Lounge & Exotica / JAZZ

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  • Various - Smoking Reefers and Kicking the Gong (CD)


    Whatever its nomenclature, entertainers have long enjoyed a ’special relationship’ with cannabis/marijuana, particularly musicians and singers, who’ve long delighted in extolling the joys of recreational drugs.

    This compilation deals with the leaf’s early years, when it was generally referred to as ’Reefer’ (sometimes, ’Gage’, ’Pot’, or ’Tea’), and was pretty much the exclusive domain of Jazz and Blues musicians.

    The oldest sides featured herein are a couple of the earliest known druggies’ anthems, ’Willie the Chimney Sweeper’ (an homage to smoking opium, a practice then widely known as ’kicking the gong’) and ’Dope Head Blues’.

    Some major artistes feature on this set, notably Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller, Champion Jack Dupree and The Ink Spots.

    Mind you, many of the song titles are a dead giveaway: ’Reefer Man’, ’Sweet Marijuana Brown’, ’Reefer Head Woman’, ’Who Put The Benzedrine In Mrs Murphy’s Ovaltine?’, ’The Reefer Song (If You’re A Viper)’, etc.

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  • Paulette Sisters - In The ’50s (CD)


    The Paulette Sisters were among the most prolific of all the singing sisters of the 1940’s, 50’s and early 60’s, recordings dozens of singles for such major labels as Decca, Columbia and Capitol, yet this is the very first CD compilation of their work.

    They were early protégées of Connee Boswell and backed her on several sides as a quartet.

    When one of the sisters left to get married, Connee coached them on becoming a trio like the Boswells.

    This new Jasmine set focuses on their 50’s material, with orchestrations by Mitch Miller, Percy Faith, Larry Clinton, Dave Cavanaugh, and Sy Oliver, all remastered in pristine digital sound.

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  • Various - Mondo Exotica (Käytetty CD)


    Mysterious melodies & tropical Tiki tunes.

    Fascinating impressions of exotic places and faraway lands. Eighteen vintage masterpieces are performed by Exotica’s most evocative and creative recording artists. Listen once, then go do that voodoo that you do so well.
    from cover notes
    Track 1 recorded c. 1958 · From the album ”Afro-Desia”
    Track 2 recorded March 18, 1961 · From the album ”Polynesian Fantasy”
    Track 3 recorded May 1, 1961 · Previously unreleased
    Track 4 recorded c. 1967 · From the album ”A Taste Of India”
    Track 5 recorded December 21, 1953 · From the album ”Kaleidoscope”
    Track 6 recorded March 1, 1960 · From the album ”Hawaii Calls: Exotic Instrumentals”
    Track 7 recorded c. 1960 · From the album ”Exotic Percussion”
    Track 8 recorded c. 1953 · From the album ”The Passions”
    Track 9 recorded c. 1959 · From the album ”Little Grass Shack”
    Track 10 (Voodoo Dreams) recorded February 25, 1959 · From the album ”Jungle Jazz”
    Track 10 (Voodoo) recorded May 16, 1958 · Previously unreleased
    Track 11 recorded c. 1959 · From the album ”Hypnotique”
    Track 12 recorded April 21, 1952 · From a Capitol Records single
    Track 13 recorded May 20, 1955 · From the album ”Tamboo!”
    Track 14 recorded c. 1960 · From the album ”Exotic Percussion”
    Track 15 recorded November 19, 1959 · From the album ”Brass And Bamboo”
    Track 16 recorded September 3, 1959 · From the album ”The Sacred Idol”
    Track 17 recorded c. 1958 · From the album ”Exotica”
    Track 18 recorded April 21, 1952 · From a Capitol Records single

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  • Various - Fool’s Gold: Lux And Ivy Dig Those Novelty Tunes (CD)


    Released March 25, 2022.

    • Think original Saturday morning Children’s Choice selections fed into a Crampsian cement mixer.

    • 25 madcap and eclectic novelty 45s gathered together for All Fool’s Day.



    • Think original Saturday morning Children’s Choice selections fed into a Crampsian cement mixer.

    • 25 madcap and eclectic novelty 45s gathered together for All Fool’s Day

    From an era where seemingly nothing was taboo on record, songs about worms, cannibalism, wildfowl on a rampage, wombats, mad people and deranged cats

    Including the “World’s Worst Record” according to Kenny Everett – The Legendary Stardust Cowboy’s superb ‘Paralyzed’

    Plus celebrity nonsense from Danny Kaye, Spike Jones, Brian Hyland, the voice of Mr Magoo Jim Backus and Sheb Wooley

    And obscure gems from Dicky Doo And The Don’ts, Sidney And The Chimps and The Joker

    Warning: May contain unfounded driving advice and anti-rabbit propaganda

    Remastered with sleeve notes by MOJO magazine’s Dave Henderson

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  • Various - Lux And Ivy Dig Crime Jazz – Film Noir Grooves & Dangerous Liaisons (CD)


    • Dramatic, dark and daring jazz compilation collected from a brace of late ‘50s exploitation movies and TV soundtracks

    • Featuring the masters of tension Elmer Bernstein and Henry Mancini plus a host of cameos from Miles Davis, Burt Bacharach to Andre Previn

    • Including the theme music from Dragnet, 77 Sunset Strip and Peter Gunn along with highlights from Touch Of Evil, I Want To Live, The Man With The Golden Arm and Johnny Staccato among many others

    Plus genre setting 45 gems ‘Harlem Nocturne’ and ‘Route 66’ plus obscure B- sides ‘Experiment In Terror’ and ‘Two Hour Honeymoon’

    The likes of Bernstein and Mancini were the backbone of crime jazz but just like the juxtaposition of plotline and sound, it’s the offbeat nuances that make it all the more spectacular.

    An audio masterclass for fans of drive-in movies and Alex Cox’s Moviedrome.

    Remastered from the original sound source with sleeve notes by MOJO magazine’s Dave Henderson

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  • Various - Total Exotica – As Dug By Lux And Ivy (2CD) (CD)


    • The light and dark of exotica and easy listening, from ethereal Martin Denny- championed grooves to heavier jazz investigations into world music
    • As dug by The Cramps’ Lux and Ivy
    • Companion set to the successful ‘Pure Exotica’ of 2020

    Featuring key players in the genre from Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman to Les Baxter and Eden Ahbez

    With jazz exponents Esquivel, Ahmed Abdul Malik, Yusef Lateef and Cal Tjader

    Plus the incredible voices of Yma Sumac and Ethel Azama

    And a host of obscure gems from The Markko Polo Adventurers, Bill Russo, Bianchi, Henri Rene and Jack Marshall

    Includes the strange authentic instrumentation of Elisabeth Waldo and the luck strings of Henry Mancini

    Remastered from the original sound sources with sleeve notes by MOJO magazine’s Dave Henderson

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  • Various - Pure Exotica 2CD – As Dug by Lux And Ivy (CD)


    • Focussing on the recent resurgence of interest in exotica, space age bachelor pad music and the weird side of easy listening.

    • Both variations of the exotica genre as dug by much loved record collectors The Cramps’ Lux And Ivy.

    • Featuring the celebrated masters of the art; Martin Denny, Lex Baxter and Arthur Lyman plus rarities from the jazz world and journeymen exploitation experts including film composer Henry Mancini and sonic explorers Stan Kenton and Phil Moore.

    • One disc of sound effect-infiltrated easy listening plus a fine selection of darker, more intense sounds veering towards the weird and wonderful world of Nexotica.

    • Remastered from the original sound sources with sleevenotes by MOJO magazine’s Dave Henderson.

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  • Allison Mose - The Complete Atlantic / Elektra Albums 1962-1983 (6CD Boxset) (CD)


    Strawberry Records are proud to present the 12 albums that Mose Allison issued on Atlantic Records and Elektra Musician between 1962 and 1982 on 6CDs. This does not include “Greatest Hits” or “Best Of” albums which of course duplicated tracks from regular albums.

    • Although these albums have all appeared on CD reissues at different times over the years. This is the first box set to gather together all of the albums from this period in one set.

    • The original LPs are featured two per CD in chronological order. Produced by Bob Fisher whose detailed essay covers the entire history of Mose Allison’s career with quotes and endorsements from artists like Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Pete Townshend, Georgie Fame, Van Morrison and many others who were inspired by his music. The booklet includes complete recording details and supporting personnel for each album along with numerous reproductions of advertisements, reviews and news stories from music industry magazines.

    • Designed by Michael Robson and mastered by Simon Murphy this is the definitive collection of this period of Mose Allison’s career.

    • Disc One contains the first two Atlantic albums “I Don’t Worry ‘Bout A Thing” and “Swingin’ Machine”.

    • Disc Two contains the albums “The Word from Mose” and “Wild Man on The Loose”

    • Disc Three features “Mose Alive” and “I’ve Been Doin’ Some Thinking”

    • Disc Four presents “Hello There, Universe” and “Western Man”

    • Disc Five opens with the live set, “Mose In Your Ear” and his last album for Atlantic, “Your Mind Is on Vacation”

    • Disc Six concludes the box with his two albums for Elektra Musician, “Middle Class White Boy” and a third live set recorded in 1982. This time from the famed Montreux Jazz Festival, “Lessons in Living” with sidemen, Lou Donaldson, Jack Bruce, Eric Gale and Billy Cobham.

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  • Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Bettye Lavette - Original Grooves (RSD) (LP)


    Released RSD BF 11.27.2020 US
    Limited Edition 2,500
    Label on front reads: ”Introducing original grooves with Parallel Grooves, You Won’t Know What You’ll Hear Until The Needle Drops!”

    Back : ”Original Grooves showcases the vinyl cutting technology known as ”parallel grooves,” where grooves are cut side-by-side instead of one after another, allowing for a different aural experience depending on where the needle is dropped.

    The first of this series comes from the legends Bille Holiday (Side A) and Nina Simone (Side B). The Blues Hall of Fame member and five-time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette powerfully reinterprets both ’Strange Fruit’ and ’I Hold No Grudge’ on corresponding sides of this rare 12″, ”hidden” within the neighboring grooves.”

    musical accompaniment credits for Betty Levette versions are the same

    Track A1 Ⓟ1939 UMG Recordings, Inc.
    Track B1 Ⓟ1967 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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  • DeCastro Sisters - Cuban Nightingales – The Complete Rarities (2CD) (CD)


    The DeCastro Sisters are best-remembered today for their classic hit ’Teach Me Tonight’, but their careers actually spanned an amazing seven decades, from the mid-1940s to the early 2000s.

    Bear Family previously issued a collection of their Abbott and RCA recordings, but here gathered for the first time are the remainder of their vast catalogue, without duplicating a single track. Included are two complete stereo Capitol albums, the rest of their rare singles (including the stereo version of ’Teach Me Tonight Cha Cha’) and private demos from Peggy DeCastro’s personal collection.

    The Cuban trio had a style and sound unlike any other vocal group and they are displayed here in all their glory.

    Jasmine has restored everything with their meticulous work on two CD’s containing nearly three hours of music. Above all, the DeCastro Sisters are fun and guaranteed to give you an exciting listening experience.

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  • Prima Louis And Lily Ann Carol - Oh Marie! (CD)


    Before Keely Smith, there was Lily Ann Carol. When Louis Prima abandoned Dixieland and formed his first big band, the beautiful New York native was signed to be his star vocalist, and for more than six years – from 1940-1946 they were one of the most popular attractions in clubs and theatres across the country.

    Here gathered together for the first time are nearly all of their recordings and this is the very first collection to throw a spotlight on Lily Ann, who up until now has been something of a mystery figure.

    Among their wartime hits are ’Bell Bottom Trousers’, ’I’ll Walk Alone’, ’A Fellow on a Furlough’, ’Hitsum-Kitsum-Bumpity-Itsum’ ’The Lip’ and of course ’Oh Marie’

    All tracks have been restored here in sparkling sound on a jam-packed Jasmine CD, with Lily Ann not only singing beautifully, but keeping up with Louis in the humour department as well.

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  • Various - Mambo, Cha Cha Cha & Calypso Vol 4: European Session LP + CD


    Grouped together under one Caribbean banner, these typically Cuban melodies from the 1930s (Mambo) and
    ‘50s (Cha-cha-cha), further spicened with Trinidadian tunes from 1915 onwards (Calypso) bubble over to
    form a frothing tryptic of irresistible dance songs. First released in the States, these sunny melodies very
    rapidly spread around the world following the First World War…
    After having first explored a bouquet of female singers (Vol. I), followed by the wild extravagance of this music
    (Vol. II) and finally its links to Blues (Vol. III), El Vidocq here focuses on the impact and influences of Mambo,
    Cha-cha-cha and Calypso within other regions of the world. Volume quatro: Europe! A hip-swaying road trip
    through Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and last but not least France. Benefitting from markedly
    mixed ensembles – for these countries often opened their arms to exiled musicians – the songs here
    spotlighted are all strongly influenced by the Caribbean while yet retaining their own national flavors.
    How can you not succumb to “La Suppa de Pichon” by Belgium’s Los Merecumbes, or to the “Cha Cha Twist” by
    Spain’s Margarita Sierra? You’re sure to ᴉOlé! the “Torero” by the UK’s very own The Southlanders, while
    shaking your bum to Bordeaux’s Ben y su Tumba and his fiery “Tequila” as audacious as the original by Chuck
    Where in the world are we? And when? What the hell are we doing?! Gracias, danke schön Jukebox Music
    Factory, for having once again shattered the yawnful space-time continuum!!

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  • Various - Sex-O-Rama LP + CD (LP)


    What a relief to escape the humdrum, to conquer one’s ennui, to spice up the too-long evenings stuck at
    home… Here’s a proposition: SEX-O-RAMA!!! Oh la la, such an aptly named compilation! Rascally El
    Vidocq this time dares to sway outside his comfort zone. Here humanity’s oldest obsession is tackled
    tastefully, with class. The selection is amusing, but ever well-meaning, for these songs are as stimulating
    to listen to as they are to dance to! Naturally, our intrepid collector had to roam beyond his habitual ‘50s
    and ‘60s, for the real sexual revolution did occur a tad later… A few seductive caresses of varying
    insistence (Michele Mercier, Geraldine), a few advances “in due and proper form” (naughty Prince Buster!),
    an eloquent series of moans and groans (Rita, Armando Travaioli, Noelia Noel), chance encounters
    (intransigent Jean Yanne)… not to mention a few exquisite parodies (Jacqueline Mayand and Bourvil, as
    drole as they are tender)… So hesitate no longer! Stop biting your lip! The sap is rising, as they say, so
    time for a change of ambiance… Time to slip on some SEX-O-RAMA!

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  • Various - Mambo, Cha Cha Cha & Calypso Vol 3: Blues Session! LP + CD (LP)


    El Vidocq pursues his ‘Mambo, Cha-Cha-Cha & Calypso’ voyage with this third, vitamin-D-rich ensemble: ‘Blues Session’. Following in the footsteps of the feminine first volume and insane second ensemble, he here explores the rawest roots of this warm, sun-drenched music. What a delight to discover these groovy tunes from the ‘50s and ‘60s uniquely fusing R’n’B, Rock n’ Roll and Blues. Memphis Slim, Johnny Otis and other legends here loosen up to welcome exotic south-of-the-border influences. Noro Morales and his piano return to their sunny roots,
    while Sir Lancelot’s voice accompanies a beach bonfire and Eddie Bo declares his love for island melodies… Jukebox Music Factory shares with you an austral archipelago of ageless charms!

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  • Various - Las Vegas Grind Pt 1 (Käytetty CD)


    Hot stuff…Best Lounge comp. ever! R&b, sax, strip…

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  • Williams Joe - Basie & Beyond 1955-1957 (CD)


    Here are 22 tracks illustrating Joe Williams’ transition from Count Basie’s greatest singer to a solo star in the jazz world. The set begins with 10 tracks from his tenure with Basie recorded between 1955 and 1957. The second half of this set features his debut LP released in 1957 ’A Man Ain’t Supposed to Cry’ which is featured in its entirety from tracks 11-22.

    This is a wonderful mix of rocking blues and sophisticated ballads from a performer of immense importance who after leaving his tenure with the Basie band in 1961 went on to record scores of excellent albums.

    Sit back and listen as Joe Williams wraps his rich baritone voice around these superb tracks.

    Fully detailed liner notes.

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