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Most of Lyman’s albums were recorded in the aluminumKaiser geodesic dome auditorium on the grounds of the Kaiser Hawaiian VillageHotel on Waikiki in Honolulu. This space provided unparalleled acoustics and a natural 3-second reverberation. His recordings also benefited from being recorded on a one-of-kind Ampex 3-track ½" tape recorder designed and built by engineer Richard Vaughn. All of Lyman’s albums were recorded live, without overdubbing. He recorded after midnight, to avoid the sounds of traffic and tourists, and occasionally you can hear the aluminum dome creaking as it settles in the cool night air. The quality of these recordings became even more evident with the advent of CD reissues, when the digital mastering engineer found he didn’t have to do anything to them but transfer the original 3-track stereo masters to digital. The recordings remain state-of-the-art nearly 50 years later. 

EXOTICA SUNDAYS

Today’s music is Bahia from the exotic sounds of Arthur Lyman. Originally released on June 1, 1959 this album boasts several classics, some pop songs, as well as new sounds for the time. Made up of only 4 members, the Arthur Lyman group could sound like a whole orchestra at times. This was the 6th LP release of Lyman’s own, after splitting from Martin Denny in 1957 after the release of Denny’s Quiet Village.

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Pete Barbutti introduces the Arthur Lyman Group for his show, “On the Town.” Recorded in Seattle, WA in 1964. Harold Chang on percussion, Arthur Lyman on vibes, Allan Soares on piano, John Kramer on bass playing Taboo.

Kalua
  • Kalua
  • Arthur Lyman
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Arthur Lyman’s “Kalua” is a sweet sounding tune that will relax your toes right into the sand. Arthur Lyman was born in Kauai, Hawaii and knows the sound of the islands quite well. I have been to Kauai many times and can say that this song instantly reminds me of how the quaint towns are, especially with the church bells ringing in the background. This song comes from the album Taboo which I found for fifty cents in a dusty record bin. It has a volcano spewing lava on it which is pretty awesome.

Arthur Lyman “Kalua”

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The Holy Ghost of Exotica, Weaving Dreams in His Aluminum Dome: Arthur Lyman Megapost

Most of Lyman’s albums were recorded in the aluminum Kaiser geodesic dome auditorium on the grounds of the Kaiser Hawaiian Village Hotel on Waikiki in Honolulu.  This space provided unparalleled acoustics and a natural 3-second   reverberation. His recordings also benefited from being recorded on a   one-of-kind Ampex 3-track ½" tape recorder designed and built by   engineer Richard Vaughn. All of Lyman’s albums were recorded live,   without overdubbing.  He recorded after midnight, to avoid the sounds of traffic and  tourists, and occasionally you can hear the aluminum dome creaking as it  settles in the cool night air.  The quality of these recordings became even more evident with the  advent of CD reissues, when the digital mastering engineer found he  didn’t have to do anything to them but transfer the original 3-track  stereo masters to digital. The recordings remain state-of-the-art nearly 50 years later.