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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

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✨✧ Harpo MarxHarpo In Hi Fi ... LP
Mercury, Mid 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Remember how great and strange Harpo's musical interludes were in the old Marx Brothers' movies? Well, now you can have your very own collection of some of Harpo's lovely harp work recorded after he retired from the pictures! LP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove pressing. Cover has some wear.)
 
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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 LymanTaboo Vol 2 ... LP
Hi Fi, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the first few albums that Arthur Lyman recorded after his split with Martin Denny – and still very much in the best Denny mode – mixing vibes with percussion, and adding in lots of cool effects! There's a fair bit of exotic sounds in the mix – including birdcalls from group members – but Lyman's vibes are the real charm here – both metallic and warm at the same time, making for a nice degree of drama in ways that don't always show up on his later albums. Titles include "Jungle Fantasy", "Sakura", "Babalik Ka Rin", "Love Dance", and "Return To Paradise". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing with a volcano image. Cover has a stereo sticker.)
 
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Joe HarnellSound Of The Asphalt Jungle ... LP
Kapp/Medallion, Early 60s. Very Good ... $6.99
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. Very Good- ... $12.99
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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VariousUltra Lounge Vol 4 – Bachelor Pad Royale ... CD
Capitol, Late 50s/1960s. Used ... $7.99
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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Herb Alpert & OthersWhipped Cream & Other Delights – Re-Whipped ... CD
A&M/Shout Factory, 1960s/2006. Used ... $2.99
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 abstract the originals past the point of recognition – this one maintains the sense of space, time, and rhythm that Herb first brought to his work in the 60s, while also updating the tunes with a 21st Century aesthetic. Remixers include Medeski Martin & Wood, Mocean Worker, Thievery Corporation, John King (Dust Brothers), and Anthony Marinelli – and titles include "Whipped Cream", "Taste Of Honey", "Green Peppers", "Bittersweet Samba", "Peanuts", "Love Potion #9", and "Butterball". CD
(Out of print.)

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Herb AlpertBlow Your Own Horn ... LP
A&M, 1983. Sealed ... $4.99
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
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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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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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 14.99

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Burt Bacharach/Peter MatzOn The Flip Side ... LP
Decca, 1967. Very Good+ ... $14.99
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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Herb AlpertDefinitive Hits ... CD
A&M, 1960s/1979/1982/1987. Used ... $5.99
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✨✧ VariousTeeVee Toons – The Commercials ... CD
TVT, Late 40s/1950s/1960s/1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Shorter than the usual TV Tunes 2 LP sets, and with only 50 tracks – but, oh, what tracks they are! Loads and loads of cool old TV commercials, back from the old days – when nobody cared how goofy they sounded, and when they spent way too much money on studio hacks churning out cool little grooves and jingles. You'll remember some of these, and others will come back to you from the deepest haunts of your memories. Titles include "Plop Plop Fizz Fizz" (Alka-Seltzer), "A Little Dab'll Do Ya" (Brylcream), "When You Say Bud" (Budweiser), "Choo Choo Charlie" (Good & Plenty), "Be A Pepper" (Dr. Pepper), "Meow Meow Meow Meow" (Meow Mix), "The Dogs Kids Love To Bite" (Armour Hot Dogs), "Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut" (Almond Joy) – and loads loads more! Very goofy, but a real hit with the kids and the sample crowd. (Soundtracks, Now Sound) CD
(Out of print.)

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Barigozzi GroupOptical Sound ... CD
Easy Tempo (Italy), Early 70s. Used ... $15.99
Excellent lost funky work from Italy! The Barigozzi Group were one of these obscure little combos that churned out tight funky tracks for bigger outfits – very much in the style of I Gres, Marc 4, or some of the other great Italian groups that are being discovered lately. Their strength was a great keyboard sound, augmented by some wonderfully produced guitars, nicely flanged or wah-wahed, and some excellent drums, played in a nice tight stiffly rhythmic style. This package includes a whopping 21 cuts pulled from 3 lost alubms – all wrapped up in a wonderful looking cover that's one of the nicest Easy Tempo have dropped on us to date! Titles include "Tarzan Dance", "Blue Hairs", "Silver Legs", "Ivory Breast", "Black Heart", "Theme For Aretha", "Hong Kong Wind", and "Message From the Jungle". Great stuff! CD
(Out of print.)

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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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