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Various Artists: Upstairs at Larry’s: Lawrence Welk Uncorked

Lawrence Welk music being played in a dance club? That’s the idea behind Upstairs at Larry’s: Lawrence Welk Uncorked (Vanguard), wherein a series of dance DJs remixed classic songs from the Lawrence Welk Show. Dance versions of Lawrence Welk Show music isn’t actually all that far-fetched an idea-dancing was an integral part of the show, although these remixes radically reimagine the Lawrence Welk Orchestra’s easy-listening sound.

Welk’s voice is sampled on “Green Sheik of Araby,” which layers the orchestra over a house beat, while “Baby Elephant Walk” features the well-known melody over a funky groove and the arrangement becomes a melange of sounds before returning to the original theme. There’s also another mix, “Baby Elephant Safari,” in which a galloping electronic rhythm underpins the melody. The show’s theme, “Bubbles in the Wine,” features spoken treatises on sparkling wine over a mix that has as much sparkle as the wine being discussed.

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