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Other Worlds Other Sounds / Four Corners of World
Genres: Pop, Rock
The cover of Other Worlds, Other Sounds says it all--like the woman in red dancing on a moonscape, this 1958 long-player was all about fantasy. And Esquivel, the legendary Mexican conductor-arranger and forefather to the e... more »
The cover of Other Worlds, Other Sounds says it all--like the woman in red dancing on a moonscape, this 1958 long-player was all about fantasy. And Esquivel, the legendary Mexican conductor-arranger and forefather to the entire lounge and exotica renaissance of the mid '90s, wasn't afraid to fantasize about his instrumentation nor the newfangled invention known as "stereophonic sound." Essentially, this is an entire album of standards played in a beguine tempo with a percussive orchestra and a humming chorus, but--under Esquivel's knob-twiddling fingers--the disc turns into magic. Voices ring back and forth between speakers, horns explode out of nowhere, and piano sounds cascade out of the stereo. This is what hi-fi was all about, and--though it was merely a precursor to the composer's even stranger sonic experiments--it's also one of his most cohesive albums. Four Corners of the World, a relatively straightforward piano-based lounge LP featuring Esquivel tickling the ivories, is also included here. For an even better overview of Esquivel's wild sonics, check out the compilation Cabaret Mañana. --Jason Verlinde
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Elwood Conway | Frankfort, KY United States | 02/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This LP, Juan's first American recording, helped to usher in the "bachelor-pad, stereophinic sound spectacular" demonstration music of the early stereo years. Yet his arrangements are all first class originals. Whereas many other arrangers resort to gimmickry (sound effects and such) Esquivel integrates unusual tonal voices with the standard big band/woodwind/percussion group. It is seamless and quite enjoyable. BUT MAKE SURE AND GET THE IMPORT VERSION. It boasts the original liner notes and, to my ears, a tape that is as least one generation closer to the master (maybe it is the original master). Bottom line is the import simply sounds fuller than the domestic release. It is definitely worth the few extra bucks to get it."
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Mark Maj | Lackawanna, NY United States | 09/13/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I enjoy Lounge music and exotica especially when the conductor/arranger is trying to experiment with new high tech stereophonic or Hi Fi sound. Ok so its nothing new to us now but back then in 1958 it was the latest brake through in recording technology. And Esquivel was at the time trying to use this new tech to its fullest by arranging the music not only to present the music in a unique manner as any other arranger would, but also thinking about right channel, left channel, fade in, fade out, and also both channels. I always suggest to anyone, who purchases any music from this time period, "have you listened to it wearing headphones". And truly Esquivel's music is not fully appreciated until it is heard wearing headphones. The music and arrangements are beautiful and Esquivel's piano stylings are unreal. This and all of Esquivel's work is a must have for any Lounge music fans."
Blastisimo from the past!
Mavendetout | Valrico, Florida United States | 05/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the first albums my dad bought to accompany his new HI FI!! in the sun-drenched, super-optimistic California of the late fifties. Our family is from Mexico---as is Esquivel---and, like Esquivel, my dad was a real non-traditionalist. He'd probably rip the Ivy off of college walls, and had the makings of a real lounge lizard. He loved everything modern, what today would be called retro--cantileaver furniture, etc. And Esquivel was, for all practical purposes, his life's soundtrack. The "zu zu's" on the samples bring back tons of memories. Check it out, swizzle a really dry, really cold martini, turn on the a/c and have a ball. This is the music to do it by."