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Popp, Andre – “Presenting Popp! ” – [Columbia]

mitch   6/24/2006   12-inch, A Library

1960 LP features marvelously comic and ingenious
arrangements from ANDRE POPP; less experimental
than ELSA POPPING, yet the new instrumentation
touches to these conventional melodies indicate an
acquired playfulness somewhere between FRANCK
POURCEL and LEROY ANDERSON. POPP, who
wrote international hits (‘Portugese Washerwoman?,
‘Tom Pillibi?, ‘Love is Blue?, etc.) & television/film
music (‘Tintin & Mystery of the Golden Fleece?,
‘Piccolo & Saxo?, etc.), seemed to gain a musical
conventionality as he grew older, sobering his sym-
phonics in a distinguished & formal approach of
light classical / easy listening?.. which makes the
aberration of a recording like this an odd item, even
in POPP’s own discography. An early creative flash
he later regretted? Then it is back to haunt him, pecking
at J. STRAUSS here, battering MANTOVANI there ?
smiling through teary eyes in a post-war abandon of
musical black comedy.
MITCH June 2002

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