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Jorgen Ingmann - Apachedotdot
artworkA couple of very cool tracks amid a sea od slush. Jorgen Ingmann had thee hit version of "Apache" in the US.
Picks: Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, Apache, Oh!, Little Serenade, Pepe, Serenade Of The Mandolins, Echo Boogie, Amorada, Anna, The March Of The Siamese Children, Dalla Strada Alle Stelle, Side Saddle, My Isle Of Golden Dreams

Track by Track Review

Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen dotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

What's this doing here? Dark twang and dirty bass, a circular riff, and a sense of danger. "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" is a pretty cool track, sorta surfish, and definitely NOT like the MOR crud here. Goodness!

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.

Oh! dot
MOR (Instrumental)

"Oh!" is a very light weight and flippant intro decidedly in the easy listening category, and very much inspired by Les Paul.

Little Serenade dot
MOR (Instrumental)

Whistlers and an almost polka instro song is smooth and completely inoffensive. Pure fluff.

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.

Serenade Of The Mandolins dot
MOR (Instrumental)

Another easy listening journey down romance novel lane... pretty but entirely dismissible.

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.

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.

The March Of The Siamese Children dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

From The King And I, "The March Of The Siamese Children" is among the more interesting of Jorgen Ingmann's instros, but not as cool as the U. S. Rockets. Not exactly rock 'n' roll. but it sports a groove nonetheless.

Dalla Strada Alle Stelle dot
MOR (Instrumental)

Fake cool in the way only the the late fifties bachelor pad sound could generate. Squishy and without redeeming qualities.

Side Saddle dot
MOR (Instrumental)

A cowboy in white chaps with fringe all decked out for the fancy-pants hoe down. Yikes!

My Isle Of Golden Dreams dot
MOR (Instrumental)

"My Isle Of Golden Dreams" floats softly on a a barely-island theme as only a tourist daydream could endure.