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  • #31
    Yes.
    You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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    • #32
      I was once given a huge ('bout 100 albums) collection of James Last by a friend. Here's what I kept - because it was good, interesting or fun:

      James Last Games That Lovers Play LP 1967
      I like this one because the title track sounds so ominous and disciplined instead of romantic, a friend called it "nazified e-z" and in a metaphorical way there's some truth to that. The rest is decent easy listening.

      James Last Hair LP 1969
      One of Lasts best - very funky versions of music from Hair. Great. More than a few cool breaks and several jazzy moments and cool sounds.

      James Last Happy Summer Party LP 1980
      Tropical style disco-cheese with songs like Copacabana, El Condor Pasa, Guantanamera etc. Has some nice tracks and some bad ones, mainly the ones that are vocal.

      James Last James Last and the Rolling Trinity LP 1979
      Disco versions of traditional songs as well as some own compositions. Quite silly and fun, especially a version of Old McDonald but the songs are a bit too long. Has a little bit of electronics.

      James Last Paradiesvogel LP 1982
      James Last goes new age with pan flutes, strings and synthesizers. Very different from his normal style. Cheesy but nice in some strange kind of way.

      James Last Rock Me Gently LP ?
      Gentle rock is a really good description. Nothing special, but better than the average Last album. Has some nice moments and a little bit of analogue synthesizer.

      James Last Sax รก Gogo LP ?
      Saxophone cheesy listening. Some of it's quite nice.

      James Last Well Kept Secret LP 1975
      Very good and funky album. I think it's even better than his more talked about Voodoo Party, though not as fun.

      James Last With Compliments LP 1970
      Pretty laid back. With some exceptions it's actually quite good, especially his own composition Rainy, Rainy which has a really good bassline.

      James Last Voodoo-Party LP 1972
      Not known for quality but here he tries to funk it up, with lots of rockguitars and percussion, and makes a pretty good job. Decent cover versions, not half as cheesy as they normally are, and it also has two very silly composition of his own called Mr. Giant-Man and Voodoo Ladys Love.

      James Last World Hits LP 1978
      Decent disco album. Features Jim Sullivan on guitar and according to the liner notes also some Polymoog, but that's barely audible. Music is actually quite good, but I don't like the vocals that much.
      "Only one thought left, that makes me come alive,
      and that is you and me side by side, on the licorice ride"

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      • #33
        Funnily nobody ever mentions the album he did here in Ireland - Live At St. Patrick's Cathedral - probably 'cos its pretty stinky. I always see copies of that and Trumpet A Go Go but never some of the more interesting ones with reggae covers. Is Germany a decent hunting ground for them? As I will be in berlin in a month.

        The 80's one with Masterblaster and Games Without Frontiers is pretty decent too.
        Enthusiastic vagueness passes for scholarship in the twilight world of the disc-jockey.

        John Peel

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Brainbomb
          James Last Rock Me Gently LP ?
          Gentle rock is a really good description. Nothing special, but better than the average Last album. Has some nice moments and a little bit of analogue synthesizer.
          This includes his take on Lighthouse's 'One Fine Morning' a tipoff from Blighty if I remember correctly)? This is pretty good, in my opinion. And there's 'Drina March' on one of the 'Trumpet A Go Go's' which is half good (the bits that aren't the oompah chorus).
          You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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          • #35
            I always see copies of that and Trumpet A Go Go but never some of the more interesting ones with reggae covers. Is Germany a decent hunting ground for them? As I will be in berlin in a month.
            Sweden is very good for hunting James Last. Germany would probably be even better. I've seen a lot in Denmark too.

            If in Germany it's also worthwhile to search for Frank Valdor - some say he's from Austria though. He made a lot of albums "in Dynamic Party-Sound" in the 60s and 70s. Not as many as Last but some of them are actually really good. Not many people seem to talk about him though, with possible exception for the break-heavy Live in Rio. If anyone is interested in more info I could start a new thread and post my Valdor records with short reviews (as I have of all my records) just like the James Last Post above...

            Also - in Germany you can search for Heino - who's not funky at all but fun...
            "Only one thought left, that makes me come alive,
            and that is you and me side by side, on the licorice ride"

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            • #36
              Frank Valdor did a fair bit of library stuff too - there's a few gems in his back catalogue (well, I like 'em!), but his LPs very rarely make it to England, it seems. He also recorded as Orchester Sunny Holiday (though his real name's actually Klaus-Dieter Hirt!)

              I'd be interested to know what you have, actually - and if you've got any spares you want to get shot of.......

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              • #37
                [QUOTE=Brainbomb][COLOR=SlateGray][QUOTE=emperor
                Also - in Germany you can search for Heino - who's not funky at all but fun...[/QUOTE]

                I'll probably avoid that blonde freak. I was introduced to him by the Incredibly Strage Music book Volume 2 years ago. Great story about the Dead Kennedies playing him between sets. The German punks were amused and did silly danes for 2 songs but when it didn't stop they destroyed the venue.
                Enthusiastic vagueness passes for scholarship in the twilight world of the disc-jockey.

                John Peel

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                • #38
                  Hey Lord Thames, I started a new Frank Valdor thread to keep this strictly Last!
                  "Only one thought left, that makes me come alive,
                  and that is you and me side by side, on the licorice ride"

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                  • #39
                    This is an interesting topic, because I see that James Last stuff all the time, and thanks to this article, I bought Beachparty 3 today, with a nice version of 'put your hand' on it. I like that break.
                    http://thejazzkid.tumblr.com

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by Blast kid
                      This is an interesting topic, because I see that James Last stuff all the time, and thanks to this article, I bought Beachparty 3 today, with a nice version of 'put your hand' on it. I like that break.
                      glad it proved useful! nice to see someone dipping their toes in the james last vinyl ocean...

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                      • #41
                        Yep, the Hansy hoodoo is strong around this one. Earlier in the week, without looking, I found a copy of the "Happy Brasilia" 7" in a record shop within about 40 mins of first reading about it!
                        Endless Tripe

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by vinylism
                          glad it proved useful! nice to see someone dipping their toes in the james last vinyl ocean...
                          very useful, I run into James Last records all the time. Too bad I didn't know that article yet when I saw a copy of that 'carribean nights' and was thinking:" pfft, stupid James Last stuff"...
                          http://thejazzkid.tumblr.com

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by son of stan
                            Yep, the Hansy hoodoo is strong around this one. Earlier in the week, without looking, I found a copy of the "Happy Brasilia" 7" in a record shop within about 40 mins of first reading about it!
                            That's spawn and a half. Is it a UK release?

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                            • #44
                              Just seen a James Last I've never seen before 'James Last and Astrud Gilberto' - I didn't shell out the 50p due to the 1986 date - was this a mistake? Anyone know it?
                              "..hole...road...middle thereof"

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Blighty
                                That's spawn and a half. Is it a UK release?
                                German, I think. Picture cover of JL and the lads arsing about on a beach.
                                Endless Tripe

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