Aug 1, 2016

Exotica, Polka, and Cha Cha, Oh My!

Retro treasure hunting has paid off in a big way for me over the years, especially in regards to music.  Check out these albums I came across not too long ago for the cost of just 29¢ each..

This is a double album set with 20 of the greatest hits from one of the pioneers of Exotica music.. Les Baxter!

Another patriarch of Exotica music.. Arthur Lyman.  I'll tell you.. there's nothing better than sitting on the patio in the summer, sipping a Mai Tai, and relaxing to the soothing sounds of Martin Denny, Les Baxter, and Arthur Lyman.  I've already tested out these albums, and they play perfectly.  Once I get these ripped and uploaded to my iPod, I'll be able to jump into a tropical mindset no matter the season in this land locked state of Colorado.

I bought this one for Schnitz & Giggles

Not that I'm huge fan of polka or anything, but I do dig listening to it around Oktoberfest.  Ahh.. I can picture myself now filling up my Das Boot with Warsteiner Dunkel, eating Bretzels, Bock-wurst, und Sauerkraut, and listening to some good old fashioned Oompa music!

 If you don't love a good Cha Cha Cha.. then you need to get your pulse checked!

I didn't buy this one, 
but was perplexed by the album cover..

So there you have it.  Five way cool albums that play like they're brand new.  I basically got hours upon hours of listening pleasure for the cost of $1.45.  Most of the time I buy maybe one out of one hundred albums I like at thrift stores, because they're so badly damaged.  These albums I found on this particular day were grouped together by themselves, so I'm wondering if they were owned by the same person since they're in such pristine condition.

Oh.. and pictured below is one more throwback from the recent past for you.  An album hearkening back to a time when kids loved to be as active as they could.  They were hyper and energetic, and it wasn't due to having A.D.D.  I wonder, would the kids of today dig something like this in 2016?


  1. Ah yes, vintage vinyl hunting. Boy do I love to peruse through those. I managed to find great albums like Polynesian/Hawaiian music, Martin Denny, Les Baxter, to name a few and many of those had never been taken out of their sleeves. Also glad I also found records by Jackie Gleason and the John Buzon Trio.

    Keep up the vinyl hunting!

    1. Isn't it funny how so many records that are SO old are still in excellent shape?!? I really do need to buy more old stuff. Although.. I love how they are producing all the re-releases of classic albums lately!

  2. It's hard to believe that "Mousercise" is over 30 years old! I remember being at Disneyland in 1983 and they were handing out exercise headbands at the main gate and kids could workout with the host of the Disney Channel's "Mousercise" show. Where does 33 years go?

    1. Ya know.. society would be well served to be encouraged to get movin' like they did back then. Seems like physical fitness is waning lately, especially among the kids these days. I know I sure need motivation from time to time. LOL


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