To some people he may have been the uncrowned king of easy listening, to others Bremen’s party master and in the eyes of many he was simply the guy next door whose incomparable knack for making music let them leave all their everyday worries behind.
Describing his audience is something I’ve always found nearly impossible. And that still holds true today. James Last continues to speak to us, all of us, through his music – even three years after his death. From young to old, lovers of classical music to hard rockers, modern performers to mellow hedonists and traditionalists. After all, his music ran the gamut from Bach to Bacharach and from Abba to Zappa; James Last felt at home in every music genre. When listening to any of his CDs or if you ever saw him on tour, it also was obvious that he savoured every bit of it. He was a cosmopolitan of harmonies, someone who understood better than anybody else how to wind his way through a broad range of musical styles with inimitable nonchalance and easy casualness. Hansi used the individual compositions as a kind of “idea pool” from which he borrowed elements to piece together his own world of music.