With A Sound In My Heart (1962)
Bert Kaempfert And His Orchestra

  1. I’ll See You In My Dreams (Isham Jones/Gus Kahn)
  2. Yellow Bird (Trad./Arr. by Bert Kaempfert)
  3. Midsummer Night In Gotland (Götlandsk Sommarnatt) (Svante Edvin Pettersson/Arthur Axel Nilsson)
  4. Echo In The Night (Bert Kaempfert/Milt Gabler)
  5. Forgotten Melody (Bert Kaempfert)
  6. Symphony (Alex Alstone/André Gaston Isaac Tabet/Roger Bernstein)
  7. O, Mein Papa (Paul Burkhard/Jürg Amstein/Erik Charell/Robert Gilbert)
  8. I’m Gettin’ Sentimental Over You (George Bassman/Ned Washington)
  9. Back Street (Frank Skinner/Ken Darby)
  10. Secret Love (Sammy Fain/Paul Francis Webster)
  11. Just a Dream (Helmut Brüsewitz)
  12. Answer Me, My Love (Mütterlein) (Gerhard Winkler/Fred Rauch/Carl Sigman)

1 – 12 issued as Decca DL 4228 (mono) and Decca DL 74228 (stereo)
1 – 12 issued in Europe as Polydor LPHM 46 380 (mono) and Polydor SLPHM 237 580 (stereo)
4 issued on single Decca 31350

Here, played by the incomparable Bert Kaempfert and his orchestra, is an album designed for and predicated on the enjoyment of easy, let’s-get-away-from-it-all listening. Here are songs sweet and sentimental, performed with the warm, full orchestral sound that has become Mr. Kaempfert’s internationally recognized and renowned trademark.

While escapism is the whole idea here, there is a whiff of repetition throughout this enjoyable, though, overly unremarkable program. All references to the word “wonderland” are missing here, but the intentions are hardly absent. It doesn’t get much more obvious than the “Wonderland by Night”-redux “Symphony” or the all-too predictably-titled “Echo in the Night.” Someone is gettin’ sentimental over something…and that one’s here too.

Highlights on this disc include the surprising inclusion of “Yellow Bird” – adapted from the Haitian song “Choukoun” and first appearing on the 1957 Norman Luboff album Songs of the Caribbean (with lyrics provided there by the famed songwriting team of Marilyn and Alan Bergman) – and Helmut Brüsewitz’s gorgeous ballad “Just a Dream,” which foretells of the Jackson 5’s 1970 hit “I’ll Be There.”

Kaempfert himself provides only two originals, the mournful “Forgotten Melody” and “Echo in the Night.” The latter is written as a Spanish sequel, or “echo,” of “Wonderland by Night.” While he was likely forced to do this piece, it is far more intriguing than the piece it riffs on and deserved much better than it ever got.

“Echo in the Night” was issued in January 1962 as a “double-play” single, backed by “Afrikaan Beat” – a track that was not originally included on this particular album. While “Echo in the Night” failed to crack the Billboard Hot 100, radio stations almost immediately picked up on “Afrikaan Beat.”

The song reached number 42, just shy of the Top 40, but its success was strong enough for Decca to rush release an album titled, of course, Afrikaan Beat and Other Favorites.