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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