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The Golden Age of Production Music: KPM’s Swank Café

28 Nov 2023

Pop culture has a love affair with anything and everything midcentury: the glamor, the fashion, the attitude, the lifestyle. The days of wearing suits to work and Leave it to Beaver might be behind us, but the music lives on. 

Swank Café relives the golden age of production music by bringing the best compositions recorded in the 1940s – early 1980s from legendary composers, including Syd Dale, Keith Mansfield, Sam Fonteyn, and Johnny Pearson. These elegant tracks recorded with large live orchestral ensembles were originally released on various KPM labels and have aged like fine wine - they sure don’t make them like they used to!

The carefully curated compilations in the Swank Café series capture themes of yesteryear; here are some highlights:

  • SWC-0001: The Luxe Life - Live the high life with these ten luxurious archival gems that exude luxury and confidence with every note.
  • SWC-0002: Keeping Up With The Joneses - These wholesome tracks harken back to the halcyon days of the 1950s with jaunty and happy orchestral compositions.
  • SWC-0003: Welcome to the Penthouse - Transport back to the days of relaxed sophistication with sensual and expansive orchestras with a hint of tropical decadence.
  • SWC-0005: Live and Let Spy – Take a long drag on your cigarette while palming a martini (shaken, not stirred) after saving the world from imminent danger. These 12 tracks tell tales of espionage and glamor, all at the same time.
  • SWC-0006: Martiniville – If only we could always reside in Martiniville where the breeze is warm, and the cocktails are cold…. These chill and sophisticated orchestral themes from the 1960s take you away to a more tropical and relaxed locale.
  • SWC-0012: No Biz Like Showbiz – This nod to the Golden Age of Hollywood is chock-full of exciting and driving showbiz themes fit for the most exclusive red-carpet awards shows in town. 

Thanks for taking this stroll down memory lane with us, and be sure to stay tuned for more archival gems from Swank Café

By Sarah Scarlata