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Ritual of the Savage (Le sacre du sauvage)/ The Passions CD

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  • Audio CD (26 Jun. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rev-Ola
  • ASIN: B000FJHWAM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,539 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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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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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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars An exotica classic poorly mastered... 10 Dec. 2015
By Ramblin' Man - Published on Amazon.com
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This is definitely a great album and one of my favorites of Les Baxter's. But I have to agree with an another reviewer that the sound is awful. I don't know what they did with the mastering, but there is weird digital distortion. Not too noticeable on certain parts of songs, but very noticeable on the quiet parts. The beginning of Jungle River Boat when the harps begin to play is almost unbearable for me. I really don't understand because I also have the Yma Sumac Mambo album from the Rev-Ola label and it sounds great. I own two copies of this album on vinyl, a 1980's pressing and the original pressing, and both do not have the same distortion that you can hear on this CD. I also like The Passions album as well, but the distortion on this CD makes it really unpleasant to listen to. It's very disappointing because The Passions album is not easy to find on vinyl.
I would recommend finding the vinyl copies of these albums and not wasting your money on this CD. If you don't own a record player, then this would better than not being able to hear these great albums at all, but even a vinyl rip to CD would probably be better. Five stars for the music, one star for the sound quality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Ritual of the Savage/The Passions 10 Sept. 2007
By Bruce Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ritual of the Savage. 17 Jan. 2013
By russie - Published on Amazon.com
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I was thrilled to find this on DVD. My old 33rpm record had been become very scratched and past enjoyable listening.
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