2014-10-21


cortez and his new latin
- cortez and his new latin (1969)
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yeah, this cover is so beat up - the vinyl has surprisingly survived, thank goodness. there's nothing quite like cortez, bass-heavy esquivellian latin for the seventies. this guy know how to shake it, piano and brass are top-notch. highly recommended for fans of latin, button down brass and stereo antics with a swing and a swagger.
if there's any more cortez out there, please let me know. thanks jack for getting me on track with sound processing software - this one was a little beat up before the polish. the following tracks are prefect for the dancefloor or compilations: "aquarius," "standing in the corner," "show me," "i love you samantha" and "i won't dance."
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01 - aquarius
02 - standing on the corner
03 - i've grown accustomed to her face
04 - show me
05 - my ship
06 - you're the top
07 - america
08 - i love you, samantha
09 - wouldn't it be luverly
10 - i won't dance
11 - bali h'ai
12 - hey there
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werner muller and his "million strings"
- i lost my heart in heidelberg (195?)
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ok, here's an unlikely posting candidate - a werner muller from way way back when. the quality is not great, but jack wants to hear it so i put it through the washing machine (i hate doing that) and here it is. no idea what date this was released - no info on vinyl or cover and google gave no joy.
if anyone wants the raw sound on this one (my preference) in high bitrate to restore themselves, let me know and i'll kindly oblige! oh, in case you didn't notice, this is not zany space age anything, more like post-war german relaxation. heidelberg looks lovely... ;)
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01 - loreley
02 - how is it possible
03 - the fisher girl from bodensee
04 - longing for home
05 - stars all over the country
06 - nightfall in the mountains
07 - i lost my heart in heidelberg
08 - rosemarie
09 - black forest melody
10 - you, you, are in my heart
11 - our little home
12 - beautiful rhine
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werner muller and his orchestra
- east of india (1962)
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i was overjoyed when i found this wonderful record this afternoon. "cherry blossom time in japan" has long been one of my favourite records (and one of the first i posted here) so to find what is very much a companion piece to that album was such a treat. i have no idea what date this was released, and could unfortunately not find anything online. the cover and style is so close to "cherry blossom..." that i'm almost sure it came either directly before or after, which would place it in the early sixties. love those oriental phrases. i am one happy camper.
jack, i hope you enjoy this one as much as i will!
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01 - the banquet
02 - the raftman's ballad
03 - bazaar melody
04 - ferry boat serenade
05 - lotus and chrysanthemum
06 - ritual dance
07 - on the kyushu island
08 - merry geishas
09 - moon over the pagoda
10 - chinese tittle-tattle
11 - sampans on the river
12 - lament
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werner muller
- holiday in italy (1963)
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this lp by "ricardo santos and his orchestra" is a delightful early sixties escapade through what should be italy, but at times, to my pleasure, has a definite flavour of the orient ;) i know, i know, sounds like wishful thinking. in any event, i really love this sound of werner muller, the early sixties. there's something almost innocent about it. once again, no visible date on the lp or cover though as jack pointed out, we can trace it through release numbers. will report back as soon as we have more info.
isn't this cover great! it has relief, and the paint is matt. mmm, pretty cover. last track on each side sounds a bit strained unfortunately, but i figured i'd post it anyway and let you decide.
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01 - funiculi-funicula
02 - tiritomba
03 - serenata
04 - il bacio
05 - o sole mio
06 - vieni, vieni
07 - torna a surriento
08 - maria mari!
09 - mattinata
10 - ciribiribin
11 - reginella campagnola
12 - santa lucia
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werner muller
- songs of joy (1972)
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jack was right, there are quite a few of us werner muller fans. i probably would not have bought this album had there not been so much interest in the previous wm posts i made. i was sure only a handful would be interested in "cool concerto," but it turns out i was wrong. in all the psychedelic patters of the cover we see busts of the famous composers...yes friends, this is another wm classics take. can't say i was that excited but when i heard it i was very pleasantly surprised, and really glad i bought it.
a warning to all light classics lovers - this one has a lot of moog in it (damnn i love the moog) and sounds more like contemporary easy (well 1972-esque contemporary easy) than it sounds like classical. the sound of this recording is not top-notch. it's definitely ok for listening, but be warned the strings do get a little strained at the end of each side. happy mooging with werner in classic-wonderland!
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01 - song of joy
02 - elvira madigan
03 - forbidden games
04 - aranjuez, mon amour
05 - air on a g string
06 - theme from 2001
07 - adiago
08 - gymnopedie nr.2
09 - vocalise
10 - bachianas brasilieras nr.5
11 - mozart symphony no.40
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werner muller
- tangos for lovers (1978)
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i think this late seventies werner muller tango album is fantastic. i am sure there are some that will disagree, but so it goes. in many ways it feels like a cousin of bert kaempfert's tropical sunrise, albeit a little less dramatic.
these tangos have a lush warm organic sound, some tasteful moogy synthesizer here and there, and the most ghostly unearthly vocals i have ever heard. the production is so integrated that on first listens i was at times unsure of what was strings and what was voices. this is certainly not the young werner muller of percussion in the sky or wild strings fame. it's an older werner of soothing strings and and lush production perfect for bedtime.
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01 - habanera
02 - elixer of love
03 - polovtsian dances
04 - m'appari
05 - dance of the hours
06 - traumerei
07 - nabucco
08 - pastorale
09 - solveig's song
10 - tango albeniz
11 - barcarole
12 - you are my heart's delight
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werner muller and his orchestra
- holiday in new york (1956)

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got this one from my friend waldo, which made me the happiest camper on broadway :). another perky frivolous excursion in the werner muller "holiday..." series, this one does spend some time on broadway, but like the others tends to wander into other more exotic neighborhoods. in general, this is a record for spring and for those of us on ridiculously high dosages of anti-depressants.
lots of waltzes and swirling flutes abound, but there's also a swagger of brooklyn style crime jazz to keep the blood pumping. the recording is a little crackly, but it being a rare one, i've opted to post it anyway.
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01 - give my regards to broadway
02 - penthouse serenade
03 - forty-five minutes from broadway
04 - rose of washington square
05 - manhattan
06 - lullaby of broadway
07 - manhattan serenade
08 - the streets of new york
09 - forty-second street
10 - autumn in new york
11 - underneath the harlem moon
12 - the sidewalks of new york
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polydor 46 007 LPHM




michel legrand
- themes and variations (1972)
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this record is AMAZING. it is pure genius. 1972 is the year, and michel has recorded 11 brilliant fully orchestrated variations of his finest film scores. i am totally blown away. this is definitely the legrand lp i have been waiting for.
at times dark, always lush, with occasional acoustic guitar and background voices, these versions are mostly off-beat and quite removed from the originals. the tinkling jazz piano through it all must be monsieur legrand. unfortunately 'windmills of your mind' is damaged toward the end but i had to post the whole lp. i hope someone out there enjoys this as much as i do :).
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01 - brian's song
02 - theme from 'the go-between'
03 - the deep blue c
04 - what are you doing for the rest of your life
05 - picasso summer
06 - dis-moi
07 - summer of '42
08 - wuthering heights
09 - pieces of dreams
10 - the windmills of your mind
11 - i will say goodbye
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werner muller
- the latin splendor of werner muller (1969)
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this is probably my favourite werner muller record. it's chaotic and crazy and high latin style. the production reminds me of the first inflight compilation, and if there'd ever been another espresso, i would've campaigned for several of the tracks off this gem of a record!
tracks that are sh**-hot dancefloor ready include "cumana," "el cumbanchero," and "mambo jambo"! "light me fire" is also a great version of the rather under-covered doors classic. this record would have to be in my desert-island / tropical-island survival pack, no doubt about it.
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01 - delicado
02 - light my fire
03 - the girl from ipanema
04 - perfidia
05 - eso es el amor
06 - mambo jambo
07 - mas que nada
08 - el cumbanchero
09 - solamente una vez
10 - cumana
11 - amor, amor
12 - a banda
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the stan butcher orchestra
- big band blow out (1970)

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what a fantastic record! big band action for 1970, complete with wordless vocals, vibes, and the ocasional bossa-nova. highly recommended. this one rocks the party swing, latin, every which way.
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01 - blow out
02 - ginya
03 - apple honey
04 - quietly flows the don
05 - jumping at the woodside
06 - sounds of mars
07 - anvil chorus
08 - janie
09 - little brown jug
10 - opus one
11 - big mike
12 - caravan
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fontana SFL 13206



roberto delgado
- tanz in der taverne (1964)

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and finally what we've all wanted (just kidding ;),) a collection of drinking songs. oi. thankfully this rare delgado (and one can venture a guess why) has an odd argentine flavour as if horst just could not help himself (our hero's flights of fancy.) not bad to listen to, but not my favourite delgado either. one for the hardcore fans. thanks to charl for this rarity.
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01 - anna
02 - santa lucia
03 - oh, marie
04 - luna rossa
05 - o cara mamma mia
06 - papaveri
07 - bella bimba
08 - vergiss mein nicht
09 - vieni vieni
10 - non dimenticar
11 - arrivederci roma
12 - roma
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Polydor LPHM 46848



elliott fisher and his orchestra
- bang! bang! bang! (1965)

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"mister kiss kiss bang bang" was lifted off this lp for one of the ultra lounge volumes. it's a great crime jazz moment, hank levine arranges (why does his name sound so familliar?) fair warning: there are sound quality issues on this mono recording - i only noticed them after the rip (on headphones) so stay away sensitive listeners!
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01 - thunderball
02 - 007
03 - dr. no's fantasy
04 - the island speaks
05 - from russia with love
06 - theme from our man flint
07 - mister kiss kiss bang bang
08 - goldfinger
09 - the golden horn
10 - the spy who came in from the cold
11 - james bond theme
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Capitol T 2455




the film studio orchestra
- the world of francis lai (1972)
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much more is said on this record about discreet 4 channel stereo (cd-4) than the music itself ;). it's a japanese import, and apart from a strangely low recording volume the sound is impeccable.
the music itself is great! francis lai is not involved at all (from what i can tell,) apart from being the composer of all tunes, but the interpretations are smooth and fresh, and this lp provides a wonderful journey into the world of francis lai. lovers of easy, francis lai, paul mauriat, and lush early seventies soundtracks will not be dissappointed.
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01 - love story
02 - le passager de la pluie
03 - hello - goodbye
04 - la vie l'amour la mort
05 - du soleil plein les yeux
06 - le voyou
07 - theme de la lecon particuliere
08 - livre pour livre
09 - cambridge
10 - vendek theme
11 - concerto pour la fin d'un amour
12 - encounter - mayerling
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mandingo
- tiger in the night (comp, 1978)

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"the music of mandingo" aka "tiger in the night" is a compilation of mandingo tunes pulled from four of his albums. somebody can maybe confirm - i think geoff love only released four lps under the monniker mandingo - "sacrifice" in '73 another in '73, '74 and then in '77. listening to the '73 stuff again i could not believe how progressive it was. jungle funk exotica aside - this is serious disco in the making, and for '73 that's quite something. i also love how everyone in the uk scene wrote tracks for him - roger webb (one of my all-time favourites,) brian fahey, alyn ainsworth etc. quite a supergroup. this compilation contains a great selection of some of mandingo's finest moments, and they are darn impressive. crazy congas, funk, guitar and orchestra. nothing quite like it. the cover of this one says "if you want to discover your roots... live to... dance to... listen to... the music of mandingo the pulsating rhythm of life."
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01 - black rite
02 - jungle juice
03 - war dance
04 - sacrifice
05 - kiss of death
06 - uomo
07 - the man from takoradi
08 - chant of the virgins
09 - manhunter
10 - tiger in the night
11 - sacrifice to the sun
12 - jungle wedding
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MFP 50428



paul mauriat
- the soul of paul mauriat (1969)

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number two of my late sixties trio is paul mauriat's soul record. i found a sealed copy :), and it's always so much fun opening it up just like it's 1969 all over again. the cover is made of deluxe textured cardboard which is just wonderful. as an lp, this one is a must for all fans who have not heard it. there are several killer covers, including a sitar version of "keep me hangin' on." my fellow easy lover over at spiral has posted it before, but i just had to rip something i didn't even have to clean :). check out more excellent goodies over at his blog. coming up, a rare lefevre 60s moment...
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01 - i'm gonna make you love me
02 - i never loved a man
03 - i've been loving you too long
04 - you keep me hangin' on
05 - it's a man's world
06 - when a man loves a woman
07 - respect
08 - i heard it through the grapevine
09 - in the midnight hour
10 - my girl
11 - love child
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Phillips STEREO PHS-600-299



nelson riddle
- the riddle of today (1969)

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here is the first of three late sixties pop lps i'm planning to post, and this one by nelson riddle is just quirky enough to keep me happy. lovely arrangements - often sounds like tv themes (duh.) love 'sunshine superman.' for those who haven't heard his early seventies work with the 101 strings - you must find that!
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01 - hurt so bad
02 - sunshine superman
03 - don't sleep in the subway
04 - goin' out of my head
05 - hey, girl
06 - up, up and away
07 - theme from 'tarzan'
08 - the smothers brothers' theme
09 - cortege
10 - chestnut trees
11 - amy's theme
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LIBERTY RECORDS LST-7532



2010-11-05

various artists
- black sand, white stars (2010)

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i finally made a compilation. i know, it's about time. thought i'd start with some tracks closest to my heart. lush, seventies string lounge. sometimes brooding, sometimes melancholic, moving and dramatic. give it a listen, and please let me know what you think.
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01 - berto pisano - tema di katerina
02 - astor piazzolla - libertango
03 - roberto delgado - house of the rising sun
04 - paul mauriat - lui
05 - roger webb - summer green, autumn gold
06 - nelson riddle - lamento
07 - the simon park orchestra - dawn to dusk
08 - franck pourcel - jesahel
09 - pierre bachelet - o' comme histoire d'o
10 - john barry - who will buy my yesterdays
11 - roger webb - tubular bells
12 - ennio morricone - giu la testa
13 - bobby hutcherson - the thrill is gone
14 - berto pisano - la grande bouffe
15 - the 18th century corporation - do you know the way to san jose
16 - michel legrand - theme from the go-between
17 - riz ortolani - why (cosi dolce, cosi perversa)
18 - the night strings - black sand and white stars
19 - hugo montenegro - brother love's traveling salvation show
20 - the peter thomas sound orchestra - eloise
21 - raymond lefevre - comme j'ai toujours envie d'aimer
22 - lalo schiffrin - bossa antique
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a detour compilation