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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
Warner (Japan), 1960. New Copy
Wonderful work from Warren Barker – one of the lesser-known exotica talents at the start of the 60s – but only because he was also working in a variety of other instrumental modes at the time! Barker's charts are always nicely playful – and that approach also holds true here ... 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
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
Electric Lucifer
Columbia/Telephone Explosion (Canada), 1970. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest moog albums ever – all original sounds and tunes from the legendary Bruce Haack! Haack had spent most of the 60s doing small label kiddie records on his own, but this late 60s gem on Columbia is probably his best known work – a masterpiece of short and groovy little ... LP, Vinyl record album
You Smile – The Song Begins
A&M, 1974. New Copy Gatefold
Nice one from Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – working with arranger Quincy Jones! You Smile – The Song Begins comes at a pretty interesting point in which Herb was still working in the Spanish-inflected, jazzy instrumental groove of earlier years – but in a fresh way after a ... CD
Portrait Of Leda
Columbia, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)
A wonderfully moody session from the late 50s – one that features the eerie vocals of Leda Annest over the orchestrations of Phil Moore! Leda's got a haunting voice that's somewhere in the range of Yma Sumac, but a bit less dramatic – more kind of a wordless instrument, used amidst the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
Brass Are Comin'
A&M/Herb Alpert, 1969. New Copy Gatefold
A really sweet riff on western soundtrack styles by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, though still in Herb's breezy 60s style – wonderful stuff, and a set that's a bit overlooked in his classic A&M canon! The way the bright and sunny Herb Alpert jazzy pop instrumental style melds so ... CD
Delicado 70
Phase 4/Warner (Japan), 1970. New Copy
One of the coolest later albums from German easy maestro Werner Muller – a set that takes on Latin rhythms, but with that particularly bright glow that was coming out of Muller's instrumental scene at the time! The result is a cool mix of modes, of the sort that must have gotten Munich ... CD
Thousand & One Notes
Warner (Japan), 1958. New Copy
One of the grooviest albums we've ever heard from John Scott Trotter – an arranger who spent a fair bit of time working with Bing Crosby, but who's definitely going for the hi-fi crowd with the vibrant sound of this set! The orchestrations are full, with a fair bit of strings and woodwinds ... CD
Tropical Fantasy
Columbia, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A beautiful lost bit of Exotica from the early 60's! Michel Magne recorded this "adventure in exotic sounds and percussion" in the Barclay Studios in Paris – as one of the excellent albums he cut in France before moving onto more famous soundtracks – and the set's got a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Man In Space With Sounds
Modern Harmonic, 1962. New Copy
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 ... CD
Delirium In Hi Fi
Columbia, 1957. New Copy (reissue)
A lost Hi Fi gem! Released in America under the name of "Elsa Popping & Her Pixieland Band" – the record is actually a stunning collaboration between French orchestra leader Andre Popp and sound effects wizard Pierre Fatosme. The sound is wild and swinging, with a feel that's ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Summertime
A&M/Herb Alpert, 1971. New Copy Gatefold
Late 60s brilliance from the legendary Herb Alpert – one of a few key records that has him reinventing his style for a whole new generation! Herb name-checks Gil Evans, Miles Davis, and Ahmad Jamal in the notes – and he's definitely opening up the style of his arrangements here – ... CD
Mganga!
Edison/Modern Harmonic, 1958. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic bit exotica from Tak Shindo – quite rootsy at times, in a way that really lives up to the cover – and which makes the whole thing a lot more striking than Shindo's other big album on Capitol at the time! The instrumentation is filled with heavy percussion and rhythms, often ... LP, Vinyl record album
Audio Fidelity, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
Wonderful work from one of the maddest talents on the moog – the enigmatic Gershon Kingsley, frequent partner of Jean Jacques Perry! This album's got Kingsley working in his unique First Moog Quartet – a four-moog ensemble that makes some really incredible music! Unlike Kingsley's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mercury/Jazzclub (Germany), 1967. New Copy
Instrumental magic from pianist Horst Jankowski – two 60s classics back to back! Baby But Grand features the grand piano in the hands of the maestro – the great Horst Jankowski, an artist who took the instrument from the concert hall to the AM radio in the 60s! The album's got ... CD
 
Updated June 27, 2017


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