Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Intoxicating Scent of an Eastern Fantasy: Paul Mark- East to West (1961)
Absolutely phenomenal Japan-centric Exotica. I don't have much in the way of info on this one-- but if I recall correctly, I believe that Mr. Mark, like Tak Shindo, was a Japanese musician working in the Western-Exotic mode. The results are surprisingly unique. Jazzy, crystalline productions with Far-East/Japanese melodies and traditional Asian instruments alongside surf&jazz guitar and an exceptionally well-employed organ. Otherworldly, elegant, almost alien-- and thoroughly exotic. Don't be afraid to skip the irritating "Children's Melody", but every other track is a winner.
This is a pretty singular LP in the Exotica universe. I haven't heard much of anything quite like it (save, perhaps, Takeshi Terauchi & Blue Jeans Let's Go Eleki-Bushi, or All-Star Orchestra's A Far East Fantasy In Latin Dance Rhythm, but those are both quite unique in their own fashion). Extremely strong recommendation, and thanks to the original ripper for this nice 320 rip.
EAST TO WEST (320)