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


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Strand, 1961. Very Good
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Puka Shells
GNP, Late 60s. Very Good+
A later album from vibist Arthur Lyman – but still pretty darn nice too! The sound here is a bit sweeter and smoother than Lyman's work in the stark exotica years – with some added vocals on a few tracks, and a real sense of warmth in the production. But the change in approach also ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Hi Fi, Late 50s. Very Good+
One of Arthur Lyman's first LPs –- a brilliant set of percussively grooving tracks, modulated at a low tempo, and recorded in the Henry J. Kaiser aluminum dome in Hawaii with a sound that inspired countless other exotic groups. Art plays vibes, and is augmented by percussion and piano, plus ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Shure, Late 60s. Near Mint-
60s hi fi at its finest – a special record that helps you calibrate your stereo with one side of "test" sounds – and one side of music! LP, Vinyl record album
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Highway One
Warner, 1972. Very Good+
A sublime easy classic by The Mystic Moods – who by this time had transformed from a simple "sound effects plus easy listening" group into a sexy electric LA combo. This is one of their first albums for Warner, recorded with a nice sly slightly-funky sound – and it's a ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Command, 1960. Very Good+ Gatefold
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Higher Than Fi
Vik, 1957. Very Good+
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Music Out Of The Moon/Music For Peace Of Mind
Capitol, Early 50s. Good
Reissue of two early 10" Theremin LPs – music by Harry Revel, arrangements by Les Baxter, and theremin by Dr. Samuel Hoffman. Great early theremin stuff, with large orchestral backings that have a really spooky feel to them. The theremin's not as out front as it is in early sci fi ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Capitol, Early 50s. Good+
Quite possibly the best of the early theremin records for Capitol by Dr Samuel J Hoffman – a moody mix of electronics and orchestrations, with a sound that's incredibly eerie! The tunes on the set were all written by Harry Revel – with titles alone that really get at the mood of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Drumsville
Liberty, Early 60s. Good+
Kick-ass, drum-heavy instrumentals from Earl Palmer – the player who made some of David Axelrod's work sound great in the late 60s, but who's hitting even harder here! The style's a mix of rock instrumental and R&B modes – with pounding drums from Palmer on all numbers, and bits of ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Capitol, Late 50s/1960s. Used
A lot more brash and bold than you might guess from the title – not just sleepy seduction music, but a batch of really dynamic tunes that will really push the limits of your hi-fi! Most numbers here are instrumental, although some of them have some occasional vocal refrains in the mix – ... CD
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Re/Search, Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. Used
Based from the great book series! This one's the second volume in Re/Search's series on Incredibly Strange Music – a landmark set of explorations into the nether regions of postwar popular music, one that coincided with mid 90s beathead culture, and led to a huge interest in albums that had ... CD
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Capitol, Early 50s. Used
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Mercury, Early 60s. Sealed
"Eastern" lounge artist Tak Shindo hits the Old West, and lays down a set of exotic versions of Western hits like "Jingle, Jangle, Jingle", "Tumblin Tumbleweed", "I'm An Old Cowhand", and "High Noon". Recorded on 35mm film, with some nice ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Quiet Village
Liberty, Late 50s. Very Good
An undisputed classic in the exotica genre – and the record that yielded Martin Denny his biggest hit! The title track "Quiet Village" was originally written by Les Baxter, but it was Martin Denny's approach that really managed to send the tune over the top – using spare ... LP, Vinyl record album
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RCA, 1965. Sealed
Groovy batch of tracks played by a small combo that includes Phil Bodner, Dick Hyman, and Clark Terry – plus Lois Winter on vocals. As the title implies, the tracks are groovy bossa versoins of classics, like material by Ravel, Chopin, Debussy, Brahms, and others. The cuts have a nice ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Age Of Electronicus
Command, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold
Nice one! This is one of Dick Hyman's most fantastic LPs, and the one that includes some of his best moogy playing. With the very funky club cut "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose", plus "Both Sides Now", "Kolumbo", "Time Is Tight", and "Green Onions". LP, Vinyl record album
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Hi Fi/Ryko, Early 60s. Used
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Hi Fi/Ryko, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used
A brilliant set of percussively grooving tracks, modulated at a low tempo, and recorded in the Henry J. Kaiser aluminum dome in Hawaii with a sound that inspired countless other exotic groups. Art plays vibes, and is augmented by percussion and piano, plus other bits of exotic instrumentation. ... CD
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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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Mercury, Mid 50s. Very Good+
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Command, Late 60s. Very Good- Gatefold
Dick Hyman's classic funky Moog LP with super-fine mooginess, and a great sense of humor. Includes the classic break cut "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose", which has some mad screaming moog, plus other nice ones like "The Minotaur", "Kolumbo", "Topless Dancers Of ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Forbidden Island
Liberty, Late 50s. Very Good
Martin Denny's music always takes us away to the tropics – and this set is a whole Forbidden Island of exotica tunes! The record features the classic Denny exotica quartet with Augie Colon and Julius Wechter – plus some additional guest players on flute, percussion, and guitar – ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Dynamic Twin Pianos
United Artists, 1960. Very Good+ Gatefold
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Maria Elena
RCA, 1964. Near Mint-
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Taste Of Tequila
World Pacific, 1966. Near Mint-
A strange 60s chapter in the career of trumpeter Chet Baker – but one that we sure like a heck of a lot! These sides were recorded as an answer to the big success of Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass over at A&M Records – and for the sessions, Chet's trumpet was backed by jaunty, ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Exotica
Liberty, 1957. Very Good+
The birth of a sound and the birth of a legend – Martin Denny's first album in the Exotica series, and a record so great it named an entire genre! Denny certainly didn't invent the tropical style of easy listening that came to be known as "exotica" in the 50s – but with a ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Hawaii Tattoo
Liberty, 1964. Sealed
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Capitol/El (UK), 1957/1960. New Copy
2 rare slices of exotica by Les Baxter – back to back on one CD! The first half of the set features material from the album Ports Of Pleasure – a dreamy exploration of south sea ideals that's got a more lightly drifting quality than some of Baxter's more percussive exotica albums, and ... CD
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El (UK), Late 50s. New Copy
An excellent summation of the exotica sound of the 50s – that wonderful period when mood music started getting really interesting – thanks to an infusion of island-inspired sounds in the postwar years! The music here represents the pinnacle of 50s exotica – amazing records by ... CD
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We Love Nelson Riddle!
Capitol/El (UK), 1950s. New Copy
Groovy 50s work from Nelson Riddle – instrumental tracks recorded during the same stretch when he was winning great fame as Frank Sinatra's arranger! The style here is much more varied than Riddle's work for Sinatra – a range of instrumental modes that varies from gentle mood music, to ... CD
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Mercury, Late 60s. Sealed
Wonderfully groovy work from saxophonist Steve Douglas – a set of instrumental tunes, recorded with lots of trippy late 60s touches! The work's still on the easy side of the instrumental spectrum, but it's got some echoes that remind us of Tom Scott's work over at Impulse – although a ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Taste Of Honey
Liberty, Mid 60s. Very Good-
A great later moment from Martin Denny – a set that gave him a big 60s hit in a sweet version of "Taste of Honey"! Denny approaches the tune with all the great mellow moods that Bobby Scott intended – none of the too-fast styles of Hirt, and instead the slow-moving rhythms ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Chicago Guitar
Ovation, 1971. Sealed
An early 70s record from Chicago guitarist Ron Steele – gently grooving with a sweet easy feel, and featuring female vocals by "Vernyle" on a number of tunes! The tracks include such tunes as "Ticket To Ride", "Raindrops Keep Fallin", "Dock Of The Bay" ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Music For Nervous People
RCA, 1958. Near Mint-
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Cinema Scene Today
Mercury, Late 60s. Near Mint-
Instrumental readings of groovy film hits – arranged by Marty Gold, and featuring piano and harpsichord! LP, Vinyl record album
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RCA, 1965. Near Mint-
The Latin sound is a groovy sound too – thanks to some great arrangements from the legendary Henry Mancini! The album's less a straight Latin date than it is a new approach to the grooves Mancini was laying down on his 60s soundtracks – a mix of bossa and cha cha-inspired themes that ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Port Said – Music Of The Middle East
Audio Fidelity, 1958. Very Good- Gatefold
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Kapp, 1965. Very Good
A great batch of early work from Burt Bacharach – one of the first albums to be issued under his own name, and proof that Mr B was head and shoulders above most of the other arrangers and composers of his time! At some level, the style here is a bit more traditional than some of Burt's later ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Switched-On Bacharach
Decca, 1973. Near Mint-
Bacharach and moog – what a combination! The album features moogy versions of Burt's biggest hits of the 60s – played in a weird and moody style by Christopher Scott, and presented with a very good sense of Bacharach's original timing and poise for the tunes. The combination shouldn't ... LP, Vinyl record album
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A&M, Late 60s. Very Good+
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Waikiki, Mid 60s. Very Good-
A selection of different hula tracks – with a photo guide to hulu dancing on the back! LP, Vinyl record album
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Tower, Late 60s. Very Good
One of the best-ever albums by this enigmatic studio combo! Davie Allen and his Arrows lay down some incredible fuzz guitar, with none of the fluff that you sometimes find on their soundtrack work! The guitar interplay is great, and the fuzzy fuzzy sound that the band gets on their strings is ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Piano Interpretations
RCA, 1955. Very Good+
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Columbia, Early 70s. Very Good
Walter Carlos (now Wendy) performs electronic versions of many classics on the Moog. If nothing else, this is an interesting period piece, though on a certain level we're quite fond of it, oth in it's performance and it's motivation. Moogy takes of Monteverdi's "Orfeo" suite, several ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Big Band Bossa Nova
Command, 1962. Very Good+ Gatefold
Enoch Light and his Big Band give upbeat renditions of "Desifinado", "One Note Samba", "Perdido", "E Luxo So", "Sem Saudades De Voce", "Besame Mucho", "Take The A Train", "Lullaby Of Birdland", and others. LP, Vinyl record album
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Take It Off – Strip Tease Classics
Rhino, Early 60s. Used
The majority of this release was taken from Sonny Lesters "Ann Corio Presents How To Strip For Your Husband Vols 1 & 2 – Music To Make Marriage Merrier", plus David Rose's "the Stripper", Bobby Summers' "Pad", and the Genteels "Take It Off". CD
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Varese, 1960. Used
No description available. 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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Vocalion (UK), 1971/1974. New Copy
A pair of 70s albums from Werner Muller – both quite unique! Mystic Portrait Of The Moody Blues has maestro Muller turning his arranging talents to the hits of the famous rock band – pushing things even past the Moody's early blend of classical and rock elements, with lots of swirling ... CD
 
Updated July 24, 2014


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