Various Artists

Music for the Jet Set

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Fourteen vintage cocktail/lounge/exotica outings from the archives of the Tradition label, offering a kind of soundtrack to a slide show of the world as it might have been presented at a 1965 travel agency. Exotica by Arthur Lyman; jungle percussion from Soubri Moulin; silly "China Nights Mambo" from Jack "Bongo" Burger; nightclub soul from Gloria Lynne (whose "Bali Ha'i" is one of the set's highlights); faceless white vocal muzak from the Ray Ventura Singers. Flamenco guitarist Bernabe de Moron and Woody Herman/Charlie Byrd (who combine jazz and latin music on "Prelude a La Cha Cha Cha"), might be insulted at finding themselves in this company. As far as '90s lounge reissues go, it's okay but a bit of an also-ran; more focused compilations will probably have greater appeal for most listeners.

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