Leo Diamond

Exciting Sounds from Romantic Places

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Exciting Sounds from Romantic Places was recorded in stereo (as well as mono) and features multi-tracked harmonica parts, various sound effects, and a variety of custom harmonicas designed for this album by Leo Diamond. The most remarkable of these, a "group chord harmonica, with which Diamond simulated trumpet sections with added tremolo and echo effects," is pictured. These are all the ingredients for a classic, expensive-to-produce, "showcase of stereo sound" as well as a further step in Diamond's plan to elevate the harmonica's status. About half of the quasi-exotic tunes are of European flavor, which is better suited to harmonica, while others are more tropical. While "Strange Enchantment" is the most interesting cut on the album, it remains to be seen whether "exotica" is suited to the harmonica. The one original, "The Girls in Brazil," is lively but resistible. The romantic places, technicalities, and even unusual sounds are well covered, but only the serious harmonica fan is likely to find it exciting.

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