Percussion in the Sky/Wild Strings

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Bandleader Werner Müller's LPs for the London Phase 4 label remain some of the most seriously deranged easy listening records ever released. A bizarrely beautiful mélange of wordless vocals, pioneering production techniques, and oddball instrumentation, the music possesses an otherworldly splendor unique in the annals of space age pop. Released in 1962, Percussion in the Sky remains Müller's masterpiece: a concept record assembling a dozen pop standards linked thematically by their celestial titles e.g., "You Are My Lucky Star," "I Got the Sun in the Morning," "Over the Rainbow", its use of cosmic sound effects, vocal delays, and other chicanery still sounds revolutionary ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Bandleader Werner Müller's LPs for the London Phase 4 label remain some of the most seriously deranged easy listening records ever released. A bizarrely beautiful mélange of wordless vocals, pioneering production techniques, and oddball instrumentation, the music possesses an otherworldly splendor unique in the annals of space age pop. Released in 1962, Percussion in the Sky remains Müller's masterpiece: a concept record assembling a dozen pop standards linked thematically by their celestial titles e.g., "You Are My Lucky Star," "I Got the Sun in the Morning," "Over the Rainbow", its use of cosmic sound effects, vocal delays, and other chicanery still sounds revolutionary -- if Spike Jones collaborated on an album with Galileo, it would sound exactly like this. This two-fer release also features 1963's Wild Strings, a similarly far-out subversion of more traditional favorites -- though not quite so over the top in its stereo gimmickry, the album retains its predecessor's disdain for conventional sound and structure, stretching compositions like "The Breeze and I," "Lady of Spain," and "Hora Staccato" far past their breaking points.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2004
  • Label: Dutton Vocalion Uk
  • UPC: 765387423520
  • Catalog Number: 4235
  • Sales rank: 76,036

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Werner Müller Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Jascha Heifetz Composer
Ernesto Lecuona Composer
Dimitri Tiomkin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Bobby Russell Composer
Agustín Lara Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Nancy Hamilton Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Leigh Harline Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Will Hudson Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Frank Signorelli Composer
Marcel Stellman Producer
Al Stillman Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Matty Malneck Composer
Slim Willet Composer
Jeff Musel Composer
Joe Young Composer
Edgar Leslie Composer
Morgan Lewis Composer
Edward Lisbona Composer
Eugene Lockhart Composer
Oliver Lomax Liner Notes
Ernest Seitz Composer
Ramos Costello Composer
Stanley Damerell Composer
Grigoras Dinicu Composer
Dorothy Dodd Composer
Tolchard Evans Composer
Silvano Ramos Composer
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