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Ports of Pleasure
📅 Released1957
🏷️ LabelCapitol
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Ports of Pleasure is a 1957 exotica album by Les Baxter. It was released on the Capitol label (catalog no. T-868).[1]

AllMusic later gave the album a rating of four-and-a-half out of five stars. Reviewer Jason Ankeny wrote: "Baxter...calls forth fascinating impressions of the mysterious East -- those small dots on the globe where one's index finger lingers longest...Ports of Pleasure is, above all, a journey to the center of the mind."[2]

Website AmbientExotica found the album darker than Baxter's previous work, noting its "mysterious" air and feelings of "sadness".[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1

  1. "Tahiti: A Summer Night at Sea"
  2. "Hong Kong Cable Car"
  3. "The Gates of Annam"
  4. "Shanghai Rickshaw"
  5. "Tramp Steamer to Singapore"
  6. "Spice Islands Sea Birds"

Side 2

  1. "City of Veils"
  2. "Monkey Dance of Bali"
  3. "Harem Silks from Bombay"
  4. "Sidewalk Cafés of Saigon"
  5. "The Pearls of Ceylon"
  6. "Bangkok Cockfight"


  1. "Les Baxter – Ports of Pleasure". Discogs. Retrieved December 19, 2021.
  2. "Ports of Pleasure". AllMusic. Retrieved December 26, 2021.
  3. "Les Baxter Ports of Pleasure 1957". AmbientExotica. AmbientExotica. January 28, 2012. Retrieved December 26, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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