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Space Escapade Import

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1958 album from 'the founding father of Exotica'. Space Escapade (not re-issued or digitalized in the half century since it's original release) is the holy grail to Baxterites and students of the Exotica genre; showcasing all of the eclecticism and sensual orchestral effects that are Baxter's remarkable trademark. The historic restoration of Space Escapade is complimented by an attractive special feature; a program of extremely rare Les Baxter single a & B sides from the '50s; sweet and subtle gems never before re-issued in any context and digitalized here for the first time. El. 2009.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Shooting Star
  2. Moonscape
  3. Mr. Robot
  4. The City
  5. A Distant Star
  6. The Commuter
  7. Winds of Sirius
  8. The Other Side of the Moon
  9. Somewhere in Space
  10. Earth Light
  11. The Lady Is Blue
  12. Saturday Night on Saturn
  13. Cornflakes
  14. Toy Tiger {From the Private War of Major Benson}
  15. Havana
  16. The Trouble with Harry
  17. Sinner Man
  18. The Left Arm of Buddha
  19. The Clown on the Eiffel Tower
  20. Melodia Loca (The Chilean Drive-You-Crazy Song)
  21. Venezuela
  22. Cherchez La Femme
  23. Rush Hour Romance
  24. Designing Woman
  25. Blue Echo
  26. Ricordate Marcellino [Remember Marcellino]
  27. La Panse [the Little Flower]
  28. The Lonely Whistler
  29. Love Song from "Houseboat" {From Houseboat}
  30. Please Mr. Sun


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 19, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: El Records
  • ASIN: B001UJSTNA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,499 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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FINALLY on CD after all these years, Space Escapade FINALLY gets proper attention on this fine edition from El Records. I am a huge Baxter fan/collector and can tell you that they have done a fine job. Let's breakdown the this edition piece by piece. First off, the cd booklet looks fantastic....they obviously got the rights to the real artwork because it's flawless! The back of the original album jacket is on the back of the booklet and has been reproduced clearly and beautifully. There is an 8 page booklet inside featuring a few rarely seen Baxter photos and a nice essay on his 50's recordings.
Ok, now to the music. As you know, a couple of tracks from Space Escapade were featured on a couple of the 90's Capitol Ultra Lounge cd releases taken from the masters, so I was curious to see how the quality holds up to those....(i.e. some Baxter cd releases have been put out by other companies in the past and were just bad LP transfers). There is a differnce that is neither good or bad depending on what side of the mono/stereo fence you're on. The Ultra Lounge releases are in clear stereo. The new Space Escapade by El is the mono mix, but clearly taken from some sort of master. It sounds crystal clear and beautiful, but IS in mono, so, when played side by side with the Ultra Lounge 2 songs, sounds a bit "smaller" purely because of mono vs. stereo mixes. Some might view this as a good thing since the mono version came first anyways. All in all, it sounds wonderful and is nice to finally see a proper release with great artwork. The bonus tracks are wonderful as well with some real rare Baxter gems none of us have heard before. I give this 4 stars because it is a very very good release.
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...and, by that title, not only do I mean that Baxter created a musical masterwork...but that the reissuers-that-be finally have excavated SPACE ESCAPADE from the Capitol vaults. A giant leap for lovers of this genre, indeed! The marvelous thing about Les Baxter is that, while the themes may be whimsical/campy/fun-loving...first, he was "in on the 'joke'" (just look at the the all-time-great cover art of "Space Escapade"); and, second, Baxter was a true virtuoso: his magnificent orchestrations -- the result of years of serious study and classical training -- are without peer. "Space Escapade" is an American classic, to be revered and cherished. Thank goodness that we have the recordings of the wonderful Les Baxter for letting us explore his, and our, musical dreamscapes.
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This is indeed the sound of an escapade in space, if it were to be accompanied by sprightly melodies and lush, string-heavy arrangements whose vibrations somehow transcended the vacuum of outer space. Throughout the `60s and `70s, arranger/conductor Les Baxter lent his touch to all manner of musical trends, including exotica, jazz, folk, show tunes and film soundtracks. This 1958 entry plays up the theme of outer space with its cover art and song titles, but musically it's akin to Baxter's intricate orchestral music rather than the space age pop of Esquivel or the piano early experimentation of Ferrante & Teicher. The percussion and the pizzicato of "The Commuter" sound more like a busy day in New York than a Mars fly by, and "Saturday Night on Saturn" suggests the oppressive, syncopated work of Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" rather than the idle living of a modern society. Like many of Baxter's albums, this is perched on the edge of kitsch; but also like many of Baxter's albums, the listener's ears are rewarded by the quality of the maestro's orchestrations. Those who picked up El's 2009 mono CD will be happy to learn that this MP3 collection is in full-spectrum, space-age stereo. [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]
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No where is the fact that this issue is in MONO is reflected in the product description? Sounds nice but MONO??
I think I'll stick to the version I pulled off my LP and cleaned up. GanymedeTest and Measurement has a wonderful product called Wave Corrector that drops out the pops clicks and rumbles and makes the "cleaned" lp version much preferable to this. C'mon, the stereo tapes are out there.... get it out on stereo, it adds SOOO much to the ambience.
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Starlight melody lines and rising strings, sometimes perky zeal evident, other times laid back and fullsom. Very enjoyable with resonance and perfect clear audio
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I am 63 and I've never been very keen to Les Baxter sound even so liking other contemporary musicians like David Rose and et all. But one day listening Space Capades CD, a mix of lounge and cocktail music, that kind of stuff really called my attention. So I decided to look for a sound which could be as much as that CD. It was then I found Space Escapade. All of a sudden that sound really fascinated me. It sounds so pretty and so fresh today, it shows how Les Baxter fifties' songs were ahead of time. His music captured the mood, just like a mix of science fiction and maybe the beginning of the space age we were about to see..
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This is my first Les Baxter album. It is so wonderful that I plan on buying many more of his CDs.
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