Lolita-Schlager Erinnerungen mit Lolita

This was $2 and purchased for use during Oktoberfest, which is on going this week. Over the last two years of doing Oktoberfest posts on this blog, I have really covered most every detail about the festival which started in 1810 in Munich to celebrate the marriage of the future King Ludwig to the Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.  Apparently she was also on the short list of possible brides for Napoleon.  Anyway, I would suggest you check out some the past posts to learn more fun facts about this festival.

Link to a search of Oktoberfest posts on this blog 

Well, I guess I should just straight up point out that this next artist is nor German and is in fact Austrian.  Do not want to get accused of trying to pass this off German or for lumping Austria and Germany together.  But as I did not do my research before selecting this album, we are moving full steam ahead with this record by Edith Enzinger, better known by her stage name, Lolita.  Born in ST Polten in 1931, Lolita had her only Gold Record in 1959, “Seeman” or “Sailor” in English.  Not only did it sell well in German speaking parts of Europe, it sold well in Japan went to #5 in US making at the time one of the few successful records in the US not recorded in English. She remained popular in Austria and Germany. She would pass of cancer at age 79 in 2010.

Since this came out in 1973 on Polydor International, I am guessing that this is a greatest hits compilation.  Well, it is pretty good.  All the songs are in the schlager style that I have been espousing for the last week.  Lolita had a pretty good voice.  A few of these songs really hit it out of the park.  The rest are still pretty good.

For a sample, I decided to pick “La Luna’ and “Was Ein Mann Alles Kann” or what can a man do.  I am not sure if this means what can a man do about a certain situation or what can a man do for me, mainly because I saw Raw last weekend.

Good little record.  Satisfactory.

Bert Kaempfert- The Best of Bert Kaempfert

This double record set was $5.  I bought this some time ago , maybe even two Labor Days ago so I might have got 20% off .  So here I am, writing posts for September  at the same time as I am recording songs for  October, all the while it is in reality August and I am awaiting Harvey which by the time you have read this, will have already passed.  Perhaps I should add these current events to more timely posts.  Well, this is in retrospect, I guess.  The benefits to me of being ahead of posts as opposed to writing these day to day outweigh keeping these timely.

So with Oktoberfest currently going on and after a few days of more conventional German music, here is a regular fixture to this blog, Bert Kaempfert with a greatest hits compilation.  Not much to say about this.  Two albums of some of his more popular compositions as well as arrangements.  Not only it is impressive just how many great songs Kaempfert had a hand in composing.  The cover songs  on this show just how gifted an arranger he was.

For samples, I went with” The World We Knew (Over and Over)”.  Why not Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” as I always seem to post this one?  Well, I already posted it last month.


Caterina Valente- More Schlagerparade

This was $2.  I got this for this Oktoberfest spree we are having but if not for that, I would have bought this anyway as I really like Caterina Valente.  She is a great performer, all around.  As of this writing, I am at home on a Friday awaiting Hurricane Harvey, which is expected to bring heavy rains to the Houston area and by the time of reading this, well most likely be an after thought.   On the plus side, I am getting paid today, so in an odd equation of substitution, I am getting paid to write this post today.

International sensation Valente has had smash hits all over the world.  It was her embrace of the schlager that endeared her with German audiences.  This record, from Decca in 1960 , is a US album of German songs and a follow up to her earlier Schlagerparade.  The album notes Valente’s popularity in “her native Germany”.  This is in error as she was born in Paris to Italians.  Despite this, this is a pretty good album, showcasing Valente’s massive talent.

For a sample, there were a couple of choice to choose from but in the end I went with “Auf Ja Ma Maika” and “Ein Bisschen Pompadour”.

Great little album.  Satisfactory.

Deutschland Musik Korps- Vorwarts!Marsh!

Keepin’ it German for Oktober Fest this month for at least the end of this month.  Here is another record of marches I got for this event for $2.  If you are looking to participate in Oktoberfest activities but at this point, probably have not booked travel to Munich, check out your local area to see what celebrations are going on for those in Houston, there is a link below.  Apparently, they have not changed the graphics much from last year.

Link to Houston Oktoberfest activities

Here is another collection of German military marches brought to you by those fine folks at Fiesta Records.  When you think military bands, think Fiesta.  Not sure when this came out, nor I am too hip towards spending any more time to find out.  Anyway, this is performed by the German Music Corps. The title translates into “Forward March” and despite being German, I am constantly reminded of the Monty Python bit when I listed to this.

For a sample, I went with “Fliegermarsch” or aviator’s march.

Meh.  Sorry.  I like the front cover better than the one two days ago but marching music just does not do it for me.

Heino- Wir Lieben die Sturme

This was $2.  Look at that face with the glasses.  How could one resist?  I think this was the record the drove me to commit to half a month of German content for Oktoberfest. Which is the last thing on my mind right now as at the time of this writing, we are nervously awaiting Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey, who right now looks like he will ruin my weekend.   But hey, that was then.  This is now.  (Ed Note- Sorry to be flippant about an event that ended up to be really hard on a lot of people in town, but I leave this unchanged to reflect the true mood I had going in to the storm).

Heino, born in Dusseldorf in 1938, is a singer of popular German music or schlager as it is known.  You may have seen this word on my blog before.  If not, you will see it again this month fo’ so’. Anyway, exophthalmos gave Heino his trademark glasses.  His baritone voice gave him his success which translated into over 50 million records sold.  He is still active and lives in what has to be one the coolest town names in Germany, Bad Munstereifel.

In 2013, he made news by releasing an cover album of rock, rap, house, and other modern music.  This lead to disgust from some of the bands he covered.  I imagine this is the equivalent of Pat Boone singing heavy metal (which he has done).  Anyway, a slew of bands criticized the move but I am not sure if is because of the music or if it because the singer quoted a line from a Hitler Youth rally out of context around the same time (that part of the world still really cares about that sort of thing).  The sources I read on the matter are a bit inconclusive.

Either way, the album was a hit, and Heino still continues to be the king of schlager. But please note that the band in the first video is not Rammstein. And whatever thoughts the band might have had about him at the time, it was not enough to stop Heino from joining them on stage.

Really good article from Spiegal regarding this album and German’s secret love of schlager.

Anyway, here is this, which Google translates into “We Love The Storm?”, is a compilation album, I believe, which may have originally been released in 1969. With 13 songs, it is a compilation of Heino’s first two albums.  Pretty decent stuff. I mean, it is the schlager that I have been talking about.

For a sample, I went with “Wilde Gesellen” which translated to Wild Friends and sounds something like out a western. I also went with “Schwer Mit Den Schatzen Des Orients Beladen” which Google translates into Heavy Loading With delights of the Orient. Well, I am sure the translation is off but you get the gist of it.

Good little album.  Satisfactory.

Heeresmusikkorps IV- Soldatenlieder

Well,  it is September, which means Oktoberfest is on us again. Technically, it started 3 days ago.  This, the celebration runs to October 3. For one reason or another, I seemed to really double down on the German records this year for this event,  Well, let;s kick it off with this that I got for $2.

Link to helpful hints regarding attending Oktoberfest in Munich

This is a record of soldier’s songs performed by a marching orchestra, occasionally accompanied by a choir.  I assume the IV signifies 4th division of what ever branch this band is from.  Not really feeling digging into to this much further.  Listening to an album of military marches was enough research for me. Not that I do not support the military but it is just there have been no real innovations in the field of marches.  Also, I am not sure there should be, at least not at this juncture.

Anyway, for a sample, I went with “Das Schonste Auf Der Welt’ which translates to “The Most Beautiful In The World”.  To what they are describing, I do not know.

I hate to give this meh since I knew what it was going to sound like before I bought it, but come on.  Rather bland record so meh.

Hank Thompson-The New Roving Gambler

This little gem was $2.50, way worth the price…nay, a grand bargain I say for a Hank Thompson record.  Also , this is the last regular record I am posting on thsi site for the next two weeks as things are about to get real German for Oktoberfest.

It seems that I probably would have mentioned this on the last Thompson post, but did I mention that Thompson’s Nudie suit is in the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix?

This is a compilation record from Hilltop, released in 1968, I believe (some sources point to 1966).  It is made up of earlier songs and is not doubt a budget label release.  Pretty decent stuff.  Some of his bigger numbers, including “Oklahoma Hill” are on this.

But it is the title track which got my attention.  I was quite familiar with the folk versions of this tune, including Rambin’ Jack Elliot’s.  Thompson put his own style on this track and the story plays out in full as compared o the other versions.  Pretty good rendition.  That’s why its our sample.

Good record. Satisfactory.

Jeff Beck with the Jan Hammer Group- Live

This was $2.80 and purchased to inject a bit of rock into the blog which I like to do on Saturdays.  I saw Jeff Beck live at Sam Houston Coliseum.  He was a split bill with Stevie Ray Vaughn,  The year was 1989.  I was still in high school and was 15.  Terry Bozzio played drums.  Tony Hymas was on keys.  I remember being pretty stoked about “Freeway Jam”.  That is about all I remember.

Set List to said show

Interview with Beck and Vaughn and crew

Well, there is this live album, with a similar set up with the Jan Hammer Group.  Hammer best known for his work with the Mahavishnu Orchestra and the Miami Vice theme. Recorded somewhere on tout in 1976 (sources say the Astor Theater in Reading, PA on August 31) and released in 1977, this record features 7 songs which highlight Beck’s guitar skills as well as the interplay with the group.

For a sample, I went with “Full Moon Boogie”, solely because it had vocals, provided by drummer Tony Smith.  Just to round out the personnel, Fernando Saunders plays bass and Steve Kindler plays violin.

Good little album.  Satisfactory.

Ernest Tubb- Ernest Tubb’s Record Shop

This was $2.  Big Tubb fan myself.  Part of me recalls going to his record store in Nashville, Tennessee during a summer trip as a youngster.  But I am not too sure if I am confusing reality with Coal Miner’s Daughter.

Regardless which narrative is true, Tubb’s Record Shop, located on 417 Broadway in Nashville, has been a fixture since 1947.  In its heyday, the store expanded to other Nashville locations as well as out of State but with the general decline in in person music sales, I believe this is the only store left.  Tubb used to host a Midnight Jamboree on Saturday nights in his store.  This was also shown in the movie referenced above.  It is the second longest running radio show.  It also has been moved out of the store.  It is still free however. At the time of writing this, frequent blog subject Connie Smith was the guest host.

Link to Record Store

Anyway, this album came out in 1960.  Pretty good collection of country songs.  I am pretty lazy today so I have linked the Allmusic review which also points out the contribution of the Texas Troubadors as well as the sessionmen on the record.  Easy way out?  Sure.  It is close enough to the weekend so keeping it brief.

Link to Allmusic review

For a sample, I went with “Pick Me Up On Your Way Down”.

Good little album.  Satisfactory.

Trio Del Norte & Trio Los Aquilluchos- Saludos Amigos

This little gem was a dollar.  I tried rolling the dice on this to see what kind of latin music I would be getting myself into.

I do not know much about this record other than what is on the sleeve. The title translates into “Greetings, Friend”.  Released on the Sutton label, a budget label who sold in supermarkets rather than record stores, this is a collection of latin music, mostly bolero and ranchera style.  My guess is that this came out sometime in the sixties.  I suppose if I was a bit more up to snuff on my latin cultures, I might be able to pinpoint where this music came from but not today, I am afraid. My money is Mexico.

For a sample, I went with “Vieja Celosa”.  It is a ranchera and reminds me of the music they play when Liberty Valance gets shot in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance although not shown below.

As far as this record goes, I got a lot of milage out of it.  I liked it.  Satisfactory.