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.