WEEK 39 - 2017

Sounds like fun
Volume XXIII
78:12 - 320 Kb/sec
 
tracklisting:
 
01. Dick Schory - Brass jockeys / 02:17
02. Strato-Vani - Nashville polka / 03:14
03. Les Baxter -The clown on the Eiffel tower / 01:58
04. André Kostelanetz - Hey, look me over / 01:55
05. Gerhard Narholz - Feeling happy / 02:31
06. Joe Loss - Match of the day / 02:52
07. Paul Kuhn - Sugar blues / 02:39
08. Caravelli - Tout le square danse / 02:14
09. London Hitparade for dancing - Montego Bay / 02:20
10. Orchester Konrad Grewe - Es lebe das Geburtstagkind / 01:20
11. David Carroll - Soft shoe song / 02:06
12. José Marcello - Que pasa / 03:16
13. Horst Jankowski - Let's live a little / 02:26
14. Berolina Sound Orchestra - Neapolitanisches Ständchen / 02:18
15. Lawrence Welk - The American patrol polka / 01:57
16. Hugo Strasser - We didn't start the fire / 02:54
17. Billy Vaughn - Lolly / 02:15
18. Wayne King - My little grass shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii / 02:14
19. Berry Lipman - La Parranda / 03:44
20. Hugo Montenegro  - Theme from 'The Fox' / 02:13
21. Danny Davis & The Nashville Brass - Mountain minuet / 02:23
22. Cyril Stapleton - Fiddle Delphia / 01:54
23. Aimable - T'es ok, t'es bath, t'es in / 02:35
24. René Hernandez - Corazon de melon / 02:47
25. Joe Kennedy Orchestra - The piccolino / 01:37
26. Bert Kaempfert - Oriental traveler / 02:58
27. Frank Valdor - Massa massa / 03:17
28. David Rose - 4-20 AM / 01:47
29. Esquivel - Lazy bones / 02:42
30. Tony Hatch - Whizz ball / 01:38
31. 101 Strings - The happy hobo / 02:05
32. James Last - Zückerpuppe / 03:33

Helmut Zacharias 
On Lovers' Road * 1963
 
 1 -  The Man I Love  - 
 2 -  Body And Soul  - 
 3 -  Moonglow  - 
 4 -  I've Got You Under My Skin  - 
 5 -  April In Paris  - 
 6 -  You Go To My Head  - 
 7 -  Makin' Whoopee  - 
 8 -  I Can't Give You Anything But Love  - 
 9 -  Love Is Here To Stay  - 
 10 -  Dream  - 
 11 -  Embraceable You  - 
 12 -  Love For Sale  - 

Bert Kaempfert 
Images
 
 1 -  Bye Bye Blues  - 
 2 -  Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head  - 
 3 -  My Eyes Adored You  - 
 4 -  Afrikaan Beat  - 
 5 -  Answer Me  - 
 6 -  The Way We Were  - 
 7 -  Danke schön  - 
 8 -  Zambesi  - 
 9 -  This Guy's In Love With You  - 
 10 -  Feelings  - 
 11 -  Happy Trumpeter  - 
 12 -  Island In The Sun  - 
 13 -  Moon Over Naples (Spanish Eyes)  - 
 14 -  Red Roses For A Blue Lady  - 

Alfred Hause 
Screen Themes
 
 01 -  Charade  - 
 02 -   13 Jours en France  - 
 03 -  Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head  - 
 04 -  Sinnò Mi Moro  - 
 05 -  A Time for Us  - 
 06 -  Theme from SHAFT  - 
 07 -  Lara's Theme  - 
 08 -  Jeux Interdits  - 
 09 -  Anonimo Veneziano  - 
 10 -  Tonight  - 
 11 -  Both Sides Now  - 
 12 -  The Great Escape  - 

Max Greger 
Max Greger Plays Glenn Miller
 
 1 -  St. Louis Blues  - 
 2 -  Serenade In Blue - At Last  - 
 3 -  In The Mood  - 
 4 -  Chattanooga Choo Choo  - 
 5 -  A String Of Pearls  - 
 6 -  American Patrol  - 
 7 -  Moonlight Serenade  - 
 8 -  Pennsylvania 6-5000  - 
 9 -  Tuxedo Junction  - 
 10 -  Little Brown Jug  - 
 11 -  Johnson Rag  - 
 12 -  I Know Why  - 

All The Best
 
 1  - The Seduction  -     
 2  - Biscaya  -     
 3  - Bluebird  -     
 4  - Breton Summer  -     
 5  - Ballad for Adeline  -     
 6  - Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana  -     
 7  - Music Box Dancer  -     
 8  - Rain and sun  -     
 9  - Dolannes Melodie  -     
 10  - Elvira Madigan  -     
 11  - Tender Images  -     
 12  - Missing  -     
 

Frank Valdor 
Frank Valdor lässt Trompeten schmettern
 
 01 -  Jarabe Tatatio  - 
 02 -  El Ranchero  - 
 03 -  La Bamba  - 
 04 -  Adios Marquita Linda  - 
 05 -  Pikett  - 
 06 -  Mexican March  - 
 07 -  El Rio Rosso  - 
 08 -  Tango Trompeta  - 
 09 -  South of Mexico  - 
 10 -  Granada  - 
 11 -  Cosi Cosi  - 
 12 -  Cielito Lindo  - 

Wally Stott 
Music Of The City...London
 
 01 -  Medley - London Pride (Prologue)_Oranges and Lemons  - 
 02 -  Rotten Row  - 
 03 -  British Grenadiers  - 
 04 -  Knightsbridge March  - 
 05 -  Chelsea  - 
 06 -  London Bridge Is Falling Down  - 
 07 -  London Pride  - 
 08 -  Medley - Limehouse Blues_Old Father Thames Keeps Rolling Alon  - 
 09 -  A Foggy Day  - 
 10 -  The Dargason (From St. Paul's Suite)  - 
 11 -  London By Night  - 
 12 -  Medley - Music Hall Burlesque - Wot Cher_Any Old Iron  - 
 13 -  A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square  - 
 14 -  These Foolish Things  - 
 15 -  Medley - The Westminister Waltz_London Pride (Epilogue)  - 

Cliff Carpenter 
Magic Fly - Stereo Tanzparty 20
 
 1 -  Belfast  - 
 2 -  Danielle  - 
 3 -  Oh Mann Oh Mann, Wo hat der Mann nur seine Augen  - 
 4 -  I Feel Love  - 
 5 -  Ich fahre so gerne Rad  - 
 6 -  Tanze Samba Mit Mir  - 
 7 -  Magic Fly  - 
 8 -  Sieben Fässer Wein  - 
 9 -  Das weiss die ganze Nachbarschaft  - 
 10 -  Oh Miranda  - 
 11 -  Ich schlaf nicht gern allein ein  - 
 12 -  Sorry I'm A Lady  - 

Peter Nero 
Anything But Lonely
 
 01 -  You're Nothing Without Me From 'City Of Angels"  - 
 02 -  Small World From 'Gypsy'  - 
 03 -  Anything But Lonely From 'Aspects Of Love'  - 
 04 -  Lullaby Of Broadway From '42nd Street'  - 
 05 -  Maria From 'West Side Stroy'  - 
 06 -  Phantom Phantasy From 'The Phantom Of The Opera'  - 
 07 -  Memory From 'Cats'  - 
 08 -  Mountain Greenery From 'The Garrick Gaieties Of 1926'  - 
 09 -  On My Own From 'Les Miserables'  - 
 10 -  The Richard Rodgers Songbook  - 

READERS DIGEST COLLECTION
Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops 
Pops With Al Hirt / Warsaw Concerto 9/9
 
 01 -  Java  - 
 02 -  Pavanne From "American Symphonette No. 2  - 
 03 -  The Carnival of Venice  - 
 04 -  The Toy Trumpet  - 
 05 -  Bugler's Holiday  - 
 06 -  La Virgen De La Macarena From "The Brave Bulls"  - 
 07 -  Warsaw concerto  - 
 08 -  Cornish Rhapsody  - 
 09 -  Dream Of Olwen  - 

Les Baxter 
Conducts 101 Strings
 
 1 -  La-La-La  - 
 2 -  Girl On The Boulevard  - 
 3 -  Tomorrow For Sure  - 
 4 -  She Lets Her Hair Down  - 
 5 -  A Taste Of Soul  - 
 6 -  A Study In Simplicity  - 
 7 -  Baby Take Me In Your Arms  - 
 8 -  Bahia Blanca  - 
 9 -  Lady Love  - 
 10 -  Jean  - 
 11 -  Pizzicato Riff  - 
 12 -  Amazonas  - 
 

Luis Bordon 
Boleros Inesqueciveis
 
 1 -  Dos Almas La Última Noche  - 
 2 -  Besame Mucho  - 
 3 -  Quizas Quizas Quizas  - 
 4 -  Quién Sera  - 
 5 -  Aquellos Ojos Verdes  - 
 6 -  Amapola  - 
 7 -  Lamento Boricano  - 
 8 -  Toda Una Vida Angustia  - 
 9 -  Solamente Una Vez  - 
 10 -  Que Mormuren História De Um Amor  - 
 11 -  Angelitos Negros  - 
 12 -  Sin Ti  - 
 13 -  La Mucura  - 
 14 -  El Cigarron  - 
 15 -  Pa-Ran-Pan-Pan  - 

Johnny Pearson 
Sleepy Shores * 1972
 
 01 -  Sleepy Shores  - 
 02 -  Summer Of '42  - 
 03 -  Today I Met My Love  - 
 04 -  Londonderry Air  - 
 05 -  Three Coins In A Fountain  - 
 06 -  People  - 
 07 -  Lazy Silhouettes  ♥♫  - 
 08 -  Johnny Pearson - Sleepy Shores - 08. Concerto D Aranjuez  - 
 09 -  Green Leaves Of Summer  - 
 10 -  Les Deux Marionettes  - 
 11 -  Stranger On The Shore  - 
 

Raul Parentella 
Hecho a Tu Imagen
 01 -  La Vida Toda  - 
 02 -  9 TO 5
 03 -  September Morn  - 
 04 -  Woman in Love  - 
 05 -  Cuenta Conmigo  - 
 06 -  Hecho a Tu Imagen  - 
 07 -  All Our of Love  - 
 08 -  You Make me Feel Brand new  - 
 09 -  Preguntandome  - 
 10 -  I Made It Through the Rain  - 

Os Solistas 
Festival de Gala
 
 01 -  Alegria, Alegria  - 
 02 -  Roda Viva  - 
 03 -  Domingo no Parque  - 
 04 -  Maria, Carnaval e Cinzas  - 
 05 -  Belinha  - 
 06 -  Bom Dia  - 
 07 -  Carolina  - 
 08 -  Travessia  - 
 09 -  Maria, Minha Fé  - 
 10 -  Manhã de Primavera  - 
 11 -  Brinquedo  - 
 12 -  Canção do Cangaceiro que Viu a Lua Cor de Sangue  - 

CHET ATKINS
It's a Guitar World
 
 01 -  What'd I Say  - 
 02 -  Cast Your Fate to the Wind  - 
 03 -  Lara's Theme from Dr. Zhivago  - 
 04 -  A Taste of Honey  - 
 05 -  For No One  - 
 06 -  Pickin' Nashville  - 
 07 -  January in Bombay  - 
 08 -  Ranjana  - 
 09 -  Et Maintenant (What Now My Love)  - 
 10 -  'Na Voce, 'N' Chitarra, E 'o poco 'E luna  - 
 11 -  Star-Time  - 
 12 -  Sempre  - 

Noúres 
Piano Plays Bossa Nova, vol.2
 
 01 -  Acaso  - 
 02 -  Andrea  - 
 03 -  De Conversa em Conversa  - 
 04 -  Eu Não Existo Sem Você  - 
 05 -  Manhã de Carnaval  - 
 06 -  Nossos Momentos  - 
 07 -  Nunca  - 
 08 -  O Que É Amar  - 
 09 -  Por Causa de Você  - 
 10 -  Rosa Morena  - 
 11 -  Se Todos Fossem Iguais a Você  - 
 12 -  Só Tinha de Ser Com Você  

Various Artists 
Peace & Love Train 1/3
 
 1 -  Peace Train  - Hugo Montenegro  - 
 2 -  Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds  - Enoch Light  - 
 3 -  In The Year 2525  - Raymond Lefèvre  - 
 4 -  Light My Fire  - Helmut Zacharias  - 
 5 -  Venus  - Ronnie Aldrich  - 
 6 -  Mr Tambourine Man  - James Last  - 
 7 -  You've Made Me So Very Happy  - Pete Moore  - 
 8 -  Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye  - Franck Pourcel  - 
 9 -  Daydream Believer  - Lord Sitar  - 
 10 -  Green Tambourine  - Lawrence Welk  - 
 11 -  Ride My See-Saw  - Ronnie Aldrich  - 
 12 -  Joy to the World  - 101 Strings  - 
 13 -  Eloise  - Caravelli  - 
 14 -  Lay Lady Lay  - Alan Tew  - 
 15 -  Hurdy Gurdy Man  - Helmut Zacharias  - 
 16 -  Smile A Little Smile For Me  - Norrie Paramor  - 
 17 -  Sloop John B  - Percy Faith  - 
 18 -  It's Getting Better  - John Fox  - 
 19 -  Daydream  - Ronnie Aldrich  - 
 20 -  Naturally Stoned  - Helmut Zacharias  - 
 21 -  Crystal Blue Persuasion  - Frank Chacksfield  - 
 22 -  Aquarius  - John Keating  - 
 23 -  It Never Rains In Southern California  - Kai Warner  - 
 24 -  California Dreamin'  - Ronnie Aldrich  - 
 25 -  Riders In The Storm  - Horst Jankowski  - 

THE READERS DIGEST COLLECTION 
Sixty Years of Movie Magic 2/3
 
 1 -  01 - Over The Rainbow  - The Romantic Strings & Orchestra  - 
 2 -  02 - Theme From `Born Free`  - The Romantic Strings & Orchestra  - 
 3 -  03 - The Greatest Love Of All  - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - 
 4 -  04 - Diamonds Are Foreever  - London Symphony Orchestra  - 
 5 -  05 - When I Fall In Love  - The Romantic Strings & Orchestra  - 
 6 -  06 - The Way We Were  - Roger Williams, His Piano And Orchestra  - 
 7 -  07 - Endless Love  - Johnny Gregory And His Orchestra  - 
 8 -  08 - Can You Feel The Love Tonight?  - Gordon Langford & His Orchestra  - 
 9 -  09 - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You  - Larry Dalton And His Orchestra  - 
 10 -  10 - Bright Eyes  - Pierre Belmonde, Panpipes, with London Cinema Orchestra  - 
 11 -  11 - Beauty And The Beast  - Berdien Stenberg, Flute  - 
 12 -  12 - A Whole New World  - David Cullen & His Orchestra  - 
 13 -  13 - It Might Be You  - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - 
 14 -  14 - All Time High  - Joe Reisman And His Orchestra  - 
 15 -  15 - (I've Had) The Time Of My Life  - Paul Bateman & His Orchestra  - 
 16 -  16 - Live And Let Die  - Gordon Langford & His Orchestra  - 

The Mystic Moods Orchestra 
Love Token
 
 1 -  Love Token  - 
 2 -  Holly On My Mind  - 
 3 -  Don't Remind Me (Now of Time)  - 
 4 -  And The Sun Will Shine  - 
 5 -  Hurt So Bad  - 
 6 -  Romeo & Juliet  - 
 7 -  A Time For Us  - 
 8 -  Both Sides Now  - 
 9 -  Traces  - 
 10 -  Jim Webb Collage  - 

Norrie Paramor 
Plays The Hits of Cliff Richard 
 
 1 -  Finders Keepers  - 
 2 -  I Love You  - 
 3 -  Spanish Harlem  - 
 4 -  Living Doll  - 
 5 -  Please Don't Tease  - 
 6 -  Summer Holiday  - 
 7 -  Bachelor Boy  - 
 8 -  Lucky Lips  - 
 9 -  Young Ones  - 
 10 -  Don't Talk To Him  - 
 11 -  I Could Easily Fall (In Love With You)  - 
 12 -  In The Country  - 

Curt Shoemaker 
In Grand Style
 
 1 -  01 - Johnny Angel  - 
 2 -  02 - Hey There Lonely Girl  - 
 3 -  03 - Goodtime Charlie's Got The Blues  - 
 4 -  04 - O Solo Mio  - 
 5 -  05 - Today  - 
 6 -  06 - Knock Three Times  - 
 7 -  07 - Les Gilliam Waltz  - 
 8 -  08 - Back Home Again  - 
 9 -  09 - Help Me Make It Through The Night  - 
 10 -  10 - Nashville Nectar  - 
 

The Living Strings 
Waltz Time
 
 1 -  The Girl That I Marry  - 
 2 -  Anniversary Waltz & Wunderbar  - 
 3 -  Gold & Silver Waltz & The Skater's Wltz  - 
 4 -  Seven Golden Bells  - 
 5 -  Love From A Heart Of Gold  - 
 6 -  Dancing  - 
 7 -  Dear Friend  - 
 8 -  Roses From The South  - 
 9 -  Be Still My Heart  - 
 10 -  Medley-One Thousand & One Nights etc  - 
 

MARTIN DENNY
FORBIDDEN ISLAND
1958
 
 
Curiously enough, I haven't even written a review about Martin Denny yet, which is an audacious move because after all, Denny is the inventor – or at the very least the nucleus – of the Exotica genre. When his album Exotica was released as a mono LP in 1957, he catapulted himself and his quartet to stardom. Naturally, the ingredients of Exotica existed before, but its condensed atmosphere complete with lush vibraphones, bird cries and faux-Polynesian spirits can and must be attributed to Denny and his group. Forbidden Island from 1958 is his third album and close to my heart (but presumably not close enough, as I will tell you in a few seconds).
 
For one, this is the first of Denny's albums without Arthur Lyman on the vibraphones. Lyman remained a close friend, but departed anyway in order to launch a successful career with his own quartet. And secondly, while I know this album for years, there is one particular Denny composition on this album that was under my radar far too long: Exotica is the track I'm talking about, and since I've recently reviewed Don Tiki's 1997 debut The Forbidden Sounds Of Don Tiki and stumbled over the fact that their intro Exotica '97 harks back to Denny's track (instead of using fragments of Hugo Friedhofer's Vera Cruz, as Lloyd Kandell of Don Tiki himself clarified), I was ginomously surprised to find this very composition on an LP of which I thought that I knew it well.
 
There's still enough time for improvements, hence my review of Forbidden Island which consists of several unique compositions by Martin Denny as well as interpretations of two Les Baxter tracks plus various tropical blends of other classics. In 1958, the Martin Denny group consisted of percussionist August "Augie" Colón who was world-famous for his bird calls that became yet another inspiring peculiarity of the genre, mallet instrument afficionado Julius Wechter who replaced Arthur Lyman, bassist Harvey Ragsdale and naturally Denny himself as the song writer and pianist. Since the album artwork and the title already suggest an exhilarant jungle setting on a forlorn tropical island, let's see whether the 12 tracks maintain the lush aura of a mystical place in the Golden Age of Exotica.
 
A 3-minute long Denny original called Cobra is the surprisingly stern and serious entry point to the Forbidden Island. Exotic gongs, shaken maracas, flittering wind chimes and the curious and totally unexpected addition of orientally flavored bagpipes played by guest musician Will Brady exchange the primarily faux-Polynesian style of Denny's previous albums with a stark Middle Eastern feeling. The reduced usage of blurry bongos are further suggestions of a broader approach in regard to the Exotica topic. Both the mood and the bagpipes as the main instrument are hints of a complete change of style. The joyfulness is missing, the tropical flavor is imperceptible. This is one of Denny's most ambitious compositions and remains in everyone's head. It‘s Exotica music, but Easy Listening it is not.
 
If you are longing for Denny's paradisiacal themes, this LP will be worth your while nonetheless, for the following Port Au Prince, an interpretation of a Les Baxter composition, returns to lush, green territories. Sparkling xylophones are merged with galloping rattles, and the overall focus on percussion and interesting rhythmic devices such as an incessantly repeated whistle make this the most jazzy track on the whole album. Wechter is fully employed by this track, so to speak, coping easily with its quick pace.
 
 
The next track is called Exotica, and as I've mentioned in the first paragraph, it is an original Denny piece that inherits his trademark sound: a laid back piano melody is enhanced by Colón's realistic bird calls and his gentle bongos as well as by the glinting chimes and xylophone sprinkles. The refrain consists of polyphonous vibraphone sections that evoke that certain Exotica feeling. If you want a more piano-driven version of this song, listen to Don Tiki's Exotica '97 which they recorded with Denny himself a mere 39 years later! Even though both versions are glaringly similar when they're played back to back, I couldn't for my life figure out their similarities without Lloyd Kandell's pointer into the right direction.
 
A version of Dave Snell's Little China Doll adds a Far Eastern mystique and consists of a marimba-vibraphone-piano trio whose main melody contains several typical Chinese keys. The glowing xylophones and ubiquitous wind chimes bring fragility and a pristine clarity to the ears of the listener. A Chinese gong marks the end of this tune that is divided between mystique and deliberate childishness.
 
With the inclusion of Bali Ha'i off Richard Rodgers' and Oscar Hammerstein II's 1949 musical South Pacfific, Denny picks up a – then-recent – trend, for this signature tune was a highly sought after piece of relaxation for many contemporary listeners in Jazz clubs and Tiki restaurants. Will Brady plays the vibrant alto flute bursts, while the track reaches its highpoint quite soon with exuberantly euphonious piano chords and clanging hi hats. Afterwards, the song perfectly resembles the softer songs of Arthur Lyman with easy-going vibraphone tercets and quiet bird sounds. Narcissus Queen by Robert Alexander Anderson rounds off side A with boldly Japanese sounds and a jumpy performance full of hectic beats. A highlight is Bud Lee's shamisen, a banjo-like instrument that accompanies Wechter's staccato marimbas and remains in the background. Additional xylophones and the use of several temple gongs are the remaining instruments that swirl around the shamisen.
 
Julius Wechter comes up with his own song on this release. It's called Goony Birds, and the introductory dialogue between the bongos and a screeching bird marks the beginning of the most playful and ridiculous ditty with cascading marimbas, cheerful pianos and an overall cartoon-like atmosphere. The second half of the track adds a short intersection of mystery and tension before the track moves back to funny sprinkles. I'm no fan of staccato-driven music, and I consider this the weakest track of the album. They really did it for the kids, I believe, so I will shut up. Les Baxter's Sim Sim is all the better, though, especially in the version delivered by the group. A bossa nova groove with claves, gorgeous Polynesian flute tones and a great unison of piano melodies and vibraphone parts make this a successful track with a glimpse of a Latin feeling. The bongo groove is especially placid, and the second half of the track turns the tempo up for a short time and features hectical percussion and a flute melody in the background. This is a similarly playful track that reminds of Goony Birds, but it's not as childish, so I won't complain.
 
Martin Denny's classic Primitiva can be heard for the first time here, and the eclectic percussion is as important a part as the beautiful mallet instrument sections and the piano. Especially noteworthy is the sustain of the vibraphone – it fades out vibrantly and oscillates vividly between different keys. A gorgeous ditty! While Richard Rodgers' March Of The Siamese Children surprises with a long percussive intro and a military march rhythm, Dai Keong Lee's Sukara is a fantastic Far Eastern piece that is surprisingly dark, bringing to mind the gloomier undertones of Cobra. Here, however, the darkness is softer and more mysterious. The shamisen plays once again in the background, and after almost two minutes, the beat is completely overhauled, now consisting of jazzy double bass slaps marimba droplets. Pitch-perfect and another favorite of mine. The final title-giving track Forbidden Island, however, is the very best Denny original on this album. The alto flute mimics a ship horn, and the xylophones/vibraphones sparkle energetically. The tropical flavor is tremendously bold, the melody is laid back and the mallet instruments are cascading downwards, resembling the organic flow of a waterfall in the tropics. Highly addictive, and a perfect closer!
 
 
Martin Denny's third album delivers more tropical sounds and perfectly cozy melodies that remain always simple enough to be easily digested – his success continued without Arthur Lyman, as you can clearly see for yourself. However, as is the case with Paul Conrad's similarly themed album Exotic Paradise, Denny allows slightly darker tones to enter his music. As usual, this gloominess that is only perceptible in Cobra and Sukara doesn't make Forbidden Island an apocalyptic album! But it's always surprising how broad the mood-related range in Exotica music can be. After all, we're talking about an Easy Listening album here, right? Denny's album is tropical by nature, though not reduced to Polynesian flavors.
 
The Orient and especially the Far East are as important as the green vistas of the tropics that are aurally painted by the group and their collaborators. If you are looking for specific exotic instruments, Cobra's bagpipes are as huge a surprise as they are eerie, but the shamisen parts in Narcissus Queen and Sukara are reduced and remain in the background. Every other instrument has been heard on Exotica records before, but the artful integration of unique compositions with material by other composers is successful.
 
Although the style oscillates between dreamily Polynesian, mystical Japanese and childishly comical melodies, Martin Denny delivers good tunes on the album, especially his original tunes Primitiva, Exotica and Forbidden Island as well as his versions of Sukara and Bali Ha'i are favorites of mine – and now that I recognize his tune Exotica and can link it appropriately to Don Tiki's debut album, I like it even more! As an album, Forbidden Island is probably disappointing, for the style varies too much and isn't consistent enough for this coherent art form. But the songs themselves are worth it and fit perfectly in themed playlists of all kinds. Recommended to every Exotica listener, but especially to those who dig mallet instruments and gongs.
Exotica Review 052: Martin Denny – Forbidden Island (1958).
 Originally published on Mar. 31, 2012 at AmbientExotica.com.
 
 1 -  Cobra  - 
 2 -  Port-Au-Prince  - 
 3 -  Exotica  - 
 4 -  Little China Doll  - 
 5 -  Bali Ha'i  - 
 6 -  Narcissus Queen  - 
 7 -  Goony Birds  - 
 8 -  Sim Sim  - 
 9 -  Primitiva  - 
 10 -  March of the Siamese Children  - 
 11 -  Sukara  - 
 12 -  Forbidden Island  - 
 

Billy May Big Band 
This Thing Called Swing
 
 01 -  Caravan  - 
 02 -  Gin Mill Blues  - 
 03 -  Stompin' At The Savoy  - 
 04 -  Walkin' and Swingin'  - 
 05 -  Marie  - 
 06 -  My Blue Heaven  - 
 07 -  Clap Hands! Here Comes Charley!  - 
 08 -  Moon Glow  - 
 09 -  Stop, Look and Listen Part I and II  - 
 10 -  Down South Camp Meetin'  - 
 11 -  Parade Of The Milk Bottle Caps  - 
 12 -  Royal Garden Blues  - 
 13 -  In A Sentimental Mood  - 
 14 -  It's Been So Long  - 
 15 -  You Turned The Tables On Me  - 
 16 -  Goody Goody  - 
 17 -  Toy Trumpet  - 
 18 -  Organ Grinder's Swing  - 
 19 -  Prisoner's Song  - 
 20 -  Remember  - 
 21 -  Swingtime In The Rockies  - 

Glen Gray 
and the Casa Loma Orchestra
This Thing Called Swing
 
 01 -  Opus One   - 
 02 -  Take the "A" Train  - 
 03 -  Well, Git It!  - 
 04 -  Bugle Call Rag  - 
 05 -  I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You  - 
 06 -  Moonlight Seranade  - 
 07 -  Let's Dance  - 
 08 -  Intermission Riff  - 
 09 -  Woodchopper's Ball  - 
 10 -  Topsy  - 
 11 -  King Porter Stomp  - 
 12 -  Star Burst  - 
 13 -  Midnight Sun  - 
 14 -  Afternoon in August  - 
 15 -  Ciribiribin  - 
 16 -  Flying Home  - 
 17 -  Christopher Columbus  - 
 18 -  Nightmare  - 
 19 -  Stardreams  - 
 20 -  One O'Clock Jump  - 
 21 -  Goodbye  - 
Paul Kuhn 
My Private Collection  
Live at the Philharmonic Cologne
 
 01 -  Woodchopper's Ball  - 
 02 -  Summer Mind; The Lady is a Tramp; I Get a Kick Out of You  - 
 03 -  Quintessencia  - 
 04 -  Georgia On My Mind  - 
 05 -  Way Down Younder in New Orleans  - 
 06 -  Way Down Younder in New Orleans (swing version)  - 
 07 -  Angel Eyes  - 
 08 -  I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter  - 
 09 -  On a Slow Boat To China   - 
 10 -  Long Ago and Far Away  - 
 11 -  Anvil Chorus  - 
 12 -  Pink Panther  - 
 13 -  Glory Glory Hallelujah  - 

 

 LoungeLegends
 Autumn Serenades
 
 01  - September Morn'  -   Laurie Bower Singers  -   
 02  - Autumn Concerto  -   Günter Noris  -   
 03  - The Early Days Of Autumn  -   Richard Seddin Orchestra  -   
 04  - Autumn Flower  -   Caravelli  -   
 05  - September Night  -   Bert Kaempfert  -   
 06  - Autumn from ''The Four Seasons''  -   Berdien Stenberg  -   
 07  - See You in September  -   Mike Curb Congregation  -   
 08  - Autumn Holiday  -   David Rose & His Orchestra  -   
 09  - Autumn in London Town  -   Norrie Paramor  -   
 10  - Autumn Leaves  -   Roger Williams  -   
 11  - October  -   Cyril Ornadel    -   
 12  - Autumn Nocturne  -   Henry Mancini  -   
 13  - Autumn of My Life  -   Syd Dale  -   
 14  - Autumn Romance  -   Frank Chacksfield  -   
 15  - Autumn Rose  -   Ernesto Cortazar  -   
 16  - After Autumn  -   Chacksfield, Frank  -   
 17  - Forever Autumn  -   Ronnie Aldrich  -   
 18  - Autumn Afternoon  -   The Anita Kerr Singers  -   
 19  - Forever Autumn  -   Acker Bilk  -   
 20  - Lover On The Autumnroad  -   Young Pops Orchestra  -   
 21  - Mélodie d'Automne  -   Raymond Lefevre  -   
 22  - November  -   Roy Etzel  -   
 23  - Autumn Dream  -   Francis Goya  -   
 24  - On The Autumnal Grass  -   Werner Müller  -   
 25  - Walk An Autumn Day With Me  -   The Johnny Mann Singers  -   
 26  - November Rain  -   Jan Vayne  -   

The LoungeLegends
Carpenters Greatest Hits by the LoungeLegends
 
01  -   We've Only Just Begun  - Baja Marimba Band  -
 02  -   Solitaire  - Norrie Paramor  -
 03  -   Yesterday Once More  - Raymond Lefèvre  -
 04  -   Ticket To Ride  - The Hollyridge Strings & Stu Phillips  -
 05  -   I Won't Last A Day Without You  - Alan Tew  -
 06  -   For All We Know  - Mantovani  -
 07  -   There's a kind of hush  - Franck Pourcel  -
 08  -   Rainy Days and Mondays  - Richard Clayderman  -
 09  -   Goodbye to Love  - The 101 Strings Orchestra  -
 10  -   Top of the World  - Ronnie Aldrich  -
 11  -   Superstar  - Orchester Kurt Edelhagen  -
 12  -   Sing  - Enoch Light  -
 13  -   Close To You (Vocal)  - James Last  -
 14  -   Only Yesterday  - Paul Mauriat  -
 15  -   Jambalaya (On The Bayou)  - Andre Kostelanetz  -
 16  -   A Song For You  - Ray Conniff  -
 17  -   Hurting Each Other  - Percy Faith  -
 18  -   Please Mr. Postman  - Richard Clayderman  -
 19  -   Bless The Beasts And The Children  - Billy Vaughn  -
 20  -   This masquerade is over  - Swr Rundfunkorchester & Dieter Reith  -

The LoungeLegends
play Mancini
 
 01  -   Waldo Pepper March  - Lalo Schifrin  -
 02  -   Dear Heart  - Baja Marimba Band  - 
 03  -   Experiment In Terror  - Al Caiola  -
 04  -   It Had Better Be Tonight  - Michael Buble  -
 05  -   Peter Gunn Mambo  - Jack Costanzo  -
 06  -   Happy Barefoot Boy  - Living Brass  -
 07  -   I love you and don't forget it  - Max Greger und sein Orchester  -
 08  -   A Shot in the Dark  - Shirley Scott  -
 09  -   Moon River  - Henry Jerome  -
 10  -   Dreamsville  - John Pigneguy and the Sound of Horns  -
 11  -   Baby Elephant Walk  - Les Baxter  -
 12  -   Mystery Movie Theme  - Ray Conniff  -
 13  -   Thorn Birds  Theme  - Andre Rieu & Mirusia  -
 14  -   Odd Ball  - Quincy Jones  -
 15  -   Theme for Three [From Wait Until Dark]  - Hugo Montenegro  -
 16  -   The Days Of Wine and Roses  - Peter Herbolzheimer  -
 17  -   Charade  - Xavier Cugat  -
 18  -   Mr Lucky   - Joey DeFrancesco  -
 19  -   The Sweetheart Tree  - Anita Kerr Quartet  -
 20  -   The Pink Panther Theme  - Hollywood Studio Orchestra  -
 21  -   Two for the Road  - Gunter Kallmann Chorus  - 
 22  -   Moment To Moment  - Joe Pass w. Chet Baker  -
 23  -   Theme from Molly Maguires  - Werner Tauber  - 
 24  -   Swing March  - Lalo Schifrin  - 
 25  -   Tribute to Mancini  - Ron Goodwin  -

 

Onderwerp: WEEK 39 - 2017

Datum: 12-10-2017

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week39-2017

Many thanks for Readers Digest collections!

Datum: 24-09-2017

Door: Joe

Onderwerp: Appreciation

I always find myself nodding in agreement as folks express their appreciation to Harry & Team. Ed's words this week particularly resonate for me ..... and words seem so inadequate to express my thanks for ALL the great music over MANY years. It has changed my music life dramatically .... with so many fond memories and new renditions and experiences. In a very real way, you have truly enhanced the fun and joy in my life ... and kept me smiling and humming.
More Smiles ...... Joe in Vancouver, Canada

Datum: 24-09-2017

Door: Darko

Onderwerp: week 39

This week it is another great choice of instrumentals. Thank's for Norrie Paramor orchestra, archive of LL etc. Photograph of
this receiver is perhaps Tandberg ?

Darko

Datum: 23-09-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 39

It's always a big suspense to me when I open the LoungeLegends website., you know, checking on the week's music offerings. Most of the time I'm elated with the music, only rarely disappointed., and even then i always manage to find something interesting.
Like last week for instance, this week appears to be quite good. The music fine and lively and nicely arranged. The choice of artists excellent.
Thanks to Cappy for the Shoemaker album. To Gunther for another Cliff Carpenter., to Joey for another Sounds Like Fun album. There was (is) a virtual ton of 'keepers' in the 'Fun' series.
Also thanks to Eliane and the many others for their contributions, and Harry for putting it all together and posting.
You know on Friday nights., I'm almost like a little kid on Christmas Eve., can't sleep for the anticipation..
Ed 'anchortaxi' from a hot Tennessee

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