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Bachelor Pad and Lounge

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White heat

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“A Touch of Fire” The Belgian Quintet featuring glamorous Anne Sherman  CBS Records (South Africa)

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Mister Fantasy

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Music To Read JAMES BOND By  United Artists (UK)  A compilation of hip, spy movie music by the likes of John Barry, Neil (sic) Hefti, Billy May, Al Caiola, Perez Prado, Riz Ortalani.   Cool instrumentals for those wanting to get into James Bond’s shoes for the night.  Songs to set the mood include: “The Coolest Pad”; “Love Goddess”; “Pin Up Girls”;  “Johnny Cool”; “Goldfinger”; “Scene of the Crime”; etc., etc.  Bachelor Pad meets How to Pick Up Girls with a literary premise.  There are many, many of these spy-themed and James Bond inspired LPs from the sixties and seventies.  There are even two volumes from United Artists with the same title released in the US that have a different track listing.  This is a recent discovery and one of our favs!

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My happy home

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“Music for RELAXATION”  Viennese Symphonic Orchestra  Plymouth Records  Budget label EZ classical for those undiscerning hi-fi owners looking something to have on in the background.  Aural wallpaper someone once called it.  A good book for mom.  A smoke for dad.  Kids like it too!

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Looking for spare change?

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King Records (Japan)

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A Lover’s Concerto

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Here’s a cool one on the Roulette label from Japan!  “To Play-Boys” or as it says in English on the back cover “Music for Playboys.”   There are many records from the 50’s, 60’s and even the 1970’s with that same inviting title.  This one is vintage mid-sixties and a new find for me.  The cover model is Italian actress Lisa Gastoni.    Wikipedia says: “The turning point in her film career was her role in Grazie, zia by Salvatore Samperi. (Ed., note: This may be a shot from that film.  Maybe some sleuth out there can tell me).  This would set the tone for the roles she would play for the next decade; bourgeois women who were seductive yet sexually frustrated, cruel and arrogant yet sad and sympathetic, manipulating the people around them to try and fill the emptiness in their own lives.  The music on this is by Sam Marowitz and Sonny Lester, I’m told, (I can’t read the liner notes), but the titles in English suggest, typical bachelor pad glory — “Moon Nocturne,” “Chivas Regal,” “Sounds in the Night” and “A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody”.

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I like New York in June

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Dennis Lotis sings “How About You?”  Nixa Records (England)  I never heard of this guy before but thought it was a cool cover.  Seems he had a long successful career on the other side of the pond as a concert performer, recording star and in films.  Listening to a few cuts here, I can’t say I’d put him on before a dozen other more famous crooners.

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If wishes could be kisses

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Bonne Fete  Surprise Party  Barclay Records (France)  Cover photo by the esteemed jazz photographer Herman Leonard!  Dance music like the Charleston, Tango, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, etc.

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Let’s hear it for the boys

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“Ah!  Men”  Featuring 15 Supermen Singing 15 Romantic Songs.  With Tony Bennett, Jerry Lee Lewis, Brook Benton, Louis Armstrong and other “super” men.    Contour Records (UK)

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Who’s first?

Lucio Alves   “Serestas”  Brazil  (1957)  Here’s a link to additional notes and to download the music.

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Slippin’ into darkness

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“Let’s Put Out the Light”  Sven Asmussen and his Orchestra   Philips Records (Sweden)

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