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There is no information to be found on this budget label release. The back cover is loaded with fluff about Hawaiian history and so forth. There is no mention of who the artist is on the jacket.
Most of the songs have a wonderful haunting vocal treatment that keep the tracks from becoming your average mood.
There is also an excellent and very dramatic cover of Hawaiian War Chant on this album along with a nice cover of Beyond The Reef. I chose a track from the B side, Dark Dawn, because it seemed to be the most unusual and most mood setting song on the record. Give it a chance, there is a weird little guitar break about half way through.
Music For Cards, Conversation And Cuddling
Harry Hermann And His Orchestra
Decca Records DL 8563
Billboard indicated that this album had "Moderate potential" even though they thought the cover was "attractive".
This is a somewhat obscure Decca release and I could find almost nothing online concerning Harry Hermann. From the back cover: ...by the fact that at seventeen, he was playing with the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Richard Strauss.
I'm not sure exactly what story the cover art is telling. The ever-so-light mood music is way too low key to play during a shouting match.
The Electric Eclectics Of Dick Hyman
Command ABC Records 938-S
This is the first of several "Moog" synth records Hyman made on the Command label. This LP can be found, including some tracks from the follow-up LP, The Age Of Eletronicus, on CD.
I read one review that make you think the entire LP is filled with cheesy music. The first few tracks on the A side are sort of cheesy sounding. I like that 60s sound, myself. But the remaining tracks on the A side are dark and mysterious and seem to me to pave the path for many science fiction sound track arrangements to come. Side B opens with a long track titled The Minotaur. The vibe reminds me of something Frank Zappa might have done if he swapped in his guitar for a Moog long enough to compose one song.