Upstairs at Larry's: Lawrence Welk Uncorked

Upstairs at Larry's: Lawrence Welk Uncorked

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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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2004
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707976725
catalogNumber:
79767
Rank:
317461

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mitch Manker & His Brass Section   Trumpet
Gabriel D. Vine   Clarinet,Soloist
Doron Orenstein   Saxophone,Vocals,Soloist
Adam Schiff   Keyboards
Joel Star   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Jimmie Davis   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
Lawrence Welk   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Bobby Russell   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Carl Bean   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
George Cates   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Pierre Delanoé   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Jerry Gray   Composer
Mitch Manker & His Brass Section   Arranger,Producer,Remixing
Charles Mitchell   Composer
Frank Scott   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Bernie Wayne   Composer
Frankie Masters   Composer
Lee Morris   Composer
M.P. Curtis   Composer
Juniper   Arranger,Producer,Remixing
Evan Landes   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Mal Dunn   Composer
Alex Calamese   Composer
Kevin Welk   Executive Producer
DJ 43   Arranger,Remixing
Finn Bjarson   Producer,Remixing
Matt Carter   Producer,Engineer
Etienne Stehelin   Arranger,Producer,Remixing
Ryan Raddon   Producer,Remixing
Gabriel D. Vine   Producer,Engineer
James Curd   Remixing
Mark Share   Remixing
Kahn Keene   Composer
Doron Orenstein   Producer,Engineer
Dex Dubious   Producer
Rob Evanoff   Producer
Ken Hankins   Producer,Engineer
Magic Elephant Orchestra   Arranger,Producer
Mort Greene   Composer

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Upstairs at Larry's: Lawrence Welk Uncorked 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who ever thought that Lawrence Welk could be anything but "old school cool?" With a revamped and remixed image from some of the best DJ's around Lawrence Welk has been re-invented and club kids and hipsters allover will soon be sipping champagnes and grooving to Lawrence Welk. With songs like "You are My Sunshine" and "Baby Elephant Walk" backed by thumping beats and mellow grooves like "Caravan" this album would be a perfect fit at any trendy club or trendy lounge type bar. It is best listened to the whole way through because the album is so wonderfully constructed song by song it takes you on a journey that comes full circle. All in all an fabulously fun and clever album.