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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
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
Parlophone/Warner (Japan), 1961. New Copy
A sprightly sort of record from Maunuel – still graced with the faux-South American flair of his other easy instrumental sets from the 60s – but also given a bit more bounce in some of the rhythms, in keeping with the carnival promised in the title! The record features help from Geoff ... CD
Sentimental Journey
Teldec/Warner (Japan), 1977. New Copy
Lush strings from Werner Muller – of the sort he presented on record famously in the 60s, but given a nice sort of 70s spin here – with maybe just a bit more "sex" in the overall presentation, and a few pointed instrumental lines that seem to echo soundtrack material of the ... 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
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
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
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
Modern Harmonic, 1962. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... 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
Stones Throw, 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
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Amazing electric grooves from synth innovator Bruce Haack – whose pioneering use of analog synths and vocoder vocals in the service of great, if far out songcraft was pretty much unrivaled in the 70s and into the early 80s – the period in which this excellent compilation on Stones Throw ... CD
Elektra/Pure Pleasure (UK), 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
Coney Island
A&M/Herb Alpert, 1975. New Copy Gatefold
Sweet mid 70s work from Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – still at the height of their powers on Coney Island – rolling effortlessly between upbeat, jazzy numbers and more laidback and melodic ones! This one has a pretty big sound overall, all produced and arranged by Herb, who is ... 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
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
Italia Bella Italia
Phase 4/Warner (Japan), 1970. New Copy
A German maestro serves up his take on the sound of Italy at the end of the 60s – with results that are as groovy as groovy can be! In earlier years, Werner Muller was sometimes a bit heavy on strings – and while he hasn't dropped that side of his orchestrations here, he's also added ... 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
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
 
Updated April 30, 2017


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