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  • Audio CD (2 Mar. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rev-Ola
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,543 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Presenting!!!! The amazing genius of LES BAXTER - MOR hitmaker, Jazz innovator, member of Mel Torme’s innovative Mel-Tones; innovative and acclaimed A&R man and producer to everyone from Yma Sumac to a series of Biker movies and electronic music pioneer.

And here is the Stravinskyesque grand master of EXOTICA in his acknowledged masterpiece album "Ritual Of The Savage"!! The inspiration for the entire EXOTICA genre all in one place... and coupled here with Baxter's legendary and little heard tone poem "The Passions", where vocalist Bas Sheva goes absolutely nuts in a gamut of feelings as Baxter's orchestra spirals to a crescendo of sound!!!

All sounding better than ever in the inimitable RevOla style this is the DEFINITIVE Les Baxter CD!!!!

Beautifully packaged and annotated by the lovely Lounge Laura Taylor - RevOla's catwalk queen.

A must for all fans of Exotica, the strange and unusual… and people who like Baxter – LOVE Stravinsky! Seriously!!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coincidence Vs Fate TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This contains Baxter's most famous composition, "Quiet Village", which is smoother, lusher and just BETTER than Martin Denny's version, none of those ridiculous over the top jungle noises!

Baxter really was a fine craftsman and some of his compositions are truly remarkable. It's a shame that he's not more well known and I would readily recommend this CD to anyone who's interested in getting a little bit of Exotica into their lives.

If you can afford it, get the double out-of-print "The Exotic World Of..." from Amazon Marketplace. A fine collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mick B on 6 Jan. 2009
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Les Baxter at his peak with perhaps the best Exotica album of them all. Everyone home should have at least obe copy. Best enjoyed with a Mai Tai.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Ground zero album for exotica along with wordless vocal masterpiece that makes Pink Floyd's "Great Gig In The Sky" seem tame 3 Aug. 2006
By Moon Mist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It is my hope that all of Les Baxter's exotica albums will soon have made it to CD, and this hope is becoming a bit more of a reality, thanks to the release of these two great pieces of impressionist mood music from the master himself.

Martin Denny may have had the minor Top 40 hit with 1959's "Quiet Village", but I still prefer the original, complete with lush orchestral strings and a myriad of percussion instruments, as is featured as easily the most famous and recognizable selection off of the first true exotica album, 1951's "Ritual of the Savages". Much of the album will remind anyone over 50 of the soundtracks of old movies set in tropical locales, such as "The African Queen", "Hurricane", "Drums of Tahiti", "King Solomon's Mines", or any number of Tarzan films.

The daughter of a wealthy and prominent Jewish family in Philadelphia, Beatrice Kurzman studied voice with the intent of honoring her family's wishes that she become a cantor. However, she veered off that course and into popular music, but adapted the stage name of Bas Sheva ("Bathsheba") to attempt to at least meet her family's wishes half-way. After performing in the Jewish resorts of the New York Catskill Mountain "Borscht Belt" in the early 1950's, in 1953, she recorded, in a brash, brassy and somewhat untraditional way, an album of traditional Jewish songs on Capitol Records, the long out-of-print "Soul Of A People".

Her powerful and unique voice caught the attention of fellow Capitol labelmate Baxter, who made her the voice of woman in his 1954 tone poem "The Passions". While I have always preferred Baxter's true exotica albums over this one, it still is a very interesting and unusual album. I love wordless vocals and this is something Les Baxter also uses to good effect on his mostly instrumental exotica releases. Sheva shows a true dynamic range on this album with "Lust" being an especially good cut, featuring Sheva at her most sensual, with sounds almost simulating orgasm. I would have liked to have seen the look on her parents' faces when they heard this album.

This and "Soul Of A People" are the only known recordings Bas Sheva ever made. She returned to live entertaining and died of diabetic shock while performing on a cruise ship off the coast of South Carolina in 1960. She was only 34.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Martini Mood Music! 9 Jan. 2007
By Balclutha - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
An excellent genre-creating album from the '50s before rock n roll came crashing. Really takes me back. Back where? How should I know? I was born in 1966! I was listening to Rubber Soul and Revolver in the womb! What I mean is this record conjures a mood as well or better than any of the exotica, ez, space-pop or swinger hep-cat sounds of the era. Martin Denny was my gateway to finding this great stuff...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Ritual of the Savage/The Passions 10 Sept. 2007
By Bruce Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
My mother had these on vinyl and I listened to them growing up. I was glad to find out that they were available on CD. I will confess that my hearing is not the best, but they sounded great given what I would expect the quality of the original recordings was. I was not fond of The Passions with Bas Sheva. I believe that if you like Les Baxter and classic lounge music you will be very happy with this CD.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Classic of Exotica Music 15 Oct. 2013
By Mr. E. - Published on Amazon.com
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Much has been written about this album, and it is well-known and respected in Exotica circles. After listening to it closely, I'd say that this album is also proof that little has changed in the marketing of music since the mid-20th century. The first part of the album (tracks 1-12) is 'Ritual of the Savage' - a classic exotica collection, one of the real icons that helped establish the genre. It combines tropical and Asian themes, ethnic instruments and sound effects to produce a vivid, almost cinematic experience. The second part of the album (tracks 13-20) is 'Passions' - a rawer and much less popular form of exotica, emphasizing wordless female vocals. Opinions are mixed about this style - one reviewer called it "banshee howling"! - but it obviously didn't have the staying power of classic exotica. Both were originally separate works, and both are fairly short. It's clear that Rev-Ola (the record label) decided that combining them onto one LP would increase sales - slightly for 'Ritual' (by increasing the play length) and considerably for 'Passions' (by associating it with 'Ritual'). If you enjoy classic exotica, it's certainly worth getting the entire album; I tend to think of tracks 13-20 as freebies, like the 'Bonus Material' you get on the same DVD with a good movie.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Too hip 2 May 2014
By Nick Pusloskie - Published on Amazon.com
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That is Les Baxter. Too darn hip. Totally amazing music that holds up, my opinion only, after all these decades. Yes - DECADES. I would like to find a tiki bar that plays exotica music - that would be my favorite hangout.

The musicianship is first rate. The music is very, very cool. The sound is hot.

I listen to the Retro Cocktail Hour (you can google it) on Saturday evenings, and that is what got me turned onto this style of music.
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