WEEK 52 - 2017

HiFi Stereo Festival
Volume XIV
79:58 - 320 Kb/sec
 
tracklisting:
 
1. Helmut Zacharias - So ein Tag, so wunderschön wie heute / 02:51
2. Franck Pourcel - I got rhythm / 02:10
3. David Carroll - Mimi / 01:55
4. Edmundo Ros - Sunny / 04:03
5. David Whitaker and his orchestra - Wave / 02:48
6. Peter Matz Orchestra - Chattanooga Choo Choo / 03:15
7. Sunny Livingstone Orchestra - Sunny groove / 03:37
8. Norrie Paramor - Spanish Harlem / 03:24
9. The John Parker Orchestra - Let's call the whole thing off / 02:08
10. Nilo Sérgio Orquestra e Vozes - Espiral / 02:28
11. Hugo Strasser - It don't mean a thing / 03:13
12. Percy Faith - Surrender / 02:37
13. Longines Symphonette - Easy come, easy go / 02:29
14. Enoch Light & the Brass Menagerie - I've gotta be me / 02:18
15. Mantovani - Si (Go before you break my heart) / 03:46
16. Hal Mooney - Pavanne / 02:35
17. Verrill Keene - Norwegian wood / 02:27
18. Kurt Edelhagen - Carry me back to old Virginny / 02:56
19. James Last - A Summer place / 03:04
20. Hugo Montenegro - Mom and dad's waltz / 02:18
21. Joe Loss - Is this the way to Amarillo / 02:48
22. Ferrante & Teicher - Grass roots / 02:40
23. Lawrence Welk - The end of the World / 02:29
24. Xavier Cugat - El cumbanchero / 02:07
25. Béla Sanders - The wedding samba / 02:36
26. Ronnie Aldrich - Sometimes when we touch / 03:38
27. Caravelli - La novia / 02:34
28. Mike Simpson - Say Si Si / 02:23
29. The Brass Ring - A day in the life of a fool / 02:15

Max Greger 
Trumpets Trumpets Trumpets
 
 01 -  Song of My Life  - 
 02 -  Trumpeters Lullabye  - 
 03 -  Superstar  - 
 04 -  Largo  - 
 05 -  Java  - 
 06 -  Il Silenzio  - 
 07 -  Wigwam  - 
 08 -  Song of Joy  - 
 09 -  Walking  - 
 10 -  Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White  - 
 11 -  Amazing Grace  - 
 12 -  Trumpet Blues  - 
 

Cliff Carpenter 
Moonlight Shadow
 
 1 -  Moonlight Shadow  - 
 2 -  Die Gefühle sind frei  - 
 3 -  Spüren, die der Wind verweht  - 
 4 -  Wahnsinn  - 
 5 -  Manuel Goodbye  - 
 6 -  Africa  - 
 7 -  Vamos a la Playa  - 
 8 -  Die vierte Dimension  - 
 9 -  Der Typ neben ihr  - 
 10 -  My Daddy's Gone  - 
 11 -  Wovon träumst du denn  - 
 12 -  Little River  - 

Jo Ment's Happy Sound 
Top Hit's For Dancing
 
 1 -  Soley Soley; Sacramento; Is This The Way to Amarillo  - 
 2 -  Cuz I Love You; Zeit mach nur vor dem Teufel halt; Komm gib mir deine Hand  - 
 3 -  Du lebst in deiner Welt; Jeepster; Hab'ich dir heute schon gesagt.....  - 
 4 -  Butterfly; Akropolis Adieu; Willst du mit mir gehn  - 
 5 -  Mamy Blue; Ich will dir helfen  - 
 8 -  Margie; Der gemeinsame Weg; We Are Going Down Jordan  - 
 9 -  Tina; Spoon; Zuerst kam die Sonne  - 
 10 -  Love Story; Bangla Desh  - 
 11 -  Never Ending Song of Love; The Banner Man; Borriquito  - 
 12 -  Du weinnst um mich; Ich träume mit offenen Augen ; Wenn die Sonne erwacht  - 
 
 

Werner Müller 
Werner Müllers große Schlagerparade Nr. 3
 
 1 -  All My Loving-She Loves You-Can't Buy Me Love  - 
 2 -  Lady Music-Drei Musketiere-Wenn die Cowboys träumen  - 
 4 -  Bossa Nova Baby-Die Nacht ist mein-America  - 
 5 -  Rote Lippen soll man küssen-Rosmarie-Jim & Joe  - 
 7 -  Schaffe,schaffe,Häusle baue-Zwei auf einer Bank/Das Humbta Täteräh  - 
 8 -  Oh My Darling Caroline-Java-Zwei Mädchen aus Germany  - 
 9 -  Wenn ich ein Junge wär-Ich geh noch zur Schule-If I Had A Hammer  - 
 10 -  Barcarole-Mitsou-Vom Stadtpark die Laternen  - 

Hugo Strasser 
Was ich sagen wollte...
 
 1 -  Du fragst mich  - 
 2 -  Nimm doch deine Sorgen  - 
 3 -  Ein alter Sünder  - 
 4 -  I' kann net' tanzen  - 
 5 -  Wie schnell d'Zeit vergeht  - 
 6 -  Ordnung ist das ''A'' und ''O''  - 
 7 -  Sing am frühen Morgen  - 
 8 -  So ein Tag, so wie heut'  - 
 9 -  München i' mag di'  - 
 10 -  Wenn der Großvater...  - 
 11 -  I' wollt dir damit bloß ''i' mag di''' sag'n  - 
 12 -  Hab' ich dir heut' schon g'sagt  - 

The Norman Luboff Choir 
Sing! It's Good For You
 
 01 -  Sing, It's Good For You  - 
 02 -  Get Out And Get Under The Moon  - 
 03 -  Pick Yourself Up  - 
 04 -  The Best Things In Life Are Free  - 
 05 -  I Got The Sun In The Morning  - 
 06 -  Whistle While You Work  - 
 07 -  Happy Days Are Here Again  - 
 08 -  Side By Side  - 
 09 -  Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'  - 
 10 -  Breezin' Along With The Breeze  - 
 11 -  I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'  - 
 12 -  It's A Good Day  - 
 

Franc Korbar 
Goldene Trompete
 
 01 -  Il silenzio  - 
 02 -  Herbstblüten (Cvetje v jeseni)  - 
 03 -  Dolannes Melodie  - 
 04 -  Only Love  - 
 05 -  Le rêve  - 
 06 -  Sommernacht (Poletna noc)  - 
 07 -  Yesterday  - 
 08 -  Dornenvögel  - 
 09 -  Sag ja zu mir ("Der Pate")  - 
 10 -  My way  - 

Reader's Digest Stardust Melodies 
The Best Of The All-Time Great Piano Stars
 (Disc 2)
 
 01 -  If I Could Be With You  - Nat King Cole  - 
 02 -  Taking A Chance On Love  - Nat King Cole  - 
 03 -  I Get A Kick Out Of You  - Nat King Cole  - 
 04 -  I Want To Be Happy  - Nat King Cole  - 
 05 -  Love Walked In  - Nat King Cole  - 
 06 -  My Heart Stood Still  - Nat King Cole  - 
 07 -  April In Paris  - Nat King Cole  - 
 08 -  San Antonio Rose  - Floyd Cramer  - 
 09 -  Danny Boy  - Floyd Cramer  - 
 10 -  Yesterday  - Floyd Cramer  - 
 11 -  Last Date  - Floyd Cramer  - 
 12 -  Morning Has Broken  - Floyd Cramer  - 
 13 -  Greensleeves  - Floyd Cramer  - 
 14 -  On The Rebound  - Floyd Cramer  - 
 

Rondo Veneziano 
Sinfonia Di Natale
 
 01 -  Sinfonia Di Natale  - 
 02 -  Ave Maria  - 
 03 -  Weihnacht Suite  - 
 04 -  Petit Papa Noel  - 
 05 -  Suite Di Natale  - 
 06 -  Hendel • Bach  - 
 07 -  White Christmas  - 
 08 -  Christmas Suite I  - 
 09 -  Christmas Suite II  - 
 10 -  Stille Nacht  - 
 11 -  Laudamus Jesus  - 
 12 -  Caro Babbo Natale  - 
 13 -  Sinfonia Di Natale (reprise)  - 

Various Artists 
Golden Sounds Of The 70's
 disc 3/4
 
 1 -  Don't Cry Out Loud  - Alan Tew  - 
 2 -  Words  - BBC Midland Radio Orchestra  - 
 3 -  Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Bl  - Arthur Greenslade  - 
 4 -  We've Only Just Begun  - John Gregory  - 
 5 -  I Will Survive  - Stanley Black  - 
 6 -  Torn Between Two Lovers  - Norrie Paramor  - 
 7 -  Dancing Queen  - Alan Tew  - 
 8 -  If You Could Read My Mind  - John Gregory  - 
 9 -  One Day In Your Life  - Johnny Pearson  - 
 10 -  They Long To Be Close To You  - Ron Goodwin  - 
 11 -  The Hustle  - Stanley Black  - 
 12 -  Three Times A Lady  - John Gregory  - 
 13 -  I Just Want To Be Your Everyth  - Johnny Douglas  - 
 14 -  Fernando  - Norrie Paramor  - 
 15 -  Day By Day  - John Gregory  - 
 16 -  Home Lovin' Man  - Alan Tew  - 
 17 -  Eye Level  - Norrie Paramor  - 
 18 -  I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do  - Arthur Greenslade  - 
 19 -  Nobody Does It Better  - John Gregory  - 
 20 -  I Won't Last A Day Without You  - Pete Moore  - 

INSTRUMENTAL MAGIC
Various Artists 
The Wonderful Flute 1
 
 1 -  Annie's Song  - Ronnie Chamberlain  - 
 2 -  How Insensitive  - Chris Hinze  - 
 3 -  Father and Son  - David Young  - 
 4 -  Can You Feel the Love Tonight  - Berdien Stenberg  - 
 5 -  Beauty and the Beast -Theme  - Berdien Stenberg  - 
 6 -  Cinderella - Theme  - Berdien Stenberg  - 
 7 -  When You Wish Upon a Star  - Berdien Stenberg  - 
 8 -  Allonsanfan  - Chris Hinze  - 
 9 -  Dressed To Kill  - Chris Hinze  - 
 10 -  Solsbury Hill  - David Young  - 
 11 -  Your Song  - David Young  - 
 12 -  A Whole New World  - Berdien Stenberg  - 
 13 -  Only Time  - Wendy Quinlan  - 
 14 -  Thank You  - Wendy Quinlan  - 
 15 -  Suzanne  - Pete King  - 
 16 -  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs  - Berdien Stenberg  - 
 17 -  Mary Poppins  - Berdien Stenberg  - 
 18 -  The Jungle Book Medley  - Berdien Stenberg  - 
 19 -  Jungle Fantasy  - John Green  - 

Jean Lafontaine 
Volume 7
 
 01 -  Excuse me  - 
 02 -  All In Love Is Fair  - 
 03 -  You Make Me Feel Brand You  - 
 04 -  Goodbye Yellow Brick Road  - 
 05 -  Someday Somewhere  - 
 06 -  Love's Theme  - 
 07 -  Eres Tu  - 
 08 -  Let Me Try Again  - 
 09 -  Me And You - No More Troubles  - 
 10 -  Tu Nella Mia Vita  - 
 11 -  Toró de Lágrimas - Teimosa - Anastácio  - 
 12 -  She Made Me Cry  -

Horst Jankowski 
Instrumental Magic - Moon River
 
 01 -  Music To Watch Girls By  - 
 02 -  McArthur Park  - 
 03 -  A Walk In The Black Forest  - 
 04 -  Hello Dolly  - 
 05 -  Un homme et une femme  - 
 06 -  The Days Of Wine And Roses  - 
 07 -  Fly Me To The Moon  - 
 08 -  Yesterday  - 
 09 -  I Will Wait For You  - 
 10 -  The Guy's In Love With Your Music  - 
 11 -  A Lovers Concerto  - 
 12 -  Moon River  - 
 13 -  Lara's Theme  - 
 14 -  Delilah  - 
 15 -  Strangers In The Night  - 
 16 -  My Gertie  - 
 17 -  Lazy  - 

Percy Faith 
Great Instrumentals Of The World
 
 01 -  The Entertainer  - 
 02 -  Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight  - 
 03 -  My Heart Cries For You  - 
 04 -  Sing  - 
 05 -  Brian's Song  - 
 06 -  What 'll Do  - 
 07 -  You Are The Sunshine Of My Life  - 
 08 -  The Song from ''Moulin Rouge''  - 
 09 -  Clair  - 
 10 -  Love Theme from ''Lady Sings The Blues''  - 
 11 -  One Note Samba  - 
 12 -  Annie's Song  - 
 13 -  I Don't Know How To Love Him  - 
 14 -  They Cant Take That Away From Me  - 
 15 -  Theme from ''Summer Of '42''  - 
 16 -  Our Day Will Come  - 
 17 -  The Way We Were  - 
 18 -  Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head  - 
 19 -  Pillow Talk  - 
 20 -  Since I Fell For You  - 
 21 -  My Love  - 
 22 -  Crunchy Granola Suite  - 
 23 -  Stranger On The Shore  - 
 24 -  When I Fall In Love  - 
 25 -  The Way You Look Tonight.  - 
 26 -  And I Love Her So  - 
 27 -  Washington Square  - 
 28 -  Theme from ''Chinatown''  - 

Hugo Montenegro 
& His Orchestra 
 
 01 -  The Good The Bad And The Ugly  - 
 02 -  A Fistful Of Dollars  - 
 03 -  For A Few Dollars More  - 
 04 -  Here Comes The Sun  - 
 05 -  Didn´t We  - 
 06 -  Something  - 
 07 -  Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head  - 
 08 -  Holly Holy  - 
 09 -  Just Like A Woman  - 
 10 -  Good Morning Starshine  - 
 11 -  Good Vibrations  - 
 12 -  Classical Gas  - 
 13 -  Happy Together  - 
 14 -  Knowing When To Leave  - 
 15 -  Night Rider  - 
 16 -  Love Is Blue 

Nikos Ignatiadis 
Greek Feelings
 
 1 -  Zorba the Greek  - 
 2 -  Kokkino Garifal  - 
 3 -  Melody for Lovers  - 
 4 -  Piraeus  - 
 5 -  Inspiration  - 
 6 -  Innocence  - 
 7 -  Galazia Akti  - 
 8 -  Ximeroni  - 
 9 -  Tomorrow  - 
 10 -  Who Pays the Ferryman  - 
 11 -  Timmy’s Song  - 
 12 -  Flight to Rhodos  - 
 13 -  Still in Love with You  - 
 14 -  Siko Chorepse Sirtaki  - 
 15 -  Island of Love  - 
 16 -  Milise Mou  - 
 17 -  Pote Pote Pote (September in Paris)  - 
 18 -  Maria  - 
 19 -  The Beginning  - 
 20 -  Hasaposerviko  - 
 21 -  Humming Voice  - 
 22 -  Mono Agapi  - 
 23 -  Aspra Caravia  - 
 24 -  Greek Seagulls (Austrian Alpes)  - 
 25 -  Ela  - 
 26 -  Triumph  - 
 27 -  Kalimera  - 
 28 -  Evdoxia  - 
 29 -  Monaxia  - 
 30 -  Memories from Greece  - 

 Joja Wendt   
Showtime
 
 01 -  Just A Gigolo  - 
 02 -  Singing In The Rain  - 
 03 -  I Wanna Be Loved By You  - 
 04 -  Echoes Of Spring  - 
 05 -  New York, New York  - 
 06 -  As Time Goes By  - 
 07 -  In The Mood  - 
 08 -  What A Wonderful World  - 
 09 -  Chattanooga Choo Choo  - 
 10 -  The Entertainer  - 
 11 -  Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes  - 
 12 -  Für Elisa   - 
 13 -  Route 66  - 
 14 -  Panta Rhei  - 
 15 -  As Time Goes By (feat. Michelle)  - 

Waldo de los Rios 
Sinfonías 2
 
 1 -  Sinfonía n° 1 en Do menor, Op. 68 (Brahms)  - 
 2 -  Sinfonía n° 1 en Do mayor, Op. 21 (Beethoven)  - 
 3 -  Sinfonía n° 5 (Mendelssohn)  - 
 4 -  Sinfonía Fantástica (Berlioz)  - 
 5 -  Sinfonía n° 7 - 2° Movimiento (Beethoven)  - 
 6 -  Sinfonía n° 6 ''Pastoral'' (Beethoven)  - 
 7 -  Sinfonía 101 del Reloj (Haydn)  - 
 8 -  Sinfonía española, Op. 21 (Lalo)  - 
 9 -  Sinfonía n° 6 ''Patética'' (Tchaikovsky)  - 

Skitch Henderson 
Skitch...Tonight!
 
 01 -  Bill's Blues  - 
 02 -  Curacao  - 
 03 -  Heart And Soul  - 
 04 -  Tootie Flutie  - 
 05 -  Try Again  - 
 06 -  Cleopatra's Asp  - 
 07 -  Come Thursday  - 
 08 -  So What Else Is New?  - 
 09 -  See-Saw  - 
 10 -  Night-Lights  - 
 11 -  30 Rockefeller Plaza  - 
 12 -  Night Life  - 
 

London Promenade Orchestra 
Music for the Starlight Hours
 [Disc 3/4]
 
DRIFTING AND DREAMING.....
 01 -  Sleepy Lagoon  - 
 02 -  Reverie  - 
 03 -  Jeannine I Dream Of Lilac Time  - 
 04 -  Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffmann  - 
 05 -  Dream, Dream, Dream  - 
 06 -  Romance  - 
 07 -  Traumere  - 
 08 -  Evening Prayer  - 
 09 -  When I Grow Too Old To Dream  - 
 10 -  Apres Un Reve  - 
LOVE THEMES FROM THE CINEMA
 11 -  Love Theme from Elvira Madigan (Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in CL Second Movement Theme)  - 
 12 -  Love Them from Romeo and Juliet (A Time For Us)  - 
 13 -  Love Theme from The Apartment  - 
 14 -  Terry's Them from Limelight (Eternally)  - 
 15 -  Lara's Theme from Doctor Zhivago (Somewhere, My Love)  - 
 16 -  Love Theme from The Thomas Crown Affair (The Windmills of Your Mind)  - 
 17 -  Love Theme from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (I Will Wait For You)  - 
 18 -  Theme from Love Story (Where Do I Begin)  - 
 19 -  Love Theme from A Man and A Woman  - 
 20 -  Love Theme from Wuthering Heights  - 

The Original Hilo Hawaiians 
Paradies Hawaii
 
 01 -  Ta Hu Wauwai  - 
 02 -  Hano Hano  - 
 03 -  Beautiful Kahana  - 
 04 -  Aloha Oe   - 
 05 -  Va like no like  - 
 06 -  Waikiki Love Chant  - 
 07 -  My Honolulu Hula Girl  - 
 08 -  Mauai Gal  - 
 09 -  Wailana  - 
 10 -  Makala Pua  - 
 11 -  Waipio  - 
 12 -  Kalena Kai  - 

THE PIANO GUYS 
Hits Vol.1
 
 01 -  Michael Meets Mozart  - 
 02 -  Moonlight  - 
 03 -  Without You  - 
 04 -  The Cello Song  - 
 05 -  Rolling In The Deep  - 
 06 -  Cello Wars (Radio Edit)  - 
 07 -  O Fortuna (Carmina Burana)  - 
 08 -  Bring Him Home (Les Miserables)  - 
 09 -  Charlie Brown Medley  - 
 10 -  Rock Meets Rachmaninoff  - 
 11 -  All Of Me  - 
 12 -  More Than Words  - 
 13 -  Twinkle Lullaby  - 

James Last Presents George Walker
 
 1 -  There's A Kind Of Hush  - 
 2 -  Alfie  - 
 3 -  What Now My Love  - 
 4 -  La Malaguena Salerosa  - 
 5 -  Please Come Back  - 
 6 -  If You Go Away  - 
 7 -  Who Are We  - 
 8 -  Games That Lovers Play  - 
 9 -  Danny Boy  - 
 10 -  Plaisir d'amour  - 
 11 -  Goin' Out Of My Head  - 
 12 -  The Sound Of Music  - 

ANDRE KOSTELANETZ
LURE OF THE TROPICS
1954
 
There are two distinctive questions you can apply and ask in regard to every Exotica release while manoeuvering through the thick jungle of releases: is a certain record released before or after Martin Denny’s Exotica of 1957, and is it an intimate record of a quartet or an orchestral manifesto of the pompous kind? It is true that the Exotica movement was specifically targeted after Denny’s debut, but there were lots of paradisal records before this initial point.
 
 
Enter Andre Kostelanetz (1901–1980), a popular Russian conductor and crown prince of the Easy Listening movement. Lure Of The Tropics was already released in 1954 and is – in my humblest opinion – one of the very best pre-Exotica releases you can possibly come up with! The majority of its nine tracks is surprisingly long in regard to the typical Exotica-related track length ratio where most songs don’t even exceed the three-minute mark. However, it offers several three to four minute long songs, the only exception being Jamaican Rhumba with only 1 minute and 42 seconds. While all of these tracks are interpretations of well-known or soon-to-be classics, the selection, arrangement and sound quality are top notch, enormously vivid and tremendously soothing and catchy. This is Easy Listening music that no one should be ashamed of liking. One highlight follows after the other.
 
Originally released by Columbia Records, it is thankfully available as a digital download version that was splendidly remastered by the recently revived British Hallmark Records, so don’t feel nervous about the remastering process – it worked out well and retains the loudness-related particularities of the original vinyl version.
 
 
Kostelanetz chooses The Moon Of Manakoora as the gateway to the Tropics. Whenever I listen to this song, I have the 1943 performance of Dorothy Lamour in my mind’s eye. Kostelanetz’s version begins with beautifully cascading harps, wind chimes and marimbas and soon presents Hawaiian guitars, sprinkles of a ukulele and romantic strings. The constant interplay between quiet passages and floating strings makes this version so great, because skepticism is appropriate, for such intimate songs seldom maintain their modest beauty in large orchestra settings. Due to the large pool of instruments and the quieter passages, the verve of the strings doesn’t contradict the mood of the song, but enhances it marvelously.
 
 
After the deeply rumbling sustain of the closing Chinese gong, I’m drooling all over, for Lotus Land is next, and it is probably my most beloved Exotica standard and a great benchmark for the imagination of all artists alike. Described on the back of the LP as "a garden between the dawn and sunrise, somewhere east of the moon and west of the sun" with "many-colored fountains" that "play across the scented breeze and spray rises in a rainbow mist", Lotus Land needs to rope in all of these beautiful imageries of tranquility and inward peace. This is what I expect from each and every version. In contrast to my favorite Lotus Land version, included on Warren Barker’s A Musical Touch Of Far Away Places, and my second favorite piano-, vibraphone- and bird-driven rendition by Gene Rains off his album with the same name, Kostelanetz’s string-laden version precedes all these performances, but still captures the placidity on top of this.
 
 
A paradisiac alto flute is in the limelight while the string ensemble remains in the background, creating a blurry ambience that has nothing to do with Easy Listening anymore, but elevates the song to higher spheres. When the strings swell in volume and are complimented by cascading flute notes and a silky harp, the vibrance of a beautiful view is perfectly captured. After this relatively short outburst, Kostelanetz’s interpretation of Lotus Land returns into arcane but relaxing territories. This is the best song of the album, and while it is only the third-best Lotus Land version on my list, this shouldn’t put anyone off. It’s super-dreamy, perfectly balanced and transforms the Far Eastern beauty into mellifluous audio waves.
 
 
Kashmiri Song is a good third track and is deliberately handed in behind Lotus Land, for the first three notes of Amy Woodforde-Finden’s classic song sound suspiciously like the main melody of Lotus Land. The mood is quite a bit darker with Oriental flute-string concoctions and cavernous bass fiddles, but it is the performance of the female opera singer that changes the mood for the better, as the golden sun rays are set to the music via various mallet instruments and the most technicolored string sections Kostelanetz could conduct. Another high point is the short solo of a sitar-like string instrument. I’m not sure whether it’s a real sitar, but the sound quality comes quite close.
 
 
Jamaican Rhumba is the aforementioned short interlude that completely crashes the endemic mood and wouldn’t have been out of place in Norrie Paramor’s Jet Flight of 1959. Hectic orchestra drums and feisty staccato string and flute melodies make this an ebullient ditty that is surely quite catchy on its own, but not in the solemn settings provided by Lure Of The Tropics, I’m afraid. The one and only drop of bitterness on this release which paradoxically is the most joyful and upbeat tune.
 
While Ernesto Lecuona’s Malagueña is presented in a melodramatic gourd-focused version here with additional piano sprinkles and glaring-red evening strings with several related ensemble outbursts, Ted Grouya’s Jazz standard Flamingo not only survives the orchestrated transformation, but prospers due to the cheeky-dulcet flute intersections that flow into the main melody that is recreated on strings. Even though there are no vibraphones or maracas on this version, the feeble flimsy bird actually seems more like a phoenix in Kostelanetz's take. It is almost unbelievable how different the alacritous Exotica versions of, say, Martin Denny or Ted Auletta are in contrast to the majestic lushness that is presented here. A very good version and a great counterpoint to the exotic vividness.
 
 
The last third of the album is tremendously lush as Kostelanetz relies heavily on the string side. Poinciana surprises the listener threefoldly, first with extremely sweet and lavish string portions, then with an piano-flute combination that serves as a fragile trail to the fulminant string smashes which, lastly, add a pinch of danger. However, the last minute or so is absolutely salient in its gleaming aural painting of the main melody that fades out slowly while floating harps and mollifying flutes remind of the Easy Listening approach that is supposedly attached to the conductor’s name; at least in regard to this album, I beg to differ.
 
 
Up next is a version of The Breeze And I, or rather Andalucía, as it is fittingly called. Again, this version is right up my alley with its clichéd Spanish pompousness, exhilarative backing flutes and the chorus that is gorgeously realized with effervescent strings and complemental mallet instruments which play rising sequences of notes. The final inclusion is Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Song Of India, which, on an interesting sidenote, is presented in the right way, as this song belongs to the opera Sadko of 1896 and was only later absorbed and made into a Jazz standard by Tommy Dorsey, whose interpretation again served as the fundament for the flood of Exotica versions in the late 50’s and early 60’s. Kostelanetz’s version harks back to the original with its phantasmagoric presentation that is not the slightest bit exotic. The alto flute melody is played in dolce, and the incisively loud violin adjacent to the whole string ensemble captures the treacly glutinous atmosphere of the original flawlessly. I would have wished for a more exotic song to be the closer of the album. I prefer the versions of Irv Cottler and The Markko Polo Adventurers, for instance, anytime.
 
 
 
Lure Of The Tropics is a fantastic album that delivers a wise choice of classics that were picked time and again by various Jazz ensembles and Exotica quartets later on. However, to fully enjoy this album, you should know about its limits and peculiarities. For one, this is a pre-Exotica album. Andre Kostelanetz wanted to depict the tropics with the help of instruments that are typically found in orchestras. Even after the launch of the Exotica hype, he stayed true to his roots as a conductor and didn’t include overly alienating instruments from far away places. Therefore, you need to tolerate the violin string side of his music. Secondly, as it is usual with albums that are loaded with interpretations of classic compositions, you enjoy them most when your mind can connect them with or link them to interpretations by other artists. To me, this is really half the fun of listening to albums like Lure Of The Tropics that admittedly add no new song to the table, but interpret each offering differently.
 
 
Only if you got to know a few versions already, you can fully embrace – or execrate – certain choices and strategies by the conductor. But whatever, even if you didn’t know about any of the nine tunes Kostelanetz chose for his record, why not take Lure Of The Tropics as the point of departure into the realms of Exotica? This is an utterly great album that caters to my needs, and right to the point. But the fun doesn’t stop here. Andre Kostelanetz built upon the success of this album by delivering the follow-up Lure Of Paradise in 1959, supposedly due to the Exotica movement being on its peak then.
 
 
A peculiarity of this follow-up is a return to a lot of the material featured above, but with a different orchestration, varying track lengths and new instrumentation. In a way, both albums are thus worth your money or time even if you already own one of them. I’ve already mentioned the reasons: it’s exciting for me to analyze different interpretations by different artists, but it’s all the more astonishing to listen to another version by the same artist years later (or earlier) than the one you know by heart. Anyway, this is a bit of a digression, so I’d sum it up as follows: get yourself the colorful, pompously phantasmagoric Lure Of The Tropics and couple it with Lure Of Paradise, which I’m going to review at a later point as well. Both are highly recommended. And if you really want to add vivid clichés to your Kostelanetz collection, Lure Of France is très bien aussi.
 
 
 
Exotica Review 062: Andre Kostelanetz – Lure Of The Tropics (1954). 
Originally published on Apr. 28, 2012 at AmbientExotica.com.

Luis Bordon 

Natal em Dose Dupla
 
 1 -  Jingle Bells  - 
 2 -  Noite Silenciosa  - 
 3 -  Natal em Paz  - 
 4 -  O Velhinho  - 
 5 -  Natal Das Crianças  - 
 6 -  Árvore de Natal  - 
 7 -  Boas Festas  - 
 8 -  Pinheirinho Agreste "Otannebau  - 
 9 -  Oração de Natal  - 
 10 -  Feliz Navidad  - 
 11 -  Natal Festivo  - 
 12 -  Fim de Ano  - 
 13 -  Ave Maria  - 
 14 -  It Came Upon Midnight Clear  - 
 15 -  The First Noel  - 
 16 -  Frosty The Snow Man  - 
 17 -  Am Wachtnachtsbaum  - 
 18 -  En un Burrito Orejon  - 
 19 -  White Christmas  - 

Various Artists 
A Musical Christmas Gift 6
 
 01 -  Pat a Pan / Fum, Fum, Fum Medley  - Mannheim Steamroller  - 
 02 -  The Man With The Bag  - Lee Ann Womack  - 
 03 -  Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!  - Jo Dee Messina  - 
 04 -  Christmas Around Me  - The Common Linnets  - 
 05 -  It's Gonna Be A Cold, Cold Christmas (Without You)  - Grant & Forsyth  - 
 06 -  Do You Hear What I Hear?  - Whitney Houston  - 
 07 -  Santa's Got A Brand New Bag  - The Hollyridge Strings  - 
 08 -  Baby, It's Cold Outside  - Lady Antebellum  - 
 09 -  What A Wonderful World  - Tony Bennett & K.D. Lang  - 
 10 -  Unto Us A Child Is Born  - New London Chorale  - 
 11 -  Going Back For Christmas.  - Alain & Dane Clark  - 
 12 -  Hark The Herald Angels Sing  - Ralph Carmichael Orchestra  - 
 13 -  Santa Claus Is Coming To Town  - Celtic Woman Ft The High Kings  - 
 14 -  Noël à Paris  - Charles Aznavour  - 
 15 -  Hallelujah  - Pentatonix  - 
 16 -  North Pole Express (Ding Dong Merrily On High)  - The Piano Guys  - 
 17 -  It's Christmas  - Trace Adkins  - 
 18 -  Hurry Home For Christmas  - Anita Kerr Singers  - 
 19 -  A Christmas To Remember  - Amy Grant   - 
 20 -  In The Bleak Mid-Winter  - Phil Coulter  - 
 21 -  Jingle Bell Hustle  - Wayne Newton  - 
 22 -  Ebudae  - Enya  - 
 23 -  Christmas Song  - Gilbert O´sullivan  - 
 24 -  Pretty Paper  - Glen Campbell  - 
 25 -  In The Christmas Mood  - The New Glenn Miller Orchestra  - 

Jim Hendricks 
Country Mountain Christmas
 
 01 -  Jingle Bells  - 
 02 -  Frosty The Snowman  - 
 03 -  Joy To The World  - 
 04 -  It Came Upon A Midnight Clear  - 
 05 -  Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindee  - 
 06 -  O Come All Ye Faithful  - 
 07 -  Santa Claus Is Coming To Town  - 
 08 -  Winter Wonderland  - 
 09 -  The First Noel  - 
 10 -  Silent Night! Holy Night!  - 
 11 -  Up On The Housetop  - 
 12 -  Go Tell It On the Mountain  - 
 

Alain Morisod  
My Best Christmas
 
 01 -  The Bird's Christmas (lLe Noël des oiseaux)  - 
 02 -  Swiss Christmas  - 
 03 -  Il est né Le divin enfant   - 
 04 -  O' Christmas Tree   - 
 05 -  Petit Papa Noel  - 
 06 -  C'est Noël.  - 
 07 -   Ave Maria  - 
 08 -  O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)  - 
 09 -  Glory, Glory Hallelujah  - 
 10 -  O' Holy Night  - 
 11 -  White Christmas  - 
 12 -  Silent Night  

Sultans of String 
Christmas Caravan
 
 01 -  Turkish Greensleeves (feat. Gündem Yayli Grubu)  - 
 02 -  Sing for Kwanzaa (feat. Richard Bona & Waleed Abdulhamid)  - 
 03 -  Jesous Ahatonhia (Huron Carol) [feat. Crystal Shawanda]  - 
 04 -  The Little Swallow / Al Vuelo  - 
 05 -  Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (feat. Mary Fahl)  - 
 06 -  Flight of Angels / Hark the Herald (feat. Chris McKhool & Rebecca Campbell)  - 
 07 -  Little Drummer Boy (feat. Rebecca Campbell)  - 
 08 -  Celebrate the Holydays (feat. Sweet Honey in the Rock)  - 
 09 -  Niel Gow's Lament / Rakes of Mallow / Rouge River Valley (feat. Paddy Moloney)  - 
 10 -  Jingle Bells / Auyuittuq Sunrise (feat. Chris McKhool & Rebecca Campbell)  - 
 11 -  The Christmas Song (feat. Nikki Yanofsky)  - 
 12 -  A Django Christmas  - 
 13 -  Les anges dans nos campagnes / Cootes Paradise Reel (feat. Benoit Bourque)  - 
 14 -  Happy Xmas (War is Over) [feat. Ruben Blades & Luba Mason]  - 
 15 -  Silent Night (feat. David Charrier)  - 
 16 -  Himalayan Sleigh Ride (feat. Anwar Khurshid)  - 
 17 -  Hallelujah (feat. Rebecca Campbell)  - 
 18 -  Feliz Navidad / Come on People Sing (feat. Alex Cuba)  - 

Alfred Hause
Der Bergedorfer Kammerchor 
Ein festliches Weihnachtskonzert
 
 1 -  Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht  - 
 2 -  Jesus Geburt (Die Weihnachtsgeschichte)  - 
 3 -  Tauet, Himmel, den Gerechten  - 
 4 -  Sankt Niklas war ein Seemann  - 
 5 -  O Tannenbaum  - 
 6 -  Ave Maria (Schubert)  - 
 7 -  Ave verum (Mozart)  - 
 8 -  Ave Maria (Bach-Gounod)  - 
 9 -  Leise rieselt der Schnee  - 
 10 -  Süßer die Glocken nie klingen  - 
 11 -  O du fröhliche  - 
 12 -  Alle Jahre wieder  - 
 13 -  Ihr Kinderlein kommet  - 
 14 -  Te Deum (Charpentier)  - 
 15 -  Largo (Händel)  - 
 16 -  Hallelujah (Händel)  - 
 17 -  Gloria der Engel auf den Feldern  - 
 

Ferrante & Teicher 
Xmas Hi-Fivories
 
 01 -  Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer  - 
 02 -  White Christmas  - 
 03 -  Sleigh Ride  - 
 04 -  Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town  - 
 05 -  Silent Night  - 
 06 -  Jingle Bells  - 
 07 -  O Come All Ye Faithful  - 
 08 -  God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen  - 

Alfred Hause 
Festliches Weihnachtskonzert
 
 1 -  Alle Jahre wieder  - 
 2 -  Jingle Bells  - 
 3 -  Leise rieselt der Schnee  - 
 4 -  Morgen, Kinder, wird's was geben  - 
 5 -  Sankt Niklas war ein Seemann  - 
 6 -  White Christmas  - 
 7 -  Am Weihnachtsbaum die Lichter brennen  - 
 8 -  Ave Maria  - 
 9 -  Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen  - 
 10 -  Ihr Kinderlein kommet  - 
 11 -  Gloria, der Engel auf den Feldern  - 
 12 -  Kommet ihr Hirten  - 
 13 -  Oh Tannenbaum  - 
 14 -  Oh du fröhliche  - 
 15 -  Süsser die Glocken nie klingen  - 
 16 -  Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht  - 

Ricky King 
Leise rieselt der Schnee  
Die 20 schönsten Weihnachtslieder mit Ricky King
 
 1 -  Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht - Leise rieselt der Schnee  - 
 2 -  O Tannenbaum - Am Weihnachtsbaume die Lichter brennen  - 
 3 -  Alle Jahre wieder - Ihr Kinderlein kommet  - 
 4 -  Fröhliche Weihnacht überall - Laßt uns froh und munter sein  - 
 5 -  Still, still, still - In dulci jubilo  - 
 6 -  Aria (Bach)  - 
 7 -  Oh du fröhliche, o du selige  - 
 8 -  Kling, Glöckchen kling - Jingle Bells  - 
 9 -  Vom Himmel hoch - Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen  - 
 10 -  White Christmas  - 
 11 -  Ave Maria (Bach-Gounod)  - 
 12 -  Kommet, ihr Hirten - Süßer die Glocken nie klingen  - 

Buddy Davis 
Smoky Mountain Christmas
 
 01 -  Go Tell It On The Mountain  - 
 02 -  Hark! The Herald Angels Sing  - 
 03 -  It Came Upon A Midnight Clear  - 
 04 -  The Little Drummer Boy  - 
 05 -  The First Noel  - 
 06 -  Joy To The World  - 
 07 -  Away In A Manger  - 
 08 -  While Shepherds Watch  - 
 09 -  Their Flocks By Night/ Silent Night  - 
 10 -  Angels Have Heard On High  - 

Jan Mulder 
Ecossaise Christmas
 
 1 -  Air Gracieux  - 
 2 -  O Come, All Ye Faithful  - 
 3 -  Silent Night  - 
 4 -  Gloria In Excelsis Deo  - 
 5 -  Largo  - 
 6 -  Away in a Manger  - 
 7 -  Welcome, Child of Mary  - 
 8 -  In the Bleak Midwinter  - 
 9 -  Once in Royal David's City  - 
 10 -  Infant Holy, Infant Lowly  - 
 11 -  Air Gracieux (Guitar)  - 
 12 -  For Unto Us a Child is Born  - 
 13 -  Adagio  - 
 14 -  O Little One Sweet  - 
 15 -  O Holy Night  - 
 16 -  He Was Born, the Holy Child  - 
 17 -  The Shepards' Farewell  - 
 18 -  Hark! the Herald Angels Sing  - 
Jo Kurzweg 
Musikalische Schlittenfahrt
 
 01 -  Weihnachten steht vor der Tür  - 
 02 -  's Heilig-Obnd-Lied  - 
 03 -  Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen - Auf dem Berge, da gehet der Wind - Still, still, still  - 
 04 -  Ein Schnee fällt in der Nacht  - 
 05 -  's Raachermannel  - 
 06 -  Sind die Lichter angezündet  - 
 07 -  Schneeschuhfranzl - Liebeleiim Pulverschnee - Zwei Kinder vom Thüringer Wald  - 
 08 -  Morgen kommt der Weihnachtsmann - Ihr Kinderlein kommet - Der Christbaum ist der schönste Baum   - 
 09 -  O du fröhliche  - 
 10 -  Still, still, still - Oh wie ist es kalt geworden  - 
 11 -  Stille Nacht  - 
 12 -  Fröhliche Weihnacht - Keine Angst kühler Mann  - 
 13 -  Des Jahres letzte Stunde  - 
 14 -  Advent in men Stübel - Sind die Lichter angezündet  - 
 
 
 

Onderwerp: WEEK 52 - 2017

Datum: 24-12-2017

Door: Joe

Onderwerp: Merry Christmas

Smiles & Tunes all round at LL ..... may we all enjoy a magical, peaceful and music filled Christmas...... Joe from Vancouver, Canada

Datum: 24-12-2017

Door: Lucien Van Acker

Onderwerp: week 52

Beste Harry,
Bedankt voor al deze prachtige en zeldzame albums.
Voor het ganse team wens ik fijne feestdagen en een voorspoedig 2018.

Datum: 24-12-2017

Door: Darko

Onderwerp: week 52

I wish Merry Christmas and all the best in 2018 to Harry,all LL team and all friends of LL team. ( the choice of Christmas music for this week are excellent )

Darko from Croatia

Datum: 24-12-2017

Door: MetalStorm

Onderwerp: All music & Christmas albums

Thanks a lot dear Harry for all the music and Christmas albums, not only for this week also about those of the past weeks that you've shared.

And all my best and sincere wishes of a Merry Christmas for you and the Lounge Legends crew, enjoy this holy time with family and friends fulfilled of peace and love forever.

Greetings from Quito - Ecuador, SouthAmerica.

Datum: 24-12-2017

Door: Alberto Gateno

Onderwerp: week 52

Thanks again for so many nice albums. I keep enjoying your music every week. Wishing the very best for a joyeous Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to the LL team and all the friends.

Datum: 23-12-2017

Door: Mark Truso

Onderwerp: Week 52

Have a Blessed Christmas a Joyous New Year from Mark in frigid (18 Celsius / -2 Fahrenheit) Minnesota, USA.
Thank you to Harry and all contributors!

Datum: 23-12-2017

Door: Edward Spadafora

Onderwerp: Week 52

To all of the folks of LoungeLegends., I wish you a heartfelt Merry Christmas and the very best of the New Year., let us strive to keep the tunes playing on this website and at the same time promote peace and good will all over the world!
IN MUSIC there is hope!
Ed, from a balmy Tennessee

Datum: 23-12-2017

Door: cappy

Onderwerp: All the best

All the best to Harry and all at Lounge Legends.

Will be sorting some new albums to post in the Ne Year.

Datum: 23-12-2017

Door: Bill

Onderwerp: Week 52

Thank you for another great year of awesome music selections. Hope you have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Datum: 23-12-2017

Door: Etienne

Onderwerp: week 52

Bij deze wil ik Harry, het voltallige team en al mijn LL vrienden een zalige Kerst en een heel gelukkig maar vooral gezond 2018 toewensen.
I wish all my LL friends a Merry Christmas and a great 2018. Let us keep the music playing.

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