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Cocktail Capers / More Cocktail Capers

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Cocktail Capers / More Cocktail Capers
Cocktail Capers / More Cocktail Capers


Once described as "The hippest cat ever to swing an accordion", Art Van Damme achieved the near impossible by getting the Jazz firmament to accept the accordion as a serious musical instrument. This compilation is based upon his first two LPs, Cocktail Capers (1950) and More Cocktail Capers (1952), plus the various bonus tracks which were added when both albums were expanded from 10" to the 12" format in 1954.

Also included is a further 10" LP from 1956, usually known as either The Art Van Damme Quintet or House Party.

Having got his recording career under way in the United States in the 1940s, in the 78rpm shellac era, he later enjoyed great popularity in Japan and Central Europe.

It probably goes without saying that this body of work is almost impossible to find elsewhere on CD, notably the latter album, which has never previously been reissued in any format.


  1. Name
  2. Dark Eyes
  3. I've Got You Under My Skin
  4. Meadowland
  5. If I Had You
  6. I Know That You Know
  7. The Breeze And I
  8. Lover
  9. The Man I Love
  10. A Foggy Day
  11. After You've Gone
  12. Bach Meets El Mambo
  13. The Continental
  14. I Want To Be Happy
  15. Pavanne
  16. Rachel's Dream
  17. Should I
  18. This Can't Be Love
  19. Limehouse Blues
  20. Fine And Dandy
  21. Perdido
  22. Habanera
  23. Linger Awhile
  24. The Touch Of Your Lips
  25. Hawaiian War Chant (Tu-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)
  26. I Get A Kick Out Of You
  27. There Will Never Be Another You
  28. The Cricket
  29. Just One Of Those Things
  30. Ecstasy
  31. Taking A Chance On Love
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