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Lounge refers to a strain of easy listening music from the '50s and '60s that was based on the lush styles of latter-day swing and big band music. Lounge scaled these back, borrowing ideas from the worldbeat exploration of exotica, as well as the futuristic aspirations of space age pop. Lounge wasn't as adventurous as either form, yet it wasn't as watered down as Muzak -- instead, it occupied the middle ground, appealing to fans of traditional pop as well as space-age pop.

Lounge Artists Highlights

Ferrante & Teicher
Ferrante & Teicher
Sergio Mendes
Sergio Mendes
Xavier Cugat
Xavier Cugat
Dick Hyman
Dick Hyman
Esquivel
Esquivel
Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini

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Lounge Album Highlights

Four Sider
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 ...
Four Sider
Greatest Hits
Ferrante & Teicher
Greatest Hits
Esquivel!
Esquivel
Esquivel!
The Music from Peter Gunn [Original TV Soundtrack]
Henry Mancini
The Music from Peter Gunn ...
Complete Live at the Spotlite Club 1958
Ahmad Jamal
Complete Live at the ...
1954
Erroll Garner
1954

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Lounge Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
The Fool on the Hill Sergio Mendes
Theme from The Apartment Ferrante & Teicher
Mucha Muchacha Esquivel
Fallout!
Peter Gunn Henry Mancini & His Orchestra
Stompin' at the Savoy Ahmad Jamal Trio
Mambo Garner
Erroll Garner
The Surrey with the Fringe on Top Ahmad Jamal Trio
Quiet Village Les Baxter
Sunken City Les Baxter

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