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A "wunnerful, wunnerful" collection from the great bandleader including his #1 hit, "Calcutta."

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Champagne TimeLawrence Welk 1:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Moon RiverLawrence Welk 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. CalcuttaLawrence Welk 2:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Baby Elephant WalkLawrence Welk 2:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. MistyLawrence Welk 2:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Canadian SunsetLawrence Welk 2:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Yellow BirdLawrence Welk 2:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Winchester CathedralLawrence Welk 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Love Is BlueLawrence Welk 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Last DateLawrence Welk 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Gentle On My MindLawrence Welk 2:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Somewhere My LoveLawrence Welk 2:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. By The Time I Get To PhoenixLawrence Welk 2:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Sound Of MusicLawrence Welk 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Georgia On My MindLawrence Welk 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Goin' HomeLawrence Welk 2:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak TreeLawrence Welk 2:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My HeadLawrence Welk 2:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Bubbles In The WineLawrence Welk and His Orchestra 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Adios, Au Revoir, AufwiedersehnLawrence Welk 2:06$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 16, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ranwood Records
  • ASIN: B000000B8W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,956 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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He loves music and Lawrence Welk.
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She says she plays it throughout the day and it brings back great memories.
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I recommend this CD to anyone who loves music.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 31, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The title comes from Stan Freberg's wonderful 1957 parody of Mr. Welk and his "bubbly" musical style [Wun-erful, Wun'erful], a format that drew more than it's fair share of ridicule from the more acerbic musical "experts" who, after 1955, fell into a pit known as "only R&R counts." Among those sharing their barbs and darts with Welk were people like Pat Boone, Paul Anka, Engelbert Humperdinck and Bobby Vinton. Strangely, however, the ones just mentioned all shared one common factor: their music sold in the millions.

In Lawrence Welk's case he put 42 selections onto the Pop charts between his first in 1938 - Colorado Sunset (# 17), and his last in 1970 - Southtown, U.S.A. [# 37 Adult Contemporary (AC) in March. One crossed over to the R&B charts in 1961 and, before that, he had two make the early C&W charts in 1944 in conjunction with Red Foley.

The problem is, try and find most of them in CD format today. Aside from the many Welk compilations that offer up polkas, Christmas tunes, waltzes, songs of faith, Big Band covers, and even Country, only two purport to present the "best of" Lawrence Welk. This one, and one called Biggest Hits. The latter contains nothing that charted for Lawrence, while this gives us exactly four: Last Date [track 10], Yellow Bird [track 7], Baby Elephant Walk [track 4], and Calcutta [track 3] - the last being his only # 1, that coming in 1961 and which also crossed over to the R&B charts at # 10.

The other sixteen tracks [with the exception of track 1 which more or less became his theme] were never associated with him.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 1998
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A great sampling of some of Welk's best-known arrangements of popular songs. The #1 hit "Calcutta" is here in its original form. Great sound quality.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Champagne Music Fan-atic on May 16, 2001
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I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this album. Many of the songs such as Tie a "Yellow Ribbon" and "Raindrops Keep Fallin" are done in instrumental form which is preferable to some of the previous versions including lyrics. This album explores some of the many styles with which Welk was so fluent. Even some of the well known hits such as "Love is Blue" are greatly enhanced by that touch of magic accompanied with the light and happy feel that Welk added to every one of his pieces. I have discovered through experience that most non-Welk music is like flat champagne.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Beach on February 15, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Growing up, my family watched The Lawrence Welk show every Saturday evening without fail. I had not really given that fact much thought until recently, when I was browsing the music channels on my cable, and stumbled upon an easy listening channel. After two songs, I was transported to my childhood, and realized that I actually enjoy this style of music. I've come to terms with the fact that I'm just a double-knit pantsuit and a half-stick of Doublemint away from becoming my mother, so I ordered this CD.
I. LOVE. IT. LOVE. It is quintessential Welk, and it even has the closing theme from the show. If you are nostalgic for "beautiful music," this is the CD for you.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Dee on December 7, 2004
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The most popular shows on public television right now are the rebroadcasts of the old Lawrence Welk Show. That should be enough to convince you to get with the Welk momentum. Timeless arrangements of classic songs. A true American treasure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eugene M. Herzinger on March 24, 2008
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I have always enjoyed listening to Mr. Welks music. His orchestra is one of the best in the industry. They are absolutely the greatest.
Thank you. for the prompt shipping.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary on May 12, 2007
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Mr. Welk is just the very best. I love his show and music. This is one that everyone can enjoy. I listen to it all of the time. Thank You
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Henry Cooper on June 4, 2005
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Think is was 'round '98 or '97 at the time when I got introduced to him while watching several parts of his show THE LAWRENCE WELK SHOW and it's pretty amazing that I watched that to this day. He sure got talent. I can't wait to hear more from him by looking into his albums and stuff. He's such a genius. Not to say he's the best, but also the baddest composer/musician/arranger/conductor/music maker 'round in history. Just like Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, etc. were the baddest playas 'round there who made a way of bringin' back our music that still rocks today. Definitely a must.
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