
 8 -  The Riff Song  - 
 12 -  When I Grow To Old To Dream  - 
 9 -  Will You Remember  - 

John Williams
Boston Pops Orchestra 
The Very Best [Disc 4/4]
 
 1/9 -  Rhapsody In Blue  - 
 2/9 -  Pavane (Faure')  - 
 3/9 -  Orb And Sceptre (Coronation March)  - 
 4/9 -  The Swan  - 
 5/9 -  An American In Paris  - 
 6/9 -  St. Louis Blues March  - 
 7/9 -  Under The Double Eagle  - 
 8/9 -  American Salute (When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again)  - 
 9/9 -  Strike Up The Band  - 
 

Tony Hatch 
and Jackie Trent 
The Two Of Us
 
 01 -  I Must Know  - 
 02 -  Play It Again  - 
 03 -  Don't Stop Now  - 
 04 -  Morning Dew  - 
 05 -  Work Song  - 
 06 -  Thank You For Loving Me  - 
 07 -  Route 66  - 
 08 -  Living It up Again  - 
 09 -  The Fool On The Hill  - 
 10 -  The Joker  - 
 11 -  Country Girl and City Man  - 
 12 -  The Two Of us  - 
 

Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra 
Witchcraft!
 
I've got hold of Nelson Riddle's (1921–1985) Witchcraft! LP in July 2012 only, but since then, I barely stopped spinning it, even though I transcoded it immediately in order to listen to it on the go. Which should tell you something, for even though I consider myself a huge – if by no means perfectly knowledgeable – fan of Riddle's music, the surprise level of his 50's works wears usually thin after listening to side A of his releases. This is somewhat the case on this LP as well, but this time, Riddle shifts the focus away to jazzier big band renditions, making things interesting again all of a sudden.
 
 
Ten tracks are gathered on Witchcraft!, and the production quality is top-notch. The pool of instruments is surprisingly large, and Riddle uses many an instrument that didn't make it on the majority of his other LP's of 1958. I only mention one particular instrument for now that captures my heart time and again: the vibraphone. Though it is no integral part of the featured compositions, all of which are renditions of well-known material and up and coming classics, its inclusion harks back to the album title and adds variety to the arrangements which are otherwise ruled by horn instruments of different styles and Hollywood strings in all colors of the rainbow. While the liner notes link this album to romantic nights with your better half, it can also be enjoyed on totally different occasions, for there are many uplifting and even frantic rhythms that potentially destroy the kitschy romantic mood – excellent! Without further ado, read more about the various strengths and scattered flaws of Witchcraft! below.
 
 
Unsurprisingly, the titular Witchcraft is the point of departure of Riddle's bewitchment ritual. It is also the latest and greatest hit of the presented tracklist, as it was written by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh just about a year before Riddle's release. Frank Sinatra made this song famous shortly thereafter, and sure enough does Riddle's orchestra enchant the listener with one of the most gorgeous opening string sections ever created. The multicolored swirling string spirals wash over the listener, and their powerful characteristic traits encapsulate both pleasant anticipation and an auroral dreaminess. Although this state is maintained for only about nine seconds, it is nonetheless an utterly gorgeous Easy Listening intro section. Riddle's arrangement keeps up both the spirit and pace, but presents the main melody with the help of a more commonplace horn ensemble. It is the reaction of the string players, though, that contain the enthralling coziness of the opening section by unleashing them in sudden crystalline bursts – most magnificent! The chorus melody is even more string-heavy and outshines the omnipresent brass structures. A phantasmagoric vibraphone intersection followed by gleaming trumpets rounds off the good mood of this splendid take. Witchcraft could have been your ordinary big band song, but once it flows through the hands of Nelson Riddle, it is married with vivacious, iridescently shimmering strings that elevate this to the status as one of Riddle's very best takes. So great!
 
 
 
The following Alone Too Long, originally written by Arthur Schwartz in 1954, is expectedly pale in comparison, but still able to shine on its own. It's an upbeat, violin- and harp-infused rhythm with additional piano sprinkles and paradisiac flutes which altogether provide a luxurious panorama for the smooth brass sections to shine. Finally, triangles accentuate the plasticity of this arrangement. The Exotica factor is big enough to distantly link Riddle's take to that genre as well. 
 
 
One of the missteps is up next: Bob Hilliard's Red Silk Stockings is comprised of the same wonderful interplay between brass and string instruments, but the jazzy big band nature of Riddle's interpretation isn't too enchanting, though the sum of its parts make this an admittedly great song. It just doesn't click with me. On the positive side are glistening piano droplets and opulently smashing brass fanfares in the second half. All is forgiven and forgotten thanks to, ahem, It's So Nice To Have A Man Around The House, one of Harold Spina's most famous compositions. The lounge mood is boosted thanks to the entrancing setup full of lavish strings that whirr gently around the slow beat, providing both shelter and warmth in juxtaposition to the cheeky trombone melodies and the bass tuba curlicues. Occasionally the strings are played in pizzicato style, and their attack rate is punchy and cozy at the same time, resembling the welcome effects of the titular Witchcraft.
 
 
 
The following You Fascinate Me So is another collaboration by Coleman and Leigh and is placed in the exact right spot, for it remains in slow beat territories. Riddle puts the piano accompaniment into the limelight at the beginning, but it is the slightly Eastern tone sequences of the strings, their neon colors and the delicious reaction of the silky alto flute that make this a fantastic song. Kitschy it is, yes, but the tonality is so great, and the reduction of the brass-related punchiness is welcome. Nitpickers would call this a streamlined song, but I beg to differ, for the last quarter of the song sees a proper showtune-esque return of the horn ensemble. It's the second of Riddle's essential tunes. Side A is done.
 
 
Side B presents a much more jazzy focus and launches with the sneaky, cymbal-laden and double bass-backed Playboy's Theme, yet another Coleman song. The dark bass tuba shards and piano droplets hark back to the track title, but cannot impress overall; it is in the middle section of the song that the piano melody is getting better, more vivid and catchy, and once the vibraphone is embedded into the mix, I'm suddenly rooting for this song. The string side is unexpectedly reduced, but this is actually done to the song's benefit. It oscillates masterfully between a Jazz quartet setup and a Hollywood string ensemble, and since this is the only one of Riddle's renditions to do this, its unique flavor works greatly. Another top pick in my book!
 
 
 
While Indiscreet by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn boosts the hectic and presents an almost frantic rhythm – considering the Easy Listening formula – full of staccato brass boulders, clinging triangle sparkles and superb horn eruptions, Riddle's take on Hoagy Carmichael's I Get Along Without You Fairly Well is another swinging tune of the jazzy kind but with a more fragile setting and quieter passages in which the respective instruments can truly shine: liquid piano drops, the golden thread of double bass backings as well as magnanimously allotted brass sections are set against a warm wall of luxurious strings that are nonetheless reduced once more to provide the proper background. Riddle's getting a bit foul-mouthed, as the next song is called Darn That Dream. Mothers, cover the eyes of your children. Luckily, the ears can relax more than a bit, as Riddle's take on Van Heusen's song begins with coruscating vibraphone scintillae, a literally syrupy brass base frame and careful percussion. It would have been a perfectly dreamy song thanks to the focus on the vibraphone, but unfortunately, the whitewashed horns are all too kitschy to my ears. It's the second misstep of the LP.
 
The final Blue Safari by Lou Stein puts the focus on the clarinet and gorgeously polyphonous flute melodies; even an acid guitar can be found in the setting. The seven-note melody on the strings is psychedelically warped and positively wonky, and due to the unusual instrumental setup that breaks the established formula of this LP, Nelson Riddle's Witchcraft! ends on a creative note in the given context of the Easy Listening genre.
 
 
Witchcraft! is a surprisingly varied LP despite its expectedly narrow scope. You can only add so many instruments to a big band and string orchestra, but Riddle succeeds in offering a few welcome ornaments like triangles, vibraphones, clarinets and double bass accentuations next to the obvious Hollywood strings and gleaming horns. The existence of this LP is worth it alone for the titular Witchcraft as well as the rapturous You Fascinate Me So. The punchiness of the strings is great, their multiple colors glint and glisten on every track, and it is both the piercing disturbance of many a trumpet or trombone and the overly saccharine horn sections that kill the bewitching nature of a few tunes, for example in Darn That Dream. My opinion, as usual, isn't set in stone. If you prefer big band elements in Easy Listening and Exotica records, you'll receive this record with totally different ears and from a different viewpoint.
 
 
 
I for one am a sucker for these technicolored strings, and in direct comparison to one of Nelson Riddle's other 1958 albums, Sea Of Dreams, it has a greater pool of instruments and more memorable melodies. Is Witchcraft! an Exotica LP? Not in the narrow sense, but if you're willed to count resplendent strings to the genre and are able to accept the complete omission of exotic percussion, you'll be satisfied with this release. Unfortunately, it isn't available in digital form at time of writing, but since so many of Riddle's LP's resurface, it's probably a matter of time until Witchcraft! appears in digital music stores – some of its compositions are scattered on various Best Of Nelson Riddle compilatons anyway. A proper release of Witchcraft!, however, would be worth it. I'm closing this review with an auspicious romance-related quote from the liner notes: "So if you can line up the lights, the breezes, the champagne, the supper and the enchantment, we supply Nelson Riddle and you have it made." 
 
 01 -  Witchcraft  - 
 02 -  Alone Too Long  - 
 03 -  Red Silk Stocking   - 
 04 -  It's So Nice To Have A Man Around The House  - 
 05 -  You Fascinate Me So  - 
 06 -  Playboy's Theme  - 
 07 -  Indiscreet  - 
 08 -  I Get Along Without You Very Well  - 
 09 -  Darn That Dream   - 
 10 -  Blue Safari  - 
 

Onderwerp: WEEK 12 - 2018

Datum: 28-04-2018

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week12-2018

Thanks for this week!

Datum: 18-03-2018

Door: Joe

Onderwerp: Happy Irish Day

Greetings and Happy St. Patrick's day to Harry and all at LL. From Joe …….. Irish, now living in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Datum: 17-03-2018

Door: Greg Wagner

Onderwerp: Week 12

Thanks for the Burt Bacharach.

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