Saturday, June 24, 2006

Arthur Lyman - At The Crescendo


If Les is "The Father" and Martin is "The Son" then Arthur is "The Holy Ghost" of Exotica. I guess. Actually I'm just blabbering on semi-coherently and hope not to offend.

This one is ostensibly a true restaurant record but looking into it further leaves me in doubt. On the liner notes it states: "For the first time the exotic sounds of Arthur Lyman are recorded "live" as they appeared "in person" in one of their regular engagemenst at the Crescendo on the world-renowned Sunset Strip in Hollywood."

But then further on it says: "The applause was later deleted to preserve the exotic mood!"

Yeah, right.

Anyhow its a good recording of a mix of exotica and contemporary hits. Arthur rarely recorded an LP of just exotica, he always threw in few standards like (in this case) "Days of Wine and Roses" and "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue."

There's a good amount of surface noise on this one. Not for playing in the Bentley. Better play this one in the Viper. With the top down. "Cindy Oh Cindy" (which sounds a lot like "Yellow Bird") has the most noise. The others are not as bad.

Don't download my version, see comments.


Blogger julioxo said...

Thanks for good post Sr. Kono

12:50 PM  
Blogger Kono said...

Here's a much better rip of this LP:

Much cleaner! Everyone thank Manakoora who did the digitizing.

I think that Manakoora should have his own blog, what do you think?

7:09 PM  
Blogger julioxo said...

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Thanks Mr. Kono

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