2010-11-20

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



2010-11-16

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

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(for those who downloaded the previous version of the comp with problem)



2010-10-23

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



2010-10-22

the film studio orchestra
- golden suspense movie themes (1970)

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this one is definitely my biggest surprise yet from charl's loan pack. from the enigmatic "film studio orchestra" that brought us the wonderful francis lai quad lp, here is a collection of inventive thriller theme arrangements with fantastic jazz overtones that give a unique and wholly captivating flavour to what could otherwise pass as an unnoticed standards record. i keep listening to it - great great stuff. thank you japan, thank you "film studio orchestra" :) you guys got the groove on this one.
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01 - the sicilians
02 - melodie en sous-sol
03 - le grisbi
04 - goldfinger
05 - from russia with love
06 - we have all the time in the world
07 - par un beau matin d'ete
08 - j'irai cracher sur vos tombes
09 - les liasons dangereuses (no problem)
10 - des femmes disparaissent
11 - ascenseur pour l'echafaud
12 - licensed to kill
13 - man with the golden arm
14 - mission impossible
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BON 190



2010-10-19

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



2010-10-18

alfred hause and his orchestra
- tango notturno (1963)

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this wonderful early release from alfred hause is packed with intoxicating tango magic. It gives an interesting look at the beginning of a highly successful run with polydor, and contains lots of flutes, strings, piano, guitar and of course that signature accordion.
the title track "tango notturno" has become one of his famous tracks and is included on most compilations. i love "regentropfen" (raindrops on my window) and "blauer himmel" (blue heaven.)
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01 - adios muchachos
02 - violetta
03 - a media luz
04 - tango notturno
05 - tango kavaljeren
06 - caminito
07 - el pardo
08 - blauer himmel
09 - ole guapa
10 - la cumparsita
11 - regentropfen
12 - o sole mio
13 - florentinische nachte
14 - lago maggiore
15 - tango irene
16 - jalousie
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Polydor 46 344 LPHM



2010-10-17

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



2010-10-16

werner muller and his orchestra
- sentimental journey (1976)

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speaking of wordless vocals :). this time a werner muller album - a lush seventies retake of swingtime classics, great production, wordless lady vocals, some guitar, flute, harp and xylophone. a really wonderful ambient lp by a great arranger.
"begin the beguine" is a great version of the cole porter classic, satin doll has the most perky vocals to be found outside of a toothpaste ad... and yet the lp remains cohesive and a winner all-round.
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01 - i'm in the mood for love
02 - i've got my love to keep me warm
03 - moonlight serenade
04 - at last
05 - mood indigo
06 - begin the beguine
07 - marie
08 - song of india
09 - satin doll
10 - sentimental journey
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PFS 4383



andre popp
- if you go away (1972)

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for those not familiar with andre popp, he is the french composer responsible for writing the mega-hit "love is blue," which later became a signature tune for paul mauriat and a much covered favourite of all instrumentalists for years to come. on this release, in 1972, we still find some of the undeniable optimism and playful melody of "love is blue," but the production is clearly more 70s, and throughout the album he has used some wonderful wordless vocals by a certain "geraldine" which reminds me of morricone soundtracks of that time.
my favourites include the more mournful closing track "tombe la neige" and the very morricone "ne me quitte pas (if you go away)."
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01 - de pantin a pekin
02 - plaisir d'amour
03 - love maestro please
04 - tout tout pour ma cherie
05 - ne me quitte pas (if you go away)
06 - wakadi wakadou
07 - un jour l'amour
08 - les feuilles mortes (autumn leaves)
09 - tzeinerlin' (years may come years may go)
10 - du soleil au coeur
11 - a paris dans chaque faubourg
12 - tombe la neige
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2383 142 SUPER



2010-10-13

werner muller and the london festival and chorus
- a mystic portrait of the moody blues (1974)

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what a fantastic and strange werner muller album. done with the london festival orchestra and chorus, the sound is big and anthemic, and the tracks meander to dramatic crescendos, all in a lush production as only 1974 would offer. been loving listening to it as i've been ripping it. this may be out there already, but it's new to me and i'm loving it, so i decided to add it for those still missing this lovely entry in mr. muller's broad and brilliant career.
if i had to pick a favourite (though i love them all,) it would be "land of make-believe," which for me is a haunting gem of string, horn and flutey seventies bliss (does that come with ice cream? :)).
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01 - have you heard
02 - are you sitting comfortably
03 - ride my see-saw
04 - isn't life strange
05 - the story in your eyes
06 - question
07 - tuesday afternoon
08 - land of make-believe
09 - nights in white satin
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PFS 4293



2010-10-09

cortez / alan tew / chaquito
- non stop latin party (1969)

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i'm not really one for samplers, but this one is limited to three artists and great ones at that. “cortez and his new latin” have an exciting bass-driven sound - i only have one release of theirs, from which these tracks are drawn, so friends, if you're enchanted by him, download the full album for more magic. then there are three tracks by "the alan tew latin sound," great stuff as well. these tracks are from 1969 according to the lp label. finally the rest is covered by our much loved chaquito aka john gregory. side a is the more raucous of the two, while b lends itself to closer more intimate non stop dancing :).
the tracks on this album are not mixed, dispite the "non stop" claim. they follow one another fast enough though to keep those feet bopping ;).
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01 - aquarius - cortez and his new latin
02 - standing on the corner - cortez and his new latin
03 - hey there - cortez and his new latin
04 - mexicana - chaquito and the quedo brass
05 - walk in the black forest - chaquito and the quedo brass
06 - plaisir d'amour - chaquito and the quedo brass
07 - milord - chaquito and the quedo brass
08 - georgy girl - the alan tew latin sound
09 - the troubleshooters (mogul theme) - the alan tew latin sound
10 - i'll never find another you - the alan tew latin sound
11 - poor butterfly (the big show of 1916) - chaquito
12 - tangerine - chaquito
13 - dancing in the dark - chaquito
14 - green eyes (aquellos ojos verdes) - chaquito
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PHILIPS 6382 032



jacques denjean and his orchestra
- the tough touch (1964)

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this release on polydor is rather unlike their usual stable and the marketing gives us fair warning that it has an edge. and that it does. jacques denjean comes from a jazz background, and this shines through on what is a sterling lp in the vein of peter gunn, jimmy smith, the man from u.n.c.l.e. and even a touch of surf rock. the tracks vary in feel, and there's even one ("le train fou") with heavy female groans for those inclined toward the b-grade soundtrack sound. two of the tracks ("la route" and "dans le vent") were written and selected as theme tunes for "the most popular radio programmes in france." :)
a rare and unique release, thanks to charl for lending this one to my turntable for a spin.
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01 - la route
02 - dream baby
03 - sally go round the roses
04 - watermelon man
05 - vol 847
06 - it's my party
07 - blue horizon
08 - le train fou
09 - dans le vent
10 - nord 2000
11 - en suivant notre amour
12 - mistral 20h30
13 - dans le nuit
14 - mickey's monkey
15 - don't bother me no more
16 - be my baby
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Polydor HI-FI 46 450



2010-10-06

the groovin' strings and things
- st (1969)

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this lovely lp has more than just a beautiful cover. as soon as i spotted it in charl's shelves i remembered what a winner it was, and i was glad to not be disappointed. almost all the tracks have a strong sixties feel, that waterloo sunset-esque shuffle beat, with tambourine and what sounds like an electric harpsichord but could be a moog.
i'm really enjoy the optimism and raucus party vibe - fuzz guitar, strings, organ. keep on groovin.
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01 - walk away renee
02 - she's a rainbow
03 - you
04 - theme for the young'uns
05 - sounds of silence
06 - the fool on the hill
07 - dock of the bay
08 - explosion in my soul
09 - can't find the time
10 - tara's theme
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ES 4047



2010-10-05

the ray miranda orchestra
- latin ole! (1969)

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while we're doing latin, here's one that i came across in charl's collection on saturday that really takes me back to '97. it's a perky well-produced piano-driven collection of songs that i played quite a bit way back when we each had a couple of crates of records instead of overwhelming collections :). let me know if you like it. i used to play ray's version of "patricia" at a club called the piano lounge, if i remember correctly (through the gin haze.)
rio is also a lively number :).
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01 - wheels
02 - rio
03 - the wedding samba
04 - mambo jambo
05 - latin party
06 - anna
07 - tico tico
08 - tea for two
09 - cherry pink and apple blossom white
10 - melodie d'amour
11 - patricia
12 - boys and girls like saturday night
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SML 719



chaquito and his orchestra
- latin favourites (1960)

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this early chaquito release has a fun more genuine latin feel than later releases and has vocals to boot. must've been a hit at all those swinger parties. i have another excellent chaquito lp called "el bandido" from 1968 which unfortunately was a warp - there's a regular hiss rhythm as the vinyl turns, no tone difference. i'm going to include a link to "el bandido" in the comments to this one, just because it's so fabulous i think it's worth it even with the flawed sound. think of it as a bonus chaquito then nobody can complain :).
"serenata negra" is a longstanding favourite :) of mine.
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01 - el mensu
02 - serenata negra
03 - dardanella
04 - song of orpheus
05 - the gypsy
06 - nicola
07 - ola, ola, ola
08 - the little engine
09 - la fajanada
10 - the private ay-ay-ay
11 - tengo una esperancita
12 - never on sunday
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WL1026



2010-10-02

the mike hankinson big band
- south african safari (1975)

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i just had to post this as one of my return lps. thanks to my friend waldo for finding this woderful obscurity. on mfp, the sound is much closer to studio2stereo recordings or chaquito tv themes - it absolutely cooks, start to finish. talk about a surprise. to make the heart grow even fonder, all tracks are original compositions named after south african places and icons, and the last track is named after the place i grew up, the kruger park.
highly recommended for compilations and lounge dancefloors...lounge dancefloors? hey, where are those? :)
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01 - highveld highride
02 - give '5'
03 - caprivi strip
04 - rand show
05 - garden route
06 - blue train
07 - jacaranda jaunt
08 - kyalami
09 - cape to rio
10 - street preacher
11 - kango caves
12 - mineshaft
13 - sauer street shuffle
14 - the protea
15 - kruger park
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STEREO MFP 54649



2010-09-27

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



2010-09-25

dominic frontiere and his orchestra
- pagan festival (1959)

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hi, i'm back :). found this exotica record down in a little shop in fish hoek. wonderful stuff. and how about them track titles? temple of suicide? lol.
my favourite for now is'goddess of love.'
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01 - festival
02 - house of dawn
03 - temple of suicide
04 - moon goddess
05 - time of sunshine
06 - goddess of love
07 - house of pleasure
08 - the harvest
09 - corn festival
10 - god of seasons
11 - jaguar god
12 - venus girl
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ASF 1041



2009-12-06

john pigneguy
- dreamsville (1977)

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this is seventies heaven. if ever you were to not judge a book/lp by its cover this would be that time. this is the coolest laid back seventies orchestral funk that i have heard in ages. it really has a dreamy feel - the fender rhodes keyboard is just perfect, and the guitar and horn section with strings are arranged brilliantly.
how dodgy is the cover? geez...
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01 - watch what happens
02 - eleanor rigby
03 - goodbye to love
04 - cinnamon and clove
05 - stardust
06 - shades
07 - dreamsville
08 - here's that rainy day
09 - the odd couple
10 - if
11 - l'il darlin'
12 - alone again (naturally)
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BBC REC 275



2009-12-05

raymond lefevre
- this is raymond lefevre (1972)

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i won't spend any time praising monsieur lefevre, as i have done that in the preceding albums i've posted. this double lp release is from 1972, right in the middle of that wonderfully lush and sometimes murky wall-of-sound production that on melacholic seventies tracks can leave me simply breathless.
the vinyl was mostly mint and as such is here mostly raw and untreated. i imagine lefevre fans will be as excited about this as i am. enjoy.
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record one:
1-01 - adagio cardinal
1-02 - macarthur park
1-03 - chimene
1-04 - just like you
1-05 - the winter will be long
1-06 - if you sing about that
1-07 - andante maggiore
1-08 - once upon a time in the west
1-09 - a time for us
1-10 - how i love you
1-11 - all my life, all my love
1-12 - vivo cantado

record two:
2-01 - hey jude
2-02 - which spring will you be my sweetheart
2-03 - je t'aime, moi non plus
2-04 - waterloo road
2-05 - in the year 2525
2-06 - this is more
2-07 - sleep safe and warm
2-08 - those were the days
2-09 - go my love
2-10 - to be sincere
2-11 - les bicyclettes de belsize
2-12 - irresistible
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Barklay DPS 2029



2009-11-28

pete moore
- lively and latin (1972)

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this is one fantastic record. i've been lusting after pete moore records ever since i first heard 'catwalk' on the karminski inflight comp, and i'm not sure if all his stuff is as fine as this release, but oh my, it's wickedly good. 'ye me le' is a compilation winner, but every track on this lp has a magic and a verve i'm impressed and enchanted with.
happy listening latin lovers.
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01 - ma que nada
02 - in old lisbon
03 - ye me le
04 - sweet water
05 - carnival from black orpheus
06 - montego bay
07 - giovanna
08 - my sweet lord
09 - for what it's worth
10 - chiba do brazil
11 - air on a g string
12 - hawaii five-o
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REDIFFUSION ZS 112



2009-11-27

carlos romanos sounds latin
- viva la samba! (1972)

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this cool collection of latin sounds from a guy called carlos romanos is released on spiral records and has a distinctly british feel in the production - very stylish. their version of 'one mint julep' is outstanding as is 'blue bossa nova' and 'el cumbanchero.'
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01 - one mint julep
02 - la cucaracha
03 - viva la samba
04 - the look of love
05 - carioca
06 - blue bossa nova
07 - con fuego
08 - brazil
09 - calypso boy
10 - a man without love
11 - que bonito
12 - el cumbanchero
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Spiral DIL 200



2009-11-26

ricardo santos
- holiday in france (1956)

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i was so excited when i found this record, and especially since it was in mint condition. ricardo santos is, for those who don't know, one of werner muller's earlier pseudonyms often used on european print records and lps with an exotic twist. this lp may in fact pre-date it's sister volumes, my all-time favourite 'cherry blossom time in japan' and 'holiday in italy.' i dated it from an entry in a journal stating that ricardo santos recorded 'holiday in france' in late 1955. anyone who has more reliable info please speak up.
i just LOVE the music. early werner muller is just so sprightly. this one is more traditional than 'italy' and 'japan' but the arrangements are so inventive and the instrumentation so crisp that i feel invigorated, fresh, and tickled by the lovely mix of french and often simply otherworldy orchestral scenes. maybe i'm biased :). anyway, s'il vous plait...
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01 - bolero
02 - pigalle
03 - les feuilles mortes
04 - la petite valse
05 - parlez-moi d'amour
06 - la seine
07 - je suis seul ce soir
08 - domino
09 - la vie en rose
10 - sous les toits de paris
11 - symphony
12 - j'attendrai
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Polydor 46009 LPHM



2009-11-25

noel trevlac
- captivation (1967)

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there are some pretty hot tracks on this studio2stereo release by a guy that seems to have some notoriety in the community - the part i like best are the tracks that have slick crisp production and there seems to be this one session drummer that really sets things on fire... i.e. 'and then again,' 'puppet on a string' and 'music to watch girls by.' in general though the lp disappoints. perhaps noel caught his groove in the lps that followed?
i'm busy ripping ricardo santos aka werner muller's 'holiday in france' circa 195x and i'm loving it! i'm such a nerd :).
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01 - music to watch girls by
02 - somethin' stupid
03 - happy hamster
04 - (i left my heart) in san francisco
05 - green green grass of home
06 - puppet on a string
07 - now and then
08 - release me
09 - almost there
10 - and then again
11 - sunny
12 - odd ball
13 - mellow yellow
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STUDIO2STEREO TWO186