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23 June 2015

Soothing the Tiger – The Gentle Sound of Herbert Rehbein & His Orchestra

By the request

Soothing the Tiger – The Gentle Sound
of Herbert Rehbein & His Orchestra
The Complete Lp Collection
(Double CD)

Silver Spot Records (Edel) 1036003SSR
November 2013
℗ 2013 Doris Kaempfert,
under exclusive license to Silver Spot Records,
a division of Bert Kaempfert Music Publishing GmbH

Disc: 1
01.When I Fall In Love
02.Don't Talk To Me
03.East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)
04.Chances Are
05.The Lady Smiles
06.Prisoner Of Love
07.I Love You So
08.Love Is Here To Stay
09.If I Had You
10.Moon Maid
11.Speak Low
12.Dry Eyes
13.Love After Midnight
14.Lil Darlin'
17.September Song
18.A Gypsy In Manhattan

Disc: 2

01.Hold Back The Dawn!
02.It Was A Very Good Year
03.Strangers In The Night
04.My Yiddeshe Momme
05.It's Only Love (Es Lst Nut Die Liebe)
06.Ebb Tide
07.Lonely Is The Name
08.Spanish Eyes
09.Malaysian Melody
10.Welcome To My Heart
11.The Times Will Change
12.The World We Knew (Over And Over)
13.Manhattan After Dark
14.I Can't Help Remembering You
15.(You Are) My Way Of Life
16.On My Lonely Way
17.Our Street Of Love

Trumpet – Fred Moch
Violin – Herbert Rehbein

Herbert Rehbein was a close friend and long-standing musical partner of Bert Kaempfert’s,
with whom he wrote a number of songs for, amongst others, Frank Sinatra.

His musical twin he was not.

On the three LPs that Rehbein released in the ‘60s there is no “Knack-Bass”
(that distinctive percussive bass sound) – at least not on the first two records –
there are no exotic lead instruments such as piccolos, nor blaring-brass cascades.
Instead, strings dominate, strings with which one not only could soothe tigers but their

symphonic richness of tone was savoured with such sophistication by Rehbein that they invited immediate consumption.

The three albums “MUSIC TO SOOTHE THAT TIGER” (1964)
are now combined on this double CD “Soothing The Tiger”.
From the outset the sound created by Herbert Rehbein and his orchestra
was musical escapism of the very best sort, yet it is astonishing how fresh it sounds even today.

“In time the Rockies may crumble, Gibraltar may tumble,
they’re only made of clay, but our love is here to stay.”
Thus runs the central stanza of George and Ira Gershwin’s sentimental ballad “Love Is Here To Stay”.
It was the last song George Gershwin ever wrote,
and if there were a reason to omit his brother Ira’s inspired lyrics,
then it is Rehbein’s instrumental version.

The Rocky Mountains still stand proud and Herbert Rehbein’s music has outlasted its time, too.

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