Addy Flor and his Orchestra – Days Of Summer (1975)


Alles geht im Kreis

This is a very solid easy listening album showing strong composing skills and featuring groovy lounge sounds. Addy (actually Arno) Flor (1925-2008) is one of the most obscure, and in my opinion, most neglected names of German easy listening. Flor delivers sophisticated cheese like Heinz Kiessling, and that says a lot. There’s very little information available about him. As the German Wikipedia states, from 1948 onwards, he worked for the RIAS-Tanzorchester in Berlin under Werner Müller. From 1954 he worked as a freelance musician for people such as Franz Thon, Erwin Lehn and Robert Stolz. In 1969, he co-authored with Pete Jacques the MPS album Twilight Mood. He also wrote the backup music for several female singers, and the Dutch Greetje Kauffeld is the one on this album. In recent years, some of his tracks resurfaced on CD compilations such as Like A Breeze and Holiday In Brazil, using music from the Brillant-Musik library label.

You are reading my mind.

Das Tanzorchester des Südwestfunks – Mister Lucky (1968)


Mr. Lucky

In a way, this is a proto-MPS record, since the SABA record company was the predecessor renamed to MPS in 1968 – that is, Musikproduktion Schwarzwald, later reverently »Most Perfect Sound« or even »Magic Purple Sunshine« by a certain blog… »Das Tanzorchester des Südwestfunks« was a radio orchestra of the South-West German regional television SWF, nowadays SWR. Some parts of the record sound older than 1968, other parts are delightfully over-the-top sophisticated radio orchestra arrangements seldom encountered elsewhere, including the typical sleek wall of brass. Wonderfully 1960s-artsy cover. This record should fit in neatly with any MPS collection.

Looks like I’m being Mister Lucky here!