Various Artists

Vegas Retro Lounge, Vol. 2

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An utterly bizarre collection, Vegas Retro Lounge, Vol. 2 really has nothing to do with Las Vegas, as evidenced by the inclusion of Louis Armstrong's New Orleans style rendition of "On the Sunny Side of the Street," and it also has nothing do to with "retro lounge" since the tag "retro" implies that the artists would be contemporary artists celebrating the lounge music of times past. The inclusion of Mel Tormé, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, and every other artist on this set defeats the idea of this being "retro lounge." Actually, most of these songs wouldn't even qualify as lounge music either, since the genre is really reserved for artists like Sergio Mendes and Henry Mancini. There are some fine performances here, yet how could anyone expect less from the high-caliber artists featured here? The problem is that they don't fit particularly well together. Enzo Stuarti's almost operatic vocal delivery over sickly sweet strings really has no business next to Armstrong's previously mentioned New Orleans instrumental stomp, just because they simply don't fit well together. Most of all, someone just needs to provide a dictionary to the folks at the Park South label, who seem to have built a business out of erroneous titles.

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