Ritual of the Savage/The Passions

Les Baxter

Album Title: Ritual of the Savage/The Passions

Artist(s): Les Baxter

Year: 2006

Label: Rev-Ola

Country: UK

Genre(s): Exotica, Lounge

Format(s): Compact Disc

Availability: Still in Print, Limited Availability

Track Listing:

  1. Busy Port
  2. Sophisticated Savage
  3. Jungle River Boat
  4. Jungle Flower
  5. Barquita
  6. Stone God
  7. Quiet Village
  8. Jungle Jalopy
  9. Coronation
  10. Love Dance
  11. Kinkajou
  12. The Ritual
  13. Bacoa
  14. Despair
  15. Ecstasy
  16. Hate
  17. Lust
  18. Terror
  19. Jealousy
  20. Joy


Ground zero for exotica.  "Ritual" is  looked at as THE place where the exotica genre started and this album contains the original "Quiet Village."  Martin Denny may be credited for making Quiet Village a hit song, but it was Baxter that penned the tune. This CD release contains two Baxter albums.  Both sound like they are directly from the master tapes.  The sound quality is sparkling.  While Passions is a bit more primal with its howling vocals, its still pretty ground breaking considering when it was originally released.  "Ritual of the Savage" should be the cornerstone of every well rounded Exotica collection.

Sample Track: 1-01 Quiet Village

One Response

  1. Darren Long says:

    Aloha Mark! Nice set-up here with the Beachcomber’s Corner! This is one I’m working on getting an LP copy of to make a clock. It’s such a classic Les Baxter
    cover…love it! I appreciate you posting all these covers…gives me a ‘fill in the blanks’ idea for what I need in my listening collection and clock making collection, too.

    Mahalo for your great efforts here and on the ‘Quiet Village’….you’re making this California boy’s life a bit brighter while I’m land-locked here in Nashville, TN!
    Keep it Tiki!—Best, Darren.