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✨✧ Gunter Kallmann ChoirKallman Choir Originals Vol 1 – Elisabeth Serenade/Serenade Im Schlosspark ... CD
Polydor/Verve (Germany), 1962/1964. New Copy ... $12.99
Dreamy vocals from the Gunter Kallmann Choir – two early albums back to back on a single CD! Elisabeth Serenade has the mixed male/female ensemble taking on a host of tunes that sometimes have traditional roots, other times are more contemporary German numbers – but still a bit different than the groovier songs they'd cut later in the 60s. Arrangements are by Kurt Edelhagen and Werner Twardy – and while the vocals are pretty straightforward, they do have a wonderfully lush vibe that prefigures the sound of later groups like Singer Unlimited. Titles include "La Montanara", "Serenade Aus Die Millionen Des Harlekin", "Traum Melodie", "Elisabeth Serenade", and "Bei Walzermusik". Serenade In Schlosspark is a batch of tunes set in a castle garden – served up with a slightly regal feel in the arrangements, in ways that almost have the Gunter Kallman ensemble singing with an even more heavenly sound than usual! A few numbers have playful melodies, with almost some Alpine touches – while others are more staid – and titles include "Indian Song", "Kerzen Serenade", "Liebe Die Nie Vergeht", "Tiritomba", "Wiegenlied", and "Concerto D'Amour". CD

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✨✧ Gunter Kallmann ChoirKallman Choir Originals Vol 2 – Serenade Am Meer/Schneewalzer ... CD
Polydor/Verve (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy ... $12.99
A full album from the classic Gunter Kallman Choir – plus a host of rare singles from the 60s! Serenade Am Meer serves up the kind of sound that made the Kallman Choir a legend on the German easy scene of the 60s – a blend of four female and three male voices, set to lilting arrangements from Werner Twardy – often moving in ways that hardly disturbs the vocals at all, and instead lets the group's harmonies dominate the music with a nicely lush vibe! There's bits of strings, chimes, and accordion in the instrumentation – but the main focus is on the vocals, on tunes that include "Capri Fischer", "La Mer", "Seemann", "Poeme", "Lili Marleen", "Gluhwurmchen", "Alte Muhlen Junge Herzen", and "Wenn Wir Heut Auseinandergeh'n". CD also features 13 more tracks from assorted late 60s Polydor singles by the group – with representations of pic sleeves inside – and music that's often a bit more towards the groovy or pop sound of the group! Some tunes are remakes of American hits, redone as vocal group tracks with the Kallman vibe – others are original German tracks – and titles include "All'Deine Liebe", "Scheewalzer", "Rosen Fur Elisabeth", "Brot Und Butter", "Dear Heart", and "Alles Versteh'n Heisst Alles Verzeih'n". CD

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Gunter Kallmann ChorusOnce In Each Life ... LP
Polydor, 1969. Near Mint- ... $4.99
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(Cover has light edge wear and a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Lill LindforsKom I Min Varld ... CD
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A totally groovy little record from Swedish singer Lill Lindfors – an artist who's got an equally great ear for sounds from France, Brazil, and even the American west coast – all of which she serves up here in her own unique style! Lill's music has always gotten attention from folks who are interested in the global spread of bossa during the 60s – but this wonderful album has even more to offer than just that, as Lindfors comes across with a depth that reminds us of Elis Regina on some of her more sophistcated late 60s sides, or maybe even some of the hipper French singers as things were really getting interesting once they moved past pop. Backings are by Marcus Osterdahls, who has a great way of moving between zippy sounds and more subtle ones – and Lills sings songs by Edu Lobo, Sonny Rollins, Jacques Brel, and The Beatles – plus some cool originals too. Titles include "Teresa", "Var Frihet", "Satt Lite Fart", "Den Forsta Sommaren", "Om Du Gar Din Vag", and "Har Ar Jag". CD
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Brigitte FontaineBrigitte Fontaine Est ... LP
Saravah/Superior Viaduct (France), 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $14.99
The Saravah Records debut from this amazing French singer – done with a wonderful sound that really links two generations of French music! At some level, the album's got a slightly more standard feel – bits of jazz, but inflected freshly – almost like the sublime Jeanne Moreau album on 60s Polydor. But at another level, there's already some of Fontaine's experimental spirit strongly at play – putting the songs together with a very creative, poetic approach. Pierre Barouh (of Francis Lai soundtrack & Saravah fame) handled the music, and the orchestrations have lots of cool little bits and weird twists and turns – and Brigitte's voice is strong and clear, more like other familiar female French singers than on her later work. Tracks include "L'Homme Objet", "Le Beau Cancer", "Il Pleut", "Je Suis Inadaptee", and "Comme Rimbaud". Totally worth having if you dig groovy French stuff! (French, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album

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