Les Baxter Primitive And Passionate / Les Baxter Balladeers

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Format:  CD
item number:  COL 7491
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2 Original LPs on 1 CD

CD Details

  • Released: March 14, 2006
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Collectables Records
  • Original Album #1: Warner Bros. Reprise 6048
  • Original Album #2: Warner Bros. Reprise 6064

Description by OLDIES.com:

Two complete classic albums comprised of almost entirely original material by Les Baxter. The Primitive and the Passionate was originally released by Warner Bros. in 1962, and Les Baxter's Balladeers was released by the same label in 1963. With 24 total tracks on one CD, this compilation is sure to please any Les Baxter fan.


  • 1.Fiesta Brava
  • 2.Tenderly
  • 3.Peking Tiger
  • 4.Laura
  • 5.A Night With Cleopatra
  • 6.Via Veneto
  • 7.Bird Of Paradise
  • 8.Slave Ship
  • 9.Manchurian Melody
  • 10.Taste Of Honey
  • 11.Congale
  • 12.Little Girl Blue
  • 13.Ashville Junction
  • 14.Dunya
  • 15.The Green Mountain Boys
  • 16.Que Bonita Bandera
  • 17.My Fisherman, My Laddie
  • 18.Darlin' Corey
  • 19.Let My Little Light Shine
  • 20.Gotta Travel On
  • 21.Sinner Man
  • 22.Joy, Joy, Joy
  • 23.Brandy
  • 24.Sail Away Ladies

Product Description:

Liner Note Author: Al Fichera.
Another in Collectables' series of Les Baxter two-fers, The Primitive and the Passionate/Les Baxter's Balladeers collects a pair of the composer/conductor's early-'60s albums. With song titles like "Peking Tiger" and "A Night with Cleopatra," 1962's The Primitive and the Passionate is a pretty typical -- and entertaining -- mix of Baxter's instrumental exotica and standards. And, while the relatively straightforward renditions of "Laura," "Little Girl Blue," and "A Taste of Honey" might be a little too tasteful to pique the interest of modern exotica/lounge fans, their supreme smoothness is almost as much of an accomplishment as the album's more whimsical moments. These include the spooky, mariachi-lounge of "Fiesta Brava"; the Latin rhythms and smoky flutes on "Congal‚"; and "Bird of Paradise," a sunny, string-driven track that builds on Baxter's quintessential hit, "Quiet Village." Les Baxter's Balladeers, on the other hand, goes in a completely different direction: instead of exploring and borrowing from the music of exotic cultures, on this 1963 album Baxter delves into the sounds of traditional American music in response to the era's folk music resurgence. With its simple production and the focus on the Balladeers themselves (including Phil Campos, Ernie Sheldon, and Jerry Yester in this incarnation), this album feels less like a Les Baxter album than a solid collection of early-'60s folk-pop. However, the versions of "Ashville Junction," "Sail Away Ladies," and Sheldon's originals "The Green Mountain Boys" and "Dunya" still exemplify what that sound was all about. ~ Heather Phares

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  • UPC: 090431749128
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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