Just before Capitol Records came with their ambitious Ultra Lounge project, Rhino Records – always keen on new retro music – made “Cocktail Mix”, a bachelor’s guide to the galaxy of the best and most swinging sounds from the cocktail music era when guys like Dean Elliott, Bob Thompson, Les Baxter and The Three Suns thrilled the listener with exotic sounds and space age themes. Instrumental music was hidden for ages in cupboards under the TV-set, but a new group of collectors discovered then again and grooved on all those strange sounds from the past. Rhino gave Irwin Chusid the possibility to compile the best tracks he could lay his fingers on, but for some reason he couldn’t manage to use a track by the great Esquivel on the opening volume of the series. “Martini Madness” was dedicated to latin music and jazzy grooves from guts like Cal Tjader, Perez Prado and Brother Jack McDuff. Part three features some of the most swinging’ singles by Robert Mitchum, Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé, Dean Martin and others. The last volume in this short lived series focusses on soundtracks with a twist, with music by Herbie Hancock, George Duning, Michel Legrand and John Barry. Each volume had an extra inlay card with “The Saga Of Rex & Doris”, a couple from the 1950’s who lived their lives like bachelors in cocktail lounge bars, sleeping in motels and drove through the starry night in their Corvette sportscar.
R2 72237 Various Artists – Cocktail Mix, Vol. 1: Bachelor’s Guide To The Galaxy (1995)
R2 72238 Various Artists – Cocktail Mix, Vol. 2: Martini Madness (1996)
R2 72239 Various Artists – Cocktail Mix, Vol. 3: Swingin’ Singles (1996)
R2 72240 Various Artists – Cocktail Mix, Vol. 4: Soundtracks With A Twist (1996)
R2 72464 Various Artists – Bachelor In Paradise; Coctail Classics From MGM Films (1996)
R2 72722 Various Artists – Maracas, Marimbas And Mambos; Latin Classics At MGM (1997)
R2 72557 Various Artists – Jackpot!; The Las Vegas Story (1996)