Various Artists - Ultra-Lounge: Vegas Baby!

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Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol


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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 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. ~ William Ruhlmann

1) It Is Betting Time! - (00:10)
2) With Plenty of Money and You - Count Basie / Tony Bennett (01:31)
3) Something's Coming - Vic Damone (02:28)
4) That Old Black Magic - Louis Prima / Keely Smith (02:54)
5) Danke Schoen - Wayne Newton (02:33)
6) This Could Be the Start of Something - Jack Jones (02:41)
7) Once in a Lifetime - Bobby Darin (02:06)
8) I'm Shooting High - Nat King Cole (01:31)
9) Lucky Day - Judy Garland (02:32)
10) Who's Got the Action? - Dean Martin (02:34)
11) Games People Play - Mel Tormé (02:45)
12) It's Not Unusual - Tom Jones (01:58)
13) On the Sunny Side of the Street - Keely Smith (02:57)
14) Ain't That a Kick in the Head - Sammy Davis, Jr. (02:31)
15) Are You Havin' Any Fun - Count Basie / Tony Bennett (02:44)
16) Night and Day - Steve Lawrence (02:13)
17) Big Spender - Peggy Lee (02:05)
18) Pennies from Heaven - Louis Prima (02:19)
19) Shangri-La - Wayne Newton (01:32)
20) Ace in the Hole - Bobby Darin (02:36)

Ultra-Lounge: Vegas Baby!
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Ultra-Lounge: Vegas Baby! | Various Artists