sábado, 31 de agosto de 2013

Caravelli - Pluie D'Etoiles

  1. Il Etait Une Fois Dans L'Ouest (Once Upon A Time in the West)
  2. Whight Is Whight
  3. Jeux Interdits
  4. Dans La Maison Vide
  5. Adieu Jolie Candy
  6. Ma Mère Me Disait
  7. C'Est La Vie Lily
  8. Le Clan Des Siciliens
  9. Silly Symphonie
  10. Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
  11. Romantico Blues
  12. Pluie D'Etoiles
Pluie D'Etoiles

quinta-feira, 29 de agosto de 2013

Ray Conniff His Orchestra and Chorus - Friendly Persuasion

  1. Tiger Rag (Hold that Tiger)
  2. High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)
  3. Ebb Tide
  4. So Rare
  5. Song of Love
  6. April Love
  7. June Night
  8. Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)
  9. Stompin' at the Savoy
  10. I Understand
  11. Shangri-La
  12. Rose Room
Friendly Persuasion
On Friendly Persuasion, Ray Conniff, with the help of his orchestra and chorus, interprets a variety of songs with brassy arrangements that at times include trombone solos played by Conniff himself. Conniff expeimented with new stereo setups on this album, and they are briefly addressed in his sleeve notes. The chorus is wielded exclusively as an instrument on this outing -- there are none of the Mitch Miller-style singalongs heard on many of Conniff's other albums. The title track and "April Love" are associated with Pat Boone, but from there the repertoire moves in unusual directions, from "High Noon" to the Original Dixieland Jazz Band's "Tiger Rag." Despite his undeserved reputation as a purveyor of Muzak, Ray Conniff's LPs covered a lot of ground and were not all aimed at the same market. Friendly Persuasion is for fans of orchestral pop and wide stereo recordings, and for those who prefer the trademark wordless vocals with which Conniff is identified. 

(By Greg Adams from allmusic.com)

quarta-feira, 28 de agosto de 2013

Earl Grant - Gently Swingin'

  1. Goin' Out of My Head
  2. Let It Be Me
  3. Something You Got
  4. Alfie
  5. Walk on By
  6. Don't Sleep in the Subway
  7. Release Me
  8. Sunny
  9. (Carol's Theme) The Eyes of Love
  10. That's Life
  11. One Note Samba
Gently Swingin'

terça-feira, 27 de agosto de 2013

Werner Müller and His Orchestra - Wild Strings

  1. The Breeze and I
  2. Dance Ballerina Dance
  3. Hora Staccato
  4. Moonglow
  5. Ritual Fire Dance (M. de Falla)
  6. Alla En El Rancho Grande
  7. T.D's Boogie Woogie
  8. Granada
  9. Vilia
  10. How High the Moon
  11. Lady of Spain
  12. The World Is Waiting For the Sunrise
Wild Strings

The classics get their comeuppance and the pops rule the roost in this liverly pot-pourri of musical favorites, arranged and conducted by the renowned Werner Müller. the curtain raiser here, for instance, started life as "Andalucia", a mild-mannered piano piece by the Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, but it would never have seen the light of the Hit Parade had not Al Stilman adapted it, arranged it, renamed it, and otherwise coaxed it into the standard we now know as THE BREEZE AND I. The Andalusian motif reigns supreme also in Augustin Lara's enormously popular GRANADA, a tonal tapestry inspired by the vivid city in the foothills of the towering Sierra Nevadas; and surely it would take all the rains in the plains to dampen the ardor of THE RITUAL FIRE DANCE, the breathless excerpt from Manuel de Falla's tempestuous opera "Love, the Sorcerer".

Meanwhile, back at EL RANCHO GRANDE, the Latin flavor is tempered by a dash of American orchestration, and for final fulfillment of the Hispanica promise, we have Tolchard Evans' fanciful fling with the fair LADY OF SPAIN. Also from the medium-hair side of the musical coin comes the enchanting song of VILIA from Franz Lehar's operetta-ful account of the life, and more particularly the loves of "The Merry Widow"; and the scampering HORA STACCATO, magnum opus of an otherwise unherolded Roumanian composer named Gregor Dinicu.

From the world of Tin Pan Alley, Maestro Müller has extracted T. D's BOOGIE WOOGIE, a rollicking reminder of the heyday of Tommy Dorsey and Company, and in milder mood, Will Hudson's gently evocative portrait of MOONGLOW. A bit further off the beaten Alley, we find Morgan Lewis' tender HOW HIGH THE MOON which appeared first in "Two for the Show", a Broadway venture of 1940 that proved much less durable than its hit song; nor must we overlook THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR THE SUNRISE, the sensation of 1919, and the product of a most unusual collaboration indeed: Ernest J. Seitz, a Canadian concert-pianist and symphony conductor, and a budding thespian named Eugene Lockhart, who was soon to drop the "Eu" and become one of America's most beloved actors.

Such is the musical menu Werner Müller has concocted - a savory platter of tunes light and listenable, spiced with lively harmonies, and served with a full measure of orchestral sparkle. Harken herewith to the "Wild Strings"!.

(Robert Sherman, from the original liner notes)

segunda-feira, 26 de agosto de 2013

Earl Grant - Just For A Thrill

  1. Satin Doll
  2. Without A Song
  3. I'll Never Smile Again
  4. Stardust
  5. You Stepped Out of A Dream
  6. Just For A Thirll
  7. Blue Velvet
  8. The Sweetest Sounds
  9. Willow Weep For Me
  10. Someone to Watch over Me
  11. Where Are You
  12. Days of Wine and Roses
Just For A Thrill

Great Instrumentals - As You Remember Them - Vol. 1

  1. Around the World - Victor Young
  2. Alone Together - Jackie Gleason
  3. Fly Me to the Moon - Joe Harnell
  4. Charmaine - Mantovani
  5. Pink Panther - Henry Mancini
  6. Canadian Sunset - Hugo Winterhalter & Eddie Heywood
  7. Wonderland by Night - Bert Kaempfert
  8. More (Theme from Mondo Cane) - Riz Ortolani & Nino Oliviero
  9. Music to Watch Girls By - The Bob Crewe Generation
  10. April in Portugal - Les Baxter
  11. Summer Place Theme - Percy Faith
  12. Melody of Love - Billy Vaughn
  13. Desafinado - Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd
  14. Gigi - Andre Previn
  15. Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado
  16. Lisbon Antigua - Nelson Riddle
  17. Autumn Leaves - Roger Williams
  18. A Taste of Honey - Herb Alpert
  19. Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing - Alfred Newman
  20. Moonglow & Theme from 'Picnic' - Morris Stoloff
  21. Theme from 'Limelight' - Frank Chacksfield
  22. Alfie - Burt Bacharach
  23. When Sunny Gets Blue - Robert Farnon
  24. A Man and A Woman - Francis Lai
  25. Cumana - Freddy Martin
  26. Holiday for Strings - David Rose
  27. How Insensitive - Antonio Carlos Jobim
  28. Love is Blue - Paul Mauriat
  29. Two for the Road - Henry Mancini
  30. Theme from 'Exodus' - Ferrante & Teicher
Great Instrumentals - Vol. 1

sábado, 24 de agosto de 2013

Rondo Veneziano - La Serenissima

  1. La Serenissima
  2. Rialto
  3. Canal Grande
  4. Aria di Festa
  5. Sinfonia per un Addio
  6. Arlecchino
  7. Regata dei Dogi
  8. Notturno in Gondola
  9. Capriccio Veneziano
  10. Magico Incontro
La Serenissima

Otto Cesana - Leaves in the Wind

  1. Devotion
  2. Ask Your Heart
  3. Reconciliation
  4. Tenderly with Love
  5. Flying High
  6. Carriage in the Park
  7. Snow Scene
  8. Goodnight My Love
  9. At the Races
  10. Soft & Tender
Leaves in the Wind

sexta-feira, 23 de agosto de 2013

The Moonlight Strings - Love After Midnight

  1. Send for Me in Summer
  2. How to Handle A Woman
  3. The World We Knew
  4. Love After Midnight
  5. Melody of Love
  6. Strangers in the Night
  7. Alfie
  8. A Dream of Love
  9. I'll Get By
  10. Lonely Is the Name
  11. Days of Wine and Roses
  12. Spanish Flea
  13. My Reverie
  14. Greensleeves
  15. Don't Go Breaking My Heart
  16. Estrellita
Love After Midnight

Ray Conniff and His Orchestra and Chorus - Memories Are Made of This

  1. Memories Are Made of This
  2. Tammy
  3. Young Love
  4. Three Coins in the Fountain
  5. Moments to Remember
  6. My Foolish Heart
  7. Love Me Tender
  8. Around the World
  9. Love Letters in the Sand
  10. Unchained Melody
  11. Only You (And You Alone)
  12. No Other Love
Memories Are Made of This

quinta-feira, 22 de agosto de 2013

Percy Faith - Happy Together

  1. There's A Kind of Hush
  2. Mary in the Morning
  3. Can't Take My Eyes Off You
  4. A World of Whispers
  5. Happy Together
  6. Somethin' Stupid
  7. Song Sung Blue
  8. Sunny
  9. The Look of Love
  10. I Say A Little Prayer
  11. I Need You
  12. Don't Sleep in the Subway
  13. Day by Day
  14. Love Theme from "The Godfather"
  15. It Must Be Him
  16. Candy Man
  17. For Those in Love
  18. Too Young
Happy Together

Mantovani & His Orchestra - The King of Light Orchestra Music - Vol. 3

  1. Jealousy
  2. A Media Luz
  3. Arana De La Noche
  4. Besame Mucho
  5. Tango De La Luna
  6. Red Petticoats
  7. Adios Muchachos
  8. Blaue Himmel (Blue Sky)
  9. El Choclo
  10. La Cumparsita
  11. Chiquita Mia
  12. Tango Delle Rose
  13. Separate Tables
  14. Around the World
  15. Fascination
  16. Secret Love
Mantovani Plays Tangos

quarta-feira, 21 de agosto de 2013

The Golden Strings - Day Dreams

  1. Day Dreams and Moon Beams
  2. Always in Love
  3. Pink Champagne
  4. Sentimental and Blue
  5. Whispers of Love
  6. Interlude
  7. Love Sweet Love
  8. Love Notes
  9. Dreaming
  10. Love's Desire
Day Dreams

Caravelli and His Magnificent Strings - Live in Tokyo

  1. Fantasie pour Cordes
  2. 13 Jours en France
  3. Inch Allah
  4. Apollo 13
  5. Love Theme from "The Godfather"
  6. Love Story
  7. Dance du Sabre (Khatchaturian)
  8. Theme from "Music of the World" (NHK-TV)
  9. Prelude Pugnami
  10. Bridge over Troubled Water
  11. Holidays
  12. Modern Piano Concerto
  13. La Vie Parisienne
Live in Tokyo

terça-feira, 20 de agosto de 2013

Rondo Veneziano

  1. Rondo Veneziano
  2. Tramonto Sulla Laguna
  3. San Marco
  4. Allegro Veneziano
  5. Giochi d'Acqua
  6. Colombina
  7. Notte Amalfitana
  8. Andante Veneziano
  9. Danza Mediterranea
Rondo Veneziano

An Italian chamber orchestra, Rondó Veneziano set itself apart from many groups of similar style by not only employing mostly women musicians and making it a rule to perform in period Baroque dress, but mainly because they were able to meld traditional chamber music pieces to modern backing tracks, rhythms, and percussion lines, almost giving their classical sound a club music foundation that sometimes bordered on prog rock. Their first big break came in the United Kingdom in 1983, with the single "La Serenissima," which was followed two years later by a successful appearance providing the score to the film Not Quite Jerusalem. Their first album, a self-titled affair, was released in 1980, and was followed by more than 70 albums over the next (nearly) 30 years. In 2005, the group released a live collection entitled 25 Live.  

(By Chris True from allmusic.com)

segunda-feira, 19 de agosto de 2013

Mantovani & His Orchestra - The King of Light Orchestra Music - Vol. 2

  1. Come Prima (More Then Ever)
  2. La Vie En Rose
  3. Under Paris Skies (Sous Le Ciel De Paris)
  4. O Mein Papa
  5. April in Portugal (Avril Au Portugal)
  6. Arrivederci Roma
  7. Anema E Core (To Be or Not To Be)
  8. La Mer
  9. I Only Know I Love You (Na Voce, Na Chitarra, E'o Poco E'Luna)
  10. Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes)
  11. Answer Me (Mutterlein)
  12. Poppa Piccolino (Papaveri E Papere)
  13. Tammy
  14. Be My Love
  15. April Love
  16. When You Wish Upon A Star
Continental Encores - Vol. 2

sábado, 17 de agosto de 2013

Dick Bakker Orchestra - Feelings & Nostalgia - Vol. 2

  1. Around the World / Georgia on My Mind
  2. One Day I'll Fly Away
  3. The Girl from Ipanema
  4. With You I'm Born Again
  5. English Country Garden
  6. If
  7. Song from The Moulin Rouge
  8. Send in the Clowns
  9. This Masquerade
  10. Aria
  11. Adagio Concierto d'Aranjuez (Rodrigo)
  12. Perhaps Love
  13. Desperado
  14. Sealed with A Kiss
  15. Soft Melodies
  16. I Just Want to Be Your Everything
  17. Lost Without Your Love
  18. Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast
Feelings & Nostalgia - Vol. 2

sexta-feira, 16 de agosto de 2013

Mantovani & His Orchestra - The King of Light Orchestra Music - Vol. 1

  1. All the Things You Are
  2. True Love
  3. I Could Have Danced All Night
  4. You Keep Coming Back Like A Song
  5. A Woman in Love
  6. This Nearly Was Mine
  7. Summertime
  8. Something to Remember You By
  9. Love Letters
  10. The Nearness of You
  11. An Affair to Remember
  12. Hey There
  13. The High and the Mighty
  14. A Certain Smile
  15. Friendly Persuasion
  16. Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)
Gems Forever

quinta-feira, 15 de agosto de 2013

Woody Herman - Live in Chicago

  1. Four Brothers
  2. Come Rain or Come Shine
  3. Theme in Search of a Movie
  4. Bijou
  5. What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life
  6. Sonny Boy
  7. Greasy Sack Blues
  8. After Hours
  9. Take the "A" Train
  10. Medley: As Time Goes By / Mood Indigo / Blue Flame
  11. Woody's Whistle
Live in Chicago

Woody Herman, clarinet and alto sax;
Brian O'Flaherty, Scott Wagstaff, Mark Lewis, Steven Harrell, Bill Stapleton, trumpet and fluegelhorn;
Gene Smith, John Fedchock, Larry Shunk, trombone;
Paul McGinley, Bill Ross, Billy Powers, tenor sax and flute;
Mike Brignola, baritone sax;
John Oddo, electric & acoustic piano;
Mike Hall, electric & acoustic bass;
Dave Ratajczak, drums

This is a representative set of charts from the 1981 Woody Herman Herd. There are several old war-horses mixed in with some of the newer things of the period. the sound is first class and the band has a fine 'presence'.

The set opens with an inevitable Four Brothers to show off the current sax section, who perform in with commendable enthusiasm. Next a Bill Stapleton arrangement of the Harold Arlen standard Come Rain Or Come Shine performed here by Steven Harrell on fluegelhorn. This is followed by pianist John Oddo's original composition Theme In Search Of A Movie with solos by Oddo himself on piano, Harrell again on fluegelhorn and Woody's alto bringing up the rear.

Gene Smith's trombone is featured next, firstly on Ralph Burns' Bijou, whose original version featured Bill Harris; then on Michel Legrand's What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life, arranged here by Alan Broadbent. Woody sings the lyrics of the old Al Jolson standard Sonny Boy, Ralph Burns' arrangement also gives space for John Fedchock's trombone. In this version of Don Rader's Greasy Sack Blues, the arrangement is picked half way through with Oddo's piano followed by the bass of Mike Hall; the band then winds on to a screaming climax with the trumpet of Brian O'Flaherty prominent.

Woody then takes time out to reminisce about days gone by, and uses this as an introduction to Nat Pierce's arrangement of Avery Parrish's After Hours which was first heard on Woody's 1971 Fantasy album 'Brand New', and features Oddo's piano.

Most big bands have an arrangement of Billy Strayhorn's Take The A Train in their library. Woody is no exception, although I must confess to not having heard him play it before. This arrangement is presumably the work of John Oddo; it features Harrell on muted trumpet, and the tenor of Paul McGinley. As Time Goes By features Woody and Oddo, then leads into Mood Indigo with Woody again and Hall, in turn this developes into Woody's Blue Flame theme. Dusko Goykovich's composition Woody's Whistle is played as an encore and features Oddo, McGinley, Harrell and Hall.

Taken overall, an excellent set of music from the 1981 Herd on location, with Woody's spoken comments adding to the atmosphere of the occasion.

(Brian Pearse from the original liner notes)

quarta-feira, 14 de agosto de 2013

Nat King Cole - Night Lights

  1. Night Lights (1956)
  2. I Got Love (1955)
  3. Stay (1955)
  4. Mr. Juke Box (1955)
  5. I Just Found Out About Love (1955)
  6. Dame Crazy (1955)
  7. Too Young to Go Steady (1955)
  8. Love Me as Though There Were No Tomorrow (1955)
  9. The Shadows (1956)
  10. Believe (1955)
  11. To the Ends of the Earth (1956)
  12. Never Let Me Go (1956)
  13. I Promise You (1956)
  14. The Way I Love You (1956)
  15. Once Before (1956)
  16. Make Me (1956)
  17. Sometimes I Wonder (1956)
  18. I Need A Plan (1956)
  19. I'm Willing to Share This With You (1956)
  20. The Story's Old (1956)
Night Lights

Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle

In the days when recording artists did not write their own material, it was not unusual for them to record more material than actually fit into record companies' release schedules. As this album makes abundantly clear, that was the case with Nat "King" Cole. Between December 20, 1955, and January 21, 1955, Cole held a series of recording sessions with arranger/conductor Nelson Riddle. Cole was near the peak of his commercial appeal, but this was also a transitional period in the record business, with rock & roll coming in and claiming a big chunk of the pop singles charts. Though a Capitol Records press release refers to this material as "an unissued studio album," it's more likely that the recording dates were intended as singles sessions rather than constituting an album project. Two singles were extracted and released from the material, resulting in four chart placings for "Night Lights," "Too Young to Go Steady," "To the Ends of the Earth," and "Never Let Me Go." But at a time when Elvis Presley was transforming the singles charts, the rest of these songs may have been deemed old-fashioned. Several of the tracks ("Too Young to Go Steady" among them) also came from a new stage musical, Strip for Action, which closed out of town, possibly dooming the chances of the other tracks being released. Nevertheless, these recordings contain excellent performances of typically expressive Riddle charts. The wonder is that, in the 36 years since Cole's death, Capitol has only bothered to release four of these tracks beyond the four singles sides released at the time, leaving 12 unreleased Cole masters of this quality. It's true that the performances are more impressive than the actual compositions, but this album still constitutes a welcome discovery among Cole reissues. 

(By William Ruhlmann from allmusic.com)

terça-feira, 13 de agosto de 2013

Dick Bakker Orchestra - Feelings & Nostalgia - Vol. 1

  1. Feelings
  2. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
  3. Mull of Kyntyre
  4. If You Leave Me Now
  5. Canals of Amsterdam
  6. We're All Alone
  7. The Third Man
  8. Don't Give Up on Us
  9. Sanie Ku Zurgalai
  10. I Don't Want to Talk About It
  11. Arthur's Theme
  12. La Strada
  13. Baby Don't Change Your Mind
  14. Island In the Sun
  15. Here There and Everywhere
  16. Eternal Cycle
  17. Le lac du Connemara
  18. Amazing Grace
Feelings & Nostalgia - Vol. 1

In 1974 Dick Bakker released his first instrumental album "Dick Bakker dirigeert" which was awarded with a gold record. This success was followed by a number of other albums like "Soft Melodies", "The Beauty of Nature" and "Eternal Cycle". Together with Mantovani and Dick Bakker's productions with Botticelli, these albums were released in the "Silence and Romance" series of which a total of more than one million copies were sold.

In 1975 Dick Bakker composed, arranged and conducted the winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest "Dinge Dong" for Teach Inn, with worldwide sales of more than six million sound carriers. In 1977, he wrote the tribute "I Remember Elvis Presley" for Danny Mirror. More than 2 million copies of this international hit were distributed.

In 1977 Dick Bakker started his music production company "Topesa B.V." and focused on composing, arranging and conducting film music, audiovisuals, company presentations, commercials and album projects. In London he established an orchestra with musicians from The London Philharmonic, St. Martin in The Fields and top musicians from the freelance sector.

In 1991 Dick Bakker became artistic leader of the Dutch Metropole Orkest where he was appointed Chief Conductor in 1992. The Metropole Orkest developed into one of the world's leading orchestras. As Chief Conductor he received the "Gouden Harp" from the Dutch music promotion foundation Conamus and with the orchestra he was awarded the "Ere Zilveren Reissmicrofoon" from the Nipkow foundation for promotion of Dutch radio and television programmes, as well as the "Goulden Notenkraker" of the Dutch Musicians and Artists Union (Ntb). He conducted the Metropole Orkest for numerous radio and television shows with national & international artists and musicians. As chief conductor and artistic director of The Metropole Orchestra, Dick Bakker performed with the following international artists: Oleta Adams, Madeline Bell, Andrea Bocelli, Cristina Branco, Patrick Bruel, Chris de Burgh, Terry Bozzlo, Joe Cocker, George Dalaras, Celine Dion, George Duke, Brian Eno, Art Garfunkel, Gloria Gaynor, Herbie Hancock, Shirley Horn, Cleo Laine, Michel Legrand, Alan Parsons, Laura Pausini, Dulce Pontes, Cliff Richards, Demis Rousos, The Swingle Singers, The Supremes, Sister Sledge, Mikis Theodorakis, Toots Thielemans, Bonny Tyler, Gino Vanelli and Steve Val. Dick Bakker also was the conductor for the Oscar-winning motion picture "Antonia's line" and numerous Dutch box-office hits.

From 2005 Dick Bakker has been active in the music industry for 40 years. In that period he wrote more than 3000 compositions & arrangements and worked as recording engineer, composer, arranger, conductor and producer on hundreds of productions with a distribution of more than 50 million ound and image carriers.

After 14 years, on November 6th 2005, Dick Bakker layed down his position of Chief Conductor and Music Director of The Metropole Orchestra.

(From the original liner notes)

segunda-feira, 12 de agosto de 2013

Berry Lipman Orchestra - Easy Listening - Vol. 3

  1. Farmer's Walking
  2. Fiesta Marbella
  3. Let's Dance Together
  4. Hey Girl
  5. Caribbean Feeling
  6. Knock Up ''Trine''
  7. Midnight in L.A.
  8. Tellania
  9. Samba de Brasil
  10. First Class
  11. Blinky
  12. Islands Over the Wind
  13. Bonita Carmencita
  14. Mexican Moonlight
  15. Beach Girl
  16. La Sega
Easy Listening - Vol. 3

sábado, 10 de agosto de 2013

Ray Anthony - Young Ideas

  1. Moonglow
  2. Why Do I Love You
  3. I Love You
  4. Nice Work If You Can Get It
  5. Lonely Night in Paris
  6. Button Up Your Overcoat
  7. You Turned the Tables on Me
  8. Just One of Those Things
  9. That Old Feeling
  10. Coquette
  11. Wrap Your Troubles in Dream
  12. Young Ideas
Young Ideas

sexta-feira, 9 de agosto de 2013

The Woody Herman Big Band - Live at The Concord Jazz Festival

  1. Things Ain't What They Used to Be
  2. Theme in Search of A Movie
  3. Midnight Run
  4. You Are So Beautiful
  5. John Brown's Other Body
  6. Especially for You
  7. North Beach Breakdown
  8. The Dolphin
  9. Lemon Drop
Concord Jazz Festival

The Woody Herman Orchestra is in fine form during this live performance from the 1981 Concord Jazz Festival. Other than trumpeter Bill Stapleton, none of the sidemen are all that well-known over a decade later but they played very well as an ensemble and there are some worthwhile solos on the varied material. Al Cohn guests on "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" and a spirited "Lemon Drop" while the great Stan Getz steals solo honors on "The Dolphin." 

(By Scott Yanow from allmusic.com)

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