Taboo: The Greatest Hits of Arthur Lyman

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All Music Guide - Wade Kergan
Along with Martin Denny, whose band he played in before going it solo, Arthur Lyman was one of the greats of exotica. It could also be argued that he was a little more consistent than his former boss too. Taboo: The Greatest Hits of Arthur Lyman does a good job of proving just that. At his peak Lyman was recording four albums a year, leaving the compilers a wealth of material to choose for this set. The title cut was Lyman's springboard to cocktail fame, his biggest hit and still standing out as his strongest outing, but the man was so consistent that it's hard to fault any tune that he laid his vibe mallets to, no matter how hoary. "Quiet Village," "Maui Chimes," "Jungle ...
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All Music Guide - Wade Kergan
Along with Martin Denny, whose band he played in before going it solo, Arthur Lyman was one of the greats of exotica. It could also be argued that he was a little more consistent than his former boss too. Taboo: The Greatest Hits of Arthur Lyman does a good job of proving just that. At his peak Lyman was recording four albums a year, leaving the compilers a wealth of material to choose for this set. The title cut was Lyman's springboard to cocktail fame, his biggest hit and still standing out as his strongest outing, but the man was so consistent that it's hard to fault any tune that he laid his vibe mallets to, no matter how hoary. "Quiet Village," "Maui Chimes," "Jungle Drums," and "Hawaiian War Chant" are some of the sure winners that match the classic birdcall and percussion overload instrumentation of Lyman's band with equally exotic themes. Popular hits of the '60s get their due also with the surf chestnut "Miserlou" and Mongo Santamaria's "Afro Blue." Where this set pushes the limits and proves that Lyman had none it's up to listeners to decide if those were limits of taste or ambition -- or both is with standards. Jazz standards like Ellington's "Caravan" and Cole Porter's "Love for Sale" and unlikely traditional pieces like "Havah Nagilah" all get the exotica overhaul, and the arrangements work quite well, no matter what the source.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Empire Musicwerks
  • UPC: 654545063329
  • Catalog Number: 450633

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Taboo (4:42)
  2. 2 Misirlou (2:56)
  3. 3 Caravan (2:31)
  4. 4 Pele (3:19)
  5. 5 Scheherazade (5:03)
  6. 6 Tropical (2:59)
  7. 7 Quiet Village (3:46)
  8. 8 Maui Chimes (2:44)
  9. 9 Taboo Tu (2:06)
  10. 10 Havah Nagilah (2:35)
  11. 11 Yellow Bird (2:44)
  12. 12 Bolero (4:06)
  13. 13 Blue Hawaii (3:28)
  14. 14 Love for Sale (3:02)
  15. 15 Love Dance (2:30)
  16. 16 Jungle Drums (2:27)
  17. 17 Hawaiian War Chant (3:43)
  18. 18 Cotton Fields (1:40)
  19. 19 Midnight Sun (4:36)
  20. 20 Black Orchid (3:28)
  21. 21 Honolulu Nites (2:30)
  22. 22 Afro Blue (2:38)
  23. 23 Polynesia (3:01)
  24. 24 Hawaii Tatoo (2:47)
  25. 25 Aphrodisia (2:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Arthur Lyman Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Marimbas, Conch Shell
Harold Chang Percussion, Drums
John Kramer Bass, Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Percussion, Ukulele
Technical Credits
Morton Gould Composer
Maurice Ravel Composer
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Composer
Les Baxter Composer
Lionel Hampton Composer
Neal Hefti Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Arthur Lyman Composer
Norman Luboff Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Nicholas Roubanis Composer
Juan Tizol Composer
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Ralph Freed Composer
Harry Owens Composer
S.K. Russell Composer
Johnny Noble Composer
Traditional Composer
Aldo Venturacci Art Direction
Roger Kash Liner Notes, Track Selection, Annotation
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