Primitive Paradise: Early Exotica 1920-1947 / Var: Primitive Paradise: Early Exotica 1920-1947

Various Artists: Primitive Paradise: Early Exotica 1920-1947

Primitive Paradise: Early Exotica 1920-1947 / Var: Primitive Paradise: Early Exotica 1920-1947

Format: VINYL LP

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Title: Primitive Paradise: Early Exotica 1920-1947
Artist: Primitive Paradise: Early Exotica 1920-1947 / Var
Label: University of Vice
Product Type: VINYL LP
UPC: 8435008883973
Genre: Rock

The genre known as exotica reached worldwide success during the 1950s thanks to artists such as Yma Sumac, Martin Denny, and Arthur Lyman, but it's origin can be found almost 50 years earlier. The seed was planted by Hawaiian musicians who performed, representing their country, at the first Universal Exhibitions that took place in the United States in 1901. Their paradisiacal melodies, percussion, and tribal rhythms; the strange timbre of instruments such as the ukulele and the steel guitar; and the scantily clad female dancers sparked the interest of American society. The eccentric vaudeville shows, especially their risqué numbers, incorporated sounds from Asia, the Middle East, and Africa to create the right atmosphere for an exotic stage on which sensual dancers tried to satisfy the audience's escapist needs. It was then that the traditional folklore of the islands began to merge with Western rhythms such as foxtrot and swing. The first recordings by Hawaiian artists were marketed widely in the 1910s on the 78 rpm format, and as a result the steel guitar, the genre's characteristic instrument, became so popular that it was integrated into other genres such as country, country blues, Western swing, and novelty music. At the same time, Cuban and Puerto Rican music arrived in the United States thanks to pioneers such as Trio Matamoros, Don Azpiazu, and Los Jardineros, who paved the way for such enormously popular stars as Desi Arnaz and Xavier Cugat. On the other side of the pond, in the early '30s, rumba, conga, and beguine were creating a frenzy in Europe thanks to orchestras from Cuba, Guadeloupe, and Martinique performing at Parisian clubs. Later on, after World War II, more commercial rhythms such as cha-cha-cha and mambo would be easily assimilated by an audience already used to Latin sounds that would eventually conquer all of Europe and the rest of the world. The music featured on this compilation is a sample of that musical expansion, exemplified by 14 tracks of early exotica originally released on 78 rpm records between 1920 and 1947 in countries such as France, Spain, England, Holland, Japan, and the USA. Most have never been reissued on any format until now. Includes tracks by Orquesta Serramont, Lecuona Cuban Boys, Mercedes Marino, Pedro Berrios, All Star Trio, The Honolulu Queens, South Sea Islanders, Anglo-Persians, Jay Whidden, Elsie Bayron, The Kidoodlers, Wailana Grass Shack Boys, The Tune Wranglers, and Gino Bordin.

1.1 A1. Orquesta Serramont - Amanecer en Turquía
1.2 A2. Lecuona Cuban Boys - Rumba Musulmana
1.3 A3. Mercedes Mariño - Alí Babá
1.4 A4. Pedro Berrios - Chino Soy
1.5 A5. All Star Trio - in the Land of Rice and Tea
1.6 A6. the Honolulu Queens - China Seas
1.7 A7. South Sea Islanders - the Honolulu Beach Boys Blues
1.8 B1. Anglo-Persians - African Lament
1.9 B2. Jay Whidden - Hindoo Loo
1.10 B3. Elsie Bayron - Jungla
1.11 B4. the Kidoodlers - on the Hoko Moko Isle
1.12 B5. Wailana Grass Shack Boys - Gipsy Dream Rose
1.13 B6. the Tune Wranglers - Hawaiian Honeymoon
1.14 B7. Gino Bordin - Adieu... Hawaii
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