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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
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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
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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
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RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1970/1974. New Copy
Two unusual Nashville-tinged albums from Henry Mancini – back to back on a single CD! Mancini Country is quite an interesting set – not what you might expect from the mostly-urbane Henry Mancini – but a record that fits surprisingly well into his early 70s catalog! At the time, ... CD
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Shock/Panic – Son Of Shock
ABC/Righteous (UK), 1958/1959. New Copy
A pair of very unusual albums – back to back on a single CD! The set's a bit out of order – and actually starts with Panic, the sequel to Creed Taylor's previous album for ABC, and like that one, a very weird mix of jazzy backings, odd sound effects, and cool production techniques! ... CD
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Mercury/Jazzclub (Germany), 1966. New Copy
Two classics from this legendary instrumental wonder – back to back on a single CD! First up is Still More Genius Of Jankowski – fantastic piano work from the very groovy Horst Jankowski – an artist who's really stepping into his own with this sweet mid 60s album! The set still ... CD
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Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1969. New Copy
Two of the grooviest albums Peter Nero ever recorded – back to back on a single CD! Love Trip has Peter Nero really opening up with cool mod sounds at the end of the 60s – lots more funk and soul currents in his music than before, yet still plenty of that bold, dramatic Peter Nero ... CD
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Sounds Of Tomorrow
RPM (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Moogy, groovy, and really wonderful stuff – a set of rare private recordings made by the team of Scott Ludwig and Maximillian Crook, both electric inventors and very groovy musicians in their own right! The pair have a bit of a connection to Del Shannon – who used their Musitron ... CD
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Dot/Universal (France), 1968. New Copy
A crazy album of funky tracks from Lalo Schifrin – very different than most of his other jazz and bossa work! This set's got some very tripped out styles that mix together funky backings, jazzy riffing, and even some nice electronics – a sweet little groove that's even more wild and ... CD
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Liberty/Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy
Martin Denny changes the rhythms from tropical to Latin here – but the overall groove is still highly in his best exotica mode, and nicely augmented by some additional instrumentation! There's some traces here of the shift in production for instrumental music from the time – a bit of ... CD
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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
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Vocalion (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy
A pair of albums from French maestro Paul Mauriat – back to back on a single CD! C'Est La Vie is from a generation when so many other artists were moving their easy instrumental styles into disco grooves – but Paul Mauriat nicely finds his own path forward, and instead keeps things ... CD
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RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1970/1971. New Copy
Two overlooked 70s albums from Henry Mancini – back to back on a single CD! First up is Mancini Concert – an early 70s concert from Henry Mancini – one that follows in the same format of his 60s albums in the same mode, by offering up a larger orchestral take on all the cool, ... CD
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Vocalion (UK), 1971/1972. New Copy
Two early 70s albums from Paul Mauriat – both surprisingly groovy! First up is a grand L'Avventura from Mauriat – a set that's different from the more spacious sounds of Mauriat's famous 60s material, with a vibe that maybe puts the whole orchestra upfront in the mix, and gives them ... CD
 
Updated December 10, 2016


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