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Jorgen Ingmann - Apachedotdot
artworkThe husband and wife team of Greta and Jorgen Ingmann were the Danish version of Les Paul and Mary Ford. Jorgen Ingmann was managed by Bent Fabric, who got himself and Ingmann signed to Atco in 1961, with one 'n' dropped from the last name. The vast majority of this material is MOR, and very light weight. It's amazing that he came up with "Apache!"

Vocals include "Bla Ballon," "Den Gamle Guitar," and "Far. Jeg Kan Ikke Fa Hul Pa Kokosnodden" ("Teddy Bears' Picnic").
Picks: Apache, Pepe, Camilla, Dolannes Melodi, Zorba The Greek, Drina-March, Echo Boogie, Amorada, Sikken Dejlig Dag, Wheels, Bonanza, Temaet Fra Olsen Banden, Violetta, Valencia, Korfu, High Noon, La Mer, Anna, Cherokee, Verde, Sweet Talk, Desert March

Track by Track Review

Apache dotdotdotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

Around the world, it was Hank Marvin and the Shadows that hit with Jerry Lordan's tune in 1960. Everywhere except Denmark and the US, where Jorgen Ingman ruled the charts with this exceptional track. It's my personal opinion that this is the quintessential version of "Apache." When will Atco reissue the album? Every surf band on earth played this tune in the early days of reverb.

Pepe dot
MOR (Instrumental)

Jorgen Ingmann's guitar plays against a bouncy MOR backtrack. "Pepe" is a song that made the rounds in 1961 when this was recorded. faux Mexican pinata party laughter augments the track.

Camilla dot
MOR (Instrumental)

Sorta Three Suns sounding, "Camilla" is light weight guitar popster. Very much like the soft side of Les Paul, it's pretty in a playful MOR way.

Dolannes Melodi dotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

"Dolannes Melodi" is a moody flight of airy guitar over a lush ambiance. It's a very soft track, and also very beautiful. Perfect for a nighttime beach rendezvous.

Zorba The Greek dot
MOR (Instrumental)

"Zorba The Greek" starts out slow and light, migrates through a fluid MOR construct, past a built up stage, and into a fully complex verse, just like the movie score.

Drina-March dot
MOR (Instrumental)

A soft military march supports a fluid guitar presentation of a pretty melody. "Drina-March" is soothing, but not remarkable.

Echo Boogie dotdot
Guitar Boogie (Instrumental)

Echoed guitar boogie in the traditional sense, play in a lightweight vein. Pretty, fluid, remain-seated bounce, and kinda jazzy.

Amorada dotdot
Light Rock MOR (Instrumental)

Some near power guitar notes open "Amorada" before it lightens up a little. Like a hard-edged MOR track, it's on the fun side, and kinda odd. Not bad.

Sikken Dejlig Dag dot
Beergarten MOR (Instrumental)

Beergarten fluff with unbelievable (as in I don't believe it) laughter. Little more than silly.

Wheels dotdotdot
Sub Surf (Instrumental)

The String-A-Longs' classic "Wheels" is played in a lighter style, and much smoother. Despite the lightness of this track, it's quite endearing.

Bonanza dotdot
Cowboy MOR (Instrumental)

This is an interesting distortion of Al Caiola's theme to the TV show. It doesn't rock, it doesn't roll, it has no western feel, yet it's oddly cool. All I can say is good grief!

Temaet Fra Olsen Banden dot
MOR (Instrumental)

Herky jerky damped notes deliver a funky backing to a fluid soft guitar instro. A long ways from cool, but very smooth atop a strange backtrack.

Violetta dot
MOR (Instrumental)

Smooth guitar and an MOR backtrack, flowing in an almost Mediterranean holiday sound. Dismissible.

Valencia dot
MOR (Instrumental)

Traditional tune "Valencia" is not updated, retaining all the bouncy silliness its always had.

Korfu dotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

The difference between "Korfu" and "Zorba The Greek " is slight.

High Noon dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

The cowboy drama of "High Noon" is almost carried off by Jorgen Ingmann's guitar, dampened by the fluffy backtrack. Still, it's pretty enough.

La Mer dotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

Bobby Darin's hit "Beyond The Sea" is softly instrumentalized. It's pretty in an innocuous sorta way.

Anna dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

This version of the commonly covered "Anna" is not bad for an MOR interpretation. Almost bouncy and energetic, the guitar tone is solid and the flow alright.

Cherokee dotdot
MOR Surf (Instrumental)

"Cherokee" is a funny track. Soft double picked guitar lightly flows the melody above a soft and almost pointless backtrack. Think elevator surf. Strange.

Verde dotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

Sorta like a guitar boogie, "Verde" is actually pretty fun, and the backtrack rocks in a wheelchair sorta way.

Sweet Talk dot
MOR (Instrumental)

Decent guitar tone and a too-chumpy MOR backtrack... jeesh, this is so MOR!

Desert March dotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

Marching legions of desert rats appear across the horizon, where a moody High Noon-ish melody floats off the sad guitar. Just when you think it's going to remain listenable, the Three Suns nonsense break comes along.