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Colours of Brazil/African Blue [Import]

Les Baxter Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Jun 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Gnp
  • ASIN: B000001OUN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,694 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Felicidade (From The Film 'Black Orpheus')
2. Canta De Ossanha
3. Balan Samba
4. Day Of The Roses (Dias Das Rosas)
5. A Man And A Woman
6. Who Will Buy
7. Somewhere In The Hills (Favela)
8. Goin' Out Of My Head
9. Tristeza (That Sadness)
10. Berimbau
11. Laia Ladaia
12. A Banda
13. Born Free
14. Yellow Sun
15. Flame Tree
16. Zebra
17. Dark River
18. Topaz
19. Tree Of Life
20. Girl From Uganda
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two original albums on one CD 7 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD contains two original albums of Les from the late 60's. The first 13 tracks coming from an LP originally titled "Brazil Now" (except "A Banda" which is a bonus from the "Love Is Blue" album). Most of them are well-known standards, not composed by Les, but arranged and conducted in his own special way. Please note that this is no traditional latin music, but very fine easy listening pop. In fact not all songs are latin stuff, but Les brings latin moods also to titles like "A Man and a Woman" (by Francis Lai) and "Born Again" (by John Barry). The remaining 12 tunes (composed by Les himself) representing his "African Blue" album, which is as I think fantastic. Good compositions played by great musicians! Sound quality is also very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lush sounds from les and the boys and girls 30 Dec 2008
By David Spanswick VINE VOICE
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A fabulous collection of 2 albums on one CD, the multi rhythms from Africa and Brazil conjured into an accessible sound of Les Baxter's big band and chorus make for a real treasure. A toe tapper and sing/whistle along collection evoking a bygone era of clinking cocktail glasses and sun drenched lounges. One of the smoothest discs around
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two original albums on one CD 17 Aug 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD contains two original albums of Les from the late 60's. The first 13 tunes coming from an LP originally titled "Brazil Now" (except "A Banda" which is a bonus from the "Love Is Blue" album). Most of them are well-known standards, not composed by Les, but arranged and conducted in his own special way. Please note that this is no traditional latin music, but very fine easy listening. In fact not all songs are latin stuff, but Les also brings latin moods to titles like "A Man and a Woman" (by Francis Lai) and "Born Free" (by John Barry). The remaining 12 tracks (composed by Les) representing his "African Blue" album, which (in my opinion) is fantastic. Good compositions played by great musicians. Sometimes the guitar sounds like played by Jerry Reed! Sound quality is also very good.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TheGreatEqualizer 27 July 2006
By TheGreatEqualizer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Relax...here's the honest truth- the "Real Deal" so-to-speak. One of the most difficult musical genres to access is Exotica. Most people don't even know what the f@#k it is, and arguably for good reason, Its difficult to discover and represents a slightly obscure period of cultural history. But if you happen to discover it this is probably one of the best albums to date in its class. (And if you haven't discovered Exotica, this may be the stronest gateway into such a bizarre world.) Baxter now has a real "feel"--its finally groove-oriented while retaining its melodical and harmonic sense. Cooler than the at-times corny stuff that Baxter and others made before its inception while still capturing some strong essences of the original style; It should not be compared to Brazilian Samba and Bossa Nova, true Brazilian genres critical to the advancment of music as an artform. You should compare it, rather, to its own soothing sense of "escapism", a product of its own invention.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The orchestra needs more instruments but still manages to get the sound and rhythm... 30 July 2007
By J. Niswander - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This Les Baxter title has some great music on it, but by the time this was released it it obvious he was not given the budget he deseved and loved. Still, he made good use of the tiny "orchestra" and while it is not my favorite, I still enjoy it. Les Baxter helped to create numerous musical styles with subtle influences on music (from the early use of the theremin on his arrangements on "Music Out Of The Moon" to the epic works such as "Ritual Of The Savage"). Before the Beatles, Les Baxter had a very successful decade with Capitol Records! I remember hearing the number one hit "The Poor People Of Paris" when I was only 3 years old. But I did not become familiar with the Les Baxter name until about 5 years ago. Why? I am enjoying his music as if it were new. This CD is fine but not as complex. It has a "pop" chorus on some numbers. I wish all his other material would be released--including all of his soundtracks.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dreamy Les 25 Sep 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What's wrong with Mr. Baxter giving his interpretation of Brazilian music? Why not? All I need is one rainy day, one valium and one record-lovely. This is mood music at its best.
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS WONDERFULLY ENJOYABLE MUSIC!!! 2 Mar 2013
By Nynorsk - Published on Amazon.com
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I recommend this album to those of you who love to sit back in your favorite chair with your favorite drink and enjoy a musical libation!!!
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