If you've been following the Ultra-Lounge series this far, you know what to expect: a mixture of stars (Les Baxter
, Nelson Riddle
) and no-names from the Capitol vaults, playing space age pop/cocktail music of all hues in the 1950s and 1960s. Yet this has an edge over most of the previous titles in the series: there's more of a sense of swing, groove, even (dare we say) danger
on much of this, albeit danger of a very safe sort. Hints of rock'n'roll and spy music even creep in from time to time, with James Bond-type reverb guitar decorating cuts like Al Caiola's
"Underwater Chase," and top rock & roll session drummer Earl Palmer
getting into the bongo/lounge vibe on "Binga Banga Bongo/Percolator." Another highlight is the highly sought-after theme song to Stanley Kubrick's
1962 film Lolita, performed as a tongue-in-cheek rock & roll satire by Nelson Riddle
(with surfish twangy guitar, orchestration, and a chipper chorus of young girls adding wordless "ya-ya" vocals throughout).