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The Very Best of Arthur Lyman

Album: The Very Best of Arthur Lyman
# Song Title   Time
1)    Yellow Bird
2)    Hawaiian War Chant
3)    Theme From "Adventures in Paradise"
4)    Paloma, La
5)    Misirlou
6)    Fire Down Below
7)    Quiet Village
8)    Havah Nagila
9)    Caravan
10)    Love Dance
11)    Jungle Drums
12)    Bolero
13)    Moon of Manakoora, The
14)    Love for Sale
15)    Taboo
16)    Blue Hawaii
17)    Anna
18)    Beyond the Reef
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes Arthur Lyman (vibraphone).
  • Producer: Richard Vaughan.
  • Compilation producers: Cary E. Mansfield, Marty Wekser.
  • Recorded at the Henry J. Kaiser Aluminum Dome, Hawaii between 1958 & 1965. Includes liner notes by Larry Zwisohn.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • Adapter: Sebasti n Yradier.
  • Liner Note Author: Larry Zwisohn.
  • Recording information: The Henry J. Kaiser Aluminum Dome.
  • Arranger: Sebasti n Yradier.
  • Exotica fans might be outraged by such an assertion, but really to most listeners one Arthur Lyman album is about the same as another. And if you only get one Arthur Lyman album, you might as well get one with the hits (all three of them, two of which didn't reach the Top 40) and one that has a bit of a chronological span, right? The Very Best of Arthur Lyman fills that bill, including of course his sole big hit, "Yellow Bird," as well as "Love for Sale" and "Taboo," which both made around the middle of the Top 100. In all there are 18 tracks from his 1958-1965 HiFi albums, with his sleepy, vibes-suffused covers of a number of standards, among them "Havah Nagila," "Caravan," "Misirlou," Ravel's "Bolero," and the less expected "Blue Hawaii." There's also his own rendition of "Quiet Village" (birdcalls included), the song that was taken to the Top Five by his former boss, Martin Denny. Even with tracks that have been consciously selected as a best-of, in all it's an agreeable but rather similar-sounding set that establishes an unrelentingly drowsy mood. Things do perk up a bit occasionally, as on "Love for Sale," an easy listening instrumental you could actually dance to. ~ Richie Unterberger
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