How do you describe exotica to people who don't know what it is? Middle aged white guys writing Polynesian music in the 1950's? American cultural imperialism rewriting native music to make it less threatening to Ward and June Cleaver? Or a few composers who drew non-Western influenes into the lounge style of the time? Whatever the answer is exotica is wonderous music. To quote the notes that come with it: "Put a Baxter record on the hi-fi and the kids, dogs, and lawn mower are transformed into a realm of half-naked women, jungle verandas, and tropical libations." It's tiki escapism. As for the albums included, Tamboo is great, a perfect album of exotica by one of the genre's masters. Each song is a mood piece taking the listener to a places such as Tehren, Havana, and Rio. But these are safe places where nothing bad happens and the temperature is always perfect, idealized sonic locales for relaxing with a cool blue drink. Skins on the other hand is emphasizes drums. That creates a rater jarring transition from one album to the other. While fine on its own, it seems an odd choice to accompany Tamboo. Still its great to have these on CD. Exotica has been much maligned and forgotten. People like Baxter, Martin Denny, and Arthur Lyman were all geniuses at what they did. As odd as the genre is it should not be forgotten again.