Various Artists

Lounging at the Nick at Nite Club

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As part of its attempt to provide aural equivalents for its run of vintage television programs presented in a campy, nostalgic mood, Nick at Nite Records introduces its entry in the retro genre of space-age bachelor pad music, a compilation of slow-tempo torch songs, smoothly performed. Some selections, such as Henry Mancini's "Peter Gunn" and Lalo Schifrin's "Mission Blues," both instrumentals, explicitly evoke television series, but for the most part this is a collection of nightclub favorites put over with appropriate swagger, whether it's Vic Damone doing "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" or Mike Douglas weaving through the horn charts on "I'd Climb the Highest Mountain." Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald add class to the proceedings and make the overall set seem like less of a joke, a necessary component to a movement that derives much of its effect from teetering toward the ridiculous without quite falling in.

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