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According to information I found on discogs The Waikikis were a "Belgian studio band from the 1960s, which specialised in easy listening Hawaiian style music." They were most popular in Belgium and Germany, but their releases were also available in American.
The songs that emerged from behind the somewhat pedestrian cover art (a photo courtesy of America Airlines), are for the most part, are great fun and make for excellent Tiki Party music.
The Exotic Sounds Of Martin Denny
Liberty Records LRP 3081 & LST 7001
There were two different cover designs for this Denny release, one for mono (top image) and one for the stereo release.
The stereo cover is printed on foil which is an expensive process requiring a extra run through the press for "white", which the four color needs as a base on the area that the foil isn't supposed to show through.
A terrific album and one of my favorite exotica releases.
The Now Sound Orchestra Presents Music From
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Star Wars, 2001 A Space Odyssey
Peter Pan Records (8205) 1977
Here we have another mystery LP with no information to be found even though the record label is Peter Pan (a reasonably well known company that made audio products for children).
The music is a curious blend of natural sounding orchestrated instruments, synth instruments and fun noises arranged a somewhat classical style to mimic the actual soundtrack. At some point each track shoots off into SPACE to visit Planet DISCO!
I didn't expect much from this project but found myself enjoying this record despite my the disco...
Also, in case you were wondering, like I was, what the giant thing stuck on top of the space ship is? I guess no one at Peter Pan understood what the thing was either, so they added a note to the back cover to let us know that it is a "solar sail".
The Enchanted Woods
Dennis Farnon and His Orchestra
RCA - 1958
2/12/11 Update (From another collector/researcher. Thanks Pat!)
I've been researching a project by Chet Atkins recorded in 1958 -- "Chet Atkins in Hollywood." Dennis was the orchestra leader and arranger for that album. In doing my research (for a writing project), I located Dennis -- still composing and arranging, and living in the Netherlands, at age 87!! It has been amazing to talk to him about that era of music and recording. Besides being an orchestra leader and RCA artist at the time, he was also the west coast pop album A&R director for the label. The bulk of Dennis's composition work is not mainstream pop -- his most notable work was soundtracks for cartoons. He did all the soundtracks for the Mr Magoo film and tv series, and a lot of the incidental sound fx (orchestral sounds) for Rocky & Bullwinkle. He also scored for movies. He's an amazing guy.
Call It Love
The Gunter Kallmann Chorus
4 Corners - Kapp Record - 197?
Another installment in the Gunter Kallmann easy listening series. Kallmann, a german, produced product for the U.S. AM radio market. Kallmann recordings are the most crushing easy listening albums I've come across. They are so consistent and recognizable enough that they become an art form unto themselves.