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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Lure Of Paradise - Andre Kostelanetz

Lure Of Paradise
Andre Kostelanetz
Columbia CL 1335
1959

Available on a combo CD with The Lure Of France. So I will not be posting a sample.

I have to give this album a bit of a break. In 1959 the "exotica/tiki" trend was really starting to gell and it must have been difficult for some composers to put there finger on the vibe. In this case, there are some really nice tunes on the album. Bali Hai even blends in some environmental sounds. But other tracks are more easy listening and some play like show tunes or sound track. Uneven as the album is, the cool tunes win the day. These tunes include Gates Of Heaven (a traditional Japanese Court Ceremonial) that is wonderfully mysterious.

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