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Music 'Til Dawn

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  • Audio CD
  • Label: Sony Special Products
  • Run Time: 62.23 minutes
  • ASIN: B000WLU5SY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,584 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DJ Rix on January 25, 2010
Bobby Hackett was the front man (& much more) for the famous early Jackie Gleason albums, enough to fill a four CD set. A facile cornet/trumpet player with a great tone, he could probably play ballad standards in his sleep, & most certainly could play them while inebriated.

When Bobby Hackett was prohibited by his contract with Capitol from recording lush orchestral albums for any other label, he went into the studio for Columbia & made two LPs - Dream Awhile (1960) & The Most Beautiful Horn in the World (1961) - with a small combo including piano, bass, guitar, & Wurlitzer theater organ played by a guy named Johnny Seng. Seng provided the "strings." Both LPs are on "Music 'Til Dawn." The result was a strangely ethereal imitation of Jackie Gleason. You're not sure at first what you're hearing. Listening to this music is like watching star-crossed lovers dancing at 3 am in a large, empty ballroom. Cheesy in its way, yet almost unbearably sad, but for the wonderful horn sailing effortlessly over it all.

I recommend this more to Wurlitzer aficionados for Johnny Seng's lovely playing. If you're interested in Bobby, you should first check out his solo recordings for Capitol & the Gleason albums.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By theatre organ afficionado on December 21, 2010
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this is sorta like jackie gleason "make-out" music but with wurlitzers instead of a studio symphony orchestra. when i listen to this CD i just close my eyes and float on the tsunami of sound from the big organ. my only quibble is that they didn't use any larger pipes than the 8-footers. the sound quality of this CD is leagues better than the old columbia LP that i had been listening to for decades before the purchase of this CD. the lion's share of the [master tape?] hiss is gone [in addition to no LP surface noise!], revealing for the first time the wind chest rush and hall rumble of the organ.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sweet music lover on February 19, 2011
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This is a sad, beautiful & poiniant piece of music, unlike anything I've ever heard! It is the ultimate in lush, romantic ballads.
Everyone involved in this work outdid themselves. From Mitch Miller to Glenn Osser, this certainly reflects the best studio musicians that Columbia Music had. Bobby Hackett is flawless in his performance, as usual, but the harmony and backup work is beautiful to give each of these old songs a unique sound and flavor all their own. If your a lover of the sad, romantic ballads of love lost, this is for you. You will experience a sound unlike any other you have ever heard. I love Bobby Hackett's horn, and have for many years, but the backup work, particularly, the organ is just heavenly.
One of the favorite recordings I have in my collection!
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The title says it all: romantic music for lovers. Bobby Hackett and his cornet, accompanied by the former New York Roxy and New York Paramount Wurlitzer theatre pipe organs (before the latter was moved to Wichita), gave us the same laid back, relaxing, late-night love making music that he made for Jackie Gleason in Gleason's "Music for Lovers Only" album. This CD album relives a time in music when the big band gave way to the lounge orchestra and conductors/composers/arrangers such as Percy Faith, Glenn Gould, Red Skelton, Mantovani and David Rose led these orchestras with their unique, romantic sounds.

"Music 'Til Dawn" is easily my most favorite theatre organ recording, and I have many in my collection. Why? Is it because this album doesn't try to be merely a recording of theatre pipe organs? Or is it because Bobby Hackett is the soloist? No. It is because this album showcases the theatre pipe organ in one of its originally-intended roles: to accompany soloists, and accompany them in style. Perhaps this is why Wurlitzer called its product a "unit orchestra," its ability to imitate the instruments of an orchestra.

In this recording are not one, but two theatre pipe organs, with consoles and organists side by side and joined by a piano, guitar and minimal drum kit, gracefully replicating every instrument of a dinner or lounge orchestra, and allowing the cornet of Bobby Hackett to soar high above the clouds, then coming back down and beckoning you to join him on a musically-romantic journey high above those same cloud tops in the evening twilight.

By accompanying the cornet and being joined by a subdued jazz quartet, this album really showcases the two Wurlitzers in a way that is rarely duplicated.
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By gandalfcmk on December 23, 2012
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For those of us of advanced years and reasonably good memory, "Music 'Til Dawn" was the title of a late night classical, semi-classical, mood music show on a number of radio stations across the United States, sponsored by American Airlines. Coronetist Bobby Hackett's album is true to the spirit of that program; however, if you are also looking for the THEME of "Music 'Til Dawn," ("That's All") it is, unfortunately, not on this album. Hackett recorded it, of course (with Jackie Gleason on ROMANTIC MOODS), and it's still available. It isn't the original used on the program (I don't believe that version was ever released), but it's close enough. With this album, a warm fire, and the one you love, it's a great way to spend an evening. As mentioned elsewhere, there is also a four-CD set available of Hackett's complete work with the Gleason Orchestra ("That's All" is there, too). Get Both. You'll be happy you did. When Old timers reminisce about "Bear-Skin Rug Music," THIS is what we're talking about.
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