Captain High

  • 01. Journey To The East
    02. Pars Fortuna (Part Of Furtune)
    03. The Look Of Love
    04. Song Plum
    05. Arc 294(degrees)
    06. Lady Friend
    07. Antares



    [engl] Long thought to be lost to only the most industrious of crate diggers, Bill Plummer's 1968 album Bill Plummer & the Cosmic Brotherhood makes its triumphant return on Captain High Record for the first time reissued on vinyl. Already an accomplished jazz bassist at the time of the album's release, Bill Plummer turned heads on the Cosmic Brotherhood with heavy Eastern and psychedelic influences that challenged contemporary ideas about jazz. Original compositions like 'Journey to the East' and 'Arc 294' are colored by striking sitar sounds, rhythmic chanting and melodic improvisation, while Plummer lends his distinctive touch to songs by The Byrds ('Lady Friend') and Burt Bacharach ('The Look of Love'). The result is an album that reflects a musician at the peak of his creative powers, unafraid to explore new ideas and sounds that meld into a cohesive, spectacular album.
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    EAN 5051890083463
  • 01. Moon Gas
    02. Maid Of The Moon
    03. Isn't It Odd
    04. Stella By Starlight
    05. Imagination
    06. Space Reflex (Blues In 5/4)
    07. Bye, Bye Blues
    08. They Can't Take That Away From Me
    09. For All We Know
    10. Desafinado (Slightly Out Of Tune)
    11. I'm Glad There Is You
    12. Star Eyes


    Moon Gas

    [engl] The jazz genre spawned a couple of quite colorful subspecies that were part of important pop cultural movements to let the ordinary man escape from the daily grind. Two of the most prolific pop jazz spheres were Exotica Music which accompanies with the Tiki Culture omnipresent throughout the 50s and early 60s and Space Age Music, a rather pop oriented accessible style with hints of swing and vocal jazz spiced up with quite mind altering sound effects. “Moon gas”, a cooperation between pianist / organist Dick Hyman and singer Mary Mayo, hits the center of the space age genre directly and shows a diversity of aspects from rather dreamy tunes with melancholic and really haunting vocal melodies courtesy of Mrs. Mayo to groovy, swinging compositions that invite you for an easy dance. Still you have to turn your mind from all these strange little sounds that whistle and sparkle around the rather uncomplicated easy listening jazz pop compositions. The songs alone would certainly be on par with the best contemporary hit tunes of their age but what really makes them outstanding is this combination with the sound world of a space laboratory or commando bridge of a starship. 1963 definitely was a year where the USA found themselves in a challenge with the Soviet Union about the predominance in space so this type of music fit well with the dreams of the average man to explore distant galaxies even it was only in his mind. About six or seven years later when psychedelic rock had reached a peak and the music was ready to leave the earth behind these early sounds were developed into space rock by groups such as Hawkwind. In 1963 we are still far away from this and what Dick Hyman, Mary Mayo and their fellow, yet unnamed band members create is a rather smooth and calm affair that still pushes your mind towards certain borders of reality. All these funny noises transport you into a world of huge computers with flashing lights onboard of interstellar space ships traveling from one galaxy to the next. You will get a feeling that this album contains nothing but vocal jazz music with a cooled down temper beyond all the arrangements of bleeping, rattling and swooshing. But I am certain you will be enchanted by all the sweet melodies right away and soon drift into a futuristic dream when you spin this little record. The musicians interact tight and professional while Mary Mayo sings with a very distinctive and harmonic style which pets your senses. If you want to take a relaxed trip to the stars I invite you to grab a copy of this classic album.
    EAN 5291103811449
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    EAN 5291103811456
  • 01. Eden's Island
    02. The Wanderer
    03. Mina Bird
    04. Eden's Cove
    05. Tradewind
    06. Full Moon
    07. Mongoose
    08. Market Place
    09. Banana Boy
    10. The Old Boat
    11. Island Girl
    12. La Mar
    13. Surf Rider


    Eden Island

    Auf 600 Exemplare limitierte, neu gemasterte LP im Siebdruckcover mit Beiblatt und exklusivem Track. Neuauflage des ultra-raren und einzigen Albums vom Komponisten von Nat King Cole´s Nummer-1-Hits „Nature Boy“ und Vorläufer der Hippie- Bewegung. Eden Ahbez (bürgerlich: George Alexander Aberle, 1908-1995) lebte ab den 1940ern ein äußerst ungewöhnliches Leben: mit Bart, langen Haaren, gekleidet in weiße Gewänder und Sandalen war der Amerikaner nicht nur eine Jesusartige Erscheinung, er kampierte mit seiner Familie obendrein weitestgehend besitzlos unter dem ersten L des Hollywood-Zeichens, ernährte sich streng vegetarisch nur von Früchten und Gemüse, hielt an Straßenecken Vorträge über orientalische Mystik und durchquerte die USA viermal zu Fuß. Sein einziges, 1960 veröffentlichtes Album beeindruckt mit einem eigenartigen Mix aus Spoken Word-Poesie und exotischen Arrangements und nahm gewissermasen die Beatnik-Bewegung vorweg. Inklusive des bislang unveröffentlichten Songs „Surf Rider“ von den ursprünglichen Aufnahme-Sessions.
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    EAN 5291103811098
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    Eden's Island

    [engl] 2017 EDITION! PLUS BONUS TRACKS! It is 1960, Rock?n?Roll has just lost a couple of its protagonists during this and the previous year, the time of the great balladeers has just begun but soon will run out due to the new and exciting beat invasion. In US mainstream the tiki culture has reached a certain peak and is about to collapse but still goes strong and with it comes the so called ?exotica? music, a crossover between smooth jazz and swing, Latin grooves, haunting melodies that are rooted in the folkloristic sounds from different parts of this world plus weird sound effects that often create a spooky jungle or dreamy island beach atmosphere. It can even bend your mind that far you would see palm trees growing out of your speakers and witness monkeys and parrots having fun in your room. Eden Ahbez, born in 1908, passed in 1995, a man living an even more consistent dropout and hippie lifestyle way before the movement was born in the mid 60s, a beat poet and composer who wrote the hit tune ?Nature boy? that gave Nat King Cole his first big success in 1947, approaches the field of exotica music from a different point of view creating an epic concept album about an utopian society living in peace and harmony on an island far away from the modern western world as we know it. And indeed we find many trademarks of the prototypical exotica music beginning with this relaxed groove combining easy listening swing and Latin patterns, peaceful, dreamy and even transcendental vocal melodies, tinges of folk music from around the world including powerful dances and a whole color palette of mind expanding sounds giving the whole music an even greater depth and width. The latter being created entirely with real instruments such as Eden Ahbez' wood-flute. Some tunes are rather gentle and relaxed with the lyrics being narrated which adds much to the epic feel of the album. Since this is a really unique effort, I cannot really compare it to any other musical piece of the genre but definitely recommend it to exotic aficionados who for example love Frank Hunter's ''White Goddess'' album from 1959. Psychedelic music before the term was even invented.
    EAN 3891121306136
  • 01. Ritual Of The Torch
    02. Poinciana
    03. Strange Echoes
    04. Jungle Drums
    05. Pulse
    06. Lost Plateau
    07. White Goddess
    08. Temple Bells
    09. Lost In The Stars
    10. Zimbahi
    11. Mist Of Gorongoza
    12. Jungle Fantasy


    White Goddess

    Erstmalige Nachpressung dieses exotischen Loungejazz-albums mit "easy listening"-Sounds von 1959. Man glaubt vieles zu kennen, doch diese Platte des Dirigenten und Posaunisten Frank Hunter klingt tatsächlich wie ein aus der Zeit gefallenes Werk für einen Science Fiction-Film. In einem schwülen Dschungel in einem anderen Universum versteht sich! Seltsame Elektronik trifft auf smoothe Cool-Jazz-Songs, unwirkliche Sängerinnen stimmen wortlose Gesänge an und die Stimmung bleibt immer erotisch-realxed. Ein trippiges Vergnügen. Henry Mancini im Drogenrausch.
    EAN 5051890083586
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    EAN 5051890083579
  • 01. Bangkok Cock Fight
    02. Tiki
    03. The Song Of Delilah
    04. Mapuana
    05. Soshu Night Serenade
    06. Off Shore
    07. Shadow Of Love
    08. Lonely Winter
    09. I Will Always Love You
    10. Flamingo
    11. Shangri-La
    12. Jasmine And Jade


    Rains In The Tropics

    [engl] Gene Rains is a hot tip within the tiki scene. His works are not as known as those of Martin Denny or Les Baxters, but musically they play in the same league. Rains colourful compositions write their own story. Once the record starts playing, you'll be taken on a orchestral journey through polynesian isles, treasures in the jungle, old stone gods and also take a short side trip with songs like "Chines Nights" or "Bangkok Cock Fight".
    EAN 3891121306242
  • 1. IgraĊ
    2. Čarobnjaci
    3. Vrt Svetlosti
    4. Lunarni Modus
    5. Sanjaš


    Vrt Svetlosti

    [engl] Second album by this Yugoslavian band from 1980, typical in sound, style and emotional expression for the classic Eastern European progressive sound. The symphonic aspect with straight but very mind blowing synthesizer harmonies and cheerfully grand guitar leads have taken over the scepter from the debut album’s more space rock oriented direction here. A colorful, very lush but still strong and visionary ocean of melodies and sounds capes opens up before your ears and invites you to dive deep into your imagination. IGRA STAKLENIH PERLI have indeed created a “garden of light”, for this is what the title would mean in English. This is a floating stream of majestic rock that recalls the greatest European fantasy prog acts of their era such as ELOY, OMEGA from Hungary, the earlier FAITHFUL BREATH and GDR greats such as BERLUC when it gets heavier or LIFT. And you can bet, IGRA STAKLENIH PERLI know everything about dynamics, so they turn up the volume and rock like wild beasts when the music demands it. So, folks, don’t be shy, don’t hesitate, take a seat and let the fantastic journey begin.
    EAN 5051890083616
  • A1. Brazilia 2:04
    A2. Rain Forest 2:27
    A3. Papagayo 2:54
    A4. Amazon Falls 2:53
    A5. Coco 3:25
    A6. Carnival Merengue 2:54
    A7. Cairo Bazaar 1:21
    A8. Safari 2:29
    B1. Isle Of Cuba 3:19
    B2. Blue Jungle 3:15
    B3. Voodoo Dreams 3:01
    B4. One Thousand Cockatoos 2:30
    B5. Go Chango 3:15
    B6. Jungle Brava 2:29
    B7. Banana Boy 2:32
    B8. Jungalero 3:24


    Les Baxter's Jungle Jazz

    [engl] PLUS 4 BONUS TRACKS! Les Baxter (1922-1996) used to be an utterly talented composer and bandleader who was on the go to the max during his active years. His version and as I should say vision of jazz music was a contemporary fresh and colorful sound with an exotic vibe due to the use of many elements of latin music within a modernized big band sound. We speak of the exotica and space age era when jazz music became more than just a few musicians on stage in a back street pub sweating their life out while improvising. He draws inspiration from the various swing orchestras of the late 1920s and combines this lush big band approach with a hot south american groove that shows an affinity for Cuban club music, for mambo and salsa. With rhythmical effects and a few wordless female vocal passages added he builds this haunting jungle atmosphere on top while leaving out the too obvious animal voices. The latin jazz and swing elements harmonize fairly well with each other and the melodies Les Baxter and his orchestra create drag you into a different world. You can dance to this or just close your eyes and float upon this gentle river of sound. The tunes are all built and arranged like a movie score which is no wonder as Les Baxter has been a soundtrack composer ever since. What makes this record so special are the pictures that come to ones mind with the always changing soundscapes it features. It is by far not only an evergreen jungle forest with big cats, apes and savage men hunting for white goddesses but also an urban jungle with grey skyscrapers growing beside the dirty streets, a bridge between the exotic dreams of each young American in the 1950s and the often gloomy reality in the big cities. But it is always a joyful experience. The album gets performed by an orchestra of extraordinary talent with an exceptionally tight interplay and still sounds fresh and powerful after nearly 60 years. A reissue is welcome to drag it back into the light of attention as many younger jazz fanatics might have overlooked this gem due to whatever circumstances. This new edition makes sure ?Jungle jazz? survives and infects a whole new generation of swing kids.
    EAN 3891121306143
  • 01. Quiet Village
    02. Return To Paradise
    03. Hong Kong Blues
    04. Busy Port
    05. Lotus Land
    06. Similau
    07. Stone God
    08. Jungle Flower
    09. China Nights (Shina No Yoru)
    10. Ah Me Furi
    11. Waipio
    12. Love Dance



    [engl] This album at hand by prolific legend Martin Denny is the one which gave a name to an entire genre. Released for the first time in 1956, “Exotica” does have more than just a historical importance. The songs are all outstanding. Based on jazz and folk this is an early example of mind altering music , because the album sets you in a dreamy state with all its haunting melodies and the sound effects that remind of wild animals in the jungle trees. The rhythmical base is rooted in Latin music, from mambo via samba to bossa nova you find all the Latin American forms of dance music combined with the bebop elements. Asian percussion instruments and harmonies also find their way onto this album. There are colorful tunes that make you think of Japanese folk but when you listen closely you will recognize melodies that would fit well with US western movie soundtracks. The easy listening sound of the 50s comes as the last ingredient and the icing on the cake. Right at the same time when this album came to see the light of day another movement named “space age” happened with an equally dreamy style but more science fiction oriented. A few of these pulsating electronic influences did pass by composer and conductor Martin Denny while creating this masterpiece and so you might feel like flying away from time to time, but the journey always ends on a beautiful island in the South Pacific ocean where pretty girls and boys dance to hot blooded savage rhythms. And this savage soul burns deep within the music to be found upon “Exotica”. When you desire to rest your mind beneath palm trees and have a sip of your favorite tiki-cocktail, this is the ticket to your plane.
    EAN 3891121305719
  • 01. Shape Of Things To Come
    02. Lonely Man
    03. Shine It On
    04. It's Wrong
    05. Captain Hassel
    06. Fifty Two Per Cent
    07. Try To Make Up Your Mind
    08. Let Your Mind Run Free
    09. She Lied
    10. A Change Is Gonna Come
    11. Love To Be Your Man
    12. Free Lovin'
    13. Psychedelic Senate
    14. Fourteeen Or Fight
    15. Wild In The Streets
    16. Listen To The Music
    17. Sally LeRoy
    18. Shelly In Camp
    19. Paxton Quigley's Had The Course


    Shape Of Things To Come

    [engl] 1968, garage rock, psychedelic sounds, mind expanding substances and wicked colorful fantastic movies pointing at a probably strange future or dealing with the then current dissatisfying political and social situation or with the abuse of drugs were the hottest topics of the time. The Vietnam War had reached a preliminary peak in its progress, the atmosphere was full of either love or fury. A great time to create a movie about a future society of young people taking over the reign in the USA and the first step on their path to success was a rockband, MAX FROST AND THE TROOPERS. Not much is known about the musicians who either participated on the soundtrack of the movie or on this sole album by MAX FROST AND THE TROOPERS. The band name TROOPERS is based on the term "troops," the designation Frost was used in the film to refer to his friends and followers. What we get to hear on the new reissue of “Shape of things to come” at hand is both: the entire studio work of MAX FROST AND THE TROOPERS plus the entire soundtrack album for the “Wild in the streets” movie and it is getting enormously colored and from time to time quite bizarre. The musical range goes from fuzzed out garage beat via soulful high energy rock numbers to a small quantity of acid freak outs. The compositions show a straight and accessible structure with a decent dance groove as it was usual in the contemporary pop music of the day. Some tinges of psychedelia like howling fuzz guitars, darker harmonies and swirling sitar lines were added for the good measure. All 19 songs here prove to be memorable pieces of late 1960s acid pop and despite the movie related revolutionary and political statements in the lyrics all tunes drive you into a state of sheer bliss when spinning the record. So if you are a fan of late 1960s acid pop and garage psyche in the vein of THE THIRD BARDO, THE SEEDS, THE STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK and THE MUSIC MACHINE, look no further ‘cause you’ve found the holy grail!
    EAN 5051890083562
  • 01. China Nights
    02. When Sam Goes Back To Samoa
    03. Beyond The Reef
    04. The Reef Is Calling
    05. Matey
    06. Pieces Of Eight
    07. Ports O'Call
    08. My Fiji Island Queen
    09. Let's Have A Luau
    10. Castaway
    11. Sweet Someone
    12. Bali Hai
    13. Maui Chimes
    14. Chicken Kona Kaai
    15. Farewell Medley


    Let's Have A Luau

    [engl] his album had many names when it first appeared in Hawaii in the early 60's: "Let´s Have A Luau", "Castaway", "Pieces Of Eight", "Ports O' Call" and "The Reef Is Calling". This makes this rarity even a much more collectable item among lovers of South Sea enchantment, skippers and Tiki-Cocktail sippers. The songs tell you stories of brokenhearted sailors, beautiful Hula girls, palm beaches and anything a good tiki record needs. Although it's highly demanded among Exotica lovers, "Let's Have A Luau" simply mixes narrative vocals, steelguitar and vocal harmony group backingsound. Don't miss this historic gem!
    EAN 3891121306228
  • 01. Sondi
    02. Rose, Rose, I Love You
    03. Buddha Knows
    04. China Nights (Shina No Yoru)
    05. Siamese Cat Song
    06. Love Dance
    07. Burma Train
    08. Buffalo Song
    09. Bali Hai
    10. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
    11. Song Of India
    12. Japanese Farewell Song (Sayonara)



    [engl] First time reissued on CD outside of Asia! Sondi Sodsai represented Thailand in the Miss Universe 1959 beauty pageant. She went by the alias "Sondi Sodsai" in her acting career because her last name "was too difficult for foreigners to pronounce“. The same year her sole album "Sondi" was released on Liberty Records in the USA. The fact that it was produced by the star of the Exotica scene; Martin Denny, led (and still leads) to a huge interest in this record. Lot's of new songs where written for this album, but the classic hit of the day, "Bali Hai" somehow seemed to be a must in the selected tracks. It's a welcomed alternation to hear some not Hawaii/Tiki influenced Exotica here, which counts to the rather seldom cases.
    EAN 3891121306235
  • 01. Claus Ogerman Orchestra - Green Onions
    02. Artie Barsamin & Orchestra - Nene Aman
    03. Prince Conley - I'm Going Home
    04. Joe Valino - Everything I Touch Turns To Gold
    05. Chance Halladay - Lucky Me
    06. The Chiefs - Apache
    07. Ike Turner & His Kings Of Rhythm - Katanga
    08. Jimmy Rushing - Where Were You?
    09. Eddie Cole & The Three Peppers - Police
    10. Sonny Til And The Orioles - Hey! Little Woman
    11. Emmet Davis - Woke Up This Morning
    12. Classie Ballou - Classie's Whip
    13. Jack La Forge - Cleopatra Kick
    14. Marti Barris - Ahbe Casabe
    15. Steve Arlen - They Took John Away
    16. Bruce Cloud - Lucky Is My Name
    17. Dickie Thompson - Thirteen Women And One Man
    18. Rene Hall And His Band - Cleo
    19. Machito And His Orchestra - Asia Minor
    20. Mamie Perry - Lament
    21. Bill Haley And His Comets - Chick Safari
    22. Lord Kitchener - Big Bamboo
    23. Jamie Coe - Cleopatra
    24. Kip Tyler - Shadow Street


    Katanga! Ahbe Casabe: Exotic Blues & Rhythm Vol. 1 & 2

    [engl] This CD 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!
    EAN 3891121305771
    EAN 3891121305788
  • 01. Aloha Malahini! - Intro
    02. Gene Rains Group, The - Bangkok Cock Fight
    03. Ted Auletta And His Orchestra - Quiet Village
    04. Jerry Byrd - Bird Of Paradise
    05. Surfmen, The - Taboo
    06. Frank Hunter And His Orchestra - White Goddess
    07. Warren Baker And His Orchestra - Malayan Nightbird
    08. Phil Moore And His Orchestra - Return To Paradise
    09. Johnny Spencer And The Kona Koasters - S'Pacifica
    10. Royal Samoans, The - Simalu
    11. Milt Raskin - Kapu
    12. Polynesians, The - Hawaiian China Doll
    13. Chaino & His African Percussion Safari - The Jungle Chase
    14. Sondi Sonsai - Sondi
    15. Yokohama Knights, The - A Man And A Woman
    16. Outrigger Canoe Ride - Outro


    Paradise Found Vol. 1: Rare Exotic Sounds

    [engl] Born from the unfulfilled desires of a whole generation for a peaceful, yet adventurous life in a mystifying environment, a new pop art style emerged in the 1950s combining elements of different cultures from the Pacific area. Part of this movement became a smooth, yet exciting music with a strongly picturesque approach labeled as “exotica”. The compilation at hand “Paradise Found - Rare Exotic Sounds Vol. 1” captures the entire spectrum of moods and directions this music took at the pinnacle phase of its popularity. Beginning with an introduction broadcasted from Hawaii and a salutation ceremony in every imaginable language spoken on the Polynesian islands, the compilation directly pulls you into a colorful and far-a-way world. Close your eyes, have a fruity cocktail and drift through the mystical soundscapes based on laid back swing and haunting bebop fundament with sudden interjections of Polynesian traditional music, screaming monkeys and yelling parrots, hot blooded ritual dances with that certain savage feeling and charming melodies that bring pictures of a sunset at a beautiful beach to your mind with the wind softly blowing through the crowns of the palm trees. Exotica music as it is featured here is the mind bending and expanding musical experience of the 1950s. The psychedelic dreams of the early post war USA. So be enchanted by this captivating compilation. Aloha!
    EAN 5051890083593