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Les Baxter, Thinking of you, Capitol Record

Updated on August 5, 2015
Romantic melodies stay with us through the years, but musical styles change frequently, and with the changes come a need for orchestral interpretations that are fresh and new phrased as this moments’ love affair. Les Baxter had extraordinary talent.
Romantic melodies stay with us through the years, but musical styles change frequently, and with the changes come a need for orchestral interpretations that are fresh and new phrased as this moments’ love affair. Les Baxter had extraordinary talent.

In this album, using his famed chorus in uniquely expressive fashion, Les Baxter interprets some of the worlds most beautiful and inspiring songs in a way that renews their sentimental beauty, bringing you an enchanting listening experience. Les Baxter was born on March 14, 1922 and died on January 15, 1996. He was best known as an American musician and composer. Two of his Top 10 hits included "Unchained Melody," and "Poor People of Paris," Les in the 1950s was the leading pioneer of orchestral lounge music. The Les Baxter “Thinking of you”, Capitol Record was recorded with the most advanced electronic techniques, pressed to the most exciting manufacturing specifications. These are the basic requirements of High Fidelity, for they represent meticulous concern for top quality in every step of the record’s creations. Les Baxter wrote more than 250 scores this record is a wonderful example of some of his earlier orchestral interpretations.

Les Baxter, Thinking of You, Capitol Records

Romantic melodies stay with us through the years, but musical styles change frequently, and with the changes come a need for orchestral interpretations that are fresh and new phrased as this moments’ love affair. Les Baxter has an extraordinary talent for giving bright luster to favorite ballads of yesterday. Les is best known for arranging music for top swing bands in the '40s and '50s and then later his exotic music would give him the world’s stage, and he would leave his legacy in that musical styling. The instrumental performances of his orchestra are outstanding in the realm of popular music his rich and imaginative arrangements give compelling new voice to songs and linger always in our hearts.

Les Baxter has an Extraordinary Talent for giving Songs new Life.

Les Baxter was born on March 14, 1922 and died on January 15, 1996. He was best known as an American musician and composer. Two of his Top 10 hits included "Unchained Melody," "Poor People of Paris,"
Les Baxter was born on March 14, 1922 and died on January 15, 1996. He was best known as an American musician and composer. Two of his Top 10 hits included "Unchained Melody," "Poor People of Paris,"

Les Baxter and his Chorus and Orchestra playing, Miss You

Les was truly one of the most devoted orchestra leaders of his generations. He has effected change both the sound and the quality of the orchestral interpretations of lounge music of the 1950s and the 1960s. Les Baxter entire career has been devoted to improving the way we hear and feel music. He truly is one of the great American musician and composer. Les Baxter had several television and movie themes plus a large number of unusual tracks and exotic albums. This album made in 1954 is one of the best early albums of his soft and easygoing love music.

The track-list to "Thinking Of You" ... side one ... Thinking Of You, Speak Low, Because Of You, With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming, I Love Paris, Miss You, and side two ... Nevertheless (I'm In Love With You), Lost In Meditation, Mine, The Nearness Of You, Vieni, Vieni, Little White Lies

The Les Baxter “Thinking of you”, Capitol Record was recorded with the most advanced electronic techniques. It was pressed to the most exciting manufacturing specifications.
The Les Baxter “Thinking of you”, Capitol Record was recorded with the most advanced electronic techniques. It was pressed to the most exciting manufacturing specifications.

Baxter started out playing saxophone at jazz nightclubs in Los Angeles California. He gained a reputation as a remarkable musician and very soon he was a playing back-up to great stars like Mel Torme, and Billie Holiday. Before he was sighed on at Capitol Records Baxter was signed to RCA Records for a short period of time. At Capital Records he was best remembered as a stylish arranger and a awesome composer and as an amazing conductor. Les Baxter is also remembered for his inspiring musical scores, and tracks that can still be heard in a number of great motion-picture films from 1950s and 1960s.

Les Baxter - Thinking of you (1954)

Les Baxter gives Bright Luster to Favorite Ballads of Yesterday.

Les Baxter entire career was devoted to improving the way we hear and feel music. He truly is one of the great American musician and composer.
Les Baxter entire career was devoted to improving the way we hear and feel music. He truly is one of the great American musician and composer.

Les Baxter was an amazing Capitol records conductor; Les was able to record his own original composition and arrangements. Some conductors and composers did not put much life and validity into their recordings, but thankfully Les Baxter found creative ways to include a variety of themes in his creations. His musical devices and musical abilities were quite a wonder to hear and behold.

Unchained Melody - Les Baxter & Mantovani

In "Thinking of you" is the beautiful "Unchained Melody”

In this wonderful album "Thinking of you" is the beautiful "Unchained Melody” which was created in the year 1954; it is a remarkable soulful song with music by Alex North, and heartfelt lyrics by Hy Zaret. Alex North used the music as a theme song for the film Unchained, which was a prison movie, hence the name for the songs is "Unchained". Todd Duncan was the voice that sang the remarkable vocals for the film soundtrack. "Unchained Melody” has since become one of the most loved and recorded songs of the 20th century …

Les Baxter version of the “Unchained Melody” which is on this album made by Capitol Records is a remarkable released of an instrumental version of "Unchained Melody”, which reached the number one slot on the charts the year the album was released. The Great Orchestra of Les Baxter performs "Unchained Melody" with the help of the great Mantovani in "Thinking of You" ... With great men like Burt Kalmar and Harry Ruby this album was destine to be a success. The original vinyl album entitled "Thinking of You" was released by Capitol Records in 1954 and was an immediate success.

Les Baxter was a Master of Sound, by today's Standards in the Company of Eddie Palmieri and Cal Tjader

Les Baxter's musical devices and musical abilities were quite a wonder to hear and behold.
Les Baxter's musical devices and musical abilities were quite a wonder to hear and behold.

Les Baxter most remembered Quotes regarding his first Album

Here is one of Les Baxter most remembered quotes regarding his first album which was the remarkable “Music Out of the Moon", which was amazing because of the fact it featured one cello, and only one French horn, a choir, rhythm section, and a theremin which is an early electronic musical instrument that was controlled without physical contact by the thereminist or what we would call the performer. The Theremin was named after the Westernized name of its Russian inventor, Leon Theremin, who created the device in the year1928. Les Baxter said of this album "No one had ever heard of a combination like that. It was a little weird. I didn't know what popular records were. I didn't know what I was doing."

THE POOR PEOPLE OF PARIS "Les Baxter"

Les Baxter is one of the leading Figure in the History of Exotica.

No matter what folks today say, Les Baxter is still one of the leading figure in the history of exotica. Like Martin Denny he was on the cutting edge. Wherever exotica went, from the islands of the South Pacific, or to the shores of some distant world, Les Baxter was there, often in the lead of the pack or cutting a new trail. When he work for Capitol Records in the 1950s it was his band and his magic that introduced most of the major movements in exotica sound and movement. His now famous and very epic 1950 album, "Music Out of the Moon," featured the remarkable use of the theremin and was the best-selling theremin album of the ages. It is a cult classic in the music world.

Lunette - Les Baxter (Music Out Of The Moon)

Les Baxter was the Master and Proponents of Exotica Music

It was in 1951, that Les Baster did the same magic for the "jungle" it was his time to teach school for the class of exotica students with his epic "Ritual of the Savage" LP album, Les wrote the theme song of exotica in the unforgettable "Quiet Village." He made landfall in European with his number one hit, "Poor People of Paris," in 1956. Then as a lion not to be tamed he produced and wrote most of the first album by the four-octave songstress, Yma Sumac who was a Peruvian soprano. In the 1950s, Yma was one of the most famous female voice and proponents of exotica music. She became an international success with Les Baxter’s "Voice of the Xtabay", based on her extreme vocal range which was well over five octave at the peak of her singing career with Les Baxter's beautiful music to sing to us with all its enchantment.

Yma Sumac - Voice of the Xtabay (1950)

Yma Sumac she had the Voice Les Baxter needed for his Exotica

The beautiful and talented Yma Sumac she had the Voice Les Baxter needed for his Exotica. She hit the peak of her singing career with Les Baxter's beautiful music to sing to us with all its enchantment.
The beautiful and talented Yma Sumac she had the Voice Les Baxter needed for his Exotica. She hit the peak of her singing career with Les Baxter's beautiful music to sing to us with all its enchantment.

Les Baxter and His Orchestra - the Godfather of Exotica

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