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Music for a
Bachelor's Den
Volume 1

This is a Factory Sealed DCC CD with no mark of any kind, mastered by Steve Hoffman.

Space Age Bachelor's Den music of the '50s is cool, hip, with-it and the most! So with this disc, relax, turn down the lights, make yourself comfortable and enjoy an evening in a bachelor’s den.

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The Bachelor Pad Story

"Following World War II, America began to experience a new way of living. Rapid change occurred as cities sprawled into suburbia. By 1955, the space age had arrived. Automobile design mimicked rockets and jukeboxes mimicked automobiles. Appliances such as washers and dryers allowed push button automation and furniture took on the shape of amoebas. Within a 1950s and early 1960s home, one would repeatedly find the boomerang pattern on kitchen countertops, draperies, flooring, coffee tables and ashtrays. Outer space exploration was not something that occurred only on television or in the news, but it could also be parked in your driveway. A person could drive a Rocket 88, a DeSoto Fireflite, a Futurematic or a Dynaflow. America was forging ahead at the speed of light and the sky was the limit.

"Entertainment was not excluded from this change. Movies were made in Technicolor and Cinemascope. Transistor radios made music portable and more convenient. Big bulky phonographs were replaced by High Fidelity automatic record changers. The aural enhancement of stereophonic sound had arrived. Once high fidelity and stereo came on the scene, records clearly and boldly displayed labels such as “Hi-Fi” or “Stereophonic.” The 33 1/3 RPM LP was a new means of providing the most advanced entertainment.

"MUSIC FOR A BACHELOR’S DEN is dedicated to the type of easy listening music bachelors listened to, and entertained with, during the golden age of hi-fi and the dawning age of stereo. While teenagers of the 1950s were becoming accustomed to rock and roll and doo wop, young adults, nestled in suburbia, required an exotic, yet soothing music for entertainment and pleasure. What bachelor would keep his den stocked with a record rack of albums that excluded Jackie Gleason and his Orchestra? Just as a picture can say a thousand words, Gleason’s Melancholy Serenade and You’re Driving Me Crazy could set a mood just at that moment when the lights were turned low.

"Nelson Riddle was a musician who lent his talents to the production of television themes of the late fifties and early sixties. Riddle’s greatest successes of television theme music included 1962’s Route 66. The Theme from “Route 66” is the beat It gives your hi-fi the hippest action and the coolest ride it will ever have.

"David Rose’s The Stripper proved so popular in 1962 that, although it was originally released as a “B-side”, millions of copies were sold. In keeping within the burlesque genre, Rose’s follow-up, Sunset Strip, was a perfect bachelor pad record. The reasons were obvious: David Rose’s music inspired seductive dancing.

"On her album Introducing Linda Lawson, Ms. Lawson’s musical ability reigns, although it was a tough battle to beat her physical beauty. The record’s liner notes discuss her appearance more than her vocal capabilities. It’s easy to see why this record could easily be found in any bachelor’s collection. But the end result was a fantastic album . Like Young sets the mood and style of the era in which it was released. The song distinctly has a late fifties Greenwich Village beatnik sound.

"The Dick Hyman Trio’s Marital and Morris Stoloff’s Moonglow and Love Theme from “Picnic” were widely popular. The popularity of Marital increased when Louis Armstrong’s vocalized version of the song, Mack the Knife, was released. Following the success of the Kim Novak and William Holden film, Picnic, Morris Stolff’s arrangement was a huge hit. Both of these selections were frequently included in bachelor record collections due to their versatility. These songs were appropriate as background music as well as mainstream entertainment.

"Although many people associated Jimmy Dorsey with big band music of the 1930s and 1940s, his greatest million selling record was 1930s So Rare. The song’s popularity crossed all boundaries. Its appeal to all age groups was the result of its blend of orchestral swing, rhythm and blues, rock and roll and easy listening. In 1957, So Rare was a refreshing blast from the past incorporated with the present. In a way, it could be viewed as one of the last times a big band sound would reach such a mainstream audience.

"As composer of one of the world’s most recognized jazz standards, Lullaby of Birdland, George Shearing is often only regarded as a jazz musician. However, many of his records of the 1950s provided lush, romantic mood-setting music just right for a bachelor’s den. His album, Black Satin, produced the medley As Long As I Live / Let’s Live Again. After listening to this selection, you’ll see why his record company referred to his music as “the satin-smooth Shearing sound”.

"Victor Young was another musician who wrote influential film scores and songs. However, he is best known far his composition of Around the World in 80 Days for which he earned an Oscar.

"The John Buzon Trio is an often overlooked Southern California group that began recording with their Liberty Records release, Inferno. The trio consisted of three musicians from Pennsylvania, Nebraska and Cuba, each contributing his unique and talented style into every arrangement. Presented here is the trio’s sultry and seductive performance of Ill Wind.

"Another Arthur Lyman track, Love For Sale, provides a unique performance of this classic standard by tinting the arrangement with a tropical flavor. This selection makes it easy to understand why Lyman’s records were entertainment essentials.

"From his album Mister Percussion Terry Snyder’s Once in a While offered high fidelity fans the chance to experience the most sophisticated demonstration of stereophonic sound of its time. The song is performed using an array of percussion instruments, selected not only far their aural characteristics, but to emphasize the stereo potential.

"MUSIC FOR A BACHELOR’S DEN, only begins to scratch the surface of this genre of popular music. With the onset of hi-fi and stereo, many recordings were produced on an array of record labels to satisfy all tastes and styles. A diverse range of easy listening and pop records, each contained in their colorful jackets, provided leisure and enjoyment for millions of listeners. So with this disc, relax, turn down the lights, make yourself comfortable and enjoy an evening in a bachelor’s den."

Paul Phillips, March 1995


1. Once in a While performed by Terry Snyder - 2:50
2. Love for Sale performed by Lyman, Arthur Group - 3:04
3. You're Driving Me Crazy (What Did I Do?) performed by Gleason, Jackie & His Orchestra - 2:45
4. Sunset Strip performed by Rose, David And His Orchestra - 2:18
5. Moonglow/Theme from "Picnic" [Long Version] performed by Morris Stoloff - 3:45
6. As Long as I Live/Let's Live Again performed by George Shearing - 3:56
7. Like Young performed by Linda Lawson - 3:18
8. Theme from Route 66 performed by Riddle, Nelson And His Orchestra - 2:09
9. Ill Wind performed by Buzon, John Trio - 2:11
10. Quiet Village [Long Version] performed by Exotic Sounds Of Martin Denny - 3:41
11. Yellow Bird performed by Lyman, Arthur Group - 2:41
12. Moritat (A Theme from the Threepenny... performed by Dick Hyman - 2:16
13. So Rare performed by Jimmy Dorsey - 2:30
14. Theme from the Honeymooners (Melancholy... performed by Gleason, Jackie & His Orchestra - 3:17
15. Around the World (In Eighty Days) {from... (Young) - 3:01

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