Sunday, January 06, 2008

Les Baxter - Love is a Fabulous Thing (1958)


Here's a fabulous album filled with inventive portraits of the many moods of love, from a chance flirtation to moments of ecstasy. The melodies are sophisticated and dramatic, just the kind the world expects from one of its most popular composers, Les Baxter. He's adorned each theme with a provocative title, inviting your imagination to dream along with him. Les' thrilling orchestrations sparkle with fire in these richly romantic tributes to the universal emotions of love.
Well, I couldn't have said it better myself than those liner notes above! This is yet another gem from the HPB bargain bin, and the first thing that caught my eye was the cover - the girl certainly looks, er, uh, happy! Well, one listen to this album and you'll understand why she's happy - as usual, Les Baxter does not disappoint. This album is great! I'm not going to go into detail about Les Baxter, because most of you are very familiar with this musical god of exotica. So, just go to Space Age Pop and read a great bio about him there.

Track listing for Les Baxter - Love is a Fabulous Thing:

Side 1:
1. Love is a Fabulous Thing
2. Hot Summer Night
3. Cherchez La Femme
4. Our Kind of Love
5. Moonlight Stroll
6. Rush Hour Romance

Side 2:
1. Early Morning Blues
2. Paris Interlude: Mignonette - Femme du Monde - Gamin
3. My Love and the Sea
4. Afternoon Affair
5. Well, All Night Long
6. Dawn On the City

5 comments:

mel said...

Thank you, Esther - you're really starting the new year right!

Keep it up.

Jorge said...

Thanks for this post.
Happy new year to you and to all your blog-readers.
I'll be back ;o)

Esther said...

Hi, Mel! Hi, Jorge!

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!

Baggy Gator said...

Esther,

Am I missing something? You used to be my favorite blog. I have downloaded so many albums from you.

Now, recently, I cannot find one album that I like that has a download link. This is another one.

Is this a Megaupload problem?

I especially love and want the album I downloaded from you and it has disappeared from my files. "Hugo & Luigi - Cascading Voices".

I went back to your page for this and was there a link? NO.

What's going on?

Please advise. Thanks.

Esther said...

Hi, Baggy,

Megaupload was shut down by the US government. If you go to their website, you'll see a nasty message posted there. As a result, I lost all my music backups. At this time, I do not intend to re-up them, as there are too many and it would take way too much time. Only those that I backed up on another site survived. I hope you do continue to visit and check out the "new" records I post about. Thanks so much for being a frequent visitor!

Esther