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Pure Space-Age Goodness

This album is almost the entire summation of everything we've come to love about the 50s. It's the world viewed from the lens of the 50s worldview: hopeful, peppy, and generally neat-o. Even a glance at the album cover gives one a profound sense of nostalgia, even if wasn't quite alive then. On the other hand, it does remind me of the Jetsons. Bob Thompson is definately a genius of composition, but even if one can't take that much away, it is definately a fun and cheerful period piece.

Lite, Fun, Sophisticated 50s pop. WOW

Wow! This is smooth, sophisticated, lite, playful 50s pop. At once funny and quality stuff. A must have for anyone interested in unusual music. Pure and perfect 50s cocktail kitch!

Great Music ruined by unnecessary sound effects

I honestly would give five stars to the music, it's terrific. Unfortunately however all of the recordings featured on this album are plagued with loud modern, unnecessary, and obnoxious sound effects which ruin the majority of the songs.


Born: August 24, 1924 in San Jose, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

The music of West Virginia pianist Bob Thompson, active as a leader or sideman since the 1970s, ranges from electric and acoustic in a mostly dance-funk style to excellent modal jazz à la McCoy Tyner. In the late '80s Thompson also became house pianist for the Mountain Stage radio program, produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and widely distributed by National Public Radio. He recorded a number of albums for the Atlanta-based Ichiban label during the 1990s and into the 2000s while also establishing...
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