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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A Millions Strings - Helmut Zacharias and Werner Muller

Monte Carlo Melodie
A Million Strings
Helmut Zacharias And His Magic Violins
Werner Muller And His Orchestra
Decca DL 8382
1956

For a 1956 effort, this is a very good lush strings set that may have been the inspiration for David L. Miller's 101 Strings Orchestra which apparently began releasing records in 1957. Both Zacharias and Muller would go on to make a number of interesting space age recordings.

From the back cover: This album emphasizes the spell of the violin – the cumulative effects of the orchestra of Werner Muller and Helmut Zacharias sound figuratively like a million strings.

Two of Muller's numbers in this album have an interesting history. The song "Bistro" was written by two Belgains, a lilting waltz in which Werner alternates the French sound of the Musette with lush strings. "Monte Carlo Melodie" was written by an American, Al Frishc. Muller gave it its first recording, and it is now sweeping the country.


From Billboard - November 17, 1956: Violinist Zacharias fared well sales-wise with his recent single waxing of "White Lilacs," and his latest LP – a worthy successor to his "Wine Woman and Waltzes" package – should also spark a healthy return. Zacharias and his Magic Violin are lushly effective on six romantic selections, while Werner Muller's ork reflects an equally lyrical sweet-string mood on six other Continental instrumentals. Fine for deejays.

Caminito
I Want To Be Happy
When The White Lilacs Bloom Again
Bistro
Lisbon Antiqua
Blue Blues
Monte Carlo Melodie
Spanish Violins
The Song From Desiree
Arpanetta
The Elephant Tango

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