WEEK 17 - 2018

Shall we dance?
Volume IX
79:54 - 320 Kb/sec
 
tracklisting:
 
1. John Fox - Twilight time / 02:46
2. Bert Kaempfert - One lonely night / 02:31
3. Floyd Cramer - Please help me, I'm falling / 02:27
4. Living Guitars - This is my song / 02:29
5. Lawrence Welk - Fantastic, that's you / 02:30
6. Pat Valentino & his Orchestra - La isla bonita / 02:57
7. James Last - You make me feel brand new / 05:25
8. Nelson Riddle - You fascinate me so / 03:10
9. Syd Dale - Along came love / 02:38
10. Gérard Hever - Along the Bayou / 03:24
11. The Salsoul Strings - Love letters / 03:31
12. Arthur Greenslade  - Welcome to my world / 02:44
13. Max Greger - Die kleine Kneipe / 02:24
14. Enoch Light - Come prima / 02:49
15. Johnny Pearson - Just the way you are / 05:05
16. Frank Chacksfield - Lost without your love / 02:50
17. Percy Faith - No one but you / 03:13
18. Pete Moore - Superstar / 03:31
19. Will Glahé - Bei zärtlicher Musik / 02:54
20. Stanley Black - The way we were / 03:41
21. Cyril Stapleton - For always / 02:40
22. Simon Park & His Orchestra - To know him is to love him / 02:35
23. Mantovani - La vie en rose / 03:00
24. Sergio Rafael Orchestra - A little bit more / 03:01
25. Waldo de los Rios - What a wonderful world / 02:33
26. Les Reed - The last waltz / 02:59
 

LATIN & LAST 1
 
 01 -  Sly Mongoose;El Rancho Grande; A Gay Ranchero  - 
 02 -  Hey  - 
 03 -  Adiós, Pampa Mía!  - 
 04 -  Ayacucho  - 
 05 -  Tango  - 
 06 -  Bamboleo  - 
 07 -  Feels So Good  - 
 08 -  Happy Music - Mexican Hat Dance  - 
 09 -  Brazil  - 
 10 -  Guantanamera  - 
 11 -  Oye Mi Canto  - 
 12 -  Perhaps perhaps perhaps  - 
 13 -  La Malagueña Salerosa  - 
 14 -  Amor, Amor, Amor  - 
 15 -  Cavaquinho - Cumana - Sambarita  - 
 16 -  Delicado  - 
 17 -  The Wedding Samba/El Cumbanchero/La Pachanga  - 
 18 -  Adalita  - 
 19 -  La Sorella  - 
 20 -  Chili ConCane  -

Cliff Carpenter & Pete's Band
Stereo Hit Parade Instrumental '71
 
 01 -  Un Banc, un Arbre, une Rue  - Pete's Band  - 
 02 -  What have they done to my Song, Ma?  - Pete's Band  - 
 03 -  Meine Name ist Hase  - Pete's Band  - 
 04 -  Hier ist ein Mensch  - Pete's Band  - 
 05 -  Oh, wann kommst du  - Pete's Band  - 
 06 -  Ein verrückter Tag  - Pete's Band  - 
 07 -  Diese Welt  - Cliff Carpenter  - 
 08 -  Schuld war der Sonnenschein  - Cliff Carpenter  - 
 09 -  Daddy  - Cliff Carpenter  - 
 10 -  Amazing Grace  - Cliff Carpenter  - 
 11 -  Fremder Mann  - Cliff Carpenter  - 
 12 -  Ginny, komm näher  - Cliff Carpenter  - 
 13 -  Rose Garden  - Cliff Carpenter  - 
 14 -  Dich will ich lieben  - Cliff Carpenter  - 
 15 -  Auch dir lacht einmal die Liebe  - Cliff Carpenter  - 
 16 -  He Ain't Heavy, He's  My Brother  - Cliff Carpenter  - 
 17 -  Träume  - Cliff Carpenter  - 
 18 -  Et Mourir de Plaisir  - Cliff Carpenter  - 
 19 -  Wo finde ich Liebe  - Cliff Carpenter  - 
 20 -  Dein Platz in meinem Herzen  - Cliff Carpenter  - 
 21 -  Stein für Stein  - Cliff Carpenter  - 
 22 -  Wenn unsere Liebe ewig so bleibe  - Cliff Carpenter  - 
 23 -  Underdog  - Cliff Carpenter  - 
 24 -  Die Sonne scheint nicht nur in Acapulco - Cliff Caprenter

Various Artists 
THE FANTASTIC SEVENTIES PARTY 2
 
 1 -  Sailing  - Anthony Ventura  - 
 2 -  San Bernadino  - Hugo Strasser  - 
 3 -  Wand'rin star  - Alfred Hause  - 
 4 -  Sweet Caroline  - Bert Kaempfert  - 
 5 -  Is This The Way To Amarillo  - Martin Bottcher  - 
 6 -  Beautiful Sunday  - Max Greger  - 
 7 -  A Little Love And Understanding  - Helmut Zacharias  - 
 8 -  You're A Lady  - Werner Müller  - 
 9 -  My Sweet Lord  - Franz Lambert  - 
 10 -  Hotel California  - James Last  - 
 11 -  I Am...I Said  - Kurt Edelhagen  - 
 12 -  Let Your Love Flow  - Roy Etzel  - 
 13 -  Mull Of Kintyre  - Klaus Wunderlich  - 
 14 -  Dolannes Melody  - Anthony Ventura  - 
 15 -  Cracklin' Rosie  - Bert Kaempfert  - 
 16 -  Dancing Queen  - Roberto Delgado  - 
 17 -  Top Of The World  - Ambros Seelos  - 
 18 -  Apres Toi  - Anthony Ventura  - 
 19 -  Magic Fly  - Gunter Noris  - 
 20 -  Baker Street  - Kai Warner  - 
 22 -  What Is Life  - Norman Candler  - 
 23 -  Night Fever  - Berry Lipman  - 

Paul Mauriat 
Un jour, un enfant
 
 1 -  Un jour, un enfant  - 
 2 -  I'm Gonna Make You Love Me  - 
 3 -  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang  - 
 4 -  Abraham, Martin And John  - 
 5 -  Love Child  - 
 6 -  I Heard It Through The Grapevine  - 
 7 -  Cathérine  - 
 8 -  Elénore  - 
 9 -  Parce que tu me quittes (Lontano dagli occhi)  - 
 10 -  My Girl  - 
 11 -  Sweet Charity  - 
 12 -  Docteur Caraïbes  - 

Rondo Veneziano 
Die Grossen Erfolge
 
 01 -  Splendore Di Venezia  - 
 02 -  Casanova  - 
 03 -  Bettina  - 
 04 -  Fantasia Veneziana  - 
 05 -  San Marco  - 
 06 -  Rialto  - 
 07 -  Visioni Di Venezia  - 
 08 -  La Serenissima  - 
 09 -  Capriccio Veneziano  - 
 10 -  Pulcinella  - 
 11 -  Odissea Veneziana  - 
 12 -  Divertissement  - 
 13 -  Tema Veneziano  - 
 14 -  Donna Lucrezia  - 
 15 -  Poesia Di Venezia  - 
 16 -  Rondo Veneziano  -

 Caravelli 
La Fete
 
 01  - La Fete  -     
 02  - Les Divorces  -     
 03  - Qui C'est Celui-La?  -     
 04  - Melancolie  -     
 05  - Delta Dawn  -     
 06  - The Way We Were  -     
 07  - Chanson Populaire  -     
 08  - Les Vieux Maries  -     
 09  - Cherie Sha La La  -     
 10  - Parlez Moi de Lui  -     
 11  - Je Vais Te Retrouver  -     
 12  - Live and Let Die  -  
   
 

 Orchester Carlos Diernhammer
Orchester Syd Dale
Happy Trumpets
 
 1 -  Flamingo Walk  - Orchester Carlos Diernhammer  - 
 2 -  Bolivian Brass  - Orchester Carlos Diernhammer  - 
 3 -  Portales  - Orchester Carlos Diernhammer  - 
 4 -  Acapulco  - Orchester Carlos Diernhammer  - 
 5 -  Strangers In The Night  - Orchester Carlos Diernhammer  - 
 6 -  Trumpets And Tequila  - Orchester Carlos Diernhammer  - 
 7 -  Tijuanita  - Orchester Syd Dale  - 
 8 -  Chi-Chi-Chihuahua  - Orchester Syd Dale  - 
 9 -  Siesta Time  - Orchester Syd Dale  - 
 10 -  Mexican Highway  - Orchester Syd Dale  - 
 11 -  Tijuana Way  - Orchester Syd Dale  - 
 12 -  The Mexican Stripper  - Orchester Syd Dale  - 
 

 Big Band der Bundeswehr 
BIG BAND BEST
 
 01  - Medley: Hansi's Finest  - 
       *Fanfare for The Common Man
       *Morgens Um Sieben
       *Happy Luxemburg
       *Biscaya
       *Starparade    
 02  - Der einsame Hirte  -     
 03  - Bert Kaempfert Medley  -     
 04  - Pepito  -     
 05  - Fliegermarsch  -     
 06  - Quando, Quando  -     
 07  - Ein Festival der Liebe  -     
 08  - Gruß an Kiel  -     
 09  - Soul Limbo  -     
 10  - Yakety Sax  -     
 11  - Klarinetten Muckl  -     
 12  - Mambo Jambo  -     
 13  - Da kommt José der Strassenmusikant  -     
 14  - Lili Marleen  -     
 15  - Musik! Musik! Musik!  -     
 16  - Florentiner Marsch  -     
 17  - Preussens Gloria-Dance  -     
 18  - Tanzende Finger  -     
 19  - My Way  -     

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Erich Kunzel 
Lerner & Loewe: Songbook for Orchestra
 
 1 -  Camelot, orchestral suite after Lerner & Loewe  - 
 2 -  My Fair Lady, Symphonic Picture for orchestra  - 
 3 -  Gigi, orchestral suite after Lerner & Loewe  - 
 4 -  Paint Your Wagon, orchestral suite after Lerner & Loewe  - 
 5 -  Brigadoon, orchestral suite after Lerner & Loewe  - 
 

Roberto Delgado 
Caramba 2000
 
 1 -  Eviva el amor - Brasil - Volare cantare (Bambina)  - 
 2 -  A media luz - Cuando calienta el sol  - 
 3 -  Eviva España - Dolores - A banda  - 
 4 -  Bella Italia - Valencia - Gigi l'amoroso  - 
 5 -  Taka Taka - Rumba tambah - Borriquito  - 
 6 -  January... February... - Mañana - Ramaya  - 
 7 -  Caramba en la playa  - 
 8 -  El gato montez - España cani  - 
 9 -  Fiesta di beurba  - 
 10 -  Tango d'amor - The Whistling Scout - El bimbo  - 
 11 -  Tico tico - Tulpen aus Amsterdam  - 

READERS DIGEST MUSIC
Frankie Carle 
Music For Dancing 3
20 HITS OF THE FABULOUS 40'S
 
 1 -  Medley The White Cliffs Of Dover  - 
 2 -  Medley Aurora  - 
 3 -  Medley Mam'selle  - 
 4 -  Medley How About You  - 
 5 -  Medley You Were Only Fooling  - 
 6 -  Medley Comin' In On A Wing And A Prayer  - 
 7 -  Medley Sierra Sue  - 
 8 -  Medley Carie Boogie  - 
 9 -  Medley That Lucky Old Sun  - 
 10 -  Medley Mairzy Doats  - 

Günter Noris und sein Orchester
BELLA ITALIA
 
01. Mamma Maria / Kazoo, Kazoo / Made in Italy
 
02. Sharazan / Tu, soltanto tu / Felicitá
 
03. Ciao, ciao Bambina / Come prima / Volare
 
04. Santa Lucia / Torna a Surriento
 
05. Oh, Marie / Capri-Fischer / Azzuro
 
06. Vivi / Non succedera piú / Ballo Ballo
 
07. Figlio del sud / Una notte speciale / Arrivederci Claire
 
08. Menuett von Boccherini / Toselli-Serenade
 
09. Prima notte d'amore / Che angelo sei / Stori di tutti i giorni
 
10. Funiculi - Funiculá / O sole mio / Chianti-Lied

Hollywood Studio Orchestra
22 Famous Western Film Tracks
 
 01 -  High Noon  - 
 02 -  Wand'rin Star  - 
 03 -  Once Upon A Time In The West  - 
 04 -  Rio Bravo  - 
 05 -  The Good, The Bad And The Ugly  - 
 06 -  Hang'm High  - 
 07 -  A Fistful Of Dollars  - 
 08 -  A Gun For Ringo  - 
 09 -  The Magnificient Seven  - 
 10 -  How The West Was Won  - 
 11 -  The Man With The Harmonica  - 
 12 -  My Name Is Nobody  - 
 13 -  A Fistful Of Dynamite  - 
 14 -  Johnny Guitar  - 
 15 -  Pancho Villa  - 
 16 -  For A Few Dollars More  - 
 17 -  Ballad Of The Alamo  - 
 18 -  The Comancheros  - 
 19 -  Bye Bye Colonel  - 
 20 -  The Return Of The Seven  - 
 21 -  Good Luck Jack  - 
 22 -  La Libertad  - 

Lex de Azevedo Orchestra 
Heartbreaker
 
 01 -  I Can't Tell You Why  - 
 02 -  I Go Crazy  - 
 03 -  Here Comes the Sun  - 
 04 -  Stand by Your Man  - 
 05 -  Up Where We Belong  - 
 06 -  Any Day Now  - 
 07 -  Heartbreaker  - 
 08 -  Volare  - 
 09 -  Half the Way  - 
 10 -  This Night Won't Last Forever  - 
 11 -  You Send Me  - 
 12 -  More  - 
 13 -  Shame on the Moon  - 
 14 -  Rose Garden  - 
 15 -  Believe It or Not  - 
 16 -  Winds of War Theme  - 
 17 -  Me & Bobby Mcgee  - 
 18 -  We May Never Pass This Way Again  - 

 Jo Ment's Happy Sound
 Natascha bittet zum Tanz
 
 
 1 Kalinka, Anuschka, In Nischni-Nowgorod
 2 Troila Kutscher, Polowetzer Tans, Es Scheint Der Mond
 3 Habe Mitleid, Baikalsee
 4 Wolgaschlepper, Der Rote Sarafan, Bublitschki
 5 From Russia With Love, Der Troika Rast Vorbei, Those Where The Days
 6 Lara's Theme, Schwarze Augen, Tumbalai
 7 Moskauer Nächte, Nathalie, Kaukasischer Tanz
 8 Kosaken Lullabye, Steppe nur Steppe
 9 Russian Melody, Zwei Gitarren, Säbeltanz
 10 Kosakenpatrouille, Gute Fahrt, Casatschok
 

Werner Müller 
Tropical Nights
 
 01 -  Delicado  - 
 02 -  Amapola  - 
 03 -  Fiesta Tropicana  - 
 04 -  The Peanut Vendor  - 
 05 -  Spanish Harlem  - 
 06 -  Manana  - 
 07 -  In a Little Spanish Town  - 
 08 -  Adios  - 
 09 -  O' Cangaciero  - 
 10 -  Poinciana  - 
 11 -  Taboo  - 
 12 -  Quizas, Quizas, Quizas  - 

Roy Budd 
Roy Budd Is...The Sound Of Music
 
 1 -  The Sound Of Music  - 
 2 -  Maria  - 
 3 -  I Have Confidence  - 
 4 -  Sixteen Going On Seventeen  - 
 5 -  My Favourite Things  - 
 6 -  Do-Re-Mi  - 
 7 -  The Lonely Goatherd  - 
 8 -  Edelweiss  - 
 9 -  So Long Farewell  - 
 10 -  Climb Every Mountain  - 
 11 -  Something Good  - 
 12 -  The Sound Of Music (Reprise)  - 

Al Hirt - Now! - 1968
 
Side One
01 Scarborough Fair~Canticle
02 American Boys
03 Les Bicyclettes de Belsize
04 For Once In My Life
05 Wichita Lineman
06 Zorba Theme (Life Is)
 
Side Two
07 From Both Sides Now
08 The Straight Life
09 Abraham, Martin And John
10 I Love How You Love Me
11 Promises, Promises

Raymond Lefevre 
Star Wars
 
 01 -  Star Wars  - 
 02 -  Il A Neige sur Yesterday  - 
 03 -  Camarade  - 
 04 -  Milles Colombes  - 
 05 -  Lettre A France  - 
 06 -  Bilitis (Scenes D'amour)  - 
 07 -  Hotel California  - 
 08 -  Ainsi Soit-Il  - 
 09 -  Hot From Miami  - 
 10 -  Cahuemga Boulevard  - 
 11 -  Le Bon Dieu  - 
 12 -  Ou sont Les Femmes?  - 
 

101 Strings conducted by Les Baxter 
Million Seller Hits
 
 01 -  La La La (If I Had You)  - 
 02 -  Girl on the Boulevard  - 
 03 -  Tomorrow for Sure  - 
 04 -  She Lets Her Hair Down  - 
 05 -  A Taste of Soul  - 
 06 -  A Study in Simplicity  - 
 07 -  Baby Take Me in Your Arms  - 
 08 -  Bahia Blanca  - 
 09 -  Lady Love  - 
 10 -  Jean  - 
 11 -  Pizzicato Riff  - 
 12 -  Amazonas  - 
 
RECORDED IN LONDON 1970

Hugo Montenegro 
Colours of love
 
 01 -  Here comes the sun  - 
 02 -  Didn't we  - 
 03 -  Undun  - 
 04 -  Something  - 
 05 -   Raindrops keep falling on my head  - 
 06 -   When it was done  - 
 07 -   Holly Holly  - 
 08 -   Just like a woman  - 
 09 -   Good Morning starshine  - 
 10 -  Na Na hey hey kiss him goodbye  - 

Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra 
More Today's Best
 
 01 -  One Note Samba  - 
 02 -  Washington Square  - 
 03 -  Danke Schoen  - 
 04 -  I Wanna Be Around  - 
 05 -  Charade  - 
 06 -  Misty  - 
 07 -  I Can't Stop Loving You  - 
 08 -  Forget Him  - 
 09 -  Never On Sunday  - 
 10 -  More  - 
 11 -  Your Other Love  - 

Film Music Of Ron Goodwin 
BBC Philharmonic, 
Cond By Rumo Gamba
 
 1 -  633 Squadron : Main Theme  - 
 2 -  Frenzy : The London Theme  - 
 3 -  Lancelot And Guinevere : Main  - 
 4 -  Deadly Strangers : Main Theme  - 
 05 -  Luftwaffe Marsch*  - 
 6 -  Battle of Britain : Suite - Pr  - 
 7 -  Battle of Britain : Suite - Wo  - 
 8 -  Battle of Britain : Suite - Ba  - 
 9 -  Battle of Britain : Suite - Ea  - 
 10 -  Battle of Britain : Suite - Ep  - 
 11 -  Whirlpool : Main Theme  - 
 12 -  The Trap : Main Theme (The Lon  - 
 13 -  Of Human Bondage : Main Theme  - 
 14 -  Monte Carlo or Bust : Suite  - 
 15 -  633 Squadron : Love Theme  - 
 16 -  Submarine x-1 : Main Theme  - 
 17 -  Miss Marple Theme  - 
 18 -  Operation Crossbow : Main Them  - 
 19 -  Clash of Loyalties : Suite  - 
 20 -  Beauty And The Beast : Belle's  - 
 21 -  Force Ten From Navarone : Main  - 
 22 -  Where Eagles Dare : Main Theme  - 
 23 -  Those Magnificent Men in Their  - 

Martin Denny 
Exotica
 
This review of Martin Denny's mono version of Exotica, recorded in December 1956 in Hollywood and released in 1957 on Liberty Records, is the counterpart to my hundredth Ambient review. As I've stated there, I don't believe in numbers, but the hundredth review is, well, a great opportunity for something special. Even though everything has been written and analyzed about Exotica, I am nonetheless trying to express my feelings for this release. If you know it by heart, skip to the last paragraph, as there might be a surprising conclusion in terms of the album's attraction. Basically, I consider it both an important aesthetic and genre-establishing work of art, but it's not for everyone … not yet, not all the time (enter mystery chime here). The album comprises some of the material that was played live at the time by the Martin Denny Group.
 
 
 
Featuring of Denny on the piano, Arthur Lyman on the mallet instruments – but only on the monaural version of Exotica –, Augie Colón as percussionist and birdcaller par excellence, and John Kramer on the double bass, this is basically the archetypical quartet setup taken from the world of Jazz. A stereo version was recorded in 1958, with Julius Wechter replacing Arthur Lyman, but in general, fans seem to prefer the original mono release. The four musicians come up with twelve renditions of jazzy and orchestral classics as well as with some truly exotic cuts. I'm usually a bit wary about albums that are full of renditions, but I fully embrace them here, for they make up the most important ingredient of the band's formula: coming up with well-known material and blending it with exotic instruments, vivid animal noises and phantasmagoric sweeps and chords by traditional instruments known all over the world. And it is a joy to see classic material receiving the Denny treatment. In hindsight, the attraction of this album is crystal clear, for it really delivered new ideas and an elaborated way of creating exotic music.
 
 
 
Take the five Les Baxter compositions that are featured on Exotica: while the composer came up with pre-Exotica skits in 1950 already, he relied mainly on orchestra setups with strings, bells, pianos and the occasional field recording. This pompous scope is much reduced by Denny, and Baxter's arrangements become more intimate, lush and even vivid. And let's not forget compositions that are literally ancient in the history of Pop, Queen Liliʻuokalani's draft of Aloha Oe in the 1870's (!), or many a Latin song of the 1930's. So Denny clearly wasn't the first artist ever to create exotic music, but he and his band did so in an efficient way that was specifically marketed as Exotica. Read on for an in-depth analysis and the occasional flaws that are to be found, even in such an utterly important record as Exotica. 
 
 
 
Quiet Village is the gateway to both this album and the realms of the genre. Originally written and conducted by maestro Les Baxter in 1952, Denny and his men deliver a fantastic rendition. I wonder if the rank of Quiet Village as the Exotica hymn originated to great extent from its prominent placement as the opener on this album. Whatever the reasons may be, Denny’s take launches with field recordings of frogs, the very same animals that tended to croak along unceasingly to the band’s performances at the Shell Bar in the Hawaiian Village, as told many times by the band leader. Dark piano backings and the brightly-lit main melody on the same instrument are much more intimate and even silkier than Baxter’s original. The animal noises and bird calls by Colón are pitch-perfect and very vivid.
 
 
 
This very tune was the first time that many people from all over the world heard animal noises on a popular record, I always have to keep this in mind in order to do this version justice. The gentle maracas and dynamic cymbals as well as Kramer’s indiscernible double bass underline this version flawlessly, and it is after several minutes that Lyman joins with his glinting vibes and rounds his performance off with an outro on the xylophone. What can I say other than that the transformation from a pompous Hollywood string-laden grandiosity to a modestly enchanted tropical theme of snugness and coziness works marvelously. Many people still enjoy this masterful interpretation of Quiet Village, with many more to follow.
 
 
 
Return To Paradise follows next. Co-written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington, their version is heavy on the string side – but then again, every composition was before the birth of the Exotica genre – and relies on romantic kitsch. Denny turns things around without making fun of the majestic motif; in fact, this might well be the least exotic skit on Exotica. His version starts with Lyman’s liquedous vibe washes that tuck the listener in, a grandiloquently played main melody on the piano retaining the solemnity of the original, and several wind chimes and cymbals to boost the liveliness. Ending Return To Paradise with a Chinese gong, an instrument on the brink of being clichéd, the band moves to Hoagy Carmichael’s Hong Kong Blues. The signature element on this song is the shamisen, a Japanese banjo, that is coupled with jumpy xylophones. The tonality is boldly Far Eastern, and the typical keys and chords float through the whole song. It’s a vivaciously upbeat arrangement that is embedded in an eerie intro and outro, namely the second use of a Chinese gong.
 
 
 
Busy Port by Les Baxter is next, and it is an especially smooth version with mellow piano melodies, a mellifluous sustain of the vibes and surprisingly soothing and mild maracas. While this is a bustling and rapid-firing piece as the band demonstrates in the second half with burning bongos and staccato piano stabs, Denny and band venture into short areas of mystique, but these shimmering alcoves aren’t carved out prominently enough to deny their version the attribute of being jaunty and sunny. Interestingly enough, Arthur Lyman returned to this song on his album Bahia in 1959 and turns things up a notch or two, delivering a vigorous version that outshines every delivery I’ve heard of Busy Port.
 
 
 
The following song is very close to my heart, as it is a take on Cyril Scott’s Lotus Land. Being one of my essential Exotica tunes that I keep coming back to time and again, regardless of the artist or mood, it is thanks to the Martin Denny Group that this solemn composition was reincarnated regularly. This version isn’t even in my Top 3 list of my favorite takes on Lotus Land, but it’s very good nonetheless, with lots of temple gongs, cymbals and sparkling instruments such as triangle and wind chimes. What I particularly like here are the blurry spirals of vibraphone and piano tone sequences that mesh with each other dreamily and thus create a sumptuous lushness that is seldom heard. Curiously enough, the main melody – played by Denny on the piano – isn’t even featured decisively. If I did only know Martin Denny’s version of Cyril Scott’s piece, I couldn’t pinpoint the melody exactly. But that’s the advantage of this version, as it creates an unfocused haze of dulcet Exotica.
 
 
 
Up next is Similau, a song written by Arden Clar and Harry Coleman, but made real famous in the two-minutes version of Denny. A screaming Colón, glaring-red dusky piano chords and a rhythmic shift with frantic shakers and ticking wood sticks accompany the ten-note piano theme which is strangely melancholic and yet mercurial. The same can be said about Baxter’s Stone God which is presented in a cheeky version here. It is also the quickest tune of the album with clinging mallet instruments, cow bells and a gorgeously golden aura of the piano chords. The rhythm is changing in the middle to 6/8 time, and the delicious vibraphone glitz of Arthur Lyman sounds unsuspectedly deep and vibrant. Stone God has established a tradition, for every exotic record of the 50’s by Martin Denny features exactly one highly eclectic, comical and quirky composition which is upbeat, funny and gleeful. These are the ones I usually tend to avoid, but the colorful piano chords let me come back to Stone God quite often. I consider it a successful entry of the above category.
 
 
 
Jungle Flower is another Baxter composition, and one of my strong favorites. The interpretation found on the mono release of Exotica is the best you can find, you have my word! The band does the solemnity of the original justice as the listener submerges into glittering chimes, a terrific vibraphone-piano coupling and an absolutely mind-blowing outro phase of 50 seconds where all instruments are intertwined in the most celestial way. No distinctive melodies are recognizable, all band members create a primeval soup of arcane noises that wash enigmatically over the listener. This comforting sound carpet of balmy ambience is absolutely languorous and makes Jungle Flower my favorite downbeat Baxter song on this album. I know that there are probably more listeners out there who favor the dynamic, thunderous flavors of the genre, but this little ditty has captured my heart.
 
 
 
While China Nights by Shino No Yoru is a wonderful Far Eastern take with – yep, you’ve guessed it – Chinese gongs, the return of the shamisen, the incessant backing glitters of chimes and a sufficient Chinese tonality of Denny’s piano that is coupled with Lyman’s vibraphone, Gil Baumgart’s Ah Me Furi keeps this flavor going when the band relaxes a bit in this downbeat song with less hectic melodies. A galloping beat, vibraphone droplets of mystique and the occasional eruption of a cymbal are used to depict the scenery of foreign lands. Waipio by Francis Brown, on the other hand, is in close vicinity to the Shell Bar and is yet again one of my very favorite dreamy Exotica pieces. Launching with a faux-field recording of ocean waves, it is Arthur Lyman who shines on this song. The long sustain of his gently played vibraphone notes quaver, vibrate and merge with coruscating cascades of glockenspiels. It is a superb version, and the name of this website really describes it best: it’s Ambient Exotica without detracting percussion – even Denny’s piano is mute; it's the only instance where this is the case on this album.
 
 
 
It is, however, boldly perceptible on the closing track called Love Dance, the last take on material of Les Baxter. It sounds rather intimidating and nasty due to its dark chords, but the iridescent vibraphone sparks and Colón’s true-to-life birdcalls make this a shimmering version of brightness that is glaringly similar to Busy Port and even shares more than a few note sequences with it. As the instruments are often times reduced and remain in the background for some time, this is also one of the songs where John Kramer’s double bass adds a great amount of plasticity and depth to the song. To be honest, I would have changed the running order of Waipio with Love Dance, as Waipio would have been the perfect closer, but this is a minor quibble which, sadly enough, is made several decades too late anyway.
 
 
 
Exotica lacks the coherence I so desire and worship in terms of the album format, but this time, I can fully embrace the stylistic variety, the shedloads of renditions and various ingredients; not because this is the exotic debut of the almighty Martin Denny, but because this album is the cornerstone and hallmark of the Exotica genre, and such being the case and due to its title, the band needs to embrace certain aesthetic and artistic values while negating others: the importance of presenting established material in an inventive way and letting it shine in new splendor on the one hand, and exotic instruments, birdcalls plus the interplay of the group on the other hand are most important. Unique compositions are only of secondary interest, and this is a phenomenon that is strongly adaptable on the vast majority of Exotica releases during the halcyon days. And thus, the highlights are scattered in-between a variety of nice, but non-essential material.
 
 
 
True gems include Quiet Village, Jungle Flower and Waipio, but thankfully there is no real dud on this album. Considering the scope that it has, the trends it has set and the followers it gained, Exotica can also be described as positively underwhelming! Whatever you expect from this release when you listen to it for the first time, the band's laid back approach and the usually blurry and less punchy melodies – Lotus Land being the prime example – create a fascinating flow. It's not that you're listening to a jam session or an improvised setting, no, the band really has a plan and plays the material that they're known for in Honolulu, but they do so in a welcome understatement, letting the sounds of the instruments impress the listener rather than the less clear-cut melodies.
 
 
 
Exotica is essential for every collector, but even people who are generally fond of the genre must check this out. In a somehow controversial twist of the above statement, I don't consider Exotica as a perfect point of departure for new listeners, though. That's because it is rather jazzy and quite a bit jumpy at times. There are many vintage releases out there that are way more melodious, or if you prefer a sarcastic snark, streamlined and whitewashed. However, once you got to know a few of the original versions or takes of other artists on them, Exotica suddenly unfolds its enchanting magic and becomes way more interesting if you connect it to other works rather than seeing it as just the first proper entry of the genre. The mono version with Arthur Lyman on the mallet instruments is a must-have anyway, while the stereo version, scheduled for a later review by me, is a nice bonus and interesting for contrastive reasons alone. If you wanted to own only one mono record in your collection, let it be Martin Denny's Exotica! Blow it up with a Pro Logic II decoder if you so desire, throw your audiophile rituals over board if you will, it stands the test of time anyway. 
 
 
 
Exotica Review 100: Martin Denny – Exotica (1957). 
Originally published on Aug. 4, 2012 at AmbientExotica.com.
 
 01 -  Quiet Village  - 
 02 -  Return to Paradise  - 
 03 -  Hong Kong Blues  - 
 04 -  Busy Port  - 
 05 -  Lotus Land  - 
 06 -  Similau  - 
 07 -  Stone God  - 
 08 -  Jungle Flower  - 
 09 -  China Nights  - 
 10 -  Ah Me Furi  - 
 11 -  Waipo  - 
 12 -  Love Dance  - 

LL Here Comes The Sun 1
 
 01  - Here Comes The Sun  -   James Last  -   
 02  - Sunrise Serenade  -   Billy Vaughn  -   
 03  - You Are The Sunshine Of My Life  -   Berry Lipman  -   
 04  - On The Sunny Side Of The Street  -   Alan Tew  -   
 05  - Californian Sunrise  -   Addy Flor and His Orchestra   -   
 06  - Tahitian Sunset  -   Bert Kaempfert  -   
 07  - Good Day Sunshine  -   José Marcello  -   
 08  - Malibu Sun  -   101 Strings  -   
 09  - The Sunshine of Your Love  -   Ken Thorne  -   
 10  - Sunrise  -   Klaus Ammann  -   
 11  - Sundance  -   Andre Brasseur  -   
 12  - The House Of The Rising Sun  -   Alfred Hause  -   
 13  - The girl with the sun in her hair  -   John Barry  -   
 14  - Sunrise, Sunset  -   Aldemaro Romero  -   
 15  -  Morning Sun  -   Ambros Seelos Show Band   -   
 16  - A Sunny Moment  -   Norman Candler  -   
 17  - Catching the Sun  -   Laurens van Rooyen  -   
 18  - I'll Catch The Sun  -   Billy Vaughn  -   
 19  - The Sun, The Sea And The Sky  -   Manuel  -   
 20  - Island Of The Sun  -   Anthony Ventura  -   
 21  - Sunshine Superman  -   Enoch Light  -   
 22  - The Sky, The Sun and the Sea  -   Franck Pourcel  -   
 23  - Like a Ruby in the Sunset  -   Horst Jankowski  -   
 24  - West of Sunset  -   Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra  -   
 25  - Yellow Sun  -   Les Baxter  -   
 26  - Sunny  -   Paul Mauriat  -   
 27  - Misty Sunset  -   Johhny Pearson  -   
 28  - Sunrise  -   Karl Schmidt Big Band  -   

 LL Here Comes The Sun 2
 
 01  - Here comes the sun  -   Hugo Montenegro  -   
 02  - Barcelona Sunsets  -   Armik  -   
 03  - Season In the Sun  -   Botticelli and his Orchestra  -   
 04  - Bring Me Sunshine  -   Brett Wales  -   
 05  - Tropical Sunrise  -   Bert Kaempfert  -   
 06  - Let the sunshine in  -   Paul Mauriat  -   
 07  - Beautiful Sunday  -   Billy Vaughn  -   
 08  - Don't  Let The Sun Go Down On Me  -   James Last  -   
 09  - Journey To The Sun  -   Biddu Orchestra  -   
 10  - Throwin' Stones at the Sun  -   Si Zentner  -   
 11  - Red Sails In The Sunset  -   Billy Vaughn  -   
 12  - Heat Of The Sun  -   Strunz & Farah  -   
 13  - It Happened In Sun Valley  -   Syd Lawrence  -   
 14  - Prince Of The Rising Sun  -   Richard Clayderman  -   
 15  - Morning Sun  -   Stefan Pintev  -   
 16  - California Sun  -   Arthur Lyman  -   
 17  - Dancing in the sun  -   Sydney Thompson and his Orchestra  -   
 18  - A Sunny Siësta  -   Roberto Delgado  -   
 19  - Magic Sun  -   Berolina Sound Orchestra, cond. Siegfried Mai  -   
 20  - Trumpets In The Sun  -   Brian Fahey  -   
 21  - Walk Your Feet in The Sunshine  -   Ronnie Aldrich  -   
 22  - Sunny Sky  -   Strato-Vani  -   
 23  - Sunset Beach  -   Franck Pourcel  -   
 24  - Rain And Sun  -   James Last  -   
 25  - Lazing In The Sun  -   Syd Dale  -   
 26  - Softly As In A Morning Sunrise  -   Enoch Light  -   

LL Here Comes The Sun 3
 
 01  - Here Comes The Sun  -   Raymond Lefevre  -   
 02  - Dancing in the Sun  -   Franck Pourcel  -   
 03  - Sunny Holiday  -   Kapono Beamer  -   
 04  - Sunrise feeling  -   Max Greger junior  -   
 05  - Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying  -   Clebanoff  -   
 06  - Carribean Sunset  -   Dick Bakker Orchestra  -   
 07  - East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)  -   Don Lusher conducting Ted Heath and His Music  -   
 08  - Lady Sunshine und Mr. Moon  -   Captain Cook  -   
 09  - Hymn To The Sun  -   Manuel and the Music of the Mountains  -   
 10  - At Sundown  -   Button Down Brass  -   
 11  - A Sunny Day in Town  -   Chet Baker  -   
 12  - My Kind Of Sunshine  -   Dieter Reith  -   
 13  - Sun Valley Jump  -   Buddy DeFranco  -   
 14  - Canadian Sunset  -   Alan Tew  -   
 15  - The Sungoddess  -   Carlos Romanos  -   
 16  - Hello Mr. Sunshine  -   Billy Vaughn  -   
 17  - Sunny  -   Chaquito  -   
 18  - Blue Sun  -   Caravelli  -   
 19  - Le Blon (Beach in the Sun)  -   City Of Westminster String Band  -   
 20  - Sundown  -   James Last  -   
 21  - Sunrise-Melody  -   Berry Lipman  -   
 22  - Sunset Melody  -   Bert Kaempfert  -   
 23  - Ballad of the Sun  -   Narholz's Orchestra  -   
 24  - Island In The Sun  -   Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra  -   
 25  - Estrada Do Sol (Road To The Sun)  -   Paul Mauriat  -   
 26  - Saturday Sunshine   -   Burt Bacharach  -   
 27  - 77 Sunset Strip [Alternate Stereo Version]  -   Don Ralke  -   
 28  - Sun Of Jamaica  -   Hugo Strasser  -   
 

Onderwerp: WEEK 17 - 2018

Datum: 09-06-2018

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week17-2018

Thanks for this week!

Datum: 23-04-2018

Door: Alberto Gateno

Onderwerp: Special request

I am missing Reader's Digest - Very Best Of John Williams 2-

Kindly upload or if you did show the page where I can download it.--Best regards,

Datum: 22-04-2018

Door: Darko

Onderwerp: week 17

Thank's Harry and his team for the different choice of instrumentals for this week.( music from western film tracks, Caravelli orchestra, compilations from archive etc. )

Darko
from Zagreb, which is plenty of sun!

Datum: 21-04-2018

Door: Lucien Van Acker

Onderwerp: Week 17

Een zeer mooie selectie om de vingers van af te likken. Bedankt Harry en team.

Datum: 21-04-2018

Door: Etienne

Onderwerp: Week 17

Prachtig weer en prachtige muziek. Wat kan het leven toch mooi en simpel zijn.
Met dank aan Harry en team om ons elke week zo te verwennen.

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