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Martin DennyExotica 1 & 2 ... CD
Liberty/Scamp, 1957/1958. Used ... $4.99
Classic stuff from the man who brought the Exotica sound to the mainstream! We hardly need to tell you about these albums – as they're virtually the blueprint for countless exotica albums to come, a mixture of 50s easy listening, strange tropical rhythms, and odd little sound effects! Denny's playing with his original combo of Arthur Lyman, Augie Colon, and John Cramer – in a mixture of piano, percussion, vibes, and lots of bird calls! Tracks include "Stone God", "Island Of Dreams", "Escales", "When First I Love", "Bacoa", "Ebb Tide", "Rush Hour In Hong Kong", "Singing Bamboos", "Jungle Flower", "Busy Port", "Lotus Land", and his hit recording of "Quiet Village". CD

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Martin DennyExotica Vol 2 ... LP
Liberty, Late 50s. Very Good ... $4.99
The second album in Denny's legendary Exotica trilogy – a set of records that provided the extreme definition of the small sub-genre that today has become the stuff of legend! Denny's still working here in his classic format – a small group with heavy piano lines, playful percussion, and some birdcalls sung by the members of the group! The set's a mix of strange songs from strange sources, all given the sublime Denny twist – and titles include "Singing Bamboos", "Escales", "August Bells", "Ebb Tide", "Rush Hour In Hong Kong", and "Soshu Night Serenade". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original turquoise label pressing with deep groove. Cover has half split seams and small stains on back.)

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Martin DennyLatin Village (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Liberty/Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $15.99
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". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Martin DennyTaste Of Honey ... LP
Liberty, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $1.99
A great later moment from Martin Denny – a set that gave him a big 60s hit in a sweet version of "Taste of Honey"! Denny approaches the tune with all the great mellow moods that Bobby Scott intended – none of the too-fast styles of Hirt, and instead the slow-moving rhythms that work perfectly for the blue undercurrents on the piano. Other tunes follow in a similarly nice blend – still a bit exotic, but almost showing more of a vibes/piano/percussion mix that seems to be borrowed from George Shearing or Cal Tjader – one that we approve of highly! Titles include "Route 66", "Exodus", "I'm In A Dancing Mood", "Black Orchid", "Take Five", and "Taste Of Honey". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a small peeled spot at the spine.)

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Paul NeroSoul Party – 28 Sensational Soul Hits ... LP
Liberty, Late 60s. Very Good ... $16.99
A record with a hokey cover and an unassuming title – but a wicked little set that's filled with funky soul throughout! Paul Nero's a German artist, and he's working here in a style that was common to Euro recordings of the time – a medley-heavy approach that stacked together a few already-short pop covers into a 2 or 3 minute combo played with plenty of energy. In the hands of most others, the style was often flat – but here Nero really makes it move mightily – often with a good undercurrent of funk on the bottom, and a great sense of soul! Highlights include the killer break track "This Is Soul/Soul Finger/Soul Man" – plus "Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa/Mr Pitiful/Mustang Sally", "Shake/Stagger Lee/Land Of 1000 Dances", "Tribute To Otis Redding/You Keep Me Running Away", and "Hold On I'm Coming/Soul Reaction/Tramp". (Soul, Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam.)

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Irv Orton OrchestraAlone With You ... LP
Liberty, 1958. Near Mint- ... $24.99
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(Stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ Felix SlatkinStreet Scene – The Fantastic Strings Of Felix Slatkin ... LP
Liberty, Early 60s. Sealed Gatefold ... $4.99
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(In original die-cut gatefold cover)

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T-BonesNo Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In) ... LP
Liberty, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Nice groovy instrumentals from one of the best little combos of the 60's. The record includes their big hit "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)", plus a number of other tracks that have a similar "TV commercial" feel – like "Chiquita Banana", "Pizza Parlor", "What's In the Bag, Goose", and the groovy "Sippin N Chippin". (Rock, Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has a bumped corner.)

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✨✧ Martin DennyQuiet Village ... LP
Liberty, Late 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
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
(Black label pressing. Cover has some peeling from tape removal along the bottom seam on back.)

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✨✧ Martin DennyExotic Moog ... LP
Liberty, Late 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the few truly great Martin Denny albums from the 60s, and one that features some killer use of the moog, and a very different sound than some of Denny's other albums. The keyboards have lots of wild sounds, with chirps and flutters that would make Perry & Kingsley proud – and the backing's a bit funkier than usual, with some nice electric basslines to keep the groove coming. Includes a great version of Baden Powell's "Canto De Ossanha", a remake of "Quiet Village", a moody take on "Midnight Cowboy", and a jazzy moogy version of "Cast Your Fate To The Wind". LP, Vinyl record album
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Stanley TurrentineLook Of Love ... LP
Blue Note, Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $11.99
Stanley Turrentine's a hell of a soloist in a large ensemble setting – and there's possibly no better place to hear that talent at work than on this classic 60s date for Blue Note! The format's a bit different than other Turrentine records of the time – no small group romping, nor larger band soul jazz – and instead this laidback and classy mode that's handled with a heck of a lot of soul by arrangers Thad Jones and Duke Pearson – with this sophisticated vibe that almost points the way towards some of Stan's ballad work of the 70s. Strings are balanced nicely with jazz inflections from players who include Hank Jones, Roland Hanna, and Duke Pearson on piano – plus Kenny Burrell on guitar, Benny Powell on trombone, and both Snooky Young and Jimmy Nottingham on flugelhorn. Titles include "The Look Of Love", "Emily", "I'm Always Drunk In San Francisco", "MacArthur Park", "Blues For Stan", "This Guy's In Love With You", and "Here There & Everywhere". (Jazz, Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Bud ShankMichelle ... CD
World Pacific/Elemental (UK), 1965. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Bud Shank takes on the sounds of The Beatles – and a whole host of other 60s pop stars as well – all with results that are as jazzy as they are groovy! The album's one of a few that Bud cut for Liberty in this format – alto and flute spread out over fuller backings from Bob Florence, a great arranger who knows how to make things swing by bringing in some wonderful 60s touches! There's a bit of guitar at times, some compressed horns – ala A&M – and some overall mod rhythms that help change things up nicely from tune to tune. Titles include "Michelle", "Yesterday", "Blue On Blue", "Sounds Of Silence", "Turn Turn Turn", "As Tears Go By", and "Girl". (Jazz, Now Sound) CD
(Limited edition!)

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