"I want to make music for everyone. It must be enjoyed by all. Otherwise it is pointless."
Includes four bonus tracks: Me And You And A Dog Named Boo (previously unissued), Red Sky At Morning, Oh Woman Oh Why and And There Was Love (previously unissued).
Sound Engineer: Peter Klemt
Concept & Text: Bert Kaempfert Music, Hamburg
Translation: Angela Schumacher
Design: LOGICON HAMBURG
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Bert Kaempfert's great breakthrough came in 1960 with his No. 1 hit in the USA, Wonderland By Night, which went on to conquer the world. He was the first German bandleader to be awarded a gold record in the USA. DJs in the American music magazine Cash Box voted his orchestra "Band of the Future."
In 1968 Bert Kaempfert won no less than five of the annual BMI awards in New York in the category of "most played compositions" for Lady, Spanish Eyes, Strangers In The Night, Sweet Maria and The World We Knew.
In 1974 "Mr. Invisible" received triumphant applause at his first two live concerts in London's Royal Albert Hall. At the early age of 56, Bert Kaempfert died of a stroke on 21 June 1980. That his music and compositions have a firm place in international music life is emphasized by numerous posthumous awards. In June 1993 he was elected to "The Songwriters' Hall of Fame" in New York - the first German to receive this most prestigious of all international awards.
The Kaempfert Touch
The "Kaempfert Touch" - this term stands for that "certain something" with which Bert Kaempfert laced his music: attractive melodies, elaborate arrangements combining various instruments to produce a soft and gentle sound, the chorus treated in an orchestral manner, mellow trumpets or other solo instruments, a unique rhythm - and all that conducted by a man who knows how to get his musicians to play in a very special and typical manner.
This special "touch" is not only found in compositions by the Kaempfert/Rehbein team but is also used to enhance works by other composers, as is admirably demonstrated by the album THE KAEMPFERT TOUCH, recorded in October 1969 in Hamburg and released at the beginning of 1970. Alongside original Kaempfert/Rehbein numbers such as the dramatic We Can Make It, Girl (which was performed by Malcolm Roberts among others), the truly swinging Headin' Home, the romantic waltz One Day With You or the lively bossa nova All For You, there is a wealth of hits and mega-hits from 1969: Something, which Frank Sinatra regarded as "the greatest love song of the past 50 years," is taken from the Beatles album "Abbey Road" (then brand-new) which brought the Fab Four a gold record; Shirley Bassey's version also landed in the hit parades at the time. Today this song is available in over 150 cover versions - and Bert Kaempfert's is among them. Didn't We was written by Jim Webb, the composer of such pop classics as Up, Up And Away and By The Time I Get To Phoenix. It was a further success for the actor Richard Harris who had discovered his musical talents in the role of King Arthur in the film version of the musical "Camelot"; Webb's melodramatic MacArthur Park had been a previous hit for the actor. America's most successful female group of all time, the Supremes, shot yet again to the top of the charts with Someday We'll Be Together; Diana Ross, the lead singer, took her leave of the soul trio with this song to start an extremely successful solo career.
Alongside such illustrious pop songs, illustrious film melodies must take their rightful place, and so two such numbers - rivals for an Oscar in 1969 - are heard here. While Rod McKuen's Jean from the film "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" had to be satisfied with the honor of being nominated, Burt Bacharach's Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head from "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid," filmed with Paul Newman and Robert Redford and a success all the world over, was awarded the coveted trophy. B.J. Thomas's vocal version stormed to the top of the charts and was one of the greatest successes of the year, bringing him a gold record. The number has since firmly established itself as one of the best known evergreens.
Bert Kaempfert's sound engineer Peter Klemt was awarded a diploma by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for the nomination of the album THE KAEMPFERT TOUCH as "Best Engineered Recording (Non-Classical)," a further testimony to the internationally recognized high quality of Kaempfert recordings.
Among the four bonus tracks on this CD are two previously unreleased Kaempfert recordings: the original composition And There Was Love from 1970 and Me And You And A Dog Named Boo, which was produced in 1971 and has since lain in the archives. Peter Klemt took his seat once more at the mixing console in 1995 to give this title the typical "Kaempfert Touch." The two remaining numbers come from the 1971 album BERT KAEMPFERT NOW!: Red Sky At Morning was composed by Herbert Rehbein while Oh Woman Oh Why stems from the pen of Paul McCartney of the Beatles.