Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra

Lights Out, Sweet Dreams

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More eminently tuneful instrumental from Bert Kaempfert, covers of old pop ("Dream," "Body and Soul," "Love Letters") and big band hits ("Sentimental Journey") interspersed with engaging originals ("Highland Dream," "Magnolia Blossoms"). The arrangements are quite varied, with a most satisfying sax solo (and a muted, barely audible male chorus) on "Dream," an emphasis on flutes as the dominant instrument on "Highland Dream," and a delightful flourish of pizzicato strings, amid smooth reeds and a spritely trumpet break, on "Gemma." And the trombone and piano solos on "Body and Soul" are delicious listening. Side one is stronger than side two, but overall this is one of Kaempfert's most enduring collections, ranging from the playful to the sweetly sentimental. All of it, of course, is closely miked in the best "hi-fi" tradition of the period, and will delight stereophiles (among many others) to no end.

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