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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 31, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • ASIN: B008BBSGOC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. My Funny Valentine
3. But Not for Me
4. Love (Your Spell Is Everywhere)
5. I'm in the Mood for Love
6. Love Is Here to Stay
7. I Only Have Eyes for You
8. Body and Soul
9. Little Girl
10. I Cover the Waterfront
11. Some Day
12. If I Had You
13. When a Woman Loves a Man
14. A Stranger in Town
15. A Moonlight Saving Time
16. My Love for Carmen

Editorial Reviews

Probably the most popular, iconic mood music album ever made, Jackie Gleason s Music for Lovers Only set the stage for untold imitators to come with its evocative album artwork and lush, sweeping soundscapes. Released as a 10" LP in 1952, it set the record which still stands! for most weeks in the Top Ten Album charts at 153, and hit the charts yet again in 1955 when it was released as a 12" LP. But here is where the history of Music for Lovers Only becomes, like most romances, complicated. The original 10" included only eight tracks, but Capitol's first 12" issue of the album added eight more for a total of 16; subsequently, however, the album was reissued on LP with 12 tracks, and the out-of-print sole CD release of Music for Lovers Only featured just the eight tracks from the original 10" release.

Now, for the first time ever on CD, Real Gone Music is restoring this classic album to its full, 16-track length, with its glorious, original artwork intact another first! and in its original mono. As for those wondering what musical contribution Mr. Gleason made to the album, some say Gleason conceived of melodies in his head and described them vocally to his assistants. But when Bobby Hackett, whose wistful trumpet lines were the focal point of the Gleason sound and of this album, was asked what Jackie contributed to the recordings, he replied: "He brought the checks." Either way, Music for Lovers Only stands as The Great One's greatest musical achievement.

Customer Reviews

That's when I put on Gleason's music.
Nelson E. Donley
I would highly recommend this beautiful CD to anyone who appreciates the haunting music of the past.
Ellen
Great orchestra music with classic songs.
Jan L. Collins

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Schryer on April 10, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Unfortunately, in our era, mood music or easy listening music has been degraded to "elevator music." But in the 1950s some truly fine albums of romantic easy listening music were recorded and none was better than Jackie Gleason's first album, Music for Lovers Only. Gleason's concept was brilliant: mellow solos by the great trumpeter/cornetist Bobby Hackett accompanied by a smooth string orchestra, with no percussian to jar the romantic effect. In later albums Gleason added other instruments, but appealing as his later albums were, none was more successful than the original, Music for Lovers Only, which was the biggest selling LP issued to that time. The original version of this outstanding album was only a 10" LP with just eight tracks. Consequently, its various reissues -- including this one -- have added tracks from other Gleason albums. If you are at heart a romantic, I think you'll love this album.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jim on September 6, 2012
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I bought this original LP, and many other Gleason titles, at some flea market a million years back, and tho it's been on cd before, this is the one to get....perfect music for an evening at home, with a mate, or just by yourself! Maybe a tad melancholy for some, but I LOVE that, and these are all beautifully performed selections.......
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on September 2, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Jackie Gleason was a man of many talents, not the least of which was his ear for music. Gleason didn't write a great deal, nor play any instruments, but as a musical director he picked the songs and arrangers, and conducted the orchestra in creating a lush body of romantic mood music. For this first album, originally released as an eight-song 10" in 1952, he featured the cornet playing of Bobby Hackett. Hackett became a regular on Gleason's recordings (see the 4-CD The Complete Sessions for more), and here he helps establish the intimate, forlorn feel of Gleason's recordings. These are neither the syrupy sounds of the `50s, though they include lush string scores, nor the swinging sounds of the `60s. The mood, particularly in the searching tone of Hackett's lonely horn, blends dreamy seduction, the tears of Sinatra's Where Are You? and the fatalism of film noir. The song list draws from the great American songbook, including titles by Rodgers & Hart, George & Ira Gershwhin and Mel Torme; Gleason's original "My Love for Carmen" closes the set. The original eight-song LP was expanded to sixteen tracks in 1955, all in mono; a 12-track stereo re-recording was issued in 1958. Real Gone reaches back to the 16-song lineup, expanding on Collectors' Choice's out-of-print two-fer. 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2012 Hyperbolium]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nelson E. Donley on March 3, 2013
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Jackie Gleason's music has a unique style about it. Every now & then you'd hear it on The Honeymooners, particularly in the middle of the night when Ralph is getting very sleepy. I never really understood what "background" or "elevator" music was until I started listening to the music in Gleason's prolific collection. I now have about 15 LPs that I have converted to CDs and I enjoy each & ever one of them.

As a writer, I do most of my work late at night. Normally, I cannot listen to music when I write. I work in a room that resembles a cavern. Sometimes, however, things get a bit too quiet. That's when I put on Gleason's music. It actually helps me think.

Technically, the CD has been faulted for not being loud enough. I find that this is a very common problem with most CDs. I get around this problem by ripping the tracks into a folder using a Freeware program. Then, I bring them into Cool Edit Pro and amplify them, usually, between 3x and 6x. It all depends on the track. I do this with all of my CDs and not just with this one. Other than that, I recommend this CD to anyone who likes Jackie Gleason's style of music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sent_to_KY on December 19, 2012
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i was raised on this type of music so bought it for reasons of nostalgia. the quality of the recording is good but not great. i have a lousy CD player so i am not sure if the issue is the old recording or my equipment. likely the latter. have to admit that i picked this CD over the other Jackie Gleason recordings because of the cover which depicts a time gone by.
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This is my third CD of "Music For Lovers Only" I play the CD so much I wear it out. No words to say about Jackie
Gleason and his orchestra, one just needs to listen and experience what I mean.. Their music is so beautiful and melodious. I can listen to it all day and night. Such a talented man and orchestra.,

there is no match.
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By Amazon Customer on July 8, 2014
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Takes me back to my youth...great memories emerge while listening to these classics by a great artist...
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I've enjoyed the Jackie Gleason series of concert classics instrumentals since I was in my early adult days. Never knew that he had so much incredible grace and smoothness in his musical soul!
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