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Upstairs at Larry's: Lawrence Welk Uncorked
1. Green Sheik of Araby - Jo Anne Castle (Greens Keepers Mix)
2. Champagne Time - Lawrence Welk (Rithma Welkaseltzer Mix)
3. Baby Elephant Walk - Lawrence Welk (Monkey Bars Remix)
4. Caravan - Lawrence Welk (Groove Junkies Remix)
5. String of Pearls - Bob Smale (Kaskade Remix)
6. Honey - Lawrence Welk (Boston Tea Boys Chill Mix)
7. You Are My Sunshine - Guy & Ralna/Buddy Merrill/Joy & The Spider (Joy & The Spider Club Mix)
8. Baby Elephant Safari - Lawrence Welk (DJ Keri & DJ 43 More Peanuts Please Remix)
9. You Can Dance - Lawrence Welk (Q-Burns Abstract Message Remix)
10. Let's Go Dance Again - Curt Ramsey Quintet (East Coast Boogiemen Mama's Memory Re-Rub mix)
11. Bubbles in the Wine - Lawrence Welk (Dex Dubious Extra Fizzy Mix)
12. Scatterbrain - Lawrence Welk (Nobody Remix)
13. Watch What Happens - Lawrence Welk (Physics Plastique Extravaganza Remix)
14. Let It Be Me - Star, Joel/Tanya/Magic Elephant Orchestra (Magic Elephant Orchestra Remix)
15. Blue Velvet - Lawrence Welk (Smitty Remix)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 79767
Etienne Stehelin; Finn Bjarnson; Dex Dubious; Doron Orenstein; Ken Hankins; Evan Landes; Juniper; Mitch Manker & his Brass Section; Rob Evanoff; Gabriel D. Vine; Ryan Raddon; Magic Elephant Orchestra; Matt Carter
Doron Orenstein; Ken Hankins; Evan Landes; Gabriel D. Vine; Matt Carter
Tributee: Lawrence Welk.
Personnel: Doron Orenstein (vocals, saxophone); Star, Joel (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Gabriel D. Vine (clarinet); Mitch Manker & His Brass Section (trumpet); Adam Schiff (keyboards).
Audio Mixer: Evan Landes.
Audio Remixers: Etienne Stehelin; DJ 43; Finn Bjarson; Mark Share; Juniper; Mitch Manker & His Brass Section; Ryan Raddon; James Curd.
Recording information: A Squared Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Jam Box, Chicago, IL; Machine Head, Venice, CA.
Arrangers: Etienne Stehelin; DJ 43; Evan Landes; Juniper; Mitch Manker & His Brass Section; Magic Elephant Orchestra.
Well, it had to happen eventually. Vanguard Records, a label run by The Welk Group, has gathered together the master tapes of an album's worth of tracks by the late corporate head Lawrence Welk and his legendary "champagne music" band and handed them over to a largely unknown group of producers for the full dance remix treatment. The 68-minute album is front-loaded with clever and danceable winners like the Greens Keepers' lounge-exotica throwback "Green Shiek of Araby" and Rithma's funky, fractured take on The Lawrence Welk Show's theme, "Champagne Time." But after the second deconstruction of Henry Mancini's "Baby Elephant Walk" and a groovy but seemingly endless version of "You Are My Sunshine," the album's second half bogs down with a parade of too-similar remixes that show up the limitations of the album's central concept. Welk's music was proudly square, but it was also comfortingly predictable, with little in the way of variety; this makes a full album's worth of remixes from the same unchanging source material get pretty tiresome toward the end. Only the clever found-sound commentary "Bubbles in the Wine" gets much traction on the album's second half, and even it goes on a minute or two too long. Perhaps a more inventive set of remixers (one can only imagine what Cut Chemist or DJ Spooky could do with this stuff) would have made a more varied, less predictable album, but given the uniformity of the source material, perhaps not. ~ Stewart Mason
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