Monday, October 27, 2008

Gone Phishing...

No posts for a coupla weeks as Mr S. is out-of town. Congrats to Shadders for his first solo contribution - if you're lucky he might drop you some more pearls from his collection...

Much more exotica when Mr S. returns, so stay tuned.

Mr Snookles

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Roger Laredo - Italy

Roger Laredo does Italy.
One of the Decca label's hi-fidelity 'Phase 4' series.
Put up to compliment Lounge Legends' post "Phase 4 - Spain", which has unfortunately been deleted...

Try this new link...
megaupload - Roger Laredo - Italy

Shadrac Blintz

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Ron Goodwin - Gypsy Fire

Lurking behind this cheesy cover is a real light classics gem. Produced by George Martin, the tracks on this album show a quality of arrangement and orchestration that owes much to British composers such as Vaughn-Williams and Elgar. This is also one of the best-preserved records I have ever purchased, and you will hear the difference - the violins in particular have a clean, crisp presence that adds to the overall air of orchestral respectability.

p.s. A big thanks to everyone for all the kind comments...

01 - The Gypsy Fiddler
02 - Black Eyes
03 - The Ritual Fire Dance
04 - Andaluza
05 - Hora Staccato
06 - Gipsy Moon
07 - Czardas
08 - La Paloma
09 - Bublitschki
10 - Play Gypsy
11 - Two Guitars
12 - Hejre Kati

Ron Goodwin - Gypsy Fire

Ron Goodwin - Gypsy Fire

Mr Snookles

Monday, October 13, 2008

Alf Barrie - A Lei Of Stars

Whilst away on his travels Mr Snookles uncovered a treasure trove of 20 Hawaiian-themed albums, so expect a few exotica posts in the next few weeks.

First up Alf Barrie and the HMI (Hawaiian Music Ind.) All-Stars serve up some laid-back steel guitar and vibes. They avoid the standards, and serve up some intriguing tunes that take some odd and unexpected angles.

01 - A Lei Of Stars
02 - Moonlight In Waikiki
03 - For Ever And Ever
04 - Evening In The Islands
05 - The One Rose
06 - South Sea Island Magic
07 - That's The Hawaiian In Me
08 - The Hands I Love
09 - Sea And Sand
10 - Soft Green Seas
11 - Maui Girl
12 - Serenade To Nalani

Alf Barrie - A Lei Of Stars

Alf Barrie - A Lei Of Stars

Mr Snookles

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

SDS All-Stars - Electone and Brass

Good news folks, Mr Snookles found a bunch of fresh vinyl in his travels. First up, at the request of Third Island visitor Captain Chelicerate, a rare LP from the King Records label featuring the redoubtable Tetsusaburo Hirai and the red-hot SDS All-Stars.

Listen to 'Baby Elephant Walk' to here the ensemble playing at its grooviest, or hear the fabulous Electone organ produce its trademark swirls of sound in 'Moon River'.

Essential Japanese Lounge!

01 - The Longest Day
02 - Tonight
03 - Baby Elephant Walk
04 - Orfeo Negro
05 - Fascination
06 - Un Amore A Roma
07 - King Of Kings
08 - L'eclipse
09 - Moon River
10 - Deguello
11 - Never On A Sunday
12 - Al Di La

SDS All-Stars - Electone and Brass

SDS All-Stars - Electone and Brass

Mr Snookles

No i-Pods, Just Macropods

Ah, you've got to love the Australian Bush. Two snapshots here of a friend's backyard. Spring down under and the new Joeys (baby roos) are just emerging.

Back soon with more music...

Mr Snookles