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


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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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Universal (Germany), 1960s. Used
An overstuffed collection of work by one of the greatest German arrangers ever! Peter Thomas is well known to our ears for his mad mad soundtrack work in the crime, western, and sci fi genres – but he's also got a long history of turning out tunes for German easy listening sessions during ... CD
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Musica Elettronica
Easy Tempo (Italy), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. Used
Very groovy stuff from this mad Italian genius! The set features Umiliani getting a lot more experimental than usual, leaving behind his regular funky/easy bag for one that's a lot more tweaky and twonky, but still pretty darn groovy! Some of this stuff reminds us of tracks from the Raymond Scott ... CD
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RCA/Collectables, 1962. Used
2 wonderful albums from pianist Peter Nero – a real maestro of the keys, but also a player who worked in a lean and stripped-down style that was never cloying or overly sentimental, like some of the mood music pianists of the 50s! The albums both have a style that's dramatic one moment, ... CD
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Polydor (Japan), 1998. Used
There's been a lot of samplers of Burt Bacharach tunes over the years, but this is one of the grooviest we've ever seen – and it doesn't have any of the weak stuff that you'll find on other samplers! The folks at Polydor Japan poked through their back catalog of the 60's, and they pulled out ... CD
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Whipped Cream & Other Delights
A&M, 1965. Very Good-
Trumpety magic from Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – a record that's known not only for its classic cover of a model dipped in whipped cream, but also for it's tremendously groovy groove! The Tijuana sound is very firmly in place by the time of this set – Mexican-inspired, but ... LP, Vinyl record album
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On The Rocks
RCA, 1959. 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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Himself
MAM/London, 1971. Very Good
A wonderful album from the young Irish singer/songwriter who went onto become one of the brightest lights in 70s pop! The record isn't his most famous, but it's got loads of great early songs that show O'Sullivan's brilliant talent for putting together lyrics that were simple and witty, yet never ... LP, Vinyl record album
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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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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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Limbo Party
Stereo-Fidelity, Early 60s. Very Good-
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Dot, 1968. Very Good
A crazy album of funky tracks from Lalo Schifrin – very different than most of his other jazz and bossa work! This set's got some very tripped out styles that mix together funky backings, jazzy riffing, and even some nice electronics – a sweet little groove that's even more wild and ... LP, Vinyl record album
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RPM (UK), Late 60s. Used
Groovy Brit easy! Mark Wirtz was a young bandleader during the late 60s heyday of British easy listening – and he had a very fab mod style that mixed tight jaunty instrumentation with wispy female vocals, mostly sung in a wordless go-go style, but occasionally bursting out into full song. ... CD
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Wild, Cool, & Swingin'
Capitol/Ultra Lounge, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used
Julie London slinks her way through a batch of tracks that range from sexy to groovy to just plain goofy! This 22 track set brings together a nice amount of stuff that's currently hard-to-find on CD, including many gems from her Liberty years. Titles include "Girl Talk", "Black ... CD
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Cocktails For Two
Proarte Digital, 1930s/1940s. Used
No description available. CD
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An Afternoon Affair
Del-Fi, 1960s. Used
Nice batch of lost slinky instrumental tracks from the Del-Fi subsidiary Show Town. Music played by the mysterious reed player Verrill Keene (a pseudonym for Del-Fi's Bob Keene?), with a great sort of pop Now Sound feel that features a sleezy clarinet sliding around some sharp LA instrumentation ... CD
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Man From UNCLE & Other TV Themes
Metro, Mid 60s. Very Good+
Milton DeLugg and his orchestra play the groovy "Theme From UNCLE", plus some other incidental music from the show, like "Illya" and "Night People". The set also includes tracks from other 60s shows, like Mr. Novak, Flipper, Bonanza, and Peyton Place. Plus, Richard ... LP, Vinyl record album
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RCA, 1968. Very Good+
A great little album of Latiny tunes from Henry Mancini – played by a very hip lineup of west coast jazzmen! The rhythms have a great mix of Latin influences and Mancini magic – the kind of grooves you'd hear on his 60s soundtracks at the time, played by a lineup that includes Bud ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Touch Me
Warner, Late 60s. Very Good+
Groovy LA studio pop guitar stuff, produced by Boyce and Hart, with help from H.B. Barnum, Jimmy Haskell, The Blossoms, and other cool LA studio forces. Includes covers of "Respect", "Everyday People", and "Bora Bora (Child of Atlantis)". Groovy, and slightly funky in ... 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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Command, 1960. Very Good+ Gatefold
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Higher Than Fi
Vik, 1957. Very Good+
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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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Bwana A
Hi Fi, 1958. Very Good-
Classic exotica from Arthur Lyman – a set that really shows the lessons he learned from Martin Denny – and his willingness to take the genre into some strong new directions! The style here is still very much in the percussive mode you might expect from Denny's generation – but it' ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Pickwick, Mid/Late 70s. Very Good+
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Legend Of Pele
Hi Fi, 1957. Very Good
One of the best albums ever recorded by Arthur Lyman – cut shortly after he departed Martin Denny's group, with a very similar exotica style. Lyman's vibes are nice and spooky, ringing out in the echoey setting of the album – which was Henry Kaiser's incredible Aluminum Dome in ... 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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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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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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Mercury, Mid 50s. Very Good+
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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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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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Hawaii Tattoo
Liberty, 1964. Sealed
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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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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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Hi Fi/Ryko, Early 60s. Used
No description available. CD
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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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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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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
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RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy
The Floyd Cramer sound at the end of the 60s – heard here on two pretty sweet albums! On Class Of 68, Floyd Cramer's piano hits some mighty great grooves in the magical year of 1968 – songs that were then fresh on the charts, all remade by Floyd's mighty talents in the Nashville ... CD
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Look For A Star – 1959 to 1962
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
A cool collection that brings together the two different halves of Brit maestro Tony Hatch – his own instrumental work of the 60s, and his music with a rang eof different singers too! The back half of the record features very groovy early work from the Tony Hatch Orchestra – material ... CD
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Liberty/Rev-Ola (UK), 1957. New Copy
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 ... CD
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Liberty/Rev-Ola (UK), Late 50s. New Copy
The second album in Denny's legendary Exotica trilogy – a set of records that provided the extreme definition of the small sub-genre that today has become the stuff of legend! Denny's still working here in his classic format – a small group with heavy piano lines, playful percussion, ... CD
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More/Exotica Suite
Liberty/Vocalion (UK), 1962/1963. New Copy
Two of the grooviest Si Zentner albums of the 60s – both of them great, but in very different ways! More is Si's attempt to follow up on the Italian soundtrack hit of the time – but the album also features loads of other great tracks from the time, done as very jazzy instrumentals by ... CD
 
Updated July 30, 2014


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