Various Artists - Music for a Bachelor's Den
Music for a Bachelor's Den
By Various Artists
Very Good Condition
Space Age Bachelor's Den music of the '50s is cool, hip, with-it and the most!
So with this disc, relax, turn down the lights, make yourself comfortable and enjoy an evening in a bachelors den.
Compared to the other Ultra Lounge CDs in the series, "Music for a Bachelor's Den" is likely more what people were listening to @ the time, rather than the uniquely unusual pieces found on the other ones. The album starts, though, with a few "cool" versions of "Once In a While" (a bongo variation by Terry Snyder) & Arthur Lyman's take on "Love for Sale" (xylophone-lounge). One mistake here, though, is Jackie Gleason's "Melancholy Serenade" mistakenly titled 'Theme from the Honeymooners'. As another reviewer pointed out, this may be possibly more melodic but is no 'Honeymooners'. It is actually Gleason's theme for his live self-titled variety show of the early 50s, where the 'The Honeymooners' was popularized. But it's David Rose's "Sunset Strip" and Jimmy Dorsey's "So Rare" that really tear it up on this album, both very hot, hot, hot! The 50s standards adapted from film and TV, "Moonglow and Love Theme from 'Picnic'", "Around the World in 80 Days", & "Theme from 'Route 66'" not only push you right into that period, giving one a taste of what was actually popular at the time, but are probably some of the most entertaining and listenable pieces from these mediums. I, myself, have always had a big thing for all three. "Like Young", a bit of a "beat" tune, is possibly best sung, as it is here by Linda Lawson. "Moritat(A Theme from The Threepenny Opera)" is one of my favorites, though(popularly known as "Mack the Knife"), here an instrumental piece. This really illustrates the resurgence of the old music hall rag-piano sound of the late 50s-60s, perfectly complimenting this version.