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 Posted:   Jun 27, 2020 - 12:44 PM   
 By:   LoungeLaura   (Member)

I first bought the Les Baxter score on LP 24 years ago when OnyaBirri and I were in a long-distance relationship. I have always enjoyed this score, and my bias might be colored by two factors: my familiarity with the Baxter version and seeing the film with his score. I've yet to see this soft-porn masterpiece with Pierro's pieces.

A few years ago, we got the double CD that has both scores. I hadn't A/Bed them in a while, but inspired by Thor's Zoom Cheers Chat, today was the time. I love both, but I'm sticking with Les. The Piccioni soundtrack features his signature tactile flourishes. However, I can hear it being used in any other Euro-soft-porn film. Baxter's sounds like Bora Bora looks: tropical, exotic, with seas of gentle azure. It complements the film's lurid production...a travelog of sex in a mystical setting. It also stands alone as an exotica record.

So, mix yourself something strong and share your passion. Cheers!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2020 - 2:38 PM   
 By:   fmfan1   (Member)

It may be that you already know this, but if you like Bora Bora, you may also want to try Baxter's album for KPM called "African Blue" aka "Bugaloo in Brazil." Note: This is different from "Colors of Brazil" which is also pretty good.

Another good selection along these lines is Baxter's "Que Mango".

For those who haven't discovered the joys of true exotica, hurry and give a listen to Baxter's "The Ritual of the Savage", "African Jazz", and the film score, "The Sacred Idol."

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2020 - 3:02 PM   
 By:   LoungeLaura   (Member)

It may be that you already know this, but if you like Bora Bora, you may also want to try Baxter's album for KPM called "African Blue" aka "Bugaloo in Brazil." Note: This is different from "Colors of Brazil" which is also pretty good.

Another good selection along these lines is Baxter's "Que Mango".

For those who haven't discovered the joys of true exotica, hurry and give a listen to Baxter's "The Ritual of the Savage", "African Jazz", and the film score, "The Sacred Idol."


Wow! I have a Les Baxter soulmate, in addition to Mr. Birri of course! I would throw in "Jungle Jazz" and "Tamboo" to round it out. Cheers!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2020 - 3:32 PM   
 By:   fmfan1   (Member)

Wow! I have a Les Baxter soulmate, in addition to Mr. Birri of course! I would throw in "Jungle Jazz" and "Tamboo" to round it out. Cheers!


These are terrific albums as well! Just yesterday, I was sending another fan my list of exotica "must haves" and both "Jungle Jazz" and "Tamboo" were on the list. Although Les Baxter "nails" the exotica sound better than any other composer, there are other albums by other composers that would appeal to soundtrack fans, including those by Gerald Fried, Russ Garcia, Ron Goodwin, and Dominic Frontiere.

Milt Raskin's "Kapu" is excellent, for example, but is sadly unavailable on CD.



 
 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2020 - 3:47 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Mr. Birri need not worry about Zardoz becoming another soulmate of LoungeLaura's.
"An Evening Of Edgar Allan Poe" is the only composition by Les Baxter that I love. This is out of 9 soundtracks by Baxter that I have in my music collection.
I have more than 100(!) titles by Piero Piccioni, but I never acquired Bora Bora.
Not having heard either's Bora Bora, I shouldn't speak anything Zardoz-ish.
My Vortex-travelling stone head is curious, though, to learn what are LoungeLaura's favorite Piccioni works ... ?

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2020 - 4:21 PM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

The Piero Piccioni is intriguing, but its never been one of my favorites of his. The Les Baxter, on the other hand, I absolutely love:



I think this might be Baxter's greatest score, come to think of it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2020 - 6:11 PM   
 By:   LoungeLaura   (Member)

Mr. Birri need not worry about Zardoz becoming another soulmate of LoungeLaura's.
"An Evening Of Edgar Allan Poe" is the only composition by Les Baxter that I love. This is out of 9 soundtracks by Baxter that I have in my music collection.
I have more than 100(!) titles by Piero Piccioni, but I never acquired Bora Bora.
Not having heard either's Bora Bora, I shouldn't speak anything Zardoz-ish.
My Vortex-travelling stone head is curious, though, to learn what are LoungeLaura's favorite Piccioni works ... ?


Where to begin? Let's start with Puppet on a Chain...then, my fave, The 10th Victim, or maybe my other fave Camille 2000. BTW, I've never seen Puppet but the latter two are ravingfave films!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2020 - 7:49 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

I just listened to Dylan's YT link to the AIR LP on Les Baxter's Bora Bora ... and ... the 1st listen didn't impress me. Baxter's 'album' approach to the material is too evenly measured for me and the music's characteristics are too mild-mannered (rather like a Henry Mancini easy listening program). I was anticipating some unpredictable passages of ear-tickling eccentricities or musical non-sequiturs. Dare I describe it as formulaic? I feel it would be more engrossing if one cue was a brief 55 seconds whilst another track was more long-winded & clocking-in past 6 minutes.

I think Armando Trovajoli achieved something similar to Bora Bora with this:

https://youtu.be/pTqL6Xv869Y?list=OLAK5uy_lLf2K8onmP7SirRjxxgt71N11P2PdFflA

Riusciranno i nostri eroi a ritrovare l'amico misteriosamente scomparso in Africa?

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2020 - 7:09 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Milt Raskin's "Kapu" is excellent, for example, but is sadly unavailable on CD.

I am not a big fan of mp3 files in general, but there is an excellent sounding mp3 album of "Kapu" available.

Please note that there are several versions, and preview them with headphones. The best one is on the Flair label, or so the image says. It is stereo and clearly from a tape source. I burned it onto a CD and play it on the hi-fi, and I think it sounds fantastic.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2020 - 7:11 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

The money cut on "Bora Bora" is "Emerald Sea." It comes in at the 13:38 point on the video linked above.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2020 - 8:15 AM   
 By:   fmfan1   (Member)

Milt Raskin's "Kapu" is excellent, for example, but is sadly unavailable on CD.

I am not a big fan of mp3 files in general, but there is an excellent sounding mp3 album of "Kapu" available.

Please note that there are several versions, and preview them with headphones. The best one is on the Flair label, or so the image says. It is stereo and clearly from a tape source. I burned it onto a CD and play it on the hi-fi, and I think it sounds fantastic.



I will have to do this - Thanks for the details! Right now, it is one of the few albums I permanently keep on my phone through a Spotify subscription. There, it appears under the album name "Exotic Sounds of Hawaii." (Of course, the album could always disappear off Spotify.) "Koko Head" is the top track for me.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2020 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

"Koko Head" and the stunning "Maika" are the money cuts, but the whole album is great.

Crown later reissued this album as "Exotic Percussion." There may have been other titles in other countries, hence the confusion.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2020 - 9:49 PM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

Though it's out of print, if you can find it I highly recommend Quartet's 2 CD set of "Bora Bora," featuring the original LP and film tracks for both scores.

https://www.quartetrecords.com/product/bora-bora/

 
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