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Return To Paradise: A History Of Exotica - Various Artists

Return To Paradise: A History Of Exotica

Released on 20/09/10. Strange, Sultry and Seductive...fierce, fascinating and feverish - here are sounds to quicken the heart-beat; the tropical fantasy of a hidden world. A woman¹s voice calls, hypnotic and compelling; drums repeat the haunting command and the music weaves a spell of mystery.

From the early fifties, with the onset of international air travel, Exotica became a massively popular musical trend; making it possible for middleclass Americans to simulate an authentic travelogue experience - to India, Africa, Cuba, or the South Seas - in the comfort of their suburban homes.


This public looked to Les Baxter, Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, Yma Sumac, Korla Pandit or Robert Drasnin to provide (in contrast to the prevailing rock and roll scene) a mystical combination of Oriental, African and Latin sounds, decorated with natural effects gathered from the sea, sky and forest.


Exotic music was originally conceived with Ravel's Bolero and Debussy¹s Pagodes. It left the classical world and entered pop through Les Baxter. In 1950 he created Voice of the Xtabay with four octave Peruvian singer Yma Sumac and a year later released the seminal work of exotica, his tone poem Ritual of the Savage (Le Sacre Du Sauvage).

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Les Baxter-  Quiet Village / Mozambique / Pool Of Love / Martin Denny - When First I Love / Coronation / Jungle Madness / Robert Drasnin- Chant Of The Moon / Orinco / You / Arthur Lyman -  Bwana A /  Busy Port / Yma Sumac - Taita Inty (Virgin Of The Sun God) / Frank Hunter And His Orchestra- Strange Echoes / Temple Bells / Gene Rains - Lotus Land / John Mcfarland Sextet - Summer Storm / Watusi / Paul Conrad – Paradise /  The Markko Polo Adventurers – Mountain / High, Valley Low / Tak Shindo-  Mwanza Market Place / N'ga - The Maiden / Stanley Wilson - Zulu Love Magic / Korla Pandit - Kashmiri Love Song

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