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Exotic Moods of Les Baxter


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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Quiet Village (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Jungalero (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Temple Of Gold (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 4:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Hong Kong Cable Car (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Oasis Of Dakhla (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Taboo (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Amazon Falls (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Jungle Flower (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Ancient Galleon (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Zambezi (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Tahiti: A Summer Night At Sea (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Congo Train (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Acapulco (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Stone God (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Voodoo Dreams (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Mozambique (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. City Of Veils (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Bacoa (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Mombasa After Midnight (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 2:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Bom Bom / Mood Tattooed (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 4:31$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Simba (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. High Priest Of The Aztecs / Pyramid Of The Sun (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 5:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Harem Silks From Bombay (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Papagayo (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 2:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Jungle River Boat (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 3:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Temptation (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Pantan (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Lost City (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Pool Of Love (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 2:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Busy Port (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Spice Islands Sea Birds (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 1:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Go Chango (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter & His Orchestra 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Nightingale (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 1:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Love Dance (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Safari (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Sunken City (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 2:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Tehran (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 2:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Blue Jungle (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 3:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. The Left Arm Of Buddha (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter 1:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Procession Of The Princes (1996 Digital Remaster)Les Baxter & His Orchestra 5:28$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 9, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Capitol/Emi/Sbk/Chrysalis
  • ASIN: B000002U3G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,555 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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All it takes is once scratch to ruin a cd!!
J. Grau
Arguably the most under-appreciated great composer of our time, possibly ever, Les Baxter was once a very popular artist who sold albums by the thousands.
"loungelizard7"
It is worth the effort since copies are so rare and expensive.
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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful By "loungelizard7" on July 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Les Baxter was one of the greatest American composers, although most wouldn't know it. He was also one of the world's greatest musical minds; chances are you didn't know that, either. Arguably the most under-appreciated great composer of our time, possibly ever, Les Baxter was once a very popular artist who sold albums by the thousands. He arranged and conducted arrangements for popular singers, including lounge diva Yma Sumac's 'Voice of the Xtabay' album; he conducted Nat King Cole's "Mona Lisa" and "Nature Boy" (but not arranged, like most think), composed the "Lassie" theme (yeah, THAT Lassie!), AND the classic "Unchained Melody," scored over a hundred films, and won hits in the 1950s with "April in Portugal," "Ruby," and "The Poor People of Paris," which was, by the way, the highest-selling single of the decade. He fathered the long-forgotten branch of lounge music known as Exotica and turned heads with his records, including the one that started it all, 'Ritual of the Savage,' which gave birth to the Exotica theme, "Quiet Village." Then, suddenly, he was eclipsed by Martin Denny (who became famous with a cover of "Village!"), shunned by Capitol Records, the company he'd helped make famous, and generally forgotten by almost everyone. He died in 1996, terribly affected by Alzheimer's disease; he'd even forget who he was at times, but could sit at a piano and play any of his compositions--flawlessly--from memory. He never got the recognition he deserved.
Not so long ago, when the Lounge Lifestyle made its return through hip youngsters with an eye to the past, Baxter's music was rediscovered.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By carrienations on January 31, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Les Baxter is one of, if not THE, most underrecognized composers of the 20th century. The only negative thing that I can say about this 2-disc set is that it doesn't contain everything from this period in Les Baxter's career. The production of the original music was superb, and it is magnificently reproduced on CD. This music might as well have come from inside the Ark of the Covenant.... it is so marvelous that only the hands of God could have created it. If you have an interest in the resurgent "lounge" or "exotica" worlds of music, do yourself a favor and start with the best... this is the absolute high-water mark. I am a long-time collector of exotica LPs, so I've practically heard them all... Baxter's music is among the few that will remain timeless. I'm a devout fan for life. Be prepared to be transferred to a wonderful mysterious world...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 1999
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I became introduced to Les Baxter's work through Capitol's Ultra Lounge series, and found myself clamoring for albums of just his work. This 2 CD set more than fills the need. Baxter was an extremely gifted arranger, and the songs on this album are a testament to his talents. Nearly four dozen songs transport the listener around the world that many of us grew up fantasizing about: forbidden jungle temples; Oriental dens of magic; lost cities steeped in mystery and ripe with priceless treasures. Les Baxter manages to capture the essence, if not the actual facts, of the world's most exotic locales. I'm willing to bet more than one Peace Corps volunteer in the early 1960's was inspired to visit Africa or Asia with the rhythms of a Les Baxter soundtrack reverberating in his brain. Martin Denny may have become more famous as a purveyor of Exotica, but Les Baxter pioneered this form of music and planted his Tiki-covered flag at the summit!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Bennignus on June 29, 2004
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After hearing several Les Baxter pieces on my boss' Christmas party album (she'd recorded them from an old album), I fell, madly, completely, in love with his work. You can imagine, then, how delighted I was to stumble upon this 2 CD set some years later - a huge collection of just the sort of kooky, campy, craziness I was craving. Indeed, this stuff has a seriously wacky edge to it, but let me say this - there's real artistic substance just under the surface, as well.
Les Baxter's work covers a huge range of applications - it was featured in film, television and popular music; very prominent in the late 50s', 60's and 70's. Sometimes I think he had his hands in everything - he was a great composer in his time. And here's where he seems to have had the most fun. This music is completely unhemmed by convention - it takes wild tangents and just runs with them, all the while remaining completely listenable. In fact, you're a bit fixated on it, not willing to miss a beat. In the course of a song or two, your imagination is whisked through jungle forests, fire-illuminated lagoons, bamboo rafts, spice markets...you name it, if it's got any sort of exotic bent to it, it's in this CD set. Campy but tightly composed, this collection is just plain fun.
So, do you need another reason to purchase? Well, if nothing else, I can promise this: you probably haven't heard anything quite like it. And if you haven't, it's time you did. Buy it - you won't regret it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Moon Mist on September 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Inside my brain, that is. I have listened to this double-CD more than any other over the last few years. This is music that evokes in the listener images of the exotic and the erotic, and is great music for incense burning and lovemaking. If you can, try playing a rain shower or ocean waves CD along with this beautiful music for a truly intoxicating experience. I especially agree with the reviewer that mentioned Jeff Chandler and Rhonda Fleming movies. I believe "Tahiti: A Summer Night at Sea" comes to mind and for me is worth the price alone. This is my single favorite CD, the one I would choose if I could only have one CD to take along, just before I was forced to spend the rest of my life alone with Mary Ann on a deserted island. And although it's a double CD, I'd fight to take them both with me. Both CD's, that is.
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