Tiki Torch Exotica

Tiki Torch Exotica

This week’s Deeper Roots takes an historical journey into a sidelight of America’s music: Exotica. The music was a phenomenon mostly attributed to a popularity born of World War II; servicemen returning from the South Seas, Hawaii, and other Asian locales had been exposed to the music and culture. Post-war found two composers who nurtured this sudden boom of south sea influences: Les Baxter and Martin Denny, both releasing groundbreaking popular performances that were an instant success. Even though these two composers were among a small cast of characters, like any popular American music that showed legs on the charts, their sound led to copy-cats and variations on the theme that were too eclectic to pigeonhole and today’s show will tap into a few of those nooks and crannies. It’s all in good fun with wild and sensual sounds from the lounge of mid-century performers like Arthur Lyman, Yma Sumac, Peggy Lee, and 80 Drums Around the World. We’ll also dig into some novel easy listening sounds from the deeper, dustier archives, retooled for a new generation by the Numero Group on their anthology called Technicolor Paradise, release in 2018. Join the rest of the castaways on our two hour tour this week on Sonoma County Community Radio.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Arthur Lyman Quiet Village The Very Best of Arthur Lyman – The Sensual Sounds of Exotica Amazon
3Les Baxter Simba Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 1: Mondo Exotica Amazon
4The Blue Hawaiians Martini Five-O Sway Amazon
5Peggy Lee Bali Ha'i The Capitol Collector's Series Amazon
6Martin Denny Quiet Village Exotica/Exotica Volume 2 Amazon
7Chick Floyd & His Orchestra Hana Maui Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 1: Mondo Exotica Amazon
880 Drums Around the World Caravan Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 1: Mondo Exotica Amazon
9The Arthur Lyman Group La Paloma Music For a Bachelor's Den More Of The Best Of The Arthur Lyman Group: 6 Amazon
10Yma Sumac Bo Mambo Sampler Exotica Amazon
11Disney The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room (The Tiki Room Attraction) The Disney Collection, Vol. 1 Amazon
12Tak Shindo Bali Ha'i Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 1: Mondo Exotica Amazon
13Martin Denny Beyond The Sea (La Mer) Exotica III/The Enchanted Sea Amazon
14Voodoos Voodoo Walk Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights Amazon
15Eddie Kochak And Hakki Obidia Jazz In Port Said Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights Amazon
16The Centuries Polynesian Paradise Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights Amazon
17Bas Sheva Lust Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 1: Mondo Exotica Amazon
18Webley Edwards Alika Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 1: Mondo Exotica Amazon
19Arthur Lyman Group Yellow Bird Music for a Bachelor's Den Amazon
20Martin Denny Hypnotique Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 1: Mondo Exotica Amazon
21Ross Anderson Chorus & Orchestra Tam-Bu Theme Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights Amazon
22Fred Darian With Bill Loose Orchestra Magic Voodoo Moon Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights Amazon
23Bill & Jean Bradway Paradise Isle Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights Amazon
24Chico Jose Locura (Madness) Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights Amazon
25The Crew Jaguar Hunt Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights Amazon
26Arthur Lyman Jungle Drums (1963) Yellow Bird & Taboo Amazon
27Danny Staton The Riddle Of The Papawhos (Bonus) Katanga! Ahbe Casabe: Exotic Blues & Rhythm VOL. 1 & 2 Amazon
28Marti Barris Ahbe Casabe Katanga! Ahbe Casabe: Exotic Blues & Rhythm VOL. 1 & 2 Amazon
29Jack La Forge Cleopatra Kick Katanga! Ahbe Casabe: Exotic Blues & Rhythm VOL. 1 & 2 Amazon
30Bill Haley & His Comets Chick Safari Katanga! Ahbe Casabe: Exotic Blues & Rhythm VOL. 1 & 2 Amazon
31Ike Turner & His Kings Of Rhythm Katanga! Katanga! Ahbe Casabe: Exotic Blues & Rhythm VOL. 1 & 2 Amazon
32Claus Ogerman Orchestra Green Onions Katanga! Ahbe Casabe: Exotic Blues & Rhythm VOL. 1 & 2 Amazon
33Yma Sumac Babalu Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 1: Mondo Exotica Amazon
34Don Tiki Exotica Fifty Greatest Hawai'i Albums Of All Time Amazon
35Duke Robillard/Sunny Crownover Tico Tico Tales from the Tiki Lounge Amazon

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