Ann Margret & Al Hirt - The Velvet Lounge: Personalities (CD) 1

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1-CD-Album Digipak with 24-page booklet, 15 tracks. Playing time approx. 40 minutes

The 'Velvet Lounge' is a remarkable series of re-releases dedicated to music that is always elegant and entertaining - and sometimes even exotic. The series is a comfortable and welcoming home for treasures from the fabulous Fifties and the strange Sixties. It is a mark of quality placed on music we've rediscovered from long ago and far away, from a time and place between Rock and Beat ecstasy and psychedelic populism.

This newest addition to the Bear Family contains music that comes straight from the archives of both large and small record companies, and is re-mastered to Bear Family's excellent quality, normally as a direct digitalisation of a master-tape but always with the best possible sound. What you hear is what you get, and the listener is tempted in by this music, asked to relax and savour the music, while maybe putting up their feet and slowly stirring a long drink.

And who you hear is important; the artists' names alone make for a formidable series. Eartha Kitt, 'the most exciting woman in the world' according to Orson Welles, does her purring 'thang' on the album 'St. Louis Blues', alongside legendary West-Coast-trumpeter Milton 'Shorty' Rogers and an extravagantly exciting and highly entertaining blues program. And then on the album 'Personalities' another trumpeter Al 'Jumbo' Hirt dedicates himself to a sort of 'symbolization in sound' of sex-bomb Ann Margret, some twenty years his junior, on songs like My Baby Just Cares For Me or Baby, It's Cold Outside. Despite numerical evidence to the contrary, 'jazz' was not a four letter word back then, and even 'entertainment' did not smell funny, yet. The motto was 'anything goes' rather than 'is that allowed ' This artistic free-for-all and high quality craftsmanship produced songs that had every right to be called 'standards'...Read more at:

Track Listing

    • Personality
    • Tain't What You Do
    • Bill Bailey
    • My Baby Just Cares For Me
    • Everybody Loves My Baby
    • Little Boy (Little Girl)
    • The Best Man
    • Ma (He's Making Eyes At Me)
    • Mutual Admiration Society
    • Row, Row, Row
    • Baby, ItÆs Cold Outside
    • Just Because
    • Mack The Knife
    • (I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My) Sister Kate
    • Mama's Gone, Goodbye

    Additional Details

    Label: Bear Family Records

    Genre: Pop/Rock

    Run Time: 40 mins

    Release Date: 02/01/11

    UPC: 4000127171450

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