Thursday, March 9, 2017

Shazam! and Other Instrumentals Written by Lee Hazlewood

Shazam! and Other Instrumentals Written by Lee Hazlewood
24 tracks. Shazam! features two dozen vocal-free (give or take the occasional rebel yell etc) nuggets written by the great Lee Hazlewood. Star of the show is twang master Duane Eddy with three great tracks: the title number, the menacing 'Stalkin' and 'This Town', a lesser-known 45 from Hazlewood's stint writing and producing gems for Nancy Sinatra and others at Reprise Records. Other key artists include guitar wiz Al Casey, top Wrecking Crew drummer Hal Blaine, renowned arranger,orchestra leader Jack Nitzsche and ace surf combo the Astronauts, not forgetting Dick Dale with his axe-shredding version of 'Angry Generation'. The most interesting and enjoyable tracks are the final two additives - neither of which rightly belong on this CD - a weird and almost creepy take on 'Some Velvet Morning' (24) and, preceding it, a demo instrumental of 'These Boots' by long-time collaborator Billy Strange which sounds like it could be an outtake from the self-same sessions that produced Nancy Sinatra's million-selling hit, although that is not acknowledged in the booklet so I could be wrong. BTW - The Residents did a wonderfully mutated version of this in their early days and Track 20, 'Zapata' (1964) by Jack Nitzsche is no relation to John Barry's seductive 'Zapata' from three years earlier. You've probably gotten an idea of what this album is all about. If you're into instrumentals from that classic period when they were all the thing, and you couldn't turn on the (AM) radio without hearing this type of music, this is for you.

Tracklist:

1. Duane Eddy – Shazam!
2. Al Casey – The Stinger
3. Duane Eddy – Stalkin'
4. Tony Castle And The Raiders – Salty
5. Al Casey – Surfs You Right
6. The Astronauts – Movin'
7. Hal Blaine & The Young Cougars – Challenger II
8. Jack Nitzsche – Baja
9. The Rhythm Rockers – Moovin' N' Groovin'
10. The Ventures – Rebel-'Rouse
11. The Lively Ones – (Dance With The) Guitar Man
12. The Astronauts – El Aguila (The Eagle)
13. Hal Blaine & The Young Cougars – The Phantom Driver
14. The Astronauts – The Hearse
15. Dick Dale & His Del-Tones – Angry Generation
16. Lee Hazlewood's Woodchucks – Muchacho
17. The Challengers – Johnny October
18. Dino, Desi & Billy – Desi's Drums
19. Duane Eddy – This Town
20. Jack Nitzsche – Zapata
21. The Vanguards – A Stranger In Your Town
22. The Whisk Kids – Bo-Dacious
23. Billy Strange – These Boots Are Made For Walking
24. The Afro Blues Quintet – Some Velvet Morning 



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Tikiyaki Orchestra - Aloha, Baby!

The Tikiyaki Orchestra - Aloha, Baby! (2011)
The Tikiyaki Orchestra exist in a class by themselves. There really is no other band quite like them on the planet. They take the Exotica tradition as established by pioneers Denny, Lyman and Baxter and bring it into the 21st century. Their unmistakable sound is a blend of the coolest retro styles–exotica, lounge, space-age bachelor pad, crime jazz, spy, surf, spaghetti western and more. The professionalism of the musicians is evident and the orchestration is right on. Like the perfect Martini, the sound is very clean and well mixed, especially from drums and vibes neither of which are overstated. They even throw in a little Hawaiian steel guitar to smooth things out. While Tikiyaki Orchestra certainly evokes the musical stylings of musicians like Martin Denny, Esquival, and Les Baxter, there is also a jazzy influence a little more reminiscent of Dean Elliot and Les Brown. It has been a long while since I have thought of any music as being just plain fun. This is. It makes you want to throw a party just so you can play this music during it. Spin "Aloha, Baby" at your next get together, it absolutely will have a positive and completely groovy effect on your guests.
 Track List:

01. Theme For Jetsetters [03:09]
02. Polynesian Village Love Theme [03:13]
03. ALoha, Baby ! [02:43]
04. La Hula Rhumba [04:00]
05. In Search of Mei Ting [03:42]
06. Kono's Revenge [02:47]
07. Lotus Operandi [03:54]
08. Mysteria [02:46]
09. Chateau Leilani [02:15]
10. Lahaina Morning Rain [02:31]
11. Mana Pacifica [02:49]
12. Hawai'i Nocturne [03:56]
13. Captain Lush Black Box Recording [02:15]

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The Tikiyaki Orchestra - Idol Worship (2015)
The Tikiyaki Orchestra exist in a class by themselves. There really is no other band quite like them on the planet. They take the Exotica tradition as established by pioneers Denny, Lyman and Baxter and bring it into the 21st century. Their unmistakable sound is a blend of the coolest retro styles–exotica, lounge, space-age bachelor pad, crime jazz, spy, surf, spaghetti western and more. "Idol Worship" is a slightly new direction for the Tikiyaki Orchestra. They are moving in a more "surfy" direction and less of the traditional exotica feel in previous works. Several of the tracks sound as if they could be lifted from a B-movie soundtrack. The listener looking for exotica as done in recent years by the Tikiyaki Orchestra will be a little disappointed. A couple of tracks sound like Duane Eddy meets the George Shearing Quintet. Tikiyaki Orchestra's website calls the new music "sensual" and "most raw yet." Well, OK, if they say so. It's still awesome to these experienced ears.
 Track List:

01. Idol Worship [04:24]
02. Return to Orchid Isle [03:25]
03. Pele's Kiss [03:25]
04. Tiare Tahiti [03:07]
05. Esplanade [03:05]
06. Exotic In Blues [03:38]
07. Zero Gravity [04:15]
08. Paniolo [02:39]
09. Eden Awaits [03:17]
10. Malaga Cove [02:58]
11. The Final Transmission [03:05]

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The Tikiyaki Orchestra - Swingin' Sounds For The Jungle Jetset

The Tikiyaki Orchestra - Swingin' Sounds For The Jungle Jetset (2009)

The Tikiyaki Orchestra exist in a class by themselves. There really is no other band quite like them on the planet. They take the Exotica tradition as established by pioneers Denny, Lyman and Baxter and bring it into the 21st century. Their unmistakable sound is a blend of the coolest retro styles–exotica, lounge, space-age bachelor pad, crime jazz, spy, surf, spaghetti western and more.
Their 4 albums…. “StereoExotique” , “Swingin’’ Sounds for the Jungle Jetset”, "Aloha, Baby !" and "Idol Worship and other Primitive Pleasures" prove that, Exotica is not just background music for the swingin’ tikiphile, but you can actually hum along, due to catchy, concise and well crafted songwriting, something that was not always necessarily a main component of the original Exotica sound. You'll love all the tropical bird effects, tremolo guitars, and "take me to a simpler time" feel ingrained in the music. The whole album is solid and upbeat, with no weak spots, and even the cheesy intro seems appropriate once you get used to it. The sound quality is excellent, even played through a High-End home system or headphones. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this for your Luau and Tiki parties.
Track List:

01. Bachelor #1 [03:06]
02. Tabu for Two [03:13]
03. Singapore Swing [03:03]
04. Bachelor #2 [02:01]
05. Dan-O's Day Off [02:25]
06. Sunset on the Kona Kai [03:41]
07. Tango Tahiti [03:32]
08. Bali Hai-Ball_FinalMix(master) [05:02]
09. Makaha [02:59]
10. Last Sampan to Kowloon [04:12]
11. Bachelor #3 [02:43]
12. Poho Moku [05:01]

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The Tikiyaki Orchestra - StereoExotique

The Tikiyaki Orchestra - StereoExotique (2007)

The Tikiyaki Orchestra exist in a class by themselves. There really is no other band quite like them on the planet. They take the Exotica tradition as established by pioneers Denny, Lyman and Baxter and it into the 21st century.  Their unmistakable sound is a blend of the coolest retro styles–exotica, lounge, space-age bachelor pad, crime jazz, spy, surf, spaghetti western and more. The instrumentation is thick and lush with tons of percussion and beautiful vibes taking the lead on most tunes. Standout tracks for me are Mai Tais on the Moon, Waikiki Serenade, and Stranded in Paradise. On this release all the music is performed by Jim Bacchi, but in the past year the Tikiyakis have been performing live with a 7-piece orchestra. So put on your favorite aloha shirt, mix up a Zombie, and fire up Stereoexotique!

Track List:

01. X<–-You Are Here [00:50]
02. Exotique [02:09]
03. Mai Tais on the Moon [02:15]
04. Waikiki Serenade [03:10]
05. Koko Sufu [03:09]
06. The Road to Punalu'u [02:47]
07. Black Sand, Blue Sea [03:40]
08. Shaka Hula Bossa Nova [04:59]
09. Crossing Kilauea [03:12]
10. Sneaky Tiki [02:49]
11. Ali'I Fire Dance [03:44]
12. Stranded in Paradise [03:11]
13. Ocean Ambience [04:38]

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Red Hot Chili Pipers - Music for the Kilted Generation

Happy Bobby Burns Birthday!!! In celebration of Robert Burns birthday today went to our annual party - I provided these for music. For those who wonder HUH? Here's Wikipedia's sanitized bio ---
Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire, Ploughman Poet and various other names and epithets,[nb 1] was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these writings his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest.
He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish diaspora around the world. Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV.
As well as making original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. His poem (and song) "Auld Lang Syne" is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and "Scots Wha Hae" served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country. Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well known across the world today include "A Red, Red Rose", "A Man's a Man for A' That", "To a Louse", "To a Mouse", "The Battle of Sherramuir", "Tam o' Shanter" and "Ae Fond Kiss".
 I'm sparing you my 100 plus versions of "Auld Lang Syne" and giving you this to help celebrate. Enjoy. If you want the "Auld Lang Syne" I'll post them for your enjoyment and your friends/enemies/guests annoyance.
 Red Hot Chili Pipers - Music for the Kilted Generation Bagpipes with attitude. Drums with a Scottish accent. A blazing rock band and a show so hot it carries its own health warning. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers have rocked the world from New York to Beijing with musicianship of the highest order and a passion for pipes that will leave you breathless!
An abundance of energy--all the power of the Scottish bagpipe times three and an amazing rock band enhanced by brass, pipes, and drums. An unforgettable and unique sound. Modern classics and rock anthems fused with the adrenaline rush created by a passion for the Pipes! OK - not the best in the world but really fun . As for this album, the Pipers only get better and better. Best cut, Low Rider. Most fun, Everybody Dance, least favorite Amazing Grace (not bad, just my least favorite rendition of this song.) Been to too many funerals. 
 Track listings 1. Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Bagrock) 2. Just For Willie 3. Chasing Cars 4. Hellbound Train 5. The Hidden Gem 6. Amazing Grace 7. Black Knight On The Crazy Train 8. Low Rider 9. Radio Ga Ga 10. Little Cascade 11. Everybody Dance Now 12. Let Me Entertain You 13. Baba O’Reilly 


 
Me and my Kilt celebrating Bobby Burns.

Red Hot Chili Pipers - Octane

Red Hot Chili Pipers - Octane 
Bagpipes with attitude. Drums with a Scottish accent. A blazing rock band and a show so hot it carries its own health warning. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers have rocked the world from New York to Beijing with musicianship of the highest order and a passion for pipes that will leave you breathless!
An abundance of energy--all the power of the Scottish bagpipe times three and an amazing rock band enhanced by brass, pipes, and drums. An unforgettable and unique sound. Modern classics and rock anthems fused with the adrenaline rush created by a passion for the Pipes! OK - not the best in the world but really fun. Cool versions of modern rock and some trad. thrown in. Good for parties to freak folks out.  
TRACKLIST
1. La Grange: La Grange / The Green Room (4:04)
2. Starlight: Starlight / Charlie Brown (5:16)
3. Time for Trad: The Kesh / Old Wullie’s Dog / Merrily Kiss the Quaker's Wife (3:12)
4. Fat Bottomed Girls: Fat Bottomed Girls / Fat Arsed Lassies (3:05)
5. Seven Nation Army: Roadhouse Song / Seven Nation Army (2:54)
6. Pressed For Time (4:21)
7. The Fallen (3:26)
8. Chasing Love (1:47)
9. The Way It Is: The Way It Is / Chasing Love (3:36)
10. Jump: Jump / Dancing Feet (3:42)
11. Neon: Neon / Wee Derek’s Song (3:22)
12. Everybody Wants to Rule the World: The Bung / Everybody Wants to Rule the World (2:58)
13. Wild Mountain Thyme (4:12)
14. Urban: Rip the Calico (4:18)

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Tikiyaki Orchestra - Tikiyaki 5-0

The Tikiyaki Orchestra - Tikiyaki 5-0 EP
Tikiyaki 5-0 's debut EP is the Orchestra's surf garage band little brother. Stripped down and more raw, 5-0 turns up the volume a bit, and the reverb a whole lot , taking The Tikiyaki sound and breaking it down to a more back to basics approach. Tikiyaki 5-0, is the smaller, pared down version of Tikiyaki Orchestra featuring core members …..Jim Bacchi on guitar, Brian Kassan on Keys and guitar, Jonpaul Balak on Bass, and Pablo Baza on drums…
Mixing tradional 60's style surf with an exotica feel, the band kicks up the energy level on 5-0 original "Supernova" and the Zorba and the Greeks' cult classic "Shockwave" with tons of frenetic pounding surf beats and a hi level reverb assault.
The Exotica classics "Taboo" and "Enchanted Sea" are given a spooky twang and reverb treatment, while 5-0 original "Ilikai 65" brings the Spy sound familiar to most fans of Tikiyaki Orchestra. The ep closes out with a slow, atmospheric rendition of the Les Baxter classic "Enchated Sea".

The Tikiyaki Orchestra exist in a class by themselves. There really is no other band quite like them on the planet. They take the Exotica tradition as established by pioneers Denny, Lyman and Baxter and bring it into the 21st century. Their unmistakable sound is a blend of the coolest retro styles–exotica, lounge, space-age bachelor pad, crime jazz, spy, surf, spaghetti western and more.Happy New Year!

01. Supernova [2:19]
02. Ilikai 65 [4:30]
03. Taboo [3:55]
04. Song of Delilah [3:38]
05. Shockwave [2:59]
06. Enchanted Sea [4:06]

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Friday, October 28, 2016

VA - Kan-Gu-Wa and Chop Chop

Trick and Treat - - enjoy the madness.
First time on CD! The third and fourth volumes in the Exotic Blues & Rhythm series were released on limited edition 10" vinyl (500 copies per volume) and sold out in next to no time! Enjoy amazing and danceable tunes from the late 50s and early 60s - a handful of Popcorn dancefloor smashs, a few grinding Tittyshakers, awesome Rhythm & Blues - most of them with an exotic twist! 24 songs.

TRACKLIST

01. Ubangi Rock - Chaino
02. Kan-Gu-Wa - The Scholars
03. Man From Utopia - Donald Woods & The Vel-Aires
04. Haunted Lover - Carole Bennett
05. Little Doe-Doe - Curtis Knight
06. Ghost Train - The Electro-Tones
07. Big Foot - Googie Rene
08. Twistin' Fever - The Marcels
09. I Want Her Back - Dick Jordan
10. Rise Up And Walk - Troy Dodds
11. Voodoo Drums - Les Elgart
12. Volcano - The Three Suns
13. Chop Chop - Sandy Nelson
14. Don't Go - Vince Everett
15. Ali Ben Ghazi - Jack Hammer
16. Monkey See, Monkey Do - The Sherwoods
17. Johnny Lee - Faye Adams
18. I've Been True - Jannie Williams
19. Baltimore Jones - Chuck Miller
20. I Go (King-Kong) - The Go-Rillas
21. She's Mine - John Lee Hooker
22. Red Lips - Marty Hill
23. Little Indian Girl - Billy & The Moonlighters
24. Bullfrog - Johnnie Moore & His New Blazers

VA - Katanga Ahbe Casabe: Exotic Blues and Rhythm

 Happy Halloween --- 
This reissue combines the first two volumes from the “Exotic Blues & Rhythm” compilation series named “Katanga!” and “Ahbe Casabe!” with two additional bonus tracks. This album is a colorful garden of delights consisting of R'n'B and rock'n'roll based songs from the 1940s to the early 1960s that all have this slightly exotic, dark and mystical feeling from the melody structures and instrumentation. Most of the tunes at hand sound astonishingly fresh and timeless. EDDIE COLE & THREE PEPPERS with their hypnotizing groover “Police” for example present a Caribbean mento with a mambo and rhythm'n'blues feel. The beat will drag you directly from your seat and make you swing on the dancefloor. This piece finds its roots in the late 1940s and demonstrates impressively how far even the predecessors of rock music already got in their development. The simple yet haunting lead vocal harmony makes this song a steaming hot all-time fave. And this is only one out of 26 rare gems. The album already starts magically with a gloomy bluesy tune named “Green onions” played by German composer and conductor Claus Ogermann, a cover of a BOOKER T & THE MG'S tune from 1962 with a rather specific basic melody that will stay with you forever. There is much more simmering popcorn rock and enchanting exciting pop from those old times to be found on this compilation and when you reach the “Ahbe Casabe” this is where the strange and quirky charme of exotica music captures your soul even more. The title track for example is a song from the late 50s written by proto hippie Ehden Ahbez that combines a Latin groove with a vocal melody speaking of dark backstreets in oriental cities. The album is rich on colors and the view behind the obvious you are allowed to take will open an entirely new world for you. The 1940s, 1950s and 1960s had much more to offer than what we already know and this is a field of diamonds you get to dig in when you spin this record. A nice little oddity is the bonus track “The riddle of the papawhos” by Danny Staton, based on old spirituals and gospels with a 1950s pop music base. The backing vocal effects here are more than strange somewhere between a deep gnarling and chipmunk style squeaking while the lead vocals on the other hand are soulful and striking as expected. The other bonus track by Kip Tyler named “Pu-Chun-Ga” is another outstanding mad Latin tune with wild female vocals and memorable lead melody. Tracks like "Shadow Street" leave you once more somewhere in between the jungle and a haunted oriental café in a town near the desert plains of Egypt. Next to master Ike Turner (still without his later wife and coming legend Tina) with his exotic surf instrumental “Katanga” from the first part, good old rock'n'roll pioneer Bill Haley should be the most famous contributor to this musical treasure chest. The sheer sensual stimulation you receive from these 26 songs will make you groove your mind away. Regardless where you are, these catchy Rhythm and Blues tunes will turn any place into a vintage dancefloor!

TRACKLIST

01. Green Onions - Claus Ogerman Orchestra
02. Nene Aman - Artie Barsamin & Orchestra
03. I'm Going Home - Prince Conley
04. Everything I Touch Turns to Gold - Joe Valino
05. Lucky Me - Chance Halliday
06. Apache - The Chiefs
07. Katanga - Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm
08. Where Were You? - Jimmy Rushing
09. Police - Eddie Cole & The Three Peppers
10. Hey! Little Woman - Sonny Til & The Orioles
11. Woke Up This Morning - Emmet Davis
12. Classie's Whip - Classie Ballou
13. Cleopatra Kick - Jack La Forge
14. Ahbe Casabe - Marti Barris
15. They Took John Away - Steve Arlen
16. Lucky Is My Name - Bruce Cloud
17. Thirteen Women and One Man - Dickie Thompson
18. Cleo - Rene Hall
19. Asia Minor - Machito & His Orchestra
20. Lament - Mamie Perry
21. Chick Safari - Bill Haley & His Comets
22. Big Bamboo - Lord Kitchener
23. Cleopatra - Jamie Coe
24. Shadow Street - Kip Tyler



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