WEEK 16 - 2018

HiFi Stereo Festival
Volume XIX
78:51 - 320 Kb/sec
 
tracklisting:
 
1. Manuel - Begin the beguine / 04:20
2. Three Suns - Hi Lili, Hi-Lo / 02:11
3. Max Greger - One way wind / 02:47
4. Francis Bay - These are such things  / 01:35
5. Werner Müller - (There's nothing like) Show business / 01:52
6. The Al Capps Orchestra - I just can't help believing / 02:35
7. Enoch Light - I want to be happy / 02:36
8. Edmundo Ros - The peanut vendor / 02:34
9. Gerhard Narholz - Say yes! / 02:59
10. Orquestra Serenata Tropical - I love you baby / 01:50
11. The John Fox Orchestra - Hold me, thrill me, kiss me / 03:07
12. Syd Lawrence & His Orchestra - Can't buy me love / 02:43
13. Raymond Lefèvre - Pour être sincère / 02:49
14. The Starborne Strings (Arthur Greenslade) - The Molly Maguires / 02:19
15. Nelson Riddle - Playboy's theme / 02:51
16. Howard Blaikley Orchestra – Touch me / 02:29
17. Franck Chacksfield - Lights of Malta / 02:39
18. John Gregory - Heart of gold / 03:28
19. Sammy Kaye - Accent on youth / 02:21
20. Tony Hatch - Love in the morning sun / 03:46
21. Caravelli - Toi, tu es si loin de moi / 02:49
22. Esquivel - Walking happy / 02:08
23. Ray Martin - The flight of the bumble bee / 02:00
24. Larry Dalton and his Orchestra - Only you / 03:03
25. Percy Faith - Forget him / 02:21
26. Longiness Symphonette Societety - I can't stop loving you / 03:23
27. Franck Pourcel - Wild world / 03:10
28. Ronnie Aldrich - Good time Charlie's got the blues / 03:10
29. Perry Botkin and his Orchestra - Memories are made of this / 02:45
 

SWINGS volume 2
 
 01 -  Glenn Miller medley  - 
 02 -  Sie hieß Mary Ann (Sixteen Tons)  - 
 02 -  Tuxedo Junction  - 
 03 -  Who Cares  - 
 04 -  That's Life  - 
 05 -  Sweet Georgia Brown---You Are My Lucky Star---Who's Sorry Now  - 
 06 -  Barcarole  - 
 07 -  I Know Why  - 
 08 -  Sweet Lucy  - 
 09 -  Always  - 
 10 -  Praeludium VI  - 
 10 -  The Peach  - 
 11 -  Rhapsody In Blue  - 
 12 -  All By Myself  - 
 13 -  The Volga Boatman  - 
 14 -  Last But Not Least  - 
 15 -  That Old Black Magic  - 
 16 -  St. Louis Blues March  - 
 17 -  Stun Gun Break  - 
 18 -  Greensleeves  - 

Helmut Zacharias 
Zacharias Plays The Hits
 
 01 -  Brown Eyed Woman  - 
 02 -  Naturally Stoned  - 
 03 -  Reach Out For Me  - 
 04 -  Respect  - 
 05 -  Hurdy Gurdy Man  - 
 06 -  (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me  - 
 07 -  Light My Fire  - 
 08 -  I Say a Little Prayer  - 
 09 -  Baby Love  - 
 10 -  The House That Jack Built  - 
 11 -  Satisfaction  - 
 12 -  Mexico Melody  - 

Orchester Konrad Grewe 
Tanzmusik International
 
 1 -  Moonlight-Serenade  - 
 2 -  South Of The Border  - 
 3 -  Can Can  - 
 4 -  Besame Mucho  - 
 5 -  Midnight In Moscow  - 
 6 -  My Melancholy Baby  - 
 7 -  Begin The Beguine  - 
 8 -  Near You  - 
 9 -  S'Wonderful  - 
 10 -  Creole Jazz  - 
 11 -  Little White Lies  - 
 12 -  South  - 
 13 -  Brazil  - 
 14 -  Ain't Misbehavin'  - 

Roy Etzel 
Spanish Brass
 
 01 -  Mexican Hat Dance  - 
 02 -  La Paloma  - 
 03 -  Mexican Holiday  - 
 04 -  Andalucia  - 
 05 -  La Chachachita  - 
 06 -  Ay Ay Ay  - 
 07 -  La Tromba Espanola  - 
 08 -  Cuando Calienta El Sol  - 
 09 -  Ole O Cangaceiro  - 
 10 -  Cielito Lindo  - 
 11 -  Vaya Con Dios  - 
 12 -  Fiesta In Rio  - 

Cliff Carpenter 

Die Super-Evergreen Party
 
 01 -  An einem Sonntag in Avignon  - 
 02 -  Jambalaya  - 
 03 -  Ein Festival der Liebe  - 
 04 -  La  Montanara  - 
 05 -  Es lebe das Geburtstagkind  - 
 06 -  Der Pariser Tango  - 
 07 -  Schöne Maid  - 
 08 -  Marina  - 
 09 -  The Sound of Silence  - 
 10 -  Nur die Liebe läßt uns leben  - 
 11 -  Ganz Paris ist ein Theater  - 
 12 -  Fremder Mann  - 
 13 -  Mouth Organ Boy  - 
 14 -  Nur ein Flirt  - 
 15 -  Ich geb'mir selbst 'ne Party  - 
 16 -  Wie ein Stern in einer Sommernacht  - 
 17 -  Skandal um Rosy  - 
 18 -  Can Can  - 
 19 -  Eine neue Liebe ist wie ein neues Leben  - 
 20 -  Moonlight  - 
 21 -  Olala l'Amour  - 
 22 -  Old Old Germany  - 
 23 -  Alle Blumen wollen blühen  - 
 24 -  Ma Vie  - 

Sandy Nelson 
The Best Of The Beats
 
 01 -  Let's Go  - 
 02 -  Yakety Yak  - 
 03 -  My Wife Can't Cook  - 
 04 -  Stagger Lee  - 
 05 -  All Shook Up  - 
 06 -  Don't Be Cruel  - 
 07 -  La Bamba Bossa Nova  - 
 08 -  Wiggle Wobble  - 
 09 -  Ooh Pooh Pah Doo  - 
 10 -  Willie And The Hand Jive  - 
 11 -  Stood Up  - 
 12 -  Mother In Law  - 
 

Various Artists 
THE FANTASTIC SEVENTIES PARTY 1
 
 1 -  Eres Tu  - Bert Kaempfert  - 
 2 -  One Way Wind  - Anthony Ventura  - 
 3 -  Popcorn  - Max Greger  - 
 4 -  Verde  - Günter Noris  - 
 5 -  And I Love You So  - Helmut Zacharias  - 
 6 -  Save Your Kisses For Me  - Roberto Delgado  - 
 7 -  The Air That I Breathe  - James Last  - 
 8 -  Freedom Come, Freedom Go  - Kurt Edelhagen  - 
 9 -  Mouldy Old Dough  - Werner Müller  - 
 10 -  Theme from "Shaft"  - Bert Kaempfert  - 
 11 -  It's A Heartache  - Kai Warner  - 
 12 -  Fernando  - Roy Etzel  - 
 13 -  Yellow River  - Hugo Strasser  - 
 14 -  If You Could Read My Mind  - Anthony Ventura  - 
 15 -  Rhinstone Cowboy  - James Last  - 
 16 -  Goodbye My Love, Goodbye  - Ambros Seelos  - 
 17 -  Sacramento  - Martin Böttcher  - 
 18 -  How Deep Is Your Love  - Berry Lipman  - 
 19 -  She  - Norman Candler  - 
 20 -  All I Ever Need Is You  - Bert Kaempfert  - 
 21 -  I'd Love You To Want Me  - Anthony Ventura  - 
 22 -  Sugar Baby Love  - Franz Lambert  - 
 23 -  Take A Chance On Me  - Klaus Wunderlich  - 
 24 -  Butterfly  - Alfred Hause  - 

Günter Noris 
Festival Tropical
 
 01 -  Samba d'Orphee; Brazil; Tristezza  - 
 02 -  Amor, Amor  - 
 03 -  Carnavalito  - 
 04 -  Ay, Ay, Ay  - 
 05 -  Kingston Town, Banana Boat  - 
 06 -  Soul Limbo  - 
 07 -  El Cumbanchero  - 
 08 -  Adios Muchachos  - 
 09 -  Moliendo Café  - 
 10 -  El Condor Pasa  - 
 11 -  Todos dos Domingos  - 
 12 -  Mexican Hat Dance; Adelita; La Bamba  - 
 

Frankie Carle 
Music For Dancing(Reader's Digest)
 
30 HITS OF THE TUNEFUL 30'S
 1 -  Medley In The Chapel In The Moonlight  - 
 2 -  Medley Goofus  - 
 3 -  Medley When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain  - 
 4 -  Medley Red Sails In The Sunset  - 
 5 -  Medley Good Night, Sweetheart  - 
 6 -  Medley You're The Only Star  - 
 7 -  Medley I Double Dare You  - 
 8 -  Medley You're A Sweetheart  - 
 9 -  Medley Exactly Like You  - 
 10 -  Medley Stairway To The Stars  - 

Lex DeAzevedo & His Orchestra 
For All We Know
 
 01 -  I Only Have Eyes For You  - 
 02 -  Teach Me Tonight  - 
 03 -  What A Fool Believes  - 
 04 -  Once Upon A Time  - 
 05 -  Comin' In and Out Of Your Life  - 
 06 -  Heartlight  - 
 07 -  Love On A Two-Way Street  - 
 08 -  Never Gonna Let You Go  - 
 09 -  Baby, Come To Me  - 
 10 -  Didn't We  - 
 11 -  You and I  - 
 12 -  Stormy  - 
 13 -  You Are So Beautiful  - 
 14 -  Windy  - 
 15 -  Tonight's the Night  - 
 16 -  The Way Of Love  - 
 17 -  For All We Know  - 
 18 -  Dream Lover  - 

Mantovani 
Tenderly
 
 01 -  Flamingo  - 
 02 -  Midnight Cowboy  - 
 03 -  La Mer  - 
 04 -  Begin the Beguine  - 
 05 -  Tenderly  - 
 06 -  Song of Skye  - 
 07 -  Autumn Leaves  - 
 08 -  Some Enchanted Evening  - 
 09 -  Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing  - 
 10 -  Deep Purple  - 
 11 -  Swedish Rhapsody  - 
 12 -  What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life  - 
 13 -  Send In The Clowns  - 
 14 -  Colours Of My Life  - 
 15 -  Three Coins In The Fountain  - 
 16 -  Charmaine  - 

Frank Valdor 
Hey Mr. Valdor !
 
 01 -  Popcorn  - 
 02 -  Annabelle  - 
 03 -  Kumbayah  - 
 04 -  Eine neue Liebe ist wie ein neues Leben  - 
 05 -  Seaside Shuffle  - 
 06 -  Ich fang für euch den Sonnenschein  - 
 07 -  Bottoms Up  - 
 08 -  Let's Dance  - 
 09 -  Ich hab' die Liebe geseh'n  - 
 10 -  Schools Out  - 
 11 -  The Godfather  - 
 12 -  Flamenco Shuffle  - 
 

Orquestra La Paloma 
Instrumentais de Ouro
 
  -  La Violetera  - 
  -  Aquellos Ojos Verdes  - 
  -  Negra Consentida  - 
  -  Madrid  - 
  -  Jalousie  - 
  -  Angelitos Negros  - 
  -  Kalu  - 
  -  El Misterio de La Vida  - 
  -  Adios Muchachos  - 
  -  Maria La Ô  - 
  -  Vaya Con Dios  - 
  -  Cubanacan  -  
 
  -  La Leyenda Del Beso  - 
  -  My Yddishe Momme  - 
  -  Mona Lisa  - 
  -  Intermezzo  - 
  -  Orchids In The Moonlight  - 
  -  None But The Lonely heart  - 
  -  I Can't Stop Loving You  - 
  -  Petticoats of Portugal  - 
  -  Limelight  - 
  -  Lili Marlene  - 
  -  Il Fat Savoir  - 
  -  Spellbound  - 

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester 
Die größten Erfolge
 
 01 -  Veronika, der Lenz ist da  - 
 02 -  Kein Schwein ruft mich an  - 
 03 -  Bel Ami  - 
 04 -  Oh, Donna Clara  - 
 05 -  Mein Bruder macht beim Tonfilm die Gerausche  - 
 06 -  Es war einmal ein Musikus  - 
 07 -  Die Manner sind schon die Liebe wert  - 
 08 -  Was ist das Leben, wenn Du mich nicht liebst  - 
 09 -  Unter den Pinien von Argentinien  - 
 10 -  Wenn die Sonne hinter den Dachern versinkt  - 
 11 -  Ich lass mir meinen Korper schwarz bepinseln  - 
 12 -  Mein Gorilla  - 
 13 -  Dort tanzt Lu-Lu!  - 
 14 -  Wenn ein junger Mann kommt  - 
 
 01 -  Mein kleiner gruner Kaktus  - 
 02 -  Ich brech die Herzen der stolzesten Frau'n  - 
 03 -  Kleines Fraulein, einen Augenblick  - 
 04 -  Just A Gigolo  - 
 05 -  Eva  - 
 06 -  Wenn du mal in Hawaii bist  - 
 07 -  Fraulein, Pardon  - 
 08 -  Abends, wenn die Lichter gluhn  - 
 09 -  Das Fraulein Gerda  - 
 10 -  Schone Lisa, susse Lisa  - 
 11 -  You Are My Lucky Star  - 
 12 -  Wenn der weisse Flieder wieder bluht  - 
 13 -  Rinderwahn  - 
 14 -  Somebody Stole My Gal  - 
 

READERS DIGEST MUSIC
Various Orchestras 
Great Music From The Movies 1/4
 
LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDOURED THING
 01 -  20th Century-Fox Fanfare  - 
 02 -  Love Is A Many Splendored Thing  - 
 03 -  Laura  - 
 04 -  Again  - 
 05 -  Three Coins In The Fountain  - 
THE BIG SONGS FROM ABROAD
 06 -  Zorba's Dance  - 
 07 -  More  - 
 08 -  The Third Man Theme  - 
 09 -  La Ronde  - 
 10 -  Le Tourbillion  - 
 11 -  La Dolce Vita  - 

Hugo Montenegro 
Rocket Man  
A Tribute to Elton John
 
 01 -  Blastoff  - 
 02 -  Rocket Man  - 
 03 -  The Bitch is Back  - 
 04 -  Goodbye Yellow Brick Road  - 
 05 -  Philidelphia Freedom  - 
 06 -  Take Me To The Pilot  - 
 07 -  Your Song  - 
 08 -  Lowdown Hoedown  - 
 09 -  Daniel  - 
 10 -  Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds  - 
 11 -  Splashdown  - 

Werner Muller 
Welterfolge heute neu !
 
 01 -  The Breeze And I  - 
 02 -  Dance Ballerina Dance  - 
 03 -  Hora Staccato  - 
 04 -  Moonglow  - 
 05 -  Ritual Fire Dance  - 
 06 -  Alla En El Rancho Grande  - 
 07 -  T.D.'s Boogie Woogie  - 
 08 -  Granada  - 
 09 -  Vilia  - 
 10 -  How High The Moon  - 
 11 -  Lady Of Spain  - 
 12 -  The World Is Waiting For The Sun Rise  - 

READERS DIGEST MUSIC 
Popular Music Hit Parade 9/9
 
S H O W S T O P P E R S
 901 -  Mame  - Frank DeVol And His Orchestra  - 
 902 -  You're Just In Love (Vocal By Bill And Diana Lee)  - Frank DeVol And His Orchestra  - 
 903 -  Matchmaker, Matchmaker  - Frank DeVol And His Orchestra  - 
 904 -  The Girl That I Marry (Vocal By Bill Lee)  - Frank DeVol And His Orchestra  - 
 905 -  My Romance  - Frank DeVol And His Orchestra  - 
 906 -  Chicago (Vocal By Joy Martell)  - Robert Mandell And His Orchestra  - 
THE SOUND OF NASHVILLE
 907 -  If I Had A Hammer (Guitars By Jerry Reed And Weldon Myrick)  - The Hurshel Wiginton Singers  - 
 908 -  500 Miles (Vocal By Joe Babcock)  - The Hurshel Wiginton Singers  - 
 909 -  The Sound Of Silence  - The Nashville Sounds  - 
 910 -  Where Have All The Flowers Gone (Vocal By Dottie DeLeon)  - The Nashville Sounds With Strings  - 
 911 -  Blowin' In The Wind  - The Hurshel Wiginton Singers With Orchestra  - 
 912 -  This Land Is Your Land  - The Hurshel Wiginton Singers With Orchestra  - 
 

Ray Martin and His Orchestra 
Up-Up and Away   
Vinyl LP  Camden CAS-2181
 
 01 -  Up-Up And Away  - 
 02 -  Pleasant Valley Sunday  - 
 03 -  Don't Sleep In The Subway  - 
 04 -  The Windows Of The World  - 
 05 -  More And More  - 
 06 -  The Sweetest Thing This Side Of Heaven  - 
 07 -  Brave New World  - 
 08 -  Words  - 
 09 -  My Mammy  - 
 10 -  Carrie-Anne  - 
 

Various Orchestras
      Sounds Fantastic     
Vinyl LP  RCA  RVS 80
 
 01  -  Strike Up The Band  - Sid Ramin and His Orchestra  - 
 02 -  Fly Me To The Moon   - Si Zentner and His Orchestra  - 
 03 -  Smile  - Marty Gold and His Orchestra  - 
 04 -  Watusi Trumpets   - Claus Ogerman and His Orchestra  - 
 05 -  Armen's Theme   - Chet Atkins  - 
 06 -  From Russia With Love   - Dick Schory and His Percussion Pops Orchestra  - 
 07 -  Love Your Spell Is Everywhere  - Living Strings  - 
 08 -  I Had The Craziest Dream  - Al Hirt  - 
 09 -  A Wonderful Day Like Today  - Frankie Randall  - 
 10 -  Steel Guitar Rag  - Living Guitars  - 
 11 -  Love Letters In The Sand   - Three Suns  - 
 12 -  Bye Bye Blues  - Esquivel and His Orchestra  - 
 

READERS DIGEST MUSIC 
Starorchester spielen für Millionen 
~ Die Hits der 80er-Jahre ~
 
 1 -  Santa Maria  - Anthony Ventura  - 
 2 -  The Lady In Red  - James Last  - 
 3 -  Wake Me Up Before You Go Go  - Karl Schmidt  - 
 4 -  La Isla Bonita  - Billy Vaughn  - 
 5 -  Hello Again  - Hugo Strasser  - 
 6 -  Ein bisschen Frieden  - Christian Colombier  - 
 7 -  Get Here  - Mr. Acker Bilk  - 
 8 -  Eternal Flame  - Tommy Fisher  - 
 9 -  Endless Love  - John Gregory  - 
 10 -  Ebony And Ivory  - Mr. Acker Bilk  - 
 11 -  Fernando  - Hugo Strasser  - 
 12 -  On The Beach - Summer 88  - Karl Schmidt  - 
 13 -  Biscaya  - Christian Colombier  - 
 14 -  99 Luftballons  - Kuno Alexander  - 
 15 -  Nikita  - Hugo Strasser  - 
 16 -  Sun Of Jamaica  - Christian Colombier  - 
 17 -  Xanadu  - Kai Warner  - 
 18 -  Prima notte d'amore - Che angelo sei - Storie di tutti i giorni  - Günter Noris  - 
 19 -  Say You, Say Me  - Billy Vaughn  - 
 20 -  Memory  - Hugo Strasser  - 
 21 -  One Moment In Time  - Mr. Acker Bilk  - 
 22 -  Sierra Madre del Sur  - Ambros Seelos  - 

The United Guitar Players 
Country Music Classics
 
 01 -  He Stopped Loving Her Today  - 
 02 -  Crazy  - 
 03 -  The Gambler  - 
 04 -  On the Road Again  - 
 05 -  Jambalaya (On the Bayou)  - 
 06 -  I'd Just Love to Lay You Down  - 
 07 -  I Fall to Pieces  - 
 08 -  El Paso  - 
 09 -  I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry  - 
 10 -  These Boots Were Made for Walkin'  - 
 11 -  Amarillo by Morning  - 
 12 -  Always on My Mind  - 
 13 -  Sweet Dreams  - 
 14 -  Coal Miner's Daughter  - 
 15 -  Your Cheatin' Heart  - 
 16 -  Stand by Your Man  - 
 17 -  She's Got You  - 
 18 -  Rhinestone Cowboy  - 
 19 -  Hey Good Lookin'  - 
 20 -  Walkin' after Midnight  - 
 21 -  Wichita Lineman  - 

John Sidney 
Piano 09
 
  -  You Took Advantage of Me  - 
  -  Jeannine I Dream of Lilac Time  - 
  -  Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans   - 
  -  Medley 1: The Umbrella Man; Oh oh Antonio; Cruising Down the River  - 
  -  Elmers Tune  - 
  -  Cielito Lindo  - 
  -  Don't Cry For Me Argentina  - 
  -  You're Nobody 'till Somebody Loves You  - 
  -  Dancing with Tears in My Eyes   - 
  -  Spanish Eyes  - 
  -  I'm Stepping Out with a Memory Tonight  - 
  -  A Kiss to Build a Dream On  - 
  -  Ramona  - 
  -  The Anniversary Waltz  - 
  -   In The Chapel in the Moonlight  - 
  -  Theme from Love Story  - 
  -  Medley 2: Heart of My Heart; Underneath the Arches; Hometown; a Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square  - 
  -  Medley 3: Nelly Kelly I Love You; Sweet Rosie O'Grady; Now is the Hour (Maori's Farewell Song)  - 
  -  Paradise Waltz  - 
  -  The Wedding of the Painted Doll  - 
  -  For the Good Times  - 

Nelson Riddle 
LOVE TIDE
1961 
 
Make no mistake by the look of things in terms of the front cover. Nelson Riddle's (1921–1985) Love Tide isn't necessarily one of those schmaltzy love-themed romance albums, although the majority of the 12 tunes – two of them unique compositions by Riddle – reside undoubtedly in that spectrum. Released in 1961 on Capitol Records, the liner notes call this album the successor to Sea Of Dreams (1958) with a clear-cut continuation of his "musical seascapes". That's the reason why both albums were coupled on a recent 2CD-release. However, I disagree with that notion. Riddle may have planned to come back to the concept of Sea Of Dreams, but Love Tide is far from being aquatic. The orchestra strings are often surprisingly melodramatic and baneful, and sound nothing like their lusher, loftier brethren of the former album which should teach cheeky naysayers a lesson who believe all Easy Listening works sound alike.
 
The most glaring example for the different soundscapes between both albums are the instruments that are neglected on the first work, but added in the latter: vibraphones, harps, pianos and bongos altogether lessen the romantic notions in Love Tide, but cannot leave an impact once the melodrama and yearning are aurally displayed via the many violin strings. Why should Exotica fans investigate? Because Nelson Riddle presents at least three dedicated Exotica classics on this LP, and depending on your definition of the genre, you might well add another two tunes. And since Riddle occasionally breaks the overarching concept that is thrown at him by the marketing people at Capitol, you should not expect an adamant frame that solely focuses on the loving couple of the front cover, let alone the liquedous setting. That's actually great, for it is these formula-expanding moments where the album starts to get interesting for Exotica followers, regardless of whether they are fans of Nelson Riddle or not.
 
Freed from any romantic kitsch that is depicted on the front artwork, Richard Rodger's and Oscar Hammerstein II's Bali Ha'i is the introductory track to Nelson Riddle's aforementioned seascapes. It is a particularly exotic rendition which one would not have guessed from the shape of things. Sure enough do saccharine Hollywood strings play the main melody, but it is the droning djembe-driven percussion and harp-fueled backings that are the actual hidden stars of the arrangement. Plinking triangles are a great counterpart to the almost abyssal contrabass strings which are interwoven every so often. Riddle's symphonic interpretation takes away the loftiness of this piece due to the greatly balanced interplay between gloomy strings and ethereal counterparts; especially the end phase comprises of violins of pure warmth with twinkling vibraphone sparks. Again, Bali Ha'i is less romantic than it is exotic. It is not enchanting, though, as the darker parts are allotted throughout the runtime of over three minutes, a bold move by Easy Listening terms.
 
The following Ill Wind, originally composed in 1934 by Harold Arlen, merges these darker tones with enigmatic harp spirals, frosty vibraphone droplets and heavily wafting strings before the slow double bass-backed groove is established. If it weren't for the incessant occurrence of the coruscant glints, the nostalgic lamento would be much heavier. The strings are much more on the forefront, stripped off their exotic backup and are again shuttling between celestial lightness and heavy waves of melodrama. It is not exactly my cup of tea, but the vibraphones are always a splendid inclusion and definitely much needed here for counterbalancing reasons. 
 
While Brooks Bowman's 1936 classic East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon) is nurtured by Riddle's conducted polyphonous pizzicato strings and entranced vibraphone glints that glow like sun rays on the water, Till The End Of Time by Ted Mossman and Buddy Kaye is yet another track whose romance factor is augmented by a concoction of sunset-red orchestra strings and admixed devices that lessen the approach, for example golden-shimmering harps and complemental acoustic guitars. It becomes clear from this point that Nelson Riddle is revving up the romantic notions. The strings are thicker, more vibrant and saturated than before, the exotic percussion wanes and the vibraphones, though still sparkling, cannot resurrect the adventurous easy going approach that was hidden in the opener Bali Ha'i. There's nothing wrong with this overarching approach, for the cover and the title say it all.
 
And yet there's hope for Exotica fans, oh yes! Ever heard of Duke Ellington's Caravan? Sure you do, and boy, does Nelson Riddle make a proper U-turn. Unleashing rapid-firing bongo-fueled rhythm patterns next to spectral sky-high strings and slightly warmer and darker counterparts, the chorus is especially cinematic and wide in its depicted panorama. Properly jazzy double bass backings, multicolored harp cascades and several rhythmic shifts make this an interpretation that is as exciting as it is out of place: it is danger-evoking, far away from any water source and has zero romance in it. A song for the boys among Riddle's listeners and a fulminant hit. And while Riddle is in Exotica realms, why not add Harry Owens' 1934 opus Sweet Leilani as the finishing tune of side A? Sure enough does the romance re-enter the scenery, but so does a deliciously hollow bongo beat that accompanies the eminently saccharine violin strings of heaven. No vibraphones or obvious harps, just piles of orchestra strings and bongos. Minimalism camouflaged via opulence.
 
Take Me In Your Arms – the title says it all, as Nelson Riddle puts the focus back to amorous lands. Originally written by Mitchell Parish and Fred Markush, Riddle surprises with overly melodramatic, yearning and dusky string settings that are neither romantic nor exotic, but all the more doleful. Despite this grey scenery, he is keen enough to inject a welcome dose of mellow marimbas and decisively Latin piano sequences in darker tone regions. It is a disappointing arrangement – given the theme of AmbientExotica – that cannot be rescued by the marimba infusion. It is the heavyweight of the album. As if the heart-aching theme was too huge, the following Solitude opens with wondrous harp spirals that continue to keep their omnipresence. Originally written by Duke Ellington in 1934, Riddle does everything right here: twinkling vibraphone glints, Far Eastern two-note piano sprinkles and much dreamier, less nostalgic orchestra strings shimmer majestically. The jazzy but laid back piano melody in the last third works well in this phantasmagoric atmosphere. Thumbs up!
 
Next on the agenda is Santana, and it is written by none other than Nelson Riddle himself. Thankfully, it breaks the formula again, as it is definitely Mediterranean in style, a Bolero on speed if you will, with piercing and sizzling-hot strings, a castanet-interspersed tambourin percussion and – gasp! – that certain Surf Rock build-up thanks to its standout rhythm. There are obviously no electric guitars involved, but that certain rhythm is still commonplace in today's Rockabilly and Dark Exotica songs. Nelson Riddle, you devil, you!
 
Honeysuckle Rose, written in 1928 by Fats Waller, is another surprise, thanks in large parts to its crystalline brightness: an eight-note theme on both the guitar and scintillating vibes is introduced and shortly thereafter meshed with lavish orchestra strings. These are once more much lighter and loftier than at the beginning of side B. They literally wash over the listener and make this an Easy Listening hymn par excellence. It is what the conductor does best, and he shows it here in great clarity. The penultimate Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me is the newest inclusion on the LP, having been written in 1952 by Harry Noble. The Lounge factor is unexpectedly high due to a soft double bass grove, gently shaken maracas and mystically trembling vibraphone notes whose sustain is allowed to resonate in the distance since this quiet opening passage is perfectly suitable for such an occasion. But even once the song is properly running, there are many low-profile phases with not much else than the percussive aorta, so both the vibes and the punchy harp twangs continue to shine and round off a composition that would otherwise have been a clichéd romantic ballad.
 
 
The final offering is the eponymous Love Tide, and is the second original Nelson Riddle tune. A deep Balearic guitar and glistening vibes mesh with the possibly catchiest melody that is tremendously cinematic and altered many times; sometimes the motif is played in ethereal ways, then there are moments where its appearance is almost ghostly and gelid. The careful build-up with lots of fissures and quiescent passages make this a very great tune. Soft bongos are included, and while this song is not exotic at all, its memorable melodies, the interchanging pattern of rose-tinted textures with gloomy passages is a great end to an exotic romance album.
 
Love Tide is said to be the successor of Sea Of Dreams according to the liner notes, but I cannot sense the reason for this remark, as it is much heavier and occasionally downright spectral in the depiction of its mood. Likewise is the instrumental pool opened in direct contrast, with piano chords, marimba inclusions and most importantly bongo beats scattered all over Love Tide. In the end, Nelson Riddle's album is firmly rooted in romantic realms rather than exotic beaches, but Bali Ha'i, Caravan and his own Santana broaden the concept and inject exotic traits and attributes. Caravan is the obvious show-stopper for Exotica fans: it's fast-paced, exciting and bongo-laden, but even the djembe groove of Bali Ha'i proves to be a good counterpart to the ubiquitous use of the symphonic instruments.
 
 
If you are missing the brass sections and still long for an exotic angle with lots of vibraphones, go for Nelson Riddle's Witchcraft! of 1958, as it is much more swinging, but surprises with freely flowing improvisations on the majority of the depicted material. And surprisingly enough does Witchcraft! feature much more liquid and wet compositions than the supposed seascapes of Love Tide. Since it is available as a digital download version on iTunes, Amazon and cohorts, it is best to pre-listen to the material, especially so the heavier pieces. You will understand what I mean when I talk about the gloominess and even ghostly qualities of the strings. Plus if you are only fond of the clear-cut Exotica classics, you can cherry-pick them as well. As stated above, Caravan is the obvious choice in this regard. All in all, Love Tide is not as romantic as one might think. Then again, it is not overly exotic and at times even eerie due to its all too heavy strings. But it is mostly playful, and since the strings are usually lush and mellow, it remains a treat to Easy Listening fans. 
 
Exotica Review 146: Nelson Riddle – Love Tide (1961). 
Originally published on Nov. 17, 2012 at AmbientExotica.com.
 
01 -  Bali Ha'i  - 
 02 -  Ill Wind  - 
 03 -  East Of The Sun  - 
 04 -  Till The End Of Time  - 
 05 -  Caravan  - 
 06 -  Sweet Leilani  - 
 07 -  Take Me In Your Arms  - 
 08 -  Solitude  - 
 09 -  Santana  - 
 10 -  Honeysuckle Rose  - 
 11 -  Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me  - 
 12 -  Love Tide  -

Billy Taylor 
My Fair Lady Loves Jazz
 
 1 -  Show Me  - 
 2 -  I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face  - 
 3 -  With a Little Bit of Luck  - 
 4 -  The Rain in Spain  - 
 5 -  Get Me to the Church on Time  - 
 6 -  Wouldn't It Be Loverly?  - 
 7 -  I Could Have Danced All Night  - 
 8 -  On the Street Where You Live  - 

Sal Salvador 
The World's Greatest Jazz Standards
 
 01 -  All The Things You Are  - 
 02 -  Misty  - 
 03 -  Yesterdays  - 
 04 -  Body And Soul  - 
 05 -  Just Friends  - 
 06 -  How High The Moon  - 
 07 -  As Time Goes By  - 
 08 -  Here's That Rainy Day  - 
 09 -  It Might As Well Be Spring  - 
 10 -  Honeysuckle Rose  - 
 11 -  Cherokee  - 

Mark Shane & Johny Varro 
Just You, Just Me & Two Pianos
 
 01 -  Three Little Words  - 
 02 -  My Blue Heaven  - 
 03 -  On the Sunny Side of the Street_I Can't Give You Anything But Love  - 
 04 -  Jubilee  - 
 05 -  Deed I Do  - 
 06 -  Linger Awhile  - 
 07 -  It's Easy to Remember_Isn't This a Lovely Day_Mood Indigo  - 
 08 -  Them There Eyes  - 
 09 -  Blues for Mr. and Mrs. C in F  - 
 10 -  Just You, Just Me  - 
 11 -  I Must Have That Man_Why Try to Change Me Now_Basin Street Blues  - 
 12 -  Stealin' Apples  - 
 13 -  Coquette_Sugar  - 
 14 -  Avalon  - 
 

HAPPY SOUTH AMERICA
 
 01  -   Rumbah Tambah  - Roberto Delgado  -
 02  -   Limbo Rock  - Hugo Strasser und sein Tanzorchester  -
 03  -   Pata Pata  - Percy Faith  -
 04  -   Brazil  - Edmundo Ros and his Orchestra  -
 05  -   Mama Look -A-Booboo  - Roberto Delgado  -
 06  -   A Banda  - The Tony Hatch and Alan Tew Orchestras  -
 07  -   Perfidia  - Roberto Delgado  -
 08  -   Adalita  - James Last  -
 09  -   Jump In The Line  - Bert Kaempfert und sein Orchester  -
 10  -   Cumana  - Tommy Reilly with Kai Warner & his Orchestra  -
 11  -   Roberto Delgado  - Coconut Woman  -
 12  -   La Bamba   - High Society Ballroom Orchestra  -
 13  -   Desafinado (Slightly Out Of Tune) (Samba)  - Rubino Und Sein Großes Ballroom-Orchester  -
 14  -   Windmills Of Your Mind  - Hank Marvin  -
 15  -   Arriba La Moral   - Hugo Strasser und sein Tanzorc  -
 16  -   Tico Tico  - Michel Legrand  -
 17  -   La Playa  - Peter Thomas sound orchestra  -
 18  -   Abacachi  - Franck Pourcel  -
 19  -   Cavaquinho  - Jo Basile  -
 20  -   Arriba  - Soundorchester Roy Etzel  -
 21  -   Viva Merengue  - Max Greger  -
 22  -   Zambezi  - Orchester Werner Tauber featuring Etienne Cap and his trumpet  -
 23  -   Recuerdos de la Alhambra  - Tol & Tol  -
 24  -   Mascate  - Tony Nolte Television Orchestra  -

A TOUCH OF LATIN 1

 
 
01  -   Fiesta  - Manuel  -
02  -   Amor De Mis Amores  - Edwin Schimscheiner  -
 03  -   Guantanamera  - James Last  -
 04  -   Besame Mucho  - Ray Conniff  -
 05  -   Fandango  - Herb Alpert  -
 06  -   Bamboleo  - James Last  -
 07  -   El Gavilan  - Franck Pourcel  -
 08  -   Cielito Lindo  - Pepe Leon  -
 09  -   Jump In The Line  - Bert Kaempfert  -
 10  -   Fiesta Mexicana  - Roberto Delgado  -
 11  -   Viento Del Sur  - Luis Cobos  -
 12  -   Ay,  Ay,  Ay  - Günter Noris  -
 13  -   The Girls From Paramaribo  - Berry Lipman  -
 14  -   Mambo Nr. 5  - James Last  -
 15  -   Al Di La  - Manuel  -
 16  -   El Negro Zumbon  - Max Greger  -
 17  -   Taka Takata  - Paul Mauriat  -
 18  -   Paloma Blanca  - Anthony Ventura  -
 19  -   La Luna De Ascension  - Janu  -
 20  -   Un Canto A Galicia  - Roberto Delgado  -
 21  -   Coco Loco  - Herb Alpert  -
 22  -   Brazil  - Ray Conniff  -
 23  -   Do You Know The Way To San Jose  - Joe Loss  -
 24  -   Venezuela Suya  - Franck Pourcel  -
 25  -   Viva La Feria  - Frank Valdor  -
COMPILED BY FRANK DECKERS
A Touch of Latin 2
 
 01  -   Entre Dos Aguas  - James Last  -
 02  -   Rumbo A Jerez  - Luis Cobos  -
 03  -   Carnival  - Manuel  -
 04  -   Andalucia  - James Last  -
 05  -   El Bimbo  - Paul Mauriat  -
 06  -   La Felicidad  - Edwin Schimscheiner  -
 07  -   Mexican Hat Dance  - Max Greger  -
 08  -   La Malagueña Salerosa  - James Last  -
 09  -   Memories Of Mexico  - Bert Kaempfert  -
 10  -   Proud Matador  - Manuel  -
 11  -   El Reloj  - Richard Clayderman  -
 12  -   Una Casa Blanca  - Janu  -
 13  -   Yellow Bird  - Alan Tew  -
 14  -   Mas Que Nada  - Tony Hatch  -
 15  -   Mambo Fever  - Ambros Seelos  -
 16  -   Samba Pa Ti  - Anthony Ventura  -
 17  -   One Note Samba  - Cor Bakker  -
 18  -   Desfinado  - Geoff Love  -
 19  -   Delicado  - Edmundo Ros  -
 20  -   Quando, Quando, Quando  - Manuel  -
 21  -   Historia De Un Amor  - Francis Goya  -
 22  -   Agapimu  - James Last  -
 23  -   Granada  - Paul Mauriat  -
 24  -   Moliendo Café  - Günter Noris  -
 25  -   Las Mañanitas  - Franck Pourcel  -
COMPILED BY FRANK DECKERS

 

Onderwerp: WEEK 16 - 2018

Datum: 19-04-2018

Door: Alberto Gateno

Onderwerp: Week 16

Tks a bunch for once more a great assortment of fantastic music. I would appreciate if you let me know where to download HI Fi 18.--All the best

Datum: 15-04-2018

Door: Eliane

Onderwerp: HiFi Stereo Festival

Harry, please you need publish HiFi Stereo Festival 18 . Thanks!

Datum: 15-04-2018

Door: latinaussierichard

Onderwerp: Gnter Noris

Ist grosse !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BEDANKT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Datum: 14-04-2018

Door: Greg Wagner

Onderwerp: Week 16

Muito obrigado pelo disco Orchestra La Paloma.

Datum: 14-04-2018

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 16

It's hard to say, but maybe Spring has finally arrived here in the Southeast. I certainly hope so bc it's about 5 weeks late!
Anyway, nice music from across the way. The folks are still finding time to donate, and Harry is still posting every week. I am forever grateful for this website.
I thought back in the mid-eighties that my favorite music might very well have reached it's end with the closing of the last radio station that broadcast this wonderful stuff, and for almost 30 years it had, except for the few I had recorded and some I was able to scrounge from different sources. Then one day I accidentally came across this website while searching for 'Beautiful Music', and I've been in ecstasy ever since. So, there you have it., my thoughts on these beautiful music arrangements.
anchortaxi, from a warm Tennessee

Datum: 14-04-2018

Door: Lucien Van Acker

Onderwerp: Week 16

Thancks to my friend Frank Deckers for the nice compilations

Datum: 15-04-2018

Door: LastForever

Onderwerp: Re:Week 16

Thanks for your kind words Lucien, these 2 compilations I made back in 2011, I'm running out of albums to donate maybe i should make more of these.

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