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This is where all of culture and all of time are collapsed into one seductive portal and viewed through the panoramic lens of the exotic. Come and embark on an armchair-travel virtual-voyage to the heart of timeless darkness and beyond; embrace the numinous monolith of the exotic immensity. Let us find that place where hybridization meets its destiny as pure fantasy. Let us become observers observing those others who are ourselves. You wear your mask and I'll wear mine.

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Options July 28, 2016: Modern Sounds, Primitive Feelings: Martin Denny, the Prime Birdcall Years

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Artist Track Album Year Comments
  Intro        
Martin Denny  Rain   Options Martin Denny In Person  1962  written by Les Baxter; Recorded At Duke Kahanamoku's 
Martin Denny  Busy Port   Options Exotica  1957  written by Les Baxter 
Martin Denny  Bacoa (intro)   Options Baked Alaska  1964  rec. live 1964 at Elmendorf Air Force base, in Anchorage Alaska 
Martin Denny  Bacoa   Options Exotica Volume II  1957  written by Les Baxter 
Martin Denny  Volga Boatmen   Options Martin Denny In Person  1962   
 
Music behind DJ:
Steve Reich 
Drumming Part IV   Options      
Martin Denny  Quiet Village   Options Exotica  1957  written by Les Baxter 
Martin Denny  Similau   Options Exotica     
Martin Denny  Waipo   Options Exotica     
Martin Denny  Love Dance   Options Exotica    written by Les Baxter 
Martin Denny  Lotus Land   Options Exotica    accompanied by your host as he reads the back cover notes to Exotica Volume II 
Martin Denny  Soshu Night Serenade   Options Exotica Volume II  1957   
Martin Denny  Singing Bamboos   Options Exotica Volume II     
Martin Denny  Escales   Options Exotica Volume II     
Martin Denny  When First I Love   Options Exotica Volume II     
Martin Denny  Rush Hour In Hong Kong   Options Exotica Volume II     
 
Music behind DJ:
Steve Reich 
Drumming Part II   Options      
Martin Denny  Cobra   Options Forbidden Island  1958   
Martin Denny  Exotica   Options Forbidden Island     
Martin Denny  March of the Siamese Children   Options Forbidden Island     
Martin Denny  Bali H'ai   Options Forbidden Island     
Martin Denny  Forbidden Island   Options Forbidden Island     
Martin Denny  Primitiva   Options Forbidden Island    accompanied by your host as he reads the back cover notes to Primitiva 
Martin Denny  Burma Train   Options Primitiva  1958   
Martin Denny  Buddhist Bells   Options Primitiva     
Martin Denny  M'Bira   Options Primitiva     
Martin Denny  Llama Serenade (Peruvian Llama Song)   Options Primitiva     
Martin Denny  Bangkok Cockfight   Options Primitiva    written by Les Baxter 
Martin Denny   Dites Moi   Options Primitiva     
 
Music behind DJ:
Martin Denny 
Tsetse Fly   Options Afro-Desia  1959   
Martin Denny  Ma'Chumba   Options Afro-Desia  1959   
Martin Denny  Jungle Drums   Options Afro-Desia    written by Ernesto Lecuona 
Martin Denny  Swamp Fire   Options Afro-Desia     
Martin Denny  Temptation   Options Afro-Desia     
Martin Denny  Simba   Options Afro-Desia    written by Les Baxter 
Martin Denny  Aku Aku   Options Afro-Desia    written by Julius Wechter 
Martin Denny  We Kiss in a Shadow   Options Hypnotique  1959  accompanied by your host as he reads the back cover notes to Hypnotique 
Martin Denny  Jungle Madness   Options Hypnotique     
Martin Denny  Voodoo Dreams   Options Hypnotique    written by Les Baxter 
Martin Denny  Chinese Lullaby   Options Hypnotique     
Martin Denny  Hypnotique   Options Hypnotique     
Martin Denny  Jungle River Boat   Options Exotica Vol. III  1959  written by Les Baxter; accompanied by your host as he reads the back cover notes to Exotica Vol. III 
Martin Denny   Congo Train   Options Exotica Vol. III    written by Les Baxter 
Martin Denny  Bamboo Lullaby   Options Exotica Vol. III    accompanied by your host as he reads the back cover notes to The Enchanted Sea 
Martin Denny  Beyond the Reef   Options The Enchanted Sea  1959   
Martin Denny  The Enchanted Sea   Options The Enchanted Sea     
Martin Denny  Stranger in Paradise   Options Quiet Village  1959  accompanied by your host as he reads the back cover notes to Quiet Village 
Martin Denny  Coronation   Options Quiet Village  1959  written by Les Baxter 
Martin Denny  Sake Rock   Options Quiet Village     
Martin Denny  The World of Suzie Wong   Options Baked Alaska  1964   
 
Music behind DJ:
Martin Denny  
Manhattan   Options Baked Alaska     
Martin Denny / Si Zentner   Tiki   Options Exotica Suite  1962  written by Les Baxter 
Martin Denny / Si Zentner   Pagan Ritual   Options Exotica Suite    written by Les Baxter 
Martin Denny / Si Zentner   Lotus Pool   Options Exotica Suite    written by Les Baxter; accompanied by your host as he reads the back cover notes to Exotic Percussion 
Martin Denny   Cumana   Options Exotic Percussion  1961   
Martin Denny  Song of the Bayou   Options Exotic Percussion     
Martin Denny  Lovely Lona   Options Baked Alaska     
 
Music behind DJ:
 
Pacific Ocean        
Martin Denny  Softly As A Morning Sunrise   Options Exotic Percussion  1961   


Listener comments!

Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 6:58pm ndbob:

evening Evan and everyone!
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 6:58pm Flash Strap:

Good evening explorers! Good evening Bob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 7/28/16 7:01pm melinda:

hi evan and bob! and others!
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 7:02pm ndbob:

Heya Melinda!
Avatar    Thu. 7/28/16 7:02pm listener james from westwood:

Howdy, Evan and all! In time for Denny!
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 7:02pm Flash Strap:

Melinda, James! Hello friends
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 7:03pm ndbob:

Heya James!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 7/28/16 7:06pm Carmichael:

Oh man, this is gonna be great!
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 7:09pm Flash Strap:

Hi carmichael!
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 7:11pm Flash Strap:

I love this one so much
  Thu. 7/28/16 7:15pm F.Will:

Hey! just stumbled upon your website last week, great stuff, thanks for hosting.
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 7:28pm Flash Strap:

Thanks Will, glad to have you among us
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 7:32pm Flash Strap:

Some good animal cries on this one!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 7/28/16 7:34pm melinda:

Yeah, great animal noises!
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 7:34pm Flash Strap:

Here's a great example of a classic Denny approach: Hawaiian, but with essentially no "actual" Hawaiian instrumentation
Avatar    Thu. 7/28/16 7:38pm Little Danny:

Tuned in, Flash. Can't wait to see/hear your take on the Denny catalog!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 7/28/16 7:40pm melinda:

I love the album cover of Hypnotique, it's hard to know what I'm looking at. Are those pillars or oversized exotic drinks?
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 7:44pm Flash Strap:

Hi Danny! Thanks for the vote of confidence

@Melinda: I think they're Japanese sashes? Oh, but one seems to be a huge bottle full of something pink, with a giant toy windmill coming out of it. It's a kooky cover
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 7:47pm Flash Strap:

I think Exotica 2 really has some extremely creative arrangements, it doesn't get the credit it deserves in that regard
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 7/28/16 7:49pm mauri:

uu exotica! Hey Flash. I like vol2 more.
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 7:51pm Flash Strap:

right with ya, Mauri, and welcome !
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 7:58pm ndbob:

excellent first hour Evan - catch the rest on the archive
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 8:03pm Flash Strap:

Thanks Bob!
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 8:06pm Flash Strap:

That was really a thrilling chirp section!
  Thu. 7/28/16 8:07pm ?:

No love for Exotica vol 3?
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 8:10pm Flash Strap:

Exotica 3 came out in '59, and so we will hear selections from it once we've cleared 1958. I will say it is probably only third best of his four LPs from that year, but I have much love for it indeed
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 7/28/16 8:14pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...yerknow - fer yer den - ya can't can't any more Denny than Martin...
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 8:18pm Flash Strap:

Hiya Rabbit!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 7/28/16 8:20pm melinda:

Interesting combination of sound effects.
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 8:21pm Flash Strap:

Yeah, this is a really good one I think
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 7/28/16 8:22pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...yep - it's Psych albums before Psych albums awlright...
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 8:24pm Flash Strap:

exactly
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 8:24pm Flash Strap:

Wechter is FIRE on the marimba there
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 8:27pm Flash Strap:

And Colon, laying down really wonderful percussion
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 8:29pm natoo:

Love Gene Rains's version of "cockfight"--really swings.
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 8:30pm Flash Strap:

Oh man, he actually did FIVE LPs in '59. Damn, man
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 8:40pm Flash Strap:

Hi Natoo! I agree- Gene Rains' exotica is really top notch stuff
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 8:45pm Flash Strap:

This one is so garish
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 8:50pm Flash Strap:

These are just such great moments of Exotica. This is such a crucial record

SO good oh man
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 8:52pm Flash Strap:

alright we're about to switch it up now
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 7/28/16 8:54pm melinda:

The bird calls remind me of a time when heard what was probably a large bird but sounded like a human imitating a bird, coming from behind a row of trees next to a field near my house. It was weird.
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 8:57pm Flash Strap:

you ever hear that owl that sounds like someone imitating a horse's whinny?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 7/28/16 8:58pm melinda:

No, even weirder!
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 9:00pm Flash Strap:

birds are so weird, they have such amazing vocal capabilities
Avatar    Thu. 7/28/16 9:14pm Little Danny:

I had to pull out my own copy of vol. III to confirm what I'd heard you say. Was the "he has been copied and imitated by several other groups" quote a jab by Liberty Records at Arthur Lyman?
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 9:16pm Flash Strap:

I wonder. I know Denny and he reconciled, but he was definitely (a little unfairly, I think) resentful of Lyman's defection/subsequent direction
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 9:18pm Flash Strap:

Of course, there's no limit to other imitators as well. Tho that is the bedrock of Denny's career: imitation
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 9:41pm Flash Strap:

we're also skipping three LPs that came out between '60 and '61: Exotic Sounds From the Silver Screen, Exotic Sounds visit Broadway, and Romantica. Because they are boring. But I mention it to note how prolific the whole Denny machine was
Avatar    Thu. 7/28/16 9:51pm Little Danny:

"Song of the Bayou" is an all-time fave. Love the organ.
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 9:52pm Flash Strap:

Mine too!
Avatar    Thu. 7/28/16 9:53pm Little Danny:

Hi all - please join me over here! wfmu.org...
Avatar Thu. 7/28/16 9:58pm Flash Strap:

Thanks everyone for listening, hope I didn't bore you with all the cover notes! see you next week.
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