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


A&M/Fifth Dimension (Germany), 1969. New Copy
CD...$6.99 16.99
A fantastic moog-based take on the music from Hair – a wonderful confluence of two of the grooviest musical trends of the late 60s! Mort Garson had his hand in plenty of other great moog-related projects from the period – like the Wozard Of Iz, the Lucifer/Black Mass album, and ... CD
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
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
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
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
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

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
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

Mystic Moods Orchestra

Emotions (Original Master Recording)
Mobile Fidelity/Philips, Late 60s. Sealed
One of the best early albums from the Mystic Moods – largely because it really ups the use of sound effects that was begun on the group's first album. The record is a smooth blend of train sounds, beach sounds, night sounds, and a million other weird noises – all filtered through late ... LP, Vinyl record album

Moog Machine

Switched-On Rock
Columbia, Late 60s. Near Mint-
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
Capitol, Early 50s. Very Good
Quite possibly the best of the early theremin records for Capitol by Dr Samuel J Hoffman – a moody mix of electronics and orchestrations, with a sound that's incredibly eerie! The tunes on the set were all written by Harry Revel – with titles alone that really get at the mood 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

Jan Davis Guitar

Hot Sauce
Ranwood, 1975. Very Good+
The man who gave the world "Flamenco Funk" returns with this cool 70's album of funky Latiny pop grooves. There's lots of originals, like the title cut, "Gypsy Fox", "Soulmate", "Maiden Spain", and "Cantina Sunrise" – plus covers of "Have ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mercury, 1966. Very Good+
Fantastic piano work from the very groovy Horst Jankowski – an artist who's really stepping into his own with this sweet mid 60s album! The set still follows the balance of electric bass and hard piano sounds from Horst – but it also fleshes out the music in a really great way, by ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lucifer (Mort Garson)

Black Mass
Uni, 1971. Very Good+
This is one of Mort Garson's craziest moog records ever, or as the label says: "Moog Goes Supernatural with Eerie Electronics". Ostensibly a satanic sort of thing, this is actually a wild cool mix of moog and early synthesizer effects, over a bunch of original compositions with no sorts ... LP, Vinyl record album
PI Records, 1973. Sealed
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Tipsy

Uh Oh!
Asphodel, 2001. Near Mint- 2LP
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Martin Denny

Latin Village
Liberty, 1964. Very Good-
Martin Denny changes the rhythms from tropical to Latin here – but the overall groove is still highly in his best exotica mode, and nicely augmented by some additional instrumentation! There's some traces here of the shift in production for instrumental music from the time – a bit of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Creed Taylor Orchestra

Shock – Music In Hi Fi
ABC, 1958. Very Good+
Very cool work from Creed Taylor – material cut when he was still a bandleader, and hadn't yet evolved into the role of super-producer! The session's a long way from the CTI sound of the 70s – and instead has Creed playing some very spooky stuff – compositions by Kenyon Hopkins ... LP, Vinyl record album

Coronet Orchestra

Lost Love
MGM, 1955. Very Good+
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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

Les Baxter

Tamboo!
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

Bob Thompson

Just For Kicks
RCA, 1959. Very Good+
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Capitol, Mid 60s. Very Good+
A lost gem from Brian Wilson's dad! As the cover says, "The talented father of the famous Beach Boys presents instrumental interpretations of his and other compositions." Basically, Murry was getting the squeeze from Brian, and this was Murry's way of saying "hey, I can do ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jacques Ysaye

Follies Of Paris
RCA, 1956. Very Good+ Gatefold
This is a pretty nifty package that covers the music of Paris nightlife from the 1890s to the 1950s. The album cover is a nice half-gatefold sleeve featuring, of course, some follies ladies. The tunes are grouped into 12 medleys and feature a lot of songs including "Paris, Je T'Aime D'Amour&q ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol, Late 50s. Near Mint-
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

Perrey-Kingsley

In Sound From Way Out
Vanguard, Late 60s. Very Good+
One of the moogiest records of all time – a legendary LP of "electronic pop music of the future" – sourced and claimed as an influence by everyone from Stereolab to the Beastie Boys! The legendary team of Gershon Kingsley and Jean-Jaques Perry are working here in early tape ... 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
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

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
Mercury, 1965. Very Good+
Pop guitar with jazzy inflections – a wonderful little album that has Walter Raim on the hollow-body electric, working alongside jazz players that include Hank Jones and Bobby Scott on piano, and Don Elliot and Phil Kraus on vibes and percussion! The style is lean and spare throughout – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Fausto Papetti

27 A Raccolta
Durium (Italy), 1977. Near Mint- Gatefold
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David McCallum (with David Axelrod)

Music – It's Happening Now!
Capitol, Late 60s. Very Good+
McCallum's third album for Capitol – and like the first, a genius batch of instrumental tunes that's graced with the talents of HB Barnum and David Axelrod! As beathead revivalists have shown, the album would be nothing without that pair, especially Axelrod – and McCallum's really just ... LP, Vinyl record album

Gil Ventura

Sax Club Number 7
EMI (Italy), 1974. 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

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

Dick Hyman

Age Of Electronicus
Command, 1969. Very Good Gatefold
Nice one! This is one of Dick Hyman's most fantastic LPs, and the one that includes some of his best moogy playing. With the very funky club cut "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose", plus "Both Sides Now", "Kolumbo", "Time Is Tight", and "Green Onions". 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

Bobby Hackett/Billy Butterfield/Luiz Henrique

Bobby/Billy/Brasil
Verve, Late 60s. Near Mint-
Great stuff – and a beautiful LP that mixes Verve production with the moody Brazilian sounds of Luiz Henrique and Sivuca! Henrique delivers his usual breathy soft beautiful vocals, and Sivuca plays accordion and hums in the background, in that jazzy mode that he was using during the late 60s ... LP, Vinyl record album
Command (Mexico), 1963. Very Good Gatefold
Enoch and his orchestra play a mix of Brazilian bossa nova standards like "O Barquinho" and "Meditacao" and pop tunes played in a bossa nova style like "Days Of Wine And Roses", "Moon River", "What Kind Of Fool Am I", "Blame It On The Bossa ... LP, Vinyl record album

Enoch Light Singers

Whoever You Are, I Love You
Project 3, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold
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Command, Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold
One of the coolest, grooviest moog albums you'll ever hope to buy – a wonderful foray into the new world of synthetic sounds, done by pianist Dick Hyman – who was working in a straight jazz format just a decade before! Dick turns out to be a wonderful talent on the moog – very ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warner, 1963. Near Mint-
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Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra

Piano Strings
Polydor (Germany), 1969. Near Mint-
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Harry Simeone Chorale/Elizabeth Firestone Willis

It's Alaska
RCA, 1970. Very Good
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Fausto Papetti

19 A Raccolta
Durium (Italy), 1977. Very Good Gatefold
We never know how he manages to do it – but saxman Fausto Papetti always seems to lure naked women into posing for his album covers! LP, Vinyl record album
Stereo-Fidelity, Early 60s. Very Good
Weird mix of jazz, classical, exotica, and more – all packaged together in a cover that features two skeletons hanging from a set of gallows! The tracks aren't as scary as the cover – but the hi-fi package is a good one, and there's a few nice numbers, like "Theme From Richard ... LP, Vinyl record album

Les Baxter & 101 Strings

Que Mango
Alshire, 1970. Near Mint-
A later album, but one that still features Les doing some great Latiny bits – heading up the 101 Strings ensemble, for a sweeping and groovy kind of sound! The whole album's very similar to some of Les' Capitol work from the early 60s, but has a slightly more modern twist – including ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated January 26, 2020


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