2 70s cookers from James Last – both from a time when he was putting a lot of funk into his music! Voodoo Party is a wicked mix of older exotic modes and tighter 70s production – almost in the same style as some of the great Mandingo records from the period, but with perhaps a bit more soul and funk than all-out African influences! Still, there's plenty of rootsy percussion at the bottom – lots of congas and other bits you'd never expect to hear usually from James Last – and a great batch of cuts that includes "Sing A Simple Song", "Heyah Masse Ga", "Mammy Blue", "Jin
Go Lo Ba", "Mr Giant Man", "Everbody's Everything", "Everyday People", and "Voodoo Lady's Love". Well Kept Secret is one of the coolest records ever from James Last – a mid 70s American session, done with styles that are a fair bit different than his other work! Unlike the brassy, bouncing styles of Last's previous records, this one's nicely funky, soulful, and almost a bit laidback at times – filled with great keyboard lines from Larry Muhoberac, who also helped arranged the album with Last and Wes Farrell. The sound is great all the way through – sounding much more like a Kudu/
CTI sort of session than Last's European dates on Polydor – and there's a nice jazz component to the music too, thanks to contributions from Ernie Watts on sax, Tom Scott on flute, and Bobby Bryant on trumpet. Titles include the great mellow groover "I Can't Move No Mountains", plus "Love For Sale", "Question", "Theme From Prisoner Of Second Avenue", "Jubilation", and "Summertime".