Thursday, July 19, 2012




This is the one Ultra Lounge CD that sets the tone for any activity, be it just staring into the trees through a living room window or driving to work on a day when you don't feel well.

This album is really a great place to start the Ultra Lounge collection, partly because it's the first one in the series and partly because it includes some artists that you should get to know independent of the Ultra Lounge compilations: Martin Denny and Les Baxter. These really stand out among lounge artists, and their styles are very unique. Overall the collection, for those not familiar with the "exotica" genre, documents lounge's attempt to "go global". This mostly involved lifting themes and ideas from tropical or island music, and the result was a sub-genre that is delightful! It is more evocative than a lot of other lounge music and is an essential if you own a pool or give a lot of cocktail parties.

Track Listing:
1. Swamp Fire Martin Denny
2. Moon Mist The Out-Islanders
3. Caravan 80 Drums Around The World
4. Hypnotique Martin Denny
5. Atlantis Les Baxter
6. Alika Webley Edwards
7. Misirlou Martin Denny
8. Lust Bas-Sheva
9. Hana Maui Chick Floyd
10. Voodoo Dreams/Voodoo (Medley) Les Baxter
11. Jungle Madness Martin Denny
12. Babalu Yma Sumac
13. Simba Les Baxter
14. The Girlfriend Of The Whirling Dervish Martin Denny
15. Bali Ha'i Tak Shindo
16. Pyramid Of The Sun Les Baxter
17. Quiet Village Martin Denny
18. Wimoweh (Mbube) Yma Sumac

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