Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Jackie Gleason presents "Oooo!" (Mono rip)

Friends, do you ever feel like you want to vocalize, but you don't really have anything to say? Well, you could become a politician and you'd probably go far, or you could do the more sensible thing and join Artie Malvin's choir. They're featured here as an integral part of Jackie Gleason's orchestra in tonight's offering, our personal mono rip of the 1957 release "Jackie Gleason presents 'Oooo!'"  As you probably already know, nobody did mood music quite like Jackie Gleason, and this oooo-tiful release is a serious oooo-gasm for the ears.

This collection was released on four 7" EPs as well as 33 1/3 vinyl, as were many albums of this era, and altogether there are 16 tracks. That's a whole lotta OOOO!  This album is out of print, and if it was ever released on CD in its entirety, we can't find any evidence of it. As a bonus, I added two of the tracks with enhanced reverb and dreamy delay, just for a little extra oooomph. You're gonna love it!

Your OOOOgasmic download is here!

Monday, February 23, 2015

The George Shearing Quintet - Night Mist (Mono Rip)

Tonight at the Starlite Lounge we've got a doozy of a combo for you, The George Shearing Quintet...with Voices.  Yes, it's one of those Gleason-esque concoctions where a choir of ooooo-ing voices stands in for a typical string arrangement. This is one of our favorite types of records, and after listening carefully to this one, it's one of our favorite records, period. The voices mostly don't sing any words, and you mostly won't either after you're drawn into these benzocaine environments of tinkling vibes, softly shimmering ivories, and overall vaporous arrangements.

We suggest something blue from the bar...it will probably have some blue curacao in it, and we promise you it will be swanky and surprisingly strong.

As with everything here at the Starlite Lounge, this is our own personal rip. It came from a dollar used record bin, but was surprisingly clean, and after a glue treatment this baby sounds darn near perfect. It's the original 1957 mono release...ooooo, mono. We added just a light touch of filter to take the crackly edge off, but not enough to damage the high end too much. There's a bonus track at the end as well, one of the tracks revisited, this time plastered with dreamlike reverb and delay just for fun. We love to get plastered here at the Starlite.  Enjoy!

Your ultra misty Starlite download is here!