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Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 1: Mondo Exotica

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Bas Sheva Bas Sheva
Webley Edwards Webley Edwards
Tak Shindo Tak Shindo
The Out-Islanders The Out-Islanders
80 Drums Around the World 80 Drums Around the World
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Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 1: Mondo Exotica

5 months ago at Jun 14 16:52
Ah, exotica, that most bizarre of subgenre of American jazz popular in the late 50s through the mid-60s that was an aural ersatz approximation of world music through an atomic prism. It didn’t actually sound anything like real music from a Hawaiian luau or the folk sounds of the Amazon, nor did it resemble anything out of the Andes or African tribal drums. Exotica was a pure fantasy creation tha... read more
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An 18-song exhumation of the Capitol exotica back catalog, placing old standbys like Martin Denny, Les Baxter, and Yma Sumac alongside lesser-knowns like Webley Edwards, Bas Sheva, and the wonderfully-named 80 Drums Around the World. This favors easy listening-friendly exotica, rather than the style at its most outrageous. It may be too naroticizing for some, but connoisseurs will appreciate the inclusion of the rarer material; a couple of the cuts were even previously unreleased.
Manufacturer: Capitol
Release date: 6 February 1996
Number of discs: 1
EAN: 0724383256327 UPC: 724383256327
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JxSxPx posted a review 5 months ago

Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 1: Mondo Exotica

“Ah, exotica, that most bizarre of subgenre of American jazz popular in the late 50s through the mid-60s that was an aural ersatz approximation of world music through an atomic prism. It didn’t actually sound anything like real music from a Hawaiian luau or the folk sounds of the Amazon, nor did it resemble anything out of the Andes or African tribal drums. Exotica was a pure fantasy creation that sounded right at home in the clean, rounded futuristic spaces viewed on The Jetsons. Exotica relied upon a combination of rhythms (bongos, conga, bamboo sticks, vibes) alongside found sounds (jungle cat roars, primate shrieks, and bird calls most prominently) to give the vaguest sense of travelogue and safari-like adventures. The whole thing is infinitely preposterous, and then you add in the ” read more

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500 CDs You Must Own Before You Die! (500 music items)

"Built around Martin Denny’s Hawaiian-influenced sound, which gave birth to the exotica genre. Just the thing when your seduction skills would benefit from the right soundtrack. Standout track: Martin Denny, “Quiet Village”"


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