miércoles, 9 de septiembre de 2015

Ultra-Lounge Vol. 5 • Wild, Cool & Swingin'



From Amazon:
One of the strongest volumes in the series, and a great introduction for the beginning lounge aficionado, this one includes all the '60s Vegas lounge royalty, and it swings right out of the galaxy!

Aside from a few tracks like "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" by a young Sammy Davis, Jr., the sultry "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" by Julie London, and the uber-classic "Fever" by Peggy Lee, this volume is commandingly owned by Louis Prima, Bobby Darin, and Dean Martin.

Prima checks in with mega-hit "Jump Jive an' Wail" (recently played to death when the Brian Setzer Orchestra covered it), but his best entry is the uproarious "Closer to the Bone," a cute song about the singer's love for skinny women. Each verse gets more sidesplitting than the last, and if that last one doesn't have tears of laughter rolling down your cheeks, you probably need to listen more closely! (And makes sure to listen for sax player Sam Butera sampling from Glenn Miller's "Pennsylvania 6-5000" at the start of his solo!)

Good ol' Dino is represented here with two of his greatest songs. Everybody loves the soaring "Volare." And the bottom line is, it just doesn't get any better than "Ain't That a Kick in the Head." Dean at his hard-swingin' best and Nelson Riddle's magnificent brassy arrangement made this the perfect tune to kick off the volume.

Bobby Darin wins hands down, with THREE entries. "Sunday in New York" is a beautiful song, capturing Darin's laid-back manner better than any other song I've heard. And light, cool, breezy "More" is just one of the greatest songs ever. (I fell in love with it years ago when I heard it on a car commercial.)

01. Dean Martin - Ain't That A Kick In The Head
02. Sam Butera & The Witnesses - Dig That Crazy Chick
03. Bobby Darin - More
04. Peggy Lee - Fever
05. Louis Prima - Jump, Jive, An' Wail
06. Sammy Davis Jr - Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
07. Wayne Newton - Danke Shoen
08. Sam Butera & The Witnesses - French Poodle
09. Keely Smith - What Is This Thing Called Love
10. Bobby Darin - Sunday In New York
11. Louis Prima - Closer To The Bone
12. Lou Rawls - Nobody But Me
13. Vic Damone - Little Girl
14. Nat King Cole - L.O.V.E.
15. Dean Martin - Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu)
16. Louis Prima & Keely Smith - That Old Black Magic
17. Julie London - You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
18. Bobby Darin - Hello, Dolly!





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