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XLounge, exotica, bachelor pad, instrumental pop, and Hi-Fi gems!

Larry Page Orchestra

Kinky Music
Richmond/Trading Places (UK), 1965. New Copy (reissue)
Larry Page was a big figure in the British music scene of the 60s – manager of the Kinks, and a growing force in record production too – so much so, he decided to put himself in the limelight as the leader of this all-instrumental set of songs by his most famous group! Ray Davies ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol/Captain High (Germany), 1959. New Copy (reissue)
One of our favorite albums ever from the mighty Les Baxter – and one of the few from his Capitol years that really has a strong jazz component! The approach here is similar to Les' classic African Jazz set – with lots of rootsy percussion at the core, maybe more than usual for Baxter ... LP, Vinyl record album
Verve/Modern Harmonic, Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A groundbreaking record that was done as something of a gimmick in the late 60s – but which has gone on to be a funky world classic over the years! Producer Alan Lorber was trying to cash in on the big love of "Eastern" styles in the late 60s – sitars, meditation, yoga, and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Warren Baker with Paul Tanner & Andre Montero

Music For Heavenly Bodies
Omega/Modern Harmonic, 1958. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
A&M/Elemental (Spain), 1967. New Copy (reissue)
Fantastic! We love Burt Bacharach in so many ways that it's easy to forget the genius of these early A&M sides – but going back to them is always a treat, and it's wonderful to hear the way that Burt lays down his own work when given the chance! You know the tracks – "House ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dr Teleny's Incredible Plugged In Orchestra/Ettore Stratta

Stolen Goods – Gems Lifted From The Masters/Viva Vivaldi
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1972/1974. New Copy
A pair of very unusual albums – back to back on a single CD! Stolen Goods is a totally cool, totally groovy album from the 70s – one that features large orchestral arrangements of themes from the classics – but all augmented with plenty of wild contemporary touches! There's ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1970/1974. New Copy
A pair of Henry Mancini gems from 70s RCA – back to back on a single CD! Hangin Out is very cool work from Henry Mancini – and one of the key 70s albums to feature the maestro himself playing an Arp! The added electric presence of the instrument really brings a lot to the usual ... 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
Kapp/Elemental (Spain), 1965. New Copy
A great batch of early work from Burt Bacharach – one of the first albums to be issued under his own name, and proof that Mr B was head and shoulders above most of the other arrangers and composers of his time! At some level, the style here is a bit more traditional than some of Burt's later ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy
Two fantastic albums from Hugo Montenegro – back to back on a single CD! Hugo In Wonder-Land is one of Hugo Montenegro's best moog albums – and a killer batch of tracks written by Stevie Wonder – hence the title! Hugo and crew go to town with a host of electric keyboards – ... CD

Frank Chacksfield

All Time Top TV Themes
Phase 4/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1966. New Copy
CD...$9.99 15.99
A sweet little take on the TV theme world of the 60s – served up by Brit maestro Frank Chacksfield at a level that's maybe a little bit more groovy than some of his other records from the time! Frank's still working with a very full orchestra, but the songs themselves have an inherently cool ... CD
Herb Alpert, 2018. New Copy
CD...$7.99 13.99
Herb Alpert remakes himself again – taking all the best tunes from his classic years on A&M records, then fitting them to contemporary grooves – all at a level that's a bit like some of the Verve Remixed projects from years back, but even better! These aren't remixes, but new ... CD

Spotnicks/Russ Garcia/Ron Goodwin

Out Of This World (Music In Orbit/Fantastica)
El (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy
CD...$6.99 13.99
Space age pop galore – from a trio of very groovy sources! The Spotnicks start out the set with three cool guitar instrumentals – "Telstar", "Moonshot", and "Rocket Man" – done in their great blend of Ventures guitar modes and offbeat Joe Meek ... CD
Vanguard, Late 60s. New Copy
CD...$4.99 11.98
Moogy genius from the team of Jean-Jacques Perry and Gershon Kingsley – possibly two of the most inventive musicians ever! The set brings together key cuts from the Vanguard recordings by the pair – tracks that make heavy use of early analogue technology, but also use a fair bit of ... CD
El (UK), 1958. New Copy
CD...$3.99 13.99
A pretty groovy album of instrumental tracks from arranger Wally Stott – an artist who'd later craft the beautiful backdrops for some of Scott Walker's solo records! The style here is a bit more 50s instrumental – larger orchestrations with some touches of jazz, as Stott serves up a ... CD
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2 CDs
CD...$3.99 13.99
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

Johnny Keating Sound

Here's Where It Is
Warner, Mid 60s. Very Good+
Fantastic! We love this album – and it's not only one of our favorite records ever by Keating, but also an incredible batch of groovers that just doesn't quit! Johnny's working here in a highly rhythmic style that comes off without cliche or kitsch – one that's sophisticated, yet very ... LP, Vinyl record album

Billy May

Big Band Bash
Capitol, Mid 50s. Near Mint-
One of the jazziest Billy May albums for Capitol! LP, Vinyl record album

Earl Grant

Gently Swinging
Decca, 1968. Near Mint-
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Billy Mure

String of Trumpets
Everest, Late 50s. Near Mint-
A tough Billy Mure album to find. His wild guitar style here is accompanied by a blasting brace of trumpets. The groove is kind of Latin, but with lots of nice twangs by Billy. Tracks include "Sentimental Journey", "Memories Of You", "Bumper To Bumper", "Dancing ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mercury, 1962. Near Mint-
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Klaus Wunderlich

Wersi Time 2
Wersi (Germany), 1977. Near Mint- Gatefold
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Gary Chester & The Beatle Beat

Yeah Yeah Yeah
DCP, 1964. Very Good+
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Earl Grant

Trade Winds
Decca, Mid 60s. Near Mint-
Includes a sweet organ version of "Moon Of Manakoora"! LP, Vinyl record album

Marty Gold

Wired For Sound
Vik, 1956. Very Good+
"Current Supplied By Marty Gold" – or so reads the cover – as this is one of Gold's most dynamic albums of the 50s! The production is really great, with lots of use of effects and echo – to transform ordinary instrumental tunes into mod hi-fi affairs! The feel here is ... LP, Vinyl record album
RCA (Mexico), Mid 50s. Good+
Holy cow! A rare early Esquivel album, recorded in Mexico in the years before he came to the US! The record shows Esquivel's roots in the post-swing era, leading a big band that runs through everything from moody standards to souped up "rock & roll" material. The setting appears to ... LP, Vinyl record album

Big Sam Marowitz

Sounds In The Night
Roulette, Early 60s. Very Good-
An excellent album of late night sax and organ numbers – featuring the enigmatic alto player Big Sam Marowitz, paired with arrangements that make some nice use of the thinner end of the Hammond organ spectrum! The instrumentation also has a nice dose of electric guitar and bongos – all ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jay Gordon Concert Orchestra

Music From Another World
Tops, 1957. Very Good
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Jack Marshall

18th Century Jazz
Capitol, Late 50s. Very Good
Goofy "18th Century" jazziness, played by a tight west coast studio sextet that features Shelly Mann, Milt Raskin, Harry Klee, and Jack Marshall on guitar. The tracks are jazz standards, but they're given a sort of plucked sound, and layed out with some sort of stepping classical grooves. ... LP, Vinyl record album
RCA, 1958. Very Good+
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Hi Fi, 1958. Very Good+
One of the first few albums that Arthur Lyman recorded after his split with Martin Denny – and still very much in the best Denny mode – mixing vibes with percussion, and adding in lots of cool effects! There's a fair bit of exotic sounds in the mix – including birdcalls from ... LP, Vinyl record album

Sandy Nelson

In Beat
Imperial, 1966. Very Good-
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Danny Guglielmi/Dena

Adventure In Sound
Tops, Mid 50s. Very Good
A compelling little set from Danny Guglielmi – a mix of weird instrumental numbers and some straighter vocal ones that feature singing by the lovely Dena! The album's somewhere between offbeat jazz and bachelor pad territory – and the album features early tape experiments that have ... LP, Vinyl record album

Webley Edwards & Others

Fire Goddess
Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good
One of the better of the Webley Edwards pseudo-ethnographic albums, and one that features some haunting female voices that have a nice moody exotica quality. The sound moves past the usual Hawaii kitsch, and has some nice groovy moments with a moody moody feel. Titles include "Forbidden ... LP, Vinyl record album

Les Baxter

Capitol, Late 50s. Very Good-
A landmark album of exotica! Tamboo was cut with Les' orchestra and chorus – and it's a swirling mass of tribal drums, singing strings, and moody voices that would forever change the face of easy listening. Les' compositions are astounding – filled with all the sophsitication of a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Les & Larry Elgart

Elgart Au Go-Go
Columbia, Late 60s. Very Good+
Damn groovy work from the team of Les & Larry Elgart – one of the best 60s swingers from the pair, served up at a level that's somewhere between mod big band jazz, and a sweet 60s soundtrack! The tunes all have the sort of grooves you'd guess from the "go go" in the title ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jim Backus/Dennis Farnon

Magoo In Hi Fi
RCA, 1956. Very Good+
A pretty darn cool record – almost an audio cartoon, of sorts, as Jim Backus talks his way through some Mister Magoo routines, with musical backings by Dennis Farnon. The record's actually more entertaining than most of the Magoo cartoons – as the use of voice and music is pretty ... LP, Vinyl record album

New York Percussion Trio

Holidays For Percussion
Vox, Late 50s. Very Good
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Marty Gold

Higher Than Fi
Vik, 1957. Very Good
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Jackie Gleason

Tawny (10 inch LP)
Capitol, Early 50s. Very Good+
A serious suite of music from Jackie Gleason – his extended "Tawny" suite on side one of the record, a lush, loving portrait of an imaginary girl! The music is in the more romantic side of the Gleason spectrum – heavy on strings, with some muted horns – and a style ... LP, Vinyl record album

Francis Scott

Moods For Firelight
Capitol, 1955. Near Mint-
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Paul Lavalle

Lavalle In Hi-Fi
RCA, 1958. Near Mint-
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Ramon Marquez

Play Along With Bongos
Fiesta, Late 50s. Very Good
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Jerry Fielding & His Orchestra

We Like Brass
Time, 1964. Near Mint-
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Sandy Nelson

Beat That Drum
Imperial, 1963. Very Good
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Peter Sichel

On Wine: How To Serve
Columbia, Late 60s. Very Good+
A goofy LP in it's own right, with wine instruction and music, but it's also been sampled by the Beastie Boys, on that part of "Check Your Head" where they talk about being in the townhouse of the guy in New York. The sample jumps right out at you, and there's a lot of other goofy ... LP, Vinyl record album

Les Baxter

African Jazz
Capitol, Late 50s. Very Good
One of the coolest, grooviest records we've ever heard from the great Les Baxter – and a real standout set, even amidst his other exotica albums for Capitol! This one really delivers on the "jazz" promised in the title – thanks to strong tenor solos from Plas Johnson, who ... LP, Vinyl record album

Reg Guest Syndicate

Fontana, Late 60s. Near Mint-
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Command, 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold
Groovy electronic pop stuff from the great Command label! Not as wild as Dick Hyman, but still pretty darn nice, and with a good groovy feel, accented by some nice "Latin" touches. Titles include "Girl From Ipanema", "Dansero", "Look Of Love", "Hare ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mel Henke

La Dolce Henke
Warner, 1962. Near Mint-
A wonderful bit of hipster tracks from the early 60s! Mel Henke was part Esquivel, part Pete Rugolo, part Ken Nordine, part Kenyon Hopkins – and one of the best, and most underrated of the late 50s/early 60s bachelor pad arrangers! This album's most likely his best – and it's a mad ... LP, Vinyl record album
Updated October 22, 2019

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