WEEK 48 - 2017

Listen to the rain
Volume IV
79:37 - 320 Kb/sec
 
tracklisting:
 
 
1. Heart & Soul - It's raining men / 03:22
2. Richard Clayderman - Rainy days and mondays / 03:05
3. Chris Bruhn - Regen ist schön / 02:54
4. Michel Legrand - Les parapluies de Cherbourg / 02:42
5. Orchester Bert Landers - Küsse unterm Regenboge / 01:49
6. Raymond Lefèvre - Il faut si peu de pluie / 02:22
7. Gino Castelli - Rainbow to paradise / 03:16
8. Alfredo Lombardi - Here comes that rainy day feeling again / 03:41
9. Gerhard Narholz - Rainbow melody / 03:01
10. Ray Martin - Garden in the rain / 02:17
11. Caravelli - Tombe de l'eau / 02:28
12. Frank Valdor - Into each life some rain must fall / 02:18
13. The Salsoul Orchestra - Salsoul rainbow / 04:01
14. Andre Kostelanetz - Rainbow connection / 03:03
15. Vanessa Mae - Storm / 03:42
16. Henry Mancini - After the shower / 03:37
17. Ronnie Aldrich - If the rain's got to fall / 02:33
18. Alfred Hause - Regentropfen (Raindrops on my window) / 02:43
19. Carlos Romanos - The gentle rain / 03:36
20. Kurt Edelhagen - Ich steh im Regen / 02:58
21. Sinfonia - It might as well rain until September / 02:57
22. The Biddu Orchestra - Rain forest / 04:40
23. Ricky King - Rainbow / 03:26
24. Paul Mauriat - Rainwater / 03:17
25. Jan Gaber - It looks like rain / 02:40
26. Ken Turner - Where the rainbow ends / 03:01
 

James Last and Friends vol.2
 
 01 -  There's A Kind Of Hush  - James Last & George Walker  - 
 02 -  Concierto de Aranjuez  - James Last & Berdien Stenberg  - 
 03 -  Manja  - James Last & Benny Bendorff  - 
 04 -  The Child In The Silent Morning   - James Last & Richard Clayderman + Shao Rong  - 
 05 -  Little Green Apples  - James Last & Tom Jones  - 
 06 -  Rolling Home   - James Last & Kevin Johnson  - 
 07 -  Einsamer Boy  - James Last & Wencke Myhre  - 
 08 -  Les Pecheurs De Perles  - James Last & Milva  - 
 09 -  Ruf Mich An   - James Last & Fettes Brot  - 
 10 -  Goin' Out Of My Head  - James Last & George Walker  - 
 11 -  Agua de Beber  - James Last & Astrud Gilberto  - 
 12 -  Der Junge von St.Pauli   - James Last& Freddy Quinn  - 
 13 -  One More Chance  - James Last & Rolling Trinity  - 
 14 -  Love Is All Around  - James Last & Richard Clayderman  - 
 15 -  This Guy's In Love With You   - James Last with Max Greger & Helmut Zacharias  - 
 16 -  Große Freiheit   - James Last & Unheilig  - 
 17 -  Die Biene Maja  - James Last & TV Chor  - 
 18 -  Auf dem höchsten Berge  - James Last & Karel Gott  - 
 19 -  Nabucco   - James Last & Edward Simoni  - 
 20 -  Frieden in den Bergen  - James Last & Vicky Leandros  - 
 21 -  Vado Via (Einsamer Hirte)  - James Last & Milva  - 
 22 -  Fahr Mich In Die Ferne, Mein Blonder Matrose   - James Last & Lolita  - 
 23 -  So eine Liebe Gibt Es Einmal Nur  - James Last & Wencke Myhre  - 
 24 -  One More Night  - James Last &  Engelbert Humperdinck  - 
 25 -  Games That Lovers Play  - James Last & Freddy Quinn  - 

Augusto Algueró 
Top Hits - My Way
 
 01 -  Hey Jude  - 
 02 -  Love Child  - 
 03 -  La feria  - 
 04 -  Cielito, si, si  - 
 05 -  I Say A Little Prayer  - 
 06 -  Eloise  - 
 07 -  Les bicyclettes de Belsize  - 
 08 -  El gran amor  - 
 09 -  Those Were The Days  - 
 10 -  Winter World Of Love  - 
 11 -  Bocaccio Soul  - 

Ferrante & Teicher 
30th Anniversary On Stage(1983)
 
 01 -  African Echoes  - 
 02 -  Feelings  - 
 03 -  El Cumbanchero  - 
 04 -  Simon and Garfunkel Medley  - 
 05 -  Highlights From Borodin  - 
 06 -  Reverie  - 
 07 -  Malaguena  - 
 08 -  West Side Story Medley  - 
 09 -  Clair De Lune  - 
 10 -  Exodus  - 
 11 -  Oye Negra  - 
 12 -  Love Story  - 
 13 -  Brazil  - 
 14 -  Send In The Clowns  - 
 15 -  Bolero  -

VARIOUS 
Beste Melodien aus den 60er Jahre - 3
 
 1 -  Baby Elephant Walk  - Bert Kaempfert  - 
 02 -  The Windmills of Your Mind  - Alfred Hause  - 
 3 -  Save The Last Dance For Me  - Franz Thon  - 
 4 -  Lay Lady Lay  - James Last  - 
 5 -  Somethin' Stupid  - Werner Müller  - 
 6 -  Everybody Loves Somebody  - Max Greger  - 
 7 -  Soulful Strut  - Horst Jankowski  - 
 8 -  Mr. Tambourine Man  - Anthony Ventura  - 
 9/17 -  Moon River  - Kai Warner  - 
 10 -  Albatross  - Roberto Delgado  - 
 11 -  Spinning Wheel  - Kurt Edelhagen  - 
 12 -  Release Me  - Franz Lambert  - 
 13 -  Unchained Melody  - Klaus Wunderlich  - 
 14 -  Telstar  - James Last  - 
 15 -  Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da  - Paul Kuhn  - 
 16 -  Apache  - Ricky King  - 
 17 -  Edelweiss  - Roy Etzel  - 
 18 -  Morgen  - Billy Vaughn  - 
 19 -  Red Roses For A Blue Lady  - Bert Kaempfert  - 
 20 -  A Lover's Concerto  - Martin Böttcher  - 
 21 -  Silence Is Golden  - Hugo Strasser  - 
 22 -  Fly Me To The Moon  - James Last  - 
 23 -  Cinderella Rockefella  - Peter Thomas  - 
 24 -  Wheels  - Günter Noris  - 
 25 -  Aquarius  - Helmut Zacharias  - 

Various Artists 
The Magic of Melody CD 2/5
The Very Thought Of You
 
 1 -  01 - The Very Thought of You  - The Romantic Strings & Orchestra  - 
 2 -  02 - Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing  - Rac Symphony Orchestra  - 
 3 -  03 - Days Of Wine & Roses  - Henry Mancini  - 
 4 -  04 - Strangers In The Night  - Christian Columbier  - 
 5 -  05 - I Only Have Eyes For You  - Floyd Cramer  - 
 6 -  06 - In The Still Of The Night  - Floyd Cramer  - 
 7 -  07 - Dancing In The Night  - Floyd Cramer  - 
 8 -  08 - Just The Way You Are  - The Romantic Strings & Orchestra  - 
 9 -  09 - You Light Up My Life  - The Romantic Strings & Orchestra  - 
 10 -  10 - Moon River  - Henry Mancini  - 
 11 -  11 - As Time Goes By  - Henry Mancini  - 
 12 -  12 - Unforgettable  - Roger Williams  - 
 13 -  13 - It Had to Be You  - Larry Dalton  - 
 14 -  14 - Unchained Melody  - Roger Williams  - 
 15 -  15 - True Love  - Wally Stott  - 
 16 -  16 - What A Wonderful World  - Roger Williams  - 
 17 -  17 - Embracable You  - Roger Williams  - 
 18 -  18 - Somewhere In Time  - Roger Williams  - 

Nini Rosso 
Greatest Hits
 
 01 -  Il silenzio  - 
 02 -  Paradise  - 
 03 -  You're The Sunshine Of My Life  - 
 04 -  La Canzone Di Solveig  - 
 05 -  La Playa  - 
 06 -  Ballata Indiana  - 
 07 -  Starlight Melody  - 
 08 -  La Montanara  - 
 09 -  Aria  - 
 10 -  O Mein Papa  - 
 11 -  Sogni Proibiti  - 
 12 -  Arlecchinata  - 
 13 -  Adagio D'Aalbinoni  - 
 14 -  Tu Che Mi Hai Preso II Cuor  - 
 15 -  Where Or When  - 
 16 -  Symphonie  - 
 17 -  Aloa Oe  - 
 18 -  Ballata Delta Tromba  - 

Cliff Carpenter 
Angel of Mine (1981)
 
 01 -  Lieb'mich ein letztes Mal  - 
 02 -  Stop the Cavalry  - 
 03 -  Pistolero  - 
 04 -  You Get Me On The Run  - 
 05 -  We Are On The Racetrack  - 
 06 -  Run Away  - 
 07 -  Angel of Mine  - 
 08 -  Some Broken Hearts Never Mend  - 
 09 -  Ich bin viel zu bescheiden  - 
 10 -  Live is for Living  - 
 11 -  Der Morgen danach  - 
 12 -  Johnny Blue  - 

Erich Kunzel 
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
The Big Picture
 01 -  Theme from Mission Impossible  - 
 02 -  Main Title and Fanfare from Batman Forever  - 
 03 -  Fledermausmarschmusik (Batman Forever)  - 
 04 -  Gotham City Boogie (Batman Forever)  - 
 05 -  Batterdämmerung (Batman Forever)  - 
 06 -  The Apollo 13 Mission  - 
 07 -  Re-entry and Splashdown from Apollo 13  - 
 08 -  Express Bus to L.A.  - 
 09 -  Main Title from Speed  - 
 10 -  Roll Tide from Crimson Tide  - 
 11 -  F-16 Fighter Squadron - Into the Battle  - 
 12 -  Suite from Independence Day  - 
 13 -  Braveheart - End credits  - 
 14 -  Cutthroat Island - End credits  - 
 15 -  Tornado Terror  - 
 16 -  The House Visit from Twister  - 
 17 -  The Last of the Mohicans - Main Title  - 
 18 -  Finale from Dragonheart  - 
 19 -  The Remora from Executive Decision  - 
 20 -  Going Home from Stargate  - 
 21 -  Library Stampede  - 
 22 -  Suite from Jumanji  - 
 23 -  Gettysburg - Main Theme  - 
 24 -  Bovine Barnstorm  - 
 

The Mystic Moods Orchestra 
One Stormy Night
 
 01 -  A Dream  - 
 02 -  Minstrel Boy  - 
 03 -  Sayonara  - 
 04 -  One Stormy Night  - 
 05 -  In Your Arms  - 
 06 -  Fire Island  - 
 07 -  Aja Toro  - 
 08 -  Hot Bagel  - 
 09 -  Local Freight  - 
 10 -  Autumn Leaves  - 
 

Geoff Love 
Black Magic
 
 01 -  The Sabre Dance  - 
 02 -  Summertime  - 
 03 -  Fiesta  - 
 04 -  Temptation  - 
 05 -  Tangerine  - 
 06 -  Mambo Jambo  - 
 07 -  Apache War Dance  - 
 08 -  Indian Summer  - 
 09 -  Brazil  - 
 10 -  Moon of Manakoora  - 
 11 -  That Old Black Magic  - 
 12 -  Heat Wave  - 
 

Jan Mulder 
Coming To America
 
 01 -  Coming To America  - 
 02 -  Ocean Of Dreams  - 
 03 -  Rondo Marcando  - 
 04 -  Sailing To The Moon  - 
 05 -  Ballade  - 
 06 -  Air Gracieux  - 
 07 -  Lamento  - 
 08 -  The Hero  - 
 09 -  Prayer For Peace  - 
 10 -  Nostalgia  - 
 11 -  Endless Dream  - 
 12 -  La Grande Marche  - 
 13 -  Choral Melancolique  - 
 14 -  Prayer For Peace Ii  - 
 15 -  Russian Romance  - 
 16 -  Serenade Of Love  - 
 17 -  Ballad Of A Lost Love  - 
 18 -  Dance Of Joy  - 

Percy Faith 
Columbia Singles Volume 2 
1952-1958
 
 1 -  Festival  - 
 2 -  Da-Du  - 
 3 -  Over The Mountain  - 
 4 -  Rap-A-Tat-Tat  - 
 5 -  Funny Fellow  - 
 6 -  Little Jumping Jack  - 
 7 -  The Mosquitoes' Parade  - 
 8 -  Everybody Loves Saturday Night  - 
 9 -  Rainfall  - 
 10 -  Land Of The Pharaohs  - 
 11 -  The Rose Tattoo  - 
 12 -  We All Need Love  - 
 13 -  Valley Valparaiso  - 
 14 -  Baby Doll  - 
 15 -  The Last Dance  - 
 16 -  What's It Like In Paree?  - 
 17 -  Katsumi Love Theme From "Sayonara"  - 
 18 -  Never Till Now  - 
 19 -  Do I Need You  - 
 20 -  The Stars  - 
 21 -  Somewhere  - 
 22 -  Maria  - 
 23 -  The Impala Theme  - 
 24 -  Indiscreet  - 
 25 -  Same Old Moon  - 
 26 -  Isle Of Paradise  - 
 27 -  Pyramid Dance  - 
 

Malcolm Lockyer 
& New Symphony of London 
Orchestral Music from of the Great Films
 
 01 -  March Of The Siamese Children  - 
 02 -  Hora Staccato  - 
 03 -  Begin The Beguine  - 
 04 -  The Skater's Waltz  - 
 05 -  Humoresque  - 
 06 -  High Noon  - 
 07 -  Naila (Intermezzo)  - 
 08 -  Three Coins In The Fountain  - 
 09 -  Carioca  - 
 10 -  Minuet In A Major  - 
 11 -  Around The World  - 
 12 -  Suite From 'Porgy And Bess'  - 
 13 -  Third Man Theme  - 
 14 -  Cornish Rhapsody  - 
 15 -  Dream Of Olwen  - 
 16 -  Flight Of The Bumblebee  - 
 17 -  Falling In Love Again  - 
 18 -  Anna  - 
 19 -  Ritual Fire Dance  - 
 20 -  Terry's Theme  - 
 21 -  Overture from H.M.S. Pinafore  - 

Mantovani 
The Unmistakable Mantovani
 
 01 -  Blue Danube  - 
 02 -  Moon River  - 
 03 -  Love Is Many Splendoured Thing  - 
 04 -  Spanish Eyes  - 
 05 -  Steanger In Paradise  - 
 06 -  The Moulin Rouge Theme  - 
 07 -  Unchained Melody  - 
 08 -  Till  - 
 09 -  The Anniversary Waltz  - 
 10 -  Misty  - 
 11 -  Around The World  - 
 12 -  Swedish Rhapsody  - 
 13 -  Some Enchanted Evening  - 
 14 -  Diane  - 
 15 -  Cara Mia  - 
 16 -  Charmaine  - 
 17 -  Greensleeves  - 
 18 -  Stardust  - 

Franck Pourcel 
Franck Pourcel Meets The Beatles
 
 1 -  Let It Be  - 
 2 -  Help  - 
 3 -  I Me Mine  - 
 4 -  Penny Lane  - 
 5 -  Michelle  - 
 6 -  Here, There & Everywhere  - 
 7 -  The Long And Winding Road  - 
 8 -  Eleanor Rigby  - 
 9 -  Hey Jude  - 
 10 -  Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da  - 
 11 -  Don't Let Me Down  - 
 12 -  Girl  - 
 13 -  Yesterday  - 
 14 -  Goodbye  - 
 

Fred Silver Band
Happy Music for Dancing A Gogo
 
 
Hereinspaziert
Erklingen zum Tanze die Geigen
Tanzen mocht' ich
Du schwarzer Zigeuner
Rote Rosen, rote Lippen, roter Wein
Schenk deiner Frau
Schwarze Augen
Tschubtschik
Ziganskaja
Das Lieben bingt gro?' Freud
Mu? I denn
Ich kusse Ihre Hand, Madame
Liebe war es nie
Blue Tango
Schoner Gigolo
Regentropfen
La Paloma
Das Madchen Carina
Wenn die Kraniche zieh'n
Das wir in Schonberg
Warte, warte noch ein Weilchen
Bis fruh um Funfe
Uber den Wellen
An der schonen blauen Donau
Thes boots are made for walkin'
Dandy
Cant' buy me love

Owen Bradley & His Orchestra 
The Big Guitar
 
 1 -  Big Guitar  - 
 2 -  Petite Fleur  - 
 3 -  Tequila  - 
 4 -  Manhattan Spiritual  - 
 5 -  Cannonball  - 
 6 -  Blues Stay Away From Me  - 
 7 -  Happy Whistler  - 
 8 -  Rumble  - 
 9 -  Chinchilla  - 
 10 -  Ramrod  - 
 11 -  Simple Simon  - 
 12 -  Little Beaver  - 

Günter Noris 
Big Band der Bundeswehr
Stars im Uniform
 
 01 -  Happy Zapfenstreich  - 
 02 -  Jesus Christ Superstar  - 
 03 -  Amarillo  - 
 04 -  Du lebst in deiner Welt  - 
 05 -  Klipp-Klapp   - 
 06 -  Harmonica (Spiel mir das Lied vom Tod)  - 
 07 -  Swinging Olympia (Olympia Fanfare)  - 
 08 -  Mozart 40  - 
 09 -  Havah Nagila  - 
 10 -  Hoch auf dem gelben Wagen  - 
 11 -  Butterfly  - 
 12 -  Dankeschön  - 
 

Jean Lafontaine 
Time For Love
 
 01 -  Theme From Love Story   - 
 02 -  Only You   - 
 03 -  Anônimo Veneziano   - 
 04 -  Close To You   - 
 05 -  Let Me Try Again   - 
 06 -  Honey   - 
 07 -  Love Is Blue   - 
 08 -  Aranuez Mon Amour   - 
 09 -  Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet   - 
 10 -  It's Impossible   - 
 11 -  Airport Love Theme   - 
 12 -  Tomorrow's Love   - 
 13 -  The Windmills Of Your Mind   - 
 14 -  La Lontananza  - 

David Garrett 
Rock Revolution 
 
 01 -  In The Air Tonight  - 
 02 -  Born In The USA  - 
 03 -  Stairway To Heaven  - 
 04 -  Superstition  - 
 05 -  Bitter Sweet Symphony  - 
 06 -  Killing In The Name  - 
 07 -  Purple Rain  - 
 08 -  Eye Of The Tiger  - 
 09 -  Fix You  - 
 10 -  Concerto No. 1 (In B Flat Minor, Op. 23 arr. For Violin And Band)  - 
 11 -  The Well Dressed Guitar  - 
 12 -  You're The Inspiration  - 
 13 -  Duel Guitar Vs. Violin  - 
 14 -  Bohemian Rhapsody  - 
 15 -  Earth Song  - 
 16 -  Baroque Reinvention (Prelude And Fugue In C Minor BWV871 Arr. For Violin And Band)  - 
 17 -  One Moment In Time  - 
 18 -  Nah Neh Nah  - 
 

101 Strings 
Golden Movie Themes
 
 1 -  Theme from ''Love Story''  - 
 2 -  Lara's Theme  - 
 3 -  Theme from ''The Godfather''  - 
 4 -  Summer Of '42 Theme  - 
 5 -  Elvira Madigan Theme  - 
 6 -  Green Leaves Of Summer  - 
 7 -  Tara's Theme  - 
 8 -  Fiddler On The Roof  - 
 9 -  Theme from ''Exodus''  - 
 10 -  Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head  - 
 11 -  Scarborough Fayre  - 
 12 -  Taps For The Fallen Brave  

André Rieu 
Magic Moments 2
 
 01 -  Intermezzo Sinfonico  - 
 02 -  Stranger In Paradise  - 
 03 -  Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - O Mio Babbino Caro  - 
 04 -  Lara's Theme  - 
 05 -  Strauss Jr. (J): Blue Danube, Op. 314  - 
 06 -  Adiago from Piano  - 
 07 -  Mozart: Clarinet Concerto In A, K 622 - 2. Adagio  - 
 08 -  The Godfather  - 
 09 -  The Rose  - 
 10 -  Romance (The Gadfly)  - 
 11 -  Romance Anonyme  - 
 12 -  Andante  - 
 13 -  Rota: Romeo & Juliet - Love Theme  - 
 14 -  Karas: The Third Man - Theme  - 
 15 -  Bolero  - 
 

Peter Orloff Sound Orchestra 
Disco Hits instrumental
 
 1 -  Love Really Hurts Without You  - 
 2 -  Kiss And Say Goodbye  - 
 3 -  Jungle Rock  - 
 4 -  Forever And Ever  - 
 5 -  Pussycat  - 
 6 -  Rocky  - 
 7 -  Lago Maggiore im Schnee  - 
 8 -  Love Me Like I Love You  - 
 9 -  It's So Nice To Have You Home  - 
 10 -  Tribute To Buddy Holly  - 
 11 -  Wilder Wein  - 
 12 -  You Sexy Thing  - 

THE NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA
Shirley Bassey 
Let's Face The Music
 
 01 -  Let's Face The Music And Dance (Berlin)  - 
 02 -  I Should Care (Cahn-Stordahl-Weston)  - 
 03 -  Let's Fall In Love (Koehler-Arlen)  - 
 04 -  The Second Time Around (Van Heusen-Cahn)  - 
 05 -  Imagination (Van Heusen-Burke)  - 
 06 -  All The Things You Are (Kern-Hammerstein)  - 
 07 -  I Get A Kick Out Of You (Porter)  - 
 08 -  Everything I Have Is Yours (Lane-Adamson)  - 
 09 -  Spring Is Here (Rodgers-Hart)  - 
 10 -  All Of Me (Simoms-Marks)  - 
 11 -  I Can't Get You Out Of My Mind (Lewis)  - 
 12 -  What Now My Love  - 

ROBERTO DELGADO
MARIMBA A LA CARTE
1968
 
 
An album that is called Marimba À La Carte reveals everything there is and doesn’t need to be explained in-depth. Except that it doesn’t reveal the predominant style that is interred in the holy womb, if such a remark even makes sense. This review is about bandleader, composer and marimbaphonist Roberto Delgado, otherwise known under his real name Horst Wende (1919–1996). His albums always feature two distinct parts: brass and marimba sequences, but he’s not exclusively narrowing the soundscapes down to these devices, and so flutes, harpsichords, harmonicas and accordions grace the scenes as well.
 
 
Released in 1968 on Polydor and recorded in Hamburg, Germany, Marimba À La Carte features 12 songs, four of them written by Delgado himself. Don’t expect drum escapades and Latin mannerisms: this is a soothing cascade without a cloud in sight. The hidden subtheme of the album is Mexico. It is actually not so hidden since the first song is called just that, but the remaining songs are all somewhat akin to the Mexican spirit… as seen – and transfigured – by a German combo, among them trumpeters and frequent collaborators Ack van Rooyen and Manfred "Fred" Moch. The album was a hit back in the day and is now considered bland, pale and tawny, but the amicable warmth and one or two surprises make this a potentially interesting effort after all.
 
 
And off we go to Mexico which serves as the subtheme for Delgado’s marimba cascades. The mood is sun-dappled, the brass sections resemblant of Billy Vaughn’s chintzy renditions, the acoustic guitar glistens amid the bass foil. To be utterly honest: Delgado’s vision is not only an affront to the people of Mexico, but the Exotica lover as well. It is too arbitrary and saccharine. Only the shrill off-key flute in the latter section is somewhat cute. But the laughter in that same section evokes a comic relief that is entirely unwanted. The traditional Cielito Lindo, however, turns out to be a cool tune. Whether it is sung by Speedy Gonzalez or turned into a fast-paced drum escapade with complete with diaphanous horns and staccato sunlight in marimba form, it is a lil ditty for sure.
 
Whereas Buddy Pepper’s and Larry Russell’s Vaya Con Dios sees the same punctilio fusillade conflated with hammock-friendly and quite besotted horn helixes that gleam at noon, Jerry Ragovoy’s Pata Pata is an oft-considered artifact and appears on many a Delgado production. Here, the brass layers are a tad more dirty and wonky which works to the advantage of the song, as crunchy guitars, Honky Tonk dust and green ma(ri)mbas become mercilessly intertwined. The result: bewildering but fun! When the adjacent traditional Latin Romance leaves behind its occasionally dun-colored tone sequences in minor as they are illumined by sunbursts, drugged flutes and harpsichord splinters, it is time for an interpretation of Terry Gilkinson’s Memories Are Made Of This to call side A a day. The shimmering warmth of the arrangement is great, although Fred Moch’s and Ack van Rooyen’s trumpet mélange is incredibly stereotypical. Whatever, the soulful harmonica solo in the middle at least offers some sort of counterpoint after all.
 
Side B is no different, like it or lump it. Harry Belafonte and Lord Burgess greet the listener at the beginning when their evergreen Island In The Sun unfurls shedloads of sun-kissed marimba woodpeckers, mountainous bonfire guitars and a softly swinging rhythm. afterwards Bob Barron’s and Burt Long’s Cindy, Oh Cindy absorbs the same qualities but sees the return of the sugar-coated harmonica and – unfortunately well-covered and too quiet – organ undercurrents.
 
Cu Cu Rru Cu Cu Paloma by Tomas Mendez is a favorite in Germany for reasons that better remain untold. The rhythm schleps itself forward, heat is in the air, the flute is drowsy and discordant, making this a funny trip for all the wrong reasons, all the while the album ends with a Delgado triptych: Trip To Nicaragua has a funky attitude guitar-wise but is otherwise keen on depicting a friendly marimba cannelure that flows like a river through the tropical afternoon, Cayenne Pepper is the smoking-fast Rhumba with oompa pianos, lively trumpets and glaucous globs of marimba micas, with the finale Bonsoir Dame adding accordions of savoir vivre carefreeness with the well-lit mallet instrument catenae. Add a Haitian flute to sunnyvale, and you’re good to go.
 
It’s not hard to see the general appeal of Marimba À La Carte, and one has to give Roberto Delgado props for staying true to the mellow formula. The material is extremely sunny and awash with light, the mood is so mellifluous and harmless most of the time that there is no room for real latinisms. The faint murkiness in Latin Romance is more of an accident, as is the smoking barrels of Cayenne Pepper which does live up to its title at the end of the day. Apart from these two instances, everything remains smooth and in tested waters. Whether this blend is considered bland is up to the listener. It always is.
 
Here, however, we have the case of an album that is quite unique when viewed in an Exotica context. I can name 20 albums right on top of my head that severely beat Delgado’s marimba concoction to the ground, but at the same time I cannot name even one additional album by another artist that evokes the same kind of ambience, lumen and candela. The light doesn’t blind one’s eyes, and it is more of a soothing filter, softly aglow. Another standout feature is the friendly warmth which is often mistaken for MIDI instruments as the well-groomed sounds of the trumpeters are so flat. If this is a no-go, so be it. Maybe light, thermal heat and the rippled marimba streamlets might let you reconsider. The album is available in several formats and on streaming services as well. 
 
 
Exotica Review 483: Roberto Delgado – Marimba À La Carte (1968). 
Originally published on May 22, 2017 at AmbientExotica.com.
 
01 - mexico.mp3
02 - cielito lindo.mp3
03 - vaya con dios.mp3
04 - pata pata.mp3
05 - latin romance.mp3
06 - memories are made of this.mp3
07 - island in the sun.mp3
08 - cindy, oh cindy.mp3
09 - cu-cu-rru-cu-cu paloma.mp3
10 - trip to nicaragua.mp3
11 - cayenne pepper.mp3
12 - bon soir dame.mp3
 

Onderwerp: WEEK 48 - 2017

Datum: 03-01-2018

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week48-2017

Beautiful Listen To The Rain series.
Thanks for this week!

Datum: 28-11-2017

Door: Alberto Gateno

Onderwerp: week 48

Thanks so much for making my life so much more delightful with your music. I am missing Caravelli - Zingara, if by any chance any of you guys would like to upload I would be very appreciative. Cheers.

Datum: 26-11-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 48

Thanks to Cappy and Edilson and Gunther, who seems to have all of Cliff Carpenter's releases., but if that were not so, then I would not have them, so thank you for sharing them.
To Etienne, I have been a music lover all of my life, playing the saxophone and clarinet as well as guitar, so yes, I guess you could say I'm a music lover. Many thanks for your kind words. To Harry and his tireless crew., I am eternally grateful for your devotion to music and this website. Many thanks
Ed, from a chilly Tennessee

Datum: 27-11-2017

Door: Thanks

Onderwerp: Re:Week 48

Thanks Ed,
for your enthousiastic comments every week !
It feels good ;)

Harry

Datum: 26-11-2017

Door: Joe

Onderwerp: Cruisin'

Hi Harry & LL team. We are just off on a Caribbean Cruise ..... and will enjoy lots of LL music as I lounge around by the pool. Then home to enjoy lots of Christmas music. Life is good. Smiling and Thanks...... Joe (currently in Miami)

Datum: 27-11-2017

Door: Harry van der Veen

Onderwerp: Re:Cruisin'

Hi Joe, enjoy your cruise and the music.
Soon the Christmas music specials will also appear on LoungeLegends !
Greetings,
Harry

Datum: 26-11-2017

Door: Lucien Van Acker

Onderwerp: Week 48

Bedankt Harry voor de prachtige selectie.

Datum: 26-11-2017

Door: Darko

Onderwerp: week48

Thank's Harry and his LL team for another great week of instrumentals.

Darko

Datum: 25-11-2017

Door: Etienne

Onderwerp: Week 48

Jongens, elke week worden wij overdonderd door prachtige muziek. Hansi, Fred Silver, Peter Orloff geweldig net als al die andere grote orkesten. Een dikke dankjewel voor deze wekelijkse prestatie.
To my dear friend Ed, I think we are both of a kind. We both love great music and we found our place to be and to stay. As I wrote in Dutch, I do not have words, even in my own language, to express my thanks to Harry and team. Every week such a great variety of orchestras, so great.
Stay healthy. Kind regards, your Belgian music friend, Etienne

Datum: 27-11-2017

Door: bedankt!

Onderwerp: Re:Week 48

Jij enorm bedankt voor je enthousiasme en support Etienne !

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