WEEK 37 - 2017

Various Artists 
LL Best of August 2017
 
 01 -  El Cumbanchero  - Dick Schory's Percussion Pops Orchestra  - 
 02 -  Ma Baker  - Max Greger  - 
 03 -  Toccata  - Nordisle Movin Dream Orchestra  - 
 04 -  Galveston  - Arthur Greenslade & His Orchestra  - 
 05 -  Never On Sunday  - Dick Dia and His Mandolin Orchestra  - 
 06 -  Enter The Dragon  - Percy Faith  - 
 07 -  Solsbury Hill  - David Bradstreet  - 
 08 -  Moonlight Shuffle  - Les Elgart  - 
 09 -  Mistiko  - Tol & Tol  - 
 10 -  Harmony  - Cliff Carpenter  - 
 11 -  In Our Time (A Musical Prayer For Peace)  - Bert Kaempfert  - 
 12 -  Dolannes Melody (previously unreleased)  - Roberto Delgado  - 
 13 -  Borsalino  - Franck Pourcel  - 
 14 -  Mexican Road  - Kai Warner  - 
 15 -  Reviera Carnival  - Mark Wirtz Orchestra & Chorus  - 
 16 -  Felicidade  - The Keating Sound (Johnny Keating and his Orchestra)  - 
 17 -  It's Not Unusual  - Glen Campbell  - 
 18 -  Amor, Amor, Amor  - Frank Valdor  - 
 19 -  Comes Love  - Marty Gold and His Orchestra  - 
 20 -  Jesus Cristo  - Paul Mauriat  - 
 21 -  Witchcraft  - Nelson Riddle  - 
 22 -  Chump Change  - Quincy Jones  - 
 23 -  Baia  - Manuel & The Music of The Mountains  - 
 24 -  Nathalie  - Claude Ciari  - 
 25 -  I Want To Know What Love Is  - Richard Clayderman  - 
 26 -  Non Dimenticar (T'ho Voluto Bene)  - Mario Battaini  - 
 27 -  Son of my Father  - Cliff Carpenter  - 
 28 -  Tu sais je t'aime  - The Botticelli Orchestra  - 
 29 -  Music-All-In Tune  - Pim Jacobs & Rogier van Otterloo  - 
 30 -  An Old Fashioned Love Song  - The Sandpipers   - 

MADleys
Volume XXVI
80:51 - 320 Kb/sec
 
 
01 Robert Last "Happy dancing 2B" (16:22): O Shenandoah - The house of the rising sun - Green green grass of home -  John Brown's body - Polly Wolly Doodle - Red river valley - O my darling Clementine - Little Lizza - Camptown race - Am Fuß der blauen Berge - South of the border - Michael - O Susanna - Bronco
 
02 Claudius Alzner "Cocktail International vol 1-B" (20:37): Singing the blues - Welcome home - You are the sunshine of my life - Fernando - I almost lost my mind - A swingin' safari - Mrs.Robinson - Tijuana taxi - Tara's theme - I believe in music - Gone with the wind - I can help - Never can say goodbye - Heaven and hell
 
03 The Sunset Festival Orchestra "Non stop Bacharach" 2 (16:35): Raindrops keep falling on my head - I'll never fall in love again - What the world needs now is love - Anyone who had a heart - Wives and lovers - Make it easy on yourself - Walk on by - The look of love
 
04 Jo Ment - "Tops for Dancing" (15:40) Loop di love - Knock three times - Ein Mädchen für immer - Rose garden - Lonely days -  The resurection shuffle - Apeman - The pushbike song - Candida - Sweet Caroline - Hey tonight
 
05 Kai Warner "Goldtimer 4" (11:36): Strike up the band  - Charleston - When the saints go marchin' in - My Bonnie is over the ocean - Down by the riverside - Indian love call - With a song in my heart - Hallelujah - 's Wonderfull - Happy days are here again
 

Macarena
 
 1 -  Macarena  - 
 2 -  Vamonos  - 
 3 -  Waterfalls  - 
 4 -  Sospirando  - 
 5 -  Coco Jamboo  - 
 6 -  Killing Me Softly  - 
 7 -  The Bee  - 
 8 -  More & More  - 
 9 -  Oye Mi Canto  - 
 10 -  A-Tisket A-Tasket  - 
 11 -  Plastic Dreams  - 
 12 -  Poem  - 
 13 -  Gimme Luv  - 
 14 -  La Cucaracha  - 
 

Hugo Strasser 
Spanish Eyes
 
 1 -  Killing Me SOftly  - 
 2 -  Greensleeves  - 
 3 -  Close To You  - 
 4 -  Spanish Eyes  - 
 5 -  Mull Of Kintyre  - 
 6 -  Three Coins In The Fountain  - 
 7 -  I'm SInging In The Rain  - 
 8 -  Londonderry Air  - 
 9 -  Top Of The World  - 
 10 -  La Domenica  - 
 11 -  Ol' Man River  - 
 12 -  You Are The Sunshine Of My Life  - 
 13 -  Migical  - 
 14 -  Love Is A Many Splendored Thing  - 

Wayne King and His Orchestra 
Wayne King's Golden Favorites   
Vinyl LP DECCA 7 4309
 
 01 -  The Waltz You Saved For Me (with The Halloran Singers)  - 
 02 -  Josephine  - 
 03 -  Now Is The Hour   - 
 04 -  Near You   - 
 05 -  Dancing With Tears In My Eyes  - 
 06 -  Lonesome - That's All (vocal Wayne King with The Jack Halloran Singers)  - 
 07 -  Goofus  - 
 08 -  Where The Blue Of The Night Meets The Gold Of The Day (with TheJack Halloran Singers)  - 
 09 -  Together  - 
 10 -  True Love  - 
 11 -  Deep Purple  - 
 12 -  Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland (with The Jack Halloran Singers)  - 

Bert Kaempfert 
Tropical Sunrise
 
 01 -  Footprints In The Sand (Huella  - 
 02 -  Dreams (Sueños)  - 
 03 -  Your Move (Tu Movimiento)  - 
 04 -  Andorinha Preta (Brazilian Love Song)  - 
 05 -  Tropical Sunrise  - 
 06 -  Cachaca Mecanica  - 
 07 -  Jump In The Line  - 
 08 -  Shades Of Love (Sombras De Amor)  - 
 09 -  Wave  - 
 10 -  Canta De Ossanha  - 
 11 -  Swing And Sway  - 
 12 -  Island In The Sun  - 

The Frank Hunter Orchestra 
 The Sound Of Percussive Strings Vol. 2 
 
 01 -  Dancing In The Dark  - 
 02 -  Avalon  - 
 03 -  Fools Rush In  - 
 04 -  Moonlight Cocktail  - 
 05 -  Bali Hai  - 
 06 -  The Man That Got Away  - 
 07 -  L' Arlequin De Toledo  - 
 08 -  Something To Remember You By  - 
 09 -  Love In Bloom  - 
 10 -  But Beautiful  - 
 11 -  Jeepers Creepers  - 
 12 -  Belle Of The Ball  - 

Cliff Carpenter 
Mamma Mia 
Stereo Tanzparty 15
 
 1 -  Mamma Mia  - 
 2 -  Charly Brown (Amigo Charly Brown)  - 
 3 -  Cumbaya, Cumbayon  - 
 4 -  Disco Bump  - 
 5 -  Wenn die Trommel ruft  - 
 6 -  Da kommt José, der Straßenmusikant  - 
 7 -  Rocky  - 
 8 -  Ich bin noch zu haben  - 
 9 -  Komm mit - auf die Sonnenseite der Straße  - 
 10 -  Disco Polka  - 
 11 -  Ramaya  - 
 12 -  Moviestar  - 
 

Al De Lory 
The Glen Campbell Songbook
 
 01 -  Gentle On My Mind  - 
 02 -  Where's The Playground, Susie?  - 
 03 -  By The Time I Get To Phoenix  - 
 04 -  Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife  - 
 05 -  The Straight Life  - 
 06 -  (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay  - 
 07 -  Galveston  - 
 08 -  Wichita Lineman  - 
 09 -  Hey, Little One  - 
 10 -  Ann  - 
 11 -  Until It's Time For You To Go  - 

READERS DIGEST COLLECTION
Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops 
LP7 - Sweet and Lovely
 
 01 -  Sweet And Lovely  - 
 02 -  Misty  - 
 03 -  The Song Is You  - 
 04 -  A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody  - 
 05 -  The More I See You  - 
 06 -  The Shadow Of Your Smile  - 
 07 -  Tenderly  - 
 08 -  All The Things You Are  - 
 09 -  Waltz From "Coppélia"  - 
 10 -  Fantasia On Greensleeves  - 
 11 -   Waltz From Serenade For Strings  - 
 

Cafe Cubano 
Jack Jezzro
 
 1 -  Perdido  - 
 2 -  De-Lovely  - 
 3 -  Perfidia  - 
 4 -  Fascinatin' Rhythm  - 
 5 -  Make Someone Happy  - 
 6 -  Besame Mucho  - 
 7 -  All or Nothing at All  - 
 8 -  Speak Low  - 
 9 -  Tangerine  - 
 10 -  This Masquerade  - 
 11 -  If I Were A Bell  - 
 12 -  I Wish You Love  - 

Orchestra Sergio Presto 
Dancing With... Boney M.
 
 01 -  Rivers of Babylon  - 
 02 -  Rasputin  - 
 03 -  Daddy Cool  - 
 04 -  Sunny  - 
 05 -  Ma Baker  - 
 06 -  Jimmie  - 
 07 -  My Cherie Amour  - 
 08 -  I Shall Sing  - 
 09 -  Kalimba de Luna  - 
 10 -  Consuela Biaz  - 
 11 -  Never Change Lovers In The Middle Of The Night  - 
 12 -  Love For Sale  - 
 13 -  Heart of Gold  - 
 14 -  Got Cha Loco  - 
 15 -  Sad movies  - 
 16 -  Oceans of Fantasy  - 
 17 -  Gotta Go Home  -

 Berry Lipman Orchestra
 Party Pepper no.2 (1973)
 EMI 062-29 445
 
 
 01 Just A Gigolo - Roses Of Picardy - The More I See You
 02 Sheik Of Araby - Boo-Hoo - Funny Trilby
 03 Don't Fence Me In - Music Maestro Please
 04 In A Little Spanish Town - Hallo little Girl - When You're Smiling
 05 Goody Goody - Sweet Sue - Strike Up the Band
 06 You're Driving Me Crazy - Jeepers Creepers-Chattanooga Choo Choo
 07 Bye Bye Blues - Down By The Riverside - A Tisket A Tasket
 08 Sentimenal Journey - Honey Suckle Rose
 09 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - I Can't Give You Anything But Love- some of these Days
 10 The Girls Go Marching In - Texas Girls- Marching Tennessee

VARIOUS ARTISTS 
Melodies,Moods, Memories [Disc 6]
 
 1 -  If  - Percy Faith  - 
 2 -  Isn't She Lovely  - Franck Pourcel  - 
 3 -  Y Viva Espana  - Manuel  - 
 4 -  Star Wars Theme  - Geoff Love  - 
 5 -  When I Need You  - Franck Pourcel  - 
 6 -  Bright Eyes  - Manuel  - 
 7 -  The Winner Takes It All  - John Gregory  - 
 8 -  Nobody Does It Better  - Frank Chacksfield  - 
 9 -  You Light Up My Life  - Roland Shaw  - 
 10 -  The Floral Dance  - Geoff Love  - 
 11 -  Just The Way You Are  - Ronnie Aldrich  - 
 12 -  The Deerhunter Theme  - Manuel  - 
 13 -  Hopelessly Devoted To You  - Frank Chacksfield  - 
 14 -  Love On The Rocks  - John Gregory  - 
 15 -  Chanson d'Amour  - Franck Pourcel  - 
 16 -  How Deep Is Your Love  - Ronnie Aldrich  - 
 17 -  You're The One That I Want  - Geoff Love  - 
 

Various Artists 
Golden Sounds Of The 60's, disc 2
 
 01 -  Pretty Flamingo  - Johnny Harris & His Orchestra  - 
 02 -  Here Comes My Baby  - Perry Botkin Jr& His Orchestra  - 
 03 -  Soul Coaxing  - Garry Blake & His Orchestra  - 
 04 -  Those Were The Days  - Larry Page & His Orchestra  - 
 05 -  Scarbourgh Fair  - Joe Reisman & His Orchestra  - 
 06 -  Eleanor Rigby  - Perry Botkin Jr And His Orches  - 
 07 -  Waterloo Sunset  - Norman Percival And His Orches  - 
 08 -  Wave  - David Whitaker & His Orchestra  - 
 09 -  A Man And A Woman  - Garry Blake & His Orchestra  - 
 10 -  The Boxer  - David Whitaker And His Orchest  - 
 11 -  A Whiter Shade Of Pale  - Perry Botkin Jr And His Orches  - 
 12 -  Harper Valley PTA  - Joe Reisman & His Orchestra  - 
 13 -  On A Clear Day (You Can See Fo  - Cyril Stapleton And His Orches  - 
 14 -  If I Were A Carpenter  - Bernard Ebbinghouse And His Orchestra  - 
 15 -  I'm A Believer  - Arthur Greenslade & His Orchestra  - 
 16 -  When A Man Loves A Woman  - David Whitaker And His Orchest  - 
 17 -  A World Of Our Own  - Norman Percival And His Orches  - 
 18 -  Guantanamera  - Garry Blake & His Orchestra  - 
 19 -  (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The B  - David Whitaker And His Orchest  - 
 20 -  The Girl From Ipanema  - Norrie Paramor And His Orchestra  - 
 21 -  A Groovy Kind Of Love  - Arthur Greenslade And His Orchestra  - 
 22 -  Midnight Cowboy  - Leroy Holmes & His Orchestra  - 
 23 -  Let The Heartaches Begin  - Alan Tew & His Orchestra  - 
 24 -  Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In  - Norrie Paramor And His Orchestra  - 
 25 -  I Can't Stop Loving You  - Cyril Stapleton & His Orches  - 

Nilo Sergio Orquestra e Vozes 
Romance - Vol 3
 
 01 -  O Parque  - 
 02 -  Yesterday When I Was Young  - 
 03 -  Let Me Live  - 
 04 -  Pescadores de Pérolas  - 
 05 -  Wait Until Dark  - 
 06 -  Summer Dreams  - 
 07 -  Espiral  - 
 08 -  Serenata  - 
 09 -  The 5th Avenue Simphony  - 
 10 -  I Concentrate On You  - 
 

Sandy Nelson 
Sandy Nelson Plays Teen Beat
 
 1 -  Teen Beat  - 
 2 -  Jivin' Around  - 
 3 -  Funny Face  - 
 4 -  The Wiggle  - 
 5 -  Rainy Day  - 
 6 -  Drum Party  - 
 7 -  In the Mood  - 
 8 -  Alexes  - 
 9 -  Lost Dreams  - 
 10 -  I'm Walkin'  - 
 11 -  Boom Chicka Boom  - 
 12 -  Party Time  

Noúres 
Flute Plays Bossa Nova, vol.1
 
 01 -  A Felicidade  - 
 02 -  Caminhos Cruzados  - 
 03 -  Dindi  - 
 04 -  Este Seu Olhar  - 
 05 -  Eu Não Existo Sem Você  - 
 06 -  Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar  - 
 07 -  Falando de Amor  - 
 08 -  Insensatez  - 
 09 -  Preciso Aprender A Ser Só  - 
 10 -  Só Tinha Que Ser Com Você  - 
 11 -  Triste  - 
 12 -  Você  -

Lawrence Welk 
Memories
 
 01 -  Going Home  - 
 02 -  Melody Of Love  - 
 03 -  Paradise  - 
 04 -  Silver Moon  - 
 05 -  Cinco Robles  - 
 06 -  When I Grow Too Old To Dream  - 
 07 -  Three O'Clock In The Morning  - 
 08 -  I'll See You Again  - 
 09 -  Fascination  - 
 10 -  Poeme  - 
 11 -  Anniversary Song  - 
 12 -  Memories  -

Chitarre Nella Notte
 
 01 -  El Choclo  - Ramon Santana  - 
 02 -  La Cumparsita  - Ramon Santana  - 
 03 -  Tango Delle Rose  - Ramon Santana  - 
 04 -  La Paloma  - Ramon Santana  - 
 05 -  Jalouise  - Ramon Santana  - 
 06 -  La Mer  - Ramon Santana  - 
 07 -  Aloha - Oe  - The Honolulu Serenaders  - 
 08 -  The Moon Of Manakoora  - The Honolulu Serenaders  - 
 09 -  Canzone D'Amore Pagana  - The Honolulu Serenaders  - 
 10 -  Valzer Delle Candele  - The Honolulu Serenaders  - 
 11 -  Canto D'Amore Indiano  - The Honolulu Serenaders  - 
 12 -  Verde Luna  - Los Hidalgos  - 

David Osborne 
My Heart Will Go On
 
 01 -  My Sweet Lady  - 
 02 -  I Believe I Can Fly  - 
 03 -  La Vie En Rose  - 
 04 -  Fallon's Dream  - 
 05 -  I Left My Heart In San Francisco  - 
 06 -  My Heart Will Go On  - 
 07 -  On The Wings Of Love  - 
 08 -  Tell Him  - 
 09 -  As Time Goes By  - 
 10 -  Unforgettable  - 

Living Strings 
Living Strings Play Songs to Remember
 
 01 -  In The Blue Of Evening  - 
 02 -  Romance  - 
 03 -  It's Easy To Remember  - 
 04 -  If  - 
 05 -  For All We Know  - 
 06 -  Just A Memory  - 
 07 -  Suddenly  - 
 08 -  Cocktails For Two  - 
 09 -  One Night Of Love  - 
 10 -  A Cottage For Sale  - 

Hugo Montenegro 
Ciao Italy
 
 01 -  Torna a Sorrento / La Danza  - 
 02 -  O Marenariello  - 
 03 -  Vieni Sul Mar  - 
 04 -  Mattinata  - 
 05 -  Funiculi Funicula  - 
 06 -  Quel Mazzolini Di Fiore  - 
 07 -  Drigo’s Serenade  - 
 08 -  Nenella Bella  - 
 09 -  Piemonte Waltz  - 
 10 -  Vil Volo Degu Angeli  - 
 11 -  Ah Marie / Tarantella  - 
 12 -  La Serenade  - 
 13 -  Toseli’s Serenade  - 
 14 -  Ciribiribin  - 
 15 -  La Zingana  - 
 16 -  Carnival of Venice  - 
 17 -  Tarantella Italanissimo  - 
 18 -  La Guagliongella  - 
 19 -  La Ragazza  - 
 20 -  Non Ti Scordar Di Me  - 

Manuel & The Music of The Mountains 
Mountain Carnival
 (Parlophone WPCR-17703 UK 1961)
 
 1 -  Cachita  - 
 2 -  Yours  - 
 3 -  Blue Tango  - 
 4 -  The Bandit  - 
 5 -  Primera  - 
 6 -  Jealousy  - 
 7 -  Mountain Carnival  - 
 8 -  Anema e core  - 
 9 -  The Breeze And I  - 
 10 -  Carnavalito (Festival Of The Flowers)  - 
 11 -  Amor amor  - 
 12 -  Nights In Rio  - 
 13 -  Adios  - 
 

Los Mayas 
Romantic Guitar
 
 01 -  A Whiter Shade Of Pale  - 
 02 -  Adagio Para Una Guitarra  - 
 03 -  Aria uit Suite nr.3 Bach  - 
 04 -  Berceuse  - 
 05 -  Cent Mille Chansons  - 
 06 -  Concerto d'Aranjuez  - 
 07 -  Goyescas  - 
 08 -  La Playa  - 
 09 -  Los Mayas  - 
 10 -  No Man's Land  - 
 11 -  Orfeo Negro  - 
 12 -  Plaisir d'Amour   - 
 13 -  Valse De Lilas  - 

Ted Heath 
Satin, Strings & Bouncing Brass
 
 01 -  You Stepped Out of A Dream  - 
 02 -  I Had The Craziest Dream  - 
 03 -  Sentimental Journey  - 
 04 -  In The Mood  - 
 05 -  Mirage  - 
 06 -  I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)  - 
 07 -  Tumbling Tumbleweeds  - 
 08 -  Close Your Eyes  - 
 09 -  At Last  - 
 10 -  Theme For Cleopatra  - 
 11 -  They Didn't Believe Me  - 
 12 -  Ebb Tide  - 
 

Ray Conniff 
's Wonderful!
 
 1 -  's Wonderful  - 
 2 -  Dancing in the Dark  - 
 3 -  Speak Low  - 
 4 -  Wagon Wheels  - 
 5 -  Sentimental Journey  - 
 6 -  Begin the Beguine  - 
 7 -  September Song  - 
 8 -  I Get a Kick Out of You  - 
 9 -  Stardust  - 
 10 -  I'm an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande)  - 
 11 -  Sometimes I'm Happy  - 
 12 -  That Old Black Magic  - 
 13 -  Bonustrack - 's Wonderful (stereo version)  - 

Jan Corduwener & his Ballroomorchestra 
Ballroom Memories 
 
 01 -  Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Quickstep)  - 
 02 -  When I Take My Sugar To Tea (Quickstep)  - 
 03 -  Too Young (Slow-Fox)  - 
 04 -  Be My Love (Quickstep)  - 
 05 -  From The Time You Say Goodbye (Waltz)  - 
 06 -  It's Only A Paper Moon (Quickstep)  - 
 07 -  Roses Of Picardy (Quickstep)  - 
 08 -  Unless (Waltz)  - 
 09 -  Cheek To Cheek (Foxtrott)  - 
 10 -  Little White Lies (Quickstep)  - 
 11 -  Mexicali Rose (Waltz)  - 
 12 -  Look For The Silver Lining (Quickstep)  - 

RON GOODWIN
MUSIC FOR AN ARABIAN NIGHT
1959
 
Shortly before becoming a world-famous film composer of such iconic themes as Miss Marple (1961) or Operation Crossbow (1964), British musician Ron Goodwin (1925–2003) arranged and conducted various songs for Petula Clark and Peter Sellers and released a few string-laden LP's with a focus on cinematic compositions and the aural depiction of foreign countries.
 
Music For An Arabian Night is such a release, and while the title suggests an album full of mystical Middle Eastern melodies, the year of its release, Goodwin's nationality as well as the nature of the Exotica genre should give the attentive collector more than enough clues what to expect, or rather: what not to expect. First of all, there are no vocal tracks, not even female singing, even though these elements allow for a particularly Oriental flavor without the use of exotic instruments. Secondly, while speaking of exotic instruments, Goodwin uses the established trick of presenting foreign melodies and presumed habitual festivities with the help of primarily Western instruments.
 
 
 
Similar to Les Baxter's compositions, Goodwin uses a string ensemble that adds romantic notions and colorful vibes to the music. Another curious addition – from an Arabian viewpoint, at least – is the heavy integration of the accordion, an instrument that has next to nothing to do with a truthful rendition of an Arabian night. And this remains the case in terms of all songs. The title Arabian Night itself is thus an insult, for there is no such thing as a typical night in an Arab country … with an accordion in both hands. However, before I am spoiling all the fun, I'll better take a closer look at this album with its 12 unique compositions. But let me tell you in advance: things aren't looking particularly good, I'm afraid.
 
 
 
Windows Of The East is a strong opener with typical Oriental tone sequences played on violins, an alto flute and glaring string washes that add cinematic qualities to the setup that is completed with gentle tambourines and bongos as well as the aforementioned accordion. While this song is probably a bit too joyful and quick, it wouldn't be entirely out of place in Lawrence Of Arabia – which it precedes for 3 years! Bazaar is a playful song with heavy accordion backings, vibrantly polyphonous flutes and a prominent inclusion of a zither. Expect anything but a bazaar atmosphere, though. The setting is more similar to a galloping coach ride – through Paris! This is a nice little ditty that already shows the album's problems in regard to an overarching coherence.
 
 
 
The following Old Beirut, however, can be considered a mild affront: the bongo beat is very placid and the strings are vivid as usual, but the flute sections as well as the accordion bits which are accompanied by piano droplets are so out of place and saccharine that I wonder if some prankster changed the LP while I didn't pay attention. This could be an ode to Rome or a dedication to Salamanca, but Beirut is the last place I would link to this song, which at the end of day is freed from any Oriental cliché. Wedding Dance is more akin to a gypsy ceremony due to the reliance on zithers and accordions. However, the melody is catchy, and the added bongo groove in the middle section are enjoyable to me.
 
 
 
Return To Paradise is next, and it's an upbeat composition with pompous, darker strings, tremoling flutes and gentle maracas. It is way to sweet to my liking, but I have to admit that the intermixture between quiet passages and string-filled counterparts is working quite well, for every instrument is allowed to shine. It's less about the interplay and more about the presentation of individual sound characteristics. Arab Feast provides a much needed dosis of actual Arabian clichés of the Western kind, for the exotic percussion and the distinctive flute melody truly do evoke an interesting soundscape. Once the accordion and the glitzy brass sections enter, that Arabic feeling wanes, and as if to widen the contrast even more, there's the short section of a quavering paradisiac flute.
 
 
Side B can only get better and more focused on the promised topic. And indeed, Dancing Eyes offers a quickly-paced and percussion-heavy Arabian ditty with according flute melodies. The Hollywood strings aren't a huge turn-off, for the Arabian flute and the glitzy strings display the synergies of Exotica perfectly, to my mind at least. Another huge track is Barefoot Girl, and once more, the Arabian setting is perceptible and utterly welcome. The cheeky rhythm plus the mix of zither and accordion do work indeed and are quite a change to the previous songs. While similar in parts to Greek Folk music, Barefoot Girl is the second song that I fully agree with. The omission of the strings is a wise choice, and their lack provides a greater intimacy and liveliness. Thumbs up!
 
 
 
Another winner follows next: the gorgeous The Moon And I which oscillates permanently between sparkling, dreamy xylophone scintillas together with Arabian flute melodies on the one hand and the appropriate counter-reaction with slightly melancholic, but very vivid and voluminous string sections on the other. Goodwin surely turns things around on side B! The penultimate song offers an Arabian setting as well: Desert Hero offers an exciting tick-tock rhythm plus a pestering accordion, but to my surprise offers a sitar-like string instrument as well. Whatever it is, its inclusion is added far too late, but the Arabian flavor is huge. The final Cedars Of Lebanon offers an exciting xylophone-string mixture that is highly melancholic, majestic and cinematic, but its Arabian flavor is thin (and has nothing to do with the U2 song of he same name, for what it‘s worth). The strings, however, have that certain Lawrence feeling. A great last song to a lackluster album with an unexpectedly effective side B.
 
 
Does it matter how an album and its tracks are called as long as the music is good? This issue isn't picayune! Yes indeed, we‘re talking about an Exotica record here rather than about a Thomas Pynchon novel. But I feel the urge to stress how important an overarching concept is, regardless of the medium or the genre. Goodwin was a skilled conductor and song writer, no doubt about that. But the expectations of the listener aren't met, let alone fulfilled with this album. Apart from second-long Arabian setups, for instance the gorgeously cinematic Windows Of The East, the liveliness of Barefoot Girl and the dreamy atmosphere of The Moon And I, there is simply no Arabian feeling evoked in the process of listening.
 
 
 
No sitar, no gourd, no shawm or Oriental clave is included, and while the mimicry of Arabian tone sequences on an accordion is outright positively funny, this trick must not be used incessantly. This is all the more audacious due to the colorful promises the liner notes suggest: "Maybe you don't know any harem girls, but your girl friend might like to try a scarf dance to some Arabic rhythms and lush Oriental melodies while you sip Turkish coffee." Sure she might like to try, I mean who wouldn't, but if you play this record to her, the engagement is likely to be over. While I am often rolling my eyes due to cliché-laden compositions, Music For An Arabian Night is on the opposite side of the spectrum: there cannot be any cliché attached, for there are hardly any Arabian pieces on the album. I've counted 4 compositions – depending on the greatness of your heart, your mileage may vary, but not by much – and that's not enough.
 
 
 
I'm sorry to say, but this album was supposedly created for cashing in big time … maybe the compositions were already finished and the Arabian theme was added as an afterthought? Whatever may be the case, this one is a letdown. Exotica fans probably want to own this, but do they also listen to it? I doubt it, because after the very strong first tune, it goes downhill on side A and only gets quite a bit better on side B. If this album was titled differently, say, Adventures In Rome or something like that, I would've bought it, both the album and its overarching concept. But in this incarnation, the discongruence between album artwork, track titles and compositions is way too huge. Side B is way better, but its qualities aren't enchanting enough to forgive the various missteps that happened beforehand.
 
 
 
Exotica Review 055: Ron Goodwin – Music For An Arabian Night (1959). Originally published on Apr. 7, 2012 at AmbientExotica.com.
 
 01  - Window Of The East  -     
 02  - Bazaar  -     
 03  - Old Beirut  -     
 04  - Wedding Dance  -     
 05  - Return To Paradise  -     
 06  - Arab Feast  -     
 07  - Dancing Eyes  -     
 08  - Come Back To Me  -     
 09  - Barefoot Girl  -     
 10  - The Moon And I  -     
 11  - Desert Hero  -     
 12  - The Cedars Of Lebanon  -    

 THE LOUNGELEGENDS  
BEST OF AUGUST 2013
 
 -  01  -  Time To Dance  - Perry London [aka Erwin Lehn]
  -  02  -  Magnolis For Ever  - Paul Mauriat
  -  03  -  There's Got To Be A Better Way (from the Twentieth Century Fox Motion Picture, "Bandolero!"  - Hugo Montenegro
  -  05  -  Catch The Wind  - The Mike Leander Orchestra
  -  06  -  More Than A Woman  - The Salsoul Orchestra
  -  07  -  Stop Over Hannover  - Günter Noris und seine Gala Big Band
  -  08  -  Taka Takata  - Caravelli
  -  09  -  Someone Like You  - Richard Clayderman
  -  11  -  The Rose  - Dirk Brossé & Jacques Vandevelde, harp
  -  12  -  Theme From The Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm  - Lawrence Welk
  -  13  -  Posaunen-Engel  - Hubert Deuringer
  -  14  -  Arriverderci Roma  - Mantovani Orchestra
  -  15  -  When I Need You  - Paul Mauriat
  -  16  -  Calypso  - Norrie Paramor
  -  17  -  Eclipse  - Manuel and the Music of the Mountains
  -  18  -  The Guy's In Love With Your Music  - Horst Jankowski
  -  19  -  Holly, Holy / Sweet Caroline  - Liberace
  -  20  -  Squall Club  - Caravelli
  -  20  -  You Are So Beautiful  - Max Greger
  -  21  -  Manhattan Spiritual  - Jack Parnell
  -  22  -  Bubbles In The Wine  - Lawrence Welk
  -  23  -  High Noon  - Jørgen Ingmann
  -  23  -  Voici Les Cles (Nel Cuore, Nei Sensi)  - Paul Mauriat
  -  24  -  La marchand de bonheur  - Franck Pourcel

THE LOUNGELEGENDS
BEST OF AUGUST 2014
 01  - Libertango  -   Fausto Pappetti  -   
 02  - Aquarius  -   Enoch Light  -   
 03  - Let's Fall In Love  -   Tony Mottola  -   
 04  - More  -   Ted Heath  -   
 05  - Best Disco In Town  -   Brian May and the ABC Melbourne Showband  -   
 06  - Fuji San  -   Norrie Paramor  -   
 07  - Laughter In The Rain  -   David Rose  -   
 08  - Fancy Free  -   Floyd Cramer  -   
 09  - The Surrey With The Fringe On Top  -   Roland Shaw  -   
 10  - It Will Come In Time  -   Michael Mill Company  -   
 11  - Life Is What You Make It  -   Les Brown  -   
 12  - Delta Dawn  -   Caravelli  -   
 13  - Fractured Fiddle  -   Franck Pourcel  -   
 14  - Watermelon Man  -   Mark Wirtz Orchestra & Chorus  -   
 15  - Feel Like Makin' Love  -   Nick Ingman and his Orchestra  -   
 16  - Jungle Concerto  -   Xavier Cugat  -   
 17  - Epsom Derby  -   Orchester Heinz Kiessling  -   
 18  - Moto Perpetuo  -   Fenati With The Munich Machine  -   
 19  - Innishannon Serenade  -   Frank Chacksfield  -   
 20  - Sundays and Cybele (Jarre)  -   Werner Müller   -   
 21  - Brasilia  -   Tony Mottola  -   
 22  - Die Wilden Reiter Vom Don  -   Ricky King  -   
 23  - Nine Million Bicycles  -   Richard Clayderman  -   
 24  - Begin The Beguine  -   Klaus Wunderlich  -   
 25  - Indian Folksong  -   Laurens van Rooyen & Dick Bakker  -   
 26  - Jazz Wals  -   Joop Stokkermans  -   
 27  - Silverbird Excursion  -   Ady Zehnpfennig  -   
 28  - My Name is Nobody (My Name is Nobody)  -   Dick Bakker, The Metropole Orkest & Jean ''Toots'' Thielemans  -   
 29  - Bedazzled (Theme Song)  -   Tony Hatch  -   
 30  - Silver Morning Rain  -   Kai Warner  - 

THE LOUNGELEGENDS
Best of August 2015
 
 01  - Vado via  -   Paul Mauriat  -   
 02  - Babeck  -   Orchester Ambros Seelos  -   
 03  - Puppet on a String  -   Caravelli  -   
 04  - Tonight  -   Alfred Hause  -   
 05  - Side By Side  -   Werner Drexler & Helmut Zacharias, violin  -   
 06  - Godfather (Love Theme)  -   Andre Kostelanetz  -   
 07  - Bahama Mama  -   Paul Kuhn  -   
 08  - Baby I'm-A Want You  -   Peter Nero  -   
 09  - El Colas  -   Roberto Delgado  -   
 10  - Baby Elephant Walk  -   Eddie Cano Quartet   -   
 11  - Amsterdam; Le Plat Pays  -   Anthony Ventura  -   
 12  - California Gold  -   Cliff Carpenter  -   
 13  - Matrimony  -   Ambros Seelos Orchester  -   
 14  - Song Sung Blue  -   Max Greger ft. Toni Maier  -   
 15  - Good Vibrations  -   Roberto Delgado  -   
 16  - Chante... Comme Si Tu Devais Mourir Demain  -   Georges Jouvin  -   
 17  - Cant Take My Eyes Off You  -   The Strings Of Paris Orchestra  -   
 18  - You make me feel brand new  -   Tony Mottola  -   
 19  - The Happy Whistler  -   Dave Daffodil & His Honey-Sax  -   
 20  - Soul Makossa  -   Orquestra Serenata Tropical  -   
 21  - Alouette  -   Caravelli  -   
 22  - Holiday for Strings  -   Hazy Osterwald   -   
 23  - L'Orientale  -   Rondo Veneziano  -   
 24  - From Russia With Love  -   Orquestra Serenata Tropical   -   
 25  - Georgy Girl  -   Chet Atkins  -   
 26  - Black Is Black  -   Rudi Bohn  -   
 27  - I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'  -   Günter Noris  -   
 28  - Symphonie Nr. 40 (Mozart)  -   Max Greger  -   
 29  - Oh babe, what would you say  -   Fausto Papetti  -   
 30  - Encore: Pasadena  -   The Pasadena Roof Orchestra  -   
 31  - Finale - Lover's Dream  -   James Last  -   

Woody Herman 
Giant Steps
 
 01 -  La Fiesta  - 
 02 -  A Song For You  - 
 03 -  Freedom Jazz Dance  - 
 04 -  The Meaning of the Blues  - 
 05 -  The First Thing I Do  - 
 06 -  Think on Me  - 
 07 -  Giant Steps  - 
 08 -  A Child is Born  - 
 09 -  Be-Bop and Roses  - 
Art Farmer 
with the Quincy Jones orchestra
Last Night When We Were Young
 
 01 -  Two Sleepy People  - 
 02 -  Someone to Watch Over Me  - 
 03 -  I Concentrate on You  - 
 04 -  Ill Wind  - 
 05 -  Last Night When We Were Young  - 
 06 -  Out of This World  - 
 07 -  When I Fall in Love  - 
 08 -  Tangorine  - 
 09 -  What's Good About Goodbye?  - 
 10 -  Pogo Stick  - 
 11 -  Liza  - 
 12 -  Jones Bones  - 
 13 -  Sometimes I'm Happy  - 
 Don Lusher conducting
 The Very Best Of Ted Heath
 
 1  - Listen To My Music  -     
 2  - Tail End Charlie  -     
 3  - East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)  -     
 4  - Swinging Shepherd Blues  -     
 5  - Ad Lib Frolic  -     
 6  - Chelsea  -     
 7  - When The World Was Young  -     
 8  - Fine Romance  -     
 9  - Deep Night  -     
 10  - Baby Blue  -     
 11  - On With The Don  -     
 12  - Lullaby Of Birdland  -     
 13  - I'm Gonna Love That Girl  -     
 14  - Lady Bird  -     
 15  - Opus 1  -     
 16  - All The Time And Ev'rywhere  -     
 17  - Obsession  -     
 18  - That Lovely Weekend (Lyrics)  -     
 19  - That Lovely Weekend  -     
 20  - Hot Toddy  -     
 21  - A Dedication To Moira - Sheila's Theme  -     
 22  - Walkin' Shoes  -     
 23  - Hawaiian War Chant  -     
 24  - Listen To My Music  - 

 

Onderwerp: WEEK 37 - 2017

Datum: 09-10-2017

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week37-2017

Great selection!
Thanks!

Datum: 11-09-2017

Door: Darko

Onderwerp: week 37

Welcome back Harry and Ll team, and thank's for good instrumentals for this week.

Darko

Datum: 11-09-2017

Door: olivares68

Onderwerp: Welcome

I hope you enjoy your summer vacations, thank you to share beautifulo music.

My best regards

Datum: 11-09-2017

Door: Lincoln Grecco

Onderwerp: greccolincoln@gmail.com

Welcome home, Harry.Thank you.

Datum: 10-09-2017

Door: Mike G

Onderwerp: Week 37

Welcome back from your vacation Harry. We all missed you.

Datum: 09-09-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 37

Lest I forget., many thanks to Edilson for the Boney M which although unheard at the moment., will be a super listening treat. Thank you as well to Cappy, for his contributions, and Eliane and the rest of the folks at LoungeLegends
Ed, from a chilly Tennessee

Datum: 09-09-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 37

Hope you had a great vacation, Harry., wish I had gone with you. Also glad to see you back bc we missed you and the great music.
Thanks to Gunther for the Cliff Carpenter, and all the other contributors for their super offerings.., I see some special ones in the line-up.
Some 'new' artists from Harry as well.
Ok, well, Hurricane Irma is bearing down on Florida at the moment and I'm hoping all those who failed to leave will come out of it alright... my thoughts are with them
Ed, from a cooling Tennessee

Datum: 09-09-2017

Door: Brian Mitchell

Onderwerp: Welcome Back

Hope you had a pleasant & relaxing break. Missed You. Now we can get back to some good music.

Breian

Datum: 09-09-2017

Door: Joe

Onderwerp: Welcome Back

Welcome back Harry, hope that you had a relaxing and smile-filled holiday. Great selection of tunes ... as always.

Definitely feeling Autumnal in Vancouver. Humming along ........ Joe

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