Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Esquivel and His Orchestra - Infinity in Sound (1960)


Here's another find from my local Half-Price Books bargain bin. Esquivel is the epitome of space-age pop! If you listen closely to some of the songs on this album, you can imagine watching a classic sci-fi movie or even an episode of classic "Star Trek". "Harlem Nocturne" is the best example of space-age pop on this album, in my opinion (but then, it's been a favorite song of mine for many years). Unfortunately, this record is really worn and scratched up, and, despite my running it through click-removal and noise-removal several times, there's still quite a bit of noise and clicks and pops (and a couple of the songs have skips). But, I did a search for this album on other blogs and didn't come across it, so I decided to go ahead and post it (despite the bad condition) for those Esquivel fans out there who don't have this album and want it regardless of the condition. Hopefully, someone out there will post a cleaner version of it at some time. Personally, I like the "vintage" sound of some of the albums shared on these sites, so the clicks, pops, noise, and skips don't bother me that much. If you don't mind these imperfections, then you've come to the right place! Oh, and thanks to Ernie, of Ernie (Not Bert), for his tips on recording and preparing records for digital sharing!

Track listing for Esquivel - Infinity in Sound:

Side 1:
1. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise ("Quedo")
2. Music Makers
3. My Reverie
4. Johnson Rag
5. Harlem Nocturne
6. Take the "A" Train

Side 2:
1. Macarena (La Virgen de la Macarena)
2. Autumn Leaves
3. Frenesi
4. Marie
5. Let's Dance
6. So Rare

12 comments:

Ernie said...

Thanks, Esther. Hope I was able to help a little. I've never actually seen a copy of this LP in the flesh, but I stumbled across a copy of Part 2 the other day. Funny how such things work...

Lucky said...

I've been looking for Infinity in Sound for AGES - thx a lot, Esther, for sharing this find. Whether it has pops+scratches isn't really important - at least we can listen to it, right?

Muchas gracias for all the hard work of ripping this vinyl...

Saludos, Lucky

Esther said...

Hey, Ernie!

Do you have a link to where you found Part 2? I'd love to add that to my collection!

Esther said...

Hey, Lucky!

Glad you liked this one! Perhaps someone out there will post a cleaner copy of it.

Thanks for visiting!

LoungeTracks said...

Greetings Esther!
Here's a better rip than this one, no offense -your shares are top notch in my book and like you, I've never been a "fidelity snob" - i don't mind the pops, clicks, skips, and surface junk either. It's my own vinyl rip @ 192 w/ cover scans for you and yours.

I also second the motion for Volume 2 - have never come across it in my crate crawls but would love to see it shared.

- Infinity In Sound - 1960

And in case y'all missed it, hop over to http://endlessmike101.blogspot.com/ for a very rare Esquivel share from 1957.

Lounge On,
LT

Ernie said...

Sorry if I confused anybody. I actually found the vinyl for Volume 2, I didn't find it online. Unfortunately, it's not in my stack of stuff to record, either. Too many records, too little time.

Esther said...

Hi, LT!

Thanks for sharing your rip of this album! I've already downloaded it. And thanks for the link to the other Esquivel album, too!

LoungeTracks said...

Esther,

So glad you enjoyed the Esquivel, I love everything I've heard from him.

In regards to your post above, The Fiesta Brass - Viva Tijuana! Make sure to stop by Licorice Pizza's place for (insert shameless plug here)a couple 3 albums you're sure to enjoy!

Now to grab that Hawaiian Islanders record of yours, many thank yous and keep on doing great things.

Lounge On,
LT

Benjamin said...

Thanks Esther, now my Esquivel Collection is bigger (15CD).

And I like to share it:
http://jazzymusic.org/f56/esquivel-coleccion-de-spage-age-pop-13312/

If anyone has Esquivel! Remixed (a tribute), please share it.

Jorge said...

Gracias amigo !
I just discover Esquivel. I like it !

Landscapes said...

My favourite Lounge composer.
Thanks a lot!

jgmondragon said...

Gracias Esther por semejante disco, uno de los mejores, sino el mejor, de Juan Garcia Esquivel. Lo repongo porque el que tengo está rayado. Nuevamente mil gracias!