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Space Escapade

1 Dec. 2008 | Format: MP3

£6.49 (VAT included if applicable)
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Dec. 2008
  • Release Date: 1 Dec. 2008
  • Label: Hallmark
  • Copyright: 2008 Hallmark
  • Total Length: 29:48
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  • ASIN: B002G2FW1M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 657,544 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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FINALLY on CD after all these years, Space Escapade FINALLY gets proper attention on this fine edition from El Records. I am a huge Baxter fan/collector and can tell you that they have done a fine job. Let's breakdown the this edition piece by piece. First off, the cd booklet looks fantastic....they obviously got the rights to the real artwork because it's flawless! The back of the original album jacket is on the back of the booklet and has been reproduced clearly and beautifully. There is an 8 page booklet inside featuring a few rarely seen Baxter photos and a nice essay on his 50's recordings.
Ok, now to the music. As you know, a couple of tracks from Space Escapade were featured on a couple of the 90's Capitol Ultra Lounge cd releases taken from the masters, so I was curious to see how the quality holds up to those....(i.e. some Baxter cd releases have been put out by other companies in the past and were was just bad LP transfers). There is a differnce that is neither good or bad depending on what side of the mono/stereo fence you're on. The Ultra Lounge releases are in clear stereo. The new Space Escapade by El is the mono mix, but clearly taken from some sort of master. It sounds crystal clear and beautiful, but IS in mono, so, when played side by side with the Ultra Lounge 2 songs, sounds a bit "smaller" purely because of mono vs. stereo mixes. Some might view this as a good thing since the mono version came first anyways. All in all, it sounds wonderful and is nice to finally see a proper release with great artwork. The bonus tracks are wonderful as well with some real rare Baxter gems none of us have heard before. I give this 4 stars because it is a very very good release.
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Is a pleasure to see the music of maestro Baxter reissued. It has been so since the 90's when the CD popularized digital music. This is probably the best single album reissued; aside fromThe Exotic Moods of Les Baxter which comprises all his Capitol's years.

What you find is exotica music arranged to sell it as "space music", the sound of the late 50's. The CD is expanded with a lot of extra tracks from the same period, not as other CD which include two LPs, sometimes not very related or with a different music purpose; although sometimes you discover something like Ritual Of The Savage that includes also the rare and splendid "The Passions" with vocalist Bas Sheva.

The edition is deluxe with a very good booklet. If you like Les' music don't miss it.

Thumbs up for El Records.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x92d10024) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92d421b0) out of 5 stars FINALLY ON CD!!!!!!!! 21 May 2009
By G. Verdusco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
FINALLY on CD after all these years, Space Escapade FINALLY gets proper attention on this fine edition from El Records. I am a huge Baxter fan/collector and can tell you that they have done a fine job. Let's breakdown the this edition piece by piece. First off, the cd booklet looks fantastic....they obviously got the rights to the real artwork because it's flawless! The back of the original album jacket is on the back of the booklet and has been reproduced clearly and beautifully. There is an 8 page booklet inside featuring a few rarely seen Baxter photos and a nice essay on his 50's recordings.
Ok, now to the music. As you know, a couple of tracks from Space Escapade were featured on a couple of the 90's Capitol Ultra Lounge cd releases taken from the masters, so I was curious to see how the quality holds up to those....(i.e. some Baxter cd releases have been put out by other companies in the past and were just bad LP transfers). There is a differnce that is neither good or bad depending on what side of the mono/stereo fence you're on. The Ultra Lounge releases are in clear stereo. The new Space Escapade by El is the mono mix, but clearly taken from some sort of master. It sounds crystal clear and beautiful, but IS in mono, so, when played side by side with the Ultra Lounge 2 songs, sounds a bit "smaller" purely because of mono vs. stereo mixes. Some might view this as a good thing since the mono version came first anyways. All in all, it sounds wonderful and is nice to finally see a proper release with great artwork. The bonus tracks are wonderful as well with some real rare Baxter gems none of us have heard before. I give this 4 stars because it is a very very good release. But, I think everyone would agree that 5 stars would be in order if Capitol would get off their behinds and put this out ultra-proper, meaning a deluxe edition straight from the source with proper recording and log dates inside the booklet with alternate shots from the album cover (the way they used a few of them inside the Space Capades Ultra Lounge CD). Overall, if you are a Baxter fan and already have the LP they way I have for years, or you are just getting into the exotica/space music of yesteryear, BUY THIS NOW!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92d42204) out of 5 stars One giant leap for mankind! 19 May 2009
By Ben Glenn - Published on Amazon.com
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...and, by that title, not only do I mean that Baxter created a musical masterwork...but that the reissuers-that-be finally have excavated SPACE ESCAPADE from the Capitol vaults. A giant leap for lovers of this genre, indeed! The marvelous thing about Les Baxter is that, while the themes may be whimsical/campy/fun-loving...first, he was "in on the 'joke'" (just look at the the all-time-great cover art of "Space Escapade"); and, second, Baxter was a true virtuoso: his magnificent orchestrations -- the result of years of serious study and classical training -- are without peer. "Space Escapade" is an American classic, to be revered and cherished. Thank goodness that we have the recordings of the wonderful Les Baxter for letting us explore his, and our, musical dreamscapes.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92d424e0) out of 5 stars Lush string scores from Les Baxter 15 Jan. 2011
By hyperbolium - Published on Amazon.com
This is indeed the sound of an escapade in space, if it were to be accompanied by sprightly melodies and lush, string-heavy arrangements whose vibrations somehow transcended the vacuum of outer space. Throughout the `60s and `70s, arranger/conductor Les Baxter lent his touch to all manner of musical trends, including exotica, jazz, folk, show tunes and film soundtracks. This 1958 entry plays up the theme of outer space with its cover art and song titles, but musically it's akin to Baxter's intricate orchestral music rather than the space age pop of Esquivel or the piano early experimentation of Ferrante & Teicher. The percussion and the pizzicato of "The Commuter" sound more like a busy day in New York than a Mars fly by, and "Saturday Night on Saturn" suggests the oppressive, syncopated work of Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" rather than the idle living of a modern society. Like many of Baxter's albums, this is perched on the edge of kitsch; but also like many of Baxter's albums, the listener's ears are rewarded by the quality of the maestro's orchestrations. Those who picked up El's 2009 mono CD will be happy to learn that this MP3 collection is in full-spectrum, space-age stereo. [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Cutomer S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
No where is the fact that this issue is in MONO is reflected in the product description? Sounds nice but MONO??
I think I'll stick to the version I pulled off my LP and cleaned up. GanymedeTest and Measurement has a wonderful product called Wave Corrector that drops out the pops clicks and rumbles and makes the "cleaned" lp version much preferable to this. C'mon, the stereo tapes are out there.... get it out on stereo, it adds SOOO much to the ambience.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92d42a20) out of 5 stars Lounging amdist the stars 1 Dec. 2012
By R. S. Kern - Published on Amazon.com
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Starlight melody lines and rising strings, sometimes perky zeal evident, other times laid back and fullsom. Very enjoyable with resonance and perfect clear audio
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