Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Review by Ian King
Issue 346 – October 2016
(2CD) The Great Pop Organ Sound Of Klaus Wunderlich
Running Time 2 hours 15 minutes – Price £6.95
A few months ago I reviewed “Absolutely Wunderlich,” a new double CD set from Klaus on the ‘Not Now Music’ label and hot on the heels of that comes their second release. While that set featured unreleased rehearsal tapes from Klaus’ 1995 tour, this one is a compilation containing thirty-seven tracks (packing in eighty-seven tunes) taken from nineteen LPs.
The years covered span 1975 through to 1989 which follows on perfectly from Bell Musik’s 2012 release “Maestro” which plucked material from 1967 to 1974. That set featured his “Hammond Pops” and “Hits Again” series with two medleys from each album and this one does the same with two from each of his later albums. These include “Wunderlich Pops,” “Pops International,” “Pop Party” and “Pop Organ Hit Party 1 & 2” to name a few. While “Maestro” was a mainly Hammond affair, this set features his move into the fabulous world of Wersi which was the period that kick-started many a collection.
If you’re a Klaus fan, you will have some of these in your cupboards (or more likely, lofts), but I’m sure they never sounded as good as they do on this set. Even though the tracks are taken from pristine LPs, they have been sprinkled with anti-scratchy fairy dust by producer Werner Kohlhammer and the result is a lovely set with a warm sound.
If you haven’t got “Maestro,” we now have copies for £8.95 and we also have “Absolutely Wunderlich” for £6.95 (both are double CDs).
FULL TRACKS: Disc One (Running Time: 67.23): Bonjour mon Amour / In Einem Polenstädtchen / O Sole Mio • La Paloma / Alle Liebe Dieser Erde • The Entertainer / Si / I’m Leaving it (All) Up to You • Tränen Lügen Nicht / She • Fancy Pants / I Can Do It • I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do / Sing A Happy Song / Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi • Only Yesterday / Bye Bye Baby • January / Never Can Say Goodbye • The Hustle / The Puzzle • What A Difference A Day Makes / I’m On Fire / Hell Wie Ein Diamant • Maria Elena / Feelings / I Can’t Stop Loving You • I Write the Songs / Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto de Aranjuez / A Little Love and Understanding • Daddy Cool / Girls, Girls, Girls / Aber Bitte mit Sahne • Dancing Queen / I Love to Love • Living Next Door to Alice / Beautiful Noise / Anita • Be My Boogie Woogie Baby / Under the Moon of Love • Einsamer Hirte / Ballade Pour Adeline • Oxygene IV / Magic Fly / I Feel Love.
Disc Two (Running Time: 68.06): Rasputin / Summer Nights / You’re the Greatest Lover • The Disco – Beathoven (Symphony No.5) / Take a Chance on Me / You’re the One That I Want • Angel of Mine / Strings of Paradise • Celebration / All Over the World / Ich Steig’ Aus. • Dance Little Bird / This Ole House / Making Your Mind Up • Hands Up / Loreley / You Drive Me Crazy • Mamma Maria / Juliet / Together We’re Strong • Wir Beide Gegen den Wind / Eye in the Sky / Love Isn’t Love • Blue Night Shadow / Mein Tuut Tuut (My Toot Toot) • Comment Ca Va / Am Strand von Griechenland / Männer Brauchen Liebe • Fings Ain’t Wot They Used to Be / Lambeth Walk / Down at the Old Bull & Bush • A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square • Bamsens Fødselsdag / Det Var Pa Frederiksberg Og Andre Steder • Gok Valsen • Spanish Guitars / Yes, We Have No Bananas • One Night in Bangkok / Ghostbusters • When Day is Done • Too Soon • Goodnight.
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Review by Ian King from Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Magazine.