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✨✧ Martin DennyBest Of Martin Denny ... LP
Liberty, Late 50s/Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Not really "the best", but a pretty nice collection of Denny's early work for Liberty – with a groovy photo on the back that shows him working with the group in action, beating on a big conga, while the rest of the band plays exotic percussion! Titles include "The Enchanted Sea", "Ruby", "Bali Hai", "China Nights", "Moonlight & Shadows", "Ebb Tide", and "Harbor Lights". LP, Vinyl record album

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Martin DennyExotic Sounds From The Silver Screen ... LP
Liberty, Early 60s. Very Good ... $2.99
Denny's combo with Augie Colon and Julius Wechter groove their way through some nice numbers from films of the 40s, 60s, and early 60s – mostly in the vein of familiar tunes, but as always, redone in a groovy exotic way by Denny's unique approach to easy instrumentals! The vibes, piano, and conga sound great together – and there's even some nice celeste on the album in a few parts. Titles include "Carioca", "Sayonara", "Paradise", "We're Off The See The Wizard", and "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split on the top seam.)

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Martin DennyExotica ... LP
Liberty, 1957. Very Good+ ... $6.99
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
(Teal label pressing.)

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Martin DennyForbidden Island/Primitiva ... CD
Liberty/Scamp, 1958. Used ... $4.99
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
(CD case has a small cutout hole.)

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Martin DennyLatin Village ... LP
Liberty, 1964. Very Good ... $7.99
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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✨✧ Martin DennyMartin Denny In Person ... LP
Liberty, Early 60s. Very Good ... $7.99
This is a live recording from Duke Kahanamoku's in Honolulu. Songs include "Rain", "Hilo March", "Hawaiian Wedding Song", "Volga Boatmen", "Black Orchid", "Pretty Maui Girl", "Cock-Eyed Mayor Of Kaunakakai", "Lei Aloha Lei Makamae", "On The Beach At Waikiki", and "Ol' Man River". LP, Vinyl record album

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Martin DennyMartin Denny! ... LP
Liberty, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Mr. D's slowing down a bit here, and mostly covers pop stuff, with bigger orchestrations behind his piano. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has partially split seams & some wear.)

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50 Guitars Of Tommy GarrettReturn To Paradise ... LP
Liberty, Mid 60s. Very Good Gatefold ... $0.99
A set that has Garrett's guitar-based groove hitting a host of exotic themes – familiar south sea standards from the mid-century generation, but recorded here with a really cool sound overall! Garrett brings in some touches of his pop studio work here – not in the instrumentation, but more in the way the rhythms are recorded – often much more snapping than you might get in a late 50s exotica session, which, when coupled with the guitars, makes for a great new take on tunes like "Quiet Village", "Enchanted Island", "Soft Sands", "Bali Hai", "Ebb Tide", and "Off Shore". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original die-cut cover! Cover has some wear.)

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Stanley JohnsonHave Harp Can't Travel ... LP
Liberty, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $5.99
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✨✧ Martin DennyExotic Percussion ... LP
Liberty, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
It might be argued that Martin Denny's percussion was always exotic, but this album adds a bit more to the mix, by adding a whole bunch of strange Eastern instruments, all outlined in the notes on the back. The group includes Augie Colon, Julius Wechter, Harvey Ragsdale, and Frank Kim – all of whom play percussion on various tracks. Includes "My Tane", "Cumana", "Day Delight", "Monlight On The Ganges", and "Song Of The Bayou". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & a partially split top seam.)

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