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Selected MP3s of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, and classic easy listening from the original vinyl.

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Guitars & All That Jazz was a radio station that webcast via Live365 for 11 years, ending in June 2011. The playlist consisted of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, early rock 'n' roll, lounge music and classic easy listening.

I hope to share some of this music with you via this blog. Most of it will be taken from the original vinyl (LPs and 45s) , cassettes and the occasional commercially unavailable CD.

Here's hoping you'll find something to enjoy. Please note files are available only for a limited time.

I urge you to purchase the digital version of the albums featured, either on CD or via download, wherever possible.

Listen to the Music
There are now two music streams. Click the appropriate player to the right.
1. Guitars & All That Jazz: Five hours of the best in jazz, guitars and other instrumental gems. New songs are added weekly.
2. Tiki Shores: Music to sweep you away to a tropical isle, a South American dance floor or a bossa nova on the beach at Rio. About 4.5 hours of classic exotica music, Latin rhythms and bossa nova.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Martin Denny - Forbidden Island

Forbidden Island, released by Liberty in 1958, was Martin Denny's third album, following the success of Exotica and Exotica, Vol. 2, both released the previous year.

Forbidden Island was also Denny's first album recorded without vibraphonist Arthur Lyman, who had left to form a group very similar to Denny's. To replace Lyman, Denny hired Julius Wechter (who would later lead the Baja Marimba Band). But the music didn't change -- a mixture of exotic-sounding instrumentation, easy listening and rain forest sound effects, including lots of bird calls.

Forbidden Island included a couple of Rodgers and Hammerstein songs, March of the Siamese Children from The King and I and Bali Ha'i from South Pacific.

Bali Ha'i

Forbidden Island has received at least two CD reissues -- in 1996 on Scamp when it was paired with Denny's followup, Primateva, and 10 years later by a British label, Rev-Ola. The latter disc included both mono and stereo versions of the album. The Scamp release is top quality but I'm not sure what source was used by Rev-Ola. Both versions are still available online, but are expensive. Forbidden Island also is available as a download from most of the major sources.

From YouTube, here's the title song from Forbidden Island.

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