Sadly, most of Agent Triple P' friends fail to appreciate exotica and only B will listen to it but the Germans have always had a penchant for "easy listening" music!
Sandy on Exotica Vol III (1959)
Now, at last, Sandra emerges as a vocalist. When I was asked if I would write these liner notes for her album I thought it was a fitting switch. In this album Miss "EXOTICA" herself emerges as a talented performer whose voice and personality merit the attention her lovely face has attracted heretofore.
Settle back, relax and listen to the "EXOTIC" Sandy Warner
Sandy for Lord Russell's Bongo Percussionists
Sandy for Ethel Azama from the same shoot as Hypnotique
Arthur Lyman and his group
Whilst working as a clerk at the Halekulani hotel in 1954 he met Martin Denny who, after hearing him play, offered him a job in his band. It was Lyman, he claimed, who started the bird calls at the Shell bar which started the whole craze. Lyman left Denny's group and formed his own, going on to record 30 albums. His most successful album was Taboo (1958)which sold over 2 million copies. Most of Lyman's recordings (and some of Denny's) were recorded in the Kaiser Hawaiian Village's geodesic dome.
The Kaiser geodesic dome at Hawaiian Village. It was demolished in 1999
Sandy on Romantica (1961)
So of the three who should you sample? Baxter's orchestra is larger giving it a big-band sound the others don't have. Despite the charms of Miss Warner Denny's music often strays over into the oriental and can be a little too wacky with its exotic bird calls and what have you. For sheer quality of recording and perfomance it is Arthur Lyman that Triple P prefers but a mixture of all three makes for a very satisfying 143 track playlist on our iPod.
So, mix a Mai-Tai put on some music by Baxter, Lyman or Denny and gaze at the lovely face of Sandy Warner because truly you are in paradise!
Sandy on Exotic Sounds from the Silver Screen (1960)