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Lounge, exotica, bachelor pad, instrumental pop, and Hi-Fi gems!


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Taboo – Exotic Rhythms Of The Jungle
Silver Seal, Late 50s. Near Mint-
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Hills Of Hollywood, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
A totally great set that goes way beyond the few familiar sounds we know from the legendary Eden Ahbez – the strange mystical figure who was to LA exotic music what Moondog was to the sounds of the streets of New York! The set steps around Eden's one and only album for Del-Fi – and ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Bacchus Archives/Dionysus, 1965. New Copy
A wonderful bit of lost exotica – issued here for the first time ever! The Beachcomber Trio hail from Columbus, Ohio in the mid 60s – but they've got a great sound that's like the best exotic combos in the LA scene a few years before – a really subtle, jazzy blend of vibes, flute ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Bacchus Archives/Dionysus, 1962. New Copy
Sweet sweet vibes from Jerry Sun – a lesser-known exotic talent from the same generation as Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman – and one who's got an equally great sound as well! There's a surprising amount of jazz in the mix at times – especially when Sun really swings on the vibes ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Dionysus, 2013. New Copy
As you might tell from the cover, the set's a contemporary one – nobody ever showed that much skin on a 50s record cover – but the feel is definitely in the vintage exotica mode promised by the group's name – a really haunting blend of vibes, keyboards, and percussion – all ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Fuego Del Ande
Capitol, Late 50s. Near Mint-
One of the most obscure albums by vocalist Yma Sumac – and one of the most compelling too! The album has Yma working in the Andean style of her earlier 10" albums for Capitol – working with Moises Vivanco on a set of tunes that have a much more traditional and almost folkloric ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Exotica Vol 3
Liberty, 1959. Near Mint-
Sublime late 50s work from Martin Denny – his third album under the Exotica banner, and almost a deeper and weirder album than the other two! The sound here is extremely haunting – even more freed from conventional melody than the rest, and very fixated on the tonal possibilities that ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Hypnotique
Liberty, Late 50s. Near Mint-
An amazing little set that's as compelling as the title and cover might imply – and easily one of our favorite Martin Denny albums ever! There's a sound here that is, actually, quite "hypnotique" – as Denny's core combo is expanded by some larger arrangements, Japanese ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Zodiac Cosmic Sounds
Elektra, 1967. Very Good+
The Zodiac never sounded so spooky – and the album's one of the first in a trend that explored astrology with funky musical backings! The music for the set was put together by moogy maestro Mort Garson – then making a transition from being a straight easy arranger in the early 60s, to ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Lonelyville – The Nervous Beat
ABC, Early 60s. Very Good
Very cool! This one's a great set of jazzy soundtrack-oriented material – all with a nice crime jazz or beatnik feel to them. Taylor directs the orchestra, which features arrangements by Bob Kenyon, and strong work by players Phil Woods, Jerome Richardson, Dick Hyman, and Tommy Mitchell. ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Dunhill, Late 60s. Very Good
Amazing! The great LA rock/studio drummer Hal Blaine recorded this trippy batch of tracks during the late 60's – and it's way wilder than anything else he ever did! Blaine plays drums at the base of the whole thing, but they're processed with super heavy electronics (courtesy of Paul ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Witchcraft!
Pickwick, Mid 60s. Very Good
Despite the Pickwick tag, this is good stuff. Mr. Riddle lays down some spooky instrumental tracks – with a bit more of a romantic feel than the cover photo of a sexy witch might indicate, but still tasty instrumental sounds. 10 numbers in all, including "Witchcraft", "Alone ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Best Of Mancini
RCA, 1964. Very Good
Strong compilation of some of his hits from the sixties. One side's got TV stuff – like "Mr. Lucky" & "March Of The Cue Balls" – the other's got film stuff – like "Experiment in Terror" and "Baby Elephant Walk". LP, Vinyl record album
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Adventures In Sound & Space
RCA, 1958. Very Good+
Wild! This is an amazing album that recreates a possible space trip using sound and music – and it's right in keeping with the best of these RCA stereo spectacular albums from the late 50s. The album works as a vocal narrative – kind of like a radio show – and has dialogue from ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Black Magic Woman
Columbia, Early 70s. Near Mint-
One of the few fantastic records that Percy Faith cut in the 70s, and one with a groove that's very different than his earlier sleepier albums! There's a distinct Latin theme here, and the tracks have a deep rumbling electric bass sound, and lots of cool organ, underpinned by soaring banks of ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Hawaii Goes A Go Go
Liberty, Late 60s. Very Good
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Reach Out
A&M, 1967. Very Good+
Fantastic! We love Burt Bacharach in so many ways that it's easy to forget the genius of these early A&M sides – but going back to them is always a treat, and it's wonderful to hear the way that Burt lays down his own work when given the chance! You know the tracks – "House ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Sampler Exotica
Capitol/Right Stuff, Early 50s. Used
No description available. CD
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Somerset, 1961. Very Good-
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White Goddess
Kapp/Captain High (Germany), 1959. New Copy
An exotica classic from the great Frank Hunter – an arranger who worked in many other formats in the 50s and 60s – but who's really left his mark with this haunting little record! The instrumentation is quite unique – as Hunter blends electric sounds from an ondionline with core ... CD
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Moonlight Offerings
Stolen Idols, 2014. New Copy
A contemporary exotica combo – but one who've really found their own sense of identity, and don't just replicate styles from the old days! The music here is wonderfully moody – forged with classic exotica instrumentation that's heavy on vibes and percussion, as well as piano from ... CD
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Capitol, Mid 60s. Very Good+
A lost gem from Brian Wilson's dad! As the cover says, "The talented father of the famous Beach Boys presents instrumental interpretations of his and other compositions." Basically, Murry was getting the squeeze from Brian, and this was Murry's way of saying "hey, I can do ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Miracles
London, 1971. Very Good+
Fantastic! This is Yma Sumac's rock album from the early 70's – and it's got a wild sound that's totally different from any of her work at Capitol! The record includes lots of electric instrumentation, and Yma's voice moves from the exotic to the psychedelic, as she sings along with some ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Bacharach Baroque
United Artists, Late 60s. Very Good
A very nice album that's sort of a "Bacharach meets The Left Banke" kind of album. The 18th Century Corp peform nice baroque versions of Bacharach material, including many hits like "Are You There", "Wishin & Hopin", "Reach Out For Me", "Walk On ... LP, Vinyl record album
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RCA, 1971. Near Mint-
Totally excellent album that remixes a number of great tracks from Nilsson's albums Pandemonium Side Show and Aerial Ballet. The record features some killer stuff – like a remake of his original version of "Without Her", with an even better sound than the original! Other tracks ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Le Coeur En Fete
AZ/Wah Wah (Spain), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
Easily one of the most trippy albums ever from Andre Popp – a French arranger who's usually best known for his lounge recordings of the 50s and 60s – but who's working here in a more psych-inspired mode that's right up there with the work of Jean Claude Vannier and Michel Colombier! ... LP, Vinyl record album
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I've Gotta Be Me
Columbia, Late 60s. Very Good+
One of Peter Nero's albums that uses some really groovy moog! Includes versions of "Soulful Strut", "Rain In My Heart", "I've Gotta Be Me", "Hey Jude", and "I Love How You Love Me". LP, Vinyl record album
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Reprise, 1966. Very Good-
The work of Chopin, turned over to the godlike studio talents of a young Jack Nitzsche! The tunes here are all pulled from Chopin's original compositions, but they're reworked very strongly in a 60s LA studio mode – made shorter and given more focus on the main themes, and supported by full ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Phase 4, 1962. Very Good+ Gatefold
Percussion Around The World features highly percussive takes on tunes that might be associated with a certain national culture – not necessarily "authentic" songs, but 50s/60s pop numbers that have come to be associated strongly with that nationality – played by the group with ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Coral, Mid 60s. Near Mint-
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Love Songs Mexico/SA
Command, 1965. Near Mint- Gatefold
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Viva Bob Moore
Hickory, Early 60s. Sealed
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Only Love
Dunhill, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold
The last album from The Brass Ring – but a gem of a little set, and one that's almost got more weird touches than usual from maestro Phil Bodner! Many of the tunes here are from hip 60s soundtracks – and Bodner's got a nicely lean way of putting them over – a style that distills ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Capitol, Late 50s. Near Mint-
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RCA, 1967. Very Good
One of Al Hirt's grooviest records – and a set that definitely lives up to the "soul" in the title! The album's always in demand for the excellent sample cut "Harlem Hendoo", but it certainly isn't a one tracker – thanks to composer Paul Griffin and arranger Teacho ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Watusi Trumpets
RCA, 1965. Very Good+
Great funky instrumentals – not really Latin, but given sort of a pop-Latin soul feel by the great Claus Ogerman! The record's one of a few totally great little gems that Ogerman cut for RCA during the mid 60s – and it takes the bass-heavy sound of the German Easy movement of the 60s, ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Herb Alpert's Ninth
A&M, 1967. Very Good
Wonderfully jaunty and jagged work from trumpeter Herb Alpert – and a session that has him opening up the Tijuana Brass groove a bit more than usual! There's clearly an influence here of the Brazilian sound that was showing up strongly at A&M Records at the time – heard to greatest ... LP, Vinyl record album
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United Artists, 1971. Near Mint-
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Dot, Late 60s. Near Mint-
One of the best, tightest, and most listenable Moog pop albums! The record has a number of the usual moogy covers of pop tracks, but with a real focus on electronic effects, and much more "out" musings than other albums of the genre. There's also some excellent originals – like ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Audio Fidelity, 1960/1962. Very Good
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Reprise, 1966. Very Good
We're not entirely sure about the "incident" mentioned in the title – clearly front page news back in the day – but we can say that the album's a sweet little groover with a nice mod bounce – a set that features lots of great organ and piano from the mighty Marty Paich, ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1973/1975. Used
A pair of 70s albums from Peter Nero – finally both out on CD! On Disco Dance & Love Themes Of The 70s, Peter Nero hits the disco years – and uses the groove to really transform his sound in a mighty great way! That bold piano that Peter put down in the 60s is still right out ... CD
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A&M/Shout Factory, 1960s/2006. Used
A surprisingly great take on the Tijuana Brass sound of the 60s – one that offers up new remixes of classics, but which is nicely respectful of the original Herb Albert groove! Unlike other remix projects of this type, which sometimes clutter up the tracks with too many extra bits – or ... CD
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Real Gone/Decca, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
A sweet anthology of the late 50s and early 60s exotica groovers Gene Rains recorded for Decca! As a group leader, he's got the sunny exotic island vibe down pat – even if he doesn't get the kind genre esteem as his more famous contemporaries Les Baxter and Martin Denny! The instrumentation ... CD
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Telephone Explosion (Canada), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
The long-lost follow-up to Haack's incredible Electric Lucifer album – a set recorded a decade after the first, but with a very similar electronic feel! Things are still quite spare, stark, and moogy here – and Haack sings in his electro-processed style, as on the first Lucifer set ... LP, Vinyl record album
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RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1967/1969. New Copy
Two overlooked late 60s gems from Floyd Cramer – both of which show the piano genius reaching out for some new sounds in his style! MacArthur Park has Floyd taking on a hip host of tunes from the late 60s – cool rock and pop numbers that are really transformed strongly in the RCA ... CD
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Vocalion (UK), 1976/1979. New Copy
Two soundtrack-themed albums – back to back on one CD! Themes For Super Heroes is a 1979 effort from Geoff Love – one timed to match up with the successful Superman film, but which also features bits from a range of TV heroes as well! Love's arrangements are lush, but often quite lean ... CD
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Philips/Vocalion (UK), 1968. New Copy
The French maestro at the height of his powers – heard here on two classics from 1968! Love Is Blue gave Paul Mauriat one of his biggest hits – his tremendous version of Andre Popp's title tune, done with a rolling piano sound that virtually set the standard for instrumental pop at the ... CD
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Philips/Vocalion (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy
A pair of 60s swingers from French maestro Paul Mauriat! Le Grande Orchestra Vol 5 has Paul Mauriat bridging two worlds of instrumental French pop – still using some of the fuller orchestrations of a generation before, but often in ways that are relatively lean and have a good sense of focus ... CD
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RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1966/1967. New Copy
A pair of obscure albums from Peter Nero – both pretty groovy! Peter Nero Plays A Salute To Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass follows on a surprisingly common genre in the 60s – an instrumental album that seeks to cash in on Herb's big work of the time – but done here with ... CD
 
Updated October 22, 2014


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