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DJ Terence Gunn
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Posted: 2007-03-22 7:41 pm   Permalink

A little off the subject, but there was an album by Sonny Lester -- part of the 'After Hours' and 'How To Belly Dance/Strip For Your Husband' series -- that was called 'After Hours Spain'. It is currently available on CD and the sound quality is direct from the master tapes. The songs are the usual Spanish standards one has heard many times, but the arrangements are jazzy enough to make them 'loungey' and a little less traditional and interesting. However, where I take issue is the shameless (or otherwise ignorant) deliberation of mistitling the CD 'Exotica - The Sensuous Sounds Of The Sonny Lester Orchestra'.

Other than the implementation of the Latin rhythms, Spanish music is not Exotica. I knew what the album was before I purchased it; and only purchased it because it's one of those rarities that has appeared on CD, and which will disappear soon, because of lack of sales. But it is obvious the marketers of this reissue onto CD are/were trying to 'cash in' on the current popularity in Exotica music by labelling it as such. But the contemporary cover -- one that fits neither 'After Hours Spain' or 'Exotica - The Sensuous Sounds Of' -- substituting the original cover confuses me to no end. This is something that's been happening for some time on CD and vinyl. Talk about irritating.


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Son-of-Kelbo
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Posted: 2007-03-23 4:03 pm   Permalink

To veer briefly back on topic (with all due respect for it's poster). I also have "Tropical Fantasy", and yes, I would vote it the worst exotica LP ever. Its only redeeming quality is that a couple of cuts off of it make good Halloween music for the "Cannibal Corner" area of our annual haunted house. Eeek. (or, Ecccch.)

"Orienta" is another train-wreck, with the exception of two cuts by Gerald Fried, "Mountain High, Valley Low", which is a bit brassy with the Yma Sumac-style soprano riffs and "Rain in Rangoon" also a little bright on the rain effects, but just within tolerances to make good additions to the library.

(Oh, and JC, ever hear of "Quiet Farm"? I believe the title says it all...)

Great thread, DJ.

Cheers and aloha,
SOK





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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2007-03-24 2:49 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-03-23 16:03, Son-of-Kelbo wrote:

(Oh, and JC, ever hear of "Quiet Farm"? I believe the title says it all...)

[ This Message was edited by: Son-of-Kelbo 2007-03-24 13:05 ]



I have heard of it but never actually heard it!! Any good (bad)?


 
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naugatiki
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Posted: 2007-03-25 08:00 am   Permalink

I hope this isn't too much of a stretch, but any exotic song played by a New Orleans Jazz band at a tiki bar must be an irritating song.




 
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Son-of-Kelbo
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Posted: 2007-03-25 9:05 pm   Permalink

Quick reply, JC --

"Quiet Farm" is, quite simply, hysterically funny. Devious, low-key, well-produced, it adroitly goes from sly to full-tilt parody. Lookin' for it, 'cause I'd love to slip it into my otherwise authentic exotica mix for the next local luau here on the island (it's sure to get some slow-burn disorientation, followed by laughs -- that's what it did to me the first (and only) time I heard it).

If I ever find it I'll let the 'Ohana know via TC Music.

Cheers and aloha,
SOK

(Uh, now who's veering..., sorry. BTW, anybody else know of any other Gerald Fried exotica out there?)


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DejaVoodoo
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Posted: 2010-05-24 9:03 pm   Permalink

I'm afraid to ask, but I need to know. Is "Orienta" as bad an album as people here claim it is?

I admit, I was lured by the cover photo and the standalone track "Rain In Rangoon" I heard on The Quiet Village podcast. Well, curiosity got the better of me, so I searched for, and found, an "Orienta" CD reissue that happens to also include Michel Magne's "Tropical Fantasy." Lucky me!

A quick perusal of the latter via an LP share blog was all I needed to realize I should avoid it like the plague. (My apologies to the few genuine fans of "Tropical Fantasy") However, I keep listening to the :30 second track clips of "Orienta" and, while it is, indeed, lacking heart in comparison to the best compositions by Martin Denny, Les Baxter, and Arthur Lyman, it certainly is far removed from the audio assault that is Magne's "Tropical Fantasy." In other words, could "Orienta" truly be that horrid? Especially when compared to "Tropical Fantasy"? "Rain In Rangoon" is a pleasant enough track, but surely it can't be the best on the album. Or could it?

I fear I've made a financial blunder tracking down an Exotica LP on CD that may not be worth owning.


 
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I, Zombie
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Posted: 2010-05-25 2:12 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-05-24 21:03, DejaVoodoo wrote:

I fear I've made a financial blunder tracking down an Exotica LP on CD that may not be worth owning.



Well I'm completely in the minority on this one, but I LOVE both these LPs and I think a double CD of the two is worth having (provided you didn't mortgage the farm to get it). I have both on vinyl and treasure them both. I also love Johnny Richards' "The Rites of Diablo" and Les Baxter's "Passions" -both of which are in that Exotica-as-horror category.

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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2010-05-25 2:33 pm   Permalink

I can't stand Eden Ahbez's "Mongoose" song. Probably because I want to believe "Eden's Island" is in Polynesia. Yes there are mongooses (mongeese?) in parts of Hawaii but there are no snakes for them to chase away (like the song says). Also I always get the image of him lighting up a joint with a Rastafarian afterward. That's not very Tiki.

 
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DejaVoodoo
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Posted: 2010-05-25 7:42 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-05-25 14:12, I, Zombie wrote:
Quote:

On 2010-05-24 21:03, DejaVoodoo wrote:

I fear I've made a financial blunder tracking down an Exotica LP on CD that may not be worth owning.



Well I'm completely in the minority on this one, but I LOVE both these LPs and I think a double CD of the two is worth having (provided you didn't mortgage the farm to get it). I have both on vinyl and treasure them both. I also love Johnny Richards' "The Rites of Diablo" and Les Baxter's "Passions" -both of which are in that Exotica-as-horror category.

I, Z


Well, at least someone had something nice to say regarding "Orienta." I think I'll be joining that minority as the :30 second track clips of "Orienta" sound quite appealing to me. Yes, they're a little jokey with the appropriate, but often obtrusive, sound effects on certain tracks - "Rain In Rangoon" sounds like quite a heavy downpour! BUT, practically sight unseen, (or album unheard) I get that "Orienta" is meant as a stylized take on the Exotica genre, much like Disney's "The Haunted Mansion" was a not-so-scary twist on the traditionally terrifying haunted house, and the "Enchanted Tiki Room," when you really get down to brass tacks, really isn't 100% authentic, historically speaking. As much love and respect as I have for the "Enchanted Tiki Room," you have to admit that the only thing Tiki about the title song alone is the word Tiki!

I don't think I'll be coming around much to Michel Magne's "Tropical Fantasy" based on what I have heard. But it's the second LP on the twofer CD so I'm sure I'll listen to it occasionally.

No farms were mortgaged to afford this CD. It was just on the higher end of most commercially available CDs, say at Barnes "we-almost-always-charge-msrp-and-then-some" & Noble. It should be arriving in a couple of days. Thanks to the favorable reply to my original post, I can now say I'm excited!


 
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DejaVoodoo
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Posted: 2010-05-25 7:46 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-05-25 14:12, I, Zombie wrote:
I also love Johnny Richards' "The Rites of Diablo" and Les Baxter's "Passions" -both of which are in that Exotica-as-horror category.

I, Z


Speaking of Les Baxter's "Passions"...



That album has some truly beautiful moments. However, as a whole I find it frightening! I respect the artistic frame of mind from which it was created, but seriously...



 
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Hibiscus
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Posted: 2010-05-26 06:23 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-05-25 19:46, DejaVoodoo wrote:
Quote:

On 2010-05-25 14:12, I, Zombie wrote:
I also love Johnny Richards' "The Rites of Diablo" and Les Baxter's "Passions" -both of which are in that Exotica-as-horror category.

I, Z


Speaking of Les Baxter's "Passions"...



That album has some truly beautiful moments. However, as a whole I find it frightening! I respect the artistic frame of mind from which it was created, but seriously...






When I was a kid and was annoying my mom a bit too much, she would actually put this album on and play the "Terror" cut. Freaked me out every time! The innocent humming at the beginning, then the footsteps, then that unholy scream at the end. Holy crap that stuff scared me!



I'm not sure Les Baxter had ever been used before as a disciplinary device.

My mom didn't play.



 
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Posted: 2010-05-26 09:54 am   Permalink

The moment I saw the title of this thread two words crossed my mind: "Tse-Tse Fly".

 
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I, Zombie
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Posted: 2010-05-26 12:33 pm   Permalink

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When I was a kid and was annoying my mom a bit too much, she would actually put this album on and play the "Terror" cut.




"You either start behaving right now or I'll put the Les Baxter on!"

Wow - never imagined that, but with The Passions I can totally see why it might work!

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Posted: 2010-06-16 2:18 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-03-10 19:15, DJ Terence Gunn wrote:
Most Irritating Exotica song: 'Tsetse Fly' by Martin Denny. :21 ]




If any of you were wondering how "Tsetse fly" was recorded, check out this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMBHYh_yoQk

Perhaps annoying in one's stereo, but simply virtuosic when watching it live.
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horsdumonde
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Posted: 2010-06-20 2:28 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-03-10 19:15, DJ Terence Gunn wrote:
Most Irritating Exotica song: 'Tsetse Fly' by Martin Denny...



That song came to mind the second I saw this thread. On the Afro-Desia CD by Rev-Ola, it's on there twice, in mono and stereo.


 
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