Ultra Lounge Wild and Swingin (Finger snappin’ vocals and cocktails after dark) – Various Artists
Title:Ultra-Lounge: Wild and Swingin’
Label: Capitol Records
Produced and compiled by Brad Benedict, Executive Producer – Wayne Watkins
Engineer: Digitally Remastered by Bob Norberg
This various artists album is part of a series of what is called “lounge music” albums. This is the music most likely from your parent’s era (depending on how old you are), but developed enough of a niche audience I guess to do the series. I’m not sure of the total count in the series, but this is number five. (I do know there are more than five). Think Las Vegas in the hey day when your parents used to go and before the big corporate take over. Back in the day there were also many lounge type clubs in Los Angeles as well.
Why do I have this? Well, I happen to like many styles of music and I find this fun actually. The other point is that there are some fine artists. On this CD some artists are immediately recognizable: Dean Martin, Bobby Darin (who was strong in this genre), Peggy Lee, Sammy Davis Jr., Wayne Newton, Lou Rawls, Nat King Cole and Julie London (yes, that’s who played Nurse Dixie on the TV series Emergency in the 70s. She was a singer before she got into acting. Her husband Bobby Troupe was a big name in the genre, he played Dr. Joe Early by the way).
The sound quality on this CD is not that great. It sounds laid back and somewhat thin. These compilation albums are not available on vinyl which would have been better no doubt, but they are really made for convenience over anything else. In my opinion I think this CD and likely the rest of the series is ok for fun and background if you’re having a themed get-together perhaps. If you are looking for better sound quality, you would do better to seek out this music on original vinyl even though it sounds labor intensive, you will be better off if your really interested in having this genre in your collection.
- Ain’t that A Kick In the Head – Dean Martin
- Dig That Crazy Chick – Sam Butera & The Wittnesses
- More – Bobby Darin
- Fever – Peggy Lee
- Jump, Jive and Wail – Louis Prima
- Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone – Sammy Davis Jr.
- Danke Schoen – Wayne Newton
- French Poodle – Sam Butera & The Wittnesses
- What Is This Thing Called Love – Keely Smith
- Sunday In New York – Bobby Darin
- Closer To the Bone – Louis Prima
- Nobody But Me – Lou Rawls
- Little Girl – Vic Damone
- L.O.V.E. – Nat King Cole
- Volare – Dean Martin (I think everybody ha to sing this song by law or something because everybody did)
- That Old Black Magic – Louis Prima & Keely Smith
- You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To – Julie London
- Hello Dolly – Bobby Darin