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


Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD
A set that definitely lives up to its title – but in a way that's a bit different than some of the other Lux & Ivy compilations on the Righteous label! This time around, the set is more of a four-pack, featuring different albums that have a great way of blending exotica, higher ideas, ... CD
Modern Harmonic, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Wonderful stuff – way more than just an easy instrumental album, and a great batch of exotic tunes with lots of jazzy touches! There's enough of the Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman influence here – but Rex and group take the sound a lot further, by playing like a true small combo, and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Maranata

Maranata
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1978. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
Sweet 70s grooving from South America – the only album ever recorded by this great little group from Uruguay! The set was done at the end of the 70s, but it's got a style that recalls the best electric work from the US and UK at the start of the decade – sort of a blend of funky easy, ... CD

Bruce Haack

Haackula
Telephone Explosion (Canada), Late 70s. New Copy
Mad musings from the legendary Bruce Haack – some of his rarest work ever, recorded in the late 70s during a five year hiatus between formal LPs! The style here is still as jagged and quirky as some of Haack's earlier classics – like his Electric Lucifer album for Columbia – and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Raymond Scott with Dorothy Collins & Mel Torme

Jingle Workshop – Midcentury Musical Miniatures 1951 to 1965
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
Liberty, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)
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
Liberty/Jackpot, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)
Weird and wonderful work from the great Martin Denny – and a record that adds in some great extra elements to his core exotica groove! The depth of the album is apparent on the very first tune – "Tsetse Fly", which features a buzzing variation on the sound of the insect in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Alshire/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy
An unusual set from 101 Strings – not necessarily a group you'd associate with the blues, and one who certainly don't dabble in the sounds of Beale Street or Chicago with this collection! Instead, the ensemble perform these larger orchestral readings of blue-tinged tunes from the past – ... CD

Laurindo Almeida

Guitar From Ipanema
Capitol (Japan), 1964. New Copy
Breezy bossa nova – Hollywood 60s style! The album's one of the best cut for Capitol by guitarist Laurindo Almeida – and has a sweet groovy little style that features Laurindo's lovely guitar work over some lightly dancing small combo backings that include flute, harmonica, organ, ... CD
United Artists, 1971. Near Mint-
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Muzzy Marcellino/Russ Garcia

Birds Of A Feather
Liberty, 1958. Very Good
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Mannheim Steamroller

Fresh Aire II
American Gramaphone, 1977. Near Mint-
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RCA, 1960. Near Mint-
One of the maestro's greatest! From the instruments spiraling off to infinity on the cover, to the tracks played in the unique crazy Esquivel "wah wah" style, the album stands as one of the finest examples of (and obstacle courses for) modern high fidelity – a really dynamic set of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mannheim Steamroller

Fresh Aire III
American Gramaphone, 1979. Near Mint- Gatefold
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Los Admiradores

Bongos Flutes Guitars
Command, 1960. Very Good+ Gatefold
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Mystic Moods

One Stormy Night
Philips, Late 60s. Near Mint-
The Mystic Moods take a clever gimmick, and make it stick – using sound effects of rain and storms, as on other early albums, and mixing the whole thing with some really sweet instrumentals! The album features some great Don Ralke originals that get past the covers on earlier sides – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, 1958. Very Good+
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Spin O Rama, Mid/Late 50s. Very Good+
Titles include "Who's Sorry Now", "Jamaica", "Midnight Dream", "Dwana", "Caravan", "Chi Chi Castanango", "Glow Worm", and more. LP, Vinyl record album

Buddy Morrow

Impact
RCA, 1959. Very Good+
A pretty swinging batch of tracks that are very much in the same vein as Buddy Morrow's crime jazz LPs cut for RCA at the end of the 50s! The album features all TV themes from the time, most of them detective ones – like "Richard Diamond", "Perry Mason", "Naked ... LP, Vinyl record album

John Williams

Height Below
Cube (UK), 1973. Near Mint-
Features Dudley Moore on organ. LP, Vinyl record album

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

Esquivel

Strings Aflame
RCA, 1959. Near Mint-
A soaring set of fire from the legendary Juan Garcia Esquivel – a record with the promised strings in the title, but used in all the weird and wonderful ways that make Esquivel so great! Some of the strings are electric guitar lines, there's some great echoey piano, gongs and percussion, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol, Mid 50s. Near Mint-
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Percy Faith

Music Of Brazil
Columbia, 1962. Very Good+
Percy Faith and his orchestra, already known for his take on Latin music, gives his take on the big sound of 62, bossa nova. Songs include "Aquarela Do Brasil", "Delicado", "Tu Sabes", "Batucada", "Amorada", "The Bandit", "Baia" ... LP, Vinyl record album

Henry Mancini

Mancini Country
RCA, 1970. Very Good+
Mancini Country is quite an interesting set – not what you might expect from the mostly-urbane Henry Mancini – but a record that fits surprisingly well into his early 70s catalog! At the time, Hank was moving away from some of the bolder, jazzier modes of his start – and heading ... LP, Vinyl record album

Baja Marimba Band

Baja Marimba Band Rides Again
A&M, Mid 60s. Very Good+
More nutty stuff from Julius Wechter, Herb Albert, and the Baja Marimba Band – sort of a percussive vibes-driven counterpart to Albert's Tijuana Brass. Tracks include "Brasilia", "Walk On By", "Guacamole", "More", "Juarez", and "Goin Out ... LP, Vinyl record album

Laurindo Almeida

Guitar From Ipanema
Capitol, Mid 60s. Very Good
Breezy bossa nova – Hollywood 60s style! The album's one of the best cut for Capitol by guitarist Laurindo Almeida – and has a sweet groovy little style that features Laurindo's lovely guitar work over some lightly dancing small combo backings that include flute, harmonica, organ, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Henry Mancini

Symphonic Soul
RCA, 1975. Very Good
One of Henry Mancini's grooviest LPs from the 70s – a mixture of tight large arrangements with a smooth funky edge, similar to some of his best soundtrack work at the time! The rhythm section is great – with Harvey Mason on drums and Joe Sample on keyboards, and guitar by David T ... LP, Vinyl record album

Les Baxter

Ports Of Pleasure
Capitol, 1957. Very Good
A dreamy exploration of south sea ideals from the great Les Baxter – a set that's got a more lightly drifting quality than some of his more percussive exotica albums, and which is awash in dreamy soundscapes penned by Les himself! The orchestrations are large and bold throughout – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Peter Nero

Colorful Peter Nero
RCA, 1962. Very Good+
The Colorful Peter Nero features some great larger backings from Marty Gold – perfectly scored to augment the subtle drama in Nero's piano, in ways that have both the keys and the orchestrations flowing together nicely! Both Gold and Nero handled the arrangements – and titles include ... LP, Vinyl record album

Zillion Strings/Dick Hyman

Zillion Strings & Dick Hyman At The Piano
Everest, 1960. Near Mint-
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Walter Carlos

Sonic Seasonings
Columbia, Early 70s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
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Westminster, 1956. Very Good+
Incredible! Ferrante & Teicher play the piano like nobody ever else had – save for perhaps John Cage! The duo do a heck of a lot of work inside the piano – plucking the strings, hitting them like vibes, and sticking in all of these weird bits to create a "prepared piano" ... LP, Vinyl record album

Victor Feldman

Venezuela Joropo
Pacific Jazz, Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold
Fantastic record, and perhaps the best thing that Victor Feldman ever did. He takes his vibes and marimba – which are normally very snoozy in a jazz context – and gives them a nice Now Sound twist, with a cool studio South American feel. He plays with some great LA studio players ... LP, Vinyl record album

Raymond Scott

This Time With Strings
Coral, Mid 50s. Near Mint-
Not as freewheeling as some of Raymond Scott's earlier work, but still quite nice – a set that features added strings in the mix, but used with a sound that's every bit as wild and dynamic as some of Scot's small combo recordings! A few of the tunes are familiar Scott classics, others are a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Electric Concept Orchestra

Electric Love
Limelight, Late 60s. Sealed
A great version of moogy pop from the moog pop era of the late 60s – served up with a slightly sexy vibe, as you might guess from the title and the cover! The set's got a great electronic take on the Serge Gainsbourg classic "Je T'aime Moi Non Plus", plus versions of "Stella ... LP, Vinyl record album

Warren Kime & Brass Impact #2

Warren Kime & Brass Impact #2
Claremont, Late 70s. Near Mint-
Titles include "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Woodchopper's Ball", "Who Could Ask For Anything More", "Sweet Georgia Brown", "Sweet And Lovely", and more; with arrangements by Kime, Paul Severson, Tom Wirtel, and Gregg Tipps. LP, Vinyl record album

Henry Mancini

Cop Show Themes
RCA, 1976. Very Good
One of the funkiest albums ever from Henry Mancini – a brilliant reworking of hit 70s cop show themes, put together with a really jazzy groove! The group's a big one – filled with hip players who include Clare Fischer on organ, Artie Kane on electric piano and harpsichord, Don Menza on ... LP, Vinyl record album
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

Mariano & The Unbelievables

Mariano & The Unbelievables
Capitol, Late 60s. Near Mint-
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20th Century, Early 60s. Near Mint-
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Dick Schory & The Percussive Art Ensemble

Re-Percussion (Everest)
Everest, Late 50s. Near Mint-
Plenty percussion from the great Dick Schory – and one of the musician's most jazzy albums of the time! There's still all the percussion you'd hear on Dick's famous sides for RCA – drums, marimbas, xylophone, and lots more – played by Schory and his "Percussive Art ... LP, Vinyl record album

Sally Goodwin

Feelings
Mark, 1977. Near Mint-
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Dominic Frontiere

Pagan Festival
Columbia, Late 50s. Very Good
One of the few good exotica albums to ever come out on Columbia, and a nice set of orchestral pieces, with a slight eastern tinge, and the kind of arrangements that were being used by Les Baxter over at Capitol. A number of tracks have a groovy vocal chorus – and titles include "Temple ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dick Hyman

Age Of Electronicus
Command, 1969. Very Good Gatefold
One of the all-time great moog albums of the 60s – served up by pianist Dick Hyman, who'd cut a fair bit of more standard material in the years before – but who also turned out to be a wizard with the new electric instrument, helping it to find a very fresh sound! Unlike some of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Audio Fidelity, Early 60s. Very Good
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Command, 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

Hans Wurman

Comic Carmen
RCA, 1970. Sealed
LP...$6.99 19.99
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Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD
A great little package, and way more than just the familiar exotica moments on mainstream compilations – as your guides here are Lux Interior and Poison Ivy of The Cramps – two folks who know more than plenty about the music of the farther reaches of the postwar years! And although ... CD
 
Updated September 30, 2022


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