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Martin DennyBest Of Martin Denny ... LP
Liberty, Late 50s/Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
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 DennyMartin Denny! ... LP
Liberty, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $6.99
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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✨✧ Martin DennyVersatile Martin Denny ... LP
Liberty, 1963. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Martin Denny definitely lives up to the versatile in the title here – working through a whole host of different 50s and 60s easy tunes – played in ways that are much wider-ranging than usual! Some are percussive and slightly exotic, some have more strings and tinkling piano, and some get slightly playful instrumentation – in a very nice way. Titles include "Little Bird", "Theme From Mondo Cane", "Exotique Bossa Nova", "Quiet Village Bossa Nova", and "Strawberry Tree". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label mono pressing.)

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50 Guitars Of Tommy GarrettReturn To Paradise ... LP
Liberty, Mid 60s. Very Good Gatefold ... $3.99
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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50 Guitars Of Tommy GarrettTender Moments – 50 Guitars In Love/50 Guitars Around The World ... LP
Liberty, Late 60s. Sealed 2LP ... $3.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(An unusual 2-pack – featuring both of these Liberty albums, in original packaging, in one set with a special label.)

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Martin DennyAfro-Desia ... LP
Liberty, Late 50s. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
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
(Black label stereo 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
(CD case has a small cutout hole.)

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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
(Black label stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ Martin DennyLatin Village ... LP
Liberty, 1964. Used ... Temporarily 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
(60s mono pressing.)

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✨✧ Chick FloydHula La – The Entrancing Rhythms of Chick Floyd ... LP
Liberty, 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ Sandy NelsonBoogaloo Beat ... LP
Liberty, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Groovy stuff from Sandy Nelson – one of his best albums ever! Despite the title, this isn't exactly the Latin soul adventure you might think – but it is a nice batch of drum-heavy instrumentals, with a good soul boogaloo beat to them. The best tracks are the ones with "boogaloo" in the title – like "Mystery Boogaloo", "Buckaroo Boogaloo", "Karate Boogaloo", and a cover of Lou Donaldson's "Alligator Boogaloo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & a small center split on the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Felix SlatkinFantastic Percussion! ... LP
Liberty, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Lots of percussion – and loud! Slatkin's normally a bit sleepy, but this record's filled with drums and chimes and vibes and loads of exotic percussion instruments – and swings with a groove that's in the best of the Liberty easy styles from the late 50s. Titles include "Night Train", "Caravan", "Blue Tango", "Opus 1", and "The Happy Hobo". The tracks are less originals than they are oddly-worked (or worked-over) versions of more familiar tunes. LP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Martin DennyExotica Vol 3 ... LP
Liberty, 1959. Used ... Out Of Stock
Sublime late 50s work from Martin Denny – his third album under the Exotica banner, and almost a deeper and weirder album than the other two! The sound here is extremely haunting – even more freed from conventional melody than the rest, and very fixated on the tonal possibilities that could be produced from Denny's unique grouping of percussion, piano, bass, and vibes. There's few tricks or gimmicks on the set – just a spare and other-worldly approach to music that's totally great! Titles include "Manila", "Mama Iti E Papa E", "Bamboo Lullaby", "Ringo Oiwake", "Moon Of Manakoora", "Congo Train", and "Beautiful Kahana". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing.)
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✨✧ Victor FeldmanVenezuela Joropo ... LP
Pacific Jazz, Late 60s. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic record, and perhaps the best thing that Victor Feldman ever did. He takes his vibes and marimba – which are normally very snoozy in a jazz context – and gives them a nice Now Sound twist, with a cool studio South American feel. He plays with some great LA studio players – like Dennis Budimir, Bill Perkins, and Emil Richards – in a nice small combo that works well throughout. Great stuff, including nice versions of "Pavane", "Frenesi", and "Summer Island". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty pressing. Label has some marker.)

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