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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mercury/Jazzclub (Germany), 1967. New Copy
Instrumental magic from pianist Horst Jankowski – two 60s classics back to back! Baby But Grand features the grand piano in the hands of the maestro – the great Horst Jankowski, an artist who took the instrument from the concert hall to the AM radio in the 60s! The album's got ... CD
Music Of Norma Lyon
Mississippi/Little Axe, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A weird mix of watery piano and organ lines from Norma Lyon – an obscure Northwest Pacific composer of the 60s, heard here in a self-produced album from the time! The record's divided up into two very poetic sides – "Sea Sketches" and "Dune Sketches" – each of ... 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
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
Mganga!
Edison/Modern Harmonic, 1958. New Copy
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 ... CD
Latin A Go Go
Ember/Vinilisssimo (Spain), 1966. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic early album from UK arranger Mark Wirtz – better known for his famous Teenage Opera album, but already sounding great here in a sweet album of mod-styled grooves! The set's maybe more 60s London than you'd guess from the Latin in the title – although as with Soho sounds of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Philips/Vocalion (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
Paul Mauriat in the disco age – a time when the French easy instrumental maestro was speeding up some of his tracks for the club! Yet overall, the sound is still in the best Mauriat mode – especially the style he shifted to at the start of the 70s – a balance of orchestrations, ... CD
Transparence/Serenade
Mercury/Vocalion (UK), 1985/1989. New Copy
Two obscure 80s albums from Paul Mauriat – back to back on a single CD! Transparence is from the mid 80s – a time when the hit easy listening maestro Paul Mauriat was really trying to reinvent himself – mixing in some of his earlier slink with tunes that might be a bit more ... CD
Travelin/Caribbean Cruise
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1973. New Copy
Two early 70s albums from Nashville brassman Danny Davis – back to back on a single CD! Travelin is a pretty unusual concept – a record that mixes Nashville songs with some richer 70s orchestrations – using the trumpet of Danny Davis and his larger brass setting to create a very ... 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
 
Updated March 27, 2017


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