quarta-feira, 4 de maio de 2011

Klaus Wunderlich - Hammond Fireworks - Vol. 1

  1. Die Mühle Im Schwarzwald
  2. Hello Dolly
  3. Summertime
  4. Donauweller
  5. The Girl From Ipanema
  6. The Breeze And I
  7. Red Roses For A Blue Lady
  8. Illusion
  9. Japanischer Lanternentanz
  10. Ballszenen
  11. Echo In The Night
  12. Die Millionen Des Harlekin
  13. Elisabeth Serenade
  14. Five Sons
  15. This Guy's In Love With You
  16. Bene Bene
  17. Der Schleier Fiel
  18. Boom Bang A Bang
  19. Moon River
  20. Sweet Souvenirs Of Stefan
  21. Wunderland Bei Nacht
  22. Twilight Time
  23. Swing Relations
  24. Adios
Hammond Fireworks
Klaus Wunderlich was born to a policeman in the Saxony town of Chemnitz in 1930. As a teenager he worked for the local opera rehearsing singers but soon chose popular music over classical. By 1951 he was ready to tour West Germany, which led to a standing gig at the Tiny Cabaret Simple in Mannheim. Here he was playing winsomely in a beer hall, and the owner and patrons liked him enough to buy an expensive organ. Then Telefunken found and signed him.

Wunderlich experimented with the Hammond, as all the great pop organists have done, to discover and add to its range of extraordinary sounds. It was not long before he was using organ and early synthesizer to reproduce strings, horns, and so forth. To overcome the early synthesizer's one-note-at-a-time limitation, he became an expert at multi-tracking, effects, and other production wizardry.

The magic was not all technical, however. Wunderlich, like a benign Black Forest gnome, played music that pandered to popular taste but also pushed the boundaries for keyboardists. He wrote some great tunes and arranged many others in a zany way not seen since Lenny Dee, whose career was peaking as Wunderlich picked up the baton. Wunderlich shared Ethel Smith's affinity for Latin and Brasilian rhythms, Lenny Dee's zany pop sense, and Jean-Jacques Perrey's lighthearted invention and technical facility.

A long series of albums for Telefunken included some Moog albums and demos for the Wersi super-organ, which was something like a Hammond stuffed with Moog capabilities. The Hammond Pops and other Wunderlich albums are notorious, mainly because the music and jackets are rife with cheese and cheesecake. There is a lot of "mush" to sift through, to be sure, but fine gems twinkle there too, as if out of a fairy tale by the brothers Grimm. 

(by Tony Wilds from allmusic.com)

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