This is the 20th in a series of Friday Forgotten Books stuff
The Exotic Sounds of Martin Denny
2 CD collection of the greatest music from Martin Denny
Capitol Compact Disc CDP 7243 8 38374 2 7 120 minutes
It is 1957. In a couple of years Hawaii would become the 50th state, but right now America has Hawaii fever. The Hawaii Calls radio program was on every afternoon, and a lot of people were listening.
One of the hottest destinations in the islands is The Hawaiian Village, brainchild of entrepreneur Henry Kaiser. It was the first large tourist resort in Waikiki, and Kaiser wanted the best entertainer for his $10 million pet project. He stole Don Ho from Don the Beachcomber’s joint, and he stole the bartender from the place too. Then he hired Martin Denny, whose album Exotica had become a surprise hit, with the single “Quiet Village” hitting the charts all over the U.S.
Once you heard that song, you could identify it in the first few notes. First the quiet, warbling bird call, then the drum and acoustic base duo, ta da ta-da, ta da da dum, and another louder bird call, before the piano kicks in. If you can’t hear it in your head, you’re not trying hard enough. OK, try this:
NOW do you remember?
The Exotica album was followed with Exotica II, Exotica III, Exotic Sounds, Afro-Desia, Primitiva, Forbidden Island, Hypnotique and several others.
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So what we have here is a two CD, 40 tune collection, pressed in 1996 by Capitol. It contains music from all of the albums named above.
Feeling like throwing a tiki party yet? Great! Put on the Hawaiian shirt, light the tiki torches, get out the rum and put these discs on the player. You’ll have 2 hours of the perfect music.
We’ll be back to forgotten books next week. Meanwhile, somebody pass me a pineapple daiquiri.
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