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Thursday, May 28, 2009
A TASTE OF HONEY
by Martin Denny
LIBERTY RECORDS LST-7237 1962 STEREO
A few years ago popular music consisted mainly of love songs, uptemp fox trots, a few Broadway and movie songs, and an occasional novelty. Today, popular music has widened its horizons tremendously to include such diverse kinds of music as rock and roll, blues, calypso, television themes, folk music, jazz, and exotic music--to mention just a few.
Two of the most popular of these subdivisions form the exciting background for this album. One is the influence of jazz on the popular music scene.
Jazz was once strictly separate from any other form. Today, while pure jazz still flourishes, its influence on the general popular music field has become very strong.
The other subdivision is the exotic music field, which has become so gigantic in recent years. This growth has been largely due to Martin Denny's exciting brand of presentation and musicianship.
The exotic sound is especially well suited to the influence of jazz. No greater proof of this is necessary than the popularity of "A Taste of Honey" or any of the other superb examples of this exciting combination of musical expression.
OTHER ALBUMS BY MARTIN DENNY
Martin Denny In Person MONOAURAL LRP-3224 STEREO LST-7224 Romantica LRP-3207 LST 7207 Exotic Percussion LRP-3168 LST 7168 Exotic Sounds Visit Broadway LRP-3163 LST 7163 Exotic Sounds From The Silver Screen LRP-3158 LST 7158 The Enchanted Sea LRP-3141 LST 7141 Quiet Village LRP-3122 LST 7122 Exotica III LRP-3116 LST 7116 Afro-Desia LRP-3111 LST 7111 Hypnotique LRP-3102 LST 7023 Primitiva LRP-3087 LST 7087 Forbidden Island LRP-3081 LST 7001 Exotica II LRP-3077 LST 7006 Exotic I LRP-3034 LST-7034
This album is available in monoaural LRP-3237 and stereo LST-7237
Cover Design: Studio Five
LIBERTY RECORDS INC., LOS ANGELES 28, CALIFORNIA A SUBSIDIARY OF AVNET ELECTRONICS CORP.
Printed in U.S.A.
This is a stereophonic, non-compatible, long-playing record; to be reproduced with a stereo needle and cartridge only.
...visual sound STEREO
A TASTE OF HONEY I'M IN A DANCING MOOD BLACK ORCHID TAKE FIVE STRANGER ON THE SHORE WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Editor's note: it's inevitable that the likes of Martin Denny, Enoch Light and Dick Hyman--all pianissimos--would make their way onto a blog about records. Though, not rare by any stretch of the imagination, these records were innovative for bringing new sounds to old instruments and redone sounds to new-fangled versions of old standards. Thank God they did or we never would have had the likes of Milli Vanilli, Vanilla-Ice and the Thompson Twins. Egads!
I came across this record on a few blogs and managed to track down some audio from WFMU's site. I would love to hear more from this honky-tonkin' caterwaulin' queen. Listen to the tracks below and I think you will too!