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✨✧ Martin DennyAfro-Desia ... LP
Liberty, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Weird and wonderful work from the great Martin Denny – and a record that adds in some great extra elements to his core exotica groove! The depth of the album is apparent on the very first tune – "Tsetse Fly", which features a buzzing variation on the sound of the inset in the title – then shows up even more strongly through the heavier rhythms and added vocals that appear on many of the album's other tracks. There's a style here that's almost Afro-Cuban at times – but which still glides across nicely with that heavenly Denny approach to melody and rhythm! Titles include "Tsetse Fly", "Ma'Chumba", "Simba", "Raftero", "Swamp Fire", and "Cubano Chant". LP, Vinyl record album
(Teal label pressing. Cover has some staining on the back.)

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✨✧ Martin DennyQuiet Village ... LP
Liberty, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
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 percussion, rhythmic piano, and just the right amount of vibes and bird calls to give the track a really haunting feel. That approach is echoed throughout the set – with shifting instrumentation that includes celeste, bongos, marimbas, and marimbula as well! Titles include "Quiet Village", "Paradise Found", "Sake Rock", "Martinique", "Tune From Rangoon", and "Pagan Love Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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David SevilleLet's All Sing With The Chipmunks ... LP
Liberty, Early 60s. Very Good ... $5.99
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(Red vinyl pressing.)

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✨✧ Martin DennyForbidden Island/Primitiva ... CD
Liberty/Scamp, 1958. Used ... Just Sold Out!
2 classic bits of exotica on one CD! Forbidden Island is an excellent session that's one of the harder to find Martin Denny albums on Liberty! The record features the classic Denny exotica quartet with Augie Colon and Julius Wechter, plus some additional guest players on flute, percussion, and guitar. The expanded sound works nicely for Denny's style – and the set includes some good originals like "Goony Birds", "Cobra", "Exotica", and "Primitiva", plus the Les Baxter tunes "Port Au Prince" and "Sim Sim", as well as a perennial exotica fave, "March Of The Siamese Children". On Primitiva, Denny's classic quartet format is augmented by extra percussion that includes gongs, cymbals, tuned logs, steel drums, chimes, chromatic bamboo, and lots more! Tak Shindo also sits in and plays a bit of Koto, for a nice Eastern feel on some tracks. Titles include "M'Bira", "Burma Train", "Kalua", "M'Gambo Mambo", and "Mau Mau". Groovy cover, too, with a model standing waist-deep in ice water! CD
(Out of print. CD case has a small cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Martin DennyExotic Love ... LP
Liberty, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overlooked gem from Martin Denny – cut during a range of later sides for Liberty Records, but somehow a standout, thanks to some soulful undercurrents in the music! The arranger is billed as Harold Johnson – who may well be the same cat leading the groovy sextet over on Revue Records at the same time – and the record has this subtle groove that's mighty nice – definitely an ear for some of the more soul-based instrumental styles of the 60s, with a nice bounce on the bottom that might almost make some of these cuts just right for older-style steppers. Instrumentation has a few exotic touches, but more piano than anything else – and titles include "A Beautiful Morning", "Love Exotic Style", "I Say A Little Prayer", "This Guy's In Love With You", "Love Is All Around", and "Voodoo Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Martin DennyExotica ... LP
Liberty, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 record like this, he delivered the goods better than anyone else – by taking away all the too-sweet styles of Hawaiian music, and serving up a stripped-down, jazzy kind of sound! The album features Denny's classic original quartet – with Arthur Lyman on vibes and Augie Colon on bongos – and titles include "Stone God", "Jungle Flower", "Busy Port", "Lotus Land", and his hit recording of "Quiet Village". LP, Vinyl record album
(Teal label pressing. Cover has splitting on the spine & seams.)

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✨✧ Si ZentnerRight Here Right Now/Rhythm Plus Blues ... CD
Liberty/Vocalion (UK), 1963/1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of overlooked gems from Si Zentner – both from the Liberty Records scene of the 60s! First up is Right Here Right Now – a mod swinger from bandleader Si Zentner – a talent who's always ready to groove with the times – which in this case means that he's got a sweet 60s style that's mighty darn nice! Si's band is a big one, but they've got a lean Liberty Records feel here – really moving nicely over a range of contemporary numbers that are somewhere between jazz and pop instrumentals – probably more of the former, given all the great horn arrangements on the set! Titles include "Sunny", "My Girl", "Double Whammy", "Goin Out Of My Head", "Soul Machine", "I'm On My Way", and "Skootchy". Rhythm Plus Blues has Si Zentner taking on some of the R&B modes of the late 50s generation – but in ways that really retune the style to the swinging big band mode of the Zentner group! Bob Florence handles the arrangements, and creates some great interplay in the horns – and surprisingly, there's a number of cool originals by Si nestled into the set, alongside his own instrumental readings of older R&B hits. Titles include "Simon Sez", "Walkin", "Doggin Around", "Caldonia", "What Am I Living For", "Puddle Jumpin", and "Honeydripper". CD
 
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✨✧ Jerry SunExotic Sounds Of Jerry Sun (red vinyl pressing – with download) ... LP
Bacchus Archives/Dionysus, 1962. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 – but the overall feel is more in the best exotic instrumental style of the period, particularly that small combo groove forged by Denny and Lyman at the start – with a mixture of vibes, piano, bass, and drums – plus some vocal bird calls as well. The material was recorded in 1962, but never issued at the time – and feels like some lost treasure from the early days of Liberty Records. Titles include "Soulsville", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Desafinado", "Tiki", "Quiet Village", and "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited numbered pressing, on sweet red vinyl – and a bonus download too!)
 
 
 



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