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El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2 CDs
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Two very different slices of work from the Brit easy scene at the start of the 60s – TV music from arranger John Gregory, and a set of swinging vocal sides from the great Mike Sammes Singers! Gregory dominates the first record – which is split between an album of western themes, mostly ... CD
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
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
Penelope/Holidays
Philips/Vocalion (UK), 1971/1972. New Copy
Two early 70s gems from French easy maestro Paul Mauriat – both from a time when he was at the height of his powers! Penelope has a sexy lady on the front cover, and a sound that definitely matches that mood too – although Mauriat also manages to bring up some funky strings at a few ... 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
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1969. New Copy
Two laidback gems from Henry Mancini – back to back on a single CD! Six Hours Past Sunset is moody and mellow – and perfect for late nite listening! The album has the tinkling piano of Mancini set over lush orchestrations – breezy, yet dark at the same time, outwardly simple, ... CD
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
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
Music For Heavenly Bodies
Omega/Modern Harmonic, 1958. New Copy
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 ... CD
Warm
A&M/Herb Alpert, 1969. New Copy Gatefold
A fantastic record from the late 60s years of Herb Alpert – a time when the trumpeter was really opening up his sound, and starting to hit some of the same cool styles of his other great acts on the A&M label! Gone are the trademark Cali-Mex arrangements of the early Tijuana Brass ... CD
Reprise/Warner (Japan), 1964. New Copy
One of the more obscure 60s albums from legendary arranger Nelson Riddle – one of a handful done for Frank Sinatra's Reprise Records label – after famously backing the singer on sessions for Capitol in the 50s! Riddle's even more creative and dynamic here than in those previous years ... CD
Die Goldene Trompete
Royal Sound/Warner (Japan), 1965. New Copy
The lush strings of Werner Muller back up the golden trumpet of Horst Fischer – which solos here in a variety of different modes and styles! Some tracks are groovy in an early 60s way – others are more mellow – and Fischer is not afraid to play his horn with lots of creative ... CD
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1969/1974. New Copy
Two lesser-known instrumental albums from Percy Faith – issued here back to back on a single CD! Chinatown is from 1974 – and features a slight 70s twist on the Faith style of the 60s – maybe a subtle dose of the big band modes that Maynard Ferguson was using on a few of the ... CD
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1975. New Copy
Two later albums from Ray Conniff – an easy listening maestro who might have been past his hit-selling days, but could also sound even groovier than before! Laughter In The Rain is a great 70s take on easy modes from the decade before – as familiar Conniff chorus parts and compressed ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy
Heavyweight gold from guitarist Chet Atkins – two albums back to back! Solid Gold 68 is a sweet set that has the guitar of Chet Atkins taking on the big hits of the year – with surprisingly groovy results! The arrangers here are Bill Walker and Cam Mullins, and a number of the tunes ... 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
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
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
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
 
Updated July 22, 2017


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