Dreamy vibraphone and/or marimba music

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I traded in a bunch of CDs at my local used CD store and now have more store credit than I know what to do with. :-) I would like to find some CDs which feature vibraphone and/or marimba in the production, particularly in a dreamy way.

Some examples of what I'm talking about:

  • The Beach Boys' "Till I Die" song
  • Curt Boettcher's "Misty Mirage" song (has both dreamy vibes and marimba!)
  • Anything by The American Analog Set
  • The High Llamas' "Cold and Bouncy" and "Hawaii" albums
  • The Gary Burton/Ralph Towner album "Matchbook"
  • Tim Buckley's "Love From Room 109 at the Islander" song
What other albums/artists would you recommend? Please help me spend my store credit! Thanks in advance...
 

popmusic, Monday, 1 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

New dreamy answers, please.

popmusic, Monday, 1 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

out to lunch!

jess, Monday, 1 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Solid Air by John Martyn.

Chris Sallis, Monday, 1 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Johnny Ace's "The Clock" and parts of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks.

Michael Daddino, Monday, 1 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

An intstrumental album that does this nicely is The Mercury Program's And The Suits Began To Fall Off (or something like that).

Todd Burns, Monday, 1 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

its got to be the bundy k brown remix of tortoise. thsi fits the description perfectl

ambrose, Monday, 1 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

you might already have:
* Tim Buckley - Blue Afternoon
"...magnificent drifting..."
(currently out-of-print on CD?)

also on Beach Boys tip:
* Dennis Wilson - Pacific Ocean Blue
not sure if marimbas, but certainly some dreamy tracks on there
e.g. "You And I"

for marimba / expanded-orchestral-palette
you may also want to try some late-60's early 70's R&B
like Jerry Butler's Iceman Cometh / Ice On Ice albums
other Gamble & Huff &/or Thom Bell stuff
Stang releases by The Moments or Sylvia
Carl Davis/Van McCoy Brunswick productions
Eugene Record, etc

Paul, Monday, 1 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Jazz:
Dave Pike, Bobby Hutcherson (for it is he on Out To Lunch), Gary Burton, Milt Jackson and the MJQ

Exotica/latin jazz:michael, Monday, 1 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

to finish previous post:

Arthur Lyman, Julius Wechter in the Denny group, Bobby Montez 'Jungle Fantastique' LP, Latin Jazz Quintet 'Latin Soul' LP, Cal Tjader

Soul:
tracks on Thelma, Mirwood, Groovesville etc had a very heavy vibes sound, e.g. The Olympics 'Secret Agents'

michael, Monday, 1 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Bruce Cockburn - the charity of night features Gary Burton on vibes

brian, Monday, 1 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Although mostly not dreamy, the Dylan Group's first album, It's All About (rimshots and faulty wiring), has some dreamy bits, and it's all about the vibes and marimbas.

lee g, Monday, 1 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

It's not a close match to the examples you've given. But for a different kind of "dreamy" (gentle, hypnotic minimalism), you might enjoy some of Morton Feldman's later pieces, especially the ones he wrote for his regular University of Buffalo collaborators, including the percussionist Jan Williams. I'd pick that group's recording of Why Patterns? and Crippled Symmetry (a double CD on Hat Art, featuring flutes, piano, celeste, glockenspiel, and vibraphone) as the best of the bunch. It's one of my all-time favorite recor

Paul Nauert, Monday, 1 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

-dings.

(Sorry!)

Paul Nauert, Monday, 1 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

You might consider the latest Mice Parade album.

Mark, Monday, 1 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Roy Ayers - "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" and "Daylight" (usually credited to RAMP - and sampled on A Tribe Called Quest's - "Bonita Applebum")

Spencer Chow, Tuesday, 2 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

What about hyper-rhythmic trance-outs?

Paul Simon, "Can't Run But"
Can, "Ethnological Forgery Series No. 36"
Bjork, "My Spine" (well, not a marimba or vibraphone, but close)

dleone, Tuesday, 2 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

On the straight jazz tip,if it's vibes you want,check the Modern Jazz Quartet for some of the sweetest stuff ever recorded.

Dek1, Wednesday, 3 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

yeah, the MJQ's Space LP (1969?, Apple) is particularly dreamy and, errr, spacey. and they do the Adagio of the Rodrigo Aranjuez concerto which is always a track to look out for.

as for Roy Ayers/RAMP: Roy Ayers doesn't play on the RAMP album. there are 2 versions of 'Everybody Loves the Sunshine' - a RAMP one and a Roy Ayers one. 'Daylight' is only on the RAMP album

michael, Wednesday, 3 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Also check out the most recent Flanger album...lots of vibes, some nice tracks.

Mark, Wednesday, 3 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

There's only one answer for dreamy marimba music ...

RUTHIE, RUTHIE!

(ok, i'll spoil it ... Ruth Underwood, on Overnight Sensation, Apostrophe, Roxy and Elsewhere, One Size Fits All, and You Can't Do That Onstage Anymore, Vol. 2. Just my opinion, of course!)

Tadeusz Suchodolski, Thursday, 4 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

four years pass...
Only four years too late here, so I hope you've still got that credit! I think Steve Reich pretty much is the answer here...

'Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organs'
'Music for 18 Musicians'
'Six Marimbas'
'Sextet'
etc.

avery keen-gardner (avery keen-gardner), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 08:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
You guys!

I need to make an all-vibes complilation for this girl I'm totally geeked about who loves the vibes. I dug through my mp3s and here's what I have:

Stereolab: The Spiracles
Stereolab: Velvet Water
Stereolab: Brakhage
American Analog Set: Sharp Briar
American Analog Set: I Must Soon Quit the Scene
American Analog Set: Gone to Earth
American Analog Set: Slow Company
American Analog Set: Modern Drummer
Tortoise: The Suspension Bridge at Iguazú Falls
Bill Perkins: Little Bird/Little Boat
Bruno Battisti D'Amario: Simplemente
Dave Pike: Sausalito
Walter Wanderley: Take A Chance With Me
Cloud One: Disco Juice
Visit Venus: Kinski Disko Fox Machine
Yonderboi: Yonderboi
The Art of Noise: Eye of a Needle
A Tribe Called Quest: Vibes And Stuff
Jeru the Damaja: Jungle Music
A Tribe Called Quest: Vibes And Stuff
Jeru the Damaja: Jungle Music
J-Live: A Charmed Life
Henry Mancini: Brief and Breezy
Roy Ayers Ubiquity: The Third Eye
Roy Ayers Ubiquity: Mystic Voyage
Tipsy: Liquordelic
Broadcast: Arc of a Journey
Broadcast: You and Me in Time

OK so I'm probably not going to keep all of these. I want really celestial, romantic, deep vibes so she'll listen to it and be like, 'I love the vibraphone. I love that he made me this comp of vibraphones. Now when I think of the vibes I totally think of this guy... OMG I LOVE THE VIBES AND ALSO I LOVE THIS GUY!!!!'

That's the best case scenario. But you catch my drift. Vibes for a girl that I'm super into. Who can hook me up?

Public Radio (public_radio), Thursday, 12 October 2006 03:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

definitely check out steve reich and gary burton

a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Thursday, 12 October 2006 03:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

does the girl know the difference between a vibe and a marimba?

a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Thursday, 12 October 2006 03:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yeah if I snuck in some marimba I'd totally blow it. The marimba is like the poor man's vibraphone.

Public Radio (public_radio), Thursday, 12 October 2006 03:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The Hylozoists - La Fin Du Monde

Ghost Bear Junior High Attendance Party (Ghost Bear Junior High Attenda), Thursday, 12 October 2006 03:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"Moving Through Time" by Angelo Badalamenti
from the Twin Peaks - Fire Walk With Me soundtrack
http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000002MF9.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg
Instrumental vibes with a little cello as well, somewhat haunting, but dreamy, too -- like a lot of Lynch's stuff. It's a beautiful piece.

monocle (Sean Miguel), Thursday, 12 October 2006 04:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Also, "The Vibes Ain't Nothin' But The Vibes" by Barry Adamson
from Oedipus Schmoedipus. Mostly instrumental, although Adamson does a short early-Tom-Waits style monologue in the middle to canned crowd response. It's a cool, smoky-jazz-club track.

monocle (Sean Miguel), Thursday, 12 October 2006 04:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

4 years, and no one has mentioned "Marimba Song" by Laika...

Not terribly representative of the rest of their debut album, but it fits the query.

35 Hertz (35 Hertz), Thursday, 12 October 2006 04:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I would also recommend:

"Playground Love (Vibraphone Version)" by Air
This instrumental version wasn't on the Virgin Suicides CD, but I believe it was available as a B-side on a couple of Air singles and a few various artist compilations. It's sublime and well worth seeking out. (The original vocal version on the soundtrack does have vibraphone, too, just not as the focus.)

"Unnatural Habitat" by the Greenhornes
from the Broken Flowers soundtrack CD. Instrumental track, lots of vibes.

monocle (Sean Miguel), Thursday, 12 October 2006 04:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

mmm...

I left 'Playground Love' off of here because it's not going to give her sexy, dreamy vibes. It's going to give her macabe vibes, and I'm not going for that. Same with the Twin Peaks soundtrack. I'm not trying to freak this girl out, I'm trying to seduce her. Come on guys! Not that I don't appreciate the suggestions.

Public Radio (public_radio), Thursday, 12 October 2006 05:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I mean macabre

Public Radio (public_radio), Thursday, 12 October 2006 05:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Modern Jazz Quartet - Django

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Thursday, 12 October 2006 05:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Try "Duet" by Moondog.

yetimike (McGonigal), Thursday, 12 October 2006 05:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Felt's "Train Above the City" is 8 instrumental tracks played on a vibraphone by Martin Duffy. Apparently the vibes were so expensive they had to rush out the recd to try & recoup the cost.

I bought this on vinyl when it came out (mid/late 80s, iirc), but got rid of it soon after (I liked my Felt doing jangly 3 minute pop songs) & haven't heard it since. I wish I still had it now.

'Buzzin Fly' by Tim Buckley is my favourite use of vibes. And 'Solid Air'

bham (bham), Thursday, 12 October 2006 08:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

lotsa vibes on late Throbbing Gristle, "In The Shadow Of The Sun," "Journey Through A Body," etc.

Dr. Alicia D. Titsovich (sexyDancer), Thursday, 12 October 2006 13:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

don't know if they have been mentioned, but The Mercury Program are keen on the vibes in a very Tortoise-esque sorta way.

J. Grizzle (trainsmoke), Thursday, 12 October 2006 14:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

monkey man - the rolling stones

vain_bowers, Tuesday, 23 December 2008 11:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

Lord Finesse - Soul Plan, or Lord Finesse - Soul Plan (Instrumental) if you don't find lines like "opponents i check 'em, i got skills out the rectum" particularly dreamy. More Roy Ayers. Highly recommended.

subroc back to haunt, Tuesday, 23 December 2008 15:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

eight years pass...

I love marimaba and vibes vibes so I'm bumping this thread. I could post a bunch of things but I'll just leave these here for now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8hZvsnzeA4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcCHRW8G9yY

Noel Emits, Saturday, 27 May 2017 19:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Actually probably the whole album Ki Motion, which is on Youtube also..

Foghat digs holes in space (MaresNest), Saturday, 27 May 2017 20:14 (one year ago) Permalink

the first track on midnight sound by flanger (atom heart and burnt Friedman, I think)

brimstead, Saturday, 27 May 2017 20:49 (one year ago) Permalink

I wonder if those Mkwaju Ensemble records will get reissues in the wake of 'Through The Looking Glass'.

This often gets mentioned along with those. Reminder to self to give it a proper listen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBCdn4-bn4w

Noel Emits, Saturday, 27 May 2017 21:25 (one year ago) Permalink

HOPE SANDOVAL - SUZANNE

dance cum rituals (Moka), Saturday, 27 May 2017 21:26 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah if I snuck in some marimba I'd totally blow it. The marimba is like the poor man's vibraphone.

― Public Radio (public_radio)

DUD.

surprised jimi hendrix's "drifting" hasn't come up here yet; the vibes overdubbed onto it make the song.

i listen to a good chunk of tuned percussion myself. just yesterday i was listening to the cover of "a hard day's night" by the yugoslavian band "indexi" which has some surprising and welcome vibraphone in it. last year's record by thor and friends is also very heavy on dreamy and minimal marimba.

i also really enjoy the quartertone marimba. i have a recording of a quartertone marimba duet i really enjoy.

when it comes to classic jazz, lionel hampton gets all the press but i have a great fondness for red norvo. his composition "dance of the octopus" is super, and he also does a good solo marimba version of "in a mist". just recently i picked up a couple really nice sides he did in '43 or '44 with stuff smith!

Cyborg Kickboxer (rushomancy), Saturday, 27 May 2017 21:33 (one year ago) Permalink

Starbuck - Moonlight Feels Right
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFPK5paOXnU

Paul, Saturday, 27 May 2017 21:39 (one year ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGZmzwCvQQ4

salthigh, Saturday, 27 May 2017 21:44 (one year ago) Permalink

lotsa vibes on late Throbbing Gristle, "In The Shadow Of The Sun," "Journey Through A Body," etc.

― Dr. Alicia D. Titsovich (sexyDancer), Thursday, 12 October 2006 13:55 (ten years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcoFZBbidw8

Punnet of the Grapes (Tom D.), Saturday, 27 May 2017 21:46 (one year ago) Permalink

You guys!
I need to make an all-vibes complilation for this girl I'm totally geeked about who loves the vibes.

I wonder how it went with this girl. Maybe the lack of an update is telling...

Also Eberhard Weber's Fluid Rustle has some outstanding vibe and marimba work from Gary Burton.

J. Sam, Saturday, 27 May 2017 22:00 (one year ago) Permalink

christian burchard's work with embryo (his primary axe is vibraphone but he also plays marimba) should definitely get some props, even if i wouldn't quite classify "kosmische" in the same category as "dreamy" myself.

Cyborg Kickboxer (rushomancy), Saturday, 27 May 2017 22:06 (one year ago) Permalink

A thing I love is the syncopated tuned percussion / DX marimba part in 80s synth pop, often introduced in the latter part of the song.

Franco Battiato - Bandiera Bianca
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i483knGRppA

Propaganda - Frozen Faces
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oms1Wge8Vo0

Accentuated to great effect in the (Echo Of) version.

Words With The Shaman - Part 3 (Awakening (Songs From The Treetops))
https://open.spotify.com/track/47VcNjcN46hPC4qiw3SbCy

Also - nested parentheses in the title.

Noel Emits, Monday, 29 May 2017 08:17 (one year ago) Permalink

David Sylvian with Jon Hassell, Steve Jansen & Holger Czukay, that last one. Not 'pop' as such but too nice not to mention.

Noel Emits, Monday, 29 May 2017 08:20 (one year ago) Permalink

Not particularly dreamy (although ymmv), but Jason Adasiewicz is doing great stuff on vibes these days, occasionally in a group with Peter Brötzmann but here solo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPyawprk90Y

heaven parker (anagram), Monday, 29 May 2017 12:33 (one year ago) Permalink

Josiah Stienbeck's Banana project mixes vibes and marimba with LA art rock folks to a very dreamy effect

https://leavingrecords.bandcamp.com/album/live

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Monday, 29 May 2017 15:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Barry Adamson - Vibes Ain't Nothing But The Vibes

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Monday, 29 May 2017 20:10 (one year ago) Permalink

Stereolab's "Fiery Yellow" off Mars Audiac Quintet comes to mind, but I can't find a YouTube.

attention vampire (MatthewK), Monday, 29 May 2017 21:05 (one year ago) Permalink

"Moving Through Time" by Angelo Badalamenti
from the Twin Peaks - Fire Walk With Me soundtrack
http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000002MF9.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg
Instrumental vibes with a little cello as well, somewhat haunting, but dreamy, too -- like a lot of Lynch's stuff. It's a beautiful piece.
― monocle (Sean Miguel), Wednesday, October 11, 2006 11:33 PM (ten years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Was thinking of and meant to post this exact song when I saw the thread revive. I sometimes think this might be my favorite Badalamenti piece from any Lynch project.

Trockasturm Hoar The Ramming Battle Ceraton (Old Lunch), Friday, 2 June 2017 16:49 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Walt Dickerson is hitting this spot for me. 'Life Rays' is so spacey.

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Sunday, 1 July 2018 17:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yes, that album and his "Visions" album with Sun Ra are terrific mental air conditioning.

Liquid Plejades, Sunday, 1 July 2018 18:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Great descriptor and yes Visions is ace. I’m not completely familiar with his output but everything I’ve heard has been a treat.

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Sunday, 1 July 2018 18:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

My ringtone is Lionel Hampton doing "how high the moon"

brimstead, Sunday, 1 July 2018 19:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Donald Fagen - The Goodbye Look

Hideous Lump, Monday, 2 July 2018 02:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Makaya McCraven "In the Moment": lots of vibes

mahb, Monday, 2 July 2018 08:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Milt Jackson - Vibrations

calzino, Monday, 2 July 2018 09:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDGhJtEsmj8

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 2 July 2018 12:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I wonder how it went with this girl. Maybe the lack of an update is telling...

Heh, I used to post as Publicradio. If I recall, she liked the mixtape. we dated for a while, then broke up. That was over a decade ago. My wife doesn't care about vibraphones but that's fine.

3×5, Monday, 2 July 2018 21:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Need some Cal Tjader in here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IGlJIobj5c

(V) (°,,,,°) (V) (Austin), Monday, 2 July 2018 21:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5sg-igH5ds

velko, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 05:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Ordered this one from a person on Discogs the other day after I posted in here. I remember having it on CD several years back, but, for surely idiotic reasons, I purged all my Cal Tjader, so away it went. I really remember much about the album besides it being a really cascading swirl of Cal's vibes and Al Zulaica's Fender Rhodes. Quite looking forward to hearing it again.

(V) (°,,,,°) (V) (Austin), Thursday, 5 July 2018 18:47 (one week ago) Permalink

*don't really

(V) (°,,,,°) (V) (Austin), Thursday, 5 July 2018 18:48 (one week ago) Permalink

cmon, 5:55 forward is the section:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzbDhE5_YbM

Hunt3r, Thursday, 5 July 2018 20:44 (one week ago) Permalink


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