The Fruit Of Dreams - Les Baxter

The Fruit Of Dreams
The Fruit Of Dreams is a fantastic combination of Les Baxter's rarest, best and most pure exotica albums Ports Of Pleasure and The Sacred Idol, both of these records are rightly internationally acclaimed as masterpieces, remarkably this is their first release anywhere on CD. Les Baxter was the founding father of exotica, a variation of easy listening that documented the sounds and styles of the South seas, India and South America. Exotica became a massively popular trend from the early fifties and with the onset of international jet travel, making it possible for middle-class Americans to simulate an authentic travelogue experience in the comfort of their suburban homes. The music of Les Baxter is never sad or gloomy-it is full of the adventure of life, the sounds of exotic lands and the free spirit of life close to nature. Because of the wild inventiveness of his music Les Baxter is a hero to contemporary independent artists as diverse as Jello Biafra and Beck. Les Baxter has scored many movies and he also scored music for theme parks and seaworlds. In the nineties Baxter was widely celebrated, alongside Martin Denny (for whom he had written the 1959 top ten hit Quiet Village) and Arthur Lyman Group, as one of the progenitors of exotica.
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1. TAHITI: A SUMMER NIGHT AT SEA
2. SHANGHAI RICKSHAW
3. CITY OF VEILS
4. HONG KONG CABLE CAR
5. TRAMP STEAMER TO SINGAPORE
6. MONKEY DANCE OF BALI
7. THE PEARLS OF CEYLON
8. HAREM SILKS FROM BOMBAY
9. SIDEWALK CAFES OF SAIGON
10. THE GATES OF ANNAM
11. PROCESSION OF THE PRINCES
12. THE FEATHERED SERPENT
13. FRUIT OF DREAMS
14. POOL OF LOVE
15. AQUADUCTS
16. THE GAMES
17. CONQUISTADORES
18. GARDENS OF THE MOON
19. TEMPLE OF GOLD
20. PYRAMID OF THE SUN
21. THE HIGH PRIEST OF THE AZTECS
22. ACAPULCO

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•    Enrico Nicola Mancini. Orchestral craftsman. Melodic genius. Seventy-two Grammy Nominations, twenty wins...eighteen Oscar nominations, four wins... two Emmys, a Golden Globe, a Grammy Lifetime award.

•    Although he was hired as a pianist and arranger for Glenn Miller's post-war band and was a busy in-house arranger for Universal films from the early fifties (contributing to or completing an estimated 100 scores), it was 1958 before Mancini really exploded onto the scene with his searing Afro-Cuban style score for Orson Welles' film noir Touch of Evil, the director's still underrated masterpiece of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town, and also with the irresistible chart-topping swinger-jazz he composed for NBC's crime-battling Peter Gunn, a nationwide TV hit created by Blake Edwards, the film director, screenwriter, producer and former Universal editor with whom 'Hank' was to enjoy a long and fruitful association.

•    Playboy Themes is an anthology of Mancini's trailblazing output from the 1958 landmarks to the end of 1962, taking in music from both "Gunn" and its sequel Mr. Lucky with which Mancini and Edwards revolutionised the whole concept of television music, and a raft of successful early film collaborations between the two men; Breakfast At Tiffany's (starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard), High Time (Bing Crosby and Tuesday Weld), Experiment In Terror (Lee Remick and Glenn Ford) and in a nice change of pace for Mancini, a dramatic picture, The Days of Wine and Roses (Lee Remick and Jack Lemmon) which, like Tiffany's and Moon River was boosted by a themesong co-composed by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer.

•    In addition to Touch of Evil (Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh), Mancini themes from some other, non-Blake Edwards pictures are also featured, including from Howard Hawks' Hatari! (John Wayne and Elsa Martinelli), Robert Mulligan's The Great Impostor (Tony Curtis and Karl Malden) and Jack Arnold's Bachelor In Paradise (Bob Hope and Lana Turner)

NB: This title is released on October 20, 2014 and will not be dispatched until this date.

TRACK LIST:

1.    SIDEWALKS OF CUBA
2.    A POWDERED WIG
3.    PLAYBOY'S THEME
4.    BIJOU
5.    A COOL SHADE OF BLUE
6.    SNOWFALL
7.    FREE AND EASY
8.    DREAMSVILLE
9.    A PROFOUND GASS
10.    GOOFIN' AT THE COFFEE HOUSE
11.    MR. LUCKY 2.12
12.    SOFTLY 2.44
13.    MARCH OF THE CUE BALLS 3.15
14.    MR. LUCKY (GOES LATIN)
15.    LUJON
16.    BLUE MANTILLA
17.    SUSAN
18.    MOON TALK
19.    HIGH TIME
20.    SOMETHING FOR CAT
21.    HOLLY
22.    THE GREAT IMPOSTOR
23.    BACHELOR IN PARADISE
24.    THE SOFT TOUCH
25.    FLUTTER'S BALL
26.    EXPERIMENT IN TERROR
27.    THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES (VOCAL)

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