CD Ultra-Lounge: On the Rocks, Pt. 1 (CD 941090),
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Ultra-Lounge: On the Rocks, Pt. 1


  • 1. Light My Fire - Zacharis
    2. Sunshine Superman - Mel Torm
    3. Incense And Peppermints / A Beautiful Morning - Martin Denny
    4. Uptight (Everything's Alright) - Henry Jerome
    5. Green Tambourine - Sir Julian
    6. Tired of Waiting For You - Stu Phillips
    7. Mellow Yellow / We Gotta Get Out Of This Place - David McCallum
    8. Gimme a Little Sign - Buddy Morrow
    9. Hard Day's Night, A - Peggy Lee
    10. Whiter Shade of Pale, A - Mariano Moreno
    11. Heartbreak Hotel / Don't Be Cruel - The Hollyridge Strings
    12. As Tears Go By - New Classic Singers
    13. Evil Ways - Al DeLory
    14. Get Back - Little Big Horns
    15. Hello, I Love You / Touch Me - The Lettermen
    16. Dizzy - Royal Blue
    17. Theme From "Shaft" - The Hollyridge Strings
    18. Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo) - Julie London
    19. A Day In The Life / I Am The Walrus - John Tartaglia
    20. Daydream Believer - Lord Sitar
    21. Winchester Cathedral - Nelson Riddle
    22. Love Grows (Where Rosemary Goes) - Wayne Newton
    23. Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In - Henry Jerome - (bonus track)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 55161

  • Credits
    ProducerBrad Benedict (Compilation)
    Engineer

    This is part of Capitol Records' Ultra Lounge series.
    Extending their kitschy Ultra-Lounge series to its logical conclusion, Capitol Records prepared its own variation of Rhino's Golden Throats discs with the two volumes of On the Rocks. The idea is to gather a number of '60s rock & roll staples -- "Light My Fire," "Mellow Yellow," "A Hard Day's Night," etc. -- as they were covered by mainstream pop and easy listening acts, from Mel Torme, Martin Denny, and Julie London to the Lettermen, Buddy Morrow, and Zacharias. In short, it's supposed to be a laugh riot, since these artists are so, you know, square. However, the concept reads better than it plays -- ten tracks of this stuff is entertaining, 22 winds up being an endurance test. A handful of cuts are quite funny -- after all, it's hard not to be amused at London's "Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)," Wayne Newton's "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)," and the Lettermen's unbelievable Doors medley, "Hello, I Love You/Touch Me" -- and the song selection on whole is more entertaining than Pt. 2, yet On the Rocks remains a disc that can only be enjoyed in moderation. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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