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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 BaxterLove Is A Fabulous Thing ... LP
Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $1.99
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+ ... $3.99
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Les Baxter And OthersWild Stereo Drums ... LP
Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Compilation of Capitol artists doing material designed to show off rhythmic stereo patterns. Les Baxter does a couple exotica things, and Dick Harrell delivers two cool rockin' drum tracks. There's a total of 9 tracks in all, including "Bangkok Beat", "Blue Rhumba" and "Bongo Bash" by Pepe Dominguin, "Rocket Racket" and "Drivin' Around The Block" by Dick Harrell, "Uncle Tom Tom" and "Ting Ting Ting" by Les Baxter, "Drummer Boys" by Felix Slatkin & The Drum Brigade and "Tri Fi Drums" by Stan Levy, Alvin Stoller and Irv Cottler with the Billy Mays Orchestra. Powerful Percussion! Dramatic Stereo! Exciting Variety! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small mark from price sticker removal.)

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Les Baxter/Harry Revel/Dr Samuel HoffmanMusic Out Of The Moon/Music For Peace Of Mind ... LP
Capitol, Early 50s. Good+ ... $14.99
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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Yma SumacVoice of the Xtabay (10 inch LP) ... LP
Capitol, Early 50s. Very Good- ... $3.99
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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New Les BaxterPorts Of Pleasure ... LP
Capitol, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 wide clear tape along the top & bottoms 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
(Rainbow label pressing.)

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New Gene RainsFar Away Lands – The Exotic Music Of Gene Rains ... CD
Real Gone/Decca, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet anthology of the late 50s and early 60s exotica groovers Gene Rains recorded for Decca! As a group leader, he's got the sunny exotic island vibe down pat – even if he doesn't get the kind genre esteem as his more famous contemporaries Les Baxter and Martin Denny! The instrumentation has a bit more of smaller combo vibe that some the more orchestra exotica – making really nice use of vibes, piano and and lots of cool percussion. There's some occasional groovy thematic effects – crashing wave sounds, distant vocal chants and more – but nothing clichéd, and not too heavy-handed. 19 tracks in all: "Hana Maui", "Harbor Lights", "Africa", "Jungle Drums", "Songs Of Delilah", "Mapuana", "Lonely Winter", "Flamingo", "Jasmine And Jade", "Bangcock Cockfight", "Strange Cargo", "Sayonara", "Lotus Land" and more. CD

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New Si Zentner & Martin DennyMore/Exotica Suite ... CD
Liberty/Vocalion (UK), 1962/1963. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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New Les BaxterColors Of Brazil/African Blue ... CD
GNP/Crescendo, Late 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A genius set from Les Baxter in the late 60s – and a double-length album that combines one Brazilian and African-inspired grooves! The Brazilian set is taken in a very bossa-based mode – one that uses small combo percussion, tinkling piano, bubbling organ, and added vocals from Les' chorus – who sing over the top of the tunes in a style that's mostly wordless, and which gives a very groovy 60s sort of feel to the record – one that's almost a soundtrack variation on the bossa. The African Blue set is even better – not as totally exotic as you might think, but still with plenty of great 60s touches – thanks to a small instrumental combo that includes Clare Fischer on organ, Carol Kaye on bass, and plenty of added percussion! The tunes have a lightly dancing feel that's really great – again showing Baxter's shift to a more soundtrack-oriented mode of expression, one that actually brings out a deeper feel from the exotic themes of the tunes. 25 tracks in all – with titles that include "Flame Tree", "Azure Sands", "Jalaba", "Johannesburg Blues", "Girl From Uganda", "Kalahari", "Dark River", "Day Of The Roses", "Tristeza", "A Banda", "Who Will Buy", and "A Man & A Woman". CD

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New Stanley BlackExotic Percussion ... LP
London, Mid 60s. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Both Phase 4 and Stanley Black have made their share of snoozy LPs, but this is not one of them! The label lists the talent as "Stanley Black with Women's Voices", and boy do those gals give his music a kick. Their spooky chorus haunts these exotic ditties, and ally Stanley's sound much more with the Les Baxter/Hollywood version of exotica than the snoozy fifties London stuff. An exotica classic – no wonder it's one of the toughest Phase 4 LPs to find. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Les BaxterLost Episode Of Les Baxter (10-inch ep) ... LP
Dionysus, 1961. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Martin DennyForbidden Island (mono & stereo mixes) ... CD
Liberty/Rev-Ola (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
 
 
 



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