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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Bwana A - Arthur Lyman

Bwana a
More Exotic Sounds Of Arthur Lyman
HIFI Record R808
1958

From the back cover notes: "Bwana A was composed by Arthur Lyman and John Kramer for boss and good friend Henry J. Kaiser. Bwana A, literally interpreted, means something like "boss friend."

Another stellar exotica piece (his fourth release) from one of the kings of exotica, Arthur Lyman.

A very even, flowing and soothing work. One of my favorites from Lyman. And the B side is even more impressive, in my opinion, than the A side.

It is interesting to note that Lyman albums were recorded live, without overdubbing. He recorded in the aluminum Kaiser geodesic dome auditorium on the grounds of the Kaiser Hawaiian Village. The auditorium offered acoustical qualities that add a reverberation to his work that help give it a that far away other world quality. Lyman recorded after midnight to avoid recording unwanted noises, but apparently, on occasion you can hear the dome settling at night when it cooled off. There is a photograph of the auditorium on the back cover of this album along with a more technical explanation of the acoustical qualities.

Of course this LP is on CD so I won't feature a sample, but I highly recommend it.

1 comment:

  1. Here is on Lyman that I need to score! I don't have this yet and love the exotica cover!

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