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Ultra-Lounge / Cocktail Capers Volume Eight

Ultra-Lounge / Cocktail Capers Volume Eight

1 Oct 2000

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 15 Oct 1996
  • Release Date: 15 Oct 1996
  • Label: Capitol Catalog
  • Copyright: (C) 1996 Capitol Catalog
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  • Total Length: 56:33
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  • ASIN: B002Q262TI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,607 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb 2001
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I first heard this album while waiting in line (a jolly long one) at the student travel agency at my university. It was worth the wait! well...one good song led to another and very soon, my feet were tapping, the book I was reading was forgotten and my full attention was given to the music in the air. I especially loved the Pink Panther theme! A very cool, jazzy and funky alternative to the original version. As you can tell, the first question to the travel agent was about the title of the CD. Now, I am the proud owner of the ultra cool, ultra relaxing, ultra lounge Cocktail Capers CD. Perfect for my next party !!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clare Holt on 29 Nov 2010
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This is the perfect happy music. Feel miserable and put this on and feel lightened. Feel happy and put this on and swing about the room in ecstasy. Ultimate feel-good.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Hill on 3 Jan 2012
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THIS IS THE THIRD IN THE SERIES I HAVE BOUGHT AND HAVE NOT BEEN DISAPPOINTED.GREAT EASY GOING MUSIC WITH A WIDE RANGE OF MUSIC.LOTS OF CUTS I WAS SEEKING SO VERY PLEASED AND WILL CONTINUE TO PURCHASE OTHER TITLES IN THIS SERIES.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Cuttin' Capers 11 April 2003
By winkingtiger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Everyone has their favorites in the Ultra-Lounge series; this is one of mine. Unlike most of the volumes, this one doesn't stick to any one type of lounge music (Bossa Nova, Exotica, TV Themes, etc.). Instead, it is kind of an overview of ALL the styles this great series covers. So, if you'd rather start with a series entry and not the famous 'Fuzzy Sampler', this might be a good place to begin.
Highlights of Vol. 8 include: The eerie exotica of 'Jungalero' by Les Baxter, the fantastic movie theme 'Charade' (very James Bond), great spy music cuts 'Underwater Chase' and 'I Want To Be A James Bond Girl' (A song you want to sing along to, even though it hasn't any words!), a killer rendition of 'The Pink Panther Theme', and the two sultry & steamy vocal numbers 'Hey Bellboy' and 'Teach Me Tiger'. Saving the best for last, my absolute favorite 2 cuts on the disc are 'Honorable Hong Kong Rock' (what WOULD Austin Powers listen to if he were in Hong Kong?), and Nelson Riddle's astounding 'Lolita Ya-Ya' (from the film 'Lolita'). 'Ya-Ya' sounds like some demented fantasy of a bubble-gum pop song, as imagined by someone who HATES bubble-gum pop songs! Mindlessly cheerful and endlessly amazing...it's truly unique.
And don't forget our old friend 'Mr. Continental'and his hidden bonus track, 'You Go To My Head'!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Smooth Enough 17 Nov 2000
By Sir Charles Panther - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Eighteen tracks, plus a bonus, and probably 7 really good ones. All in all, a good collection. The real standouts: A pumpin' "Pink Panther Theme" from the Hollywood Studio Orchestra. The solos portion is very reminiscent of Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island" and/or Us3's remake, "Cantaloop." Check out "Hey, Bellboy;" I swear you can hear the stiletto heels and the peroxide blonde hair in the ether of this track. Ya gotta like "Underwater Chase," from the original album "Music To Read James Bond By." An then there's the obligatory Burt Bacharach track, "Call Me" by the New Classic Singers. It's replete with those ubiquitous "bah bah buh-buh" non-lyrics, evoking those long-banned Benson&Hedges cigarette commercials. The liner insert is quite good too, with detailed info on the tracks, and the standard Ultra-Lounge graphics and drink recipes. All in all, a winner.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Not the Best Entry, But Has its Moments... 7 May 2000
By "loungelizard7" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This Ultra-Lounge installment is very different in flavor from the others (with the exception of Vol.18), and somehow misses the mark almost all-around, save for a few shiny golden tracks buried among much of the forgettable songs included here.
Les Baxter has a few entries, being the hyper-frenetic "Roller Coaster," which if listened to carefully, does resemble a coaster ride. If you let it play out, it's actually a very pretty song. His "Shooting Star" is delightfully spacey, and his "Jungalero" (which accompanies it) is a beautiful jungle-inspired exotica tune. I'm not sure what I make of Gloria Wood's "Hey, Bellboy!" but I do know it gets better as it goes along (although it doesn't seem to have a point). She really screams out those high notes! Dave Pell's perky "This Could Be the Start of Something" (written by renaissance man Steve Allen) is a fun scatted choral arrangement, as is the lovely '60s pop/easy listening-sounding "Call Me," by the New Classics Singers. A little cheesy, the latter, but nice.
There are some selections really worth mentioning, though, as they largely carry the wright of the rest. The Ernie Freeman Combo (an Ultra-Lounge staple) is marvelous on the bright, brassy, bluesy "Mountain Greenery." No matter what anyone else tells you, the hard-swinging "Pink Panther Theme" cover by the Hollywood Studio Orchestra is great music. Hip, sassy, and fun, with a cool sax solo (Ultra-Lounge regular and Les Baxter's saxophonist, tenor player Plas Johnson, was the sax player on the original "Pink" theme), this version is just as viable as Mancini's. Al Caiola on the James Bond-inspired "Underwater Chase" is fantastic. A tight, fast, tense, dynamic arrangement guides Caiola's quivering guitar sounds with punching brass and an organ to make this one of the CD's best. David Rose won a Grammy for his gorgeous arrangement of "Like Young." A real treasure, this cool, light track combines crystal-clear vibraphones and soft strings, and it's breathtaking. Si Zentner, another found on many a U-L disc, always offers up something exciting. His swinging take on Henry Mancini's "Charade" is far better than the original, with his big band blowing for all they're worth, accompanied by an organ and a deeply infectious electric bass grooving below the action. (If you like this, you'll love his "Mister Lucky" on Vol.13.)
There are an embarrassing share of boring songs on this volume, especially when compared to more full, popular volumes (like Vols. 3-7). But, there are a few that make it worth the money anyway. It's still worth buying.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Mediocre Mix of Miscellaneous Music 3 Oct 1998
By F. J. Weiner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD in the ULTRA-LOUNGE series can be considered as a weak sister to Vol.18, which it most nearly resembles. There are some pretty good toe-tappin tunes, some so-so ones, and some dismissable ones. However, any album that contains "Bingo Bango Bongo" can't be all bad. Plus, you get another installment, via the hidden bonus track, of the continental "Mr. Smoothee."
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I love the Ultra-Lounge series. 10 Dec 2006
By James Balentine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The sound quality of the Ultra-Lounge series is excellent, even though the songs were recorded mostly in the 50's and 60's. Capitol Records packs each CD with carefully chosen tracks consistent with the theme of the particular volume in the series. Many of the selections that appear here aren't available elsewhere, either because the original album on which the song appeared is out of print, or because the song was issued as a single and never collected in an album. A few 'previously unreleased' tracks also appear here. This series is a wonderful introduction to the music of a by-gone era, and each album includes detailed notes on each track (artist, writers, date recorded, how released, etc.). I heartily recommend it to anyone who has an interest in this type of music.
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