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  • Audio CD (June 28, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bar/None Records
  • ASIN: B0000048DR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sentimental Journey
2. Latin-Esque
3. Mucha Muchacha
4. Surfboard
5. Begin The Beguine
6. Lazy Bones
7. Whatchamacallit
8. Music Makers
9. Harlem Nocturne
10. Jalousie (Jealousy)
11. Bye Bye Blues
12. Baia
13. Who's Sorry Now?
14. Anna (El Negro Zum Bon)

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That song is on here and I love it!
book&moviefan
We've also used it for clever background music for theater sketches.
Ravinia
It is a great sampler of some of his best recordings.
Johnny Heering

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By David G. Smith on January 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This music has had a huge effect on my life. Henceforth, three people this week have called me to comment on the passing of Juan Garcia Esquivel. Because of his death, I have become inspired to write a review of this quintessential lounge work. For me, this is a seminal lounge work, humorous, innovative, kitschy and happy as all hell. This is music reflective of a happy time, a hip time, and it is a joyous, infectious miracle. Certainly it is lounge music, not for everybody, but if anybody is going to turn you onto this stuff , it is the Late Great genius. I have been known to turn students onto Esquivel to the point that they bring this CD to their colleges................So buy this, and get back to a gentler time. And light a candle and say "pow" for our bespectacled pop master. I am sure, needing a break from George Harrison(though he was a genius too) and "My Sweet Lord", the angels now sing "Whatchamacallit" in heaven.
Thanks Esquivel. You made the worl a swinging place
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ravinia on November 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This was my first Esquivel CD even though I have heard a lot of his stuff for a long time! It is a great collection to begin with a lot of fun, classic and kitschy tunes (and nothing too weird for you novices out there). Putting on this CD is guaranteed to get you dancing whether you're doing the dishes or getting ready to go out. We've also used it for clever background music for theater sketches. (and don't let the title discourage all you bachelorettes out there, it works for us too!)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By TimothyFarrell22 on October 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There are two types of lounge music - the more laid back and dull orchestra kind (Jackie Gleason's work falls into that category) and the more surrealistic and wild space age stuff that holds up surprisingly well today as an entertaining listen (Esquivel falls into the latter category). Sorry for that run-on sentence, but its the best way I am able to describe the genre of lounge music. Esquivel's work is, along with Raymond Scott, space-age pop's true artistic statement. He had a sense of humor, which is apparent in his compositions. His music is truly out of this world - it sounds like nothing else in the lounge genre, or in any other genre all together. Most of all, despite the surrealism, this is probably the most accessible music in the space-age pop genre. Its great dancing music, and the only flaw is that it doesn't hold up as well on repeated listens. It certainly swings, and this is a must-have for any interested in the lounge genre.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Darin Tysdal on October 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have always been a fan of the off-beat, the unusual, from unknown classical composers to "bad" music (which is in the eyes of the beholder), which also extends to popular music. I was delighted when the retro-swing movement came about, and that meant that many old recordings were going to be resurrected on CD and I said, "I better get these while they are still out there"! Well, I bought many of those CD's, and I do not regret it! From a classical standpoint, Esqivel really reminds me of composers like Stockhausen and Ligeti! He really distorts pop music, slowing down tempos, using instruments that are unusual (such as the Jaw Harp and many others that he invented himself). His most famous trademark is his back-up singers, who say "Zu-Zu-Zu-Zu" or only say one or two words of a lyric while the instrumentalists take over the others while you imagine them being sung. Esquivel also wrote many pieces by himself, of which "Latin-Esque" is one. The sound quality is extraordinary. This is a big factor: if you listen with headphones, you can hear more of the stereo "spread"-xylophone glissandos surround you instead of just coming out of the speakers. CD technology has a way of making the old sound even better, and you can tell these recordings were made with love. My only criticism of these compilation CDs is the fact that there is duplication of certain numbers which of course overlap between CD's. Great notes by the amazing Irwin Chusid, who should put out a book of all his program notes from his CD's. A winner all around!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DAC Crowell on May 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Juan Garcia Esquivel is truly the Gerald McBoing-Boing of orchestration! This is an excellent sampler of tracks from several of his classic 'Sonorama' albums of the late 1950s and early-to-mid 1960s which feature his very unique arranging easy-but-not-easy listening style, showcasing odd instruments, weird scat vocals (like in the title above), strange jumps in stylistic ideas, bizarre stereo effects, and so on. Esquivel takes the standards and twists them into very weird and wacky audio playground equipment. For those looking for a nice background lounge sound, look elsewhere; this is for those who really like a challenge in listening...and a challenge with a lot of humor to it, to boot. An excellent beginning sampler; if you like what's here, then check out his "Other Worlds, Other Sounds" and "Infinity in Sound" series next.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
a really great disc, hands down. Such an incredible sound, and to think that this stuff was made long long ago, before all of this digital sampling stuff. really cool material. After I got this cd, i found it funny how esquivel pops up every now and then in movies, like four rooms or the big lebowski. really a very good mood setting device.
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