Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Bert Kaempfert - Happy Wonderland Vol 2


Special delivery from the Pizza Man!!

Record two of this Bert Kaempfert best-of collection courtesy of Licorice Pizza. I didn't have the second record, but my trans-pacific connection just happened to have a copy lying around and sent me the raw mp3 files which I prepped for your listening plaesure and re-upped.

No cover, so I just popped the scans from record one into the package...


01 - Danke Schoen
02 - Solitude
03 - Dont' Forbid Me
04 - Trumpet In The Night
05 - Only Thowe In Love
06 - Stardust
07 - I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You
08 - Without Your Love
09 - Don't Talk To Me
10 - Now And Forver
11 - Midnight Snack
12 - Moonglow

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Ray Conniff - The Impossible Dream


01 - The Impossible Dream
02 - None But The Lonely Heart
03 - Younger Than Sprringtime
04 - Love Theme From 'Romeo And Juliet'
05 - Easy To Love
06 - People Will Say We're In Love
07 - Nocturne In Eb
08 - Hello Young Lovers
09 - Love Letters
10 - To My Love

Not much to say about this one - check out the back cover for a good bio of Ray...

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Paul Mauriat - From Paris With Love


A slice of lounge 'A La Fancaise'. English translations of the track titles are on the back cover. I think I preferred the original cover...

01 - La Goualante Du Pauvre Jean.mp3
02 - Les Feuilles Mortes.mp3
03 - La Seine.mp3
04 - Parlez-Moi D'Amour.mp3
05 - Fascination.mp3
06 - Mon Homme.mp3
07 - C'est Si Bon.mp3
08 - Sous Les Ponts De Paris.mp3
09 - La Vie En Rose.mp3
10 - Moulin Rouge.mp3
11 - Domino.mp3
12 - La Mer.mp3

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Doris Day - Que Sera Sera


Just to celebrate the successful overcoming of the multudious problems involved with setting up a new computer (three rebuilds to try and get my esoteric studio sound card to work...) I'm putting up a second post for today.

Before Doris Day (who, by the way, was born Doris van Kappelhoff) became a famous actress, she was a swing-band singer, and a pretty good one too.

This album provides a fine sampler of the vocal style and taste of dear Doris. Silky smooth - like a musical version of a midnight martini...

01 - Singing In The Rain
02 - Close Your Eyes
03 - It's Easy To Remember
04 - If I Give My Heart To You
05 - That Old Feeling
06 - Que Sera Sera
07 - Time To Say Goodnight
08 - Moonglow
09 - The Lamp Is Low

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Bert Kaempfert - Yesterday And Today


A piece of the later Bert today, and a pretty groovy one too. This a collection of six Bert originals, and six arrangements of fifties rhythm'n'blues hits hails from 1973 and showcases Bert's mature style. There's a sophistication to the arrangements that is missing from some of his earlier albums, but the trademark trumpets are still swingin' and that clipped bass sound is still in evidence.

BTW thanks to all the folks that have left comments - In particular Douglas from Paris who left a glowing comment (on the very first post) and of course that bon-vivant of the bloggoshere Lounge Tracks who kindly left instructions on how to prepare (and dispose of) a Velvet Martini - and I thought I just made it up...

01 - Blueberry Hill
02 - Time To Love
03 - Love Me Tender
04 - I Will Never Stop Loving You
05 - Who's Sorry Now
06 - I Remember Loving You
07 - Everybody Loves Somebody
08 - You Turned My World Around
09 - Night Train
10 - Nightcap
11 - Rebel Rouser
12 - Children Of Peace

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Bert Kaempfert - Great Orchestras Of The World


Hello chaps... It's been a while since my last post as I've been breaking in a new computer, with all the attendant heartache.... Still here's another in our "fun With Bert" series - another Australian best-of compilation. Lot's of good tunes here, and smooth as a velvet martini (whatever that is).

01 - Spanish Eyes
02 - Fascination
03 - Strangers In The Night
04 - Red Roses For A Blue Lady
05 - A Swingin' Safari
06 - Twilight Time
07 - Danke Schon
08 - The World We Knew
09 - Tenderly
10 - Stardust
11 - Blue Moon
12 - Afrikan Beat

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Bert Kaempfert - Happy Wonderland


Volume 1 of a two disc best-of collection. (Alas I don' have vol 2). Serious collectors of Bert's music will probably have most of these tracks, but it makes a nice, sunny introduction to the Kaempfert style.

01 - That Happy Feeling
02 - Swingin' Safari
03 - Market Day
04 - Take Me
05 - Similau
06 - Zambesi
07 - Happy Trumpeter
08 - Tootie Flutie
09 - Afrikaan Beat
10 - Sunday In Madrid
11 - Black Beauty
12 - Skokiaan

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Peggy Lee - Bewitching-Lee


Peggy Lee's alluring tone, distinctive delivery, breath of material and ability to write many of her own songs made her one of the most captivating artists of the vocal era, from her breakthrough on the Benny Goodman hit "Why Don't You Do Right" to her many solo successes, singles including "Manana" and "Fever." This 1962 release is the first of Lee's greatest hits albums.

01 - Why Don't You Do Right
02 - Don't Smoke In Bed
03 - It's A Good Day
04 - Alright, Okay, You Win
05 - Golden Earings
06 - Hallelujah, I Just Love Him So
07 - Fever
08 - I Don't Know Enough About You
09 - Them There Eyes
10 - While We're Young
11 - Manana
12 - My Man

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Maurice Larcange - Weekend Musette


Don't be put off by the rather battered cover of this album. Maurice Larcange and his orchestra serve up a delightful slice of easy-listening a-la Francais. As I pointed out in a previous post, I am rather partial to the films of Jaques Tati. If the whimsical soundtracks of his movies are to your taste, then you will love this album. Plus, it has another version of 'Mon Oncle' to add to your collection...

01 - Pablito
02 - Irish Ballad
03 - Qui Qui Casque
04 - Forward The Music
05 - Paris Told Me
06 - As Long As You Will Always love Me Like This
07 - That's Love
08 - Your Accordian
09 - My Uncle
10 - Cow Of Java
11 - The Ballet Of Hearts
12 - Patricia

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Bert Kaempfert - Orange Coloured Sky


ORANGE COLORED SKY, surely one of Bert Kaempfert’s loveliest albums, was recorded in November 1970. The album was the first of his productions to use multi-track recording technique (eight sound tracks) and has everything that the name of Bert Kaempfert conjures up: his typical rhythm with its pithy bass, smooth-as-silk arrangements for strings and chorus, stereo-like entries of the winds from the right and left, and plenty of trumpet solos.

The six new compositions by the Bert Kaempfert and Herbert Rehbein team range from pleasantly easy-going numbers such as Tea And Trumpets and Friends and the more gentle While The Children Sleep to the shuffle of Wake Up And Live.

Also heard on this disc are new and old hits by other composers covering a time-span of 50 years. Bye Bye Blackbird and In Apple Blossom Time are typical “Tin Pan Alley” songs from the ‘20s: the latter was one of the most popular hits of its day and later a great success for the Andrew Sisters.

The title-number Orange Colored Sky, composed by the accordion-playing band-leader Milton DeLugg, became famous in the 1950s in vocal versions by Nat “King” Cole and Betty Hutton; Cracklin’ Rosie was Neil Diamond’s very first Number 1 hit in the 1970s; and the rock group Blood, Sweat & Tears landed in the Top 20 with Hi-De-Ho.

From The Bert Kaempfert Website

01 - Cracklin' Rosie
02 - My love
03 - Don't Go
04 - Tea And Trumpets
05 - Friends
06 - While The Children Sleep
07 - In Apple Blossom Time
08 - Snowbird
09 - Hi-De-Ho
10 - Bye Bye Blackbird
11 - Orange Coloured Sky
12 - Wake Up And Live

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Jake Concepcion - Sexy Saxes


I think it's time for a couple of "Instruments Behaving Badly" themed album covers...

The smouldering sax of Monsieur Jake belts out an array of standards accompanied, as the title points out, by his orchestra.

About Jake I can tell you little, except that he appeared as a sideman in a couple of Cantopop albums by Leslie Cheung. Perhaps one of our oh-so-knowledgeable readers has some more info...

01 - Harlem Nocturne
02 - Autumn Leaves
03 - Tara's Theme From 'Gone With The Wind'
04 - Harbour Lights
05 - Annie Laurie
06 - My Funny Valentine
07 - Red Sails In The Sunset
08 - Danny Boy
09 - Summertime
10 - Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
11 - September Song
12 - Misty

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p.s. any of you who have been following the dialog between Musical Interval and self will know that there has been a glitch with a couple of posts that prevented them from playing properly in Windows Media 9. I have re-posted the Swingle Singers post, and the links on that post now point to the updated versions.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Music In The Latin Manner


Here's another one from our friends at Reader's Digest, also in glorious mono. Nonetheless there's some seriously good listening here as Mario Ruiz Armengol and Chucho Ferrer unchain their orchestras and crank up the bongos. I have no idea when this record was made - any listeners out there with a copy in their archives?


01 - Chucho Ferrer And His Orchestra - Celito Lindo
02 - Mario Ruiz And His Orchestra - Cachita
03 - Mario Ruiz And His Orchestra - Jurame
04 - Mario Ruiz And His Orchestra - Ay, Ay, Ay
05 - Chucho Ferrer And His Orchestra - Ansiedad
06 - Mario Ruiz And His Orchestra - Lamento Borincano
07 - Chucho Ferrer And His Orchestra - Adios Pampa Mia
08 - Mario Ruiz And His Orchestra - Maria La O
09 - Mario Ruiz And His Orchestra - Mis Flores Negras
10 - Chucho Ferrer And His Orchestra - Alma Llanera


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Saturday, November 03, 2007

King Records - Dynamic Sound Showcase


One of the advantages of living Down Under is that you come across records that haven't had a lot of exposure in other parts of the globe. Japanese label King records put together a couple of samplers for it 'Super Dynamic Stereo' recording process in the early 1970's. Curiously enough, the two records I came across each have the same side A, but different side B's.

I have combined the three sides into a single post to give you a taste of the Japanese lounge scene. And, let me tell you, some of these guys are hot. Nobuo Hara And His Sharps And Flats could give Enoch Light a run for his money IMHO, and the tracks where the SDS All Stars and Nobuo Hara team up are some of the fattest big band sounds I have heard. I am also a bit of a Jaques Tati nut, so the inclusion of the theme from 'Mon Oncle' is a definite bonus. All in all, well worth a listen.


01 - SDS All Stars - Bridge On The River Kwai (Interpolating Colonel Bogey)
02 - Tokyo Cuban Boys - Oye Negra
03 - Sharps and Flats and All Stars - Chatanooga Choo-Choo
04 - Nobuo Hara And His Sharps And Flats - La Cumparista
05 - The Band Society Of Tokyo - The Marines Hymn
06 - Leon Pops Orchestra - Blue Hawaii
07 - SDS All Stars - Mon Oncle
08 - SHiro Michi And His Group - Dance Of The Sugar-Plum Fairy
09 - Sharps and Flats and All Stars - Moonlight Serenade
10 - Poss Miyasaki And His Coney Islanders - My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua
11 - Tokyo Cuban Boys - Cumana
12 - Nobuo Hara And His Sharps And Flats - Blue Tango
13 - Nobuo Hara And His Sharps And Flats - Mack The Knife
14 - Nobuo Hara And His Sharps And Flats - Ol' Man River
15 - Leon Pops Orchestra - Lovely Hula Hands
16 - Leon Pops Orchestra - Isle Of Capri
17 - Leon Pops Orchestra - Londonderry Air
18 - The Band Society Of Tokyo - Washington Post March

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Swingle Singers - Swingle II Baroque


More Swingling, this time from the 1970's, and with a bass and keyboards accompanying those distinctive voices. This album also receives an honourable mention in the Mr Snookles "Most Attractive Album Cover" awards. Sadly the back cover is damaged, but I included a scan as it has portraits of the Swingles, so you can put a face to the voice...

01 - The Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba
02 - Air On The G String
03 - Water Music
04 - Largo
05 - Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
06 - Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
07 - Concerto Grosso Op 6 No. 1
08 - Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring
09 - Organ Fugue BWV 578

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Easy Listening


The title says it all...

A double album of 20 titles from the Polydor label.


01 - James Last - Cecilia
02 - Roberto Delgado - Island In The Sun
03 - Luxembourg Pop Orchestra - Indian Summer
04 - Big Ben Banjo Band - Yellow Rose Of Texas; Walkin' The Floor Over You; Lonesome Number One
05 - John Scott Orchestra - Theme From 'Elvira Madigan'
06 - Bert Kaempfert - Something
07 - Alfred Hause - Hernando's Hideaway
08 - Marek And Vacek - Black Eyes
09 - Fritz Schulz-Riechel - Tea For Two
10 - Norrie Paramour - Plaisir D'Amour
11 - Big Ben Hawaiian Band - I Was Born Under A Wand'rin' Star
12 - James Last - Elizabethan Serenade
13 - Max Gregor - Moon River
14 - Tommy Reilly And Kai Warner - Quando, Quando, Quando
15 - Gunther Kallmann Choir - Daydream
16 - Horst Wendes Accordian Band - Those Were The Days
17 - Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra - Gente
18 - Augusto Alguero Orchestra - I Say A Little Prayer
19 - Nick Ingmann Orchestra And Chorus - Moonlight Sonata
20 - Kai Warner Orchestra - Don't Forget To Remember; Winter World Of Love

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Charlie Byrd - Travellin' Man


Here's a nice 'unplugged' album from Charlie Byrd. Recorded live at the showboat, it features Charlie playing jazz on his classical guitar. Quiet, slightly folksy and with a fair smattering of Charlie's original tunes.

01 - Mama I'll Be Home Someday
02 - Folks Who Live On The Hill; Yesterdays
03 - Blues For Felix
04 - U.M.M.G
05 - I Hear A Rhapsody
06 - In The Name Of Love
07 - I Will Wait For You
08 - Do I Hear A Waltz
09 - Travellin' Man
10 - Nuages
11 - Squeeze Me

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p.s. As vinyl treasures has expired, check in the comments for a link to Background Moods 9...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Hi Fi Stereo - Golden Sounds Of Classics


Compilation of easy classics from various Teutonic composers. Repackaged for the Australian market, featuring a front cover with two young people who appear to be wearing curtains...

Couple of skips in tracks 1 and 7 due to grand-canyon size gashes in the vinyl...

01 - James Last - Sabre Dance
02 - Hans Carste - Minuet
03 - Heinz Schlactner - La Traviata
04 - Alfred Hause - Serenade
05 - Fritz Schulz-Reichel - Hungarian Dances 5 & 6
06 - Hans Carste - Spring Song
07 - Kai Warner - In A Persian Market
08 - Marek And Vacek - Liebestraum
09 - Kurt Edelhagen - Serenade
10 - Orchester Orlando - Melody In F
11 - Arnold Scherbaum - Fur Elise
12 - Hans Carste - Nocturne In Eb Major

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Background Moods - Disc 9


Well we all new lounge-music lovers are sharing, caring folks who are alreadys ready to lend a hand when they see a fellow blogger in distress. So thanks and appreciation to Vinyl Treasures who has ripped and uploaded the missing disc of the Background Moods set.

So, why don't ya all just mosey on over to the new Vinyl Treasures site (http://vinyltreasures.blogspot.com/) and grab your copy.

The download link on this page contains the booklet pages for discs 9 and 10, which have been re-numbered so that all the pages from all discs are in the correct order.
Disc 9

Side 1
In A Latin Mood
01 - Rhumba Medley
02 - Bolero
03 - Mambo Jambo
04 - Tango Medley
o5 - Cha Cha Medley

Side 2
In A Dancing Mood

06 - Medium Foxtrot Medley
07 - Waltz Medley
08 - Slow Foxtrot Medley

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Backgound Moods - Disc 10

Well folks, here is disc 10 of the set. Sadly disc 9 had a major warp and I have been unable to rip it. I may be able to salvage some of the tracks, but it will take a little while.
Meantime, get in a syncopated mood, or a let's-get-away-from-it-all mood with disc 10.

Backgound Moods - Disc 10 Side 1
In A Syncopated Mood

01 - Fine And Sharp
02 - Manhattan
03 - Anything Goes
04 - Who Could Ask For Anything More
05 - Ain't Misbehavin'
06 - Oh, Lady Be Good


Backgound Moods - Disc 10 Side 2
In a Let's-Get-Away-From-It-all Mood

07 - Far Away Places
08 - Lets Get Away From It All
09 - Street Of Dreams
10 - C'est Si Bon
11 - How Deep Is The Ocean
12 - Anywhere I Wander

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Background Moods - Discs 7 and 8


Nearly there now.

More light classics to expand your musical horizons.





Background Moods Disc 7 Side 1
In A Spectacular Mood

01 - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue
02 - Spellbound Concerto
03 - James Bond Suite

Background Moods Disc 7 Side 2
In A Festive Mood

04 - Espana Rhapsody
05 - Dances From 'The Seasons'
06 - Russian Sailor's Dance

Background Moods Disc 8 Side 1
In A Soothing Mood

01 - The White Peacock
02 - Introduction To 'Kovantchina'
03 - Entr'acte No 1 From 'Rosamunde'
04 - Chopin from 'Carnaval'
05 - Dance Of The Blessed Spirits

Background Moods Disc 8 Side 2
In A Starlight Mood

06 - Stars Fell On Alabama
07 - Under A Blanket Of Blue
08 - The Lamp Is Low
09 - Stars In My Eyes
10 - Three Stars Will Shine Tonight
11 - My Shining Hour

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Background Moods - Discs 5 and 6


Some more light classics on disc 5, plus a bit of swing band jazz and a hint of exotica.

Get 'em while they're hot.




Disc 5 Side 1
In A Sparkling Mood

01 - Overture To 'The Silken Ladder'
02 - Four Scottish Dances
03 - The Constant Nymph

Disc 5 Side 2
In A Joyous Mood

04 - Topkapi
05 - The Sound Of Music
06 - Fiesta In Old Mexico
07 - Symphonie Moderne


Disc 6 Side 1
In A Swinging Mood

01 - In The Mood
02 - A String Of Pearls
02 - Limehouse Blues
03 - Chattanooga Choo-Choo
04 - Music Makers
05 - Just You, Just Me
06 - One O'Clock Jump

Disc 6 Side 2
In An Exotic Mood

07 - Miserlou
08 - Limehouse Blues
09 - Baubles Bangles And Beads
10 - Lotus Land
11 - Beyond The Blue Horizon

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ps Thanks to Mr (or Ms) Anonymous who reported the broken links to 'Al Caiola - Golden Hit Instrumentals'. These links have been fixed and the album can once again be downloaded from Rapidshare and Megaupload.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Background Moods - Discs 3 And 4

Time for your next instalment of Background Moods. Today we cover An intimate mood, a carefree mood, a romantic mood and a wistful mood.
For all you would-be pleasure programmers, hee are programs 3 and four - ready for you to use when you get all ten LPs.

Disc 3 Side 1 - In an Intimate Mood

01 - I'll Remember April
02 - Little White Lies
03 - Just In Time
04 - East Of The Sun
05 - You're A Sweetheart
06 - Exactly Like You
07 - Autumn Serenade

Disc 3 Side 2 - In an Carefree Mood

08 - Coppelia Waltz
09 - Cossack Dance
10 - Skater's Waltz
11 - Spanish Dance
12 - Scarf Dance
13 - Baroque Dance


Disc 4 Side 1 - In an Romantic Mood

01 - Laura
02 - Just One More Chance
03 - Witchcraft
04 - My Melancholy Baby
05 - The Time Is Now
06 - Be My Love

Disc 4 Side 2 - In an Wistful Mood

07 - Try A Little Tenderness
08 - Love Me Or Leave Me
09 - The Boy Next Door
10 - I've Got The World On A String
11 - How Little We Know
12 - Polka Dots And Moonbeams
13 - Can't Get Out Of This Mood

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Basil Henriques and the Waikiki Islanders


Remember this post from last month? If you downloaded it you would have heard a track by Basil Henriques, a laid-back Tiki version of 'Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You'.

Anyway to cut a long story short, Basil Henriques himself dropped by and left a comment on the post (and a complementary one at that).

Not only that, but Basil is still going strong, and his two Studio 2 albums have been re-released by EMI as a double album CD. So, why don't you drop by Basil's site www.waikiki-islanders.com and pick up a copy. At 10 quid for both albums it's a bargain. Mr Snookles has already ordered his copy...


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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Lounge Tracks - Triple Whammy


A special guest post today from our friend, the bon vivant and serial Martini abuser, Mr Lounge Tracks himself. Here's what he has to say...

Last week I spoke of some shares for you and yours, so as promised here goes. It's a 3-pack special the first -2- are by the one and only Bud Shank who's the fella playing the flute in the background on The Mama's & The Papa's immortal California Dreaming This is his album with the same name and also features Chet Baker on loan from the Mariachi Brass.



Girl In Love is the followup from '67 and continues the trend set by his hit album 2 years earlier entitled "Michelle" with the same girl on the cover. Incidently, if anyone out there has "Michelle" please post it as I'd love to hear it and can't find it in my neck of the woods.


And finally, a bit of a holy grail find from Si Zentner. It's his often seen, rarely heard, Swinging Eye! which, I gotta say, I find underwhelming. The cover gets lots of attention but to me, that's the best part, and I'm a fan of the guy!


That's it Mr. Snookles, thanks for the invite and remember to keep on lounging'!

-Lounge Tracks
ps. almost martini time...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Background Moods


"And so we come to it, the great work of our age..." Gandalf - The Return Of The King.

Yep this is it, the big one. Ten, count 'em 10 LP's of lounge faves courtesy of the folks at Reader's Digest, in bandwidth-friendly mono.

Welcome to the world of 'Pleasure Programming'. I'll let the booklet tell you more...


Each of the 20 sides of this collection is programmed to evoke a particular mood. Designed to make use of the ultra-modern auto-disk changing record player, our Pleasure Programmers could put 5, 6, 7 or more records on their player at once, and then dine away the evening without having the tedium of that perfect intimate moment being spoiled by the music finishing prematurely. Here are the first two programs from the booklet.

Yes, all 10 disks are coming your way. The first two disks/four programs are in the first download, along with scans of the box-set cover and the corresponding sections of the booklet. Here's the tracklist for the first two LPs.

Disc 1 Side 1 - In A Moonlight Mood

01 - Moonlight Serenade.mp3
02 - How High The Moon.mp3
03 - Moonlight In Vermont.mp3
04 - By The Light Of The Silvery Moon.mp3
05 - Stairway To The Stars.mp3
06 - Moonlight Becomes You.mp3

Disc 1 Side 2 - In A Haunting Mood

07 - Songs My Mother Taught Me.mp3
08 - The Last Rose Of Summer.mp3
09 - The Dream Of Doretta.mp3
10 - Call The Ewes.mp3
11 - O Waly Waly.mp3
12 - A Little Story.mp3
13 - Humming Chorus.mp3

Disc 2 Side 1 - In A Bewitching Mood

01 - Makin' Whopee.mp3
02 - Bewitched.mp3
03 - Willow Weep For Me.mp3
04 - I Hadn't Anyone 'Til You.mp3
05 - And I Love Her.mp3
06 - It's Magic.mp3

Disc 2 Side 2 - In A Blues Mood

07 - The Birth Of The Blues.mp3
08 - The Man That Got Away.mp3
09 - Dreamsville.mp3
10 - I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues.mp3
11 - Ringo's Theme.mp3
12 - Blues In The Night.mp3

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Swingle Singers - Bach's Greatest Hits


Dooby-do and Papa-dah!. Ward Swingle and his singers turn their attention to the polyphonies of J.S. Bach, whose contrapuntal style is tailor-made for that distinctive Swingle style. A swung four beat on the drum kit keeps pace in the background, leading to the suggestion that this is a jazz record, though the lack of improvisation makes this debatable.

It don't mean a thingle if it ain't got that Swingle....

01 - Fugue In D Minor.mp3
02 - Prelude For Organ Choral No. 1.mp3
03 - Aria.mp3
04 - Prelude In F Major.mp3
05 - Bouree.mp3
06 - Fugue In C Minor.mp3
07 - Fugue In D Major.mp3
08 - Prelude No. 9.mp3
09 - Sinfonia.mp3
10 - Prelude In C Major.mp3
11 - Canon.mp3
12 - Invention In C Major.mp3
13 - Fugue In D Major.mp3

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Al Caiola - Tuff Guitar Tijuana Style


A couple of months ago Mr Lounge Tracks and self were trading Al Caiola posts for the benefit of our readers. As LT beat me to the punch in uploading this album I refrained from posting my copy at the time. Sadly, LT's blog ended shortly after he upped the album, so some of you might have missed the opportunity to get your copy (ahhh, cyberspace is so ephemeral...)

Anyhoo, I have ripped and upped my copy, so if you missed it the first time around, here's your chance.

01 - El Flicko.mp3
02 - The Shadow Of Your Smile.mp3
03 - Never On A Sunday.mp3
04 - Spanish Harlem.mp3
05 - Cuando Calienta El Sol.mp3
06 - Thunderball.mp3
07 - South Of The Border.mp3
08 - Corcovado.mp3
09 - Fascination.mp3
10 - Baubles, Bangles and Beads.mp3
11 - Morgen.mp3
12 - Pablo.mp3


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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Shoji Yokoughi - Mr Guitar


Today's post is by talented Japanese guitarist Shoji Yokoughi aka Mr Guitar. When I first saw this album I almost passed on buying it because of the naff cover. I'm glad I yielded to my vinyl acquisition compulsion however, as the music is way better than the packaging. Think of the Charlie Byrd post 'Aquarius' of a couple of months ago, mixed with a little Louis Bonfa, and you're getting close. The album is a collection of tasty Latin numbers played on a classical guitar with some flair by Shoji san, artfully backed-up by his group The Blue Dreamers.

01 - Besame Mucho.mp3
02 - Solamente Una Vez.mp3
03 - Quizas Quizas Quizas.mp3
04 - Quien Sera.mp3
05 - Green Eyes.mp3
06 - Dahil Sai Yo.mp3
07 - Without You.mp3
08 - Historia De Un Amor.mp3
09 - Amapola.mp3
10 - Cu-Cu-Ru-Cu-Cu Paloma.mp3
11 - Te Queiro Dijiste.mp3
12 - Tabu.mp3
13 - Perfida.mp3
14 - Amor.mp3

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p.s. the post 'The Polynesians - Hawaiian Love Songs' has had its links repaired (thanks to the ubiquitous Mr Anonymous for reporting the broken links) and can now be downloaded from Rapidshare or Megaupload.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Monty Python - Another Monty Python Record


Mr Snookles is Up, Up and Away for the next two weeks, so no posts for a while. But dry your tears, gentle reader, and be uplifted by the pure absurdity of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Ah yes, sit back in your comfy chair, unchain the spam, watch out for the rotating knives, and have a good old chuckle at some classic Pythonesque Humour.

01 - Monty Python - Side A
02 - Monty Python - Side B

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Eric Coates - London Suite


We are delving into the world of the light classics today, with a post from the father of British light classical music Eric Coates.

What is Light Music? It is pleasant melodic music, less demanding of the listener and easier on the ear. It does not try to make any profound statements or push boundaries but is content simply to entertain, like the waltzes and polkas of the Strauss family. (from mFiles)

Most popular of Coates' pieces was the London Suite (1933). The last movement of this, "Knightsbridge", was used by the BBC to introduce their radio programme In Town Tonight. (Wikipedia)

01 - London Suite Pt 1 - Covent Garden
02 - London Suite Pt 2 - Westminster
03 - London Suite Pt 3 - Knigtsbridge
04 - Sleepy Lagoon
05 - London Bridge
06 - London Again Suite Pt 1 - Oxford Street
07 - London Again Suite Pt 2 - Langham Place
08 - London Again Suite Pt 3 - Mayfair
09 - Footlights

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Ena Baga - Happy Hammond Plays Bacharach and Beatles


More Hammond goodness today...

Born Rosina Baga in 1906, Ena started her musical career as an movie-house organist in the golden age of silent movies. In 1932 she was invited to Balmoral, where she improvised music for Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush for George V and Queen Mary.

In the 1960s, Baga played a Hammond organ at Joe Lyons's corner house on Tottenham Court Road, and later at the Jolly Blacksmith at Fulwell. Baga updated her repertoire to suit the 1960s, and the new Hammond electric organ, performing tunes such as Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. She once she gave Oscar Peterson a masterclass on how play for silent film scenes. (thanks Wikipedia)

In this two-album set you can hear her background as a theatre organist. Lacking the finesse of Klaus Wunderlich on the keys, she brings a robust enthusiasm and forcefulness that defines her style.

01 - Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
02 - With A Little Help From My Friends
03 - Here There and Everywhere
04 - Can't Buy Me Love
05 - World Without Love
06 - From Me To You
07 - Hey Jude
08 - Hard Day's Night
09 - Eleanor Rigby
10 - Michelle
11 - Yesterday
12 - Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
13 - This Guy's In Love With You
14 - Anyone Who Had A Heart
15 - Wives And Lovers
16 - The Look Of Love
17 - Do You Know The Way To San Jose
18 - I Say A Little Prayer
19 - Close To You
20 - Always Something There To Remind Me
21 - Trains And Boats And Planes
22 - I'll Never Fall In Love Again
23 - I'm A Better Man

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p.s. Ena Baga was also referred to in the Goon Show episode "The Mighty Wurlitzer"

Grytpype: Neddie, Neddie, we've heard you play the organ and we don't think you have it.
Seagoon: Rubbish. Next to Reg Dixon I'm the greatest player in the world.
Moriarty: Nonsense, Ena Baga could play better than you.
Seagoon: I'd like to hear Ena Baga try it.
Moriarty: Little tone-deaf lad, I am an authority on organ playing. You haven't a hope in the world of becoming a great player.
Seagoon: What! (Sobs) Oh, what a terrible turribule shock, ten years I've studied organ playing in the Sahara and now... failure... and sunburn... I ask you... what can I do with my fifty-ton brass-bound organ?
Grytpype: May I make a suggestion?
Seagoon: (suspicious) What?

... to find out what Neddy Seagoon does with his fifty-ton brass-bound organ click here.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Tommy Dorsey - Tea For Two Cha Chas


After Tommy Dorsey's untimely death at age 51, trombonist Warren Covington assumed leadership of the band with, presumably, Jane Dorsey's blessing (she owned the rights to her late husband's band and name) and it produced, ironically enough, the biggest selling hit record ever released under the Dorsey name. Billed as the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Starring Warren Covington, they topped the charts in 1958 with Tea For Two Cha-Cha. Covington led the Dorsey band through to 1970. (Thanks to Wikipedia)

01 - Tea For Two
02 - Por Favor
03 - Patricia
04 - I Still Get Jealous
05 - Corazon De Melon
06 - Dardanella
07 - Rico Vacilon
08 - I Want To Be Happy
09 - Together 123
10 - Trumpet Cha Cha Cha
11 - Dinah
12 - Cha Cha For Gia

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Don Harper - Library Music


Double post today featuring the music of Don Harper. He wrote theme and background music for many programmes produced by BBC TV, including Dr Who, Champion House, Sexton Blake, Devil in the Fog, and The Inside Man. He held the position of Music Director for London Weekend Television's popular World of Sport and wrote all the music for this series for fifteen years. For more info see The Australian Music Centre.

Don Harper also had the rare distinction of lecturing in Jazz Studies at Wollongong University when Mr Snookles was a student there studying Musical Composition way back in the 1980's. It's nice to know one of us had a successful musical career!

Don Harper - New Decade

01 - World Arena
02 - New Decade
03 - Counterstrike
04 - Action Unknown
05 - Funky Fiddles
06 - Undercover Man
07 - Sun, Sea and Air
08 - Coming Up trumpets
09 - Theme For A Stranger Pt 1
10 - Theme For A Stranger Pt 2
11 - Theme For A Stranger Pt 3
12 - Theme For A Stranger Dramatic Link 1
13 - Theme For A Stranger Dramatic Link 2
14 - Theme For A Stranger Dramatic Link 3
15 - Fast Moving Stranger
16 - Sinister Stranger
17 - Happy Stranger
18 - Troubled Mind - Torment
19 - Troubled Mind - Ferment
20 - Psychosis
21 - Twisted Mind
22 - Aunty's Army
23 - Moving Shadows
24 - Dark Earth Pt 1
25 - Dark Earth Pt 2
02 - Dark Earth Sting No. 1
02 - Dark Earth Sting No. 2

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Don Harper - Impress

01 - Game Set and Match
02 - Success Story
03 - Success Story Fanfare
04 - Centre Point
05 - Man Of Ideas
06 - On Three Fours
07 - Five Times Table
08 - Voice Of Time
09 - Secret Vanguard
10 - Toy Fair
11 - Wheels Within Wheels
12 - Changing Values
13 - Object Exercise

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