The Bert Kaempfert Decca Collection is a huge, 24-disc boxset celebrating the career of the titular musician’s stellar career on the storied Decca Records label. The set gathers an amazing amount of the German bandleader’s American output in a beautifully-programmed and attractively-presented CD box. The individual albums come in paper sleeves with the iconic front and back covers of the original Decca records, which – with their striking lifestyle motifs – exude the flair of the sixties and seventies.
In addition to the complete original albums, The Bert Kaempfert Decca Collection contains more than 40 bonus tracks, as well as the worldwide CD premiere of the album Pete Fountain Plays Bert Kaempfert, which the famous clarinetist recorded in 1967 in Hamburg, Germany, with the members of the Kaempfert Orchestra.
A detailed, illustrated booklet recounts the extraordinary story of the German composer and bandleader, who left his mark on the music world and is still praised, remembered and listened to today.
Throughout his career as a bandleader, from the late 1950s until his untimely death on June 21, 1980, Bert Kaempfert was loyal to two famous record labels: the iconic German Polydor label and the famed American Decca label.
Kaempfert’s Polydor catalog has already been re-released in various CD editions in the past, delighting old and new fans alike. Now, this 24-CD box set shines a spotlight on the German bandleader’s popular Decca albums released in the United States – for the very first time.
Although the repertoire of Kaempfert’s Decca and Polydor albums overlap, this collection of his American albums from 1958 to 1970 is a treasure trove of Kaempfert’s most important recordings, viewed through a whole new lens.
The list of artists who gained international success with Kaempfert’s compositions reads like a “Who’s Who” of popular music: Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Bassey, Peggy Lee, Herb Alpert, Johnny Mathis, Brenda Lee, Diana Krall, Caterina Valente, Gregory Porter, Andy Williams, Nancy Wilson and many others. Even today, people recognize his evergreens, which are still being reinterpreted by musicians of a new generation.
This significant box set lovingly commemorates the 100th birthday – on October 16, 2023 – of the legendary German orchestra leader and composer of such enduring hits as “Strangers In The Night” (Frank Sinatra), “L.O.V.E.” (Nat ‘King’ Cole) and “Spanish Eyes” (Al Martino). The Bert Kaempfert Decca Collection presents all of this and so much more, all worth hearing and enjoying…over and over.
Box set product management: Nora Otto • Mastering: Michael Beier, One Point Media GmbH • Design: Thomas Klinck • Photos: Bert Kaempfert Music • Bonus material consultant: Volker Rippe • Thanks to: Mark Cathcart, Uwe Fromm, Thomas M. Goebel, Christopher Klaese, Friedrich Kraemer, Matthias Künnecke, Dejan Milic, Douglas Payne, Volker Rippe, Knut Schötteldreier, Thomas Thyssen, Diane Toma and Arlette Wietzorrek • Special thanks to: Doris Kaempfert and Christiane Neerhut at Bert Kaempfert Music • www.kaempfert.com • www.universal-music.de