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Eden AhbezEden's Island & Beyond ... CD
Jasmine (UK), 1960. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
A wonderful collection – one that features the legendary album by Eden Ahbez, plus other tracks that show his influence on postwar music! First up is the core Eden's Island set – an incredibly evocative record – one of the strangest of its kind, and an audio treasure that we've loved for years! Eden Ahbez first came into public prominence as the man who wrote "Nature Boy" for Nat King Cole – a dark, moody tune that was as mysterious and earthy as the man who wrote it! This album was recorded nearly a decade after Cole's original hit, and features Ahbez almost in Moondog-like territory – working in an amazing setting of odd instruments and exotic percussion – but also singing in this almost spiritualist kind of way! The record's got plenty of ties to the exotica scene of the late 50s – but also stand out from the pack with a mad vision that's all its own – a strange intersection of lines that one might draw between Moondog, Martin Denny, and Anton La Vey! Tracks include "The Wanderer", "Eden's Island", "Tradewind", "Full Moon", "Mongoose", "Market Place", "The Old Boat", "Island Girl" and "La Mar". CD then features 16 more bonus tracks – all compositions by Eden and work that shows others taking up his helm – titles that include "Palm Springs" by Ray Anthony, "Wine Women & Gold" by The Carsons, "Hey Jacque" by Eartha Kitt, "Frankie's Song" by Anita Ray, "Let Me Hear You Say I Love You" by Vicki Young, "End Of Desire" by April Stevens, "Sahara" by Bob Romeo & The Jungle Sextet, and "Song Of The Fool" by The Crew Cuts. CD

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Arthur LymanTotally Taboo – The Complete Taboo Sessions 1958 to 1960 (Taboo Vols 1 & 2) ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Fantastic exotica material from Arthur Lyman – initially a percussionist in the group of Martin Denny, but soon to become a hi fi star of his own, thanks to work like this! Lyman handles a nice variety of instruments here – playing vibes, marimba, congas, bongos, and a heck of a lot of other percussion modes – often with the same spare, syncopated exotica groove that he first forged with Denny – but more small combo, with a cool sound that often uses a fair bit of echo in the production, and maybe less of the fake bird calls that were part of Denny's sound! This 24 track set features all the material from the two volumes of the classic Taboo albums – and titles include "Akaka Falls", "Taboo", "Ringo Oiwake", "China Clipper", "Sim Sim", "Love Dance", "Jungle Fantasy", "Moon Of Manakora", "Beautiful Kahana", "Return To Paradise", and "Love Dance". CD

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Sandy NelsonDrums Are My Beat 1962 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), 1962. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 20.99
An insane amount of work from drummer Sandy Nelson – the cat who was to the drums what The Ventures were to the guitar – carving out a whole host of hit instrumental records in a non-stop flurry of action at the start of the 60s! The work here is definitely from a very productive time in Sandy's career – as the set features all work done in 1962, a stunning amount of music for one short year – given that the 2CD set features 59 tracks in all, pulled from the albums Compelling Percussion, Teen Age House Party, Drums Are My Beat, Country Style, and Drumming Up A Storm – plus other hit singles too! The drums are only part of the charm here too – because although Sandy's got a tight sound, and gets in plenty of solos, the overall Liberty Records production and arrangements really help the tunes shine too. Titles include "Sandy", "Castle Rock", "Dumplins", "Junior Jive", "North Wind", "Drums Are My Beat", "Birth Of The Beat", "Drum Roll", "Day Drumming", "Drum Stomp", "Hum Drum", "Be Bop Baby", "Night Train", "Let The Good Times Roll", "Drums For Drummers Only", and "Drums For Strippers Only". CD
 
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✨✧ Gene RainsRains in The Tropics – Songs & Sounds From Far Away Lands ... CD
Decca/Captain High (Germany), 1962. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really wonderful album from the height of the exotica years – but a set that's got a fair bit more jazz in the mix than most from that generation too! Gene Rains plays vibes – and moves between moodier moments, ala Martin Denny/Arthur Lyman, and more straightforward jazz styles – which often have some great modal elements in the mix! The Rains group played hotels in Hawaii during the late 50s and early 60s – but are maybe more like a Pacific take on territory of the Quartette Tres Bien, thanks to strong work from Allen Watanabe on drums, Archie Grant on bass, and Byron Peterson on piano. Titles include "Mapuana", "Bancock Cock Fight", "Tiki", "Off Shore", "Shadow Of Love", "Jasmine & Jade", and "Lonely Winter". CD
 
 
 



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