domingo, 22 de maio de 2011

Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra - Orange Colored Sky (1996)

  1. Cracklin' Rosie
  2. My Love
  3. Don't Go
  4. Tea And Trumpets
  5. Friends
  6. While The Children Sleep
  7. (I'll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time
  8. Snowbird
  9. That Old Sweet Roll (Hi-De-Ho)
  10. Bye Bye Blackbird
  11. Orange Colored Sky
  12. Wake Up And Live
  13. What's Up With You *
  14. Living Easy *
  15. Kiss Her Once With Feeling *
  16. Grey Eyes Make Me Blue *
Orange Colored Sky
* Bonus Tracks

ORANGE COLORED SKY, surely one of Bert Kaempfert's loveliest albums, is at last available on compact disc. Recorded in November 1970, the album was the first of his productions to use multitrack recording technique (eight sound tracks) and it 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 team of Bert Kaempfert and Herbert Rehbein range from pleasantly easy-going numbers such as Tea And Trumpets and Friends via 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 a great success for the Andrew Sisters later.

The title-number Orange Colored Sky, composed by the accordeon-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.

Snowbird, perhaps the most effervescent arrangement in this compilation, is a Country and Western number which brought the Canadian singer Anne Murray a gold record in 1970; Bert Kaempfert's recording was immensely popular too and became a real radio hit, being played over and over again both in Germany and abroad.

Three of Kaempfert's loveliest compositions, Living Easy, Kiss Her Once With Feeling and Grey Eyes Make Me Blue, from the LP BERT KAEMPFERT NOW! (1971) are included as bonus tracks on this CD. Only recently a very special discovery was made: What's Up With You, recorded in 1973 and never released - definitely a small sensation for all Kaempfert friends and the world of music!

(from the original liner notes)

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