"Music, Martinis, and Memories"
Jackie Gleason, 1954
it comes to smooth cocktail music, no one did it smoother than Jackie Gleason
and his orchestra. Forget the "Honeymooners," Gleason is a master when
it comes to the perfect mood-setting lounge music. This album, and any
other you'll find from Gleason, will melt into the background of your swinging
bachelor pad...and hopefully the young thing you have there with you will
melt with it too! Each track is orchestrated the same, for your listening
pleasure: the strings descend from the clouds and bring the song to it's
main melody and then a meloncolly trumpet enters and bemoans lost loves
and forgotten days. These American standards never had it so easy. This
is the essence of the lounge lifestyle melted down and distilled for Mr.
and Mrs. Average-American. Gleason's records hold none of the exotica tones
of a Martin Denny album or the quirky hip-ness of a Esquivel piece, but
they are a needed addition to any bachelor's collection if for nothing
else but the incredible cover artwork. All of his albums show some sort
of gorgeous woman in an equally gorgeous outfit crying over a martini or
cigarette, and/or looking off into the distance remembering the man that
got away. When these records are not on the Hi-Fi, they should be put on
display next to your etchings or whatever artwork you have.
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