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
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
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
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has some surface wear and seam splitting.)
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
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 promo ink stamp and clear tape on the seams.)
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
A great album by Denny, with a nice approach that has sort of a drifting South Seas feel! The record is one of his last good ones for Liberty, and has lots of nice tracks like "My Isle Of Golden Dreams", "Beyond The Reef", "Flotsam & Jetsam", and "Cross Current". Nice sexy cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label pressing. Cover has a peeled spot at the opening and partially split top & bottom seams.)
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
Martin Denny —
Hypnotique ... LP Liberty, Late 50s. Used ...
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An amazing little set that's as compelling as the title and cover might imply – and easily one of our favorite Martin Denny albums ever! There's a sound here that is, actually, quite "hypnotique" – as Denny's core combo is expanded by some larger arrangements, Japanese instrumentation, and even some cool vocals by the Jack Halloran singers – all of which serve to create these pulsating musical lines that shift and sway with an extremely dreamy quality, one that can easily hypnotize us with its musical magic! The added sound really adds a lot to Denny's core group – and the record has some great tracks like "Jungle Madness", "American In Bali", "Chinese Lullaby", "Hypnotique", "Scimitar", and "Voodoo Dreams". LP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label pressing. Cover haswear and aging, with some tape on the bottom seam.)
This is the craziest Mancini LP we've ever heard, and probably our favorite too! This is early stuff by him, and it's unlike anything else he ever did. The bulk of the album is weird spooky accordian and organ music, played super super slow, with hauting, even scary arrangements. The whole thing's amazing, and more twisted than you ever thought Mancini could get. Tracks include "Bali Hai", "Poinciana", "The Whispering Sea", "Ebb Tide", and "The Naked Sea". Fantastic! LP, Vinyl record album
Horse ... LP Liberty, 1968. Used ...
Out Of Stock
One of the best late 60s albums by the Ventures – a lot more hard-wailing than usual – and done with a fair bit of influence from funk and soul music too! The title cut gives the album away nicely – as it's a cover of Cliff Nobles' classic funky 45 "The Horse", done with more guitars than the horns of the original – and with a funky edge that's a lot sharper than any of The Ventures' other work! Other tracks follow suit by borrowing lots from the harder side of 60s soul – thanks to arrangements from George Tipton and Warren Barker – both of whom sound even groover here than usual. Other sweet tracks include versions of "Licking Stick Licking Stick", "Here Comes The Judge", "Choo Choo Train", and "Grazing In The Grass" – as well as the tasty originals "Soul Breeze" and "Horse Power". Great stuff – really! (Rock, Now Sound)LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is shopworn, with some tears and an old sale sticker. Cover has a cut corner.)
Possible matches: 5
Bud Shank —
Michelle ... CD World Pacific/Elemental (UK), 1965. New Copy Gatefold ...
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
One of the numerous excellent international recordings issued by World Pacific/Liberty in the late 60s. This set features South Indian singer MS Subbulakshmi performing Karbatic ragas acompanied by violin, mridangam, tambura and ghatam. 4 tracks in all, including "Ear Napai", "Annaganu Ramabhanjana", "Ninnuvina Namadendu", and "Pakkala Nilabadi". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some splitting on the bottom seam.)
Stanley Turrentine —
Look Of Love ... LP Blue Note, Late 60s. Used Gatefold ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
A groovy set of loungey bossa tunes – pulled from 60s recordings on Capitol, Liberty, Pacific Jazz, and related labels. There's more than a few "authentic" bossa performers here, mixed with some others that pick up the groove nicely – working out their own west coast interpretation of the genre in a lively swinging way. There's a total of 18 tracks in all – and titles include "Mas Que Nada" by Rubin Mitchell, "Baia" by Bill Perkins, "So Danco Samba" by Wanda De Sah, "Triste" by Howard Roberts, "Amy's Theme" by Martin Denny, "Samba De Orfeu" by Ray Anthony, "Look Of Love" by Billy May, "Misirlou" by Laurindo Almeida & The Bossa Nova All Stars, "Witchcraft" by Joe Graves & The Diggers, and "Que Sabe Voce De Mim" by Walter Wanderley. CD
Two late 60s RCA albums from Chet Atkins – back to back on a single CD! On Yestergroovin, Chet Atkins is groovin, but in a yesterday sort of way – hence the title of this sweet set from the start of the 70s! The record still has plenty of that excellent Atkins guitar work right up front in the mix – picking and strumming with the sublime sound that Chet created in the Nashville studios of RCA – in a mode that's maybe got some even jazzier currents on the guitar at times than some of his previous records – an upfront quality to the way the instrument steps up in the mix, especially on some of the more contemporary numbers. Titles include the slightly funky "Tennessee Pride", plus "Bring Me Sunshine", "Country Champagne", "Steeplechase Lane", "Yestergroovin", "Liberty", and "Gotta Travel On". Lover's Guitar is a record that has Chet Atkins working with arrangements from his own pen, and those of conductor Bill McElhiney – in a mode that's got the mellower touches you'd expect from the title – as Chet gently works his guitar magic on a set of ballads that include "The Look Of Love", "Until It's Time For You To Go", "If I Should Lose You", "Estudio Brillante", and "La Madrugada". CD