Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Jorgen Ingmann - Apache
|The 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
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.
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.
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" 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
"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.
A soft military march supports a fluid guitar presentation of a pretty melody. "Drina-March" is soothing, but not remarkable.
Guitar Boogie (Instrumental)
Echoed guitar boogie in the traditional sense, play in a lightweight vein. Pretty, fluid, remain-seated bounce, and kinda jazzy.
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
Beergarten MOR (Instrumental)
Beergarten fluff with unbelievable (as in I don't believe it) laughter. Little more than silly.
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.
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
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.
Smooth guitar and an MOR backtrack, flowing in an almost Mediterranean holiday sound. Dismissible.
Traditional tune "Valencia" is not updated, retaining all the bouncy silliness its always had.
The difference between "Korfu" and "Zorba The Greek " is slight.
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.
Bobby Darin's hit "Beyond The Sea" is softly instrumentalized. It's pretty in an innocuous sorta way.
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.
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.
Sorta like a guitar boogie, "Verde" is actually pretty fun, and the backtrack rocks in a wheelchair sorta way.
Decent guitar tone and a too-chumpy MOR backtrack... jeesh, this is so MOR!
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.