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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
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
Summer Place 76
CBS/Sony (Japan), 1975. New Copy
"Summer Place" was a huge 60s hit for maestro Percy Faith – but here, he takes the tune into new territory for the disco generation – and mixes it with a number of other orchestral instrumentals that have a similar groove! By this point in his career, Faith had really opened ... CD
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
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
All Time Top TV Themes
Phase 4/Music On Vinyl (UK), 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
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
Rocket Man/Mammy Blue
Vocalion (UK), 1971/1975. New Copy
A pair of 70s albums from Hugo Montenegro – back to back on a single CD! Rocket Man is excellent – very groovy stuff! After paying tribute to Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan on other LPs, Hugo Montenegro turns his talents to the groovy compositions of Elton John in this nice album of ... 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
Universal (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Very cool drum sounds from Jimmy Takeuchi – an artist who was maybe Japan's answer to Sandy Nelson – and who worked in a similar blend of instrumental rock modes! The drums are upfront on all the numbers here, but there's also a lot of twangy guitar, saxophone, and other sweet elements ... 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
Zodiac Cosmic Sounds
Elektra/El (UK), 1967. New Copy
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 ... CD
Music For Sensuous Lovers
Anthem/Sensuous Sounds, Mid 70s. Very Good
An obscure album of sex and sounds – typical of the genre in that it offers the sound of a woman receiving pleasure, backed by a variety of sonic settings. Mort Garson is listed in the writing credits, and we have to assume the record's handled by him – especially as the moog work that' ... 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
GNP, 1980. Very Good
Late, but moody LP of Sci-Fi electronic space themes. Les Baxter plays keyboards and Neil Norman plays synth & theremin, and the two of them make it through some really well-chosen material, including a few originals like "March of the Lizard Men" and "Daughter of the Lesser ... LP, Vinyl record album
Out Of This World
Liberty, Early 60s. Very Good
A subtle LP of lush orchestrations with a "space" feel. Lots of woodwinds, augmented by the voices of a three soprano chorus! LP, Vinyl record album
I've Gotta Be Me
Columbia, Late 60s. Very Good+
One of Peter Nero's albums that uses some really groovy moog! Includes versions of "Soulful Strut", "Rain In My Heart", "I've Gotta Be Me", "Hey Jude", and "I Love How You Love Me". LP, Vinyl record album
Moog Mass
Kama Sutra, 1972. Very Good+
A spooky moog classic! Moog's played by Robert Margouleff – in a kind of "moog mass" style that's similar to work by Mort Garson. The moogy sounds are mostly in kind of an organy mode, bubbling around in a spacey way that recalls the German electronics of Cluster as much as it ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol, Late 50s. Very Good+
One of the greatest Jackie Gleason albums ever! The album has these warm lush orchestrations, with wordless vocals by "The Voices of Artie Malvin" wispily dreaming over it, hence the "Ooooo!" in the title. Tracks include "Thine Alone", "It's All Right With ... LP, Vinyl record album
Do You Know The Way To San Jose?
A&M, Late 60s. Very Good
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Harpo In Hi Fi
Mercury, Mid 50s. Very Good
Remember how great and strange Harpo's musical interludes were in the old Marx Brothers' movies? Well, now you can have your very own collection of some of Harpo's lovely harp work recorded after he retired from the pictures! LP, Vinyl record album
Flutes & Percussion
Time, Early 60s. Very Good+
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Fantomfingers
Project 3, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold
Pretty darn groovy stuff from Dick Hyman, and a record that has him getting some great tones out of the Baldwin organ! In fact, he seems to use his experience with the moog to find new ways of playing the organ, so that some of the tones and sounds have more of a moogy feel than you'd expect. The ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soundbird, 1975. Very Good+
Excellent electric 70s work from The Mystic Moods! The record moves way past the sleepy sexy easy sound of their early albums – and it's got some great keyboard work and a few great funk tracks. "Honey Trippin" is one of these – a great groover with a sound that's almost in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Heavy Vibrations
Verve, Late 60s. Very Good+
Beautiful Verve madness, and a darkly twisted batch of easy instrumentals, put together by the silent genius Pat Williams. The songs are mostly covers – like "Whiter Shade of Pale", "Get Back", "Joy Joy", and "River Deep Mountain High" – and the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Think
Verve, Late 60s. Near Mint-
Pat Williams is one of the greatest overlooked arrangers of the 60s, and this great Verve album features some beautifully nutty tracks, with a sweet mix of jazz and easy stylings! Zoot Sims solos on a few tracks here, and Dick Hyman plays Calliope. Great cuts include "Chicken Feathers" ... LP, Vinyl record album
Make It Easy On Yourself
A&M, 1969. Very Good+
Fantastic work by maestro Burt Bacharach – subtle genius, and an album that offers more to us every time we listen to it! Burt's work has been recorded by many – but few ever gave it the kind of treatment that he did – as you'll hear in this brilliant array of sweeping strings, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Whipped Cream & Other Delights (pic disc version)
A&M/Shout Factory, 1965. Near Mint- (reissue)
Trumpety magic from Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – a record that's known not only for its classic cover of a model dipped in whipped cream, but also for it's tremendously groovy groove! The Tijuana sound is very firmly in place by the time of this set – Mexican-inspired, but ... LP, Vinyl record album
Count Down
Imperial/Sonitron (Spain), Late 50s. Near Mint- (reissue)
Space age rock and roll! The great Jimmy Haskell is one of the hippest arrangers of the 50s and 60s – and he penned more than a few great charts in his day for rock and roll oriented films and TV shows. This rare album has him writing some cool spaced-out instrumentals that basically take a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jungle Percussion
Tops/Mayfair, Late 50s. Very Good
Spare, tribal, and heavy percussion – with a sound that's a lot more credible than some of the other stuff on labels like this from the same time. We're not sure who the group is, but even if they are studio guys working under another name, they still do a pretty darn good job! Titles ... LP, Vinyl record album
Command, Late 60s. Very Good+
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
On Parade!
Capitol, 1960s. Sealed
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Jubilee, Late 50s. Very Good
Sorry gals, this record's for men only – and features piano solos by Harry Sukman, over orchestrations by Walter Scharf! Titles are all originals by Scharf – and include "Toni", "Katherine", "Vickie", "Joan", "Alice", "Becky", ... LP, Vinyl record album
Let's Stomp & Wild Weekend
Epic, 1963. Very Good
Some instrumental stompers from Bobby Gregg – some originals, some covers – and all with arrangements by Frank Hunter! LP, Vinyl record album
Clockwork Orange
Columbia, 1972. Very Good+
This isn't the official soundtrack for the film, but a separate recording of Walter Carlos' score that was released apart from the original soundtrack album. The LP includes electronic renditions of a few classical pieces – like the "William Tell Overture" and Beethoven's 9th ... LP, Vinyl record album
Switched On Beatles
Island, Early 70s. Very Good+ Gatefold
Some very groovy and fairly ambitious moog takes of Beatles tracks, using moog, arp, and other cool electronic instrumentation. The lineup's mostly late Beatles stuff with a trippy feel, like "Your Mother Should Know", "Strawberry Fields", and "Penny Lane", and many ... LP, Vinyl record album
Private Music, 1985. Near Mint-
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London, Mid 60s. Near Mint-
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! There's some nice instrumental touches on a few of these that push the mood of the set in a good way – and Shaw's also chosen a lot ... LP, Vinyl record album
Invincible Eagle
US Air Force, Early 70s. Very Good+ Gatefold
Hard to believe that the Air Force was once in the record business – but check this one out as proof! The versatile ensemble was made up of airmen stationed in Europe at the time (hence the name!) – and they played a range of material from big band standards to jazzy readings of pop ... LP, Vinyl record album
Divided We Stand
Dot, Late 60s. Very Good
Groovy folksy pop, with some weird instrumentation like electric sitar, thumbtack piano, and "nerves". Tracks include "Looking at the Rose Through World Colored Glasses", "Do Not Speak but Sing", and "Think of Rain". LP, Vinyl record album
Tahitian Percussion
Al-Fi, 1960. Very Good
We can't vouch for the authenticity of the origin of these recordings, but who cares when you've had a couple of sugary rum drinks? Both vocal and instrumental tracks, as the title implies. 10 numbers in all, including "Sha Sha Calor", "You Couie", "Yarbon", "Ded ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mercury, 1961. Near Mint- Gatefold
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Hi-Fimonics
Replica, Mid 50s. Very Good+
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Decca, 1958. Very Good+
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Time For Young Love
Decca, Late 60s. Near Mint-
One of the few American releases by Mike Leander – the groovy 60s British arranger who skirted equal worlds of rock and easy! Leander's got a hip approach that's got plenty of late 60s psyche touches bubbling out underneath more straightforward arrangements – working some easy magic on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Return Of James Bond
Phase 4, Mid 60s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold
2 LP set filled with spy themes conducted by Brit bandleader Roland Shaw, with a very groovy Phase 4 sound. Titles include "Mr Kiss-Kiss, Bang-Bang", "The Saint", "The Avengers", "Ipcress File", "Our Man Flint", "James Bond Theme", "D ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sessions
JBL, 1973. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold
70s geekazoid hi-fi culture at it's finest! The folks at JBL put together this 2LP set as sort of a "bible" of a 70's understanding of hi-fi – and it's a weird mix of documentary discussion, speaker demonstration, and rock tracks by the likes of Alex Harvey and Hoyt Axton. Nutty, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dance Around – Nice N Easy
Roper, Early 60s. Very Good+
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It's Alaska
RCA, 1970. Very Good-
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Hair
Itco, Early 70s. Very Good
A strange knockoff version of the Hair soundtrack – recorded by The Aquarian Age, an ensemble that was certainly formed only for the album! The set was arranged and produced by Walt Andrus, who was most likely the creative talent behind the record – and the overall feel of the album is ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated May 25, 2018


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