Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ludwig & The Klassics: Mumph?



The perfect instrumental underscore to that great lost Blake Edwards movie in your mind. Deathless classical melodies get slapped with a groovy 1966 paint job (that is, both the arrangements and the names are modern; most of the track titles are made-up monikers for old familiar tunes. The data in brackets are mine). None of the instrumentalists or guys on the cover are named; this may well be a Wrecking Crew joint. Fortunately the publishing data on the labels reveals the mastermind to be Joe Saraceno, staff producer for Liberty Records and hit producer of instrumental combos The Ventures, The Marketts, and The Routers. Joe Saraceno and Buddy Prima did most of the arrangements here, with contributions from Sandy Linzer, Denny Randell, and Ernie Freeman.

My Heart Reminds Me
Forgive Me, Beethoven [Chopin, Waltz, Opus 64 #2 in C sharp minor]
Secret Service [Brahms, Hungarian Dance #5]
Ruffles [???]
Camp Capers [???]
Mumph [Liszt, Liebestraum]
A Lover’s Concerto [J.S. Bach, Minuet for Harpsichord in G Major]
Meat Hand Symphony [Rachmaninoff, Prelude in C sharp minor]
Ludwig’s Lament [Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto #1 in B flat minor]
Snuff [Mozart, Piano Sonata #15 in C]
Symphonic Nights [Tchaikovsky, Symphony #6 “Pathetique” 1st movement]
Harumphfft [Grieg, Piano Concerto in A minor Opus 16]

Music & artwork

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