Acrobat Music

The Les Baxter Collection 1943-62

Les Baxter
Styles: Easy Listening, Pop
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7118
This is the latest in Acrobat’s series featuring the great arranger/conductor/composers of the ‘golden era’ of popular music during the 1940s and ‘50s, which so far encompassed the likes of Billy May, Nelson Riddle, Hugo Winterhalter, Ray Conniff and others. Les Baxter began his career arranging for swing orchestras in the early ‘40s, but made his name both as an arranger/conductor accompanying some the noted vocalists of the day, primarily during his time with Capitol Records, and achieved high-profile chart success in his own name with easy listening orchestral and choral chart entries, scoring No. 1 hits with “Unchained Melody” and “The Poor People Of Paris”, and a No. 2 with “April In Portugal”, plus around a dozen others. With the dawn of the LP era in the ‘50s he became famous for pioneering the recording of the style of easy listening orchestral music known as exotica. This great value 107-track 4CD set, which, like our other arranger/conductor collections, has been researched, compiled and annotated by former national newspaper showbiz journalist and photographer Geoff Wilding, traces his career during these two key decades, with examples of his work in all these sectors during that time. It features recordings by some of the noted artists with whom he worked, including Nat King Cole, Margaret Whiting, Freddie Slack, Bing Crosby, Al Martino, Yma Sumac, Jimmy Wakely, Ella Mae Morse and others. It’s a fascinating profile of Baxter’s multi-faceted talents and career.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Small Batch O' Nod Freddie Slack & His Orchestra
2 Furlough Fling Freddie Slack & His Orchestra
3 Ain't That Just Like A Man Margaret Whiting with Freddie Slack & His Orchestra
4 The Gee Chee Love Song Freddie Slack & His Orchestra
5 Cuban Sugar Mill Freddie Slack & His Orchestra
6 Bashful Baby Blues Freddie Slack & His Orchestra
7 Am I Blue Eugenie Baird with The Mel-Tones
8 Day By Day Bing Crosby with The Mel-Tones and The Buddy Cole Trio
9 I Got The Sun In The Morning The Mel-Tones with Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
10 Try A Little Tenderness The Mel-Tones with Sonny Burke & His Orchestra
11 What Is This Thing Called Love The Mel-Tones with Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
12 Don't You Believe It Dear The Mel-Tones with Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
13 Lunar Rhapsody Dr. Samuel J. Hoffman with Les Baxter & His Orchestra
14 Possession Dr. Samuel J. Hoffman with Les Baxter & His Orchestra
15 Dance Of The Winds Yma Sumac with Les Baxter & His Orchestra
16 Virgin Of The Sun God Yma Sumac with Les Baxter & His Orchestra
17 Lure Of The Unknown Love Yma Sumac with Les Baxter & His Orchestra
18 Mona Lisa Nat King Cole with Les Baxter & His Orchestra
19 The Greatest Inventor Of Them All Nat King Cole with Les Baxter & His Orchestra
20 My Heart Cries For You Jimmy Wakely with Les Baxter & His Orchestra
21 Music By The Angels Jimmy Wakely with Les Baxter & His Orchestra
22 Zing Zing Les Baxter & His Orchestra & Chorus
23 The Roving Kind Les Baxter & His Orchestra & Chorus
24 Beautiful Brown Eyes Jimmy Wakely with Les Baxter's Orchestra & Chorus
25 At The Close Of A Long Long Day Jimmy Wakely with Les Baxter's Orchestra & Chorus
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Too Young Nat King Cole,with Les Baxter and His Orchestra
2 Because Of You Les Baxter His Chorus and Orchestra
3 Unless Les Baxter His Chorus and Orchestra
4 Quiet Village Les Baxter and His Orchestra
5 Quiet Village Martin Denny and His Orchestra. Featuring Arthur Lyman (Vibraphone)
6 A Weaver Of Dreams Nat King Cole with Les Baxter and His Orchestra.
7 The Story Of My Wife Nat King Cole with Les Baxter and His Orchestra.
8 Shrimp Boats Are A Comin', (There's Dancin' Tonight) Dick Beavers with Les Baxter, His Orchestra and Chorus
9 As Long As The River Flows On Tex Ritter with Les Baxter and His Orchestra
10 When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again Tex Ritter with Les Baxter and His Orchestra
11 Blue Tango Les Baxter His Chorus and Orchestra
12 I'm Yours Dick Beavers with Les Baxter His Orchestra and Chorus.
13 Kiss Of Fire Dick Beavers with Les Baxter His Orchestra and Chorus.
14 Lonely Wine Les Baxter His Orchestra and Chorus
15 Auf Wiedersehn Sweetheart Les Baxter His Orchestra and Chorus
16 Indian Summer Sue Allen with Les Baxter His Orchestra and Chorus
17 Suddenly Bill Kennedy with Les Baxter His Orchestra and Chorus..
18 April In Portugal Les Baxter His Orchestra and Chorus.
19 Romantic Rio Les Baxter His Orchestra and Chorus.
20 When You're Mine Al Martino with Orchestra Conducted By Les Baxter
21 All I Want Is A Chance Al Martino with Orchestra Conducted By Les Baxter
22 Ruby Les Baxter and His Orchestra.
23 I Love Paris Les Baxter with His Chorus and Orchestra
24 Gigi Les Baxter with His Chorus and Orchestra
25 Tropicana Les Baxter with His Chorus and Orchestra
26 Julie Les Baxter with His Chorus and Orchestra
27 Elaine (Gitane) Les Baxter with His Chorus and Orchestra
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Cornflakes Les Baxter and His Orchestra.
2 Lust Bas Sheva with Les Baxter and His Orchestra
3 If You Were Mine Les Baxter and His Orchestra and Chorus.
4 Atlantis Les Baxter and His Orchestra.
5 Wake The Town And Tell The People Les Baxter with His Orchestra featuring The Notables
6 Midnight On The Cliffs Leonard Pennario (piano) with Les Baxter and His Orchestra
7 Dream Rhapsody Leonard Pennario (piano) with Les Baxter and His Orchestra
8 Venezuela Les Baxter His Orchestra and Chorus
9 Besame Mucho Betty Reilly with Les Baxter and His Orchestra
10 Blues In The Night Betty Reilly with Les Baxter and His Orchestra
11 The High And The Mighty Les Baxter His Orchestra and Chorus
12 When You're In Love Les Baxter His Orchestra and Chorus
13 I Ain't Mad At You Honey Baby The Bombers with Les Baxter and HisOrchestra
14 Blue Mirage Les Baxter His Orchestra and Chorus
15 Unchained Melody Les Baxter His Orchestra and Chorus
16 Blue Star (The Medic Theme) Les Baxter His Orchestra and Chorus
17 If I Love Line Renaud with Les Baxter His Orchestra and Chorus
18 I'll Never Stop Loving You Les Baxter His Chorus and Orchestra
19 The Shrike Les Baxter His Chorus and Orchestra
20 The Poor People Of Paris (Jean's Song) Les Baxter His Chorus and Orchestra
21 Simba Les Baxter His Chorus and Orchestra
22 The Trouble With Harry Les Baxter His Chorus and Orchestra
23 Down In Mexico Ella Mae Morse,with Les Baxter His Orchestra and Chorus
24 I'm Gonna Walk Ella Mae Morse with Les Baxter and His Orchestra
25 Tango Of The Drums Les Baxter and His Orchestra
26 Melodia Loca Les Baxter and His Orchestra
27 Sinner Man Will Holt with Les Baxter's Orchestra and Chorus
28 The Left Arm Of Buddha Les Baxter and His Orchestra
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Taboo Les Baxter and His Orchestra
2 Deep Night Les Baxter and His Orchestra
3 The Breeze And I Les Baxter and His Orchestra
4 Nightingale Les Baxter and His Orchestra
5 Temptation Les Baxter and His Orchestra
6 Afro Deesia Les Baxter and His Orchestra
7 Brazilian Bash Les Baxter and His Orchestra
8 Bustin' The Bongoes Les Baxter and His Orchestra
9 Poppin' Panderos Les Baxter and His Orchestra
10 Gringo Les Baxter and His Orchestra
11 Tahiti (A Summer Night At Sea) Les Baxter and His Orchestra
12 Shanghai Rickshaw Les Baxter and His Orchestra
13 City Of Veils Les Baxter and His Orchestra
14 Hong Kong Cable Car Les Baxter and His Orchestra
15 Tramp Steamer To Singapore Les Baxter and His Orchestra
16 La Panse (Little Flower) Les Baxter & His Orchestra & Chorus
17 Giant Les Baxter His Orchestra and Chorus.
18 Love Theme From A Farewell To Arms Les Baxter and His Orchestra
19 Dance From Bonjour Tristesse Les Baxter and His Orchestra
20 Dance Everyone Dance Salli Terri with Les Baxter His Orchestra and Chorus
21 Piccolissima Serenata Les Baxter and His Orchestra
22 Milord Les Baxter and His Orchestra
23 Voodoo Dreams Les Baxter and His Orchestra
24 Pyramid Of The Sun Les Baxter and His Orchestra
25 Pepe Les Baxter His Orchestra and Chorus
26 Theme From Manchurian Candidate Les Baxter and His Orchestra
27 Manchurian Beat Les Baxter and His Orchestra
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