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Herb Alpert, 2018. New Copy Gatefold
Herb Alpert remakes himself again – taking all the best tunes from his classic years on A&M records, then fitting them to contemporary grooves – all at a level that's a bit like some of the Verve Remixed projects from years back, but even better! These aren't remixes, but new ... LP, Vinyl record album
El (UK), 1958. New Copy
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A pretty groovy album of instrumental tracks from arranger Wally Stott – an artist who'd later craft the beautiful backdrops for some of Scott Walker's solo records! The style here is a bit more 50s instrumental – larger orchestrations with some touches of jazz, as Stott serves up a ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy
Two fantastic albums from Hugo Montenegro – back to back on a single CD! Hugo In Wonder-Land is one of Hugo Montenegro's best moog albums – and a killer batch of tracks written by Stevie Wonder – hence the title! Hugo and crew go to town with a host of electric keyboards – ... CD
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
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
Herb Alpert, 2018. New Copy
Herb Alpert remakes himself again – taking all the best tunes from his classic years on A&M records, then fitting them to contemporary grooves – all at a level that's a bit like some of the Verve Remixed projects from years back, but even better! These aren't remixes, but new ... CD
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1976. New Copy
Very cool 70s work from Ray Conniff – two albums that have him taking on a very new groove! Theme From SWAT features a whole host of hip TV themes from the time – performed by Conniff's studio ensemble with a strong focus on instrumental solos – both by Ray on trombone, and ... 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
Elektra/Rhino, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
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
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
Memory Of Monica Vitti
April/Beatball (Korea), 2005. New Copy
A groovy groovy little set that's as sexy as the Monica Vitti it remembers! The album was recorded recently, but has a fab 60s sound comprised of electric harpsichord, organ, scatting vocals, and a breezy, bossa-styled groove – all done without any kitsch or fakery, and coming across with a ... CD
All Time Top TV Themes
Phase 4/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1966. New Copy
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
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1972. New Copy
A pair of groovy albums from Ray Conniff – both with a wonderful 70s vibe! Alone Again Naturally takes its title from the leadoff version of the great Gilbert O'Sullivan tune – and Ray conducts his group with a surprisingly bouncy vibe at times – mostly a sing-song mode that has ... 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
Pacific Paradise
Subliminal Sounds (Sweden), 1940s/1950s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic tribute to the enigmatic Paul Page – an exotic music genius from the west coast scene of the postwar years – but one who never reached the fame of bigger names like Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, or Webley Edwards! Page spent his later years in Hawaii, and right from the start ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/1960s. New Copy Gatefold
A much-needed look at the untapped musical legacy of Eden Ahbez – the west coast mystic who's best remembered for delivering the song "Nature Boy" to Nat King Cole (legendarily walking in barefooted during a recording session!) – but who also made a range of other great music ... LP, Vinyl record album
CBS/Sony (Japan), 1975. New Copy
A sweet little disco party from Percy Faith – a man who cut some pretty sleepy records in the 60s, but really managed to open up his groove in the 70s! The whole thing's maybe the same disco take on older instrumental styles that Henry Mancini would cut a bit during the period, too – ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1995. New Copy
Gentle solo piano from Japan – a set that recalls older easy instrumental albums of the 60s and 70s, even though it was recorded in more recent years! The sole instrumentation here is piano, recorded in a lushly echoey style that has the same softly captivating vibe of later albums by ... CD
Plugged In Joplin
Pye, 1974. Very Good
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Everybody Cha Cha!
RCA/Camden, Late 50s. Very Good
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Black Magic
Phase 4/London, 1976. Near Mint-
Amazing work from Stanley Black – honest! The album's far funkier and far more dynamic than most of Stanley's other albums in the past – and is a sweet electric 70s session with plenty of elements you'd expect to find in some of the Brit Easy or sound library albums of the time! The ... 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
Viva La Pachanga
Kapp, 1961. Very Good+
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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
Drum Discotheque
Imperial, Mid 60s. Very Good+
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Party's On Me
RCA, 1976. Sealed
Cy hits the funky 70s – grooving with some bigger orchestrations, and playing both acoustic and electric keyboards – in a mode that's kind of easy meets jazz meets disco! The sound is actually nice for Coleman – who was better off in a tighter studio session than a smaller freer ... LP, Vinyl record album
Harp With A Beat
Hi Fi, Late 50s. Very Good+
Quite a cool combination – the harp of Verlye Mills and the orchestrations of Billy May – all heard together in one of the more unusual harp albums you'll ever run across! Unlike the gentler jazz sounds of the harp on records by Dorothy Ashby or Betty Glaman, Verlye plays here with a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Love Strings
Sunset, 1966. Very Good+
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RCA, 1967. Very Good
This is our favorite of all Esquivel albums – both because some of the electronic effects are the most advanced, and because it was recorded late enough to feature some great renditions of Bossa Nova material, like "Aqua de Beber" and "Surfboard". The sound is very groovy ... LP, Vinyl record album
RCA, 1960. Good+
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
RCA, 1959. Very Good+
A classic bit of Esquivel, with a genius summed up perfectly in the cover image – a photo that features Juan Garcia gazing into a telescope, looking at the stars and contemplating his next musical direction! The sound here is great – a hard-swinging blend of dynamic orchestrations, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Taylor-Made Moog
Cozy, Late 60s. Very Good+
The moog is turned to a number of standards and evergreens, in this set that's mostly just moog with effects, and not a lot of other instrumentation. Tracks include "Just A Gigolo", "Easy To Love", "Our Love Is Here To Stay", and Taylor's own "Synamoog". ... LP, Vinyl record album
Acapulco '22
Tower, Late 60s. Near Mint-
Excellent work from Laurindo – a truly wonderful album, played with small combo backing, which gives the set a jazzier feel than usual! Players include Jimmy Rowles on organ, Bob Cooper on tenor, Howard Roberts on guitar, and Shelly Manne, Milt Holland, and Chico Guerro on percussion – ... LP, Vinyl record album
On Wine: How To Serve
Columbia, Late 60s. Near Mint-
A goofy LP in it's own right, with wine instruction and music, but it's also been sampled by the Beastie Boys, on that part of "Check Your Head" where they talk about being in the townhouse of the guy in New York. The sample jumps right out at you, and there's a lot of other goofy ... LP, Vinyl record album
Shango! Night In A Quiet Village
Medallion/Kapp, Early 60s. Very Good+
A nice little bit of exotica – with a dreamy island feel that mixes organ, electric guitar, vibes, flutes, and percussion – in a groove that's almost like that of a surf combo gone easy, as you might guess from the name of the group. There's no real standouts here, but Joe Cain ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Play Along With Bongos
Fiesta, Late 50s. Very Good+
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Daybreak, 1973. Near Mint-
Tremendous stuff – an ultra-groovy 70s album from Nelson Riddle – with a sweet style that's very much like his two classics for MPS at the time! The songs are all Michel Legrand numbers – more than enough to entice our ears – and Riddle handles them with a nice mix of lush ... LP, Vinyl record album
Best Of Vincent Bell
Musicor, Early 60s. Sealed
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Wild Wild West
RCA, 1959. Very Good+
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In The Viking Room
Century, 1960s. Near Mint-
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Boudleaux's Bestsellers
Monument, 1963. Sealed
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Dot, Late 60s. Very Good-
One of the best, tightest, and most listenable Moog pop albums! The record has a number of the usual moogy covers of pop tracks, but with a real focus on electronic effects, and much more "out" musings than other albums of the genre. There's also some excellent originals – like ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bwana A
Hi Fi, 1958. Very Good
Classic exotica from Arthur Lyman – a set that really shows the lessons he learned from Martin Denny – and his willingness to take the genre into some strong new directions! The style here is still very much in the percussive mode you might expect from Denny's generation – but it' ... LP, Vinyl record album
How to Belly Dance For Your Husband
Roulette, 1960s. Very Good+
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MGM, Early 60s. Very Good
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Capitol, 1952. Used
A masterpiece of exotica! Ritual Of The Savage is one of those must-have albums from the 50s – a super-huge record upon its initial release, and an album that pushed the genre of exotica far further than most others at the time! Before this record, most attempts at exotica were simple ... LP, Vinyl record album
West Digs East-Dig?
Audio Fidelity, 1960s. Used
Another one of those cheesy Middle Eastern albums on Audio Fidelity from the 60's – although this one's less "authentic" than most of the others, and has more of a jazzy "Eastern" feel. The tracks are short, and most of them were written by Earl Wilson, with sort of a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Strings Aflame
RCA, 1959. Used
Despite the "strings" in the title, this one actually swings quite well, and has a bit of an exotic gypsy flavor to it, augmented by cool spacey production that makes the strings hum with a strange other-worldly tonality. The set's filled with the usual crazy Esquivel arrangements, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Primitiva
Liberty, Late 50s. Used
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
 
Updated December 14, 2018


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