ESQUIVEL

Music From A Sparkling Planet

(Bar/None - AHAON056) LP $15.00

Called by a reviewer a "pop avant-gardist" Esquivel's early '60s orchestrations explode like a pinata with strikingly futuristic arrangements tinged with cocktail lounge and ballroom overtones. Recording for RCA from 1957 to 1968 during the Hi-Fidelity explosion, he takes full advantage of the new-fangled stereo phenomenon; scattered among the pianos and trombones are slide guitar, echo, dissonance, beatnik percussion and weird juxtapositions of mood and volume. His "kitchen sink" approach incorporates Chinese bells, organ, jew's harp, gourd, timbales, bongos, glass-shattering brass, and perky xylophones. Lyrics are stripped from pop standards and replaced with whistling, humming, or disjointed phrases, with smooth vocal choruses crooning "Zu-zu-zu," or shouting "Pow! Pow! Pow!" Red vinyl. From 1994.

ESQUIVEL

Space-Age Bachelor Pad Music

(Bar/None - AHAON043) LP $20.00

Called by a reviewer a "pop avant-gardist" Esquivel's early '60s orchestrations explode like a pinata with strikingly futuristic arrangements tinged with cocktail lounge and ballroom overtones. Recording for RCA from 1957 to 1968 during the Hi-Fidelity explosion, he takes full advantage of the new-fangled stereo phenomenon; scattered among the pianos and trombones are slide guitar, echo, dissonance, beatnik percussion and weird juxtapositions of mood and volume. His "kitchen sink" approach incorporates Chinese bells, organ, jew's harp, gourd, timbales, bongos, glass-shattering brass, and perky xylophones. Lyrics are stripped from pop standards and replaced with whistling, humming, or disjointed phrases, with smooth vocal choruses crooning "Zu-zu-zu," or shouting "Pow! Pow! Pow!" Blue vinyl. From 1994.