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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1954
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B000059LF9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Girl, Boy, Dance, Affair
2. Little Girl
3. I Cover The Waterfront
4. Some Day
5. If I Had You
6. Once In A While
7. I Can't Get Started
8. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
9. My Ideal
10. Yesterdays
11. I Love You (Je T'Aime)
12. Unforgettable
13. How High The Moon
14. I'll Be Seeing You
15. Shangri-La
16. I Remember You
17. It Could Happen To You
18. Somebody Loves Me
19. Time On My Hands (You In My Arms)
20. The Nearness Of You
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Tawny/Music, Martinis & Memories collects two of Jackie Gleason's mood music albums onto one CD. The five-song Tawny EP includes lush, orchestral renditions of "Girl, Boy, Dance, Affair," "Some Day," and "If I Had You," while Music, Martinis & Memories features "The Song Is Ended," "I Remember You," and "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good." As with Collector's Choice's other Gleason reissues, Tawny/Music, Martinis & Memories does right by Gleason's romantic brand of easy listening. ~ Heather Phares, All Music Guide

Customer Reviews

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This album is a great one to start with.
D. R. Schryer
This music is so wonderful to listen by yourself to or to have on in the background while entertaing friends.
Patricia K. Weigand
And as always the complete original liner notes and cover art are included.
Robert Badgley

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By AbeStreet on January 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I, having just turned 36 years old, am not old enough to have been around when this music was first presented. Thanks to my father I found out about Mr. Gleason and his many albums. MUSIC, MARTINIS, AND MEMORIES (MM&M) has been a favorite album of mine for years. I was pleased to find it on cd. This cd has been combined with another of Gleason's albums, TAWNY. It is a shame that people of my generation (Generation X, it's hard to believe we're almost if not middle age now) and the younger generations dismiss Gleason and other musical artists of the 1950's as elevator music.

Gleason's band, along with other instrumental bands and orchestras of the 50's, such as Mantovani and 101 Strings, really have detailed arrangements. Songs like "I'll Be Seeing You" are so detailed you can practically hear the lyrics everytime the horn tunes up during the chours. Also, each song blends, almost unnoticeably, into the next. The mood that Gleason helps create is not broken by a musical selection that clashes with the one preceding it.

I should note, for those people who have either of the indivdual albums, that the songs are not in album form. They are mixed in together. This is not a bad thing, only for those of us who are used to hearing the songs in a certain order may be caught off guard. We'll be expecting one song but get another.

The title says it all. This "music" will bring back "memories", "martinis" are optional. By the way, I love the cover art for MM&M. It fits the title and songs just perfect.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Joan Crawford on January 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you've heard Jackie Gleason's music, in particular MUSIC, MARTINIES, AND MEMORIES, than you probably know what I mean. This music sounds like it came from one of those great old movies. It is sad, and sweet, and very, very lush. If you want to feel like you're living in a Joan Crawford or Lana Turner melodrama all day and suffer grandly, simply put on this cd and you will be transported back into a distant era when one could sit back with a martini and think about "memories" without seeming anti-social, just a little bit corny maybe and sentimental. It's music for people who have big, broken hearts.

I have always had a love for eras past, especially the early 50s glamour, and this album tops them all. I first heard it at my grandpa's. He had the original record in his collection and I was hooked. Certainly not elevator music--these are the arrangements that prove melody is sometimes greater than lyrics. It's all about the melody here--and that gorgeous trumpet! I am 20--so don't assume this is music only the older generations could appreciate. It's timeless.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Schryer on August 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The 1950s yielded some excellent romantic "mood music" by artists such as Percy Faith, Frank Chacksfield, and Ray Anthony. But the best romantic albums were the early albums by Jackie Gleason which featured a lush string orchestra -- with no percussion to jar the romantic mood -- and incredibly smooth and mellow solos by the great trumpeter/cornetist Bobby Hackett. Gleason's first album was the super hit Music for Lover's Only. But Music, Martinis and Memories was just as good and the sound was much better. The extra songs from the album Tawny are a welcome bonus. Unfortunately, most so-called "mood music" played today is justly dismissed as "musical wallpaper" or "elevator music." If you want to hear how good the best romantic music was, listen to the early albums by Jackie Gleason and Bobby Hackett. This album is a great one to start with.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Western Swing Fan on December 14, 2004
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At over an hour & fifteen minutes this 53 year old recording still sounds fresh & goes to show why Jackie Gleason who although he couldn't read a note of music knew what sounded great. For years Gleason's recordings were staples on now defunct Muzak/Easy Listening Stations that were heard in supermarkets & dentist offices across the land. Unfortunately today many only remember

Jackie as the sherrif in the Smokey & The Bandit films. His early carreer on the Dumont TV Network, his hit easy listening albums, The Honeymooners & performance in films such as "The Hustler" were career highlights. I also highly recommend Gleason's 1956 Christmas Album also available on CD. Enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason Bentley on September 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This CD is great for just taking it all in, preferably with a classic cocktail. It works equally well as background music for dinner or as the focus of the night. I wouldn't listen to this if were trying to wash the windows though. You'll wind up with a Martini in your hand and your feet up on the ottoman. This entire CD is remarkable, but some of the highlights for me are as follows: "Some Day", "I Got It Bad", "I Love You", "Shangri-La", and "Time on My Hands".

If you want to relax with your girl this is the CD. You want to relax by yourself. Forget it, get a girl and play this CD. As Sinatra said "Loners are Losers".
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
ANYONE WHO REMEMBERS FM MUSIC BACK IN THE EARLY 1960'S, WHEN MANY EASY LISTENING STATIONS DOMINATED THE FM BAND ON THE RADIO, ONE OF THE ARTISTS THAT I HEARD QUITE A BIT WAS THE JACKIE GLEASON ORCHESTRA. SONGS LIKE "SHANGRI LA" AND "IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU" PLEASANTLY AROUSED ME WHEN I HEARD THEM ON THIS CD. I RECALLED THESE SONGS SOME 40 YEARS AGO BUT HAD NO IDEA WHAT THE SONG TITLES WERE TILL NOW. THIS CD IS A MUST FOR ANYONE WHO ENJOYS EASY LISTENING MUSIC.
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