Lights Out, Sweet Dreams (1963)
Bert Kaempfert And His Orchestra

  1. Sentimental Journey (Les Brown/Benjamin Homer/Bud Green)
  2. Highland Dreams (Bert Kaempfert/Herbert Rehbein)
  3. Dream (Johnny Mercer)
  4. Gemma (Bernie Wayne)
  5. Body And Soul (Johnny Green/Frank Eyton/Edward Heyman/Robert Sour)
  6. Sweet Dreams (Bert Kaempfert/Herbert Rehbein)
  7. Whispering (John Schonberger/Richard Coburn/Vincent Rose)
  8. Magnolia Blossoms (Bert Kaempfert/Herbert Rehbein)
  9. If I Had You (James Campbell/Reginald Connelly/Ted Shapiro)
  10. Love Letters (Victor Young/Edward Heyman)
  11. Tell Me Why (Maurice Merl/Milt Gabler)
  12. Daybreak Serenade (Edward Breuder/Nathan Van Cleave/Paul Rusincky)

1-12 issued as Decca DL 4265 (mono) and Decca DL 74265 (stereo)
1-3, 5-6 and 8-12 issued in Europe on DREAMING IN WONDERLAND, Polydor 46 398 (mono) and Polydor 237 598 (stereo)
4 issued in Europe on LET’S GO BOWLING, Polydor LPHM 46 457 (mono) and Polydor SLPHM 237 657
7 issued in Europe on LIVING IT UP, Polydor LPHM 46 399 (mono) and Polydor SLPHM 237 599

Bert Kaempfert…creates in this album an exciting new sound and mood with colorful and dramatic emphasis on subtly muted brass, piano, massed strings and voices, and woodwinds. Here – in the distinctive manner of Bert Kaempfert – is an album designed for anyone who likes to dream…or likes to do the things of which dreams are made.

Lights Out, Sweet Dreams is an unusual entry in Bert Kaempfert’s discography. Indeed, it is lighter and sweeter than most Kaempfert albums to this point, yet still “ideal for dancing, romancing or just dreaming” as Billboard once put it.  Much of the album was recorded before “Afrikaan Beat” became a hit in early 1962 and seems to have been shelved in favor of Kaempfert’s catchier and more rhythmic material.

Released in August 1963, Lights Out, Sweet Dreams is a set of dreamy ballad standards, notable as Kaempfert’s reunion with composer, arranger and violinist, Herbert Rehbein. This record marks the first of their recorded collaborations together – even though their second, Living It Up!, was issued earlier. 

While Ladi Geisler’s Knackbass would certainly suggest that Kaempfert touch in a blindfold test, the album is a bit more orchestral than previous Kaempfert records – a sure indication of Rehbein’s significance to the program. The familiar blasts of the muted brass abound, even if they are a bit more muted here. And the swells here belong to the strings.

There is also a new preponderance of piano (on “Dream,” Body and Soul,” “Magnolia Blossoms,” “Love Letters”) – likely played by Kaempfert – and what is undoubtedly Rehbein’s violin on “Body and Soul,” “Highland Dream,” “Magnolia Blossoms,” “If I Had You,” “Tell Me Why,” “Daybreak Serenade.”

The Kaempfert-Rehbein team provides only three originals – “Highland Dream,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Magnolia Blossoms,” all ballads – but they’re real beauties. The album yielded no single releases, nor any notable covers but sold well enough to peak at number 79 on Billboard’s Top LPs in December 1963.