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This is Vintage Now

by Various Artists

Featuring BIG JAY McNEELY, CARO EMERALD, BEVERLY KENNEY, THE WAITIKI 7 and more, "This is Vintage Now" presents Vocal Jazz, Jump Blues, and Bachelor Pad Music artists who bring the spirit of 1940's-1960's music to today.
Genre: Jazz: Retro Swing
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tea For Two
Beverly Kenney
2:51 $0.69
2. Get On Up and Boogie (Parts 1, 2, and 3)
Big Jay McNeely
5:26 $0.69
3. Just One Dance
Caro Emerald
4:01 album only
4. Piece
Ilana Charnelle
3:41 $0.69
5. Tears On My Pillow (live)
The Pharohs
3:39 $0.69
6. Similau
The Waitiki 7
3:22 $0.69
7. The Deacon Don't Like It
David Gasten & the City Kids
3:09 $0.69
8. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Carole Creveling
2:10 $0.69
9. If Hawthorne Were Foggy
Blake Jones & the Trike Shop
2:12 $0.69
10. Fare Thee Well (And Go To Hell)
The Necro Tonz
4:36 $0.69
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I was astounded at the energy these artists put into celebrating the great classic sounds. There should be a law about "coolage". These guys broke it!

What a great mix of lounge, blues, exotica, swing, old and new. People will dig this whether they like Vintage Music or are just getting into it.
–"TIKI" CHRIS PINTO, Novelist and Tiki Blogger

Thanks to TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES and television shows like MAD MEN, we are constantly reminded that there was a time when culture—and real life—were simpler, classier, and happier. It was a time when everyday people treated each other with respect. When men kept their word with a simple handshake. And when women were so glamorous and ladylike, men would practically line up to open doors for them. That alternate universe now has a name—VINTAGE. And VINTAGE MUSIC is its official soundtrack.

THIS IS VINTAGE NOW introduces Vintage Music as a thriving, forward-moving musical movement. The musicians on “This is Vintage Now” tap into the spirit of the original Vintage period, and bring its “anything can happen” excitement forward to today’s listeners.

The compilation features saxophone legend BIG JAY McNEELY, celebrated Dutch chanteuse CARO EMERALD, and premiere Exotica group THE WAITIKI 7, as well as up-and-coming artists like heavy jump blues act DAVID GASTEN & THE CITY KIDS and Australian femme fatale ILANA CHARNELLE. It also includes two original Vintage performers from the 1950’s, BEVERLY KENNEY and CAROLE CREVELING, who offer new ways to discover original Vintage Music without resorting to the clichés of the jazz reissue treadmill.

It's been a long time since new music has been this magical, unpredictable, and deeply satisfying, but that excitement is back and better than ever with “This is Vintage Now”!



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Chet Davis

Only Ok.. Needs some work
I had recently heard of this collection from a radio show I tune into. It sounded awesome as I find it nearly impossible to find new artists recording in a vintage lounge style. Most of the ones I have heard I like have been featured on shows like: Cocktail Nation, Drive In Lounge and Retro Cocktail Hour. My favorite artists include: Laura Ainsworth, Tikiyaki Orch, Waitiki 7, James Spencer, and Stacy Kent. After listening to the excerpts from this collection .. it is an ok first effort but really feels all over the map. My problems with this collection:
1. Art work is boring and misleading? Cheap fonts, and doesn't have a retro lounge feel
2. Only really liked 2 tracks-The Waitiki and the first track.
3. Music feels disconnected.. Moving from exotica to other styles. I would rather have only one genre represented at a time.
4. The vintage now website feels busy and overworked.. I don't see really any info on Mr. Gasten as a producer etc.
5. Concept feels confused.
I prefer compilations like The Bachelor Den, Ultra-Lounge etc. who got the comps and packaging better together. Great idea.. but still feels in the development stage.. or quickly put together.

D. K.

Cocktail Nation enthusiast..... feels this is a good sampler
I listen to THE COCKTAIL NATION weekly and was introduced to this series by a recent radio interview.. This is good idea to bridge the gap between new artists recording in vintage 50s-60s lounge style... However some of the artists are sort of hit or miss... It doesn't pull my attention in packaging, and programming like Ultra Lounge and Bachelor Den from the 90s.. But I would indeed listen to this album.. I commend This is Vintage.. for introducing new audiences to the lounge mvt. I wish however.. that cuts were exclusive. meaning I already had the Waitiki 7 and a few other cuts. Good first effort though.

Roberta Pate

A good new effort compilation of Vintage Lounge
I was recently introduced to this by a friend.... I like many of the tracks on the album especially Waitiki 7.. I was looking for new artists in the exotica and lounge style.. I haven't found that many yet however this introduced me to a few new ones to explore. The packaging though is a bit misleading. I didn't care for the art work. I would have preferred to see the compilation focus on one style such as only new artists doing exotica, or how about cocktail piano or maybe space age pop? A good effort but needs a bit a work to bring it up to 5 stars


Dedicated to preserving the vintage lounge tradition
I'm slightly biased as I'm a friend of the Producer of this series, Mr. David Gasten. I feel David has a passion for preserving the legacy of often forgotten lounge music of the mid 20th century. The inclusion of the rare track by vocalist Beverly Kenney is a real find. The music is beautifully remastered in a clean vintage sound and though this is only David's first sets the bar for new volumes to come. I encourage people to have a listen and to discover the artists dedicated to preserving the Great American heritage of choice music.

Mildred. L.

A good compilation
I'm a nearly 80 year old listener that still prefers the classic jazz and vocals from the 40s/60s. I fond a great podcast show called COCKTAIL NATION where I first heard about Mr. Gasten

I really enjoyed Mr. Gasten's programming for a couple of the Cocktail Nation shows. He seems like a music historian who knows the past well.

I mainly bought this as it was great to find the Beverly track. I loved her back in the day and yet have had trouble finding her albums currently.

I had only wish this album had more artists that truly sound like the 50s ... some artists on this comp feel mediocre but I'm glad at least someone is trying to get choicer music out than most of the junk on the radio.

From Cocktail Nation.. I do like the exotica artists like Tiki Delights, though I feel Waitiki can sound a bit modern. There are a few vocalists that are new I like like Laura Ainsworth and joey Altruda. For cocktail piano no one tops James Spencer,

I though I heard that Mr. Gasten was releasing a vol. 2 and 3? I hope I haven't missed those.

Good compilation

E. Anders

A great intro to the vintage lounge scene
I recently became friends with the fabulous cocktail jazz pianist James Spencer. For those who don't know James Spencer he is a virtuoso classical and jazz pianist that has released 6 albums so far and is the author of two bios LES BAXTER and JULIE LONDON. I was looking for a lounge compilation of new artists performing in the vintage scene. He recommended THIS IS VINTAGE NOW! Wow.. a really enjoyable intro compilation. I didn't know that Beverly Kenny was still recording and was nice to find the Tea For Two cut. I like most of the other cuts to. James mentioned that the producer of this series David Gasten is a noted producer of vintage music.. and has been interviewed on radio shows. I hope to hear more volumes . I would love one dedicated to lounge orchestral, or one dedicated to pianists. (I'm so bored with the horrible fusion or elevator smooth jazz on the radio) is comforting to know there are a few REAL musicians recreating the glory days of the past. Hopefully there will be more exotica, cocktail piano, and lounge artists in the future. I look forward to more albums.

Robert D.

Doesn't Sound Vintage To me?
I am a huge fan of retro 1950s lounge, exotica and cocktail piano music. I regularly tune into a show called Cocktail Nation, where the host plays a lot of my favorite pianists like James Spencer, George Shearing and Vince Guaraldi as well as lounge artists that I like including Tikiyaki Orch, Martin Denny etc. The chosen cuts on This In Vintage Now.. sounds a bit "garage band" ... it lacks the sophistication of other artists. I would have preferred to hear more classic vocals and maybe some swing or cocktail piano. The packaging is sort of odd too. This album is a good intro to the retro lounge scene but it feels only mediocre. I wanted more from a comp.. which is I why I prefer Ultra Lounge from Capitol.