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  • Audio CD (9 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Fine & Mellow
  • ASIN: B000R7G8D4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,655 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Suave on 7 Sept. 2010
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I want to say thank you to Fine and Mellow record label for releasing this superb collections of 4 CDs by Jackie Gleason and Bobby Hackett. Every track is played with such lushness and sincerity. Those quivering, soaring strings arrangments by Richard Jones and marvellously restrained Hackett's trumpet makes the music oh-so-romantic and timeless. This kind of music reminds me so much of the old movies made in the 1940s by Edmund Golding and Douglas Sirk. Also, this music reminds me of the Italian film composer, Riz Ortolani (for the film Il Sorpasso). It's grand, refined and romantic ballads that concern the pleasures and pain of passionate love.

This album has also got a great 24 pages liner notes written by Joseph Marks about both musicians. In addition, the album also included the original liner notes from the LPs when they were first released. Along with previously unreleased tracks, it is a great pleasure to listen to both men play such a beautiful, romantic, gentle, and easy listening music for many hours. Their performance embody emotions carefully recollected in tranquility. I'll never get tired of listening to these songs. It leaves me wanting more and more. I listen to these records in the evening. It always makes me think of a gentler time when people appreciated a good melody and great composers.

The music is not loud. It is not fast tempo. The sound of trumpet stays in the background. Unlike other compilation albums, the tracks in this album flow from one to another smoothly. Hackett plays in a elegant, controlled, measured manner. You won't find loud and adventurous improvisations you found in Harry James's records and Frank Chacksfield's records. It's not as dull, familiar, repetitive and popular as Mantovani.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By robin andrew on 18 April 2015
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been wanting this for years
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I've had this CD set for a few years and it's excellent. Gleason is Gleason and no one plays a trumpet like Bobby in this musical atmosphere. Superb.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A LIST OF THE SONGS (YES, ALL 102 OF THEM)! 18 Dec. 2010
By Joyce - Published on
Format: Audio CD
While I await my second set for gift-giving purposes, someone else may benefit from my personal music files and find the following songs just the ones he or she needs to round out an existing collection--or just to discover Jackie Gleason and Bobby Hackett for the first time! Their music never fails to dazzle--in soft ways, of course! But I'll leave the adjectives to the other fine posters commenting on this beautiful set!

1. It All Depends on You
2. The Man I Love
3. I Hadn't Anyone Till You
4. When Your Lover Has Gone
5. Tenderly
6. Dark Is the Night
7. Mickey
8. I'm Thru with Love
9. Once in a While
10. I Can't Get Started
11. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
12. My Ideal
13. Yesterdays
14. I Love You
15. Unforgettable
16. How High the Moon
17. I'll Be Seeing You
18. Shangri-La
19. I Remember You
20. It Could Happen to You
21. Somebody Loves Me
22. Time on My Hands
23. The Nearness of You
24. The Song Is Ended
25. Ruby
26. Cherry
27. Dinah
28. Sweet Lorraine
29. Stella by Starlight
30. Sweet Sue, Just You
31. Marie
32. Jeannine (I Dream of Lilac Time)
33. Louise
34. Tangerine
35. Marilyn
36. Diane
37. Charmaine
38. Laura
39. Jo Anne
40. Rose Anne
41. You've Changed
42. Cocquette
43. Did I Remember?
44. Guilty
45. It's the Talk of the Town
46. My Sin
47. It Was So Beautiful
48. You're My Greatest Love
49. She's Funny That Way
50. All by Myself
51. I'm Glad There Is You
52. You and the Night and the Music
53. Dancing in the Dark
54. You Call It Madness But I Call It Love
55. Take Me in Your Arms
56. Autumn Leaves
57. Ooo! What You Do to Me
58. Lullaby of the Leaves
59. Darn That Dream
60. Serenade in Blue
61. How Did She Look
62. Moonlight Becomes You
63. Just One More Chance
64. I Love You You Much
65. Get out of Town
66. Just a Memory
67. Ghost of a Chance
68. I've Got You Under My Skin
69. Lover Come Back to Me
70. The House Is Haunted
71. Poor Butterfly
72. Hold Me
73. Our Love
74. If Could Be with You
75. The End of a Love Affair
76. Sentimental Touch
77. The Song Is You
78. Lilacs in the Rain
79. On the Sentimental Side
80. Dansero
81. That's All
82. Why Was I Born?
83. You're My Thrill
84. I Thought About You
85. Oh! What It Seemed to Be
86. A Cottage for Sale
87. Alone Together
88. My Funny Valentine
89. But Not for Me
90. Love (Your Spell Is Everywhere)
91. I'm in the Mood for Love
92. Love Is Here to Stay
93. I Only Have Eyes for You
94. Body and Soul
95. Little Girl
96. I Cover the Waterfront
97. Some Day
98. If I Had You
99. When a Woman Loves a Man
100. A Stranger in Town
101. A Moonlight Saving
102. My Love for Carmen
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Treasures in the attic... 13 Jan. 2008
By Richard M. Caputo - Published on
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Like a breath of fresh air this music revives the soul. The playing is impeccable(Bobby Hackett's horn just connects with each melody so well) the mood relaxed, the arrangements lush without being boring. Jackie, "that guy from Bushwick" really worked for the working man. He brought us great comedy in the dark days of the Cold War (remember ONE FAMILY around one TV? - something sorely missing today); made us laugh at the Ralph and Norton in all of us. His "Merry Christmas" album will forever be a part of my holiday music - so well arranged, so real, so personal.
Finding this collection is like finding treasures in the attic - can one believe these were created over 50 years ago? The sound is as fresh as today, all the liner notes and artwork are included along with short bios of Jackie and Bobby. Seems like whoever put this together did it as a labor of love.
Let's face it - there may be newer, louder, quicker, hyped, on-steroids playing out there BUT simply stated - Jackie and Bobby have class - these recordings have stood the test of time.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Put all four CDs on and enjoy the next five hours 25 Sept. 2007
By Steve Emerine - Published on
Format: Audio CD
For the first time, all 102 of trumpeter Bobby Hackett's smooth but original solos with the Jackie Gleason Orchestra are available in one package. Fine and Mellow, a new firm for me, has combined the Hackett-Gleason renditions of standards and love songs from seven Capitol LPs they recorded between 1953 and 1960. The result is more than five hours of beautiful music for anything you want to do inside or out. If you have one or more of the LPs, the only thing missing from this four-CD set are eight tracks saxophonist Toots Mondello soloed on for the first Gleason-Hackett album, "Music to Make You Misty." Fan reaction to Hackett's playing on that album prompted Gleason to use Bobby as his only soloist on the other six projects. Sound quality is great on this package, and a full-color 24-page booklet reproduces the original covers for all seven albums. I've noticed a variance of up to $15 in new prices for this collection. Buy the set, but you should shop around.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Romantic Music 27 July 2009
By BlueFlame - Published on
Format: Audio CD
These arrangements go back to the 50's and 60's, when easy listening music was popular on FM radio. Easy listening or mood music helped take the edge off everyday life, as it played day and night quietly in the background in offices, stores, and homes. Gleason designed a formula for mood music, written specifically to help ease into and enhance intimate romance. This music was smooth and silky enough to never disturb the mood, and had a certain predicable ebb and flow that provided subtle but tantalizing cues for lovers. Gleason's formula: Start gently with string orchestra and bass, and maybe a little tinkling piano for added allure. Then Bobby Hackett joins in, adding a velvety, romantic trumpet solo to the texture. The flowing strings then grow and swell to an impossibly ecstatic climax, sometimes with Hackett playing fills to add to the pleasure. Then, to provide relief, the song ends quietly, but not before Hackett plays a wistful coda or two to prolong the ecstasy for one last fleeting moment. Baby boomers noticed that playing a little of this music on their stereos helped them unwind in the evenings, and perked up the passion in their living rooms and bedrooms. Housewives stayed tuned to easy listening stations, taking pleasure in how a few Gleason selections here and there spiced up the day with quiet suggestions of blissful romantic interludes. Many FM stations added extra Gleason and Hackett to their evening programming, knowing listeners were enjoying themselves as Bobby's codas drifted off into the midnight hour. The widespread delight with Gleason's simple formula paved the way for album after album of luscious romantic music and countless nights of rapture. It's no wonder people liked to stay tuned to mood music stations in those days. Best of all, this music is still just as effective today in the shuffle mode on your ipod; a perfect musical background to help you and someone special relax together and just let everything go. This is all 102 tracks of it, and it's certain to satisfy....
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Excellent for Bachelor Pad Music collectors 23 July 2009
By David Gasten - Published on
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Wow, it really doesn't get much better than this. 6 1/2 LP's on four CDs, all beautifully mastered and packaged. It even comes complete with a 24 page booklet with informative liner notes, as well as all of the original back cover notes from the original LP's. And hours of luscious, romantic music that doesn't let up. It's great music for studying or relaxing to, and includes Gleason-style versions of many, many standards from the 1930's through the 1950's.

The above information may be reason enough to get it for your grandma, but let me help out a bit with some info for bachelor pad collectors and aficianados like myself. The six and a half LP's here represent all of the LP's Gleason recorded which feature trumpeter Bobby Hackett on them, which is essentially a run of albums from 1952 to 1959.

The "Jackie Gleason Presents" romatic mood music series begins in 1952 with the release of the 10" LP of "Music for Lovers Only" and would continue for about 20 years. The albums were originally released on 10", but all of the 10" versions were reissued as 12" LP's in 1955 with bonus tracks. Subsequent albums would be released on 12" from there on out. Starting in 1957 with the release of "Velvet Brass" (not included on this collection), the albums were released in stereo and mono versions; this continued until 1970, when the final albums in the series would be released in Stereo only.

According to the liner notes, "In discographic terms, this is the first time all of these sessions appear complete in a single edition....[O]ver the years, different LP editions of the same titles entered the market, each including different tunes from the same sessions!! For instance, in some cases the Mono versions of an album had only eight of twelve tunes in common with the Stereo versions. That explains why we have included sometimes sixteen tunes under one album's title." In other words, they saved you a LOT of collecting time, and it sounds better than the LP's would anyway.

Here's a full list of what albums are on what CD's:

Disc 1 (74:26):

1-8: Music to Make You Misty (1953) (first half)*
9-24: Music Martinis, and Memories (1954)

Disc 2 (78:05):

1-16: Music to Remember Her (1954)
17-24: Music to Change Her Mind (1955)

Disc 3 (79:40):

1-10: Music to Change Her Mind (continued)
11-26: Music for the Love Hours (1957)**
27: That Moment (1959)**

Disc 4 (79:41):

1-11: That Moment (continued)**
12-27: Music for Lovers Only (1952)

* Half of the "Music to Make You Misty" sessions were recorded with alto saxophonist Toots Mondello and do not feature Bobby Hackett, so therefore half of that LP is not available here.

** "Music For the Love Hours" and "That Moment", the final two LP's recorded with Hackett, are not available on CD ANYWHERE else, which in and of itself makes this collection a must for Gleason and bachelor pad collectors. All the albums recorded before these two (which is everything else on this collection) were recorded in Mono, fyi.

As for my personal favorite disc, that would be Disc One, the one with "Misty" and "Music, Martinis, and Memories" on it. The sound is the warmest and the songs are most memorable on this disc in my opinion. But you may have other preferences, and believe me, every bit of this collection is great.

The only downside to all of this for collectors is that this compilation does NOT cancel out the bonus tracks on the individual Collector's Choice releases of "Music to Remember Her", "Music, Martinis, and Memories" (which also has the "Tawny" LP on it), "Music to Change Her Mind", and "Music For Lovers Only"/"Music to Make You Misty". So if you want everything, you're going to have to buy everything twice. But even still, this collection is an amazing clean-up job on Gleason's catalog.

Now I say let's move on to reissues of "Oooo!" (the album featuring classic 1950's "Ooo" vocals throughout, hence the title), "Riff Jazz" and "Rebound" (with their smaller band sound), and "Aphrosidia", so in other words, the second part of the Gleason saga the runs from about 1957 to 1963...
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