Dancing In Wonderland (1961)
Bert Kaempfert And His Orchestra

  1. Only Those In Love (Bert Kaempfert/Charles Singleton)
  2. Twilight Time (Al Nevins/Art Dunn/Morty Nevins/Buck Ram)
  3. Unchained Melody (Alex North/Hy Zaret)
  4. Funny Talk (Bert Kaempfert/Helmut Brüsewitz)
  5. Sleepy Lagoon (Eric Coates/Jack Lawrence)
  6. There, I’ve Said It Again (Redd Evans/Dave Mann)
  7. Now and Forever (Bert Kaempfert/Milt Gabler)
  8. Somebody Loves Me (George Gershwin/ Buddy DeSylva/Ballard MacDonald)
  9. Blue Moon (Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart)
  10. When I Fall In Love (Victor Young/Edward Heyman)
  11. I’ll Get By (Fred E. Ahlert/Roy Turk)
  12. How Deep Is The Ocean (Irving Berlin)

Trumpet solos by Charly Tabor

1 – 12 issued as Decca DL 4161 (mono) and Decca DL 74161 (stereo)
1 – 4 and 6 – 12 issued in Europe as Polydor LPHM 46 370 (mono) and Polydor SLPHM 237 570 (stereo).
1 and 7 issued as single Decca 31279

Wonderland means many things to many people. But to music fans everywhere Wonderland is the magic word for the fabulous hit, Wonderland by Night, that propelled German-born conductor-arranger-composer Bert Kaempfert into the limelight of the music world. Wonderland has become the password that opens up a wonderful world of modern orchestral sound.

Bert Kaempfert’s third LP release in only nine months continues in the tradition of the previous two “Wonderland” releases: “a program of fine dancing music,” as Billboard reported at the time. The disc makes no secret of its attempt to reignite the spark that lit Bert Kaempfert’s international “magic.”

But the program feels a bit forced, even old-fashioned, as though its themes were meant to be retro-fitted into the “Wonderland by Night” formula. True to form, the Kaempfert orchestra covers such reliable “oldies” as “Twilight Time,” “Unchained Melody,” “Blue Moon” and “There, I’ve Said it Again.” The standards “Somebody Loves Me,” “When I Fall in Love” and “How Deep is the Ocean” seemingly rouse more of Kaempfert’s attention, getting that notably interesting “Kaempfert touch.”

While Kaempfert’s cover of “Sleepy Lagoon” vies for the most obvious “Wonderland”-like contender for the hit parade, the producers went with Kaempfert’s much more interesting “Now and Forever” as the album’s single, which reached number 48 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

There are surprisingly few other Kaempfert originals here – only “Funny Talk” and “Only Those in Love” (a.k.a. “Tiefes blaues Meer”) – suggesting that this album, like the previous two, were rushed out to take advantage of “Wonderland by Night”’s success earlier in the year.