Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Les Baxter "Percussions tropicales" Mode Disques, 196?

Hey ! Wait a minute...this is definitely not french, this is not even european, this is american ! ok, i know, when i started this blog, i've decided to devote it to lost (or not so lost) european and french vinyl records...but once in a while i will make a twist to my own rule and moreover, this is a french pressing.
No need to be an Exotica specialist to recognize Les Baxter's 1963 "Soul of the drums" LP cover behind this strange "Percussions tropicales" title and this is exactly what it is.
Everything i would say about Les Baxter would be less than what you'll find about him here and there so...
Exotica has never been a genre of its own here in France, even if some astonishing records wich now belong to this musical field were recorded in this country (Michel Magne's "Tropical fantasy" or Nino Nardini/Roger Roger's "Jungle obsession" of course, but one can also add "Gainsbourg Percussions" Lp to this list).
In France, Calypso, Mambo, Cha Cha or any "Quiet village" or "Jungle drums" covers were labelled under the same "Tropicale" or "Exotique" generic names. Some of the best known lp's from the Exotica masters were available, Martin Denny of course and Arthur Lyman with Taboo 1 & 2 released as "Les sons exotiques d'Arthur Lyman vol.1 et 2", but i had never heard of any Les Baxter french release until i found this LP and here it is...

By the way, i'm quite sure that my vinyl pops and clicks LP rip can't be mistaken with this 2 on 1 CD version, but i want you to know that it is available in this format.

See you soon !

The zip file contains high resolution cover scans and tracks encoded at 192 kbps.

percussions tropicales

12 Comments:

Blogger savoadaki said...

This is indeed a special treat, and a bit of a surprise -- thanks for the French touch. One of my special collections involves Baxter, Denny, etc, and this is one that's new for me.

5:39 AM  
Blogger gypsum gypsy said...

This could otherwise be perceived as a disclaimer for sharing but offers a crucial, valid point: Vinyl vs. CD: Suppose the 3 or 4 major record labels (or is it still 5?) had begun offering vinyl master rips in CD format rather than "remastered" for CD versions? I'm just askin'.

6:32 AM  
Blogger PS said...

Nice album ....many thanx , check my blog maybe there's something you may fancy ?

11:32 AM  
Blogger space debris said...

Salut Patrice,

I never managed to find this album "in the wild" but knew it existed.
Mode / Vogue released some AMAZING exotica and US space age pop for the French market - including Baxter's The Passionate and The Primitive, Alex Stordahl's Jasmin & Jade, Mel Henke's Dynamic Adventures in Sound (!), and Afro Percussions by Don Ralke (which is none other than his brilliant The Savage and the Sensuous Bongos)... Ah - that must be one of my most memorable scores on the Brussels' flea markets ever - maybe one day I'll tell you the story...

Anyway - Vogue definitely had an agreement with US labels to give certain exotica albums a European release. I'm glad they did - though the albums are not easy to find I've picked up my share of copies on local fleas over the years.

Cool.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Tiki-Tim said...

One of my favorite of all Baxter albums...A must for those who don't have this "Jewel".Thanks for sharing it......

1:26 AM  
Blogger I Eat Apples said...

i'm sorry to sound like a pain but i do think your earth is out as the same humming noise is on the 7drums share. Great blog tho!

5:38 PM  
Blogger whoops said...

same answer that i made to you in the "7 drums concerto" comments but i must admit that the background noises are louder on this one (1960's pressing !). Please, don't think that i can't admit a mistake but i've made more than 100 vinyl rips (singles and lp's) up to this day and i faced more than one electrical problem and sorry but i can't hear one on those rips. Thanks anyway cause you made me realize that i need a new cartridge.

11:39 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

The link is now expired, and I am very sad. Any way to induce you to renew? Thanks for the consideration! MANY terrific recordings on your blog. I am enjoying as many as I can snag!

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

file not found

please re-uped
thanks

5:07 PM  
Anonymous yesyesyes said...

To find it, then to find it gone. I am so saddened.

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As of 20 July 09 The file is gone. . .history, deep sixed, kipped, ripped off, gonesville, took the last train, booked,

Can you re up? The above poster promised to send you $25.00 cash if you would re up it!

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Roberta said...

This can't have effect in reality, that's what I think.

3:14 PM  

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