WEEK 15 - 2018

Shall we dance
Volume VIII
79:33 - 320 Kb/sec
 
tracklisting:
 
1. Fausto Papetti - Core 'ngrato / 03:51
2. Bert Kaempfert - Dance with me once more / 02:26
3. Joe Kennedy Orchestra - Change partners / 02:09
4. James Last - Nights in white satin / 04:56
5. Hugo Strasser - You're nobody 'til somebody loves you / 03:52
6. Simon Park Orchestra - I hear a symphony / 02:21
7. Floyd Cramer - Behind closed doors / 02:39
8. Harald Winkler & Norman Candler - Top of the world / 03:10
9. Kai Warner - Save me / 03:30
10. Ambros Seelos - La pastorella / 03:25
11. The Starsound Orchestra - Private dancer / 05:26
12. Lawrence Welk - Make believe / 02:44
13. The Romantic Strings & Orchestra - You light up my life / 03:11
14. Norman Percival - Candlelight and wine / 02:34
15. Gordon Langford & his Orchestra - From a distance / 02:55
16. Paul Mauriat - Vado via / 02:59
17. Frank Chacksfield - You needed me / 03:23
18. Mantovani - Plaisir d'amour / 03:33
19. Johnny Douglas - She's always a woman / 03:43
20. Pat Valentino & his orchestra - The captain of her heart / 03:12
21. John Fox - Let me love you tonight / 02:56
22. Orquestra Serenata Tropical - Anonimo veneziano / 03:05
23. Orchester Rüdiger Piesker - Die kleine Stadt will schlafen gehn / 03:21
24. Louis van Dijk & The London Studio Orchestra - Wonderful tonight / 

SWINGS volume 1
 
 01 -  Big City Swing  - 
 02 -  Study In Brown  - 
 03 -  Perdido  - 
 04 -  Love For Sale  - 
 05 -  Chattanooga Choo Choo  - 
 06 -  Nutcracker  - 
 07 -  Moonlight Serenade  - 
 08 -  Blue Skies  - 
 09 -  From This Moment On  - 
 10 -  Fools Rush In  - 
 11 -  Heart And Soul  - 
 12 -  Theme from Prisoner of Second Avenue  - 
 13 -  New York Vom Central Park Bis Tiffany  - 
 14 -  Where Or When  - 
 15 -  Little Brown Jug  - 
 16 -  The Heart Of Rock And Roll  - 
 17 -  String Of Pearls  - 
 18 -  Summertime   - 

Max Greger 
Meine Lieblingsmelodien
 
 1 -  Let's Dance; Don't Be That Way; Skyliner  - 
 2 -  Yesterday  - 
 3 -  Little Willy  - 
 4 -  Liebe war es nie  - 
 5 -  Moon River  - 
 6 -  Let The Sunshine In  - 
 7 -  Taka Takata  - 
 8 -  If You Could Read My Mind  - 
 9 -  Good Grief Christina  - 
 10 -  Wigwam  - 
 11 -  Moskauer Nächte  - 
 12 -  Gaudi in Germania (medley)  - 

Werner Müller 
Goody Goody
 
 01 -  Goody Goody  - 
 02 -  Lady Be Good  - 
 03 -  Charleston  - 
 04 -  Bye Bye Blues  - 
 05 -  Kiss Me Sweet  - 
 06 -  Somebody Loves Me  - 
 07 -  Sweet Sue Just You  - 
 08 -  Some Of These Days  - 
 09 -  Hot Toddy  - 
 10 -  Exactly Like You  - 
 11 -  Black Bottom  - 
 12 -  There's A Small Hotel  - 
 13 -  Liza  - 
 14 -  You're Driving Me Crazy  - 

 

Bonjour, Paris
Alfred Hause and his Orchestra
1972
 
01. Mademoiselle de Paris
02. C'est si bon
03. Sous les toits de Paris
04. Les feuilles mortes
05. L'eau vive
06. La mer
07. Paris canaille
08. Moulin rouge
09. Sous le ciel de Paris
10. Paris loves lovers
11. La Seine
12. Paris, c'est du champagne

 Günter Noris
 Rock and Pop Party
 CBS S65493 (1972)
 
 
 01 Solid Gold-Easy Action; Mexico
 02 Crocodile Rock
 03 If You Could Read My Mind
 04 Happy Gloryland
 05 Mouldy Old Dough
 06 Tutti Frutti
 07 Happy Marching
 08 Blockbuster; Elected; Gudbuy T'Jane
 09 Clair
 10 Memphis Tennesse
 11 Rock and Roll part 2
 12 Jumbo

READERS DIGEST MUSIC 
Starorchester spielen für Millionen 
Die Hits der 70er-Jahre
 
 1 -  Morning Has Broken  - Mr. Acker Bilk  - 
 2 -  Always On My Mind  - David Cullen  - 
 3 -  My Sweet Lord  - James Last  - 
 4 -  Waterloo  - Max Greger  - 
 5 -  Living Next Door To Alice  - Kai Warner  - 
 6 -  You're The One That I Want  - Günter Noris  - 
 7 -  Girls, Girls, Girls  - Max Greger  - 
 8 -  Sweet Caroline  - Bert Kaempfert  - 
 9 -  Paloma blanca  - Anthony Ventura  - 
 10 -  Mamy Blue  - Kuno Schmid  - 
 11 -  Rhinestone Cowboy  - James Last  - 
 12 -  Verde  - Ricky King  - 
 13 -  Dolannes-Melodie  - Roy Etzel  - 
 14 -  Tränen lügen nicht  - Mr. Acker Bilk  - 
 15 -  Griechischer Wein  - Kuno Schmid  - 
 16 -  Don't Cry For Me, Argentina  - Günter Noris  - 
 17 -  Rivers Of Babylon  - Kai Warner  - 
 18 -  Der Junge mit der Mundharmonika  - Hugo Strasser  - 
 19 -  Bright Eyes  - Anthony Ventura  - 
 20 -  Die kleine Kneipe  - Max Greger  - 
 21 -  La rêve  - Helmut Zacharias  - 
 22 -  Schicksalsmelodie  - Roy Etzel  - 
 23 -  The Rose  - Mr. Acker Bilk  - 
 24 -  El cóndor pasa  - Hugo Strasser  - 

Various Artists 
Showcase - Phase 4
 
 01 -  Donkey Serenade  - Johnny Keating's Kombo  - 
 02 -  Johnny One Note  - Ted Heath  - 
 03 -  Granada  - Los Machucambos  - 
 04 -  The Poor People of Paris  - International "Pop" All Stars  - 
 05 -  Caravan  - Stanley Black  - 
 06 -  Tiger Rag  - Eric Rogers  - 
 07 -  Mack The Knife  - Rudi Bohn  - 
 08 -  My Old Kentucky Home  - Edmundo Ros & His Orchestra  - 
 09 -  Unforgettable  - Ronnie Aldrich  - 
 10 -  You Are My Lucky Star  - Werner Mueller & His Orchestra  - 

Hugo Strasser 
Wie ein Traum
 
 1 -  My Heart Will Go On  - 
 2 -  Stand By Me  - 
 3 -  There Is A House  - 
 4 -  Petite fleur  - 
 5 -  Morning Mood  - 
 6 -  Melody Of Love  - 
 7 -  Any Dream Will Do  - 
 8 -  Stranger On The Shore  - 
 9 -  Stormy Weather  - 
 10 -  On Top Of Old Smokey  - 
 11 -  Creole Love Call  - 
 12 -  Charmaine  - 
 13 -  Mucho mucho mucho  - 
 14 -  Ay Ay Ay Ay  - 

READERS DIGEST MUSIC
Organ Moods 
Instrumental Magic - The Happy Organ Disc 3/3
 
 1 -  Moonlight and Roses  - Bob Benson, Baldwin Organ  - 
 2 -  I I Loved You  - Harry Stoneham, Hammond Organ  - 
 3 -  Ramona  - Richard Wayne, Hammond Organ  - 
 4 -  I'm In The Mood For Love  - Richard Wayne, Hammond Organ  - 
 5 -  Smoke Gets In My Eyes  - Richard Wayne, Hammond Organ  - 
 6 -  April In Paris  - Harry Stoneham, Hammond Organ  - 
 7 -  Moonlight Seranade  - Dick Hyman, Baldwin Organ  - 
 8 -  You Can't Be True, Dear  - Ronnie Pleydell, Hammond Organ  - 
 9 -  Melody Of Love  - Bob Benson, Baldwin Organ  - 
 10 -  When Day Is Done  - Bob Benson, Baldwin Organ  - 
 11 -  Always  - Richard Wayne, Hammond Organ  - 
 12 -  Sweet Lorraine  - Richard Wayne, Hammond Organ  - 
 13 -  The Moon Of Manakoora  - Bill Thomson, Yamaha Organ  - 
 14 -  Walk On The Wild Side  - Geoff Eales, Hammond Organ  - 
 15 -  Twilight Time  - Richard Wayne, Hammond Organ  - 
 16 -  Love Letters In The Sand  - Richard Wayne, Lowrey Organ  - 
 17 -  Remember  - Richard Wayne, Hammond Organ  - 
 18 -  Peg O' My Heart  - Richard Wayne, Baldwin Organ  - 
 19 -  Our Waltz  - Harry Stoneham, Hammond Organ  - 
 20 -  Deep Purple  - Richard Wayne, Hammond Organ  - 
 21 -  The Jitterbug Waltz  - Richard Wayne, Hammond Organ  - 
 22 -  Moonglow  - Richard Wayne, Hammond Organ  - 
 23 -  Goodnight Sweetheart  - Richard Wayne, Hammond Organ  - 
 24 -  I'll See You In My Dreams  - Richard Wayne, Hannond Organ  - 

Burt Bacharach 
Plays His Hits
 
 01 -  Don't Make Me Over  - 
 02 -  Walk On By  - 
 03 -  Don't Go Breaking My Heart  - 
 04 -  Wives And Lovers  - 
 05 -  Anyone Who Had A Heart  - 
 06 -  The Last One To Be Loved  - 
 07 -  (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me  - 
 08 -  24 Hours From Tulsa  - 
 09 -  Trains And Boats And Planes  - 
 10 -  Blue on Blue  - 
 11 -  A House Is Not A Home  - 
 12 -  What's New Pussycat?  - 
 13 -  My Little Red Book (All I Do Is Talk About You)  - 
 14 -  Saturday Sunshine  - 
 15 -  And So Goodbye, My Love  -

Rolf Balschun 
Romanze in Mundharmonika
 
 01 -  Sugar Baby Love  - 
 02 -  Ständchen  - 
 03 -  Meine Welt ist die Musik  - 
 04 -  Ich trink' auf dein Wohl Marie  - 
 05 -  Hong Kong Tonk Song  - 
 06 -  Hey Yvonne  - 
 07 -  When  - 
 08 -  Amigo  - 
 09 -  Bitte komm nach Schwabing  - 
 10 -  On Top Of Old Smokey  - 
 11 -  Wo man liebt  - 
 12 -  Tränen lügen nicht  - 

Bill Black 
Black Lace
 
 1 -  You Call Everybody Darling  - 
 2 -  Jersey Bounce  - 
 3 -  Stardust  - 
 4 -  Stomping At The Savoy  - 
 5 -  Bunny Hop  - 
 6 -  Rambler  - 
 7 -  Begin The Beguine  - 
 8 -  Moonlight Serenade  - 
 9 -  Sugar Blues  - 
 10 -  Beer Barrel Polka  - 
 11 -  T.D.'s Boogie  - 
 12 -  South  - 

READERS DIGEST MUSIC
Frankie Carle 
Music For Dancing
30 HITS OF THE ROARING 20'S
 
 1 -  Medley If I Had You  - 
 2 -  Medley Yes, We Have No Bananas  - 
 3 -  Medley Diane  - 
 4 -  Medley Doodle Doo Doo  - 
 5 -  Medley Shine  - 
 6 -  Medley Linger Awhile  - 
 7 -  Medley Side By Side  - 
 8 -  Medley Mississippi Mud  - 
 9 -  Medley Broadway Melody  - 
 10 -  Medley I'm Coming, Virginia  - 

Liberace 
South Pacific
 
 01 -  I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair  - 
 02 -  Bloody Mary; Dites moi  - 
 03 -  There Is Nothin' Like a Dame  - 
 04 -  Honey Bun  - 
 05 -  Bali Ha'i  - 
 06 -  Twin Soliloquies  - 
 07 -  Some Enchanted Evening  - 
 08 -  A Wonderful Guy  - 
 09 -  Younger Than Springtime  - 
 10 -  Happy Talk  - 
 11 -  This Nearly Was Mine  - 
 12 -  A Cock-Eyed Optimis  - 
 

Don Lamond and His Orchestra 
Off Beat Percussion 
 
 01 -  Forty-Second Street  - 
 02 -  Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me  - 
 03 -  Let's Face The Music And Dance  - 
 04 -  It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing  - 
 05 -  It's Been A Long, Long Time  - 
 06 -  Drums In My Heart  - 
 07 -   I Won't Dance  - 
 08 -  Cheek To Cheek  - 
 09 -  I'm Beginning To See The Light  - 
 10 -  Sophisticated Lady  - 
 11 -  All Alone  - 
 12 -  The Big Brush Off  - 
 

Lex DeAzevedo & His Orchestra 
Looking for Love!
 
 01 -  Baby, Come Back  - 
 02 -  Rhapsody In Blue  - 
 03 -  Never My Love  - 
 04 -  What Kind Of Fool  - 
 05 -  Truly  - 
 06 -  Call Me  - 
 07 -  California Dreamin'  - 
 08 -  Light My Fire  - 
 09 -  I Can't Go For That  - 
 10 -  I'm Glad There Is You  - 
 11 -  Looking For Love  - 
 12 -  All Of Me  - 
 13 -  By Myself  - 
 14 -  Time After Time  - 
 15 -  Through the Years  - 
 16 -  Yes, I'm Ready  - 
 17 -  Waiting For A Girl Like You  - 
 18 -  True Love Ways  - 

Joe Loss 
Top Pop Dance Time (1967)
 
 1 -    - I'm A Believer; Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear; The Happening; Georgy Girl
 2 -    - What would i Be?;Memories are Made of this; Up Up and Away
 3 -    - Let's Go To San Francisco; Silence is Golden; It Must Be Him
 4 -    - She'd Rather Be With Me; The House That Jack Built; Flowers On The Wall; Penny Lane
 5 -    - Here Comes My Baby; Morningtown Ride; Pleasant Valley Sunday; Thoroughly Modern Milly
 6 -    - Funny Familair Feelings; There Goes My Everything; The Last Waltz
 7 -    - Just Loving You; San Francisco; A Whiter Shade of Pale; 
 8 -    - Even The Bad Times Are Good; Itchycoo Park; The Boat that I Row; Ha Ha said the Clown
 

Longines Symphonette 
Great American Composers LP 3/3
 
 1 -  Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head  - 
 2 -  The Look Of Love  - 
 3 -  This Guy's In Love With You  - 
 4 -  Walk On By  - 
 5 -  What The World Needs Now Is Love  - 
 6 -  Charade  - 
 7 -  Days Of Wine And Roses  - 
 8 -  Dear Heart  - 
 9 -  Moon River  - 
 10 -  The Pink Panther  - 

Pete Fountain 
Music To Turn You On
 
 01 -  Thoroughly Modern Millie.  - 
 02 -   (Carol's Theme) The Eyes of Love  - 
 03 -  Music To Turn You On  - 
 04 -  This Is My Song  - 
 05 -  Casino Royale  - 
 06 -  Luzianne  - 
 07 -  Tiger Rag  - 
 08 -   Somethin' Stupid  - 
 09 -  Music to Watch Girls By  - 
 10 -   Jimmy  - 
 11 -  Bourbon Street Parade  - 
 

Glen Gray 
Please, Mr. Gray
 
 01 -  King Porter Stomp  - 
 02 -  Star Burst  - 
 03 -  Little Rock Getaway  - 
 04 -  Afternoon In August  - 
 05 -  Topsy  - 
 06 -  When Buddha Smiles  - 
 07 -  Back Bay Shuffle  - 
 08 -  V.L.P.'s Boogie  - 
 09 -  John Silver  - 
 10 -  Embraceable You  - 
 11 -  Begin The Beguine  - 
 12 -  Swanee River Boogie  - 

 Peter Thomas  
Peter Thomas Presents
 
 02 -  Bonnie and Clyde  - 
 03 -  Lady Madonna  - 
 05 -  Somethin' Stupid  - 
 06 -  Cabaret  - 
 07 -  Rice is Nice  - 
 08 -  Love is Blue  - 
 09 -  Valleri  - 
 11 -  Cinderella Rockefella  - 
 12 -  Words  - 
 10 -  Any Spanish How  - 
 01 -  Delilah  - 
 04 -  Cadenza  - 

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Erich Kunzel 
Mega Movies
 
 1 -  The Sand Volcano [The Mummy]  - 
 2 -  Don't Mess with "Z" (Sound Effect from The Mask of Zorro)  - 
 3 -  Main Title [The Mask of Zorro]  - 
 4 -  Main Title / The Parachutes [Main Title from Air Force One]  - 
 5 -  Chopper Flyby (Sound Effect from The Rock) [From the Rock 'n' Roll High  - 
 6 -  End Title  - The Rock
 7 -  End Credits  -  Contact
 8 -  Dedication and Windsong [From Mighty Joe Young]  - 
 9 -  Day at the Races (Sound Effect from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace)  - 
 10 -  Main Title from Star Wars / The Flag Parade [Main Title from Star Wars:  - 
 11 -  Badge of Honor / L.A. Confidential [From L.a. Confidential]  - 
 12 -  When You Believe [From the Prince of Egypt]  - 
 13 -  What's That Hun? (Sound Effect from The X-Files)  - 
 14 -  Threnody in X [From the X-Files)]  - 
 15 -  The Time of Your Life [From a Bug's Life]  - 
 16 -  Main Title  - Elizabeth
 17 -  A Stroll in New York City (Sound Effect from Godzilla)  - 
 18 -  Main Title  - Godzilla
 19 -  Main Title  - Shakespeare In Love
 20 -  Iceberg! (Sound Effect from Titanic)  - 
 21 -  Back to Titanic [From Titanic]  - 
 22 -  Main Title  - Armageddon
 

Martin Denny 
Exotica II
 
Roman numerals in album titles always leave a stale aftertaste, there's no doubt about that. It's a clear sign of the bad kind of clever marketing, thought out by shady record label buffs who want to build on the success of an artist and keep on targeting the same group of people who bought a specific release, but weren't all too interested in a certain artist in the first place. These people must know that there's something new that builds on the well-known fundament.
 
It so happens that Martin Denny's second Exotica LP, released in July 1957 on Liberty Records literally a few weeks after Exotica, is thus named Exotica Volume II. I can actually relate to its title, for the Exotica craze was running smoothly, with millions of North American people buying tiki torches, related mugs, pink plastic flamingos and bamboo curtains, the latter of which replaced those impractical things we call doors. And sure enough did these people want the proper aural ambience for this neo-primitive lifestyle, and so they bought all things tiki and Exotica.
 
The Martin Denny Group, consisting of pianist, marimba player and arranger Martin Denny himself, drummer Harold Chang, birdcalling percussionist August "Augie" Colón, mallet instrumentalist Julius Wechter and temporary bassist Bernard Miller, was on the rise, and so was the general interest in Far Eastern countries. The band therefore injects high doses of Asian tone sequences, gongs and clichés to a lot of their songs, but remains in faux-Polynesian waters and Hapa Haole territories otherwise. Despite the naming convention – which was even "topped" with an installment called Exotica Volume III in 1959 –, the album is actually another great return to the formula, and since this very formula wasn't fully carved out yet, Exotica Volume II paints 12 exciting panoramas of lushness and dreaminess, with the occasional interwoven unique track written by Denny and Wechter (the latter being unmentioned in the writing credits). 
 
A rendition of Gil Baumgart's Soshu Night Serenade launches the album, and it's one of the greatest openers Denny and his band mates have ever delivered. The nocturnal mystique is apparent from the get-go, with rhythmically clicking claves being juxtaposed to croaking frogs, wind gusts, clinging sea shells and alto flutes that play in deeper regions. Vibraphone sprinkles mesh with Augie Colón's birdcalls as an abyssal contrabass accentuates the piano-celesta mélange of the main melody. Once the temple gong marks the end of this tune, the ambience continues for a few seconds, quite a contrast to the material on Exotica where such birdcalls are only occasionally interwoven. But on Soshu Night Serenade, an incessant background noise is maintained, boosting the Exotica level to new heights, meshing the – then non-existent – Ambient genre with the newly built Exotica scheme. A flawless piece of dreaminess
 
The following Island Of Dreams is a song that Denny co-wrote with Bob Laine. Spiraling piano chords waft in-between chirping birds and mystical vibraphone droplets, bamboo rods add resplendent hollowness to the structure, and the wave-like nature of a hazy breeze created via tremendously gently played cymbals adds another soothing soundscape that underlines the solemnity of this piece. It's a surprisingly melody-focused song, and these are indeed regularly among Denny's best tunes. Exotic percussion is neglected in favor of the depiction of an ultra-mellow reverie.
 
 
Things are revved up by the Japanese Farewell Song aka Sayonara that is closely based on Freddy Morgan's take of it. Glittering Far Eastern marimba stabs, an upbeat double bass-fueled rhumba rhythm with shattering cymbals and warm backing guitars build a lively momentum of joy, and thankfully enough does Denny keep things smooth and doesn't succumb to an overly humorous or comical spectrum. The third song in a row that succeeds with the mood it tries to achieve. You can even work out to it! While the take on Madeline Lamb's Singing Bamboo sparkles and blooms iridescently due to the glinting mallet instruments, the warm-hearted piano polyphony, the deliberately sparse percussion and Colón's theremin-like birdcalls, John Kaladana's Hapa Haole ditty The Queen Chant (E Lili Ua E) starts with melodramatic cymbal streams and morphs into a maracas-laden vibraphone friendliness that is topped by rapid-firing bongo and conga sections plus frantic double bass spirals. Charles E. King's Wedding Song (Ke Kali Ne Au) rounds off side A in a phantasmagoric fashion with owl cries, a cozy concoction of quiescent piano breezes, glockenspiel and vibraphone shards and shimmering wind chimes as well as a deliciously trembling sustain of the vibes. 
 
 
Side B opens with Jacque Ibert's Escales which glistens all the more due to its exotic transformation. The wonky cacophony of the pianos is taking over, but the alto flute melody sounds more Oriental than ever, with the ship signals and chinking tambourins adding crystalline scents of yearning to this strangely warped, yet enigmatic and quite dark offering. Denny's performance on the piano is especially noteworthy, for he really counteracts to the potentially soothing mood. This could well be the strongest song on here for many listeners who grow tired of the magnanimous lushness and jungle flavor. This is a dreamy song as well, but with the implication of a dangerous threat that lurks in the bushes. In this regard, it's a standout track, even though Martin Denny's own When I First Love relies on a similar mood. Wechter's enigmatic vibraphone notes and Denny's piano base frame in tandem with the focus on icy shakers and triangles make this a hybrid of Les Bater's Quiet Village and the Exotica classic Misirlou/Miserlou. Fans of both tracks – and you can't love either one of them without the other – rejoice for decades, and I join them.
 
 
 
Another Denny track, co-written with Baumgart, follows: August Bells meshes two distinctive styles, namely icy vibraphones and sizzling hot piano chords, with orchestra bells and Honky Tonk jumpiness. A rhythmic shift in the middle puts Harold Chang's beaten bongos in the spotlight, but apart from the bongos and bells, this is a lackluster track with no focus or progression; it feels rushed and indecisive. It's up to a Les Baxter composition, the wonderful Bacoa, to let the band return to form. Sunset-red saxophone melodies meet high-plasticity bongo beats whose punchiness is second to none. A multicolored vibraphone euphony finishes off a strong jungle-evoking composition that is curiously laid-back despite the golden thread of the bongos. While Robert Maxwell's Ebb Tide makes up the last dreamy arrangement with an awesome upwards flowing vibraphone mist and a majestic piano melody that is almost a pinch too melodramatic, but since it's luckily elevated by the triumvirate of marimbas, xylophones and triangles, it is exotic enough to rightfully claim the title as the last transfiguring dreamy injection of the album.
 
 
The closer Rush Hour In Hong Kong is the often-feared final track where Martin Denny and his crew tend to experiment and, dare I say it, go nuts. Originally written by Abram Chasino, this exotic interpretation is expectedly Far Eastern, with the archetypical Chinese tone sequence on the marimba, temple gongs and a nerve-racking, if also highly skillful mixture of staccato xylophone waves and cacophonous piano bursts. It's comical to the max and suitable for underlining cartoon chases or the various videos of hidden cameras that film human errors, stumbling people and the likes. Since such a downer is expected and almost traditional – Denny's The Enchanted Sea of 1959 is a noteworthy exception –, I won't be overly critical. Luckily, it's the last track and can thus be easily avoided.
 
 
Exotica Volume II is a successful addendum to the original LP that started it all back in 1957 (or even '56 when significant parts of it had been already recorded). Despite the large variety of moods and tempos – from dreamy jungles over melodramatic piano performances to Far Eastern lands –, the album is cohesive. Two things are especially noteworthy: the constant ambience and background noise in a few tracks that boost the balmy aura of the composition but never distract from the actual instrumentation, and the lessened concentration on delivering overly exotic instruments. No koto is found, nor is an especially clever percussion instrument used in the process of creation. Such being the case, Denny's second installment focuses on the euphonious interplay rather than on awe-inspiring but ultimately all too intensive Exotica effects à la Michel Magne.
 
 
 
Fans of the genre's dreamy spectrum are specifically targeted, as are the worshippers of Far Eastern kitsch, but it is the darker undertones allotted in many passages which offer delight to a third audience. The Exotica genre, while still in its infancy stage, got permeated by gloomier shades and therefore freed itself from the omnipresent danger of being linked to saccharine but tendentially ephemeral Easy Listening tunes. Exotica Volume II is inventive and delivers polished compositions that are vivid and compelling to this day, showing for the first time the true talent of Julius Wechter who was seldom mentioned in the credits of Martin Denny's LP's, but a more than capable replacement of Arthur Lyman. Forget about the Roman numeral skepticism, this is a must-have and readily available in various audio formats.
 
 
 
Exotica Review 131: Martin Denny – Exotica Volume II (1957). 
Originally published on Oct. 13, 2012 at AmbientExotica.com.
 
 01 -  Soshu Night Serenade  - 
 02 -  Island of Dreams  - 
 03 -  Japanese Farewell Song  - 
 04 -  Singing Bamboos  - 
 05 -  The Queen Chant (e lili u e)  - 
 06 -  Wedding Song (ke kali ne au)  - 
 07 -  Escales  - 
 08 -  When First I Love  - 
 09 -  August Bells  - 
 10 -  Bacoa  - 
 11 -  Ebb Tide  - 
 12 -  Rush Hour in Hong Kong  - 
 

 LL Plays Music for Cats
 
 01  - The Cat  -   Claudia Hirschfeld  -   
 02  - One Eyed Cat  -   Henry Mancini  -   
 03  - Black Cat's Tango  -   Richard Clayderman  -   
 04  - Wild Cat Blues  -   Hugo Strasser  -   
 05  - Something For Cat  -   Henry Mancini & His Orchestra  -   
 06  - The blue cat  -   Marc Fortier Orchestra  -   
 07  - What's New Pussycat  -   Caravelli  -   
 08  - Bona Fide Bob Cats  -   Bob Crosby & The Bob Cats  -   
 09  - The Dancing Cat  -   Henry Mancini  -   
 10  - The Alley Cat song  -   Sydney Thompson  -   
 11  - Happy Cat  -   The Anita Kerr Singers  -   
 12  - The Alley Cat's Kitten  -   Hans Jorgenson Orchestra  -   
 13  - The Old Gumbie Cat (from Cats)  -   Orchester Werner Tauber - vocal Pat Behrens  -   
 14  - Honky Cat  -   The 101 Strings Orchestra  -   
 15  - The Cats (uit ''Because of the Cats'')  -   Ruud Bos  -   
 16  - Siamese Cat Song  -   The Mike Sammes Singers  -   
 17  - Catwalk  -   Moore,Pete  -   
 18  - Cat's in the Cradle  -   Ray Conniff  -   
 19  - Cat and Mouse in Berlin (from Wild Geese 2)  -   Roy Budd  -   
 20  - Copy Cat  -   Lawrence Welk  -   
 21  - Pussy Cat  -   Al Hirt  -   
 22  - The Cat Strikes Again  -   Jimmy Smith  -   
 23  - The Waltzing Cat  -   Leroy Anderson  -   
 24  - Catwalk  -   Strato-Vani  -   
 25  - Cat and Mouse  -   Henry Mancini  -   

LL PLAYS FOR ANIMALS
 
01  -   Yellow bird  - Manuel and the music of the Mountains  -
02  -   Sérénade Du Rossignol  - André Rieu  -
03  -   The Dancing Cat  - Henry Mancini  -
04  -   The Cat  - Orchester Ambros Seelos  -
05  -   Theme from The Fox and the Hound  - André Kostelanetz  -
06  -   Mocking Bird  - Ray Anthony  -
07  -   Chicken Reel & Turkey in the Straw  - James Last  -
08  -   Birds Of Britain  - Bob Crewe Generation  -
09  -   Alley Cat  - Billy May Orchestra  -
10  -   Nightingale  - Kai Warner  -
11  -   Crocodile, Go home  - Henry Mancini  -
12  -   The Whistler and his Dog  - Berry Lipman  -
13  -   Monkey-Doodle  - Maurice Pop Und Sein Orchester  -
14  -   The Lion Sleeps Tonight  - Roberto Delgado  -
15  -   Tigertail  - Les Brown  -
16  -   La Cucaracha  - Franck Pourcel  -
17  -   Sharp Sharks  - Ingfried Hoffman  -
18  -   Fox On The Run  - Frank Valdor  -
19  -   Disco Dog  - Soundorchester Roy Etzel  -
20  -   How Much is that Doggy in the Window  - Baja Marimba Band  -
21  -   La Golondrina   - Edmundo Ros  -
22  -   Señor Mouse  - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass  -
23  -   Pussy Cat  - Cy Coleman  -
24  -   Tiger Rag  - Dick Schory  -
25  -   Turtles  - Henry Mancini  -
26  -   Wild cat blues  - Hugo Strasser  -
27  -   Butterfly  - Paul Mauriat  -
28  -   The Duck  - Percy Faith  -
29  -   A Horse With No Name  - Ray Conniff  -
30  -   Baby Elephant Walk  - Bert Kaempfert  -
 
31  -   Special Bonustrack: "The Flight of the Bumblebee"  - James Last  -

Kitten on the Keys
 
 01  -   Kitten on the Keys  - Marek & Vacek  -
 02  -   El Bimbo  - Liberace  -
 03  -   Alley Cat  - Joe Harnell  -
 04  -   Mr Moszkowski  - Roger Williams  -
 05  -   First Love  - Johnny Pearson & His Orchestra  -
 06  -   Root beer rag, live  - Robert Wells  -
 07  -   Chopsticks  - Ferrante & Teicher  -
 08  -   Mannequin  - Max Greger jun. und die SWR Big Band  -
 09  -   Dizzy Fingers  - Carmen Cavallaro  -
 10  -   Piano Talk  - Norman Candler & Mladen Franko  -
 11  -   Knots Landing  - Floyd Cramer  -
 12  -   Mama Won't You Boogie With Me  - Frank Mills  -
 13  -   Java  - James Last  -
 14  -   Cumana  - Pepe Jaramillo  -
 15  -   Surrey With The Fridge On Top  - Peter Nero  -
 16  -   Black Cat's Tango  - Richard Clayderman  -
 17  -   Inka Dinka Doo  - Ronnie Aldrich  -
 18  -   Nola  - Dick Hyman  -
 19  -   Roger's Bumble Bee  - Roger Williams  -
 20  -   On The Rebound  - Apollo 100  -
 21  -   Ski Fever  - Ferrante & Teicher  -
 22  -   Peter Piper  - Frank Mills  -
 23  -   Swinging On A Star  - Ferrante And Teicher  
 24  -   Ragtime (S. Joplin)  - Marek & Vacek  -
 25  -   Kitten on the Keys  - Robert Wells  -
 

 

Onderwerp: WEEK 15 - 2018

Datum: 18-05-2018

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week15-2018

Thanks for this week!

Datum: 09-04-2018

Door: MetalStorm

Onderwerp: Alfred Hause

My dear friend Harry, thanks a lot for the music you and LL crew share every week in this place.

The Alfred Hause download link is opening a Zippyshare tab that doesn't show the downloading option, could be possible that you fix that problem?

Thanks in advance just for this matter, greetings from Quito - Ecuador, SouthAmerica.

Datum: 08-04-2018

Door: latinaussierichard

Onderwerp: Gunter Noris 1972

Bedankt !!!!!!! May the world never forget such a brilliant talent as Gunter Noris, teacher or teachers and master of masters. He was the most incredible capable arranger ever !

Datum: 08-04-2018

Door: latinaussierichard

Onderwerp: Cliff Carpenter

Very small file, when downloaded no audio is played in any of the tracks. Something is kaput?

Datum: 08-04-2018

Door: Harry

Onderwerp: Re:Cliff Carpenter

Hi, I don't know what went wrong, but the files has been corrupted. I have to record the album once again. Sorry for the inconvience.
Harry

Datum: 09-04-2018

Door: latinaussierichard

Onderwerp: Re:Re:Cliff Carpenter

Harry. .not problems, take it easy. This is technology and things happens.................hope you are well and having a good time in Lewarden....................Ricardo

Datum: 08-04-2018

Door: darko

Onderwerp: week 15

Except music for this week, cats and music for animals are great!

Darko

Datum: 08-04-2018

Door: Eliane

Onderwerp: Cliff Carpenter

Harry, maybe problem with album, only 21 MB? Not sound.

Datum: 08-04-2018

Door: Harry

Onderwerp: Re:Cliff Carpenter

Hi Eliane, I don't know what went wrong, but the files are corrupted. I have to record the album once again. Sorry for the inconvience.
Harry

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