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thejab
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Posted: 2010-01-16 5:34 pm   Permalink

A friend kindly gave me the March 1960 issue of HiFi/Stereo Review, and I was excited to discover this article on exotica, complete with album reviews!

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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2010-01-16 5:43 pm   Permalink

Nice find...will have to read more in depth later. Great pics of Les & Arthur.
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-01-16 6:43 pm   Permalink

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Wow, what an incredible find! Such full recognition of the genre in its own time has been previously unheard of, to my knowledge!

Am I not right, Exotica afficionados?


 
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virani
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Posted: 2010-01-17 08:49 am   Permalink

Thanks for sharing that !

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-01-17 08:52 am   Permalink

How perfect that the writer of the article worked at the "Institute of Aerospace Sciences" in Los Angeles!!!
A prolific author of crime fiction who took up racism and gun control in his books, seems like he was a great guy!:

John Ball Biography

Born in Schenectady, New York, John Dudley Ball Jr. served in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps and was later a columnist, broadcaster, and director of public relations for the Institute of Aerospace Sciences in Los Angeles.

In the Heat of the Night (1965) introduced Tibbs, an astute black police detective from Pasadena, California, who becomes inadvertently involved with murder in a racially and socially bigoted town in South Carolina. In this award-winning novel and the 1967 film adaptation, Ball's message was “don't judge minorities until you know what you're talking about.” His social consciousness is also evident in Johnny Get Your Gun (1969; Death for a Playmate), in which he addressed the implications of gun ownership.

Ball prided himself on research into such fields as jade collecting and the import-export business (Five Pieces of Jade, 1972) and forensic detail, which was always crucial to the solutions he presented to his crimes. His impeccably researched settings and police procedures are also evident in his books featuring Jack Tallon, beginning with Police Chief (1977), as well as in his nonseries works.

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/b/john-ball/

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Mr. Ho
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Posted: 2010-01-17 08:59 am   Permalink

An excellent find! THanks for sharing this.

 
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bigtikidude
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Posted: 2010-01-17 1:48 pm   Permalink

so cool,
thanks Jab.

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litlgrey
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Posted: 2010-01-17 4:09 pm   Permalink

Joyousness!

 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2010-01-18 05:31 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-01-16 18:43, bigbrotiki wrote:
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Wow, what an incredible find! Such full recognition of the genre in its own time has been previously unheard of, to my knowledge!

Am I not right, Exotica afficionados?



Correct Bigbro! What an extremely cool find.

Thanks for posting jab!

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2010-01-18 11:20 am   Permalink


The "omissions" here are interesting.

No mention of Robert Drasnin, but maybe "Voodoo" was still too recent in 1960 for this article. Did this album fly low and under the radar when it was first released? Maybe it wasn't "discovered" until the Lounge/Tiki revival?

Also no Yma, but maybe by this time she was being associated with other musical genres. Or was she grouped into Exotica afterward during the revival period?


 
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bigtikidude
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Posted: 2010-01-18 12:13 pm   Permalink

I had read that the Robert Drasnin record was pressed in a very small amount.
I think 5000.
Jeff C?

I bet it was probably under the radar of the writer.

Jeff(btd)



 
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thejab
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Posted: 2010-01-18 4:47 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-01-18 11:20, JOHN-O wrote:

The "omissions" here are interesting.

Also no Yma, but maybe by this time she was being associated with other musical genres. Or was she grouped into Exotica afterward during the revival period?



I wasn't too surprised that Robert Drasnin wasn't mentioned (there are probably others who released relatively obscure exotica that also weren't mentioned) but I was very surprised that Yma Sumac was not included, as her records were very popular (at least it seems so because they've been fairly easy to find in thrift stores) and Les Baxter was involved.

I think you may be right John-O, perhaps she was considered more in the Latin genre.


 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2010-01-19 06:49 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-01-18 16:47, thejab wrote:
Quote:

On 2010-01-18 11:20, JOHN-O wrote:

The "omissions" here are interesting.

Also no Yma, but maybe by this time she was being associated with other musical genres. Or was she grouped into Exotica afterward during the revival period?



I wasn't too surprised that Robert Drasnin wasn't mentioned (there are probably others who released relatively obscure exotica that also weren't mentioned) but I was very surprised that Yma Sumac was not included, as her records were very popular (at least it seems so because they've been fairly easy to find in thrift stores) and Les Baxter was involved.

I think you may be right John-O, perhaps she was considered more in the Latin genre.



Yeah, I think the article was written a little too early to include the Robert Drasnin "Voodoo" album. Plus it was pretty obscure as well selling mostly through grocery stores and discount chains.

Yma Sumac, I don't think was ever considered Exotica back in the day. Exotica was still a germinating seedling waiting to blossom in the early 1950's.

I think she was considered more of an oddity at the time than anything else.

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff








 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2010-01-19 06:54 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-01-18 12:13, bigtikidude wrote:
I had read that the Robert Drasnin record was pressed in a very small amount.
I think 5000.
Jeff C?

I bet it was probably under the radar of the writer.

Jeff(btd)





You are probably right Jeff. I will ask Bob next time I talk to him. Since he also worked for Tops he might have a more accurate number.

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


 
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virani
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Posted: 2010-01-21 08:40 am   Permalink

I don't consider Yma Sumac as really in the exotica genre.
I don't think singers can really fit in the exotica genre. There can be some singings, but music must be more important, and the singings can only be a part of the arrangements. Well, I think.
Although, I love her style, and the orchestration of her records.

I love in this article the phrase : "the educated whinings of the theremin". That's really well writen !!


 
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