WEEK 49 - 2017

Various Artists 
LL Best of November 2017
 
 01 -  Listen To The Music  - Bill Black  - 
 02 -  The Old Fashioned Way  - Chris Gorman  - 
 03 -  Candida  - Kai Warner  - 
 04 -  Kitten  - Hugo Montenegro  - 
 05 -  Pistolero  - Cliff Carpenter  - 
 06 -  Theme from Love Boat  - The Romantic Strings Orchestra  - 
 07 -  Gunsmoke  - Duane Eddy  - 
 08 -  Klipp-Klapp   - Günter Noris  - 
 09 -  Manana  - Paul Kuhn  - 
 10 -  Which Doctor?  - Les Baxter Orchestra  - 
 11 -  I'm Yours  - Herb Alpert  - 
 12 -  It must be Love  - Augusto Algueró  - 
 13 -  Oh Happy Day  - Quincy Jones  - 
 14 -  Satin Doll  - Ray Charles Singers  - 
 15 -  Girls, Girls, Girls  - Cliff Carpenter  - 
 16 -  Mi gran amor  - Augusto Algueró  - 
 17 -  Let It Go  - Christiano & His Magical Orchestra  - 
 18 -  If You Don't Know me By Now  - The Cecil Holmes Soulful Sounds  - 
 19 -  Happy Organ  - Bill Black  - 
 20 -  Theme from Taras Bulba  - Ferrante & Teicher  - 
 21 -  It's Impossible   - Jean Lafontaine  - 
 22 -  Don't Let Me Down  - Franck Pourcel  - 
 23 -  Amapola  - Mantovani  - 
 24 -  Air  - Till Brönner  - 
 25 -  Gentle On My Mind  - Al Capps  - 
 26 -  You're A Lady  - Norman Candler  - 
 27 -  Nah Neh Nah  - David Garrett  - 
 28 -  Pyramid Dance  - Percy Faith  - 
 29 -  Alley Cat  - The Columbia Musical Treasuries Orchestra And Chorus  - 
 30 -  I Wonder (Departure)  - Benny Andersson  - 

Sweet Dreams
Volume VI
78:55 - 320 Kb/sec
 
tracklisitng:
 
1. Acoustic Sound Orchestra - Blue grass dream / 03:26
2. Living Strings - My special dream / 02:46
3. Orchester Konrad Grewe - Meine Träume / 01:35
4. Hagen Galatis - Träume von Liebe / 02:38
5. Horst Jankowski - Dreamer's concerto / 02:38
6. James Last - Lover's dream / 03:02
7. Enoch Light - With my eyes wide open I'm dreaming / 02:22
8. Joe Reisman - Cheryl's dream / 02:08
9. Alan Moorhouse - Cloud of dreams / 02:54
10. Frank Valdor - It keeps me dreaming / 02:56
11. Bert Kaempfert - Dreaming the blues / 02:59
12. Keith Roberts - Dreams of love / 03:30
13. Frank Chacksfield - Dreamy eyes, dreamy girl / 02:29
14. Peter Thomas - Dreams of P.T.O. ( Romance Anónimo) / 02:47
15. John Fox - Don't fall in love with a dreamer / 03:10
16. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Dreams / 04:56
17. Helmut Zacharias - Beach comber's dream / 04:45
18. Guy Carondel - Immer wenn ich träume / 02:29
19. Roberto Delgado - Wet dream / 02:48
20. Nelson Riddle - Jeannine, I dream of lilac time / 02:16
21. Soul affair - Melancholic dreams / 03:14
22. The Golden Leaves - Send me the pillow you dream on / 02:40
23. Young Pops Orchestra - Fairy of dreams / 02:34
24. Louie King & His South Sea Islanders - My isle of golden dreams / 02:53
25. Percy Faith - Dream your dream / 04:15
26. Red Skelton - Daydream at night / 02:07
27. The John Parker Orchestra - Go to sleep / 02:28

Werner Müller 
Party Rakete '66
 
 1 -  Frühlingsrauschen  - 
 2 -  Pennsylvania 65000  - 
 3 -  Samson And Delilah  - 
 4 -  La Bostella  - 
 5 -  Spanish Flea  - 
 6 -  Moon River  - 
 7 -  Radetzky Marsch  - 
 8 -  The Ballad Of The Green Berets  - 
 9 -  Should I  - 
 10 -  Spanish Eyes  - 
 11 -  Buglecall Rag  - 
 12 -  Nowhere Man  - 
 13 -  Oh This Way  - 
 14 -  Tea For Two  - 

 James Last meets Hans Last
 
 01 Happy Heart
 02 For Somebody
 03 The Day That We Said Goodbye
 04 Now I Know (Laguna)
 05 Games That Lovers Play
 06 Lingering On
 07 The Music from Across the Way
 08 Make This Night Last Forever
 09 Love Must Be The Reason
 10 Wenn süß das Mondlicht auf den
 11 Morgens Um Sieben Ist Die Welt Noch In Ordnung
 12 Distant Woman

Bob Crewe Generation 
The Best of The Bob Crewe Generation
 
 01 -  A Man and A Woman  - 
 02 -  A Lover’s Concerto  - 
 03 -  Anna  - 
 04 -  A Felicidade  - 
 05 -  Let's Hang On  - 
 06 -  Music To Watch Girls By  - 
 07 -  Concrete And Clay  - 
 08 -  Theme For A Lazy Girl  - 
 09 -  Barbarella  - 
 10 -  Winter Warm  - 
 11 -  Melancholy Serenade  - 
 12 -  Where Is Your Heart (Moulin Rouge Theme)  - 
 13 -  I Will Wait For You  - 
 14 -  Brother Dan  - 
 15 -  Wives And Lovers  - 
 16 -  Streetcar  - 
 17 -  Miniskirts In Moscow  - 
 18 -  Winchester Cathedral  - 
 19 -  Music To Watch Girls By [Mono 45 Mix]  - 
 

The Piano Guys 
Wonders 
 
 1 -  Story of My Life  - 
 2 -  Let It Go  - 
 3 -  Ants Marching - Ode to Joy  - 
 4 -  Father's Eyes  - 
 5 -  Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends  - 
 6 -  Summer Jam  - 
 7 -  Batman Evolution  - 
 8 -  Don't Your Worry Child   - 
 9 -  Home  - 
 10 -  The Mission - How Great Thou Art  - 
 11 -  Because of You  - 
 12 -  Pictures At An Exhibition  - 

Cliff Carpenter 
Stereo Tanzparty 17
 
 1 -  Daddy Cool  - 
 2 -  Let Your Love Flow (Ein Bett im Kornfeld)  - 
 3 -  Sommer in der Stadt  - 
 4 -  Komm wieder wenn Du frei bist  - 
 5 -  Tobago Helloh  - 
 6 -  Das war John nie passiert  - 
 7 -  Verde  - 
 8 -  El Paradiso  - 
 9 -  Auf dem Bahnhof der vielen Geleise  - 
 10 -  Spring über deinen Schatten, Tommy  - 
 11 -  Baby I Love You  - 
 12 -  Marleen  - 
 

Mystic Moods Orchestra 
Emotions
 
 01 -   Sounds of Silence-Scarbough Faire  - 
 02 -  Do You Know the Way To San Jose  - 
 03 -  Eleanor Rigby  - 
 04 -  Sunny Goodge Street  - 
 05 -  Trains, Boats and Planes  - 
 06 -  Cloudy  - 
 07 -  Soldier In The Rain  - 
 08 -  Maman  - 
 09 -  Homeward Bound  - 
 10 -  Early Morning Rain  - 
 11 -  Listen To The Rain  - 

101 Strings 
A Tribute To Nat King Cole
 
 1 -  Mona Lisa  - 
 2 -  Unforgettable  - 
 3 -  Too Young  - 
 4 -  Blues For Nat  - 
 5 -  Swing Low Sweet Chariot - Jericho  - 
 6 -  Nature Boy  - 
 7 -  Sweet Hurtin' Blues  - 
 8 -  Ramblin' Rose  - 
 9 -  Down By The Riverside  - 
 10 -  As Time Goes By  - 
 11 -  Maria, Maria  - 
 12 -  So Rare  - 
 13 -  Pizzicato For The King  - 
 14 -  Vaya Con Dios  - 
 

Andre Rieu 
Amore
 
 01 -  What A Wonderful World  - 
 02 -  Only Love  - 
 03 -  Morning Mood, ARV_17 (From "Peer Gynt")  - 
 04 -  Natasha's Waltz (From "War And Peace")  - 
 05 -  Ballade pour Adeline  - 
 06 -  Jerusalem Of Gold  - 
 07 -  Music Of The Spheres, ARV_17  - 
 08 -  The Last Rose, ARV_17  - 
 09 -  Parlez-moi d'amour  - 
 10 -  The Impossible Dream (From "Man Of La Mancha")  - 
 11 -  Tales From The Vienna Woods, ARV_17, Op.325  - 
 12 -  Love Me Tender  - 
 13 -  Think Of Me (From "Phantom Of The Opera")  - 
 14 -  Song Of The Volga, ARV_17 (From "The Tsarevich")  - 
 15 -  Torna a Surriento  - 
 16 -  My Own Home (From "The Jungle Book")  - 
 17 -  My Beloved Limburg  - 
 18 -  Highland Cathedral (Live)  - 
 

Alessandro Alessandroni
Romantic Return
 
 01 -  Canary Island  - 
 02 -  Weekend In The South  - 
 03 -  A Night In Spain  - 
 04 -  Love Letter  - 
 05 -  Missed Theme  - 
 06 -  Two Days In The Country  - 
 07 -  Spring In Portugal  - 
 08 -  Blue Angels  - 
 09 -  Rite Of Autumn  - 
 10 -  Romantic Return  - 
 11 -  Melancholy Girl  - 
 12 -  Boats On The River  - 

Percy Faith 
Columbia Singles Volume 3 
1959-1967
 
 01 -  Theme From Adivse And Consent  - 
 02 -  Theme From Lawrence Of Arabia  - 
 03 -  Melody From Mahogony  - 
 04 -  Love Me Now  - 
 05 -  Our Language Of Love  - 
 06 -  Bimini Goombay (Le Marchand De Bonheur)  - 
 07 -  Tia Juana  - 
 08 -  Hawaiian Lullaby  - 
 09 -  Bibao Song  - 
 10 -  Lover's Prelude  - 
 11 -  Theme From The Last Time I Saw Archie  - 
 12 -  The Brass Ring  - 
 13 -  Out Of This World  - 
 14 -  I Concentrate On You  - 
 15 -  Music Until Midnight (Lullaby For Adults Only)  - 
 16 -  Jaqueline's Journey  - 
 17 -  The Elephant And The Chimp  - 
 18 -  Perpetual Notion  - 
 19 -  The Sound Of Surf  - 
 20 -  La Bamba  - 
 21 -  Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf  - 
 22 -  Strangers In The Night  - 
 23 -  There Was A Time  - 

Franck Pourcel 
Franck Pourcel Meets ABBA
 
 1 -  Summer Night City  - 
 2 -  I Wonder (Departure)  - 
 3 -  Dancing Queen  - 
 4 -  Hole In Your Soul  - 
 5 -  Fernando  - 
 6 -  The Name Of The Game  - 
 7 -  I Do, I Do, I Do  - 
 8 -  Eagle  - 
 9 -  Money, Money, Money  - 
 10 -  Knowing Me, Knowing You  - 
 11 -  Thank You For The Music  - 
 12 -  Super Trouper  - 
 13 -  Lay All Your Love On Me  - 
 14 -  The Winner Takes It All  - 

Jack Jezzro & Jeff Steinberg 
Italian Dinner Party
 
 01 -  Arrivederci Roma - Jack Jezzrro  - 
 02 -  Tra Veglia E Sonno - Jack Jezzro  - 
 03 -  Come Prima - Jeff Steinberg  - 
 04 -  O Sole Mio - Jack Jezzrro  - 
 05 -  Torna a Surriento - Jack Jezzrro  - 
 06 -  Dammi Dammi Dammi - Jack Jezzrro  - 
 07 -  I Have But One Heart (O' Marenariello) - Jeff Steinberg  - 
 08 -  Santa Lucia - Jack Jezzrro  - 
 09 -  Mio Dolce Sogno - Jack Jezzro  - 
 10 -  Innamorata - Jeff Steinberg  - 
 11 -  Oh Marie - Jack Jezzrro  - 
 12 -  Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso - Jeff Steinberg  - 
 13 -  Mala Femmena - Jack Jezzrro  - 
 14 -  The Godfather Waltz-Speak Softly - Jack Jezzro  - 
 15 -  Sott'er Cielo de Roma  - Jack Jezzrro  - 
 16 -  Mattinata - Jack Jezzrro  - 
 17 -  Musetta's Waltz from La Boheme - Jeff Steinberg  - 

Richard Hayman and Hugo Montenegro 
Themes from Great Films
 
 1 -  Charade  - 
 2 -  The Prize  - 
 3 -  It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World  - 
 4 -  The Victors  - 
 5 -  Tom Jones  - 
 6 -  The Cardinal  - 
 7 -  How the West Was Won  - 
 8 -  Lawrence of Arabia  - 
 9 -  The Longest Day  - 
 10 -  Mutiny on the Bounty  - 

Los Enamorados del Caribe 
 
 01 -  Lamento Boricano  - 
 02 -  Angustia  - 
 03 -  Besame Mucho  - 
 04 -  Aquellos Ojos Verdes  - 
 05 -  Solamente Una Vez  - 
 06 -  Esta Tarde Vi Llover  - 
 07 -  Vereda Tropical  - 
 08 -  Sin Ti  - 
 09 -  Sabor a Mi  - 
 10 -  Acercate Mas  - 
 11 -  Angelitos Negros  - 
 12 -  La Barca  - 
 13 -  Contigo Aprendi  - 
 14 -  Maria Elena  - 
 15 -  Que Será de Ti  - 
 16 -  Desesperadamente  - 

The Parris Mitchell Strings 
Night and Day
 
 1 -  Night and Day  - 
 2 -  I Dont Want To Walk Without You  - 
 3 -  Easy To Love  - 
 4 -  Frenesi  - 
 5 -  Eternally  - 
 6 -  Heart and Soul  - 
 7 -  Love Walked In  - 
 8 -  Dream  - 
 9 -  You Stepped Out Of A Dream  - 
 10 -  Without You  - 
 

Various Artists 
Beste Melodien aus den 60er Jahren - 4
 
 1 -  A Hard Day's Night  - James Last  - 
 2 -  The 59th Street Bridge Song  - Anthony Ventura  - 
 3 -  The World We Knew  - Billy Vaughn  - 
 4 -  Lady Madonna  - Peter Thomas   - 
 5 -  Time Of The Season  - Hugo Strasser  - 
 6 -  Michelle  - Paul Kuhn  - 
 7 -  Spanish Harlem  - Franz Thon  - 
 8 -  What Now My Love  - Klaus Wunderlich  - 
 9 -  Desafinado  - Alfred Hause  - 
 10 -  Hey Jude  - Günter Noris  - 
 11 -  By The Time I Get To Phoenix  - Kurt Edelhagen  - 
 12 -  I Will Wait For You  - Roy Etzel  - 
 13 -  Black Is Black  - Kai Warner  - 
 14 -  I Got You Babe  - James Last  - 
 15 -  (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay  - Peter Thomas  - 
 16 -  Mexico  - Roberto Delgado  - 
 17 -  Honey  - Helmut Zacharias  - 
 18 -  When A Man Loves A Woman  - Franz Lambert  - 
 19 -  My Way Of Life  - Bert Kaempfert  - 
 20 -  Nights In White Satin  - Werner Müller  - 
 21 -  Happy Together  - Franz Lambert  - 
 22 -  What The World Needs Now  - Horst Jankowski  - 
 23 -  Sail Along Silvery Moon  - Max Greger  - 
 24 -  Crying In the Chapel  - Anthony Ventura  - 
 25 -  The In Crowd  - James Last  - 

Si Zentner and His Orchestra 
Play The Stripper and Other Big Band Hits    
 Vinyl LP Liberty LST 7247
 
 01 -  The Stripper  - 
 02 -  Canadian Sunset  - 
 03 -  Manhattan Spiritual  - 
 04 -  Moonglow & Theme From Picnic  - 
 05 -  Hot Toddy  - 
 06 -  Stranger On The Shore  - 
 07 -  Walk On The Wild Side  - 
 08 -  Petite Fleur  - 
 09 -  One Mint Julep  - 
 10 -  Midnight In Moscow  - 
 11 -  Shadrack  - 
 12 -  I'll See You In My Dreams  - 

Various Artists 
The Magic of Melody [Disc 3]
 
 1 -  01 - Cheek to Cheek  - Ken Thorne And His Orchestra  - 
 2 -  02 - Sentimental Journey  - Les Brown & His Band Of Renown  - 
 3 -  03 - The Nearness of You  - The Romantic Strings & Orchestra  - 
 4 -  04 - Moonlight Sernade  - The Romantic Strings & Orchestra  - 
 5 -  05 - The Way You Look Tonight  - Bill Snyder & His Piano  - 
 6 -  06 - The Wind Beneaath My Wings  - Roger Williams, His Piano And Orchestra  - 
 7 -  07 - I Could Have Danced All Night  - The Romantic Strings & Orchestra  - 
 8 -  08 - Twlight Time  - The Romantic Strings & Orchestra  - 
 9 -  09 - Edelweiss  - The Romantic Strings & Orchestra  - 
 10 -  10 - I Left My Heart in San Francisco  - The Romantic Strings & Orchestra  - 
 11 -  11 - Love Story (Where Do I Begin)  - Henry Mancini, His Piano And Orchestra  - 
 12 -  12 - Stardust  - Henry Mancini, His Piano And Orchestra  - 
 13 -  13 - You Made Me Love You  - Harry James & His Orchestra  - 
 14 -  14 - The Way We Were  - Henry Mancini, His Piano And Orchestra  - 
 15 -  15 - Love Me Tender  - Larry Dalton And His Orchestra  - 
 16 -  16 - If Ever I Would Leave You  - The Romantic Strings & Orchestra  - 
 17 -  17 - You Needed Me  - Floyd Cramer, His Piano And Orchestra  - 
 18 -  18 - I Love How You Love Me  - Nelson Riddle  - 
 19 -  19 - Hawaiian Wedding Song  - Al Caiola & His Orchestra & Chorus  - 

The Norman Luboff Choir 
Moments To Remember
 
 01 -   I'll Never Smile Again  - 
 02 -  The Breeze And I  - 
 03 -  Paper Doll  - 
 04 -  Tangerine  - 
 05 -  Taking A Chance On Love  - 
 06 -  Time Was  - 
 07 -  Flamingo  - 
 08 -  Sleepy Lagoon  - 
 09 -  Amapola  - 
 10 -  I Don't Want To Walk Without You  - 
 11 -  South Of The Border  - 
 12 -  Moments To Remember  - 
 

READERS DIGEST COLLECTION
The Romantic Strings
Beautiful Melodies of Our Time [Disc 4/4]
 
GREAT MELODIES OF THE '80s
 01  - Up Where We Belong  -     
 02  - Sailing  -     
 03  - The Lady in Red  -     
 04  - Theme of Terms of Endearment  -     
 05  - The Greatest Love of All  -     
 06  - Morning Train  -     
 07  - Against All Odds  -     
 08  - Longer  -     
 09  - Heartbreaker  -  
   
GREAT MELODIES OF THE '90s
 10  - I Will Always Love You  -     
 11  - When a Man Loves a Woman  -     
 12  - I'll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me  -     
 13  - If Tomorrow Never Comes  -     
 14  - A Whole New World  -     
 15  - Tears in Heaven  -     
 16  - Constant Craving  -     
 17  - The Power of Love  -     
 18  - Unforgettable  -    

The Phoenix Authority 
Blood, Sweat & Brass
 
 01 -  Spinning Wheel  - 
 02 -  Everyday People  - 
 03 -  Come Together  - 
 04 -  Get Back  - 
 05 -  Honky Tonk Women  - 
 06 -  Sugar Sugar  - 
 07 -  Susie Q  - 
 08 -  Baby, It's You  - 
 09 -  One  - 
 10 -  Journey To The Center Of The Mind  - 
 11 -  Down On Me  - 
 

The Kilima Hawaiians 
The Best of......
 
 01 -  Hawaiian War Chant  - 
 02 -   Moonlight and Roses  - 
 03 -   Rhythm of the Islands  - 
 04 -  Goodbye Hawaii  - 
 05 -   Farewell my Darling, Farewell  - 
 06 -  Now is the Hour  - 
 07 -  Rose of Honolulu  - 
 08 -  Waikiki March  - 
 09 -  Aloha Oe  - 
 10 -  Farewell Hawaii  - 
 

LALO SCHIFRIN
BLACK WIDOW
1976
 
 
 
It is the year 1976, conductor and arranger Lalo Schifrin (born 1932) records his eight-track LP Black Widow in March and sees it released in the same year on CTI Records. Business as usual. Or is it? In hindsight the album answers a question no-one really dared to ask: what happens if Exotica goes Disco? No, seriously: what if the famous tropical themes are ennobled or, depending on your personal mileage, perversely permeated by keyboards, sleazy backing vocals, glittering horns and ever-hedonistic drums? It turns out that the result is less of a malevolent mess than a hyper-colorful trip to the sugar-sweet no man's land located in-between Afro-Bop and Funk. And best of all: this album features three Exotica standards which are adamantly turned into glamorous glitter glimpses. Another three tracks are written by Lalo Schifrin himself, with the remaining two tunes being themes of famous Hollywood movies that face the transformation to Disco dazzlers as well.
 
 
 
Lalo Schifrin merges shedloads of keyboards and synthesizers and unites them with an orchestra comprising of 32 musicians. Fresh horn eruptions, clean string washes, floating flutes and multiple wah-wah guitars reign in this setup. The most intriguing part and the sole reason this album appears on AmbientExotica is, of course, the Exotica material. If this was not included, I would have skipped Black Widow entirely. Even though Lalo Schifrin is known for concocting splendid Far Eastern material, for instance with vibraphonist Cal Tjader on their collaborative effort Several Shades Of Jade (1963), Black Widow is anything like that. Its Exotica-related twists are good enough for me to consider an in-depth review of it anyway. Does the vintage Exotica material suffer from the ferocious debauchery called Disco? Or does the sybaritism boost the already joyful carefreeness? And what about the remaining material, among it the best known two-note composition of all times, John Williams' theme from Jaws? Black Widow has a lot of layers, so let's enter the Disco Inferno… overclouded with Exotica smoke machines.
 
 
 
The Disco infusion is kicked off with Lalo Schifrin's own Black Widow, a tune that is reminiscent to the Theme From Shaft. The rose-tinted string waves spiral effervescently, the beat is strolling in a cool way and the brass stabs are sanguine. Below these ingredients wafts a wah-wah guitar, but it is only when the synthesizers come into play that the tune changes its physiognomy from the potential widow dressed in black to the malevolent spider of the same name, for the Space-Age tone sequences are driven upwards, their cacophonously plinking shard-like nature cuts through flesh and skin, evoking a quirky kind of danger that is then safely carried away by the euphonious horn-and-string thicket with an admixed cowbell cobweb. The song is deliberately over the top and not exotic at all. This does change, and decidedly so, with the next two tracks, which are essential gold standards in the Exotica worlds, but discoed up to galactic regions. 
 
 
 
Ted Grouya's tropical love anthem Flamingo launches as a great hybrid of a Lounge-Funk rhythm guitar which sees its golden shimmer further illuminated by electric piano droplets and seraphic-aqueous synth melodies. The genuine dreaminess of this classic decreases in favor of a wondrously easygoing afternoon atmosphere with wonky-elastic blebs, Brazilian percussion and trumpets which carefully build the climax for the chorus. The melody of Flamingo is always crystal clear and cleverly embedded in-between the improvised segues which are more about the textures and the interplay of the orchestra rather than particularly catchy melodies. Some people may see this saccharine glitterball glob as an affront, but Ted Grouya's melody is indeed indestructible.
 
 
 
Up next is Les Baxter's Quiet Village, the most-considered Exotica hymn of all times. For almost six minutes, Lalo Schifrin drops a concrete jungle downbeat with a slick city feeling, thus camouflaging the original's impetus, at least at the beginning. The main melody is then unchained by the means of superbly texturized polyphonous synth crystals of the Oberheim kind with a weird duality of incandescence and dissonance. Cyberbirds chirp in the background, Funk guitars fill the alcove-laden atmosphere, doo-doo chants put the finishing touches to the astonishingly transparent arrangement. Only a few electric guitars are added in adjacency to the Fender Rhodes sparks, the remaining ingredients are few and far between. Believe it or not, but I like this version. It cannot beat one single vintage Exotica version out there, but due to its minimalism, the decay, sustain and reverberation of the synths works all the better, causing vivacious echoes in an already neon-lit jungle of a big city. A real delight in the given context!
 
 
 
The last tune off side A is the medley Moonglow/Theme From Picnic. The former is written by Eddie Delange, Irving Mills and Will Hudson and is a lackluster Casio keyboard-driven piece of sunshine (!) with the typical wah-wah guitar coils, lachrymose strings and a cheesy impression by John Faddis on the trumpet, whereas George Duning's Theme From Picnic is taken from the eponymous '55 movie starring William Holden and is seamlessly interwoven with the soundscape. Both songs later rise to fame in the later half of the medley due to their positively glistening strata and melodious climaxes. In the end, the medley can be deemed somewhat valuable due to its hypnotic midtempo, the traversing instruments and their reoccurring entries.
 
 
 
Side B features another true-spirited Exotica cut, but actually launches with John Williams' Theme from Jaws, a curious but intriguing inclusion. For over six minutes, the infamous two-note motif is presented on a hammering abyssal piano while churning wah-wah synth percussion whirls along the positively pumping atmosphere. Short inclusions of caixhas, bongo cascades and sun-soaked electric piano chords lighten up the action-filled smokescreen which otherwise boosts the pressure with ashen strings and dusky trumpets. Need a more tropical-gleeful apparition? Ary Barroso's Baía (or Bahia in its North-Americanized form) comes along, naturally spiced with Disco essences à la spacey keyboards, dark matter guitar twangs and brass vesicles, but also quite exotic due to its prominent bongo driblets and cowbell clangs which can freely unfold in the downbeat structures. The tempo is similar to Schifrin's take on Quiet Village, and while the melody is astutely carved out, the texture of the glacial synth strings does not enchant as much in tandem with their real brethren as the multi-faceted keyboard phantasmagoria on Les Baxter's hit.
 
 
 
The final two tunes are Lalo Schifrin originals: Turning Point is an upbeat Disco critter with maraca-resembling guitar oscillations, a sunny faux-harpsichord and those gelid synth strings off Baía, but its real feat is the magnificent chorus full of cavalcades of blazing colors thanks to the legato string streams and the paradisiac flute work, making Turning Point a Disco gem, if such a thing can even exist, that is. The outro is called Dragonfly and dares to outshine Turning Point with its enthralling prelude of wind chime-underpinned upwards flowing Space-Age flecks and electric pianos which then lead to catchy string susurrations and warm galactic trade winds in the forms of crunchy guitars. If you know the typical Disco timbre, you know what to expect (or to fear). However, the computeroid space chimes really add that certain fluxion. The staccato brass bursts then inject traces of warmth to an already mild-tempered odyssey. A great closer indeed.
 
If you skimmed over this review's main body in a hurry, you should by now be a bit bewildered, for Disco is one of the long-gone music-related fads that is ridiculed the most, and I have not taken a clear stand whether I agree with its death spiral or not. This is not important in the end, I tend to think, but it is true: I may not be a Disco buff, not by far, but there is something great in the chintzy rivers of honey Lalo Schifrin comes up with, and this especially applies to the three Exotica tunes Quiet Village, Baía and Flamingo. Their downbeat architecture with the multitudinous fissures allows the synthesizers and artificial elements to glow and shimmer all the better, the melodies are greatly stressed an never all too obscure… for it is the whole package that is obscure! Even if you despise Disco and 70's Funk with a passion, if this kind of music leads people to the realms of vintage Exotica which were previously unknown to them, so be it. In the end, it is hard to fully recommend Black Widow as it strays away too far from the vintage Exotica paths.
 
 
While it reminds of Geoff Love's faux-African Funk Exotica project called Mandingo at times, the string prowess and mellowness of the horns are much more wound up on Lalo Schifrin's release. Late highlights are the final two compositions Turning Point and Dragonfly, notwithstanding their missing connection to Exotica. For better or worse, additional Exotica cuts from the same recording session exist! They did not make it onto the original LP due to the format's physical limits, but the 2001 reissue on Sony Columbia features four extra tracks which are highly interesting for fans: Margarita Lecuona's Tabu, an alternative take on Baía, Alberto Domínguez' Frenesi and Dizzy Gillespie's Jazz standard Con Alma. The Disco ethereality continues, those takes are top-notch, especially so Tabu which is stripped off its lamento and awash with flamboyance. Black Widow is available on LP, CD and a download version. If you want to experience beloved Exotica classics like you have never before or ever since, check out Black Widow. And watch the glitterball. 
 
 
 
Exotica Review 235: Lalo Schifrin – Black Widow (1976). 
Originally published on Jul. 6, 2013 at AmbientExotica.com.
 
 1 -  Black Widow  - 
 2 -  Flamingo  - 
 3 -  Quiet Village  - 
 4 -  Monglow and Theme from Picnic  - 
 5 -  Jaws  - 
 6 -  Baia  - 
 7 -  Turning Point  - 
 8 -  Dragonfly  - 
 9 -  Frenesi  - 
 10 -  Tabu  - 
 11 -  Baia - Alt. Take  - 
 12 -  Con Alma  - 

 The Best of LL - November 2013
 
 01  - Angel Of The Moning  -   Living Voices  -   
 02  - Magical Connection  -   Ferrante And Teicher  -   
 03  - Love Theme from Wallenberg  -   Laurens van Rooyen  -   
 04  - Le Monde De L'an 2000  -   Caravelli  -   
 05  - Tuxedo Junction  -   Horst Jankowski feat. the Jankowski Singers  -   
 06  - Who's Got The Paper  -   Roberto Delgado  -   
 07  - Hochzeit in Athen  -   Jo Ment  -   
 08  - I Want Your Love  -   Ray Conniff  -   
 09  - Kisses of Fire  -   Anders Dahl and his Magic Strings  -   
 10  - Dueling Banjos  -   Henry Mancini  -   
 11  - The Professional  -   Caravelli  -   
 12  - Live For Life  -   Les Baxter  -   
 13  - Georgy Girl  -   Lawrence Welk  -   
 14  - Sing, Sing, Sing (Part 2)  -   Jack Parnell  -   
 15  - The Way Of Love  -   Terry Baxter his Orchestra and Chorus  -   
 16  - Make The World Go Away  -   Lawrence Welk  -   
 17  - You Make Me Feel Brand New  -   James Last  -   
 18  - Beautiful Sunday  -   Larry Page  -   
 19  - Tu es  -   Jo Ment  -   
 20  - Cherchez l'idole  -   Franck Pourcel  -   
 21  - Masquenada  -   Ronnie Aldrich  -   
 22  - Si Tu Veux Etre Heureux  -   Caravelli  -   
 23  - Monday Monday  -   Hugo Strasser  -   
 24  - Silk And Velvet  -   Kookie Freeman  -   
 25  -  Sleepy Shores  -   Ray Conniff  -   
 26  - I Just Can't Help Believing  -   The Al Capps Orchestra  -   
 27  - Noches de Estrelitas  -   Hugo Strasser  -   
 28  - Love Me Happy  -   Bert Kaempfert  -   
 29  - Apache  -   Norrie Paramor  -   
 30  - Caravan  -   Franck Pourcel  -   

 Best of LL - November 2014
 
 01  - Californian Sunrise  -   Addy Flor and His Orchestra   -   
 02  - Elvira  -   Lex DeAzevedo & His Orchestra  -   
 03  - Chanson d'amour  -   Botho Lucas Chor  -   
 04  - Fox Hunt  -   Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass  -   
 05  - Speak Softly Love  -   Joey DeFrancesco  -   
 06  - Our World  -   Stan Butcher and his Orchestra  -   
 07  - Comin' Up  -   The Helmuth Brandenburg Orchestra  -   
 08  - De Guello from ''Rio Bravo''  -   Nini Rosso  -   
 09  - Mambo  -   Glenn Osser  -   
 10  - Blue Bayou  -   Frank Chacksfield  -   
 11  - Ma Louise  -   Frank Pourcel  -   
 12  - Hey - Yours  -   Tony Evans  -   
 13  - Mamma Mia  -   Joe Loss  -   
 14  - Montego Bay  -   Armik  -   
 15  - Blackbird  -   Chris Hinze  -   
 16  - C'est Si Bon  -   Tony Mottola  -   
 17  - Moscow 'Moscow Olympics TV Theme'  -   The ABC Showband  -   
 18  - The Odd Couple  -   Floyd Cramer  -   
 19  - Maghribinia 4+5  -   The Horst Jankowski Orchestra  -   
 20  - Night And Day  -   James Last  -   
 21  - Quando Quando Quando  -   Gil Ventura  -   
 22  - Let The Music Play - Feelings  -   Berry Lipman  -   
 23  - Aishite Aishite Aishichattanoyo  -   Perez Prado  -   
 24  - Patricia  -   Gil Ventura  -   
 25  - I'm Not In Love  -   Paul Mauriat  -   
 26  - Ease On Down The Road  -   Alan Tew  -   
 27  - One Of Us  -   Carl Davis  -   
 28  - Il Y A Du Soleil Sur La France  -   Paul Mauriat  -   
 29  - Pim Jacobs & Rogier Van Otterloo - Wave  -   Various  -   
 30  - Hawaiian War Chant  -   Don Lusher conducting Ted Heath and His Music  -  

 LL BEST OF NOVEMBER 2015
 
 01  - Jerusalem  -   Franz Lambert  -   
 02  - The Surrey with the Fringe on Top  -   Chuck Findley  -   
 03  - Waters of Balaton  -   Erno Olah  -   
 04  -  Oh Lonesome Me - Last Date - On The Rebound  -   Danny Davis & The Nashville Brass   -   
 05  - Sabrosa  -   Chet Atkins   -   
 06  - Trumpet Cross  -   Rein Van Den Broek  -   
 07  -  Little Green Apples  -   Living Marimbas Plus Strings   -   
 08  - Theme From Summer Of '42  -   Andre Kostelanetz  -   
 09  - A Man Called Ironside  -   Chaquito  -   
 10  - Mae  -   Herb Alpert  -   
 11  - Moon River  -   Bob Crewe Generation  -   
 12  - More  -   Ted Heath  -   
 13  - Hop-Scotch-Hop  -   Frank Chacksfield  -   
 14  - La bamba  -   Perez Prado  -   
 15  - Vibrations Of My Heart  -   Roberto Delgado  -   
 16  - Brother Louie  -   Peter Nero  -   
 17  - Pra Que Chorar  -   Paul Mauriat  -   
 18  - Won't Somebody Dance With Me  -   Alan Tew Orchestra And Chorus  -   
 19  - Spooky  -   Al de Lory  -   
 20  - Chante comme si tu devais mourir demain  -   Franck Pourcel  -   
 21  - Fly Me To Rio  -   Max Greger  -   
 22  - Please Mr. Movingman  -   Hugo Strasser  -   
 23  - Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da  -   Paul Kuhn  -   
 24  - I Just Can't Help Believing  -   The Al Capps Orchestra  -   
 25  - Zandunga ; Jesusita En Chihuahua  -   Percy Faith  -   
 26  - Dinner (from ''La califfa'')  -   André Rieu  -   
 27  - Hacienda Happenings  -   Eric Winstone  -   
 28  - Corazon de Melon  -   Rene Hernandez Orchestra   -   
 29  - Simon Says  -   Sounds Orchestral  -   
 30  - Samba Rico  -   Max Greger  -   

 A Musical Chrismas Gift 4
 
 01  - Carol Of The Bells   -   David Foster   -   
 02  - Wonderful Dream (Holidays Are Coming)  -   The Baseballs  -   
 03  - (It Must've Been Ol' Santa Claus)  -   Harry Connick Jr.  -   
 04  - It's Christmas Everywhere  -   Paul Anka  -   
 05  - Little Altar Boy  -   Glen Campbell  -   
 06  - What Can I Give You This Christmas  -   The Lettermen   -   
 07  - Grown-Up Christmas List  -   Natalie Cole  -   
 08  - Snow Day  -   Chaise Lounge  -   
 09  - Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy  -   Pentatonix  -   
 10  - Christmas In My Heart  -   Ray Charles  -   
 11  - Walking In The Air  -   Celtic Woman  -   
 12  - The North Star  -   All Saints Chamber Ensemble  -   
 13  - Mary's Little Boy Child  -   Jose Feliciano  -   
 14  - It's Gonna Be A Cold Cold Christmas -  -    The New Christmas Singers - Ronnie Price, piano  -   
 15  - Kissin' By The Mistletoe  -   Aretha Franklin  -   
 16  - The Wexford Carol  -   Orla Fallon  -   
 17  - Beautiful Star of Bethlehem  -   Emmylou Harris  -   
 18  - Cabin in the Valley  -   Brooks & Dunn  -   
 19  - A Marshmallow World  -   Dean Martin  -   
 20  - Frosty the Snow Man  -   Ella Fitzgerald  -   
 21  - My Favorite Things  -   The Carpenters  -   
 22  - Two-Step 'Round the Christmas  -   Suzy Bogguss  -   
 23  - Jingle Bells  -   Sammy Davis, Jr.  -   
 24  - Good King Wenceslas  -   Loreena McKennitt   -   
 25  - The Lords Prayer (Con Mormon Tabernacle Choir)  -   Andrea Bocelli  -   

Jose Marcello Orchestra 
Vrolijk Kerstfeest
 
  -  01 - KOMT ALLEN TESAMEN  - 
  -  02 - STILLE NACHT  - 
  -  03 - NU SYT WELLECOME  - 
  -  04 - OH DENNEBOOM  - 
  -  05 - ER IS EEN ROOS ONTSPRONGEN  - 
  -  06 - JINGLE BELLS  - 
  -  07 - ER IS EEN KINDEKE GEBOREN  - 
  -  08 - OH DU FRÖHLICHE  - 
  -  09 - DE HERDERTJES LAGEN BIJ NACHTE  - 
  -  10 - 'T WAS NACHT IN BETLEHEMS DREVE  - 
  -  11 - HOE LEIT DIT KINDEKE  - 
  -  12 - GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO  - 

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester 
Advent
 
 01 -  Advent, Advent  - 
 02 -  Kling Gluckchen kling  - 
 03 -  Still, still, still  - 
 04 -  The Night Shall Be Filled With Music  - 
 05 -  Dein ist mein ganzes Herz  - 
 06 -  All God's Children Got Rhythm  - 
 07 -  Ich steh' im Schnee  - 
 08 -  Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer  - 
 09 -  Leise rieselt der Schnee  - 
 10 -  Stormy Weather  - 
 11 -  Mein Herz sagt leise ich liebe Dich  - 
 12 -  What Good Would The Moon Be  - 
 13 -  Adeste Fideles  - 
 14 -  Stille Nacht  - 
 15 -  Schlaf mein Liebling  - 
 16 -  Susser die Glocken  - 

Ray Conniff 
The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings Cd1
 
 01 -  Here Comes Santa Claus  - 
 02 -  Winter Wonderland  - 
 03 -  Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer  - 
 04 -  Christmas Bride  - 
 05 -  Sleigh Ride  - 
 06 -  Greensleeves (What Child Is This)  - 
 07 -  Jingle Bells  - 
 08 -  Silver Bells  - 
 09 -  Frosty the Snowman  - 
 10 -  White Christmas  - 
 11 -  Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town  - 
 12 -  The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)  - 
 13 -  Jolly Old St. Nicholas -The Little Drummer Boy  - 
 14 -  O Holy Night - We Three Kings of Orient Are - Deck the Halls  - 
 15 -  Ring Christmas Bells  - 
 16 -  Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Count Your Blessings - We Wish You a Merry Christmas  - 
 17 -  The Twelve Days of Christmas  -  
 18 -  The First Noel - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing-  O Come, All Ye Faithful - We Wish You a Merry Christmas  - 
 
The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings Cd2
 
 01 -  My Favorite Things  - 
 02 -  Here We Come A-Caroling  - 
 03 -  Silent Night, Holy Night  - 
 04 -  God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen  - 
 05 -  Away in a Manger  - 
 06 -  Joy to the World  - 
 07 -  Adoramus Te  - 
 08 -  The Real Meaning of Christmas  - 
 09 -  Go Tell It on the Mountain  - 
 10 -  What Child is This  - 
 11 -  O Tannenbaum  - 
 12 -  It Came upon the Midnight Clear  - 
 13 -  O Little Town of Bethlehem  - 
 14 -  Holiday greeting  - 

 Jorgen Ingmann 
 Swinging Christmas Good Old
 
 2 -  Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!; Santa Claus Is Coming To Town  - 
 3 -  Kling, Glockchen, Klingelingeling; O, Du Frohliche Weihnachtszeit  - 
 4 -  The Christmas Song  - 
 5 -  Pa Loftet Sidder Nissen Med Sin Julegrod; Nissernes Vagtparade  - 
 6 -  Mary's Boy Child; White Christmas  - 
 8 -  Winter Wonderland  - 
 9 -  Je Ne Crois Plus Au Pere Noel; Kommet Ihr Hirten; O Tannenbaum  - 
 10 -  Christmas Alphabet; If It Doesn't Snow On Christmas  - 
 11 -  Morgen Kommt Der Weihnachtsmann; Lasst Uns Froh Und Munter Sein; Frohliche Weinacht!  - 
 12 -  The Little Drummer Boy; Jingle Bells  - 

 

Onderwerp: WEEK 49 - 2017

Datum: 04-01-2018

Door: Paulo

Onderwerp: Week49-2017

Thanks for this week!

Datum: 03-12-2017

Door: Greg Wagner

Onderwerp: Week 49

Thanks to all for this week's great music. The Parris Mitchell Strings And Ray Conniff are a real treat.

Datum: 03-12-2017

Door: Darko

Onderwerp: week 39

It is another week of diferent instrumentals. Thank's Harry and his LL team specially for Christmas corner and for Readers Digest collection of" Beautiful melodies".

Darko from Croatia

Datum: 02-12-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 49

I forgot to mention that each year I have looked forward to the Christmas season with relish. I love the Christmas tunes, those of my country, but especially those from Europe. They are some of the most beautiful melodies I have ever heard.
I came across a few in a music store in the 80's and I have been in love with them ever since...
Ed

Datum: 02-12-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 49

A pile of Thank You's are due today and I hope I don't miss anyone.. to Harry of course for his never ending devotion to LL, and to whom I am eternally grateful for everything he has done for the music industry. Yes, that is a correct statement. Because of Harry the industry has benefited.., think about it. They sell a lot of music because of people's awareness of the truly great artists.
To Heinz for the Percy Faith series., to Gunther of course for C.Carpenter, to Harry for Mystic Moods, to Eliane for J.Jezzro, to Edilson for his entries, and to Joe for the R.Conniff Christmas.
To all who have contributed to make this a spectacular musical year. All of this in spite of some of the political shenanigans going on in my country.
Ed from a very warm Tennessee

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