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Martin DennyExotica ... LP
Liberty, 1957. Very Good ... $5.99
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
(Black label stereo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has light wear and aging.)

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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 DennyMartin Denny's Exotic Sounds Visit Broadway ... LP
Liberty, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
It's a long way from LA to Broadway, but Martin Denny makes the trip with most of his bag still intact, and actually manages to deliver some pretty interesting versions of Broadway hits of the 1950s. The group still features Augie Colon and Julius Wechter at this point – so although the source of the music's a bit mainstream, the overall playing is great. Titles include "Hernando's Hideaway", "Clap Yo Hands", "Love For Sale", "Strange Music", and "September Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo.)

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✨✧ Martin DennyMaryland Club's Golden Moments With Martin Denny ... LP
Liberty, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A special promotional package – done for the Maryland Club Coffee company! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is slighty bumped in one corner, and has some slight seam splitting on the top.)

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✨✧ Martin DennyLatin Village ... LP
Liberty, 1964. Used ... Out Of Stock
Martin Denny changes the rhythms from tropical to Latin here – but the overall groove is still highly in his best exotica mode, and nicely augmented by some additional instrumentation! There's some traces here of the shift in production for instrumental music from the time – a bit of electric bass echoing out at the bottom of some cuts, more echo than usual on the piano lines, and a floating quality that's almost even more sublime than the original Liberty sessions. But the core Denny elements are also still in place – tinkling piano, island percussion, and a playful approach to familiar rhythms that never fails to please. The Latin is more of a nod to harder Latin modes than anything else, but it does make for a nice, if subtle change – one that works especially well when Denny's piano is out front, but compressed a bit in the mix. Titles include "Flying Down To Rio", "Ho Ba La La", "Something Latin", "Girl From Ipanema", and "Latin Village". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ Rene PauloBlack Coral ... LP
Liberty, Late 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A fairly straight album of piano tracks for Liberty, but with a subtle Polynesian feel to it. The cover would imply more, though – since it's got a beautiful underwater shot of an exotic looking model hiding behind some coral! Titles include "Hana", "Black Coral", "Maui Chimes", "O Makalapuna", and "Ono Ono". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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