WEEK 22 - 2018

Woman in Love
 
 01 -  Woman In Love  - 
 02 -  Evie  - 
 03 -  Sweet City Woman  - 
 04 -  Eleanor Rigby  - 
 05 -  Maggie  - 
 06 -  Ballade pour Adeline  - 
 07 -  Sandy  - 
 08 -  Jenny, Jenny  - 
 09 -  Anna  - 
 10 -  Jolene  - 
 11 -  Elvira Madigan  - 
 12 -  Charmaine  - 
 13 -  Luciana  - 
 14 -  Woman Of Ireland  - 
 15 -  Lay Lady Lay  - 
 16 -  Anneliese  - 
 17 -  Lady Madonna  - 
 18 -  Proud Mary  - 
 19 -  Tango Regina  - 
 20 -  Jean  - 
 21 -  Mademoiselle Ninette  - 
 22 -  The Lady In Red  - 
 23 -  The Girl From Ipanema  - 
 24 -  Lilli Marleen  - 
 25 -  When A Man Loves A Woman  - 
 

It's a man's world
Volume VII
79:40 - 320 Kb/sec
 
tracklisting
 
1. Chris Bruhn - Monsieur Dupont / 03:13
2. Danny Davis & The Nashville Brass - The ways to love a man / 02:21
3. Frank Chacksfield - Eros / 02:31
4. Norrie Paramor - Figaro / 03:16
5. Acoustic Sound Orchestra - Tom Dooley / 02:25
6. Jo Basile - Mon homme / 03:04
7. Kurt Edelhagen - Die Männer sind schon die Liebe wert / 02:12
8. Caravelli - Roméo / 02:27
9. Roberto Delgado -  Pepito / 02:34
10. Raymond Lefèvre - Jo / 02:50
11. Helmut Zacharias - Helmy's boogie / 03:03
12. Living Strings - A very nice man / 02:22
13. Pee Pacos - Prince Robert / 02:15
14. Syd Dale - Me and Bobby McGee / 02:24
15. Jim Butler's Happy Sound - Here comes Danny / 02:35
16. Ted Heath - Joshua / 02:47
17. David Carroll and his Orchestra - Armen's Theme / 02:10
18. The Starborne Strings (Arthur Greenslade) - Uncle Albert~Admiral Halsey / 02:43
19. Cliff Carpenter - Ach Heinrich / 03:13
20. The Bob Crewe Generation - Brother Dan / 03:36
21. Hugo Strasser - Georgie / 02:06
22. Laurie Johnson - Man about town / 02:14
23. Roland Thyssen - P'tit Louis / 02:30
24. Leroy Holmes - Oliver / 02:58
25. Max Greger - Tango Fernando / 02:44
26. Raymond Ruer - Les Daltons / 01:40
27. Joe Loss - Compadre Pedro Juan / 02:07
28. Stanley Myers - Barney / 03:05
29. Bert Kaempfert - My guy's come back / 03:12
30. Captain Cook - Arrivederci Hans / 02:5

Tanz mal wieder - Folge 3
Orchester Rudi Bohn
Signal 180 083.3
1983 Re-release
 
01. Tanze Samba mit mir - Samba
 
02. Sorry, I'm a lady - Cha cha cha
 
03. Amore - Rumba
 
04. South of the border - Jive
 
05. To each his own - Blues
 
06. Barbara Ann - Rock
 
07. Nocturno - Slow waltz
 
08. Adios muchachos - Tango
 
09. Sunflowers - Viennese waltz
 
10. Close to you - Slowfoxtrot
 
11. Truxa-Fox - Quickstep
 
12. Black is black - Disco dancing

Bill Black's Combo 
Plays Tunes By Chuck Berry
 
 01 -  School Days  - 
 02 -  Sweet Little Sixteen  - 
 03 -  Roll Over Beethoven  - 
 04 -  Maybellene  - 
 05 -  Carol  - 
 06 -  Little Queenie  - 
 07 -  Brown-Eyed Handsome Man  - 
 08 -  Nadine  - 
 09 -  Thirty Days  - 
 10 -  Johnny B. Goode  - 
 11 -  Reelin' & Rockin'  - 
 12 -  Memphis, Tennessee  - 

Percy Faith 
Day By Day
 
 1 -  Song Sung Blue  - 
 2 -  The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face)  - 
 3 -  Conquistador  - 
 4 -  I Need You  - 
 5 -  Amazing Grace  - 
 6 -  Day By Day  - 
 7 -  Love Theme from ''The Godfather''  - 
 8 -  How Can I Be Sure  - 
 9 -  Bach's Lunch  - 
 10 -  Candy Man  - 
 11 -  Too Young  - 
 

 

Dirk Schiefen 
Trompeten Gala
 
 01 -  Die Loreley  - 
 02 -  Rondo Alla Turca  - 
 03 -  Die Letzte Rose  - 
 04 -  Lili Marleen  - 
 05 -  Green Green Grass Of Home  - 
 06 -  Any Dream Will Do  - 
 07 -  Artistenwaltzer  - 
 08 -  Sehnsucht nach dir  - 
 09 -  In einem Kuhlen Grunde  - 
 10 -  Air  - 
 11 -  Nadine  - 
 12 -  La Ola  - 

Lex de Azevedo Orchestra 
I Feel Fine
 
 01 -  Heart Hotels  - 
 02 -  I Feel Fine  - 
 03 -  She Loves You  - 
 04 -  Take Good Care of My Baby  - 
 05 -  You Won't See Me  - 
 06 -  Wasted on the Way  - 
 07 -  You're My First, My Last, My Everything  - 
 08 -  Travelin' Man  - 
 09 -  Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow  - 
 10 -  Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me  - 
 11 -  Blue Velvet  - 
 12 -  You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling  - 
 13 -  Chances Are  - 
 14 -  My Special Angel  - 
 15 -  Hey Girl  - 
 16 -  Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered  - 
 17 -  I Just Called to Say 'I Love You'  - 
 18 -  Lost in Love  - 
 19 -  What Kind of Fool Am I  - 

Melodies To Remember: 
Timeless Romantic Favourites [Disc 3/3]
 
 1 -  01 - Softly, As I Leave You  - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra  - 
 2 -  02 - A Lover's Concerto  - Percy Faith & His Orchestra  - 
 3 -  03 - Someone To Watch Over Me  - Acker Bilk & His Strings  - 
 4 -  04 - Lullaby For Lovers  - Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra  - 
 5 -  05 - By The Time I Get To Phoenix  - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra  - 
 6 -  06 - Tenderly  - Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra  - 
 7 -  07 - Love Is A Many Splendored Thing  - Ray Conniff & His Orchestra  - 
 8 -  08 - You Are The Sunshine Of My Life  - Richard Clayderman  - 
 9 -  09 - Don't Know Much  - Hank Marvin  - 
 10 -  10 - Games That Lovers Play  - James Last Orchestra  - 
 11 -  11 - Arriverderci Roma  - Manuel & The Music Of The Mountains  - 
 12 -  12 - Just The Way You Are  - Richard Clayderman  - 
 13 -  13 - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes  - Ray Conniff With His Singers & Orchestra  - 
 14 -  14 - April In Portugal  - Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra  - 
 15 -  15 - In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning  - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra  - 
 16 -  16 - When I Fall In Love  - Geoff Love & His Orchestra  - 
 17 -  17 - BesameMucho  - Manuel & The Music Of The Mountains  - 
 18 -  18 - Nights In White Satin  - Richard Clayderman  - 
 19 -  19 - Nature Boy  - James Galway  - 
 20 -  20 - Evergreen  - Acker Bilk  - 

Frankie Carle 
Plays the Great Piano Hits
 
 1 -  Near You  - 
 2 -  Fly Me to the Moon  - 
 3 -  Tenderly  - 
 4 -  Ain't Misbehavin'  - 
 5 -  Autumn Leaves  - 
 6 -  Exodus  - 
 7 -  Canadian Sunset  - 
 8 -  Last Date  - 
 9 -  Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar  - 
 10 -  September in the Rain  - 
 11 -  Sophisticated Lady  - 
 12 -  Alley Cat  - 
 

Johnny Guarnieri  
 In the Key of Life
 
 1 -  Makin' Whoopie  - 
 2 -  My Blue Heaven  - 
 3 -  Carolina in the Morning  - 
 4 -  Yes Sir That's My Baby;My Baby Just Cares for Me  - 
 5 -  I've Had My Moments  - 
 6 -  Down on the Farm  - 
 7 -  Little White Lies  - 
 8 -  My Buddy  - 
 9 -  At Sundown  - 
 10 -  Love Me or Leave Me  - 
 

Various 
Blue Note Plays Burt Bacharach
 
 01 -  Promises, Promises  - The Jazz Crusaders  - 
 02 -  Walk On By  - Stanley Turrentine  - 
 03 -  Any Day Now  - Lou Rawls  - 
 04 -  Do You Know The way To San Jose  - Richard Groove Holmes  - 
 05 -  I'll Never Fall In Love Again  - Grant Green  - 
 06 -  Wives And Lovers  - Nancy Wilson  - 
 07 -  The LOok Of Love  - The Three Sounds  - 
 08 -  One Less Bell To Answer  - Stanley Jordan  - 
 09 -  What The World Needs Now Is Love  - Stanley Turrentine  - 
 10 -  The April Fools  - Earl Klugh  - 
 11 -  Alfie  - Nancy Wilson  - 
 12 -  Knowing When To Leave  - Ernie Watts  - 
 

The Salsoul Orchestra 
Greatest Disco Hits  
Music For Non-Stop Dancing
 
 1 -  Salsoul 3001 (Intro)  - 
 2 -  Nice 'N' Naasty  - 
 3 -  Getaway  - 
 4 -  You're Just The Right Size  - 
 5 -  Chicago Bus Stop (Ooh I Love It)  - 
 6 -  Tangerine  - 
 7 -  Salsoul Hustle  - 
 8 -  Magic Bird Of Fire  - 
 9 -  It's Good For The Soul  - 
 10 -  Salsoul Rainbow  - 
 11 -  Don't Beat Around The Bush  - 
 12 -  Salsoul 3001  - 
 13 -  Greatest Disco Hits  - 

READERS DIGEST MUSIC
Lawrence Welk 
Champagne Music Varieties
 
CHAMPAGNE VARIETIES
 1 -  Isn't It Romantic  - 
 2 -  Speak To Me Of Love  - 
 3 -  True Love  - 
 4 -  If I Could Tell You  - 
 5 -  I Left My Heart In San Francisco  - 
 6 -  Goodnight Sweetheart  - 
CHAMPAGNE TIME
 7 -  My Kind Of Music  - 
 8 -  Clarinet Polka  - 
 9 -  Little Green Apples  - 
 10 -  Those Were The Days  - 
 11 -  I Can't Give You Anything But Love  - 
 12 -  Canadian Sunset  - 
 

READERS DIGEST MUSIC 
Henry Mancini Plays Your All-Time Favorites Record 5/5
 
MANCINI PLAYS MANILOW
 1 -  Could It Be Magic  - 
 2 -  It's A Miracle  - 
 3 -  Copacabana (At The Copa)  - 
 4 -  Even Now  - 
 5 -  This One's For You  - 
ALL TIME PIANO FAVORITES
 6 -  Misty  - 
 7 -  Moonlight Sonata  - 
 8 -  As Time Goes By  - 
 9 -  I'm Always Chasing Rainbows  - 
 10 -  Rhapsody In Blue  - 

Martin Denny 
Exotica! The Best Of Martin Denny
 
 01 -  Quiet Village  - 
 02 -  Stone God  - 
 03 -  Jungle Flower  - 
 04 -  Love Dance  - 
 05 -  The Queen Chant (Li Liu E)  - 
 06 -  Escales  - 
 07 -  When First I Love  - 
 08 -  Exotica  - 
 09 -  March Of The Siamese Children  - 
 10 -  Bangkok Cockfight  - 
 11 -  Tsetse Fly  - 
 12 -  Baia  - 
 13 -  Simba  - 
 14 -  Aku Aku  - 
 15 -  Martinique  - 
 16 -  Tune From Rangoon  - 
 17 -  Jungle River Boat  - 
 18 -  Caravan  - 
 19 -  Congo Train  - 
 20 -  The Enchanted Sea  - 
 

Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 
Hollywood's Greatest Hits-Vol.2
 
 1 -  Fanfare for 2001:A Space Odyssey  - 
 2 -  Prelude from Ben-Hur  - 
 3 -  Prelude from The Ten Commandments  - 
 4 -  "Thee I Love" from Friendly Persuasion  - 
 5 -  Moonglow" and Theme from "Picnic  - 
 6 -  Theme from Around the World in 80 Days  - 
 7 -  Main Title from Mutiny on the Bounty  - 
 8 -  Love Theme from Spartacus  - 
 9 -  Theme from Zorba the Greek  - 
 10 -  "I Will Wait for You" from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg  - 
 11 -  Theme from Valley of the Dolls  - 
 12 -  Theme from Midnight Cowboy  - 
 13 -  Theme from The Godfather  - 
 14 -  "Smile" from Modern Times  - 
 15 -  Themes from Dances With Wolves  - 
 16 -  "Book of Days" from Far and Away  - 
 17 -  Theme from Grand Canyon  - 
 

Werner Muller
RIAS Tanzorchester
Keep Smiling 
 
 1 -  Auftakt  - 
 2 -  Bobby back' einen Kuchen  - 
 3 -  Promenade  - 
 4 -  Dinah  - 
 5 -  Dob's Boogie  - 
 6 -  All The Things You Are  - 
 7 -  Sport und Musik  - 
 8 -  Küssen, küssen, küssen  - 
 9 -  How High The Moon  - 
 10 -  Keep Smiling  - 
 11 -  Bouncing In Bavaria  - 
 12 -  Cherokee  - 
 13 -  Trumpet Blues  - 
 14 -  Leap Frog  - 
 15 -  Trumpet Boogie  - 
 16 -  I Only Have Eyes For You  - 
 17 -  Musik für Mizzi  - 
 18 -  Derby Boogie  - 
 19 -  Blende Auf  - 
 20 -  Night And Day  - 
 21 -  Siboney  - 
 22 -  Lullaby Of Broadway  - 
 23 -  Katharina  - 
 24 -  Dob's Dixie  - 

Percy Faith 
Song from The Oscar 
and other favorites
 
 01 -  Kisses sweeter than wine  - 
 02 -  Sloop John B   - 
 03 -  Posh party  - 
 04 -  Behind closed doors   - 
 05 -  Greenback dollar  - 
 06 -  Song from The Oscar   - 
 07 -  Swingin' village   - 
 08 -  Nightingale  - 
 09 -  A quiet thing  - 
 10 -  I'm just taking my time   - 
 11 -  Besame mucho  - 
 12 -  Make someone happy  - 
 13 -  Baia  - 
 14 -  Once upon a time  - 
 15 -  Cheryl  - 
 16 -  Someone like you   - 
 17 -  Help me make it through the night  - 
 18 -  Perfidia  - 
 19 -  Souvenir  - 
 20 -  Golden boy  - 
 21 -  What kind of fool am I  - 
 22 -  Georgie girl  - 
 23 -  Tu sabes  - 
 24 -  Who can I turn to   - 
 25 -  The wild drake   - 
 26 -  Here we go again   - 

Norrie Paramor 
Shadows in latin 
 
 1 -  Dance on  - 
 2 -  Atlantis  - 
 3 -  Foot Tapper  - 
 4 -  Nivram  - 
 6 -  Guitar Tango  - 
 7 -  Peace Pipe  - 
 8 -  Rise And Fall Of Flingel Bunt  - 
 9 -  Wonderful Land  - 
 10 -  Shindig  - 
 11 -  Little Princess  - 
 12 -  Stars Fell On Stockton  - 
 13 -  Apache  - 
 14 -  Frightened  - 
 
 

Xavier Cugat 
Feeling Good!
 
 01 -  Downtown   - 
 02 -  Hello Dolly  - 
 03 -  Mexican Pearls  - 
 04 -  Fiddler On The Roof  - 
 05 -  And I Love her  - 
 06 -  La Bamba  - 
 07 -  Feeling Good  - 
 08 -  Cast Your Fate To The Wind  - 
 09 -  It's Not Unusual  - 
 10 -  Goldfinger  - 
 11 -  Game of Love  - 
 12 -  Chim Chim Cheree  - 
 
 

Ray Conniff Singers 
Pure Country
 
 01 -  Oh Lonesome Me  - 
 02 -  Gentle On My Mind  - 
 03 -  For The Good Times  - 
 04 -  The Most Beautiful Girl  - 
 05 -  I Walk The Line  - 
 06 -  Little Green Apples  - 
 07 -  The Happiest Girl In The Whole Usa  - 
 08 -  All I Have To Do Is Dream  - 
 09 -  By The Time I Get To Phoenix  - 
 10 -  Put Your Hand In The Hand  - 
 11 -  Slow Poke  - 
 12 -  Delta Dawn  - 
 13 -  Harper Valley Pta  - 
 14 -  Wichita Lineman  - 
 15 -  Singing The Blues  - 
 16 -  Rhinestone Cowboy  - 
 17 -  Dueling Voices (Dueling Banjos)  - 
 18 -  Paper Roses  - 
 19 -  Rose Garden  - 
 20 -  King Of The Road  - 
 

Hugo Strasser 
Tanz! Tanz! Tanz!
 
 1 -  Für eine Nacht voller Seligkeit  - 
 2 -  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7  - 
 3 -  Blindekuh  - 
 4 -  Ich wollt' ich wär' ein Huhn  - 
 5 -  Eine Insel aus Träumen geboren  - 
 6 -  Einmal von Herzen verliebt sein  - 
 7 -  Musik, Musik, Musik  - 
 8 -  Good-bye Jonny  - 
 9 -  Auf dem Dach der Welt  - 
 10 -  Im Leben geht alles vorüber  - 
 11 -  In einer Nacht im Mai  - 
 12 -  Immer und ewig  - 
 13 -  Sag beim Abschied leise Servus  - 
 

HUGO WINTERHALTER
GOES… CONTINENTAL
1962
 
 
 
Goes… Continental is part of composer and arranger Hugo Winterhalter’s (1909–1973) famous series of aural travelogs all around the world. Released on RCA Victor in 1962, spanning 12 tracks – one of them unique –, several countries and a large as well as varied orchestra, the (almost) completely instrumental album merges the string washes and harpsichord jitters of the Space-Age era with the pompous brass infusions and castanet grooves of Latin origin and garnishes this amalgamation with the quirky flutes of the Exotica genre. Travelogs are certainly Exotica’s greatest achievement, and one can indeed argue whether this concept encapsulates the true spirit of Exotica, with its many birds, percussion strata and instruments functioning as mere gimmicks rather than being the genre’s mandatory cores. Be that as it may, travelogs are featured few and far between here at AmbientExotica and are eminently versatile style-wise. It is, in retrospect, surprising how different the approaches of the respective arranger are.
 
 
 
Jackie Gleason’s Music Around The World (1966), for instance, is a smoochy effort and streamlines the various destinations, moulding them into an exclusively romantic setting until all distinctive elements are lost and the listener does not know anymore in which country he or she is situated in at any given moment. Warren Barker’s A Musical Touch Of Far Away Places (1959) meanwhile specializes on the Far East and is realized with the help of movie star William Holden’s private collection of exotic instruments, whereas Irv Cottler’s Around The World In Percussion (1961) merges the drummer’s skills with orchestral movements, and these works are but three LP’s amid a magnitude of related records. So how does Hugo Winterhalter’s Goes… Continental fare? I will tell you below, and blimey, the first visit looks quite girlish!
 
 
The initial stop of Hugo Winterhalter’s journey leads him to the first girl (of two in total) whose facial features are well known and have been interpreted several times in the history of Space-Age: Anna. Envisioned by Roman Vatro and also known as El Negro Zumbon, the American arranger studies the luminous figure and transforms the glowing scenery into music via multitudinous iridescent percussion instruments, among them triangles and tambourins. Their prominent pitch gyres around the sun-kissed nine-tone melody that many listeners are still encountering anew day by day, even if it is played on a cheeky nylon string guitar in The Avalanches’ turbulent award-winning Frontier Psychiatrist off Since I Left You (2000). Winterhalter’s second column in adjacency to the plinking percussion is based on silkened string washes, a pointillistic slap bass and a celesta that could have been taken right out of the beach at Rimini. Gleeful but not horribly chintzy, it makes for a great start and is one of my favorite renditions in a long list of Anna-isms.
 
 
 
Melody Of Spain is next, the one and only unique track by the presenter himself. Castanets? Check! Accordions? ¡Sí, claro! Oscillating between the dribbling schmaltzscapades of Bert Kaempfert and clever rhythm-and-style shifts, Winterhalter’s bucolic vista turns into a Tango without letting the mandatory nocturnal feeling in.
 
 
 
Hugo Alfvén’s A Swedish Rhapsody is then treated in an interesting way as well, although the integrated textures are awkwardly de trop, I think. The lead accordion would be too syrupy even for The Three Suns, and to make matters worse, the high strings and their sweeping glissando is too convivial for my taste. There are two valuable features, however: the Rock-influenced percussion pattern is quite catchy and only waits for Gospel-like handclaps, with the harpsichord offering a nice surface in the song’s second phase that somewhat contradicts the scenery by almost breaking the third wall. Dick Manning’s Fascination follows, the ballad that made Pat Boone famous in even more parts of the world. And say what you will, but the arrangement works. Hopelessly harbored in romance, comprising of a downbeat structure supercharged with accordions and mauve-tinted strings, this should lead to a cheesy ballad, but the Space-Age strings and their warped wonkiness work fantastically well in tandem with the cautiously reverberated accordion. The arrangement might not sport one’s favorite lineup of instruments, but it is indeed inherently consistent without any unnecessary adjuvant.
 
 
 
Whereas Klaus Günter Neumann’s and Lincoln Chase’s Wonderland By Night blasts the listener to faraway lands via its majestic kick-off phase full of brass fanfares which then lead to a horn-string gallimaufry that is held together by a rhythm guitar, the traditional Funiculi Funicula is the interim stopover, marking the end of side A. Sporting a warbled fife, a counteracting murky trombone and a 6/8 rhythm with brass stabs and Sicilian lutes par excellence, this piece o’ Italy is again cohesive enough to not be put down. Its wideness is genuinely impressive. And what a surprise, a choir is also on board. Just wait for the final three (!) seconds.
 
 
 
Side B offers another six destinations and encounters in continental countries. Astutely enough, The Continental is their gateway. Written by Con Conrad and Herbert Magidson as a prominent part of the 1934 musical The Gay Divorcee, Winterhalter surprises yet again with an interesting rhythm thicket of muffled hi-hats and clinging tambourins. He furthermore rounds the soundscape off with a nice dose of magenta harpsichords scything next to the string washes and sky-high flutes. Space-Age par excellence, with strong rhythms but less luminous harmonies. Greensleeves is next, a moment where the whole LP would jump the shark if it were a true-spirited concept album. This traditional Christmas song not only throws the listening subject into a frosty landscape with heavily doleful strings and saddened trumpets, it is also horribly incongruous in the given endemics. It is as if the arranger wants to leave Easy Listening behind for a short moment. He succeeds… and that is why he ultimately fails.
 
 
 
Moving along to warmer climes, Paul Burkhard’s Oh! My Pa-Pa gets the full string treatment with cavalcades of violins and cellos; the second part is problematic, resembling Geoff Love’s Easy Listening orchestra Manuel And The Music Of The Mountains qua the overly piercing and brazen lead trumpet. Another letdown in the end, but Billy Towne’s and Manos Hadjidakis’s classic Never On Sunday brings the album back on track, finally! A fast upbeat interpretation full of harpsichords, accordions, flutes, strings and a pompous percussion placenta that seems larger than it actually is due to clever hall effects, Winterhalter showcases all instruments he can get hold of. The melodies shine as well, making this the pinnacle of side B.
 
 
 
Whereas Mademoiselle De Paree by Eric Maschwitz, Henri Contet and Paul Durand marks the second appearance of a woman and is equally enchanting and consistent like side A’s Fascination due to its Waltz-like warmth and enthralling mixture of Space-Age strings, accordions and their various interstices, the finale features Volare. Yes, you got that right. Envisioned by Domenico Modugno, Francesci Migliacci and Mitchell Parish in 1958, the song was the latest rad back then and is indeed one of the best renditions I know of. The main melody is played on a harpsichord and backed by pizzicato strings and their legato brethren as well as a screeching flute. This prevents the transmutation from becoming stale and all too common. A great closure even to those listeners who otherwise despise the omnipresence of Volare. I know I do. And am spellbound regardless. 
 
 
 
When Hugo Winterhalter Goes Continental, you better go with him, as the arrangements are delicately multifaceted, sporting many sinews and instruments while retaining the focus without making this a brummagem release that features completely divergent setups. Divergence is still key to Winterhalter’s way of arranging things, but not exclusively for the better: the setups may not be divergent, true, but the settings are. What seems like a state everyone wishes for in Exotica albums – illustrious locations flashing by time and again – becomes more of a problem in a coherent context, otherwise simply known as the album format. The missteps Winterhalter can be accused of are indeed horrible from an aesthetic viewpoint. The two renditions I am talking about are the traditional Greensleeves and Oh! My Papa. While the former breaks the mood and feels like a glacial leftover of another album, artist and time, the latter is too focused on a piercing trumpet which destroys the otherwise carefully adjusted first half of the arrangement.
 
 
 
This twofold faux pas aside, the album rocks and outweighs its lesser parts by far! The strings are occasionally smarmy, but the focus on Space-Age washes and lack of pizzicato blebs – at least most of the time – make Goes… Continental so fantastic. Even the accordions do add that certain something to the sceneries, with the pre-Funk harpsichord being a galactic-burlesque scapegrace. Vivacious highlights include Never On Sunday, Volare (believe it or not!) and yes, even Funiculi Funicula. Truly bedazzling highlights, however, are the two downbeat ballads Mademoiselle De Paree and Fascination. They break the flow as well, but cannot be blamed at all, as they are so enormously languorous, captivating and dreamy that they are among my Space-Age favorites. Hugo Winterhalter’s Goes… Continental is available on vinyl and a remastered digital version.
 
Exotica Review 345: Hugo Winterhalter – Goes… Continental (1962).
 Originally published on May 31, 2014 at AmbientExotica.com.
 
 01 -  Anna  - 
 02 -  Melody of Spain  - 
 03 -  Swedish Rhapsody  - 
 04 -  Fascination  - 
 05 -  Wonderland By Night  - 
 06 -  Funiculi Funicula  - 
 07 -  The Continental  - 
 08 -  Greensleeves  - 
 09 -  O Mein Papa  - 
 10 -  Never On Sunday  - 
 11 -  Mademoiselle De Paris  - 
 12 -  Volare  - 

Onderwerp: WEEK 22 - 2018

Datum: 27-05-2018

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 22

Didn't know you were on vacation Harry, but I'm glad you had the chance to get away from it all.
Since I've retired I don't get to go away anymore., just stay at home.
Looks like good tunes this week, and many thanks to all who contributed of their time and efforts to post this stuff for us folks.
Harry, I'll send you some money in June., things are a little tight this month.
Many thanks for your efforts on behalf of we 'music starved' folks from around the globe. Your work can never really be appreciated, as no amount of 'thank yous' can ever repay you for your efforts on this website!
Ed, from a wet and rainy Tennessee

Datum: 27-05-2018

Door: Joe

Onderwerp: Holiday

Hi Harry, Hope you had a good holiday & that you enjoyed good weather and all the trappings of fun getaways.

Sunny smiles to all at LL..... Joe in Vancouver, Canada :)

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