It's amazing how little Bert Kaempfert's sound changed over the years. In the early '70s, when his easy listening contemporaries had already reached the saccharine realm of Beautiful Music radio, Kaempfert managed to stay contemporary without succumbing to the slick artificiality that characterized so much of the music of his competitors. Perhaps that organic strain is what precipitated his downfall, because 1971 -- the year Orange Colored Sky was released -- was the end of his chart career after years of tapering success. Orange Colored Sky leads off with Neil Diamond's "Cracklin' Rosie," probably because Kaempfert's version of "Sweet Caroline" was a fair seller the previous year, but otherwise offers originals (half the album is composed by Kaempfert with Herbert Rehbein) and pop oldies such as the title track and an excellent rendition of "(I'll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time." Some of the arrangements are less inspired than those of Kaempfert's early days, but Orange Colored Sky is a respectable album from this veteran of orchestral pop.
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One of Kaempfert's best albums, this production held much promise. The first of two records released in 1971, ''Orange Colored Sky'', was also the first to feature the permanent replacement for Bert's former cadre of great horn soloists, Ack Van Rooyen, and also the first BK album to be multitracked. The sound is sparkling, the orchestra in fine form, and the arrangements upbeat - plenty of swing to go around. It's too bad that for Ack, it was arguably his best album as Kaempfert's main soloist. His playing on this lp was sharp, clear, well intoned, and inspired. On subsequent albums through the 70's, his playing seemed to tail off. By '70, Kaempfert's music was taking quite a modern turn, leaving behind for the most part the slower, standard American Songbook tunes that he covered in the 60's. The music was faster, the instrumentation more intune with the times and noticeably louder. The inclusion of the BST hit ''Hi-De-Ho'' on this album hinted at the possibilities - a raucous good time, while the quieter ''While The Children Sleep'' remains among Bert's best. A turning point in Bert's career, a great cornerstone album if you've never bought any of Bert's music, and one you can play loud. Invest.