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Reprise (Japan), 1966. New Copy
We're not entirely sure about the "incident" mentioned in the title – clearly front page news back in the day – but we can say that the album's a sweet little groover with a nice mod bounce – a set that features lots of great organ and piano from the mighty Marty Paich, ... CD
Elektra/Rhino, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
The Zodiac never sounded so spooky – and the album's one of the first in a trend that explored astrology with funky musical backings! The music for the set was put together by moogy maestro Mort Garson – then making a transition from being a straight easy arranger in the early 60s, to ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Wonderful stuff – way more than just an easy instrumental album, and a great batch of exotic tunes with lots of jazzy touches! There's enough of the Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman influence here – but Rex and group take the sound a lot further, by playing like a true small combo, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Music For Heavenly Bodies
Omega/Modern Harmonic, 1958. New Copy
There's two sorts of heavenly bodies on the cover – but the real charms of the record lie inside, as the set's overflowing with incredible early theremin recordings! The album features spacey orchestral settings arranged by Warren Baker, and conducted by Andre Montero – plus fantastic ... CD
Heat Wave
Parlophone/Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy
Fantastic early work from Geoff Love – an arranger we mostly know for his easy instrumental albums of the 70s – but who works here in a very different mode! The record's got a sound that really lives up to its steamy cover – a mix of jazz and exotic modes that are handled with a ... CD
Reprise/Warner (Japan), 1964. New Copy
One of the more obscure 60s albums from legendary arranger Nelson Riddle – one of a handful done for Frank Sinatra's Reprise Records label – after famously backing the singer on sessions for Capitol in the 50s! Riddle's even more creative and dynamic here than in those previous years ... CD
MGM/Omni (Australia), 1963/1969. New Copy
Incredible work from the great Dick Hyman – two of his hippest electric albums back to back on a single CD, with great bonus cuts too! First up is Moon Gas – one of the greatest albums that Dick Hyman ever recorded – a mad mix of keyboards that more than lives up to its name and ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1968/1972. New Copy
A pair of RCA Records gems from Hugo Montenegro – back to back on a single CD! First up is Theme From The Godfather – a sweet 70s update of the moogy groovy that Hugo Montenegro first started crafting in the 60s! The album's got both moog and Arp – the latter of which brings in ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1969. New Copy
Two laidback gems from Henry Mancini – back to back on a single CD! Six Hours Past Sunset is moody and mellow – and perfect for late nite listening! The album has the tinkling piano of Mancini set over lush orchestrations – breezy, yet dark at the same time, outwardly simple, ... CD
Science Fiction/Satellite (Spain), 1961. New Copy (reissue)
A weird and wonderful album from the team of monster impresario Forrest Ackerman and sound experimenter Frank Coe – an unusual set that came out around the same time that Ackerman was beginning to build his monster magazine empire! The record's a sci-fi classic, with a vibe that's right up ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/1960s. New Copy Gatefold
A much-needed look at the untapped musical legacy of Eden Ahbez – the west coast mystic who's best remembered for delivering the song "Nature Boy" to Nat King Cole (legendarily walking in barefooted during a recording session!) – but who also made a range of other great music ... LP, Vinyl record album
Penelope/Holidays
Philips/Vocalion (UK), 1971/1972. New Copy
Two early 70s gems from French easy maestro Paul Mauriat – both from a time when he was at the height of his powers! Penelope has a sexy lady on the front cover, and a sound that definitely matches that mood too – although Mauriat also manages to bring up some funky strings at a few ... CD
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2 CDs
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Two very different slices of work from the Brit easy scene at the start of the 60s – TV music from arranger John Gregory, and a set of swinging vocal sides from the great Mike Sammes Singers! Gregory dominates the first record – which is split between an album of western themes, mostly ... CD
Monkees Song Book
Epic/Varese, 1967. New Copy
A very cool project from one of the many studio groups headed by Stu Phillips – a man you'll know both for his excellent soundtrack material and his groovy pop production! This time around, Stu's working with his Golden Gate Strings lineup of woodwinds and violins – on a set of nicely ... CD
Warm
A&M/Herb Alpert, 1969. New Copy Gatefold
A fantastic record from the late 60s years of Herb Alpert – a time when the trumpeter was really opening up his sound, and starting to hit some of the same cool styles of his other great acts on the A&M label! Gone are the trademark Cali-Mex arrangements of the early Tijuana Brass ... CD
Die Goldene Trompete
Royal Sound/Warner (Japan), 1965. New Copy
The lush strings of Werner Muller back up the golden trumpet of Horst Fischer – which solos here in a variety of different modes and styles! Some tracks are groovy in an early 60s way – others are more mellow – and Fischer is not afraid to play his horn with lots of creative ... CD
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1969/1974. New Copy
Two lesser-known instrumental albums from Percy Faith – issued here back to back on a single CD! Chinatown is from 1974 – and features a slight 70s twist on the Faith style of the 60s – maybe a subtle dose of the big band modes that Maynard Ferguson was using on a few of the ... CD
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1975. New Copy
Two later albums from Ray Conniff – an easy listening maestro who might have been past his hit-selling days, but could also sound even groovier than before! Laughter In The Rain is a great 70s take on easy modes from the decade before – as familiar Conniff chorus parts and compressed ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy
Heavyweight gold from guitarist Chet Atkins – two albums back to back! Solid Gold 68 is a sweet set that has the guitar of Chet Atkins taking on the big hits of the year – with surprisingly groovy results! The arrangers here are Bill Walker and Cam Mullins, and a number of the tunes ... CD
Reprise/Warner (Japan), 1965. New Copy
A great tribute to Nat King Cole by Nelson Riddle – the arranger whose 50s work with the singer helped break Cole out of the trio format and into pop charts! As with all of Riddle's work, the music here is never straight pop – nor is it sleepy easy listening – because there's a ... CD
 
Updated August 23, 2017


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