About This is Vintage Now Vol. 2: Happiness is a Way of Life

This is Vintage Now Vol. 2

The best and most authentic-sounding musicians in The Vintage Movement create a portal to happiness with the digital compilation LP This is Vintage Now Vol. 2: Happiness is a Way of Life.  Buy your copy on MP3 through the links above. Also, preview the album on Spotify, and share it with friends and family!

A Vacation For the Soul

This is Vintage Now Vol. 2: Happiness is a Way of Life was initially built in early 2013. Series producer David Gasten felt that happiness was a missing element in current culture, and built This is Vintage Now Volume. 2: Happiness is a Way of Life in response. Over the course of four years, Gasten spent time perfecting the album, working through several track lineup changes to create an album that flows effortlessly on the mind. The result is a joyous record that sounds and feels like an instant vacation to a place far away from the troubles of day to day life.

Exclusive High-Fidelity Remasters

The tracks on This is Vintage Now Vol. 2 have been remastered by veteran audio engineer Bill Metoyer, who has worked at all of the major recording studios in the United States, from Capitol Records Studios on down. When producer David Gasten met with Metoyer to begin work on the master, Metoyer told Gasten about how many of his current clients request loud, highly compressed masters for their albums (popularly referred to as “Loudness War” mastering).  Gasten’s response was, “I want you to do the exact opposite. Let's make this album to sound like an old-fashioned hi-fi record, with no Loudness War whatsoever.”

Gasten and Metoyer worked together over the course of three months to craft a warm, clear, vinyl-like remasters of the tracks for This is Vintage Now Vol. 2 that are inspired by the Steve Hoffman hi-fi remasters of the 1990s.  The producer and engineer hope that the care put into these exclusive remasters will make the album pleasant and inviting to listen to again and again.

“Happiness Because” and “Happiness Despite”

This is Vintage Now Vol. 2: Happiness is a Way of Life is split into two distinct parts, each addressing a different aspect of happiness.

The first part, “Happiness Because,” covers tracks 1-7 (Laurie Allyn to Kenny Sasaki & the Tiki Boys). This is the side of happiness that we all know and love, when life is good, things are going great, and you can forget about your problems and get lost in the moment. This particular part of the album also coaxes the listener into a trance-like state where one can be "in the moment" with how good life is.

The second part, “Happiness Despite,”  covers tracks 8-12 (Sarah Jane & the Blue Notes to Laura Ainsworth). This is where the clouds roll in, the air starts to cool, and it's time to go home—and yet you still feel good. This part of the record signifies the times when life becomes hard and uncertain, and when one must reach inside themselves to find happiness.  It's this ability to find and maintain joy from deep down inside, regardless of the situation, that elevates happiness from a fleeting emotion to a true state of being—a Way of Life.

One of Three Simultaneous Releases from Laura Ainsworth

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This is Vintage Now Vol. 2 is proud to be one of three simultaneous releases featuring current A-list jazz vocalist Laura Ainsworth that were released in early August, 2017.

Laura's third studio album, New Vintage, is the newest volume in her series of conceptual standards albums that tell the story of a dangerous woman who is addicted to love.  It's an astounding, one-of-a-kind record that really has no equal within current jazz.  New Vintage was released August 7 on the CD format.  Top Shelf is a best-of compilation of Laura's first three LP's that is only available as a sturdy, 180-gram 12" vinyl LP.  It was released August 1.  And This is Vintage Now Vol. 2 places Laura amongst the best of the current artists of the Vintage Movement.  It was also released August 1, and is currently only available on digital.

“Last Train to Mercerville,” Laura's track on This is Vintage Now Vol. 2, is an exclusive remastered version of the final song on her second album, Necessary Evil (2013).  “Last Train to Mercerville” is an ode to the music of classic songwriter Johnny Mercer that references 33 different songs that he wrote.  You’ll probably recognize at least a few of the song titles as you listen. After boarding the Train to Mercerville with Laura, you can see why she sings the words, “I was born old-fashioned / I’m old fashioned / I love the moonlight still.” There is nothing like the great music of the past to inspire happiness from within.


More to Come

Swing City Productions currently has a third edition of This is Vintage Now in pre-production.  Entitled This is Vintage Now Vol. 3: Good Times, Good Tunes! Songs For When You’re Feeling Good, this album is a party album that will feature good-time, energetic tracks in the same style featured on This is Vintage Now Vol. 2.  This is Vintage Now Vol. 3 will bring back artists from both This is Vintage Now Volume 1 and This is Vintage Now Vol. 2, and will feature a 1950s-style photo shoot with a beautiful Vintage model named Mariana on the cover.  

This is Vintage Now Vol. 2 is currently available solely on digital (MP3 and streaming) formats. However, we are planning to release the album on mini-LP CD in Japan, hopefully sometime in 2018.  The mini-LP CD edition of This is Vintage Now Vol. 2 will feature a gatefold jacket built to resemble a 1950s album jacket, a deluxe poster with info on the artists, a Japanese booklet, a CD that is pressed to look like a baby LP, and an otherwise unavailable bonus track not available on the digital edition of the album. We also have esteemed fantasy artist William Stout (Return of the Living Dead, The RamonesRock and Roll High School, Disney’s The Land Before Time) and mid-century artists Sam Gambino and Donna Mibus on board to create artwork for the mini-LP CD. We will follow the mini-LP CD with a deluxe 12” vinyl release as well.

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