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Les BaxterBroadway '61 ... LP
Capitol, 1961. Very Good ... $7.99
The title sort of says it all, as Les serves up straight instrumental versions of showtunes from the musicals Camelot, Wildcat, Unsinkable Molly Brown, and Tenderloin. Titles include "I Ain't Down Yet", "If Ever I Would Leave You", "Camelot", "You're Far Away From Home", and "Tommy, Tommy". LP, Vinyl record album

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Les BaxterJungle Jazz ... LP
Capitol, Late 50s. Very Good- ... $24.99
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 stereo pressing. Cover has some seam splitting.)

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Les BaxterMidnight On The Cliffs ... LP
Capitol, Late 50s. Very Good ... $6.99
Dreamy work from Les Baxter – featuring his chorus and orchestra over string-heavy arrangements that match the midnight sea setting on the cover. The work's a lot more flowery than his exotic recordings for Capitol – but it's got an insanity that we find quite appealing, especially in its attempt to convey illicit midnight passion. Titles include "Suddenly", "The Medic Theme", "The Shrike", "Blue Mirage", "End Of Spring", and "Dream Rhapsody". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label promo. Cover has some wear, seam splitting, and a promo sticker.)

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✨✧ Les BaxterTangos – Arthur Murray Favorites (second cover) ... LP
Capitol, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $5.99
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(Rainbow label pressing.)

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Gene RainsFar Away Lands – The Exotic Music Of Gene Rains ... CD
Real Gone/Decca, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99
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 cliched, 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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✨✧ Yma SumacFuego Del Ande ... LP
Capitol, Late 50s. Very Good- ... $3.99
One of the most obscure albums by vocalist Yma Sumac – and one of the most compelling too! The album has Yma working in the Andean style of her earlier 10" albums for Capitol – working with Moises Vivanco on a set of tunes that have a much more traditional and almost folkloric style than some of her work with Les Baxter. Titles include "Clamor", "Dale Que Dale", "Llora Corazon", "Gallito Caliente", "La Molina", and "Flor De Canela". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a split seam held with a piece of clear tape, splitting on the bottom seam, a light stain at the bottom, and a 3 inch tear on the front paste-on.)

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Les BaxterAfrican Jazz ... LP
Capitol/So Far Out (UK), Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)... Around January 6, 2015 (delayed)
One of the greatest Les Baxter records, and one that's got just about everything you'd ever want! Plas Johnson plays tenor, and his solos are right out front, and recorded beautifully. There's a number of other great LA session players on percussion and vibes, and the arrangements have a definite jazz bent to them. Tracks include "Congo Train", "Walkin Watusi", "Ostrich Hunt", "Balinese Bongos", and "Mombasa After Midnight". Fantastic stuff, and recorded with beautiful sound! LP, Vinyl record album

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Les BaxterConfetti ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... Around May 1, 2015
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✨✧ Les BaxterAfrican Jazz ... LP
Capitol, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest Les Baxter records, and one that's got just about everything you'd ever want! Plas Johnson plays tenor, and his solos are right out front, and recorded beautifully. There's a number of other great LA session players on percussion and vibes, and the arrangements have a definite jazz bent to them. Tracks include "Congo Train", "Walkin Watusi", "Ostrich Hunt", "Balinese Bongos", and "Mombasa After Midnight". Fantastic stuff, and recorded with beautiful sound! LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has half split seams.)

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✨✧ Les BaxterBrazil Now ... LP
GNP, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fab bossa from Les Baxter – one of his few albums done in a Brazilian style, and a really wonderful record! The sound is a combination of Les exotica and chorus styles – forged into a bossa beat, and done with a sweetly swinging groove that's every bit as great as some of the bigger arrangers from Brazil in the late 60s. Jazzy bits come into contact with groovy bits – and the voices are always perfectly spaced as to allow for some strong instrumental interplay. The whole thing's a massively sweet delight – and we love it! Titles include "Who Will Buy", "A Man & A Woman", "Balan Samba", "Canta De Ossanha", "Tristeza", "Laia Ladaia", and "Somewhere In The Hills". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Les BaxterIt's A Big, Wide, Wonderful World Of Les Baxter ... LP
Sears, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We're never actually sure of the source of this material, but we've always suspected it to be from Les' Capitol years – although we can't be sure. While not entirely exotic, the orchestrations here do have a lot of nice orchestral flourishes that show Les at his best, and occasional Latin touches spice things up nicely. Titles include "Sabre Dance", "Piccolissima Serenata", "Tico Tico", "Ritual Fire Dance", and "Never On Sunday". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Les BaxterRitual of the Savage ... LP
Capitol, 1952. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A masterpiece of exotica! Ritual Of The Savage is one of those must-have albums from the 50s – a super-huge record upon its initial release, and an album that pushed the genre of exotica far further than most others at the time! Before this record, most attempts at exotica were simple instrumental pop, colored with slight worldly instrumentation – or too-dreamy recordings, putting over a sleepy version of life on the islands. Enter Les Baxter, who had an amazing ear for sounds, rhythms, and arrangements – one that was the first to record this sort of music in a way that was sonically evocative, and could stand on its own without other referents. Instrumentation is often conventional, but used oddly here – and Baxter's original compositions are all pretty darn great – playful without being goofy, and nicely mixing Latin and Pacific rhythms at the bottom. Titles include "Busy Port", "The Ritual", "Coronation", "Jungle Jalopy", and Les' original version of "Quiet Village". Heck, even the cover is gorgeous – with a brilliant blue illustration of some guy putting the moves on a woman amidst spooky tribal relics! LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a partially split top seam and worn spine.)

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✨✧ Les BaxterSounds Of Adventure ... LP
Capitol, Mid 60s. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Neil NormanGreatest Science Fiction Hits II ... LP
GNP, 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Late, but moody LP of Sci-Fi electronic space themes. Les Baxter plays keyboards and Neil Norman plays synth & theremin, and the two of them make it through some really well-chosen material, including a few originals like "March of the Lizard Men" and "Daughter of the Lesser Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, small stickers, and a center split on the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Les BaxterFruit Of Dreams (Ports Of Pleasure/The Sacred Idol) ... CD
Capitol/El (UK), 1957/1960. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 BaxterJewels Of The Sea (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/El (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the rarest Les Baxter albums – and one of the best! The theme is undersea exotic – and Les uses a swirling mix of strings, piano, organ, flute, and electronics to create a haunting sound that makes you feel like you've discovered some hidden grotto under the sea, filled with jewels and other treasures you could only imagine in dreams. The scoring is similar to some of Les' other great work on Capitol – but the dreaminess of the instruments gives the record a whole different sound, without getting as snoozy as some of his easy pop work. Titles include "Dancing Diamonds", "Enchanted Sea", "Sunken City", "Stars In The Sand", "Sea Nymph", and "Dolphin". CD also features 13 more tracks – from The Sacred Idol, Ports Of Pleasure, and Tamboo – titles that include "City Of Veils", "Pool Of Love", "High Priest Of The Aztecs", "Procession Of The Princes", "Tahiti A Summer Night At Sea", and "Batumba". CD
 
 
 



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