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Les BaxterFruit Of Dreams (Ports Of Pleasure/The Sacred Idol) ... CD
Capitol/El (UK), 1957/1960. New Copy ... $4.99
2 rare slices of exotica by Les Baxter – back to back on one CD! The first half of the set features material from the album Ports Of Pleasure – a dreamy exploration of south sea ideals that's got a more lightly drifting quality than some of Baxter's more percussive exotica albums, and which is awash in dreamy soundscapes penned by Les himself! The orchestrations are large and bold throughout – mixing strings and woodwinds almost in a soundtrack-y mode – but always with the light sense of interplay that makes Baxter's work so great. Titles include "Monkey Dance Of Bali", "Pearls Of Ceylon", "Tahiti A Summer Night At Sea", "Hong Kong Cable Car", "Tramp Steamer To Singapore", "Harem Silks From Bombay", and "Sidewalk Cafes Of Saigon". The Sacred Idol is a real standout set from the end of Les Baxter's run at Capitol Records – originally scored for a film that was never released, but a great set of tracks that more than stands strongly on its own! The theme here is a Mexican/Latin American one – explored by Baxter with his trademark blend of larger orchestrations and lighter exotica touches – often swirling around in an extremely evocative mode that makes us wish the film had been issued to the public, and at a few key moments even hinting at the funkier modes that would follow on some of Les' later work for other labels. Titles include "Aqueducts", "Gardens Of The Moon", "Pyramid Of The Sun", "Temple Of Gold", and "Procession Of The Princes". CD

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Les BaxterJungle Jazz ... LP
Capitol, Late 50s. Very Good ... $34.99
Savage stuff! This is one of Les Baxter's greatest albums ever – and it's right on a par with African Jazz, which uses a similar formula: Plas Johnson's up front playing gutsy tenor, and Les is behind, working a large group of exotica players into a tribal frenzy of mellow grooves. Titles include "Amazon Falls", "Coco", "Isle Of Cuba", "Jungla Brava", "Go Chango", and "Blue Jungle". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a mostly split bottom seam.)

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Les BaxterLost Episode Of Les Baxter (10-inch ep) ... LP
Dionysus, 1961. New Copy ... $11.99
Some of the coolest sounds ever recorded by Les Baxter – issued here for the first time ever! The material was done during Baxter's famous run of exotica albums for Capitol Records – but is pulled from a videotape of an obscure TV performance, and features some of the few live performances that Les ever did of this music! There's some great jazz elements in the music at times – thanks especially to wonderful vibes from the great Larry Bunker, who also plays a fair bit of percussion too – and two numbers feature sublime vocals by Beverly Ford, a singer with a space-age range to match that of Bas Sheva or Yma Sumac, but with an almost-electronic quality that rivals that of Mary Mayo with Dick Hyman. Titles include "Quiet Village", "Ruby", "Lover", "Chopsticks", and "It's A Big Wide Wonderful World". LP, Vinyl record album

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Les BaxterLove Is A Fabulous Thing ... LP
Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Les Baxter conducts a set of string-laden ballads with a sweet dreamy feel. Titles include "Dawn On the City", "Rush Hour Romance", "Afternoon Affair", and "Hot Summer Night". And despite the fact that this stuff's not his exotic material, Les still wrote a lot of it, and it's still got his ususal high level of scoring. LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Les BaxterLove Is Blue ... LP
GNP/Crescendo, 1968. Very Good+ ... $7.99
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Les BaxterPorts Of Pleasure ... LP
Capitol, 1957. Very Good- ... $6.99
A dreamy exploration of south sea ideals from the great Les Baxter – a set that's got a more lightly drifting quality than some of his more percussive exotica albums, and which is awash in dreamy soundscapes penned by Les himself! The orchestrations are large and bold throughout – mixing strings and woodwinds almost in a soundtrack-y mode – but always with the light sense of interplay that makes Baxter's work so great. Titles include "Monkey Dance Of Bali", "Pearls Of Ceylon", "Tahiti: A Summer Night At Sea", "Hong Kong Cable Car", "Tramp Steamer To Singapore", "Spice Islands Sea Birds", "Harem Silks From Bombay", "Bangkok Cockfight", and "Sidewalk Cafes Of Saigon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original turquoise label pressing. Cover has some wear, partially split top and bottom seams, and some pencil and sticker residue on the back.)

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Les BaxterSounds Of Adventure ... LP
Capitol, Mid 60s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $3.99
A 2LP set, released in the mid 60's as a "Capitol Record Club Exclusive" – and one that compiles some of Baxter's best work for the label. The inside of the cover has some good notes on Baxter's career, and the record contains many nice moments like "Dancing Diamonds", "Lost In Meditation", "Blue Jungle", "Hong Kong Cable Car", "Bustin The Bongos", "Quiet Village", "Enchanted Sea", "Dawn on the City", and "A Distant Star". Nice abstracted green jungle grass all over the cover! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear, with some light stains inside the gatefold.)

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Les Baxter & 101 StringsQue Mango ... CD
Scamp, 1970. Used ... $4.99
A later album, but one that still features Les doing some great Latiny bits – heading up the 101 Strings ensemble, for a sweeping and groovy kind of sound! The whole album's very similar to some of Les' Capitol work from the early 60s, but has a slightly more modern twist – including the use of electric bass underneath the arrangements, which creates a really nice gently loping groove! One of Les' best – despite the late date – and with tracks that include "Jungle Montuno", "Que Mango", "Bocha Chica", "Affair In Aruba", and "Tropicando". Very groovy, baby! CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout mark.)

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Martin DennyForbidden Island ... LP
Liberty, Late 50s. Very Good ... $9.99
Martin Denny's music always takes us away to the tropics – and this set is a whole Forbidden Island of exotica tunes! The record features the classic Denny exotica quartet with Augie Colon and Julius Wechter – plus some additional guest players on flute, percussion, and guitar – rounding out things very nicely. The expanded sound works nicely for Denny's style – and the mood incorporates plenty of easy lounge arrangements of the fairly standard instrumentation in the backdrop – broadened wonderfully in the arrangements! It's sort of a blue-eyed tropical feel – one that makes it a cheeky classic! The set includes some good originals like "Goony Birds", "Cobra", "Exotica", and "Primitiva", plus the Les Baxter tunes "Port Au Prince" and "Sim Sim", as well as a perennial exotica fave, "March Of The Siamese Children". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing.)
Also available Forbidden Island (mono & stereo mixes) ... CD 6.99

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Martin DennyForbidden Island (mono & stereo mixes) ... CD
Liberty/Rev-Ola (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $6.99
Martin Denny's music always takes us away to the tropics – and this set is a whole Forbidden Island of exotica tunes! The record features the classic Denny exotica quartet with Augie Colon and Julius Wechter – plus some additional guest players on flute, percussion, and guitar – rounding out things very nicely. The expanded sound works nicely for Denny's style – and the mood incorporates plenty of easy lounge arrangements of the fairly standard instrumentation in the backdrop – broadened wonderfully in the arrangements! It has sort of a blue-eyed tropics feel that makes it a cheeky classic! The set includes some good originals like "Goony Birds", "Cobra", "Exotica", and "Primitiva", plus the Les Baxter tunes "Port Au Prince" and "Sim Sim", as well as a perennial exotica fave, "March Of The Siamese Children". This version includes both the mono & stereo mixes of the full track list! CD
Also available Forbidden Island ... LP 9.99

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Markko Polo AdventurersOrienta ... LP
RCA, 1959. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A lost lounge gem from the RCA catalog – with a dreamy exotica feel that's right up there with the best of the bachelor pad era! Gerald Fried arranged and conducted this ersatz studio group, and his overall approach has lots of sweeping woodwinds and percussion, similar to the great Les Baxter work on Capitol during the same time. The tracks have a pronounced Eastern feel – as you'd guess by titles like "Yokahama Ferryboat", "Rain In Rangoon", "Madam Sloe Gin's", "Night Of The Tiger", and "Nagasaki". Great "Eastern" cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Living Stereo pressing!)

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Yma SumacVoice of the Xtabay (10 inch LP) ... LP
Capitol, Early 50s. Very Good- ... $5.99
One of the earliest Capitol albums by otherworldly singer Yma Sumac! As with Yma's other records, the album features many original tunes written by Moise Vivanco – her frequent musical collaborator at the time, and the force behind much of the stronger South American musical elements of the work. Of course, Les Baxter's also along to give the album a nice touch of early 50s exotica – making for a strange blend of Latin, easy, and otherworldly sounds that's always made the album one of Yma's most enigmatic. Titles include "Xtaby", "Wayra", "Taita Inty", "Monos", and "Tumpa". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, some stains, and some splitting and a bit of peeling along the bottom seam.)

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Si Zentner & Martin DennyMore/Exotica Suite ... CD
Liberty/Vocalion (UK), 1962/1963. New Copy ... $16.99
Two of the grooviest Si Zentner albums of the 60s – both of them great, but in very different ways! More is Si's attempt to follow up on the Italian soundtrack hit of the time – but the album also features loads of other great tracks from the time, done as very jazzy instrumentals by Zentner, with sharp horn passages that swing with plenty of brass upfront! The whole thing's mighty groovy – and titles include "Wildwood Days", "Hobo Flats", "Watermelon Man", "I Wonder", "The Good Life", "The Shampoo", and "More". Exotica Suite features all the great names in Exotica, packed together in one album – a set that features Martin Denny's piano, Les Baxter's compositions, and Bob Florence's arrangements – all served up with the orchestrations of Si Zentner! Si's music brings a really jazzy feel to the tunes – one you wouldn't expect from Denny on his own, and which even surpasses some of Les Baxter's grooviest moments too. The sound is very dynamic – originally recorded for Liberty's "Poly 120 Sound" series, with great recording quality that really makes the whole thing pop! Tracks include "Tiki", "Temple Pageant", "Bali Monkey Dance", and "Pagan Ritual". CD

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Les BaxterCaribbean Moonlight ... LP
Capitol, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Not as all-out exotic as some of Les' earlier Capitol albums, but still pretty darn great! The theme here is Carribean exotic, and the rhythms have a little bit more of Cuba and Haiti than they do of primitive Borneo. Les handles them nicely, as always, and contributes some wonderful arrangements to the album. Titles include "Deep Night", "Green Eyes", "Sway", "Out Of This World", and "Adios". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has some splitting on the spine & seams.)

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New VariousRe/Search – Incredibly Strange Music Vol 2 ... CD
Re/Search, Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Based from the great book series! This one's the second volume in Re/Search's series on Incredibly Strange Music – a landmark set of explorations into the nether regions of postwar popular music, one that coincided with mid 90s beathead culture, and led to a huge interest in albums that had long been overlooked by record collectors, sample heads, and anyone with a bent towards more unusual listening. This volume features tracks by the likes of Hot Butter, Nirvana Sitar & String Group, Ken Nordine, Russ Carcia, Les Baxter, Eden Ahbez, Rusty Warren, and Bob McFadden & Dor. CD
(Out of print.)

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New Les BaxterSkins! - Bongo Party With Les Baxter ... LP
Capitol, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very groovy LP of bongo-oriented tracks conducted by Les Baxter for "young America" (or so says the label!) The overall feel is nice and jazzy, and the tracks have a nice snapping bongo sound. Tracks include "Reverberasia", "Bustin the Bongos", "Brazilian Bash", and "Afro-Deesia" – and they all sound as great as the titles might imply. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original turquoise label pressing. Cover has a promo sticker, light wear, a spot of tape on the spine, some small edge rips, and some pen and WGN letters on the back. Labels have a couple of stickers and a bit of pen.)

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New Les Baxter/Harry Revel/Dr Samuel HoffmanMusic Out Of The Moon/Music For Peace Of Mind ... LP
Capitol, Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Reissue of two early 10" Theremin LPs – music by Harry Revel, arrangements by Les Baxter, and theremin by Dr. Samuel Hoffman. Great early theremin stuff, with large orchestral backings that have a really spooky feel to them. The theremin's not as out front as it is in early sci fi soundtracks, but you can really hear it slide in and out of spooky tracks like "This Room is My Castle of Quiet", "Radar Blues", and "Moon Moods". Great stuff! LP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label pressing. Cover has clear tape on the seams.)

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New Martin DennyQuiet Village ... LP
Liberty, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An undisputed classic in the exotica genre – and the record that yielded Martin Denny his biggest hit! The title track "Quiet Village" was originally written by Les Baxter, but it was Martin Denny's approach that really managed to send the tune over the top – using spare percussion, rhythmic piano, and just the right amount of vibes and bird calls to give the track a really haunting feel. That approach is echoed throughout the set – with shifting instrumentation that includes celeste, bongos, marimbas, and marimbula as well! Titles include "Quiet Village", "Paradise Found", "Sake Rock", "Martinique", "Tune From Rangoon", and "Pagan Love Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label mono pressing.)

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New Warren BarkerMusic Of Desire – The Exotic Rhythms Of Warren Barker ... LP
Warner, 1960. Used ... Out Of Stock
A pretty nice batch of orchestral exotica tracks – very much in the style of Les Baxter's excellent late 50s work for Capitol, although maybe a bit more romantic at times. There's lots of light lovely Latin-esque rhythms, with subdued percussion, haunting reeds, and sweeping strings on most tracks. Titles include "Amapola", "Monique", "Noche De Ronde", "Where Are You Now", and "Orchids In The Moonlight". Eeerie – and a nice one for late night! Good cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wide strips of masking tape on the seams, a rip on the spine, and some wear, with some pen and a WGN ink stamp on the back.)

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New Les BaxterAfrican Blue – Exotic Rhythms Of Les Baxter (single LP pressing) ... LP
GNP, Late 60s. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Not as totally exotic as the title might imply, and with a different sound than Les' early work for Capitol in that vein, but still a very groovy batch of tracks done in LA with a small group that includes Clare Fischer on organ, Carol Kaye on bass, and assorted Latin and Brazilian percussion. 12 tracks in all, including "Flame Tree", "Azure Sands", "Jalaba", "Johannesburg Blues", "Magenta Mountain", "Dark River", "Topaz", "Tree Of Life" and "Girl From Uganda". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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