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Elsa Popping & Her Pixieland Band (Andre Popp)Delirium In Hi Fi ... LP
Columbia, 1957. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A lost Hi Fi gem! Released in America under the name of "Elsa Popping & Her Pixieland Band" – the record is actually stunning collaboration between French orchestra leader Andre Popp and sound effects wizard Pierre Fatosme. The sound is wild and swinging, with a feel that's similar to Esquivel, but with a lot weirder effects, and a little bit less music-based sound overall. Popp cares less about swinging than Esquivel, and he's much freer with his music – as there's moments on here that sound like avant garde chamber pieces, which then swing into tight little bits with cool sounds made by editing and playing with tape. The album's wonderful all the way through – with very high quality material that makes a lot of the other cheaper lounge releases sound hollow! Titles include "Java", "La Paloma", "Java Du Diable", "Java Des Bombes Atomiques", and "Adios Muchachos". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue pressing.)
Also available Delirium In Hi Fi ... LP 5.99

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✨✧ Elsa Popping & Her Pixieland Band (Andre Popp)Delirium In Hi Fi ... LP
Columbia, 1957. New Copy (reissue)... $5.99
A lost Hi Fi gem! Released in America under the name of "Elsa Popping & Her Pixieland Band" – the record is actually a stunning collaboration between French orchestra leader Andre Popp and sound effects wizard Pierre Fatosme. The sound is wild and swinging, with a feel that's similar to Esquivel, but with a lot weirder effects, and a little bit less music-based sound overall. Popp cares less about swinging than Esquivel, and he's much freer with his music – as there's moments on here that sound like avant garde chamber pieces, which then swing into tight little bits with cool sounds made by editing and playing with tape. The album's wonderful all the way through – with very high quality material that makes a lot of the other cheaper lounge releases sound hollow! Titles include "Java", "La Paloma", "La Java Du Diable", "Java Des Bombes Atomiques", and "Adios Muchachos". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Delirium In Hi Fi ... LP 4.99
 
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Arthur LymanYellow Bird ... CD
Hi Fi/Ryko, Late 50s. Used ... $4.99
Sweet exotic sounds from the Arthur Lyman group – heavy on vibes and lots of hip percussion – recorded with a gently swaying feel that recalls the best energy of the Hawaiian scene in the postwar years! The set's one of Lyman's early solo dates – recorded Henry Kaiser Aluminum Dome in Hawaii – which you can almost hear in the way the sounds here resonate, and hang sweetly in air. The tunes are pretty mellow, but in a good way – more sonically sensitive than some more gimmicky, sound effect-heavy exotica – and titles include "Adventures in Paradise", "Andalusia", "Yellow Bird", "Arrivederci Roma", "Sweet & Lovely", "Bamboo Taboo", "Granada", and "Ravel's Bolero". Fire up that console stereo and break out the Tiki glasses! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Arthur LymanHawaiian Sunset ... LP
Hi Fi, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ VariousUltra Lounge Vol 4 – Bachelor Pad Royale ... CD
Capitol, Late 50s/1960s. Used ... Out Of Stock
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 – and most have rhythms that are slinky and seductive – never too over the top, but filled with jazzy flourishes and some compelling instrumental moments – so much so that you'll be fine in your pad on your own, even without a girl! Titles include "Like Young" by Dave Pell, "Playboy's Penthouse" by Cy Coleman, "Shangri La" by Spike Jones, "A Shot In The Dark" by Jimmie Haskell, "Melancholy Sounds" by King Curtis, "Night Train" by Alvin Rey, "The Beast" by Milt Buckner, "Cool" by Lou Busch, "Sexe" by Line Renaud, "Caravan" by John Buzon Trio, "Spring Sprang Sprung" by Jack Fascinato, and "Theme From Our Man Flint" by Elliot Fischer. CD

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Joe HarnellSound Of The Asphalt Jungle ... LP
Kapp/Medallion, Early 60s. Very Good ... $4.99
A pretty darn groovy album – and one of the best that Joe Harnell ever cut! The general theme is kind of a Naked City sort of one, with lots of crime jazz and blaring orchestral themes – done up in a mix of jazz, soundtrack, and hi-fi styles. The cover's got a wonderfully oppressive image of the city, mixed with sketches that show the same on the back – and titles include "Midnight Madness", "Love For Sale", "Asphalt Jungle Theme", "Blues In The Night", and "Night & Day". (Jazz, Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and half split top & bottom seams.)

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✨✧ Willie RodriguezDrums Of Rodriguez (10 inch LP) ... LP
Cook, Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice little session of Latin jazz – percussive at the bottom, but with an overall jazz mambo feel that's similar to early 50s work by Chico O'Farrill. Tracks are shortish, but have some nice solos by unnamed players – and titles include "Hi Fi Mambo", "Mambo A La Basie", "Willie's Drums", and "Alamac". (Latin, Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some splitting on the seams & a few spots of tape.)
 
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✨✧ VariousStroboscopica Vol 3 – Jazzy Orchestral Latin Strobo Sounds From Cinematic 70s Filmworks ... CD
Plastic (Italy), Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Insanely wonderful grooves from lost Italian sources! Like the other two volumes in this series, this third entry in the Stroboscopia set is a must-have if you dig 60s Hammond organ groovers, 70s keyboard funk tracks, and any sort of tune that has a slightly offbeat edge. The set list features 20 tracks in all – all instrumentals with the kind of funky and groovy sound that you'd expect to find on jazz albums by more famous funk artists, but which are equally great in this nicely packaged compilation! Titles include "Carter", "Joy Bells", "The Taste Of Repeat", "Asfalto", "Smooth & Manly", "Supermarket", "A Little Sad", and "Malcontento Popolare" – and artists include Rino De Filippi, Giuliano Sorgini, Puccio Roelens, Alessandro Alessandroni, and Mirot Lash. One of the best sets on Plastic we've heard in years! (Funky Compilations, Now Sound) CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Stroboscopica Vol 3 – Jazzy Orchestral Latin Strobo Sounds From Cinematic 70s Filmworks ... LP 19.99

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Burt Bacharach/Dionne Warwicke/Artie ButlerLove Machine ... LP
Scepter, Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $3.99
Fantastic! This great Burt Bacharach score to an obscure film has some of his most fantastic orchestrations ever. The sound is cool, breezy, and with some amazing changes that make you gasp anew at his genius. Dionne Warwick sings on some tracks, and it's nice to hear her do material that you're not too familiar with. Titles include "He's Moving On" and "Amanda", and it has a gatefold cover. (Soundtracks, Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album

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Herb AlpertBlow Your Own Horn ... LP
A&M, 1983. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Herb Alpert seems to have lost his shirt on the way to the photo shoot for the album – but it looks like he's still got his trumpet to keep him warm! Joking aside, the album's a great one from the later Herb – one of those sets that has him turning his strong talent for a trumpet solo in the direction of soulful fusion and R&B-inflected jazz – maybe taking a page from the book of Chuck Mangione or Maynard Ferguson in the process, but definitely giving things his own sort of spin! The arrangements are nicely tasteful – electric, but never clunkily so, especially for the time – and Alpert's trumpet really does a great job of warming things up. Titles include "Latin Lady", "Garden Party", "Paradise Cove", "Gently", "True Confessions", "The Midnight Tango", and "Sundown". (Jazz, Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album

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Herb AlpertSummertime ... CD
A&M/Herb Alpert, 1971. New Copy Gatefold ... $10.99 11.98
Late 60s brilliance from the legendary Herb Alpert – one of a few key records that has him reinventing his style for a whole new generation! Herb name-checks Gil Evans, Miles Davis, and Ahmad Jamal in the notes – and he's definitely opening up the style of his arrangements here – to make room for all the wonderful changes in instrumental music that were taking place at the time. There's less of the fake Mexican-style sound of the early records – and more of that sublime blend of Brazilian, jazz, soundtrack, and singer/songwriter touches that marked the other A&M records of the period. The sound still has Herb's trumpet up front – but there's a lot more space in the arrangements – and titles include a great cover of Brian Wilson's "Darlin", plus "Summertime", Martha My Dear", "Catch A Falling Star", "The Nicest Things Happen","If You Could Read My Mind", and "Hurt So Bad". CD

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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana BrassWarm ... CD
A&M/Herb Alpert, 1969. New Copy Gatefold ... $10.99 11.98
A fantastic record from the late 60s years of Herb Alpert – a time when the trumpeter was really opening up his sound, and starting to hit some of the same cool styles of his other great acts on the A&M label! Gone are the trademark Cali-Mex arrangements of the early Tijuana Brass records – and in their place are these soaring, soulful styles that draw heavily from the late 60s changes in Brazilian music, American soundtracks, and jazz! Shorty Rogers helped a bit with the charts, and you can definitely hear his cool touches in the mix – and the trumpet solos are nicely changed up from previous records too. Herb does a great job with Nilsson's excellent cut "Without Her", and the band grooves nicely on Brazil cuts "The Sea Is My Soil" and "Zazueira", plus "Pretty World", "To Wait For Love", "Sandbox", "Marjorine", and "The Continental". CD

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Herb Alpert & The TJBConey Island ... CD
A&M/Herb Alpert, 1975. New Copy Gatefold ... $10.99 11.98
Sweet mid 70s work from Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – still at the height of their powers on Coney Island – rolling effortlessly between upbeat, jazzy numbers and more laidback and melodic ones! This one has a pretty big sound overall, all produced and arranged by Herb, who is in fine, re-energized form here. By this point, Herb could've simply coasted on nostalgia, but there's a more timeless feel on this one than on a lot of his 60s albums, honestly, and the band is really firing on all cylinders. Breezy fun on par with Herb's best of the 70s! Titles include "Coney Island", "I Have Dreamed", "Sweet Georgia Brown", "Catfish", "This Masquerade", "Carmine", "Vento Bravo", "I Belong", "Senor Mouse" and more. CD

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Burt Bacharach/Peter MatzOn The Flip Side ... CD
Decca (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... About March 22, 2017 (delayed)
An obscure and wonderful chapter in the career of Burt Bacharach – material penned for a 1967 TV musical starring Rick Nelson and Joanie Sommers – all of it perfect 60s Bacharach pop all the way through! The plot of the musical is a bit silly, but the performance isn't – tightly-crafted vocal numbers that often mix Burt's older Brill Building style with a bit more of a Sunshine Pop kind of approach. Although penned by Bacharach, the music is actually conducted by Peter Matz – who does a great job of retaining the maestro's sense of space and timing, but also unlocks some bolder flourishes in the tunes, and manages to get some really amazing vocal performances out of both Sommers and Nelson! There's a sophistication here that goes beyond the roots of both singers – and the record's filld with lesser-known tracks that still sparkle with plenty of Bacharach brilliance – including "It Doesn't Matter Anymore", "They're Gonna Love It", "Juanita's Place Montage", "Try To See It My Way", "They Don't Give Medals", "Fender Mender", and "Juanita's Place". (Soundtracks, Now Sound) CD
Also available On The Flip Side ... LP 11.99

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Burt Bacharach/Peter MatzOn The Flip Side ... LP
Decca, 1967. Very Good+ ... $11.99
An obscure and wonderful chapter in the career of Burt Bacharach – material penned for a 1967 TV musical starring Rick Nelson and Joanie Sommers – all of it perfect 60s Bacharach pop all the way through! The plot of the musical is a bit silly, but the performance isn't – tightly-crafted vocal numbers that often mix Burt's older Brill Building style with a bit more of a Sunshine Pop kind of approach. Although penned by Bacharach, the music is actually conducted by Peter Matz – who does a great job of retaining the maestro's sense of space and timing, but also unlocks some bolder flourishes in the tunes, and manages to get some really amazing vocal performances out of both Sommers and Nelson! There's a sophistication here that goes beyond the roots of both singers – and the record's filld with lesser-known tracks that still sparkle with plenty of Bacharach brilliance – including "It Doesn't Matter Anymore", "They're Gonna Love It", "Juanita's Place Montage", "Try To See It My Way", "They Don't Give Medals", "Fender Mender", and "Juanita's Place". (Soundtracks, Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album

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Stanley BlackExotic Percussion ... LP
London, Mid 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
Both Phase 4 and Stanley Black have made their share of snoozy LPs, but this is not one of them! The label lists the talent as "Stanley Black with Women's Voices", and boy do those gals give his music a kick. Their spooky chorus haunts these exotic ditties, and ally Stanley's sound much more with the Les Baxter/Hollywood version of exotica than the snoozy fifties London stuff. An exotica classic – no wonder it's one of the toughest Phase 4 LPs to find. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Chet AtkinsMr Guitar – The Complete Recordings 1955 to 1960 (7CD set) ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. Used 7CD ... $99.99
Not only a wealth of classic RCA instrumental albums from Chet Atkins, but also loads of rare tracks that only appeared on singles or EP releases! Also features rare material from abandonded projects, the Hum & Strum record, Sesac sound library tracks – plus Chet's first demo too! (Folk/Country, Now Sound) CD
(Includes original box and hardcover book – all of which are in great shape!)

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Brazilian PopMusical Family ... CD
Essential, Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
A very groovy group who have way more to offer than the "pop" in their name might make you expect – a sweet jazzy take on bossa nova styles – definitely in the manner of Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66, but with a slightly more complicated approach as well! We'll be honest, we can't find out any information about these guys at all – but they've got a wonderfully classic vibe, and enough attention to the right sort of percussion and instrumentation to make the whole thing come off beautifully! There's a sweet organ that ties most cuts together, and a soulful trumpet as well – and although there are vocals on the set, the instrumentation often gets equal attention too. Titles include a great remake of "Rock Your Baby" – with a nice drum break at the start – plus "Promesa De Pescador", "Dingue Li Bangue", "Jesus Cristo", "Chove Chuva", "Nativa", and "Yo No Quiero Estar Solo". (Brazil, Now Sound) CD
 
 
 



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