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The Beachcomber Trio Live at the Kahiki
lucas vigor
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From: SOCAL
Posted: 2012-02-08 07:52 am   Permalink

Bootscooty, I am 100% with you on this one, and the "yawn" comment just sealed the deal. No reason for a retailer to take that attitude with a customer.

As for the hard drive issue, I can understand that. One also cannot return underwear or sax reeds.

But a musical product that does not work should have been refunded.

The FIRST reply should have been:

I am truly sorry you were not satisfied with your order. We at Dioynsus records always keep our customer's satisfaction as our priority. We will be sending you out a pre-paid return carton, so you can send us the item you ordered. Apon receipt, we will either locate a replacement or issue you a refund or exchange for another item of equal price. We look forward to doing business with you in the future.


Now, how hard was that?




 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2012-02-08 10:34 am   Permalink

Lucas, have you actually listened to this album ?? I get the impression you haven't. It's GREAT stuff !! It sounds like the pressing is sold out now but let me know if you want to borrow my vinyl (which I can't play anyway).

It works on many different levels...

1. As far as I'm aware, it's the only mid-century recording of Exotica performed in a mainland Tiki bar. Looking for a actual vintage connection between Tiki and Exotica ?? (other than the Tiki Revival's pairing of the two complimentary aesthetics). This is it !!

2. It's very atmospheric music. And good sound quality for a live recording. You can hear the audience in the background.

3. It adds to the mythic status of the Kahiki. Very very few people on the West Coast have experienced this place when it was open. I asked Nepheria of the Ding Dong Devils about it. She's originally from Columbus and shared her memories of it when she was younger. Her descriptions made it sound like the most fantastic place on Earth. I used to just imagine the Kahiki based on the amazing pictures in BOT but now this live recording makes me feel as if I had the opportunity to visit.

The recent customer service experiences are unfortunate but let's not let it mar the significance of this thread.

Thanks Jeff Central for all your efforts in getting this released.




 
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2012-02-08 10:48 am   Permalink

I have not heard it, O-John.....but my comments are about the subpar customer service Bootscooty received (If he is on the level) and they are informed by my own experience as a retail manager.


as regards the LP itself, I would LOVE to hear it....because you are right, exotica being played in the mainland tiki establishments back then was fairly rare. And since I have a decent LP collection, it would be nice to add it to my collection....shame that this was limited to only 500 copies and that you HAVE to buy it from dyonesius records. If it were available elsewhere, I would snap one up. As much as I would like to own this, I cannot in good conscience buy it from someone who "yawns" at his customer's complaints.

[ This Message was edited by: Lucas Vigor 2012-02-08 16:19 ]


 
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Boscorooty
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Posted: 2012-02-08 12:25 pm   Permalink

Hey, like I said, what I could listen to sounded great, and was fascinating. The package as a whole was very nice, it just didn't work. I can't wait to get a functional copy, so I'm casting no aspersions on the recording itself, or Jeff's work with it.

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heylownine
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Posted: 2012-02-09 6:04 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-02-08 10:34, JOHN-O wrote:
It works on many different levels...

1. As far as I'm aware, it's the only mid-century recording of Exotica performed in a mainland Tiki bar. Looking for a actual vintage connection between Tiki and Exotica ?? (other than the Tiki Revival's pairing of the two complimentary aesthetics). This is it !!

2. It's very atmospheric music. And good sound quality for a live recording. You can hear the audience in the background.

3. It adds to the mythic status of the Kahiki. Very very few people on the West Coast have experienced this place when it was open. I asked Nepheria of the Ding Dong Devils about it. She's originally from Columbus and shared her memories of it when she was younger. Her descriptions made it sound like the most fantastic place on Earth. I used to just imagine the Kahiki based on the amazing pictures in BOT but now this live recording makes me feel as if I had the opportunity to visit.




John-O, you hit on a couple of great points that I've not been able to successfully articulate about this record.

As I understand it, "restaurant recordings" used to be more common. I think this was discussed on an older episode of the Quiet Village...they were produced by the restaurant themselves, but very limited so few copies exist (if I recall correctly...I should go re-listen to that episode). As such, it's cool to be able to listen in on a type of recording that's pretty unconventional today.

Additionally, hearing the patrons in the background is so interesting to me. A "regular" live record would have loud cheering at all the expected parts. This record captures people as they enjoy dinner with a live band playing _while they dine_. Dining and listening to live music needn't be mutually exclusive, as this recording illustrates.

The music is great on this record, but what really makes it special are the other elements that turn it into a veritable time machine.

kevin

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Jeff Central
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From: Columbus, Ohio
Posted: 2012-02-10 08:59 am   Permalink

Thanks everyone for all the kind words regarding my Beachcomber Trio album. I've been laying low while the dust settles a bit.

Boscorooty, I am sorry you has a bad experience with Dionysus Records. Please check your PM's.

This album has been a dream come true for me ever since I discovered the original reels in Marsh Padilla's basement. It really is a time capsule that captures a special place in time inside one of the grandest Polynesian restaurants ever created.

Believe it or not, I'm trying to secure a digital copy myself! My files were corrupted when I tried changing the files from mp3 to a wav. Arghh!!

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


 
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2012-02-10 10:35 am   Permalink

Jeff, I hope you know that my comments were NOT about the album (which I would love to hear) but were about the record company.

 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2012-02-10 10:43 am   Permalink

I know.

 
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Nokie
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Posted: 2012-02-12 10:36 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-01-22 15:55, Jeff Central wrote:
Thanks for the kind words everyone!

Welcome to Tiki Central Tom. Lots of archived information here that is truly amazing.

This is what I truly love doing. I'm an Audio Archeologist/Music Historian by heart. I love searching for rare and unreleased recordings and making them available for people to listen to and enjoy. I especially love meeting the people that made this music as well. They are some of the most interesting and inspirational people I have ever met!

Thanks again!!

Look for rare Exotica album later this year by Jerry Sun!

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


Hey Jeff,

I am one who very much appreciates that you were able to find this great treasure. Can you expand on the discovery of the tape? How did its discovery come about? Did you know it existed before it was found or was it an accidental find? Please point me to the info if these details are already posted. Best regards on a job well done!


 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2012-02-14 05:53 am   Permalink

Hi Nokie,

The 3 Master tapes were found in the basement of bandleader Marsh Padilla. Even he didn't know they existed until his wife Nina found them while packing things up for their big move to Boise, Idaho. They were simply marked The Kahiki Trio 1965.

I had been friends with them for a couple years and Nina gave them to me shortly before they left. To say I was ecstatic is an understatement.

They were so pleased that I wanted to do something with these tapes and I am so glad that Marsh got the opportunity to see the final product before he passed away.

The final album consisted of the best tracks from the first reel. I still got 2 more reels of unreleased Beachcomber Trio. Maybe someday I will make these available. Download?

Thanks for the interest.

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff




 
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Nokie
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Posted: 2012-02-14 8:32 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-02-14 05:53, Jeff Central wrote:
Hi Nokie,

The 3 Master tapes were found in the basement of bandleader Marsh Padilla. Even he didn't know they existed until his wife Nina found them while packing things up for their big move to Boise, Idaho. They were simply marked The Kahiki Trio 1965.

I had been friends with them for a couple years and Nina gave them to me shortly before they left. To say I was ecstatic is an understatement.

They were so pleased that I wanted to do something with these tapes and I am so glad that Marsh got the opportunity to see the final product before he passed away.

The final album consisted of the best tracks from the first reel. I still got 2 more reels of unreleased Beachcomber Trio. Maybe someday I will make these available. Download?

Thanks for the interest.

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff





Thanks for the details, Jeff! I love these found tape stories. Yes, a future download opportunity would be very much appreciated! -Marty


 
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TropicDrinkBoy
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Posted: 2012-02-15 12:47 am   Permalink

I take great pleasure in listening to my copy of the Beachcomber Trio playing at the Kahiki while sipping an exotic cocktail. Thanks to all who made this wonderful performance available to us 21st century Tiki enthusiasts. Who says you can't travel backwards in time!

 
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Rawim
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Posted: 2012-02-15 4:31 pm   Permalink

Jeff,

I too very much enjoy the album. Just great music to have on in the background, or when relaxing in my bar room.

If you ever do choose to release more tracks/albums count me in as a definite purchaser.


 
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tikiskip
  

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Posted: 2012-02-16 07:05 am   Permalink

Really Jeff that's the story of how you got the tapes?
Man Jeff spice it up!
Tell em how you two found Marsh, That's the good story.
You could make Moby Dick sound like just another fish:-)


 
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Boscorooty
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Posted: 2012-02-17 08:54 am   Permalink

In this morning's mail I was delighted to see a copy of The Beachcomber Trio Live From Kahiki, which had been sent directly to me from none other than Jeff Chenault! Not only did he scrounge up a copy for me, but it comes with the low, low, number of 4/500 and he was generous enough to send it free of charge.

Considering my previous beef was with Dionysus, and not with Jeff in any way, this was waaaay beyond the call of duty.

The record plays perfectly, front to back, and as I've said before, is a spectacular recording. There are still some available on amazon and ebay, so if you're on the fence, buy it while you still can. It's a real treasure, with a fantastic time machine vibe.

I don't know how to express my gratitutde, other than to offer a solemn vow that, if the tracks from the other tapes ever see the light of day, I will be first in line to purchase!

Thank you very much Jeff, I really appreciate it.


 
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