Upstairs at Larry's: Lawrence Welk Uncorked

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2004
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707976725
  • Catalog Number: 79767
  • Sales rank: 372,956

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Green Sheik of Araby - Jo Anne Castle (4:49)
  2. 2 Champagne Time - Lawrence Welk (3:40)
  3. 3 Baby Elephant Walk - Lawrence Welk (4:13)
  4. 4 Caravan - Lawrence Welk (4:57)
  5. 5 String of Pearls - Bob Smale (3:53)
  6. 6 Honey - Lawrence Welk (3:55)
  7. 7 You Are My Sunshine - Joy & The Spider (6:59)
  8. 8 Baby Elephant Safari - Lawrence Welk (4:16)
  9. 9 You Can Dance - Lawrence Welk (3:52)
  10. 10 Let's Go Dance Again - Curt Ramsey Quintet (5:55)
  11. 11 Bubbles in the Wine - Lawrence Welk (4:09)
  12. 12 Scatterbrain - Lawrence Welk (2:07)
  13. 13 Watch What Happens - Lawrence Welk (5:10)
  14. 14 Let It Be Me - Joel Star (4:09)
  15. 15 Blue Velvet - Lawrence Welk (5:47)
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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, Mastering
Magic Elephant Orchestra Arranger, Producer
Mort Greene Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must have

    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.

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