Medium 1 Put Your Hand In The Hand Kiss Her Once With Feeling Me And My Shadow In Our Time (A Musical Prayer For Peace) Red Sky At At Morning Falling Free Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) Oh Woman, Oh Why Grey Eyes Make Me Blue Bell Bottoms Proud Mary Living Easy
Pop - Vocal Pop
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This has always been a problematic Bert Kaempfert disc for me; on one hand it retains the classic Kaempfert sound on many tracks, yet more contemporary forays into a newer, younger sound met with mixed results. He does a nice enough job on 'Kiss Her Once With Feeling', a Kaempfert original, and Herbert Rehbein's 'In Our Time (A Musical Prayer for Peace)' but they pale in comparison to more traditional-sounding Kaempfert originals here like 'Grey Eyes Make Me Blue' and 'Bell Bottoms', along with standards such as 'Me & My Shadow'. Current hits of the day like 'Put Your Hand in the Hand' and 'Dream Baby' receive nice treatments here as well. Not his best effort overall, but still worth adding to your collection.
NOW! (1971) is a stellar album if you are interested in how Kaempfert merges rock music with his orchestral approach. Bert really pushes the envelope here--it truly rocks and swings! The compositions, chromatic depth, richness, and energy of NOW exceed the predictability of the preceding release Orange Colored Sky. It seems to tap into the chromatic power of choruses in the My Way of Life single from 1968. This is also the only Kaempfert album that features the "acid' electric guitar sound first heard on 1968's Caravan single--adding to the swirling catharsis on several tracks such as A Musical Prayer, Falling Free, and Proud Mary. In my opinion, NOW is the first of a trilogy that includes 6 Plus 6 (1972) and Fabulous Fifties & New Delights/ Yesterday and Today (1973), where Kaempfert is really exploring the depth and range of his writing and arranging, and his relation to the times.
This album “Bert Kaempfert Now”, released by Universal Music in Germany in 2004, was Bert’s 36th domestic album release in 1971, making its CD debut, containing the complete album with 12 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album and single label & number, chart position, with personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955):
LP BERT KAEMPFERT NOW (Decca DL 75305)(BB200 188/1971): 01 Put Your Hand in the Hand*big hit by Ocean (BB Pop 2(1)/1971). 02 Kiss Her Once With Feeling*composed by Bert Kaempfert. 03 Me And My Shadow*original version by “Whispering” Jack Smith (US 1(4)/1927); later by Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. (BB Pop 64/1962); even Brian Hyland has his cute pop version. 04 In Our Time (A Musical Prayer For Peace)(Decca 32875)(US b-side, October 1971)*rare gem; CD debut...
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