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Ultra-Lounge: Vegas Baby!
     

Ultra-Lounge: Vegas Baby!

 

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From its founding in the 1940s until after it became the label of the Beach Boys and the Beatles in the 1960s, Capitol Records devoted itself to solo pop singers, its flagship artist being Frank Sinatra. Stars like Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, and

Overview

From its founding in the 1940s until after it became the label of the Beach Boys and the Beatles in the 1960s, Capitol Records devoted itself to solo pop singers, its flagship artist being Frank Sinatra. Stars like Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, and Judy Garland flourished at Capitol, and the company also contracted such performers as Peggy Lee and Bobby Darin for a stint. All that material has served as a basis for EMI/Capitol's Ultra-Lounge series of compilations, which reaches its 25th volume with Ultra-Lounge: Vegas Baby!. The only surprise is that it took so long for the concept of a Las Vegas volume to come to fruition. The 20 tracks include a number of artists closely associated with the city of sin, including those mentioned above (with the exception of Sinatra, whose recordings generally are not available for compilations) plus Tom Jones, Steve Lawrence, and Wayne Newton. Usually, the songs themselves also have some connection with Las Vegas' principal business of gambling ("With Plenty of Money and You," "I'm Shooting High," "Lucky Day," etc.) or at least can be interpreted that way. (Joe South wasn't thinking of Vegas when he wrote "Games People Play," covered here by Mel Tormé, but the title and Tormé's lively treatment justify its inclusion.) The arrangements tend toward the loud and brassy, the better to be heard over those slot machines, and the singers are equally demonstrative. The result is an excellent compilation of traditional pop, Vegas-style.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/2002
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724353993726
catalogNumber:
39937

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Technical Credits

Steve Allen   Composer
Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Louis Prima   Composer
Joe South   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Bert Kaempfert   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Robert Maxwell   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Milt Gabler   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Gordon Mills   Composer
George Mitchell   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Kurt Schwabach   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Andy Engel   Art Direction
George Duning   Composer
Michelle Azzopardi   Art Direction
Kevin Flaherty   Producer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Frank Collura   Producer
Leslie Reed   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
James Dempsey   Composer
Eric Heintz   Digital Imagery
Jim Heimann   Contributor

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