CD The Exciting Sounds of Martin Denny: Exotica/Exotica, Vol. 2 (CD 178386),
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The Exciting Sounds of Martin Denny: Exotica/Exotica, Vol. 2

  • 1. Quiet Village
    2. Return to Paradise
    3. Hong Kong Blues
    4. Busy Port
    5. Lotus Land
    6. Similau
    7. Stone God
    8. Jungle Flower
    9. China Nights
    10. Ah Me Furi
    11. Waipo
    12. Love Dance
    13. Soshu Night Serenade
    14. Island of Dreams
    15. Japanese Farewell Song (Sayonara)
    16. Singing Bamboos
    17. Queen Chant, The (Li Liu E)
    18. Wedding Song (Ke Kali Ne Au)
    19. Escales
    20. When First I Love
    21. August Bells
    22. Bacoa
    23. Ebb Tide
    24. Rush Hour in Hong Kong
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9712

  • Credits
    ProducerSimon Jackson; Si Waronker; Ashley Warren (Reissue)
    EngineerTed Keep; Val Valentin; Bob Lang

    Includes liner notes by Martin Denny.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    EXOTICA 1/EXOTICA 2 was originally released as 2 separate LPs in 1957 and 1958 respectively.
    Personnel: Martin Denny (piano, celesta); Jack Shoop (alto flute, baritone saxophone); Arthur Lyman (vibraphone, marimba, xylophone, percussion); Roy Harte, Harold Chang (drums, percussion); August Colon (congas, bongos); Gil Baumgart (percussion).
    Audio Remasterer: Alan Douches.
    Liner Note Author: Martin Denny.
    Recording information: Capitol Recording Studio (12/??/1956-06/19/1957); Scamp Studios, Hollywood, CA (12/??/1956-06/19/1957); Webley Edwards Studio, Honolulu, HI (12/??/1956-06/19/1957).
    Unknown Contributor Role: August Colon.
    Arrangers: Gil Baumgart; Martin Denny.
    Exotica as a genre didn't last much beyond 1964, but it didn't disappear without leaving behind a few marks of genius, one such being the work of Martin Denny. His EXOTICA, and the follow-up recording, EXOTICA II, were postcards from a world far beyond suburban, post-war America.
    Denny's music staved off a little of the nation's cultural hunger. He was also one of the finest band leaders and arrangers around, one of maybe three from the Exotica genre to have displayed enough skill and irony to avoid scorn from pop music historians.

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.124) - 4 stars out of 5 - "These two albums were revolutionary, integrating Hawaiian and African rhythms into lounge bar arrangement alongside birdcalls and ambient noises."
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