Review by Will “The Thrill” Viharo
In tandem with the recent Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely, the latest release under the Ultra Lounge banner, Cocktails with Cole Porter (EMI Capitol), collects classic Porter tunes both previously released and new to the series, which is indeed “the greatest music in Earth!” Of course, this CD is a much more accomplished and authentic representation of the composer icon’s extensive and influential library than the film’s actual soundtrack. Here we have perfect Porter interpretations by the singers who really knew the music, not the tepid, screeching, limited-ranged Elvis-come-latelys crowing these gorgeous romantic standards for modern day, rock-conscious consumption.
Mix a Martini or Manhattan, or just pour a glass of apple juice, and revel in the melodious, lushly orchestrated joys of Nat King Cole crooning “Just One of Those Things,” Dean Martin emoting “True Love,” Ella Fitzgerald swingin’ live and crazy on “Let’s Do It,” Louis Prima and Keely Smith rockin’ out their wild version of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” and many other definitive turns by the likes of Kay Starr, Peggy Lee, Louis Armstrong, Nancy Wilson, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Steve Lawrence, Sarah Vaughn, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli. Do not de-lay in taking this de-lightful de-tour from reality through a luscious musical dreamland.
Beatnik lounge lizard and writer Will “the Thrill” Viharo and his wife, Monica “the Tiki Goddess,” host a live cult movie cabaret called “Thrillville” at the Cerrito Speakeasy Theater in El Cerrito, CA. At home, he relaxes to groovy Vegas lounge, exotica, and heavy doses of Elvis while drinking homemade Mai Tais (which may have influenced this review somewhat).