LOUNGE: THE ESSENTIAL ALBUM GUIDE
Edited by Steve Knopper Visible Ink Press, 1998
Do you crave lounge music? Do you need to know all there is about lounge music? Then this is the tome you need. It's the A to Z of swingers, cocktail lounge heroes, torch singers, and all those modern bands inspired by lounge.
This massive resource (just under 600 pages) is meant to be a guide for all your lounge CD buying needs. They list each performer and which discs to get, which to stay away from, and which to search out. They also have a handy guide to tell you who these artists were influenced by and who are influenced by them.
Of course they have listings on the bigggies--Esquivel, Martin Denny (who actually wrote the book's forward), Les Baxter, Frankie, Dino, Sammy and the like, but it also has a few listing that will surprise you -- Alex Chilton, Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson and Isaac Hayes to name a few.
In the back of the book, they have guides on the best lounge-esque movies, radio stations that feature cocktail music (more than a little out of date since the books publication in 1998), websites, record labels, record producers, band members, and books and magazines.
If you even wanted to drench yourself in lounge culture, this would be the perfect diving board. One nice added plus--the book contains an Capitol Records Ultra-Lounge sampler.
A more updated version covering such contemporaries as Michael Buble, Renee Olstead, Chris Botti, Diana Krall, et. al. would be nice, but this is a vast resource for lounge fans and well worth seeking out.
STEVE COLE at the Hay Festival, May 27
6 minutes ago