Ritual of the Savage

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Ritual of the Savage
Studio album by Les Baxter
Released 1951 (1951)
Genre Exotica
Length 32:31[1]
Les Baxter chronology
'Arthur Murray Favorites: Tangos'
Ritual of the Savage
'Festival of the Gnomes'

Ritual of the Savage is an album by Les Baxter, released in 1951 often cited as one of the most important Exotica albums.[2] The album featured lush orchestral arrangements along with tribal rhythms and offered such classics as "Quiet Village", "Jungle River Boat", "Love Dance", and "Stone God."[3]

Baxter described the album as a "tone poem of the sound and the struggle of the jungle."[4] The album's liner notes requested the listener to imagine themselves transported to a tropical land. "Do the mysteries of native rituals intrigue you…does the haunting beat of savage drums fascinate you? Are you captivated by the forbidden ceremonies of primitive peoples in far-off Africa or deep in the interior of the Belgian Congo?"[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Busy Port" – 3:07
  2. "Sophisticated Savage" – 2:15
  3. "Jungle River Boat" – 3:08
  4. "Jungle Flower" – 2:44
  5. "Barquita" – 1:45
  6. "Stone God" – 3:10
  7. "Quiet Village" – 3:19
  8. "Jungle Jalopy" – 2:37
  9. "Coronation" – 3:00
  10. "Love Dance" – 2:19
  11. "Kinkajou" – 1:53
  12. "The Ritual" – 3:14


  1. ^ "Ritual of the Savage". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-12-25. 
  2. ^ "Skip Heller on LES BAXTER". ultramodern.org. Archived from the original on 2011-12-25. Retrieved 2011-12-25. 
  3. ^ Ford, Phil (2008-07-16). "Taboo: Time and Belief in Exotica" (PDF). Representations (103): 107–135. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  4. ^ Lanza, Joseph (January 1994). Elevator Music A Surreal History of Muzak, Easy-Listening, and Other Moodsong; Revised and Expanded Edition. The University of Michigan Press. 
  5. ^ Meyers, David; Motz, Doug; Meyers Walker, Elise; Chenault, Jeff (2014). Kahiki Supper Club: A Polynesian Paradise in Columbus. Arcadia Publishing.