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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. The Poor People Of Paris (Jean's Song)Les Baxter & His Orchestra 2:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. The Medic-ThemeLes Baxter 2:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. I Concentrate On YouLes Baxter 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. RubyLes Baxter 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Unchained MelodyLes Baxter 2:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Calcutta (1995 - Remastered)Les Baxter 2:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Because Of YouLes Baxter 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. April In PortugalLes Baxter 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. All The Things You AreLes Baxter 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Blue TangoLes Baxter 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Wake The Town And Tell The PeopleLes Baxter 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. The ShrikeLes Baxter 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Never On SundayLes Baxter 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. I Love ParisLes Baxter 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Quiet VillageLes Baxter 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. The High And The MightyLes Baxter & His Orchestra 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
This is it 8 Jun. 2000
By "bobbybutton" - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The tracks "The High and The Mighty" and "Unchained Melody" found on this CD are the definitive versions. These are the recordings that were big hits on AM radio in the 1950's. When I first listened to this CD I was surprised at how many tracks I remember as hits. This CD is a great complilation. Every track is a gem and all are ORIGINAL RECORDINGS. As a former Top 40 DJ, I have an extensive collection of music and this CD makes my library richer. It's one of my favorites. Les Baxter performs beautifully. If you like great music this CD is for you. Buy it!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Les, the Merrier! 8 May 2007
By James Scharnott - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Though beloved as one of the granddaddies of the exotica movement, bandleader and arranger extraordinaire Les Baxter (recording under his own name as well as backing some of the biggest names in Capitol's '50s pop vocal stable) was responsible for some of the lushest, loveliest pop instrumentals of the 1950s and early 1960s. With silky strings, peppy percussion, otherworldly vocal choruses and an ear for crafting utterly unforgettable melodies, Baxter assembled many memorable singles.

This CD, a reissue of an circa 1962 compilation of '50s material with a few bonus tracks from the early '60s, provides an excellent intro to Baxter's work while standing very well on its own. The soaring "The High and the Mighty" and "Blue Star" mix well with the peppy "Poor People of Paris" and "Blue Tango," the moody "Because of You" and "Unchained Melody," and the lovely-yet-plodding "I Love Paris."

Baxter's exotic ways are here to boot, as demosntrated by his original "Quiet Village," which is far sexier than most subsequent versions (even -- or especially -- without the obligatory birdcalls).

A must for fans of '50s pop, and a primer for all aspiring orchestra leaders.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By ernest a. dupont - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is the master Les Baxter at his best. Some of his greatest hits - APRIL IN PORTUGAL, POOR PEOPLE OF PARIS, UNCHAINED MELODY - are here. (The latter was Leroy Anderson's biggest hit.) All the magic of Baxter's crisp amd marvelous percussions are here, well captured by Capitol. His imagination shines through in songs like NEVER ON SUNDAY. This master never forgets the melody. No one has captured the instrumental side of Piaf's song (La Gualante du Pauvre Jean) like Les Baxter... POOR PEOPLE OF PARIS. Maestro, well done.
Pleased with purchase 10 Jan. 2014
By Melissa - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This was a gift for my mother. I was pleased with how quickly I received the package. My mom has really enjoyed this cd, especially the song "Poor People of Paris".
Les Baxter 5 Feb. 2015
By coralpink - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A great album to listen to for easy listeners.
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