On October 16, 2023, the German orchestra leader and composer of world hits such as “Strangers In The Night” (Frank Sinatra), “L.O.V.E.” (Nat ‘King’ Cole) and “Spanish Eyes” (Al Martino) would have celebrated his 100th birthday. The list of artists who gained international success with Kaempfert’s compositions reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of popular music: Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Bassey, Peggy Lee, Herb Alpert, Johnny Mathis, Brenda Lee, Diana Krall, Caterina Valente, Gregory Porter, Andy Willams, Nancy Wilson and many others. Even today, people recognize his evergreens, which are still being reinterpreted by musicians of a new generation.

The BERT KAEMPFERT DECCA COLLECTION gathers 24 American LPs in an attractively designed CD box. The individual albums come in paper sleeves with the iconic original Decca front + back covers, which with their striking lifestyle motifs exude the flair of the Sixties and Seventies.

The included albums are: 1) April In Portugal, 2) Wonderland By Night, 3) The Wonderland Of Bert Kaempfert, 4) Dancing In Wonderland, 5) With A Sound In My Heart, 6) Afrikaan Beat, 7) That Happy Feeling, 8) Living It Up!, 9) Lights Out, Sweet Dreams, 10) Christmas Wonderland, 11) That Latin Feeling, 12) Blue Midnight, 13) The Magic Music Of Far Away Places, 14) Three O´Clock In The Morning, 15) Bye Bye Blues, 16) OST “A Man Could Get Killed”, 17) Strangers In The Night, 18) Pete Fountain Plays Bert Kaempfert, 19) Hold Me, 20) The World We Knew, 21) Love That Bert Kaempfert, 22) My Way Of Life, 23) Warm And Wonderful, 24) The Kaempfert Touch

In addition to the complete original albums, the BERT KAEMPFERT DECCA COLLECTION contains more than 40 bonus tracks, as well as the worldwide CD premiere of the album “Pete Fountain Plays Bert Kaempfert”, which the famous clarinetist recorded in 1967 in Hamburg, Germany, with the members of the Kaempfert Orchestra.

A detailed, illustrated booklet recounts the extraordinary story of the German composer and bandleader who left his mark in the music world and is still praised and remembered today.

18 oktober 2023
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