Mel Henke

La Dolce Henke

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Another excellent reissue by Scamp Records, a label which specializes in way out lounge music, among others things, La Dolce Henke is a classic curio from the early 1960s. Mel Henke got his start as an advertising copywriter, and he uses his skill in that area to create a not so subtle, sexually provocative lounge record that will leave you on the floor laughing. The lush, elaborate arrangements (often driven by Henke's own great piano playing) are stupendous. But the stars here are the songs, skits really, which are just this side of being obscene. This is Jet Age, swingin' bachelor pad (and Cad) music to its ultimate limits. This is not subliminal stuff, kids, this is the real thing. Excellently packaged, and with very elaborate liner notes by Brother Cleve (of Combustible Edison, bearers of the flame in the contemporary lounge scene), this CD is a great find. Historical note: the Nero lookalike on the cover is none other than Tom Donahue, KYA (San Francisco) boss jock, and future FM radio pioneer.

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