When Capitol rediscovered their own past somewhere in the early 1990’s of the past century lounge music and muzak was already happening again. Many labels released compilations of popular fifties tunes those days, but the best had yet to come. Capitol announced this series as a return to times of cocktails, outside barbecues and swinging’ ladies and gentlemen in stylish dresses and cozy suits. Mambo, cocktail swing, exotica music, space age bachelor pad music, you name it – it was on this great series of 18 CD’s (plus 9 other volumes available for download only years later), a couple of Christmas compilations, two volumes of On The Rocks and some artist specials as well by Les Baxter, Martin Denny, Jackie Gleason and others. It was digital high fidelity listening pleasure, the sound quality was perfect, but we also dived deeper into the nostalgia age to find the originals! Vinyl records sound warmer and deeper. Despite of that supposition Ultra Lounge was big fun!
Volume 1: Mondo Exotica; Mysterious Melodies & Tropical Tiki Tunes
Volume 2: Mambo Fever; Samba! Rhumba! Hot Cha-Cha-Cha!
Volume 3: Space Capades; Atomic-Age Audities And Hi-Fi-Hi-Jinks!
Volume 4: Bachelor Pad Royal; Midnight Music For Cool Cats!)
Volume 5: Wild, Cool & Swingin’; Finger Snappin’ Vocals & Cocktails After Dark
Volume 6: Rhapsodesia; Music And Martinis For Lovers Only!
Volume 7: Crime Scene; Spies, Thighs & Private Eyes!
Volume 8: Cocktail Capers; Mondo Space-Age Bachelor Pad A-Go-Go!
Volume 9: Cha-Cha De Amor; From Mamboland To Bossa Novaville
Volume 10: A Bachelor In Paris; Martinis Du Jour, With A French Twist!
Volume 11: Organs In Orbit; Super-cool Keyboards, Over-Heated Hammonds
Volume 12: Saxophobia; A Horn-A-Copia Of Sax-Ual Delights!
Volume 13: Tv Town; Prime-Time Tunes From The Tube
Volume 14: Bossa Novaville; So Cool. So Sexy. So Rio. So Ipanema
Volume 15: Wild, Cool & Swingin’ Too!; More Snappy Vocals, More Las Vegas Style
Volume 16: Mondo Hollywood; Movie Madness From Tinsel Town
Volume 17: Bongoland; Spicy Latin Licks, Hot Voodoo Chicks
Volume 18: Bottoms Up!; Jet Set Cocktails With A Groovy Twist
Volume 19: Wild, Cool, & Swingin’ 3!; More Snappy Vocals, More Las Vegas Style (download only)
Volume 20: Divas Las Vegas!; Smokin’ Vocals From The Sirens Of Sin City (download only)
Volume 21: Hey Bartender!; Happy Hour, Last Call (download only)
Volume 22: Big Apple Martini!; East Side, West Side, Uptown, Downtown (download only)
Volume 23: Ciao Bella!; Mondo Italiano (download only)
Volume 24: Jet Set Swingers!; Book Your Flight, Grab Your Passport (download only)
Volume 25: Mucho Gusto!; A Swingin’ Fiesta South Of The Border (download only)
Volume 26: Vegas Baby, Too!; Double Down, Hit The Jackpot (download only)
Volume 27: Nursery Rhythms!; The ABC’s & 123’s Of Bachelor Pad Living (download only)
On The Rocks:
On The Rocks, Part One; Rock ‘n’ Roll Hits Distilled For Easy Listening
On The Rocks, Part Two; Rock ‘n’ Roll Hits Distilled For Easy Listening
Vegas Baby!; High Rolling, Sure Thing, Jackpot!
Christmas Cocktails, Part One; Hi-Fi Holiday Cheer From Santa’s Pad
Christmas Cocktails, Part Two; Another Round Of Cool Holiday Spirits
Christmas Cocktails, Part Three; Yule Tide Cheer Through The Year
Christmas Cocktails, Part Four; Yule Tide Cheer Through The Year (download only)
Sampler CDs from the series itself:
The Best Of Christmas Cocktails
Ultra-Lounge Sampler (“Fuzzy Leopard”)
Coaster Music Sampler
Jackie Gleason – The Romantic Moods Of …
Les Baxter – The Exotic Moods Of …
Martin Denny – The Exotic Sounds Of …
Various Artists – Cocktails With Cole Porter
Wild Cool & Swinging – Artist Series Vol. 1: Louis Prima & Keely Smith
Wild, Cool & Swingin’ – Artist Series Vol. 2: Bobby Darin
Wild, Cool & Swingin’ – Artist Series Vol. 3: Mrs. Miller
Wild, Cool & Swingin’ – Artist Series Vol. 4: Wayne Newton
Wild, Cool & Swingin’ – Artist Series Vol. 5: Julie London
Wild, Cool & Swingin’ – Artist Series Vol. 6: Sam Butera & The Witnesses