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OnyaBirri
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Posted: 2008-01-19 06:46 am   Permalink

This LP on Warner Brothers is a terrific exotica album that doesn't get discussed too often. I suspect that if it had a babe or a tiki on the cover, rather than William Holden, it would attract more attention.

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vegasvic
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Posted: 2008-01-19 09:11 am   Permalink



Right on. Of course, all the magic here is Warren Barker (77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, Tropicale w/Tommy Morgan). Several enchanting tracks on this LP. Of particular note I think are Malayan Nightbird, a Barker original composition, and Moonflowers. Also contains a very good version of Lotus Land.

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Kaiwaza
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Posted: 2008-01-19 12:00 pm   Permalink

I agree that the cover art was a bad choice, and a bit "out of synch" with what was going on at the time. However, it's a GREAT album. I especially LOVE the arrangement of Lotus Land and that it contains the only other version of Moonflower I've ever heard outside of the film where it was sung by Dorothy Lamor, "The Road To Bali."

 
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Quiet Village Idiot
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Posted: 2008-01-19 12:05 pm   Permalink

Has anybody heard his Music of Desire LP? How does that one measure up?

 
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Vonratnick
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Posted: 2008-01-22 7:10 pm   Permalink

For years I thought it finished with Lyman, Denny and Baxter.

Then I found TC!

Thanks all.

The William Holden ties in was from Suzie Wong, no? I'd rather have seen Nancy Kwan.

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Bongo Bungalow
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Posted: 2008-01-23 01:11 am   Permalink

I have so much to learn... you mean I can't choose exotica based just on sexy girls on the jacket cover? Damn!

Seriously, I'd love to find this LP. But I try not to buy online, so the Goodwill stores and a couple of used record stores are my only sources and Mr. Holden hasn't shown up... yet.]


 
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I, Zombie
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Posted: 2008-01-23 3:20 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-01-23 01:11, Bongo Bungalow wrote:

Seriously, I'd love to find this LP. But I try not to buy online, so the Goodwill stores and a couple of used record stores are my only sources and Mr. Holden hasn't shown up... yet.]



Bongo,

I found it in an old record shop in Biddeford Maine for 3 bucks last summer. Mono, but in good shape. I NEVER thought it would ever show up, but it did.

Keep hope alive. It will show up one of these days.

~glen leslie


 
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Digitiki
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Posted: 2008-01-23 4:02 pm   Permalink

This is one of my favorites. It isn't exotica in the classic sense. It is more of an orchestral exotica alubm. William Holden does the liner notes and yes, I also beleive that the "World of Suzy Wong" is a tie in. I have an absolutely sparkling transfer of a pristine stereo LP if anyone is interested. Let me know. I can always do a temporary post for anyone interested.
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I, Zombie
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Posted: 2008-01-24 09:34 am   Permalink

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On 2008-01-19 12:05, Quiet Village Idiot wrote:
Has anybody heard his Music of Desire LP? How does that one measure up?



Dear QVI,

Quince_at_Danny's and I scored that record in Chicago in November. It's in a big pile of LPs we picked up on a road trip from Minneapolis MN to Toledo OH. I'm not sure yet, which one of us will end up with it, but we've both listened to it.

To me, it sounds like Warner Bros.' response to Les Baxter on Capitol records. Like they said, "hey Warren, this guy Baxter is selling alot of LPs, what can you do for us." And the "stringier" side of Les I should add-- such as Space Escapades, but with more percussion and audio/stereo effects. It's not great, but it has it's moments. I could see the LP growing on me (I've only heard it once so far).

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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2008-01-24 10:40 am   Permalink

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On 2008-01-19 12:05, Quiet Village Idiot wrote:
Has anybody heard his Music of Desire LP? How does that one measure up?



I like this album. It's a crossbreed of exotic percussion, strings and brilliant arranging. It is similiar to Les Baxter's more orchestral Exotica but the sharp attacks of the string section give it a whole different vibe.

Another great Warren Barker album is "Warren Barker is "IN". This is very cool album of jazz beatnik music. Like walking into a coffeehouse in the 50's. Think classic Henry Mancini. You can listen to it over and over and it still sounds fresh!!!

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-01-24 10:48 am   Permalink

Oooooh, sounds nice! Does it have a cool or silly Beatnik cover?

 
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OnyaBirri
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Posted: 2008-01-24 11:01 am   Permalink

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...Like they said, "hey Warren, this guy Baxter is selling alot of LPs, what can you do for us."




I think it's safe to assume that nearly ALL the exotica one-offs that were made were in response to a label wanting a Baxter or Denny record.


 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2008-01-24 2:59 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-01-24 10:48, bigbrotiki wrote:
Oooooh, sounds nice! Does it have a cool or silly Beatnik cover?



Nah, the cover is kind of boring. It does tell you what was "IN" though for 1959. Hopefully you can read it.



Music of Desire definitely has a better looking cover.



Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


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GatorRob
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Posted: 2008-01-24 4:23 pm   Permalink

That is a very odd cover. "Subsidized athletes are IN if you go to an OUT school"? "Hi-fi recordings of bowling balls are OUT"?

WHAT?!?

I'll have whatever they're drinking. I think. Maybe.


 
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OnyaBirri
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Posted: 2008-01-24 5:13 pm   Permalink

1. Burn the Warren Barker originals from "77 Sunset Strip" onto CD-RW. Omit the Cole Porter covers.

2. Add the 3 or 4 Warren Barker originals from "Warren Barker is In" onto said CD-R.

3. You end up with a KILLER crime-jazz disc!

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