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


Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD
A deep dig into the farther reaches of the exotica boom of the late 50s – served up with the same sort of focus on unusual tracks that we love on the other collections from Lux & Ivy! Given the raunchy sound of The Cramps, you might not expect the duo to have as strong of an ear for the ... 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
Modern Harmonic, 1962. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Wonderful sounds from space – put together in a rare album that was initially issued in a small batch, to coincide with the Seattle Worlds Fair in 1962! For the set, Art Mineo comes up with an amazing batch of spacey sounds that were played at the fair in conjunction with a machine called ... 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
RCA/Nature Sounds, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
The moog wizard Hugo Montenegro takes on the music of Stevie Wonder – in a blend that maybe makes the record one of the coolest that the studio maestro ever recorded! Hugo had already proven that he could groove in the 60s, and he picked up the moog at the end of the decade and started ... 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

Martin Denny

Hypnotique
Liberty/Jackpot, 1959. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol/El (UK), 1950s. New Copy 3CD
A huge run of records from Yma Sumac – presented here in a box that collects just about everything she recorded for Capitol Records in the 50s! First up is Voice Of The Xtaby – legendary vocal work from the postwar years – some of the earliest recordings from the enigmatic Yma ... CD

Percy Faith

Clair/Joy
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy
70s magic from Percy Faith – two albums presented here in their quadrophonic mixes! Clair is a really wonderful album from Percy Faith – part of a handful of sweet 70s sides that really had him sounding a lot more groovy than before! The album almost has a 70s soundtrack vibe at times ... CD

Mort Garson

Didn't You Hear
Sacred Bones, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
One of the rarest albums ever from the legendary Mort Garson – an all-electronic film score, one that was originally only available on record in the lobby of a Seattle theater that was showing the film! The tracks are shorter than on some of Garson's more commercial projects of the time, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
United Artists, Mid 60s. Sealed
UA makes the film copyright cash register jingle again on this second set of tracks from their James Bond films, performed by other artists in the catalog. Tracks include "Thunderball" & "Underwater Chase" by Al Caiola, "007" & "The Golden Horn" by ... LP, Vinyl record album

Otto Cesana

Ecstasy (10-inch)
Columbia, 1952. Very Good-
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Joe Renzetti

Electric Tommy
Viva, Early 70s. Very Good+
Cool Moog highlights from The Who's classic rock opera, with focus on the tunes that are well suited for Moog like "Fiddle About", "Go To the Mirror Boy", "Amazing Journey", and "Sparks". Nice trippy sound, with acoustic drum backing, and moogy sounds over ... LP, Vinyl record album

Warren Baker with Paul Tanner & Andre Montero

Music For Heavenly Bodies
Omega, Mid 50s. Very Good+
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
Golden Crest, Late 50s. Near Mint-
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Subri Moulin & His Equatorial Rhythm Group

Jungle Percussion
Tops/Mayfair, Late 50s. Very Good-
Spare, tribal, and heavy percussion – with a sound that's a lot more credible than some of the other stuff on labels like this from the same time. We're not sure who the group is, but even if they are studio guys working under another name, they still do a pretty darn good job! Titles ... LP, Vinyl record album
Solid State, 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold
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RCA, 1958. Very Good+
One of the most memorable Esquivel albums, and perhaps the first record that really let him hit his fantastic mix of off-beat orchestrations and spacey electronicized production! The arrangements are splendid, with echoey piano lines in the front that seem to trail off into the stratosphere. ... LP, Vinyl record album

Peter Nero

Peter Nero On Tour
RCA, 1966. Sealed
With Peter Nero on piano, Barre Phillips on bass, and Joe Cusatis on drums. LP, Vinyl record album

Brass Ring featuring Phil Bodner

Disadvantages Of You
Dunhill, 1967. Very Good+
A real gem from The Brass Ring – and an album that has a goofy cover designed to recall the famous TV commercial that used the title hit! The record itself is a work of pure genius – tightly compressed easy instrumentals, all in that unique Brass Ring mode – a sound that's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Giampiero Reverberi

Imported From Italy
London, 1962. Near Mint-
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Dick Hyman

Sweet Sweet Soul
Command/ABC, Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold
A groovy LP that features this swinging 60s keyboardist playing his versions of some of the bigger soul covers of the day! The album features Hyman on piano, organ, and clavinette, and he's playing with "The Group", a tight little combo that gives him a hip kind of mod edge that wasn't ... LP, Vinyl record album
Aathena, 1970. Very Good+
Moogy country stuff that actually sounds pretty great (imagine all of the plinks and ploinks of the moog in bluegrass stuff.) Tracks include "Foggy Mountain Breakdown", "Last Date", "Cattle Call", and "Walking the Floor Over You" – but our two faves ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dot, Mid/Late 50s. Very Good+
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Arthur Lyman

Cotton Fields
Life, 1963. Very Good+
A strangely-titled record – given the image of an erupting volcano on the front cover – but it's every bit as great as other Lyman work from the time, with a sublime blend of piano and vibes in the frontline. There seems to be a deepening tone from before – a style that's almost ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol, Late 50s. Very Good
A masterpiece mixture of sound effects and loungey orchestration! Wild stuff featuring "found objects" from a surplus store – like saws, whistles, sirens, and other junk – plus the great arrangements of one of Capitol's best bandleaders. (In case you're not familiar with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Omega, Early 60s. Very Good
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Burt Bacharach

Reach Out
A&M, 1967. Very Good
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

Baja Marimba Band

Baja Marimba Band
A&M, Mid 60s. Very Good
After the huge success of Herb Albert's Tijuana Brass albums, A&M got vibist Julius Wechter (ex-Martin Denny) to come up with a similar ensemble in the Baja Marimba Band. The group has a goofy pseudo Mexican sound – but is really just a bunch of LA studio guys goofing it up on pop tracks ... LP, Vinyl record album
RCA (Mexico), Mid 50s. Very 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

Voices of Walter Schumann

Exploring the Unknown
RCA, 1955. Very Good
One of the postwar space-age classics! The normally-sleepy chorus of Walter Schumann is used to create the backdrop for a narrative of space flight – read by Paul Frees, and involving the takeoff of a rocket from the Pacific, soaring into space, past the moon, and arriving on Venus. The ... LP, Vinyl record album
Concert Hall (UK), Late 60s. Very Good+
Great work from Nico Gomez – not as funky as his 70s albums, but still filled with some nicely grooving tracks! The style here is mod Latin – heavy percussion on the bottom, and lots of sprightly 60s touches – including groovy vocals, horns, playful percussion, and the occasional ... LP, Vinyl record album

David McCallum (with David Axelrod)

Music – A Part Of Me
Capitol, 1966. Sealed
The first album that Man From UNCLE David McCallum cut for Capitol – a batch of instrumental tunes that was really masterminded by arranger HB Barnum and producer David Axelrod! The record features short groovy versions of mid 60s pop tunes, plus a few instrumentals by McCallum, Barnum, and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Don Kirshner

Don Kirshner Cuts Hair
RCA, 1969. Sealed
A great version of the Hair soundtrack – with instrumentation that's way groovier than any of Don Kirshner's throwaway pop work from later years! The set features some of Galt MacDermot's best tunes from the musical – done in a tripped-out style that reminds us of Hugo Montenegro's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol, 1960. Near Mint-
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Joe Leahy

Tabasco & Trumpets
Tower, Mid 60s. Near Mint-
Tijuana Brass sound-a-like, but with a Latin-y feel of its own! Includes the cuts "Life", "Slinky", "Manhattan Spiritual" and others. Tabasco Brand Hot Sauce sponsored this record! LP, Vinyl record album

Reg Wilson

88 Keys And A Girl
United Artists, 1969. Near Mint-
A very cool record! This is one of our favorite "instrument & a voice" LPs, with lots of great jazzy piano cuts that feature a wordless female vocal lilting over some nice soulful keyboards. Includes a great cut called "To Make it Right", which has a sort of Tribe Called ... LP, Vinyl record album

All Star Drummers

Cats Go Wild
United Artists, Early 60s. Very Good+
"America's Greatest Drummers" in a percussion spectacular with a lot of loud exotic sounding tracks like "Boka Butu", "Ja Ki Lin", "Noma", and "Bambu". I don't know if we'd use the word "greatest" in describing the drummers – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Toti's Tahitians

Little Brown Gal
49th State Hawaii, 1956. Very Good+
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Audio Fidelity, 1963. Very Good+
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Danny Schloss

Dreams & Illusions
Verve/Forecast, Late 60s. Near Mint-
A very groovy record – sort of a mix of 60s pop, eastern trippiness, and bits of psyche jazz that you might hear on other albums on Verve at the time! Danny's vocals aren't too bad – and on the best cuts, he's got a slightly broken style of singing that breathes a bit of honesty into ... LP, Vinyl record album

Edmundo Ros

Today
London, 1977. Near Mint-
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RCA, 1955. Very Good+
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Mariano & The Unbelievables

Mariano & The Unbelievables
Capitol, Late 60s. Very Good+
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George Russell

Easy Listening
Pete, Late 60s. Very Good+
Not the jazz composer George Russell, but a dreamy LA guitarist working here with some fab arrangements by Jimmie Haskell. The sound is as easy as the title promises – but George drifts nicely across some good backings that feature subdued organ, light strings, and an occasional bossa ... LP, Vinyl record album

Les Baxter

Jungle Jazz
Capitol, Late 50s. Good
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
Alshire, Early 70s. Very Good+
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RCA, 1977. Near Mint- Gatefold
A collaboration with poet John Laws – a project that almost recalls some of the Rod McKuen/Anita Kerr projects of the late 60s, but which has a deeper, more sophisticated Mancini feel! Laws reads his own words, but does so in a subtle, expressive way – often just doing a short passage ... LP, Vinyl record album

Alfred Hause

Tango Notturno
Polydor (Germany), Early 60s. Near Mint-
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Jean Jacques Perrey

Moog Indigo (180 gram pressing)
Vanguard, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
An incredible record of funky moogy grooves – possibly one of the best of the genre! Jean Jacques Perry really outdid himself on this record – going past the simple cut ups of his work with Gershon Kingsley, and hitting a style that was more groovy, and more song oriented. The best ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated April 11, 2021


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