2014-10-23


hugo montenegro
- others by brothers (1975)
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this is my new favourite montenegro - man is this funky. "others by brothers" could be un-pc if hugo wasn't such a kind-hearted and clearly well-intentioned white man who at this point is thoroughly black on the inside - but is that cover model really eating an orange?
soul/black tunes of the late sixties and seventies are transformed into instrumental-funk classics - an irrisistable hybrid of orchestra arp and moog. more apostrophe's than ever before, hugo hits the funk streets like a mean ass montenegro. love john's track "creepin'."
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01 - caravan
02 - never can say goodbye
03 - noah's arp
04 - feel like makin' love
05 - everything i have is yours
06 - jezebel
07 - jalousie
08 - close your eyes
09 - temptation
10 - come back to sorrento
11 - tabu
12 - all or nothing at all
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francis lai
- passion flower hotel (1978)
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while we're in the late seventies, i just have to post this gem of a soundtrack by francis lai. starring the young nastassja kinski, this movie was released under several other hilarious titles including "boarding school," "preppy school girls" and "virgin campus." the soundtrack itself is fantastic, moog electronics central to most tracks, and the arrangements and melodies are prime francis lai work. be warned there are a couple of vocal tracks (read two,) but these are wonderfully quirky and fit in perfectly with the album as a whole.
don't miss out on this one. it's a real treat!
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01 - passion flower hotel
02 - debby's song
03 - my baby blue
04 - passion flower hotel
05 - samba carnaval
06 - l'attente
07 - the first kiss
08 - scene d'amour
09 - my baby blue
10 - passion flower hotel
11 - theme from debby
12 - the first kiss
13 - arabian dance
14 - passion flower hotel
15 - la bananiere
16 - my baby blue
17 - debby's song
18 - passion flower hotel
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paul desmond
- summertime (1968)
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easy was my way into jazz. they're very closely related in many ways, though hardcore modern jazz lovers would surely scorn a lot of what we listen to. fortunate for me i don't have to miss out on either. one of the jazz labels i quickly became a fan of was cti - thanks to rudy van gelder and creed taylor, a whole string of luscious latin jazz releases found their way into my collection. the late and early seventies were a golden era for cti, and included antonio carlos jobim releases, and a host of jazz albums with hubert laws, ron carter, wes montgomery and deodata (amongst others.) They all played on each other's albums. i imagine creed's ultra stylish modern home in the hills of california with the studio downstairs, every one just hanging out and then paul says "say, let's make my record."
this lp is for me much more easy than it is jazz, and i love the smooth laid back sunday afternoon feel it has. hugo montenegro's "lady in cement" is fantastic, and this cover is so cool i have used it in several compilations. if you're looking for something to ease your mind after a vicious week at work, this guy will do the trick.
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01 - samba with some barbecue
02 - olvidar
03 - ob-la-di, ob-la-da
04 - emily
05 - someday my prince will come
06 - autumn leaves
07 - where is love
08 - lady in cement
09 - north by northeast
10 - summertime
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michel legrand
- croisiere (1966)
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my heart did a little jumpety-skip when i found this record last week. i'm a huge michel legrand fan, and this record does not disappoint. the stereo is a little crass, but the arrangement and orchestration are top notch. i also haven't ever seen this one before and i think it's rare even though i recognise the version of tabu! the theme is 'around the world' and each track is from another country. the moron who did the the bland cover for tru stereo took the liberty of renaming michel to michael (sic) - can you believe it! on the spine and lp it is still 'michel legrand et son orchestre.' in an even dire transgression the same moron translates the song titles for us, and track 8, 'maladie d'amour' is apparently melody of love. good lord.
for those interested in the tour, the back of the lp says the following: 01 and 13 are france, 02 and 03 are spain, 04 is portugal, 05 is north america, 06 is brasil, 07 is cuba, 08 - 10 is antilles, 11 is russia and 12 is austria.
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01 - la mer
02 - jalousie
03 - nuages
04 - les lavandieres du portugal
05 - night and day
06 - adios
07 - tabu
08 - maladie d'amour
09 - oh! bankan 'mon amour'
10 - close your eyes
11 - il peut neiger 'katia'
12 - the harry lime theme
13 - april in paris
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franck pourcel
- disque d'or (1979)
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this late seventies compilation from franck pourcel has been giving me much pleasure since it hit the platter. most of the tracks were originally released between 1977 - 79, apart from the bond cover. i'm usually quite dubious of tracks this late into the seventies, but the synth and string combo here is dramatic and large, and i've been loving it.
side b is my favourite - more dark than the first, but the album is cohesive and works great as best-of for the late seventies, for those who prefer high seventies to disco and crappy eighties synth (thankfully not on the menu here ;))
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01 - tico tico
02 - la petite valse
03 - bahia
04 - rencontre du troisieme type
05 - chanson d'amour
06 - i will survive
07 - amour et musique
08 - saturday night fever
09 - spanish eyes
10 - el gavilan
11 - girl of skade
12 - 007
13 - fluty
14 - love me tender
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the simon park orchestra
- eye level (1973)
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i apologise in advance if i'm doubling up on someone else's efforts, but i've been revisiting my studio2stereo releases and had to post this fine record. "eye level" itself is rather boring in my opinion, but it's the other tracks on this lp that i love. there's plenty of harpsichord, and the lush seventies studio2stereo sound gets me every time.
this is the mono release of "strings on fire" - the quality and listening experience is much better than my stereo copy, though i continue to keep my eyes open.
my favourite tracks include the melancholy and sweeping "dawn to dusk," "the vienna affair" and "the glass triangle" though the rest are also a pleasure. happy listening...
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01 - eye level
02 - grey cantabile
03 - corn exchange
04 - leaves turning brown
05 - dawn to dusk
06 - up to date
07 - distant hills
08 - leonie
09 - seventeen
10 - the vienna affair
11 - the glass triangle
12 - el alamo
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the botticelli orchestra
- ...the sound of today (1977)
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the reason i gave this late seventies release a second glance was because it is a phase 4 stereo release. i guessed it would be instrumental, and hoped it would be orchestral and not just generic disco. the guess paid off - it is a wonderful record, lush superb arrangements involving a full orchestra and some tasteful background vocals.
the sound for me is reminiscent of bert kaempfert's "tropical sunrise" (a masterpiece!) so i'm pleased to have another late seventies release i can love.
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01 - botticelli's theme
02 - fernando
03 - save your kisses for me
04 - this melody
05 - besame mucho
06 - je vais t'aimer
07 - right back where we started from
08 - could it be magic
09 - avant de nous dire adieux
10 - come prima
11 - t'aimer encore une fois
12 - theme from mahogany
13 - tu sais je t'aime
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roberto delgado
- samba caramba south america ole (1970)
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slayer and i agree this is one of delgado's best medley records. i don't usually do medleys, but this one, like show dancing, has found a fond place in my collection. i thought it was released 1973 but see on the record itself a P 1970.
happy samba!
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01 - mama inez, carioca, el colas
02 - la bamba, amor, tequila
03 - besame mucho, mexicana
04 - summer samba, el condor pasa
05 - negra maria, carnevalito, rum, tabasco
06 - perfidia, la ragazza
07 - adios mariquita, amapola, um poco rio
08 - ave maria no morro, maria elena
09 - vaya con dias, banana boat, soul calypso
10 - corcovado, pepito, el rancho, felicidad
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2014-10-22


roger webb
- film music (1974)
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i'm a complete sucker for the smooth sound of stereo2stereo releases, and unfortunately I don't have enough! those who enjoyed the simon parks orchestra "eye level" should definitely try this release. there's some crackle in this recording, and an unfortunate scratch at the end of track five, but i find i'm much more relaxed with these than the underwater muffle produced by my nero wave editor declickers.
favourite tracks include the sublime bossa of "summer green, autumn gold" and roger's version of "m.a.s.h". the smooth seventies phrases of "tubular bells" and "free as the wind" are where it's at for me in studio2stereo. if anyone knows of other fine releases from this label available online, please let me know!
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01 - the way we were
02 - summer green, autumn gold
03 - beyond tomorrow
04 - it's only a paper moon
05 - remember love
06 - the entertainer
07 - tubular bells
08 - what'll i do
09 - song from m.a.s.h
10 - free as the wind
11 - sail the summer winds
12 - the gentle softness enter the dragon
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franck pourcel
- amour, danse et violons no.37 (1971)
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this lp from franck pourcel is one of my favourites. i lived in brussels belgium for about three years and while my taste during this time veered more towards alternative rock and dance, i did find myself wandering through a market or two unable to ignore the crate of records here and there. of course pourcel, mauriat and legrand are about as common there as mancini is in the states, so i could kick myself for not bringing more back, but considering the circumstances i left there it's a miracle my one crate got home safely. this pourcel record came from a market near a subway-station i did not normally go to. i remember it being in a different part of the city to where i usually went. i can actually still remember it was a sunny day, and i went there especially looking for records. i can still see the grassy slope toward the stands with junk and a guy selling birds and even keys. people will collect almost anything.
anyway, the quality of my record is not the finest hence holding back on the post but i found another source (mexico emi muchos gracias!)... and how cool is this cover?
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01 - friends
02 - she's a lady
03 - adagio pour un venitien anonyme
04 - je t'appartiens
05 - my sweet lord
06 - mourir d'aimer
07 - fleur sauvage (wild world)
08 - adelaide
09 - sad lisa
10 - un banc, un arbre, une rue
11 - je pense a toi
12 - comme moi (close to you)
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joe loss
- the loss concertium (1971)
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it's been a while but i must say it's good to b e listening to my lounge records again. this studio2stereo release fits in somewhere between lush strings and orchestral easy listening, and has arrangements done by brian fahey and alan moorhouse.
i love the harp and a feeling of lost summer days. "now i live again"
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01 - now i live again
02 - sunrise, sunset
03 - clair de lune
04 - dear boy
05 - (they long to be) close to you
06 - on a clear day you can see forever
07 - serenade to summertime
08 - match maker, match maker
09 - it's impossible
10 - music to drive by
11 - can't help lovin' dat man
12 - make believe
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fantastic quadro
- grosse orchester spielen welthits (1975)
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this basf compilation is a mixed bag of mid-seventies instrumental pop, and it's a lot of fun. apparently the previous owner was "pop shop - rent-a-record" the mere thought of which gives me chills. the vinyl is a little battered, but as with many 70s lps the sound has remained in tact, and after a digital bath it's pretty darn good.
noteworthy tracks include all werner twardy numbers, peter thomas medleys (in a good way,) and my favourite, a lush seventies rendition of moon river!
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01 - berry lipman - the most beautiful girl
02 - big band baden-baden - in the mood
03 - peter thomas - wanderin' star, yellow heart, few dollars
04 - werner twardy - seasons in the sun
05 - brandenburg big band - beat at the philharmonic
06 - berry lipman - music to watch girls by
07 - werner twardy - seasons in white
08 - big band baden-baden - american patrol
09 - peter thomas - lied vom tod, rio bravo
10 - tattoos - speak softly love
11 - werner twardy - moon river
12 - berry lipman - emmanuelle
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horst jankowski
- meet mr. black forest vol.2 (197?)
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this release from horst jankowski on intersound records seems to be rather obscure. i tried to find a release date but alas, intersound somehow thought time did not matter in the world of glossy late seventies library sounds. maybe they thought that if they witheld the release date that such a recording would become evergreen, giving intrumental listeners timeless joy in decades to come. well they were right about that part. i've grown very attached to this lp since finding it some weeks back in the dusty warehouse downtown.
this is definitely late seventies release, and the tunes sport a lush production and an occasional melancholy undertone (my favourite!) but if you like the chirpy stuff, don't dispair (cough) as there's plenty of that to go around too. side b is my favourite side. "a sunny day..." "unconfessed love," "a love letter" and "berlin melodie" are all horst originals, and for seventies german trainspotters "girls from vienna" is by gerhard narholtz.
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01 - a sunny day in heidelberg
02 - girls from vienna
03 - unconfessed love
04 - dancing rainbows
05 - morning ride
06 - a love letter
07 - piano roundtrip
08 - lovetide
09 - berlin melodie
10 - sunset serenade
11 - play me a song
12 - try on the funk
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roberto delgado
- fiesta for dancing vol.2 (1975)
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how generic is this cover? according to the credits it comes from "the image bank of canada." there's this really cool james last lp cover with a sixties babe in checked white and red wearing big curvy sunglasses. roberto delgado "ole" (best of) shipped in canada with a cover of the same exact lady, this time holding her shades instead of wearing them. talk about the factory...
anyway, the music is what matters and i like this delgado. for me his prime is 70-73, but this still has a great sound and is also fantastic for dance parties ;).
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01 - paloma blanca
02 - tschiou, tschiou
03 - who's got the paper
04 - funiculi-funicula
05 - dolannes melody
06 - guantanamera
07 - el matador
08 - morning sky
09 - griechischer wein
10 - fiesta barcelona
11 - adios (soledad)
12 - mexico, mexico
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roberto delgado
- along mexican highways (1959)
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this is the earliest delgado album i have, and i suspect it may be roberto's first. it's utterly charming, really fresh, and the instrumentation is top notch. the arrangement is also truly innovative, and it really feels like mr. delgado is discovering his love of latin music.
the lp itself is a little beat up, but i've decided i want to share it regardless, at least until somebody else offers a better copy. i'm always surprised at how well these thick heavy platters from the fifties preserve the sound. inbetween the crackle the sound is still crisp. most of the recording faired well in the sound cleanup except maybe "la bamba" which is why i've included a cd copy of it from a compilation. i was amused to see that this lp cover lists him as "Roberto del Gado" and has a genre on the back called "for your romantik mood" :)
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01 - amapola
02 - noches de mazatlan
03 - suby universitario
04 - cielito lindo
05 - estrellita
06 - el rascapetate
07 - la bamba
08 - ruega por nosotros
09 - green eyes
10 - la malaguena
11 - ahora y siempre
12 - el jarabe tapatio
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john barry
- ready when you are, jb (1970)
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i am so in love with this record at the moment. i don't know if it's the emotional times or what but these tracks are filled with such great beauty. achingly brilliant.
"who will buy my yesterdays" comes from another world. how did he come up with this? it's just so profoundly touching to me right now. get this - you will not be sorry.
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01 - midnight cowboy
02 - we have all the time in the world
03 - theme from romance for guitar and orchestra
04 - who will buy my yesterdays
05 - fun city
06 - the lion in winter
07 - on her majesty's secret service
08 - theme from the appointment
09 - try (from ohm secret service)
10 - the more things change
11 - afternoon
12 - theme from born free
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orchester fritz maldener
- speedy buggy (1973)
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if you can get past the seriously uncool looking chicks in the "buggy," and fritz himself wearing a fur cap (like dr. zhivago) in mid summer, you'll find that this record absolutely rocks! it reminds me of james last but funkier, with plenty fender rhodes and gorgeous girl / boy chorus action.
favourite tracks include the breezy summer of "open window," and lowdown cool brass of "speedy buggy."
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01 - rockin' voices
02 - red flame
03 - open window
04 - speedy buggy
05 - scotch pub
06 - non stop dancing
07 - wild luck
08 - top snob
09 - riding easy
10 - half note-shuffle
11 - pay attention
12 - short walk
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roland shaw and his orchestra
- more james bond in action (1967)
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back in 1996 when re-releases were fewer and further inbetween, "the look of love" and "let the love come through" made it onto the karminski comp inflight entertainment. soon afterwards, a roland shaw bond selection was re-released as "the world of james bond adventure!" together with swanky artwork and phase-4 deram logos. i was so happy to find that at my cape town cd store! this lp is the second of the three, and i thought i'd post it for anyone who never got the previously mentioned cd release. they are great lps. one will follow shortly if there's interest.
comparing this lp to the cd release, i see there are 4 tracks not included on the comp, and these are "capsules in space," "gypsy camp," "teasing the korean" and "have no fear, bond is here." "gypsy camp" is way cool and i recognise "have no fear..." but from where exactly?
visit the crime lounge for more roland shaw and other deadly international conspiracies...
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01 - you only live twice
02 - capsules in space
03 - gypsy camp
04 - teasing the korean
05 - the wedding
06 - have no fear, bond is here
07 - the look of love
08 - bond below disco volante
09 - thunderball
10 - jump up
11 - chateau fight
12 - let the love come through
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johnny hawksworth
- sounds spectacular (1966)
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this lp by a young johnny hawksworth is perfect for poker nights, breakfast martinis, and dumping bodies into rivers. it does not play by the rules, but if pressed for a once-over, would place it in small combo jazz for a fifties tv show. johnny is of course better known for his compilation tracks like "lunar walk" and "it's murder" on the first easy project release. he's released several soundtracks for film and tv (all of which i'd like to get my hands on, but in particular the jazzy soundtrack to the '67 film "the penthouse".) He also did some time with de wolfe library records in the seventies.
for those who like mancini's "combo," "mr.lucky" and all things crime jazz / combo jazz with lots of smokey sax, organ, flute and xylophone. the sound quality is a little crackleish but i gave it a digital wash and feel it is a-ok.
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01 - a lot of living to do
02 - all the things you are
03 - i'm gonna go fishin'
04 - the ways of love
05 - fly me to the moon
06 - riviera carnival
07 - limehouse blues
08 - nature boy
09 - like someone in love
10 - girl from ipanema
11 - what's new
12 - if i loved
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augusto alguero
- sounds spectacular (1968)
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when inflight entertainment was released, the karminski brothers introduced us to a whole world of stylish lounge. one of my favourite tracks from that compilation was "discoteque" by augusto alguero. i became obsessed with find an augusto alguero record, and when i finally did, i was not disappointed. he is one creative spaniard and puts his fire and flair into even the most done standards. a couple of years back a re-release finally appeared, much to my joy.
favourite tracks off this album include "gran premio" and "sera el amor." i've mixed and matched alternate sources (cd plus my lp) but i think the levels are fine. if you don't know augusto alguero yet then you are in for a wonderful treat.
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01 - delilah
02 - i'm coming home
03 - pata-pata
04 - cherie babette
05 - magico sonido
06 - it must be love (sera el amor)
07 - la la la
08 - la muchachita del pianillo
09 - cuando sali de cuba
10 - the ballad of bonnie and clyde
11 - road to marbella
12 - gran premio
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michel legrand
- violent violins (1968)
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while we're on the topic of inflight entertainment, this album was such a great find and an exquisite record, which i was first alerted to through the two tracks included on that first karminski comp. it is rather insane, but with such an effortless sense of style that in my mind makes it one of the great lounge classics. michel legrand had a brilliant career, but i cannot help but wish he'd made more such daring excursions into pop.
i was going to post this right at the start but was concerned about the sound quality - i ran it through some cleanup and hope it brings some joy. bon voyage...
ps: also released under titles "archi-chords" (france) and "plays for dancers" (usa) - tx guys.
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01 - di-gue-ding-ding
02 - noix de coco
03 - orange blossom special
04 - come ray and come charles
05 - hi-girls
06 - manhattan stroll
07 - alcatraz
08 - da-we-da
09 - monkey business
10 - come ride with me
11 - motor-city
12 - bandol
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werner muller
- cascading strings (19??)
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another werner muller from the vaults, this lp from late fifties early sixties is remarkably varied, considering the title. there's a little exotica, some tango, and a lot of string plucking, making this a perky addition to my early morning getting ready for work palette.
the quality is largely good, apart from a nasty string moment on track 4 which lasts about 3 seconds and is as a result of wear i think. i toyed with applying reverb or delay to the scarred bit which was truly bizarre and made me laugh.
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01 - tango in the rain
02 - lisboa antigua
03 - bistro
04 - la cumparsita
05 - simonetta
06 - monte carlo melodie
07 - arpanetta
08 - song of the pearlfisher
09 - guitar-mambo
10 - valse baccara
11 - bolero bleu
12 - tango of the drums
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augusto alguero
- top hits my way (1969)
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here is my other augusto alguero lp, as promised. this is his second release on polydor every bit as dynamic and exciting as his first. i'm having a big alguero moment, so if anyone has any non-polydor alguero please let me know. i long for a taste of what came after his polydor recordings (if indeed there were any.)
this whole lp rocks - no filler, all winner. "bocaccio soul" is a killer and has enjoyed much airtime on many a compilation.
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01 - hey jude
02 - love child
03 - la feria
04 - cielito si, si
05 - i say a little prayer
06 - eloise
07 - les bicyclettes de belsize
08 - el gran amor
09 - those were the days
10 - winter word of love
11 - bocaccio soul
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francis lai
- francis lai joue francis lai (1971)
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i'm a big fan of people doing themselves. "jankowski plays jankowski" is a fine example of when this gets done with creativity and enjoyment, as is this release from francis lai in 1971. a couple of years short of the other release i've posted, this one also has the same signature sound of the electric accordian. the arrangements are excellent, and as these tracks have all been recorded specifically for this lp, the mood and identity is unique. think creative genius meets warmth, and you're on the right track.
highly recommended for all francis lai fans, and as an intro for any ready to be converted. the man is a genius, resistance is futile!
PS: track listing is apparently incorrect on cover - see comments section for alternate list...
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01 - love story
02 - un homme et une femme
03 - le voyou
04 - le passager de la pluie
05 - du soleil plein les yeux
06 - madly
07 - un homme qui me plait
08 - 13 jours en france
09 - vivre pour vivre
10 - dans la poussiere du soleil
11 - hello goodbye
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