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4.0 out of 5 stars A massive influence on Brian Wilson, 5 Dec 1999
This review is from: Ultra Lounge Vol.1 (Mondo Exotica) (Audio CD)
I was so glad to find this CD, simply because it would cost a fortune to buy the original albums from which these tracks are taken. If, like me, you only have a passing interest in exotica, then this compilation should more than do the trick. I was interested to hear the work of Martin Denny and Les Baxter primarily because I had read that their use of tuned percussion, animal noises, and unusual instruments was an influence on Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. I wasn't disappointed in that respect: there are theremins and bongos aplenty to be found here, and the Smile era obviously started earlier than any of us imagined...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Floating on Ether, 7 April 2010
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This review is from: Ultra Lounge Vol.1 (Mondo Exotica) (Audio CD)
Dim the lights to sultry. Gently place this into the Cd player. Sit back and let it weave its magic. Set in the days before mass foreign travel and after the biggest US venture abroad, the war in the Pacific. Returning GI's brought souvenirs of the exotic far away never to return places they obliterated. These distant lands became the staple for desire and imagination. Hawaii joining the land of the free bolstered exotica with large Japanese and indigenous populations.

Americans dreamed of wistful travel, far away places, seemingly unspoilt white sands, blue seas, drinking fruit cocktails, serenaded by beautiful women lying semi naked whose only desire is to mop the sweaty brow.

Martin Denny and Les Baxter, masters of the moonlight serenade, exude their distinct style. The muzak transports most jaded souls onto the magic carpet ride. Floating on a languid sensuous journey to the pyramids of Egypt, gently vibrating its midriff in groin moving thrusts beckoning the unwary to decamp to the unspoilt virgin lands of Oceania. Mutinies in the Bounty of primeval opulence. Yma piercing the heavens to summon Viracocha to let down his hair and join the fray. Oranges falling off trees turning to pulp fermenting cocktails. Shaken and stirred with coconut juice and a dash of sugar cane providing the perfect accompaniment to the rush of air flowing past the face, rippling the hair and cooling the soul.

Make believe stages, less stress than Ryanair and cheaper. This CD creates travel without passports. The queue is abolished, along with body scans, DVT and tin foil food. Over 60 mintues you can travel over the globe with the deft footwork of the Phineas Fogg.

Poverty, sex working, drugs, alcoholism, child beggars are all cleansed from paradise of the senses as escape route 1 becomes a grabable vision.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is hep cat central for hip tunes and far out moods, 14 Nov 1999
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This review is from: Ultra Lounge Vol.1 (Mondo Exotica) (Audio CD)
A fabulous CD and one of my favourites. A damn fine collection matched only by the excellent and highly recommended listening of BongoLand also in the series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning! This album is only for the very cool., 7 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Ultra Lounge Vol.1 (Mondo Exotica) (Audio CD)
I had never heard of most of the tracks on the CD, but then you play it you realise you've actually heard them all before. These tracks have turned up on Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends and Sex And The City. So mix yourself a cocktail (there's a guide with the CD to what cocktails go best) and kick back for some Tikki Lodge fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mondo Exotica, 27 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Ultra Lounge Vol.1 (Mondo Exotica) (Audio CD)
This is the third CD I have purchased in the Ultra Lounge series. The first one I bought was Cocktail Capers some 15-16 years ago in the days before online shopping was commonplace. At that time it was difficult to obtain these CDs, thankfully now they're readily available online. This CD is perfect for listening to whilst relaxing at night. It is the ideal chillout album with a wide mix of tracks many of which I've never even heard of before. I can honestly say that it only has one track which I really dislike - this is track 18 which is a version of 'Wimoweh'. I would have much preferred it to have been substituted with something different. I'm intending to buy some more of the CDs in this collection as I never realised there were so many different titles available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exotic World, 19 April 2012
This review is from: Ultra Lounge Vol.1 (Mondo Exotica) (Audio CD)
I never knew Martin Denny's Quiet Village had been made by Les Baxter as the original but whatever Denny wasn't a composer but covered a mass of stuff.In 1959 I thought it was one of the greatest sounds I'd ever heard as that combination of nature sounds against the melody was new.
Being a big fan of instrumentals-I've thought if I was on some Desert Island discs thing I would choose nothing but instrumentals.
Denny was not from Hawaii as many think but was born in New York but though some of this would fall into what we now call World Music its also music which carries on as Ambient or Relaxation music mainly issued by labels like New World and Village Life.
And I think its time the joke was explained-that Yma Sumac is not some Inca prinncess but a failed opera singer called AMY CAMUS.Spelling her name backwards and the publicity machine rolling she had more success spelling her name backwards
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