Mad Men: Music from the Series, Vol. 1

Even people who haven’t been entranced by the glimpse into the middle of the last century that AMC’s Mad Men provides (complete with sexism, racism and soulless corporate climbing, along with incredible design and style) will be entranced by the seriously good music used to build the drama of the series. From the opening song on this collection—Vic Damone’s “On the Street Where You Live”—the music has the clean but complicated lines of jazz mixed with the oblivious self-centeredness that made the 20th century such a cauldron of turmoil. How did we live so long without hearing Julie London sing “Fly Me to the Moon?” And the original music for the series (especially “Babylon”) carries with it that regret wrapped in envy that can only be called nostalgia.