Les Baxter The Fruit of Dreams

The Fruit of Dreams
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  • Released: December 6, 2005
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: El Records


  • 1.Tahiti: A Summer Night at Sea
  • 2.Hong Kong Cable Car
  • 3.Pearls of Ceylon
  • 4.Bangkok Cock Fight
  • 5.Gates of Annam
  • 6.Shanghai Rickshaw
  • 7.Harem Silks From Bombay
  • 8.Sidewalk Cafes of Sigon
  • 9.Tramp Steamer of Singapore
  • 10.Spice Islands Sea Birds
  • 11.City of Veils
  • 12.Monkey Dance of Bali
  • 13.Procession of the Princes
  • 14.Feathered Serpent
  • 15.Fruit of Dreams
  • 16.Pool of Love
  • 17.Aquaduscts
  • 18.Games
  • 19.Conquistadores
  • 20.Gardens of the Moon
  • 21.Temple of Gold
  • 22.Pyramid of the Sun
  • 23.High Priest of the Aztecs
  • 24.Acapulco

Product Description:

FRUIT OF DREAMS reissues two rare Les Baxter albums: PORTS OF PLEASURE and THE SACRED IDOL. Never before released on CD, these songs represent the best in exotica.
While Esquivel will always be the uncontested king of "Space Age Bachelor Pad Music," for sheer glorious kitsch, few hold a candle to Les Baxter, one of the true pioneers of "exotica," the easy listening variant which conjured up the shades of various distant lands through dramatic instrumental figures and the use of unusual instruments. The Fruit of Dreams collects 22 Baxter pieces from his celebrated Capitol Records LPs of the 1950s, and by his standards this stuff is just a bit staid; while Baxter's trademark use of wordless vocal choruses, xylophones and marimbas to establish a foreign local, and dynamic orchestral swells are in healthy supply, much of this stuff is more in the vein of Baxter's film scores than his "exotic" works (and Baxter did plenty of film scores, including Roger Corman's fabled cycle of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations). However, if you're interested in vintage oddball easy listening that gently nudges rather than hitting you over the head, this is fine stuff indeed, and this isn't a bad introduction to Baxter's sonic world view, though some of the later tracks on this disc appear to have been taken from damaged source materials (there's clearly audible distortion on "Gardens of the Moon," for example). It's good fun, and certainly a lot cheaper than traveling to the South Seas or South America yourself. ~ Mark Deming

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  • UPC: 5013929305724
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