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Les Baxter - vinyl recommendations?
Shipwreckjoey
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Posted: 2006-06-19 12:51 am   Permalink

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On 2005-06-08 09:50, naugatiki wrote:
In other recent news, some major finds include some Martin Denny - Exotica for $1 and a $1 pristine, near-mint Liberty "The Best of Martin Denny"



I recently picked up a pristine copy of Martin Denny's "20 Golden Hawaiian Hits" on Liberty (LST-7415) for 6 bucks at a used record store in Ocean Beach. As the old saying goes..."some days it pays to get up in the morning".


 
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OnyaBirri
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Posted: 2006-06-21 6:09 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-06-13 14:32, Digitiki wrote:
Thanks Blue Thunder! I have a copy that was made from a reel-to-reel of Space Excapades and it shows "Somewhere In Space" as song #9 and not "A Look Back At Earth". Was that track renamed? All the other songs and song order are exactly the same. Strange.



The stereo version had one title; the mono version had the other. It is essentially the same track, although the mono version of this LP contains instrumental and sound effect overdubs not on the stereo.


 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2006-06-22 02:00 am   Permalink

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On 2006-06-21 18:09, OnyaBirri wrote:
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On 2006-06-13 14:32, Digitiki wrote:
Thanks Blue Thunder! I have a copy that was made from a reel-to-reel of Space Excapades and it shows "Somewhere In Space" as song #9 and not "A Look Back At Earth". Was that track renamed? All the other songs and song order are exactly the same. Strange.



The stereo version had one title; the mono version had the other. It is essentially the same track, although the mono version of this LP contains instrumental and sound effect overdubs not on the stereo.



Someone has done their homework!! Veeeery nice!!

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


 
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HarveyMidnight
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Posted: 2006-07-16 10:53 am   Permalink

I don't see a mention of Baxter's Jewels Of The Sea-- it's my personal favorite of Baxter's & I believe it's a soundtrack(?).


Kind of unusual-- there's some kind of electric(?) organ in the mix; I don't know enouhg to identify it... gives the music a warm & maybe a 'spacey' sound. Overall the music is slow, pretty; reminisent of being under the sea, of course. I think two of the tracks from this album are available on the Exotic Moods cd set.





 
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alohacurrent
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Posted: 2006-07-16 1:26 pm   Permalink

I noticed Baxter's 'Brazil Now' album is being released as an import next month some time. Anyone have this record and could comment how good it is comparitively speaking. i'm not at all familiar with it.

 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2006-07-16 4:10 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-07-16 10:53, HarveyMidnight wrote:
I don't see a mention of Baxter's Jewels Of The Sea-- it's my personal favorite of Baxter's & I believe it's a soundtrack(?).


Kind of unusual-- there's some kind of electric(?) organ in the mix; I don't know enouhg to identify it... gives the music a warm & maybe a 'spacey' sound. Overall the music is slow, pretty; reminisent of being under the sea, of course. I think two of the tracks from this album are available on the Exotic Moods cd set.





"Jewels of the Sea" was the last concept album that Les did for Capitol Records. The organ, which is likely a Novachord, adds greatly to the unique qualities of the record. The strange sounds that emanate from this electronic device are interspersed sparingly throughout the selections and add an almost magical effect.

The title track "Jewels of the Sea" was originally composed by Les Baxter as "Katia's Theme" for the American International film Black Sunday.

Hope this helps!

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2006-07-16 4:15 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-07-16 13:26, alohacurrent wrote:
I noticed Baxter's 'Brazil Now' album is being released as an import next month some time. Anyone have this record and could comment how good it is comparitively speaking. i'm not at all familiar with it.



"Brazil Now" was retitled "The Colors of Brazil" and was released as a two-fer with "African Blue" by GNP Crescendo catalog# GNPD 2036. It is a domestic release and should still be readily available. This would be a lot cheaper than waiting to buy an expensive import and only getting the one album. Both albums match perfectly since they are both albums of Brazilian music.

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


 
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HarveyMidnight
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Posted: 2006-07-17 06:25 am   Permalink

Well, another Baxter album I love is The Dunwich Horror sountrack-- but it's not a Tiki or Exotica album at all.

It has has some organ-type sounds, too. Yet another reason for my loving Baxter's music so much-- the music is scary, but at the same time it also seems a little melancholy & reflective. Great Halloween atmosphere, if ya like that kind of thing.


 
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I, Zombie
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Posted: 2006-07-17 7:26 pm   Permalink

Harvey,

I have a copy of Cry of the Banshee, which is also in that Halloween category. The liner notes are spooky too, telling you that when you listen to this LP, you might see apparitions and other ghostly figures. It super creeped me out, I know that! I'm getting goose bumps just writing this.

Also your mention of Jewels of the Sea is dead on. That IS a stellar Baxter LP. A friend of mine and I were thrifting down in Iowa a few weeks ago and picked up a mint Stereo copy of it for a buck. THAT was a find!!!

Glen




 
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HarveyMidnight
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Posted: 2006-07-19 1:55 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-07-17 19:26, I, Zombie wrote:
Harvey,

I have a copy of Cry of the Banshee, which is also in that Halloween category. The liner notes are spooky too, telling you that when you listen to this LP, you might see apparitions and other ghostly figures. It super creeped me out, I know that! I'm getting goose bumps just writing this.




OMG that sounds wild! I'll definitely have to keep a lookout for this one!


 
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sushiman
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Posted: 2007-09-06 8:20 pm   Permalink

My Teen Drums LP ( bought on Ebay ) arrived from the UK yesterday . It's an EMI pressing in near mint condition with EXC jacket . I'm a drummer myself so obviously dig all the boom boom ba boom . Read somewhere that this album was more or less done extemperaneously . But Les was talented enough to just stroll in the studio , snap his fingers and voila . Of course having talent like Milt Holland and others didn't hurt . Cool record .

 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2007-09-07 08:07 am   Permalink

Teen Drums is a great album. My favorite track has to be "I Dig" with improvised sax solos by none other than Plas Johnson!!!

I'm sure Les approached this album professionally but with a "tongue in cheek" emphasis on percussion and improvisation. This was probably the closest Les wanted to get to a rock-n-roll album because he really despised the genre.

Still "Classic" Les Baxter!

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


 
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jacoby
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Posted: 2013-01-08 4:32 pm   Permalink

Hello all- I have a copy of the original pressing of the 78rpm Music Out of the Moon. The box is a little scuffed but the disca themselves are near mint. Anyone have any idea of their value?

 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2013-01-15 1:37 pm   Permalink

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On 2013-01-08 16:32, jacoby wrote:
Hello all- I have a copy of the original pressing of the 78rpm Music Out of the Moon. The box is a little scuffed but the disca themselves are near mint. Anyone have any idea of their value?



Hi jacoby,

Not much. I'd probably say it's worth $25 but ultimately it's only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. The problem is that it has been reissued multiple times on CD and vinyl. I believe it's also available for download as well. '78's are for the completist only and hence don't appeal to many collectors unless it doesn't exist in any other format. The "cool" factor about this set is that it features the theremin and was touted as having the first four-color record cover!

Still a nice find and welcome to TC.

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


 
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Hale Tiki
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Posted: 2013-01-15 1:55 pm   Permalink

Old thread, but man am I glad I can still find these kinds of things in the wild. Thank you third copy of Quiet Village.

 
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