WEEK 42 - 2017

HiFi Stereo Festival
Volume XXII
80:02 - 320 Kb/sec
 
tracklisting:
 
1. James Last - Delicado / 02:29
2. Kai Warner (with Tommy Reilly) - Canadian sunset / 02:37
3. David McCallum - The 'In' crowd / 03:09
4. Leroy Holmes - My shawl (Ombo) / 02:48
5. Maurice Monthier Orquestra - Quiem sabe / 02:25
6. The Fantasy Strings - Magic melody / 03:52
7. Felix Slatkin - Easy street / 02:43
8. Ray Conniff - You make me feel so young / 02:22
9. Ronnie Aldrich - My favourite things / 02:37
10. Caravelli - Fantasie pour cordes / 02:55
11. Jose Marcello - Black bottom / 01:54
12. Alan Tew - Lara's theme / 02:12
13. Maurice Pop - Isle of beauty / 02:28
14. Joe Loss - Beg, steal or borrow / 02:34
15. André Kostelanetz - One of those songs / 02:13
16. Billy Vaugn - In the gloaming / 02:13
17. Norrie Paramor - My life / 03:37
18. Brian May & the Melbourne ABC Showband - Walk on by / 02:20
19. Arthur Greenslade - The devil went down to Georgia / 02:58
20. Ken Jackson - Quando, Quando, Quando / 02:38
21. Berolina Sound Orchestra - Mandolino, mandolino / 02:20
22. Augusto Algueró - Cielito, Si, Si / 02:08
23. Xavier Cugat - It happened in Monterey / 02:16
24. Dick Schory - Lazy bones / 02:36
25. Harlow Wilcox - Cumana / 03:14
26. The John Parker Orchestra - Mine / 01:52
27. Paul Mauriat - La goualante du pauvre Jean / 02:09
28. Esquivel - La Ronde / 02:24
29. Marty Gold - Without a song / 02:40
30. The Clebanoff Strings - Cotton Candy / 02:20
31. Bert Kaempfert - Serenade (Calling all brass) / 02:46
 

Winchester Cathedral
 
 01 -  Little Man  - 
 02 -  Winchester Cathedral  - 
 03 -  That's Life  - 
 04 -  What Now My Love  - 
 05 -  Plaisir D'Amour  - 
 06 -  Elizabethan Serenade  - 
 07 -  This Is My Song  - 
 08 -  American Patrol  - 
 09 -  Clementine  - 
 10 -  Secret Love  - 
 11 -  Amor, Amor, Amor  - 
 12 -  Memories Of Rubinstein  - 
 13 -  500 Miles  - 
 14 -  Passion Flower  - 

Cliff Carpenter 
Stereo Tanzparty nr 12
 
 1 -  Ein Lied zieht hinaus in die Welt  - 
 2 -  Wir lassen uns das Singen nicht verbieten  - 
 3 -  Dreh' dich im Kreisel der Zeit  - 
 4 -  Hey,Yvonne  - 
 5 -  Karneval  - 
 6 -  Wo warst du heut' nacht, mein schönes Kind  - 
 7 -  Kinder der Sonne  - 
 8 -  Susie Darling  - 
 9 -  Ich schenk' dir mein Geheimnis  - 
 10 -  Gib mir dein Hand  - 
 11 -  Er gehört zu mir  - 
 12 -  Griechischer Wein  - 

Bert Kaempfert
Everybody Loves Somebody
 
A1     The Most Beautiful Girl      
A2     The Good Life      
A3     Never My Love      
A4     A Swinging' Safari      
A5     Autumn Leaves      
A6     Everybody Loves Somebody      
B1     Blueberry Hill      
B2     Red Roses For A Blue Lady      
B3     Stoney End      
B4     Spanish Eyes (Moon Over Naples)      
B5     My Way      
B6     Snowbird

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 
Erich Kunzel - conductor
Andrew Lloyd Webber
 
 1 -  The Phantom of the opera  - 
 2 -  The Music of the Night  - 
 3 -  Think of Me  - 
 4 -  Wishing You Were Somehouw Here Again  - 
 5 -  All I Ask of You  - 
 6 -  Angel of Music  - 
 7 -  As If We Never Said Goodbye  - 
 8 -  The Greatest Star of All  - 
 9 -  With One Look  - 
 10 -  Memory  - 
 11 -  I Don't Know How to Love Him  - 
 12 -  Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say)  - 
 13 -  King Herod's Song  - 
 14 -  Don't Cry for Me Argentina  - 
 15 -  Starlight Express, musical  - 
 16 -  Any Dream Will Do  - 
 

Mantovani 
A Journey Into Digital Sound
 
 1 -  Killing Me Softly  - 
 2 -  She's Out Of My Life  - 
 3 -  The Rose  - 
 4 -  The Long and Winding Road  - 
 5 -  Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma  - 
 6 -  Without You  - 
 7 -  Plaisir'Amour  - 
 8 -  Love's Theme  - 
 9 -  Pieces Of Dreams  -

Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops 
100 Fiedler Favorites 3
 
 1 -  Reverie  - 
 2 -  Dance Of The Cammoristi  - 
 3 -  Air On The G String  - 
 4 -  Brahms Cradle Song  - 
 5 -  Handel Largo  - 
 6 -  Schubert Serenade  - 
 7 -  Song Of India  - 
 8 -  Gayne Lullaby  - 
 9 -  Drigo Serenade  - 
 10 -  Spring Song  - 
 11 -  Toselli Serenade  - 
 12 -  Cavalleria Rusticana Intermezzo  - 
 13 -  Boccherini Minuet  - 
 14 -  Liebestraum  - 
 15 -  None But The Lonely Heart  - 
 16 -  Madama Butterfly Humming Chorus  - 
 17 -  Hansel And Gretel Dream Pantomime  - 

The Fantastic Strings Of Felix Slatkin 
Many Splendored Themes
 
 01 -  Unchained Melody  - 
 02 -  The Magnificent VII  - 
 03 -  My Own True Love (Tara's Theme)  - 
 04 -  Last Date  - 
 05 -  Where Is Your Heart? (Song From Moulin Rouge)  - 
 06 -  Theme From The Sundowners  - 
 07 -  Laura  - 
 08 -  Never On Sunday  - 
 09 -  Exodus  - 
 10 -  Night Theme  - 
 11 -  Smile  - 
 12 -  It's Not Forever  -

Amsterdam Connection 
Isn't She Lovely 
 
 1 -  Isn't She Lovely  - 
 2 -  Part Time Lover  - 
 3 -  Creepin (feat. Paul Brown)  - 
 4 -  Another Star  - 
 5 -  My Cherie Amour (feat. Marc Antoine)  - 
 6 -  Knocks Me off My Feet  - 
 7 -  Overjoyed (feat. Nathan East)  - 
 8 -  Looking for Another Pure Love  - 
 9 -  Don't You Worry About a Thing (feat. Jessy J)  - 
 10 -  You and I  - 

Percy Faith 
Porgy And Bess
 
 01 -  Catfish Row  - 
 02 -  Summertime  - 
 03 -  A Woman Is A Sometime Thing  - 
 04 -  My Man's Gone Now  - 
 05 -  Leavin' For The Promised Land  - 
 06 -  I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'  - 
 07 -  The Buzzard Song  - 
 08 -  Bess, You Is My Woman Now  - 
 09 -  Oh I Can't Sit Down  - 
 10 -  It Ain't Necessarily So  - 
 11 -  The Strawberry Woman And The Crab Man  - 
 12 -  I Loves You, Porgy  - 
 13 -  There's A Boat That's Leavin' Soon For New York  - 
 14 -  Bess, Oh Where's My Bess  - 
 15 -  O Lawd I'm On My Way  - 

 Andy Ross & His Orchestra 
The Godfather & Other Great Screen Themes
 
 1  - Love Theme From The Godfather  -     
 2  - Hawaii Five-0  -     
 3  - The Onedin Line  -     
 4  - High Chapparal  -     
 5  - The Persuaders  -     
 6  - Jason King  -     
 7  - The Pathfinders  -     
 8  - The Regiment  -     
 9  - Sleepy Shores  -     
 10  - The Trouble-Shooters  -     
 11  - Family At War  -     
 12  - The Virginian  -     
 13  - Cassanova Theme  -     
 14  - Star Trek  -     
 15  - Theme From The French Connection  -     

Herb Alpert 
Under A Spanish Moon
 
 01 -  Fragile  - 
 02 -  Under A Spanish Moon A Suite In Three Movements Rumba Flamenca  - 
 03 -  Under A Spanish Moon A Suite In Three Movements Lamento  - 
 04 -  Under A Spanish Moon A Suite In Three Movements Pachanga  - 
 05 -  Ancient Source  - 
 06 -  I Need You  - 
 07 -  My Song  - 
 08 -  Zamba (Para La Nina Yolanda)  - 
 09 -  Hidden Angel  - 
 

Roberto Delgado 
Latino Dancing
 
 01 -  Mas Que Nada  - 
 02 -  This Guy's In Love With You  - 
 03 -  Soul Limbo  - 
 04 -  Cuando Sali de Cuba  - 
 05 -  Acapulco Zephyr  - 
 06 -  Batcuda  - 
 07 -  Grazing in the Grass  - 
 08 -  The Look of Love  - 
 09 -  Up Cherry Street  - 
 10 -  Brazilian Afternoon  - 
 11 -  Peru  - 
 12 -  Summer Samba 

Dick Marx, Buddy Colette 
Marx Makes Broadway
 
 01 -  Joey,Joey  - 
 02 -  Why Can't You Behave  - 
 03 -  All of You  - 
 04 -  Cool  - 
 05 -  Too Close for Comfort  - 
 06 -  If I Were A Bell  - 
 07 -  Baubles, Bangles and Beads  - 
 08 -  A Sleepin' Bee  - 
 09 -  Guys and Dolls  - 
 10 -  Just In Time  - 
 

Ferrante & Teicher 
Melodies of Love [Disc 3]
 
 1 -  The Greatest Love of All  - 
 2 -  You Are the Sunshine of My Life  - 
 3 -  Lara's Theme  - 
 4 -  Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head  - 
 5 -  Days of Wine and Roses  - 
 6 -  What the World Needs Now  - 
 7 -  You Light Up My Life  - 
 8 -  Feelings  - 
 9 -  Speak Softly Love (Godfather Theme)  - 
 10 -  If  - 
 11 -  Exodus  - 
 12 -  Misty  - 

David Osborne 
These Dreams
 
 1 -  These Dreams  - 
 2 -  Never Gonna Let You Go  - 
 3 -  Suddenly  - 
 4 -  Escape (The Pina Colada Song)  - 
 5 -  Hotel California  - 
 6 -  Hello  - 
 7 -  Open Arms  - 
 8 -  I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues  - 
 9 -  Apologize  - 
 10 -  After The Love Has Gone  - 
 11 -  Clocks  - 
 12 -  Desperado  - 
 13 -  All My Life  - 
 14 -  Viva La Vida  - 
 15 -  A Thousand Miles  - 

Al Caiola 
Soft Guitars
 
 01 -  They Can't Take That Away from Me  - 
 02 -  Nice Work If You Can Get It  - 
 03 -  I Can't Get Started  - 
 04 -  Try a Little Tenderness  - 
 05 -  Where or When  - 
 06 -  Skylark  - 
 07 -  Clair de Lune  - 
 08 -  'S Wonderful  - 
 09 -  The Sound of Music  - 
 10 -  Imagination  - 
 11 -  More Than You Know  - 
 12 -  Stella by Starlight  - 
 13 -  'S Nice  - 
 14 -  I Don't Know Why  - 
 15 -  Poinsetta  - 
 16 -  A Foggy Day  - 

Don Pablo de Havana 
Disco Latin
 
 01 -  Charade  - 
 02 -  From Russia With Love  - 
 03 -  I Want To Hold Your Hand  - 
 04 -  Hello, Dolly  - 
 05 -  A Media Luz  - 
 06 -  Una Lacrima Sul Viso  - 
 07 -  Do You Want Know A Secret-  - 
 08 -  Frenesi  - 
 09 -  Sapore Di Sale  - 
 10 -  Marta  - 
 11 -  Garota De Ipanema  - 
 12 -  Santa  - 

Readers Digest Collection
Instrumental Magic 
Rousing Brass [Disc 1]
 
 1 -  Chattanooga Choo Choo  - Buddy Bregmann And His Orchestra  - 
 2 -  Tiger Rag  - Bob Crosby & His Orchestra  - 
 3 -  South Rampart Street Parade  - Robert Mandell And His Swing Orchestra  - 
 4 -  High Society  - Bob Crosby & His Orchestra  - 
 5 -  Midnight In Moscow  - Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen  - 
 6 -  Washington And Lee Swing  - Bob Crosby And His Orchestra Featuring The Bobcats  - 
 7 -  Hello, Dolly!  - Authur Greenslade And His Orchestra  - 
 8 -  Hoots Mon!  - Band Of The Black Watch  - 
 9 -  The Floral Dance  - The Band Of The Blues And Royals  - 
 10 -  Can't Buy Me Love  - Hank Levine & His Orchestra  - 
 11 -  Peter Gunn  - Warren Barker and His Orchestra  - 
 12 -  Theme From "The Saint"  - Les Reed Brass  - 
 13 -  Theme From 'Man From U.N.C.L.E.'  - Warren Barker and His Orchestra  - 
 14 -  Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White  - Alan Braden And His Orchestra  - 
 15 -  Paper Maché  - David Whitaker And His Orchestra  - 
 16 -  Second Hand Rose  - Ray Davis And His Button Down Brass  - 
 17 -  Cindy, Oh, Cindy  - Tommy Fisher, His Trombone And Orchestra  - 
 18 -  La Jolie Sardane  - François Duchamps And His Orchestra  - 
 19 -  Douce France  - Tommy Fisher, His Trombone And Orchestra  - 
 20 -  Strictly Instrumental  - Les Brown & His Band Of Renown  - 

Klaus Wunderlich 
In The Miller Mood
 
 1 -  In The Mood  - 
 2 -  Moonlight Serenade  - 
 3 -  Little Brown Jug  - 
 4 -  Tuxedo Junction  - 
 5 -  Chattanooga Choo Choo  - 
 6 -  Pennsylvania 6-5000  - 
 7 -  American Patrol  - 
 8 -  String Of Pearls  - 
 9 -  St. Louis Blues-March  - 
 10 -  I Know Why  - 
 11 -  Johnson Rag  - 
 12 -  Flying Home  

101 Strings 
The Soul Of Israel
 
 01 -  Havah Nagilah  - 
 02 -  Haganeh Patrol  - 
 03 -  Eili Eili  - 
 04 -  Medley - Tzena, Tzena, Tzena Hevenu Shalom Alechem  - 
 05 -  Hatkivah  - 
 06 -  Kibbutz Wedding  - 
 07 -  Kol Nidrei  - 
 08 -  A Land Reborn  - 
 09 -  My Yiddish Momme  - 
 10 -  Exodus  - 
 11 -  Simchas Torah (Kibbutz Festival)  - 
 

Mystic Moods 
Stormy Memories
 
 01 -  Seashore  - 
 02 -  Memory  - 
 03 -  Send In The Clowns  - 
 04 -  Summer Of '42  - 
 05 -  Chopin- Nocturne In Eb Opus 9  - 
 06 -  Porgy & Bess  - 
 07 -  Phantom Of The Opera  - 
 08 -  Evergreen  - 
 09 -  Chopin- Etude In Ab Opus 25 #1  - 
 10 -  Dreaming  - 
 11 -  Ice Castles  - 
 12 -  If  - 

Norman Candler and Friends 
Moments With Norman Candler
 
 01 -  The Tide Has Turned  - Joerg Reiter  - 
 02 -  I Depend On You  - Joerg Reiter  - 
 03 -  Applewine  - Franck Pourcel & His Orchestra  - 
 04 -  Last Summer In Venice  - Franck Pourcel & His Orchestra  - 
 05 -  Highly Delighted  - Franck Pourcel & His Orchestra  - 
 06 -  Touch the Stars  - Mladen Franko, Piano & The Norman Candler Strings  - 
 07 -  Evening sun  - Mladen Franko, Piano & The Norman Candler Strings  - 
 08 -  When the Night Is New  - Mladen Franko, Piano & The Norman Candler Strings  - 
 09 -  You Think She Needs You  - Joerg Reiter  - 
 10 -  Please stay  - Klaus Peter Schoepfer & Friends  - 
 11 -  You Should Know  - Francis Goya, Guitar & The Norman CandlerStrings  - 
 12 -  Philharmonic Rock, The  - Francis Goya, Guitar & The Norman CandlerStrings  - 
 13 -  Pan American   - Francis Goya, Guitar & The Norman CandlerStrings  - 
 14 -  Deep As the River  - Kapono Beamer  - 

Johnny Keating 
Temptation
 1 -  Temptation  - 
 2 -  Blues In The Night  - 
 3 -  Love For Sale  - 
 4 -  Daddy  - 
 5 -  Laura  - 
 6 -  Bess, You Is My Woman Now  - 
 7 -  Maria  - 
 8 -  St. Louis Blues  - 
 9 -  Chlo-E  - 
 10 -  Satin Doll  - 
 11 -  Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets)  - 
 12 -  Jezebel  - 

Richard Hayman & His Orchestra 
The Sound Of Music 
 Enchanting Melodies Of Rodgers & Hammerstein
 
 01 -  The Sound Of Music  - 
 02 -  Do I Hear A Waltz? - Do I Hear A Waltz?  - 
 03 -  Carousel  - 
 04 -  State Fair - Our State Fair  - 
 05 -  Oklahoma  - 
 06 -  State Fair - It's A Grand Night For Singing  - 
 07 -  South Pacific  - 
 08 -  State Fair - That's For Me  - 
 09 -  The King & I  - 
 10 -  No Strings - The Sweetest Sounds  - 
 

Freddy Quinn 
Ein Konzert mit dem 
Orchester Bert Kaempfert
 
 1 -  Heimweh - Die Gitarre und das Meer - La guitarra brasiliana - Unter fremden Sternen  - Freddy Quinn  - 
 2 -  Strangers In The Night  - Bert Kaempfert  - 
 3 -  Oh, Lonesome Me  - Freddy Quinn & Truck Stop  - 
 4 -  Jambalaya  - Freddy Quinn & Truck Stop  - 
 5 -  Sonny Boy - Maria - America  - Freddy Quinn  - 
 6 -  Yo vendo unos ojos negros  - Freddy Quinn & Los Muchachos  - 
 7 -  Ay jalisco no te rajes  - Freddy Quinn & Los Muchachos  - 
 8 -  Spanish Eyes  - Freddy Quinn  - 
 9 -  Wo die Nordseewellen ... (Friesenlied)  - Finkwarder Speeldeel  - 
 10 -  Rolling Home  - Freddy Quinn & Finkwarder Speeldeel  - 
 11 -  La paloma  - Freddy Quinn  - 
 12 -  El gaucho  - Freddy Quinn  - 
 13 -  Morning Sky  - Freddy Quinn  - 
 14 -  Junge, komm bald wieder  - Freddy Quinn & Finkwarder Speeldeel  - 

LES BAXTER
SKINS!
1957
 
Skins! by composer and arranger Les Baxter (1922–1996) is not only his most mercilessly stringent album ever, but a second foreshadowing artifact of an exciting shtick yet to unfold, namely the bongo craze with its gazillions of Afro-Bop LP’s and related works sporting the bold term Percussion in their titles. Released in 1957 on Capitol Records, Les Baxter sets yet another trend after single-handedly moulding the Exotica genre as an important adviser on both Yma Sumac’s debut Voice Of The Xtabay (1950) and his own exotic opus released a few months later, called Ritual Of The Savage (1951). Despite these two colorful efforts, with many more to follow from both artists, the continuation of the story is well-known: it was not until Martin Denny’s genre-constituting Exotica, recorded in December 1956, that Exotica was truly born by means of its genre name and escapism convention.
 
 
Skins! then proves to be another apex. The front artwork, while perfectly exquisite and rooted in Space-Age aesthetics, may be its only flaw, as crazy this may seem, for the majority of the ten unique arrangements are devoid of any melody. Instead, tribalism, ritualism, Paganism and other related -isms reign. The bongos are in the limelight – the subtitle is, after all, Bongo Party With Les Baxter – but there are also congas, boo-bams, djembes, timbales, classic drum kits, gongs, various shakers and other percussion instruments which embody 95% of the work, with the remaining sliver consisting of a piano, some alto flutes and a few chimes. Baxter does not try to deliver an insightful, truthful glimpse into tribal societies. He never did. Instead, Skins! is about transfigurations fueled by Baxter’s imagination. The album is not about facts, but factoids, would-be vignettes and alternative scenarios. The ten of them are dissected below.
 
 
 
Afro-Deesia turns the comfortable home of the listener into an African Steppe. The signature element of this tune is not necessarily found in the aural reticulation itself, but discernible via the intrinsic tendency of sounding strongly realistic. Crisp bongos and their counterparts in the shapes of aqueous driblets are underlined by gently shouting men, presumably chanting themsleves into a good-natured trance. The second phase of this tune introduces a change of pace, with a stronger flavor of California wafting through the air as cowbells prominently accompany the bongo blanket. For a Les Baxter song, Afro-Deesia is rather jejune and does not even interweave one picayune ornament. Brazilian Bash meanwhile feels like a real Baxter production, with a repeatedly beaten Chinese (!) gong opening the midtempo Samba cavalcades. Croaking guiros, clinging shakers and plinking cowbells gyrate around a delicately translucent and wonky piano melody which is much more memorable due to its quirky timbre than played melody. Short timpani eruptions add earth-shaking moments to this otherwise superbly glitzy-aeriform vignette.
 
 
Bustin’ The Bongos is next and the centerpiece of side A. With a runtime of over five minutes, it is one of the composer’s longer innovations. To be honest, I doubt that the duration does the song good, for it is strongly bucolic and less sophisticated. Cowbells and bongos mesh in order to form two different rhythms, one being laid-back and pointillistic, the other winding up the tribalism via ecstatically rapid-firing staccato bubbles. Nothing links to the legacy of Les Baxter, no chant is included, no other instrument dropped next to the cowbells and bongos. Exotica sans makeup. Conversation turns out to be more interesting, with ritualistic reeds similar to the sound of a blown coke bottle and bongo rivers conflating. The jumpiness, different frequencies and uplifting tempo altogether make this a much better percussion-only artifact, with the final song of side A Poppin’ Panderos being some kind of a retrospective. Uniting all previously featured characteristics – chants, different tempos, every instrument but the piano – in a coruscating capsule, this tune of two and a half minutes is greatly timed and literally runs on all cylinders by featuring an abundance of percussion prowess.
 
 
Talkin’ Drums launches side B in an almost too commonplace way. It unites a classic drum kit with bongos and cowbells, allowing the normative cymbals and hi-hats to function as remainders of the US-based production values. Clanging kettle drums round off the less exotic high-speed jam session. Reverberasia, on the other hand, is a revelation in the given endemic surroundings. Its ambience is mystical and blissful at the same time. The name implies a focus on the instruments’ reverb phases, and reverberation in all its complexions and calcined afterglows the listener shall receive. Pagan xylophone melodies echo into the distance, scrabbling guiros accompany the hypnotic melody, the gorgeous polyphony of the orchestra bells boosts the enchanting magic to otherworldly dimensions, and once the increasing voluminosity of these bells washes over the likeminded timbre of the cowbells, Skins! illumines the listener’s home with vivacious scintillae and glints. A superb addition!
 
 
Up next is Shoutin’ Drums, the next of kin to Talkin’ Drums. Keeping the listeners on his or her toes for almost six minutes, the balance between runtime and variety is again awkwardly twisted. Even worse, Baxter decides to inject another bold dose of Occidental characteristics. The bongos are perfectly exotic, all criticism aside, but the archetypically jazzy cymbals and sizzling gunmetal hi-hats as well as the spy theme-insinuating percussion placenta are denizens of a concrete jungle rather than the tropical opposite. Working its way towards a climax of furious military march-like mayhems, Shoutin’ Drums is both swinging and petrifying with its shock-and-awe physiognomy. Most impressive, but too long. Luckily, Gringo moves into the Tropics with prolonged “gringo” chants, raspy guiro saws and a potion of ever-twinkling cowbell fireflies below the bongo base, while the finale Mood Tattooed reunites an effervescent and shady harpsichord-piano hybrid with hyperventilating shakers, soothing bongos and conga apparitions. The surprisingly straightforward beat structure in the final third is admittedly easygoing, but enthralling in its own way, making Mood Tattooed a superb closer.
 
 
Neglecting fleshed out orchestras, euphonious hooks and even melodies in the classical sense most of the time, Les Baxter’s Skins! offers cohesive variety, a dichotomous – possibly oxymoronic – state that is nonetheless fully featured and omnipresent in the whole work. The textures are the kings on this release, eclecticism comes second, melodies are of minor importance. In 1957, Baxter’s album is pretty much a singular experience, but opens the gate for other artists due to its stellar sales and good reviews. Only one other work of the same year comes to mind that on the one hand relies on a tropical thicket completely constituted via percussion instruments and cheerful chants, and on the other hand emanates that exotic luminescence: Tito Puente’s Top Percussion, a gorgeous and unvarnished opus true to Latin genres and ways of life. Depending on a listener’s viewpoint, Les Baxter’s LP either outshines Señor Puente’s sparkler due to a more paradisal, innovative and chequered presentation or comes in second for this very reason, namely its diminished authenticity à la Hollywood.
 
 
Objectively, Skins! has more drums and yes, even more tone sequences in the classical sense. From the fleeting visit to the chant-accentuated Steppe in Afro-Deesia over the shrapnel frenzy in Talkin’ Drums to the wonderful iridescence of the dreamy Reverberasia, Les Baxter crosses the boundaries of genres, styles, countries and perceptions, creating a minimalistic work only in regard to the desiccated form of the melodies, but otherwise lets his work burst at the seams with shapeshifting patterns and wildly different surfaces. Needless to say that the sound quality is top notch. Skins! is not the sole reason for the existence of albums such as Don Ralke’s Bongo Madness (1957), let alone the one and only inspiration for highly melodious percussion albums akin to Terry Snyder‘s Persuasive Percussion (Volume 1 released in 1959), George Cates’ Polynesian Percussion, Irv Cottler’s All Around The World In Percussion or Stanley Black’s Exotic Percussion (all released 1961), but remains an important protuberance in the world of Exotica and a singular offering in Les Baxter’s discography. It is available on vinyl, CD, digital music stores and streaming services. 
 
Exotica Review 393: Les Baxter – Skins! (1957). 
Originally published on Nov. 29, 2014 at AmbientExotica.com.
 
 01 -  Afro-Deesia  - 
 02 -  Brazilian Bash  - 
 03 -  Bustin' The Bongos  - 
 04 -  Conversation  - 
 05 -  Poppin' Panderos  - 
 06 -  Talkin' Drums  - 
 07 -  Reverberasia  - 
 08 -  Shoutin' Drums  - 
 09 -  Gringo  - 
 10 -  Mood Tattooed  - 
 

THE LOUNGELEGENDS
The Seven Days of the Week
 
 01  -   Tell Me On A Sunday  - James Last  -
 02  -   Sunday in Madrid  - Bert Kaempert  -
 03  -   Beautiful Sunday  - Billy Vaughn  -
 04  -   Never On Sunday  - Manuel and the Music of the Mountains  -
 05  -   Blue Sunday  - Herb Alpert  -
 06  -   Rainy Days and Mondays  - Richard Clayderman  -
 07  -   Monday Monday  - Hugo Strasser  -
 08  -   Monday's Child  - Keith Mansfield  -
 09  -   Come Monday  - John Fox  -
 10  -   Blame it on a Monday  - The Anita Kerr Singers  -
 11  -   Monday Tuesday  - Caravelli  -
 12  -   Ruby Tuesday  - Francis Moore  -
 13  -   Any Wednesday  - Çharlie Bird and his Orchestra  -
 14  -   Wednesday's Child  - Roland Shaw & His Orchestra  -
 15  -   Come Thursday  - Claus Ogerman and his orchestra  -
 16  -   Blue Thursday  - Larry Elgart  -
 17  -   Friday Street  - 101 Strings  -
 18  -   Friday's Theme  - Bill Hutchinson/The Cavendish Ten  -
 19  -   Angeline is always Friday  - Morningtown Strings  -
 20  -   Friday Ferris Wheel  - The Alan Copeland Singers  -
 21  -   Come Saturday Morning  - Pete Moore and his Orchestra  -
 22  -   Saturday In The Park  - The Young Generation  -
 23  -   Saturday Sunshine   - Burt Bacharach  -
 24  -   Saturday Night at the Movies   - David Last  -
 25  -   Theme from ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning'  - Werner Müller  -

The LoungeLegends
Dutch Romance
 
Pim Jacobs & Rogier van Otterloo  - 01 -  Music-all-in 'Tune'  
Danny Malando  - 02 -  Smile  
Toots Thielemans  - 03 -  The shadow of your smile  
Louis van Dijk  - 04 -  The windmils of your mind  
Han de Vries  - 05 -  Emmanuel  
Piet Souer & Harry van Hoof Orchestra  - 06 -  Do you know where you're going to  
Peter Weekers  - 07 -  Soleado  
Chris Hinze  - 08 -  Trains and boats and planes  
Louis van Dijk  - 09 -  Danny Boy  
Laurens van Rooyen  - 10 -  Eline and Vincent  
Pim Jacobs & Rogier van Otterloo  - 11 -  Wave  
Peter Weekers  - 12 -  Once upon a time in America  
Anneke de Vries & Louis van Dijk  - 13 -  Thema van 'Het Capitool'  
Danny Malando  - 14 -  Moon River  
Piet Noordijk  - 15 -  If You Leave me Now  
Berdien Stenberg  - 16 -  Thema van 'Out of Africa'  
Rogier van Otterloo & Metropole Orkest  - 17 -  Grand Piano  
Piet Souer & Harry van Hoof Orchestra  - 18 -  Your song  
Berdien Stenberg  - 19 -  Zomer uit 'De vier jaargetijde  
Laurens van Rooyen & Francis Goya  - 20 -  When love is in the air  
Peter Weekers  - 21 -  Memory uit 'Cats'  
Toots Thielemans & Rogier van Otterloo  - 22 -  Turks fruit  
Wim Overgaauw  - 23 -  Manha de Carnaval  
Laurens van Rooyen  - 24 -  All by myself  

 Time Spent with the
 LoungeLegends
 
 01  - We Have All The Time In The World  -   John Barry  -   
 02  - If I Only Had Time  -   Francis Goya  -   
 03  - Another Time, Another Place  -   Hugo Montenegro  -   
 04  - All The Time  -   Greg Francis  -   
 05  - The Best Of Times  -   Paul Mauriat  -   
 06  - Time for Livin'  -   Percy Faith  -   
 07  - The Happy Time [From the Happy Time]  -   André Kostelanetz  -   
 08  - Time on my hands  -   Bert Kaempfert  -   
 09  - Time is Tight  -   Ray mcVay  -   
 10  - There Was A Time  -   The Soulful Strings  -   
 11  - High Time  -   Henry Mancini  -   
 12  - For The Good Times  -   Floyd Cramer  -   
 13  - Five O'Clock World  -   David McCallum  -   
 14  - I Didn't Know What Time It Was  -   Vincent Bell  -   
 15  - The Dancing Clock  -   101 Strings Orchestra  -   
 16  - The Second Time Around  -   Norman Luboff  -   
 17  - As Time Goes By  -   Ronnie Aldrich  -   
 18  - It's Going To Take Some Time  -   Tony Mottola  -   
 19  - Sleepy Time Gal  -   Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra  -   
 20  - Until It's Time For You To Go  -   John Fox  -   
 21  - Long, Long Time  -   Lex DeAzevedo & His Orchestra  -   

Deodato 
Night  Cruiser
 
 01 -  Night Cruiser  - 
 02 -  East Side Strut  - 
 03 -  Skatin'  - 
 04 -  Uncle Funk  - 
 05 -  Love Magic  - 
 06 -  Groovitation  - 

Russ Reinberg 
Time On My Hands
 
 01 -  After You've Gone  - 
 02 -  Time On My Hands  - 
 03 -  You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To  - 
 04 -  Stardust  - 
 05 -  My Gal Sal  - 
 06 -  Body and Soul  - 
 07 -  It's Been So Long  - 
 08 -  The Touch of Your Lips  - 
 09 -  Just Friends  - 
 10 -  Blue and Sentimental  - 
 11 -  Home  - 
 12 -  Ain't Misbehavin'  - 
 13 -  I'm Coming Virginia  - 
 14 -  I Remember You  - 
 15 -  Blues for a Rainy Day  - 
 16 -  Liza  - 
 17 -  Poor Butterfly  - 
 18 -  Someone To Watch Over Me  - 

Billy May 
One More Time
 
 01 -  Painted Rhythm  - 
 02 -  Sun Valley Jump  - 
 03 -  Bojangles  - 
 04 -  Flatbush Flanagan  - 
 05 -  Jungle Drums  - 
 06 -  Southern Fried  - 
 07 -  Ingle Speaks  - 
 08 -  Sunday Kind of Love, A  - 
 09 -  Rhapsody in Blue  - 
 10 -  Time Out  - 
 11 -  Paganini Caprice  - 
 12 -  Zigeuner  - 
 13 -  I Had the Craziest Dream  - 
 14 -  Diggin' For Dex  - 
 15 -  I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan  - 
 16 -  It's De-Lovely  - 
 17 -  Blue Serge  - 
 18 -  Perfidia  - 
 19 -  Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea  - 
 20 -  I Surrender, Dear  - 

 

 

 

Onderwerp: WEEK 42 - 2017

Datum: 28-10-2017

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week42-2017

Amazing selection!
Thanks LL Team!

Datum: 23-10-2017

Door: yasser85

Onderwerp: Week 42

Golden choices!

Datum: 15-10-2017

Door: Darko

Onderwerp: week 42

This week there is another great choice of instrumentals (Norman Candler, Mantovani,David Osborne, Mistic Moods etc.) and Lounge Legend archive corner . I have to say many thank's for Bert Kaempfert " Everybody loves somebody"
thank's to Harry and all LL team.

Darko, from Zagreb

Datum: 15-10-2017

Door: Eliane

Onderwerp: Reader's Digest

Big thanks, Harry & Cappy - Reader's Digest Instrumental Magic Rousing Brass great!!!!

Datum: 14-10-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 42

Another week of beautiful music from across the way. To Gunther; Can't thank you enough for the Cliff Carpenter albums. I have to admit I really like most of the arrangements of that Orchestra a great deal. And Eliane for the Arthur Fiedler series. I remember AF when I lived in the Boston area. The people of that city really loved him and his music.
And Harry., for the Mystic Moods., many thanks.
A heartfelt thanks to all who make up the LoungeLegends menu every week. A lot of people have come to depend on this website for their daily dose of happiness..
Ed, from Tennessee, USA

Datum: 14-10-2017

Door: Etienne

Onderwerp: week 42

Weer een grandioos vuurwerk aan muziek waar vele herinneringen zijn aan verbonden. ik vind het ook fantastisch dat jij ons aller Hansi nog elke week een plaats gunt want moest het van de platenmaatschappij afhangen was hij spijtig genoeg al lang in de archieven terecht gekomen.

Datum: 15-10-2017

Door: Harry van der Veen

Onderwerp: Re:week 42

Hansi verdient gewoon een ereplaats in LoungeLegends.
Door hem is bij mij de liefde voor de instrumentale muziek ontstaan, zonder hem géén LoungeLegends. Ik denk dat ik nu zowat elke lp van Hansi wel gepubliceerd heb. Mochten er nog verzoeken zijn voor bepaalde schijven van Hansi dan hoor ik dat graag.

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