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


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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dick Hyman

Moon Gas
MGM/Alternative Fox (UK), 1963. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest albums that Dick Hyman ever recorded – a mad mix of keyboards that more than lives up to its name and its wonderful cover! The album has Dick playing instruments that include electronic organs, keyboards, and ondioline – working in a "moon" oriented style ... LP, Vinyl record album
Modern Harmonic, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD
A really cool side of work from the enigmatic Raymond Scott – the legendary midcentury figure who did a wealth of creative work in jazz, soundtrack, and electronic music fields! Turns out, Scott also recorded a heck of a lot of commercials in his studio – all in ways that embrace all ... CD

Burt Bacharach

Reach Out
A&M/Elemental (Spain), 1967. New Copy
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 ... CD
Cook, Mid 50s. New Copy Gatefold
Great work from the legendary Cook label – a full album that combines two earlier 10" albums of experimental sounds! First up is Speed The Parting Guest, a wonderful combination of music and sound effects – very similar to some of the bigger label work from artists like Jack ... CD

Burt Bacharach

Make It Easy On Yourself
A&M/Elemental (Spain), 1969. New Copy
Fantastic work by maestro Burt Bacharach – subtle genius, and an album that offers more to us every time we listen to it! Burt's work has been recorded by many – but few ever gave it the kind of treatment that he did – as you'll hear in this brilliant array of sweeping strings, ... CD
Mercury/Vocalion (UK), 1976. New Copy
One of the rarest albums ever from maestro Paul Mauriat – a set that was issued in Japan in the mid 70s – at a time when Paul's audience in Europe had dimmed a bit, but was still going strong on the Pacific! The record follows nicely in some of the mid 70s Mauriat moves to embrace the ... CD
London, Mid 60s. Very Good+
A fab set of James Bond tunes – performed by Brit easy maestro Roland Shaw, in a style that's arguably groovier than the original soundtracks themselves! LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, Late 60s. Near Mint-
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Earl Grant

Stand By Me
Decca, 1966. Very Good+
Great organ and piano from Earl Grant – a cat we grow to love more and more as the years go on! LP, Vinyl record album

Dick Hyman

Mirrors
Command, Late 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold
Pre-moog – but still very nice, and an album of oddly-arranged tracks that features Hyman on both organ and piano! The format's a straight trio, but the arrangements open the tracks up more than you expect – and take the songs past their simple cover versions. Includes a groovy ... LP, Vinyl record album

Arthur Lyman

Love For Sale
Hi Fi, 1963. Sealed
A record that boasts a strange image of Arthur Lyman on the front – one that almost makes him look a bit thuggish, despite the affection promised in the title! (A bit of rough trade, perhaps?) The tunes themselves are a love-centered batch of exotic instrumentals – most with "love ... LP, Vinyl record album
Verve, Late 50s. Very Good+
A really goofy little record – one that has the great Spike Jones taking on the hi-fi generation – demonstrating the qualities of your system with a huge amount of sound effects mixed with music! LP, Vinyl record album

Jack Nitzsche

St. Giles Cripplegate
Warner, 1972. Near Mint- Gatefold
A very high-art moment for Jack Nitzsche – and a set that prefaces most of his famous soundtrack work to come! The album's completely different than Jack's earlier work in the 60s – and is more of a full-scale orchestral session, done with the London Symphony Orchestra, and featuring ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol, Late 50s. Very Good
Very groovy LP of bongo-oriented tracks conducted by Les Baxter for "young America" (or so says the label!) The overall feel is nice and jazzy, and the tracks have a nice snapping bongo sound. Tracks include "Reverberasia", "Bustin the Bongos", "Brazilian ... LP, Vinyl record album
United Artists, 1967. Sealed
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Dick Hyman

Man From ORGAN
Command, Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold
A very groovy organ record from Dick Hyman – one that has him playing spy themes, like "The Liquidator", "Thunderball", "Man From UNCLE", "The Cat", "Agent Double O Soul", "A Man Alone", and "Theme From Honey West". Hyman's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Martin Denny

Primitiva
Liberty, Late 50s. Very Good
One of Martin Denny's greatest albums – thanks to some extra special added elements! For the record, Denny's classic quartet is augmented by a wealth of odd added percussion – including gongs, cymbals, tuned logs, steel drums, chimes, and "chromatic bamboo"! All of these ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kokee Band

Exotica 1970
Solid State, 1970. Very Good Gatefold
This is a massively overlooked album! Not only is it a great late-sixties take on Exotica, but it's also got some funky grooves and nice jazzy soloing, ala Sound Gallery or Sound Spectrum material. It's almost like the Chicharrones album, by the Latin Gents, if you know that one – and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Moog Machine

Switched-On Rock
Columbia, Late 60s. Very Good+
Acid rocky moogy stuff! The record's one of those "let's do a lot of pop covers on the moog" – and it features moogy updates of 60's tunes like "Get Back", "Jumpin' Jack Flash", "Feelin' Groovy", "Yummy Yummy Yummy", and "Time of the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Les Baxter

Sounds Of Adventure
Capitol, Mid 60s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold
A 2LP set, released in the mid 60's as a "Capitol Record Club Exclusive" – and one that compiles some of Baxter's best work for the label. The inside of the cover has some good notes on Baxter's career, and the record contains many nice moments like "Dancing Diamonds", ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dick Contino

South American Holiday
Mercury, 1962. Very Good
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Billy Strange

James Bond Theme
GNP/Crescendo, Mid 60s. Very Good
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Kurt Jensen

Evening With Jayne
Hollywood, 1958. Very Good
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Mark 56, Early 70s. Near Mint-
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Command, 1960. Near Mint- Gatefold
Features a group with Doc Severinsen on trumpet, Phil Bodner and Romeo Penque on reeds, and Willie Rodriguez on percussion! LP, Vinyl record album

Martin Denny

Martin Denny!
Liberty, Late 60s. Near Mint-
Mr. D's slowing down a bit here, and mostly covers pop stuff, with bigger orchestrations behind his piano. LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, 1963. Sealed
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Les Baxter

Wild Guitars
Capitol, Late 50s. Very Good
A pretty great album from Les – quite different than his exotica albums from the time, but in a nice way! The record features lots of guitars – as you'd guess from the title – including a lot of Spanish-type acoustic work that's set up in some pretty tasty acoustic grooves. The ... LP, Vinyl record album
London, Mid 60s. Sealed
A fab set of James Bond tunes – performed by Brit easy maestro Roland Shaw, in a style that's arguably groovier than the original soundtracks themselves! There's some nice instrumental touches on a few of these that push the mood of the set in a good way – and Shaw's also chosen a lot ... LP, Vinyl record album

101 Strings

Golden Oldies Vol 3
Alshire, 1977. Sealed
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United Artists, Mid 60s. Sealed
UA makes the film copyright cash register jingle big in this set of tracks from their James Bond films, performed by other artists in the catalog. Tracks include "Black On Pink" by Sir Julian, "James Bond Theme" from Ferrante & Teicher, "Girl Trouble" by John ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jerry Fielding

Hollywood Brass
ABC, Mid 60s. Sealed
Brassy LA studio arrangements of 60's pop tracks like "Spanish Flea", "Yeh Yeh", "It's Not Unusual", "Hang On Sloopy", and more. Not really Herb Albert, but still pretty groovy. LP, Vinyl record album
Everest, 1958. Very Good
An odd one for Raymond Scott – and a sweet one, too! First, this "rock n roll symphony" isn't really rock, so much as it is a set of standards and 50s pop instrumentals – mostly non-rock – all performed in a mellow easy style. Second, even though Scott's at the head of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Alshire, 1974. Sealed
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Alshire, Late 60s. Sealed
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Alshire, 1976. Sealed
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101 Strings

Spain
Alshire, Early 70s. Sealed 2LP
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101 Strings

40s Style
Alshire, 1964. Sealed
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Omega, Late 50s. Very Good+
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Horst Jankowski

Black Forest Explosion!
Motor (Germany), Late 60s. Near Mint-
Great collection featuring the best work of this groovy German piano player! Although he made some snoozy records in his day, this comp is definitely not one of them! Loads of great groovy funky piano tracks, with a cool european feel, and nice electric grooves. Some of these tracks came out in ... LP, Vinyl record album

Marty Gold

Skin Tight
RCA, 1960. Near Mint-
Pretty skin tight stuff – as Marty and crew play more bongos than you'd ever hear in a beatnik hoedown! The set's a very percussive one, and is one of Gold's better outings on RCA – thanks to the tightly stretched skins of the bongo. Gold arranged all tunes, and some of them are bongo- ... LP, Vinyl record album
Epic, Late 60s. Very Good+
A very early album by this seminal songwriter from the late 60s! The record's the first we can find by Jimmy, and it's got him singing in a kind of pop vocalist style, with arrangements by Hank Levine, and backing on some tracks by a small vocal group. The record lacks the off-beat hipness of his ... LP, Vinyl record album
Essex, Mid 50s. Very Good
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Columbia, Mid 60s. Sealed
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Tops, Early 60s. Very Good
Despite the fact that Voodoo was never practiced in either Polynesia or the Far East, this album's got a bunch of great little exotic tracks like "Chant of the Moon" and "Mirage". LP, Vinyl record album

Reg Guest Syndicate

Underworld
Fontana, Late 60s. Near Mint-
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Martin Denny

Exotic Moog
Liberty, Late 60s. Very Good
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mort Garson

Zodiac Cosmic Sounds
Elektra, 1967. Very Good+
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
 
Updated March 29, 2020


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