Hammond Sensations

Klaus Wunderlich

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Hammond Sensations Review

by Tony Wilds

Hammond Sensations reissues an EP of that same title (Telefunken UX-4849) plus Cuban Hammond...Delicado!!! (Telefunken UX-4875). Unless it was released also as a 10" LP, this is the first pop Hammond LP by its greatest practitioner. Side one, representing the initial record, is rather conservative. Four sentimental ballads demonstrate his skill and great sound, and only the uptempo "It's Only a Paper Moon" hints at zanier things to come. Side two shows Wunderlich at full speed. First he goes after "Tico Tico," the quintessential pop Hammond workout; Ethel Smith's version is matched if not surpassed. "Delicado" and "Cavaquinho" further demonstrate his power and inventiveness, and with such an auspicious start (minus the baggage of pipe organ or piano), it seems that anything is possible.

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