Album Of The Day 9/3/2016: Russ Garcia – “Fantastica: Music from Outer Space”
Garcia was renown as an innovator in his field, bringing outside sounds into his sphere and cheerfully saying "Why not?" to a lot of things. He made over 60 albums under his name, including today's feature from 1959. I was all prepared to hear Fantastica as an over-reaching exotica experiment that couldn't get past its excesses, but I was hugely and happily surprised. It's a very thoughtful journey through the madness of the solar system, with sly electronics, suspense and invention. Fantastica fits in very well with the scads of exotica concept albums of its time by people like Les Baxter and Martin Denny, most of which were moored in Polynesia and existed under the vague threat of voodoo. Garcia got his vaccinations in proper order.