Cocktails at the Terra Lounge 22nd Aug 2010

Lounge, jazz, exotica, easy listening, Hammond, suburban party music.. On Sunday I was very happy to play a set of my secret musical pleasures for a couple of hours at the Terra Lounge in Second Life. Most of the songs below are from the original vinyl, the result of an embarrassing amount of crate digging and record shop hunting! It’s all stuff I really love the sound of, music that always, always puts a smile on my face and makes me jig around the room. Listening to “Swinging Safari” is like having a joyful puppy run up to you to give you a kiss – How can you not smile?

There’s lots of James Last here too – He was a major mover in the easy listening/suburban party music movement of the late 60s and 70s. He toured extensively in his native Germany and Europe, and was always at pains to put on a show with high musical standards backed up with top class sound engineering (provided by Peter Klempt). My favourite of his productions is “Fly me to the moon” in which the sublime orchestration and precise audio engineering come together to provide an almost transcendent experience. His own epiphany for creating and arranging the distinctive James Last sound came in the early 1960s, and his comments easily sum up the appeal of this oft-overlooked music:

“It instantly occurred to me that they were making great music for dancing to in America and Britain, but it was in a style that was only suited to the kids. No-one was playing this material in a way that would be acceptable to the rest of the population – playing good party music in fact. We didn’t have any other ambition but to make someone’s party more enjoyable.”

123 mins. 192 kbps MP3 (168 MB)

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1. James Last – In a Persian Market
2. The Merlin Trio – Jazz me blues
3. Django Reinhardt/Stéphane Grappelli – Nagasaki
4. Bix Beiderbecke – Clarinet Marmalade
5. Dominick’s CVC Filipino Band – Fly me to the Moon
6. Duncan Lamont – Call me
7. George Blackmore and his Hammond X77 Organ – Fly me to the Moon/medley
8. Sounds Orchestral – Call Me
9. Jimmy Smith – Wives and lovers
10. The Tony Hatch Singers & Swingers – Wives and Lovers
11. Bert Kaempfert – Swinging Safari
12. Klaus Wunderlich – Up, up and away
13. Stef Meeder – Candid Cuban
14. The Gatecrashers – Guantanamera
15. Luis Alberto del Parana/Los Paraguayos – Guantanamera
16. Les Baxter – Que Mango!
17. Johnny Hawksworth – I’m gonna go fishin’
18. Enoch Light and the Light Brigade – Hot Pants
19. Augie Colón – Mambo Balahu
20. Enoch Light and the Light Brigade – Mambo
21. Jimmy Smith – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Pt. 1
22. Enoch Light and the Light Brigade – Season of the Witch
23. Basil Henruques and the Waikiki Islanders – Can’t take my eyes off you
24. The Jay Norman Quintet – Frenesi
25. Klaus Wunderlich – Mas que nada
26. Martin Denny – The wild one
27. David Rose and his Orchestra – The Stripper
28. Garry Blake and his Orchestra – Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows
29. Yma Sumac – Taki Rari
30. Les Baxter – Flight In The Andes
31. James Last – Funiculi-Funicula
32. The Gatecrashers – American Patrol
33. Peanuts Taylor – Lizzie Carry Basket
34. Django Reinhardt/Stéphane Grappelli – I Got Rhythm
35. Sounds Orchestral – Baubles, Bangles and Beads
36. Tony Mottola – Lush and lovely
37. The Command All-Stars – Mad about the boy
38. 101 Strings plus Guitars Galore – A man and a woman
39. Garry Blake and his Orchestra – A man and a woman
40. Les Reed – A man and a woman
41. Enoch Light and the Light Brigade – Boy Meets Horn
42. George Blackmore and his Hammond X77 Organ – Perfida/The Shadow of your Smile
43. James Last – Cachita
44. James Last – Trumpet Hop
45. James Last – Fly me to the moon
46. Lenny Dee – June night
47. Les Baxter – Sensual Hallucination


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