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Great Hit Movie & TV Themes 1957-1962
Great Hit Movie & TV Themes 1957-1962
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Hit Movie & TV Themes 1956 – 1962 (1CD): 32 wonderful tunes; a few rare gems; great sound; totally enjoyable set!, May 28 2016
CONTENT:

“Great Hit Movie & TV Themes 1956 – 1962”, released by reputable reissue label Jasmine Records from UK in 2016, contains 32 songs from hit movies and TV themes. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including label & number, chart position, year of release, plus names of movie or TV shows)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; UK=UK Singles Chart):

01 FORGOTTEN DREAMS – Leroy Anderson (Decca 30403)(UK 24/1957)*used as the background for a British TV advertisement for mobile phone company '3'
02 AROUND THE WORLD – Mantovani (London 1746)(BB Pop 12/1957; UK 20/1957)*from film “Around the World in 80 Days” starring David Niven; soundtrack version belonged to Victor Young
03 PETER GUNN – Ray Anthony (Capitol 4176)(BB Pop 8/1959)*from TV series “Peter Gunn” starring Craig Stevens; written by Henry Mancini
04 77 SUNSET STRIP – The Big Sound of Don Ralke (Warner 5025)(BB Pop 69/1959)*from TV series “77 Sunset Strip”, starring Efrem Zimbalist Jr, Roger Smith (wife: Ann-Margret) and Edward (Kookie) Byrnes
05 ON THE BEACH – Frank Chacksfield (London 1901)(BB Pop 47/1960)*title song from film starring Gregory Peck
06 THEME FROM THE UNFORGIVEN – Don Costa (United Artists 221)(BB Pop 27/1960)*theme from film “The Unforgiven” starring Burt Lancaster and Audrey Hepburn
07 THEME FROM THE APARTMENT – Ferrante & Teicher (United Artists 231)(BB Pop 10/1960)*from film “The Apartment” starring Jack Lemmon
08 THEME FROM ADVENTURES IN PARADISE – Jerry Byrd (Monument 419)(BB Pop 97/1960)*theme from TV series “Adventures in Paradise” starring Gardner McKay
09 NEVER ON SUNDAY – Don Costa (United Artists 234)(BB Pop 19/1960; UK 27/1960)*Oscar winning song from film “Never On Sunday” starring Melina Mercouri; the film version belonged to Manos Hadjidakis
10 MIDNIGHT LACE (PART 1) – Ray Conniff (Columbia 41800)(BB Pop 92/1960)*from film “Midnight Lace” starring Doris Day
11 THE SUNDOWNERS – Billy Vaughn (Dot 16133)(BB Pop 51/1960)*title song from movie starring Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr
12 RUBY DUBY DU FROM 'KEY WITNESS' – Charles Wolcott (MGM 12944)(BB Pop 41/1960)*from film “Key Witness” starring Jeffrey Hunter
13 THEME FROM”THE DARK AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS” – Ernie Freeman (Imperial 5693)(BB Pop 70/1960)*title song from film starring Robert Preston and Dorothy McGuire
14 PEPE – Duane Eddy (Jamie 1175)(BB Pop 18/1960; UK 2/1961)*title song from film starring Cantinflas
15 TUNES OF GLORY – Mitch Miller (Columbia)(BB Pop 88/1961)*title song from film starring Alec Guinness; charted in 1955 by the Ames Brothers as “My Bonnie Lassie”
16 LOVE THEME FROM ONE EYED JACKS – Ferrante & Teicher (United Artists 300)(BB Pop 37/1961)*from film “One Eyed Jacks” starring Marlon Brando
17 THEME FROM MY THREE SONS – Lawrence Welk (Dot 16198)(BB Pop 55/1961)*from TV series “My Three Sons” starring Fred MacMurray
18 THEME FROM THE GREAT IMPOSTER – Henry Mancini (RCA Victor 7830)(BB Pop 90/1961)*from film “The Great Imposter” starring Tony Curtis
19 EXODUS – Eddie Harris (Vee Jay 378)(BB Pop 36/1961)*jazz version of the main theme from the Otto Preminger film starring Paul Newman; original soundtrack by Ernest Gold, father of Andrew Gold (a little trivia)
20 BONANZA – Al Caiola (United Artists 302)(BB Pop 19/1961)
21 THEME FROM “GOODBYE AGAIN” – Ferrante & Teicher (United Artists 319)(BB Pop 85/1961)*from film “Goodbye Again” starring Ingrid Bergman
22 THE GUNS OF NAVARONE – Joe Reisman (Landa 674)(BB Pop 74/1961)*title song from film starring Gregory Peck and David Niven
23 MOON RIVER – Henry Mancini (RCA Victor 7916)(BB Pop 11/1961)*Oscar Best Song; from film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” starring Audrey Hepburn; one should really hear Audrey Hepburn’s vocal version from the soundtrack – very special!
24 COME SEPTEMBER – Billy Vaughn (Dot 16262)(b-side, BB Pop 73/1961)*title song from film “Come September” starring Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee
25 LA DOLCE VITA – Ray Ellis (RCA Victor 7888)(BB Pop 81/1961)*from the Federico Fellini film “La Dolce Vita” starring Marcello Mastroianni
26 STRANGER ON THE SHORE – Mr. Acker Bilk (Atco 6217)(BB Pop 1(1)/1962; UK 2/1961)*title song from British TV show starring Richard Vernon; original titled “Jenny”
27 THEME FROM BEN CASEY – Valjean (Carlton 573)(BB Pop 28/1962)*from TV series “Ben Casey” starring Vince Edwards
28 THE GREEN LEAVES OF SUMMER – Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen (Kapp 460)(BB Pop 87/1962; UK 7/1962)*from film “The Alamo” starring John Wayne
29 A SWINGIN’ SAFARI – Billy Vaughn (Dot 16374)(BB Pop 13/1962)*TV theme from “Match Game”
30 NAKED CITY THEME – Nelson Riddle (Capitol 4843)(BB Pop 130/1962)*from ABC-TV series starring Paul Burke
BONUS TRACKS
31 THE DICK POWELL SHOW – Tony Hatch*theme from “The Dick Powell Show”; rare gem
32 THE SAINT – Les Reed Brass*theme from TV series “The Saint”; rare gem

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a wonderful collection of pop versions of movie or TV themes. As noted above, all these tunes made the Billboard Hot 100 and sometimes UK Singles Chart too. I may have all the songs in separate compilations, but to have them in one set is simply wonderful.
2 The sound is very well remastered as per usual high standards at Jasmine Records.
3 32 songs. Good value!

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

It was clever of Jasmine Records to group the above 32 songs in one set. Some of these melodies are almost timeless and have endured the test of time longer than the movies or shows they came from. You can remember “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs” but do you know the movie? You'll certainly recognise 'A Swingin' Safari' but do you have a clue about Match Game the TV show that used the theme? The entire set is totally enjoyable and did bring back many happy memories. This set is highly recommended to all music and movie lovers.

Dont Dream Of Anybody But Me:
Dont Dream Of Anybody But Me:
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Darin Don’t Dream of Anybody But Me (2CDs): 54 songs; 3 complete albums + earliest singles on Decca; good sound, May 28 2016
CONTENT:

“Don’t Dream of Anybody But Me” by Bobby Darin, released by reputable reissue label Jasmine Records from UK in 2010, is a 2-CD set with 54 songs, containing his first 3 albums plus 18 singles from 1956 – 1959. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position, release date)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; UK=UK Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
LP “BOBBY DARIN” (Atco 33-102)(1958)*mono; his first album:
01 Splish Splash (Atco 45-6117)(a-side, BB Pop 3(1)/May 1958; UK 18/1958)
02 Just In Case You Change Your Mind (Atco 45-6109)(uncharted a-side, February 1958)
03 Pretty Betty (Atco 45-6103)(b-side, October 1957)
04 Talk To Me Something (Atco 45-6092)(b-side, June 1957)
05 Judy, Don’t Be Moody (Atco 45-6117)(b-side, May 1958)
06 (Since You’ve Gone) I Can’t Go On
07 I Found A Million Dollar Baby (Atco 45-6092)(uncharted a-side, June 1957)
08 Wear My Ring
09 So Mean (Atco 45-6109)(b-side, February 1958)
10 Don’t Call My Name (Atco 45-6103)(uncharted a-side, October 1957)
11 Brand New House
12 Actions Speak Louder Than Words
LP “THAT’S ALL” (Atco 33-104)(BB200 7/1959)*stereo; his second album:
13 Mack the Knife (Atco 45-6147)(a-side, BB Pop 1(9)/August 1959; UK 1(2)/1959)*his biggest hit!
14 Beyond the Sea (Atco 45-6158)(a-side, BB Pop 6/January 1960; UK 8/1960)
15 Through A Long and Sleepless Night
16 Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
17 She Needs Me
18 It Ain’t Necessarily So
19 I’ll Remember April
20 That’s The Way Love Is (Atco 45-6158)(b-side, January 1960)
21 Was There A Call For Me (Atco 45-6147)(b-side, August 1959)
22 Some of These Days
23 Where Is The One
24 That’s All
LP “THIS IS DARIN” (Atco 33-115)(BB200 6/1960)*stereo; his third album:
25 Clementine (Atco 45-6161/London HLK 9086)(a-side, BB Pop 21/March 1960)
26 Have You Got Any Castles, Baby

DISC 2:
LP “THIS IS DARIN” (Atco 33-115)(BB200 6/1960)(contd):
01 Don’t Dream of Anybody But Me
02 My Gal Sal
03 Black Coffee
04 Caravan
05 Guys and Dolls
06 Down with Love (London HLK 9086)(UK b-side, March 1960)
07 Pete Kelly’s Blues
08 All Nite Long
09 The Gal That Got Away
10 I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
SINGLES (mono):
11 Rock Island Line (Bobby Darin & the Jaybirds)(Decca 9-29883)(b-side, March 1956)
12 Timber (Bobby Darin & the Jaybirds)(Decca 9-29883)(uncharted a-side, March 1956)
13 Silly Willy (Bobby Darin & the Jaybirds)(Decca 9-29922)(b-side, May 1956)
14 Blue Eyd Mermaids (Bobby Darin & the Jaybirds)(Decca 9-29922)(uncharted a-side, May 1956)
15 Hear Them Bells (Decca 9-30031)(uncharted a-side, July 1956)
16 The Greatest Builder (Decca 9-30031)(b-side, July 1956)
17 Dealer In Dreams (Decca 9-30225)(uncharted a-side, February 1957)
18 Help Me (Decca 9-30225)(b-side, February 1957)
19 Early in the Morning (The Ding Dongs)(Brunswick 55073)(uncharted a-side, June 1958)*it was released in August 1958 on Atco by “The Rinky-Dinks)
20 Now We’re One (The Ding Dongs)(Brunswick 55073)(b-side, June 1958)
21 Queen of the Hop (Atco 45-6127)(a-side, BB Pop 9/September 1958; UK 24/1959)
22 Lost Love (Atco 45-6127)(b-side, September 1958)
23 Mighty Mighty Man (Bobby Darin & the Rinky Dinks)(Atco 45-6128)(uncharted a-side, October 1958)
24 You’re Mine (Bobby Darin & the Rinky Dinks)(Atco 45-6128)(b-side, October 1958)
25 Plain Jane (Atco 45-6133)(a-side, BB Pop 38/January 1959)
26 While I’m Gone (Atco 45-6133)(b-side, January 1959)
27 Dream Lover (Atco 45-6140)(a-side, BB Pop 2(1)/April 1959; UK 1(4)/1959)*his biggest hit in UK
28 Bullmoose (Atco 45-6140)(b-side, April 1959)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 In 2010 when this set was first released, I bought it mainly to get those rare Decca singles (Bobby Darin & the Jaybirds; 1956-1957. This was the only place you can find those rare gems. In 2016, this set is replaced by “The Complete US & UK A & B Sides 1956 – 1962” (Acrobat Music, 2016, 2CDs, 60 songs, complete coverage with great sound). His albums are readily available on “Original Album Series, Vol. 1” (Rhino, 2009, 5CDs).
2 The songs are sequenced chronologically.
3 The sound is very well remastered, as per usual high standards at Jasmine Records.
4 In the fold-out 6-page booklet, there is an informative essay by Bob Fisher. Labels and numbers are included.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 As per usual practice with most reissue labels in UK, compilation stops in 1962 because of local Public Domain laws.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This set was a decent collection at the time of its release. However, as noted above, it has been surpassed by other compilations stated above with more complete coverage and also great sound. My reviews for the Acrobat Music and Rhino sets are found elsewhere. Choose carefully.

Ultimate Bobby Darin
Ultimate Bobby Darin
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Darin Ultimate (1CD): 17 songs; dated; many other much better compilations available elsewhere!, May 27 2016
This review is from: Ultimate Bobby Darin (Audio CD)
“Ultimate Bobby Darin”, released by Warner in 1986, was my first Bobby Darin CD when CD was first released. There are only 17 songs with average sound. In 2016, there are many more superior compilations available.

SINGLES:

I would highly recommend “The Complete US & UK A & B Sides 1956-62” (Acrobat Music, 2016, 2CDs, 60 songs, complete coverage with great sound). For his Capitol years, I would recommend “Collectors Series” (Capitol, 1989, 20 songs, great sound) and “The Capitol Years” (Disky, 3CDs, 1998, 63 songs with 2 discs containing tracks from all Capitol albums and third disc for singles). For his Atlantic years, I would recommend “The Very Best of Bobby Darin 1966-1969” (Varese, 1CD, 1999, 18 songs). For his Direction era, I would recommend “Commitment/Rare Darin” but it is rather expensive. We are blessed with the release of “Motown Years” (Real Gone Music (US), 2016, 2CDs, containing his two Motown albums.” Of course, one must not forget the 4CD box set “The Bobby Darin Collection.”

ALBUMS:

I would highly recommend “Original Album Series 1 & 2” (Rhino, 2009/2011, 10 Atco albums). As noted above, “The Capitol Years” contained tracks from all his Capitol albums. For his Atlantic years, I would highly recommend “This Is Gold” (Disky, 2004, 3CDs, 54 songs, containing all his 5 Atlantic albums). “The Motown Years” mentioned above contained all his two Motown albums.

I hope the above information is helpful to you.

Mack the Knife-Best of...2
Mack the Knife-Best of...2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Darin Best Of Volume 2: Mack the Knife (1CD): 21 songs from Atco; great sound from Original Master Tapes; great collection, May 27 2016
CONTENT:

“The Best of Bobby Darin, Volume 2: Mack the Knife”, released by Atlantic Records from US in 1991, contains 21 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position, release date)(BB200= Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; UK=UK Singles Chart):

01 MACK THE KNIFE (Atco 45-6147)(a-side, BB Pop 1(9)/August 1959; UK 1(2)/1959)*his biggest US hit
02 LAZY RIVER (Atco 45-6188)(a-side, BB Pop 14/January 1961; UK 2/1961)
03 THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS (Atco 45-6158)(b-side, January 1960)
04 BEYOND THE SEA (Atco 45-6158)(a-side, BB Pop 6/January 1960; UK 8/1960)
05 WAS THERE A CALL FOR ME (Atco 45-6147)(b-side, August 1959)
06 I GUESS I’M GOOD FOR NOTHING BUT THE BLUES*from album “It’s You Or No One” (Atco 33-124)(1963)
07 DON’T DREAM OF ANYBODY BUT ME*from album “This Is Bobby Darin” (Atco 33-115)(BB200 6/1960)
08 GUYS AND DOLLS*from album “This Is Darin” (Atco 33-115)(BB200 6/1960)
09 DOWN WITH LOVE (London HLK 9086)(UK b-side, March 1960)*UK a-side “Clementine”; from album “This Is Darin” (Atco 33-115)(BB200 6/1960)
10 BLACK COFFEE*from album “This Is Darin” (Atco 33-115)(BB200 6/1960)
11 PETE KELLY’S BLUES*from album “This Is Darin” (Atco 33-115)(BB200 6/1960)
12 CLEMENTINE (Atco 45-6161/London HLK 9086)(a-side, BB Pop 21/March 1960)
13 BILL BAILEY WON’T YOU COME HOME (Atco 45-6167)(a-side, BB Pop 19/May 1960; UK 34/1960)
14 ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS (Atco 45-6179)(a-side, BB Pop 20/September 1960)
15 I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TIME IT WAS*from album “Love Swings” (Atco 33-134)(BB200 92/1961)
16 WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MADE*from album “Winners” (Atco 33-167)(1964); rare gem
17 SKYLARK*from album “Love Swings” (Atco 33-134)(BB200 92/1961)
18 JUST FRIENDS*from album “Love Swings” (Atco 33-134)(BB200 92/1961)
19 DON’T GET AROUND MUCH ANYMORE*from album “It’s You Or No One” (Atco 33-124)(1963)
20 I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CHANGE MY PLAN*from album “Love Swings” (Atco 33-134)(BB200 92/1961)
21 CHRISTMAS AULD LANG SYNE (Atco 45-6183)(a-side, BB Pop 51/October 1960)*rare gem

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 In 1991, when Bobby Darin’s many albums were not available on CDs, this set was valuable because of the many album tracks. There are only a few rare gems.
2 The most outstanding aspect of this set is the wonderful sound, remastered from Original Master Tapes. This set is part of the famous Atlantic & Atco Remasters Series. The later released 4-CD box set has similar great sound, but much more expensive.
3 There is a 18-page booklet, with an informative essay by Ken Emerson. Complete discography, including label & number plus chart position, was included. There are 3 album front covers: “This Is Darin, Darin at the Copa and Love Swings”, each occupying an entire page, but very unfortunately only in black and white.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 Only 21 songs. This standard was probably acceptable in 1991.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This set was my reference in 1991. Since then, many similar or better compilations have emerged. If you are collecting Bobby Darin, for his singles output up to 1962, I would strongly recommend “The Complete US & UK A & B Sides 1956-62” (Acrobat Music, 2016, 2CDs, 60 songs, with great sound). For his Capitol output, I would recommend “Collectors Series” (Capitol, 1989, 1CD, 20 songs) and “The Capitol Years” (Disky, 3CDs, 1998, 63 songs with 2 discs containing tracks from all Capitol albums and third disc for singles). For his Direction era, I would recommend “Commitment/Rare Darin” but it is rather expensive. We are blessed with the release of “Motown Years” (Real Gone Music (US), 2016, 2CDs, containing his two Motown albums.” Of course, one must not forget the 4CD box set “The Bobby Darin Collection.”

This current set has a companion Volume 1. If you do not mind only 21 songs, this set is still recommended because of its great sound.

Splish Splash-Best of...
Splish Splash-Best of...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Darin Best Of Volume 1: Splish Splash (1CD): 21 songs from Atco; great sound from Original Master Tapes; great collection!, May 27 2016
CONTENT:

“The Best of Bobby Darin, Volume 1: Splish Splash”, released by Atlantic Records from US in 1991, contains 21 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position, release date)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; UK=UK Singles Chart):

01 SPLISH SPLASH (Atco 45-6117)(a-side, BB Pop 3(1)/May 1958; UK 18/1958)*his first charted single
02 MIGHTY, MIGHTY MAN (Atco 45-6128)(uncharted a-side, October 1958)
03 EARLY IN THE MORNING (The Rinky-Dinks)(Atco 45-6121)(a-side, BB Pop 24/August 1958)
04 SOMEBODY TO LOVE (Atco 45-6179)(b-side, BB Pop 45/September 1960)
05 QUEEN OF THE HOP (Atco 45-6127)(a-side, BB Pop 9/September 1958; UK 24/1959)
06 SHE’S TANFASTIC (Atco SPD)(b-side, March 1960)*rare gem; CD debut
07 MOMENT OF LOVE (Atco SPD)(uncharted a-side, March 1960)*rare gem; CD debut
08 DREAM LOVER (Atco 45-6140)(a-side, BB Pop 2(1)/April 1959; UK 1(4)/1959)*his biggest hit in UK
09 I’LL BE THERE (Atco 45-6167)(b-side, BB Pop 79/May 1960)
10 BEACHCOMBER (Atco 45-6173)(a-side, BB Pop 100/August 1960)
11 NATURE BOY (Atco 45-6196)(a-side, BB Pop 40/May 1961; UK 24/1961)
12 SIMILAU (Atco 45-6316)(b-side, September 1964)*rare gem; CD debut; rare a-side “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” not included here
13 YOU MUST HAVE BEEN A BEAUTIFUL BABY (Atco 45-6206)(a-side, BB Pop 5/August 1961; UK 10/1961)
14 BABY FACE (Atco 45-6236)(a-side, BB Pop 42/September 1962; UK 40/1962)
15 IRRESISTIBLE YOU (Atco 45-6214)(a-side, BB Pop 15/December 1961)
16 WHAT’D I SAY (PART 1)(Atco 45-6221/London HLK 9540)(a-side, BB Pop 24/March 1962)
17 MULTIPLICATION (Atco 45-6214)(b-side, BB Pop 30/December 1961; UK 5/1961)*a-side in UK; from film "Come September"
18 THINGS (Atco 45-6229)(a-side, BB Pop 3(1)/June 1962)
19 LOVIN' YOU (Atlantic 45-2376)(a-side, BB Pop 32/January 1967)
20 IF I WERE A CARPENTER (Atlantic 45-2350)(a-side, BB Pop 8/September 1966; UK 9/1966)
21 SIMPLE SONG OF FREEDOM (Motown M 1193F)(uncharted a-side, November 1971)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 When this set was first released in 1991, it immediately became my reference. There are many rare gems, a few still making their CD debut in 2016! It covers a wide range from 1958 – 1971.
2 The most outstanding aspect of this set is the wonderful sound, remastered from Original Master Tapes. This set is part of the famous Atlantic & Atco Remasters Series. The later released 4-CD box set has similar great sound, but much more expensive.
3 There is a 18-page booklet, with an informative essay by Ken Emerson. Complete discography, including label & number plus chart position, was included.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 Only 21 songs. This standard was probably acceptable in 1991.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This set was my reference in 1991. Since then, many similar or better compilations have emerged. If you are collecting Bobby Darin, for his singles output up to 1962, I would strongly recommend “The Complete US & UK A & B Sides 1956-62” (Acrobat Music, 2016, 2CDs, 60 songs, with great sound). For his Capitol output, I would recommend “Collectors Series” (Capitol, 1989, 1CD, 20 songs) and “The Capitol Years” (Disky, 3CDs, 1998, 63 songs with 2 discs containing tracks from all Capitol albums and third disc for singles). For his Direction era, I would recommend “Commitment/Rare Darin” but it is rather expensive. We are blessed with the release of “Motown Years” (Real Gone Music (US), 2016, 2CDs, containing his two Motown albums.” Of course, one must not forget the 4CD box set “The Bobby Darin Collection.”

This current set has a companion Volume 2. If you do not mind only 21 songs, this set is still recommended because of its great sound.

Bobby Darin Story
Bobby Darin Story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Darin Story (3CDs): 75 songs; 25 singles + 50 album tracks (1957 - 1962); on Atco label; good sound; low price!, May 27 2016
This review is from: Bobby Darin Story (Audio CD)
CONTENT:

“The Bobby Darin Story”, released by Not Now Music from UK in 2014, is a 3-CD set with 75 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position, release date)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; UK=UK Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
01 MACK THE KNIFE (Atco 45-6147)(a-side, BB Pop 1(9)/August 1959; UK 1(2)/1959)*his biggest US hit
02 DREAM LOVER (Atco 45-6140)(a-side, BB Pop 2(1)/April 1959; UK 1(4)/1959)*his biggest hit in UK
03 HALLELUJAH I LOVE HER SO*from album “Bobby Darin Sings Ray Charles” (Atco 33-140)(BB200 96/1962)
04 LAZY RIVER (Atco 45-6188)(a-side, BB Pop 14/January 1961; UK 2/1961)
05 BEYOND THE SEA (Atco 45-6158)(a-side, BB Pop 6/January 1960; UK 8/1960)
06 ACE IN THE HOLE (with Johnny Mercer)*from album “Two of A Kind” (Atco 33-126)(1961)
07 THE MORE I SEE YOU*from album “Love Swings” (Atco 33-134)(BB200 92/1961)
08 WEAR MY RING*from album “Bobby Darin” (Atco 33-102)(1958)
09 MIGHTY, MIGHTY MAN (Atco 45-6128)(uncharted a-side, October 1958)
10 DON’T GET AROUND MUCH ANYMORE*from album “It’s You Or No One” (Atco 33-124)(1963)
11 I AIN’T SHARIN’ SHARON*from album “For Teenagers Only” (Atco 1001)(1960)
12 I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE*from album “This Is Bobby Darin” (Atco 33-115)(BB200 6/1960)
13 SORROW TOMORROW (Atco 45-6206)(b-side, August 1961)
14 I FOUND A MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Atco 45-6092)(uncharted a-side, June 1957)
15 JUST IN CASE YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND*from album “Bobby Darin” (Atco 33-102)(1958)
16 PLAIN JANE (Atco 45-6133)(a-side, BB Pop 38/January 1959)
17 I WANT YOU WITH ME*from album “For Teenagers Only” (Atco 1001)(1960)
18 WHILE I’M GONE (Atco 45-6133)(b-side, January 1959)
19 OO-EE-TRAIN*from album “Things & Other Things” (Atco 33-146)(BB200 45/1962)
20 EAST OF THE ROCKIES (with Johnny Mercer)*from album “Two of A Kind” (Atco 33-126)(1961)
21 IT HAD TO BE YOU*from album “Love Swings” (Atco 33-134)(BB200 92/1961)
22 ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS (Atco 45-6179)(a-side, BB Pop 20/September 1960)
23 I’LL REMEMBER APRIL*from album “That’s All” (Atco 33-104)(BB200 7/1959)
24 IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO*from album “That’s All” (Atco 33-104)(BB200 7/1959)
25 LEAVE MY WOMAN ALONE*from album “Bobby Darin Sings Ray Charles” (Atco 33-140)(BB200 96/1962)

DISC 2:
01 THINGS (Atco 45-6229)(a-side, BB Pop 3(1)/June 1962)
02 CLEMENTINE (Atco 45-6161/London HLK 9086)(a-side, BB Pop 21/March 1960)
03 I’LL BE THERE (Atco 45-6167)(b-side, BB Pop 79/May 1960)
04 WHAT’D I SAY (PART 1)(Atco 45-6221/London HLK 9540)(a-side, BB Pop 24/March 1962)
05 SHE NEEDS ME*from album “That’s All” (Atco 33-104)(BB200 7/1959)
06 BEACHCOMBER (Atco 45-6173)(a-side, BB Pop 100/August 1960)
07 LOOK FOR MY TRUE LOVE*from album “Things & Other Things” (Atco 33-146)(BB200 45/1962)
08 TALK TO ME SOMETHING*from album “Bobby Darin” (Atco 33-102)(1958)
09 DON’T CALL MY NAME (Atco 45-6103)(uncharted a-side, October 1957)
10 HOW ABOUT ME*from album “It’s You Or No One” (Atco 33-124)(1963)
11 LOST LOVE (Atco 45-6127)(b-side, September 1958)*from album “Things & Other Things” (Atco 33-146)(BB200 45/1962)
12 I AIN’T GONNA GIVE NOBODY NONE O’ THIS JELLY ROLL*from album “Two of A Kind” (Atco 33-126)(1961)
13 YOU KNOW HOW (Atco 45-6236)(b-side, September 1962)*from album “For Teenagers Only” (Atco 1001)(1960)
14 HOW ABOUT YOU*from album “Love Swings” (Atco 33-134)(BB200 92/1961)
15 YOU MUST HAVE BEEN A BEAUTIFUL BABY (Atco 45-6206)(a-side, BB Pop 5/August 1961; UK 10/1961)
16 SOME OF THESE DAYS*from album “That’s All” (Atco 33-104)(BB200 7/1959)
17 JULY DON’T BE MOODY (Atco 45-6117)(b-side, May 1958)
18 DROWN IN MY OWN TEARS*from album “Bobby Darin Sings Ray Charles” (Atco 33-140)(BB200 96/1962)
19 MISSISSIPPI MUD*from album “Two of A Kind” (Atco 33-126)(1961)
20 GUYS AND DOLLS*from album “This Is Bobby Darin” (Atco 33-115)(BB200 6/1960)
21 SPRING IS HERE*from album “Love Swings” (Atco 33-134)(BB200 92/1961)
22 THAT LUCKY OLD SUN*from album “For Teenagers Only” (Atco 1001)(1960)
23 CARAVAN*from album “This Is Bobby Darin” (Atco 33-115)(BB200 6/1960)
24 WHERE IS THE ONE*from album “That’s All” (Atco 33-104)(BB200 7/1959)
25 EARLY IN THE MORNING (Atco 45-6121)(a-side, BB Pop 24/August 1958)

DISC 3:
01 MULTIPLICATION (Atco 45-6214)(b-side, BB Pop 30/December 1961; UK 5/1961)*a-side in UK; from film "Come September"
02 WON’T YOU COME HOME BILL BAILEY (Atco 45-6167)(a-side, BB Pop 19/May 1960; UK 34/1960)
03 QUEEN OF THE HOP (Atco 45-6127)(a-side, BB Pop 9/September 1958; UK 24/1959)
04 NOT MINE*from album “Bobby Darin Sings Ray Charles” (Atco 33-140)(BB200 96/1962)
05 IT’S YOU OR NO ONE*from album “It’s You Or No One” (Atco 33-124)(1963)
06 SPLISH SPLASH (Atco 45-6117)(a-side, BB Pop 3(1)/May 1958; UK 18/1958)*his first charted single
07 MY BONNIE*from album “Bobby Darin Sings Ray Charles” (Atco 33-140)(BB200 96/1962)
08 ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS*from album “Bobby Darin” (Atco 33-102)(1958)
09 SOMEBODY TO LOVE (Atco 45-6179)(b-side, BB Pop 45/September 1960)
10 SKYLARK*from album “Love Swings” (Atco 33-134)(BB200 92/1961)
11 YOU’RE MINE*from album “Things & Other Things” (Atco 33-146)(BB200 45/1962)
12 THROUGH A LONG AND SLEEPLESS NIGHT*from album “That’s All” (Atco 33-104)(BB200 7/1959)
13 NATURE BOY (Atco 45-6196)(a-side, BB Pop 40/May 1961; UK 24/1961)
14 JAILER BRING ME WATER (Atco 45-6229)(b-side, June 1962)
15 (SINCE YOU’RE GONE) I CAN’T GO ON*from album “Bobby Darin” (Atco 33-102)(1958)
16 LONG AGO (AND FAR AWAY)*from album “Love Swings” (Atco 33-134)(BB200 92/1961)
17 SO MEAN (Atco 45-6109)(b-side, February 1958)
18 NOW WE’RE ONE (Atco 45-6121)(b-side, August 1958)
19 THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS (Atco 45-6158)(b-side, January 1960)
20 BULLMOOSE (Atco 45-6140)(b-side, April 1959)
21 WAS THERE A CALL FOR ME(Atco 45-6147)(b-side, August 1959)
22 ALL THE WAY HOME*from album “For Teenagers Only” (Atco 1001)(1960)
23 AIN’T THAT LOVE (London HLK 9540)(UK b-side, April 1962)*UK a-side “What’d I Say”
24 MEDLEY: PADDLIN’ MADELIN’ HOME/ROW ROW ROW*from album “Two of A Kind” (Atco 33-126)(1961)
25 THAT’S ALL*from album “That’s All” (Atco 33-104)(BB200 7/1959)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a decent collection of Bobby Darin from 1957 to 1962 all on Atco label. Out of 75 songs, there are 25 songs that were singles, while the rest were from various Atco albums. Most the his major singles are included.
2 The sound is very well remastered.
3 The CDs are housed within a gatefold sturdy hard cardboard covers. The sleeve note by Michael Heatley is informative. Label numbers (for singles and albums) are included.
4 75 songs. Low price. Good value!

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The songs are not sequenced chronologically, with singles (As & Bs) and various album tracks scattered all over the place.
2 As per usual practice with most reissue labels in UK, compilation stops in 1962 due to local Public Domain laws.
3 In the title “75 Original Gems from the Atlantic Vaults” is slightly misleading. To be absolutely correct, it should be “Atco Vaults” because Bobby Darin also returned to Atlantic Records in 1965 with release of 5 completely different albums.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This set is a decent collection for materials before 1963, containing both singles and album tracks. The sound is good and the price is right. It is recommended to all Bobby Darin fans.

You're The Reason I'm Living / 18 Yellow Roses & 11 Other Hits by Darin, Bobby [Music CD]
You're The Reason I'm Living / 18 Yellow Roses & 11 Other Hits by Darin, Bobby [Music CD]

4.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Darin You’re The Reason/18 Yellow Roses (1CD): 2 complete Capitol albums; 24 songs; good sound; too expensive!, May 26 2016
CONTENT:

“You’re The Reason I’m Living/18 Yellow Roses & 11 Other Hits” by Bobby Darin, released by Collectables from US in 2006, contains two complete popular Capitol albums with 24 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position, release date)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; UK=UK Singles Chart):

LP “YOU’RE THE REASON I’M LIVING (Capitol 1866)(BB200 43/1963)*his 14th album:
01 Sally Was A Good Old Girl (Capitol PRO 2354)(uncharted a-side, 1963)*Promotional
02 Be Honest With Me
03 Oh, Lonesome Me
04 (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle
05 It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin’
06 You’re The Reason I’m Living (Capitol 4897)(a-side, BB Pop 3(2)/December 1962)
07 Please Help Me I’m Falling
08 Under Your Spell Again
09 Here I Am
10 Who Can I Count On? (Capitol PRO 2354)(b-side, 1963)*ultra-rare gem; CD debut; can only be found in this set
11 Now You’re Gone (Capitol 4897)(b-side, December 1962)
12 Release Me

LP “18 YELLOW ROSES & 11 OTHER HITS” (Capitol 1942)(BB200 98/1963)*his 16th album:
13 18 Yellow Roses (Capitol 4970)(a-side, BB Pop 10/May 1963; UK 37/1963)
14 On Broadway
15 Ruby Baby
16 Reverend Mr. Black
17 End of The World
18 Not For Me (Capitol 4970)(b-side, May 1963)
19 Walk Right In
20 From A Jack To A King
21 I Will Follow Her
22 Our Day Will Come
23 Can’t Get Used To Losing You
24 Rhythm of the Rain

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This twofer from Collectables Records contains two complete popular charted Capitol albums, with many memorable album tracks. It should be noted that there is another twofer by Capitol Records with “You’re The Reason I’m Living” and “I Wanna Be Around” (Venice Blue) instead of “18 Yellow Roses.”
2 For the usual low Collectables standards, the sound is very acceptable.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Very expensive! You can find most of the songs in this set from “The Capitol Years” (Disky, 3CDs, 1998, 63 songs with 2 discs containing tracks from all Capitol albums and third disc for singles).
2 There are no bonus tracks.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

If you are collecting Bobby Darin albums on CDs, for his Atco output, I would also recommend “Original Album Series 1 & 2” (Rhino, 2009/2011, 5CDs). For his Capitol output, I would recommend “Capitol Years” as mentioned above with wider coverage. For his Direction era, I would recommend “Commitment/Rare Darin” but it is rather expensive. We are blessed with the release of “Motown Years” (Real Gone Music (US), 2016, 2CDs, containing his two Motown albums.” This set with only 2 albums is too expensive. Fortunately, all the songs are readily available online. This set is more for collectors.

You're the Reason I'm Leavin / I Wanna Be
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Darin You’re The Reason/I Wanna Be Around (1CD): 2 complete Capitol albums; 23 songs; rare singles; good sound; expensive, May 26 2016
CONTENT:

“You’re The Reason I’m Living/I Wanna Be Around” by Bobby Darin, released by Capitol Records in 1997, contains two complete Capitol albums. The original title for “I Wanna Be Around” was “Venice Blue.” I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position, release date)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100):

LP “YOU’RE THE REASON I’M LIVING (Capitol 1866)(BB200 43/1963)*his 14th album:
01 Sally Was A Good Old Girl (Capitol PRO 2354)(uncharted a-side, 1963)*Promotional
02 Be Honest With Me
03 Oh, Lonesome Me
04 (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle
05 It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin’
06 You’re The Reason I’m Living (Capitol 4897)(a-side, BB Pop 3(2)/December 1962)
07 Please Help Me I’m Falling
08 Under Your Spell Again
09 Here I Am
10 Who Can I Count On? (Capitol PRO 2354)(b-side, 1963)*ultra-rare gem; CD debut; can only be found in this set
11 Now You’re Gone (Capitol 4897)(b-side, December 1962)
12 Release Me
LP “I WANNA BE AROUND” or “VENICE BLUE” (Capitol 2322)(BB200 132/1965)*his 21st album:
13 Venice Blue (Capitol 5399)(a-side, BB Pop 133/March 1965)
14 I Wanna Be Around
15 Somewhere
16 The Good Life
17 Dear Heart
18 Softly As I Leave You
19 You Just Don’t Know
20 There Ain’t No Sweet Girl Worth The Salt of My Tears
21 Who Can I Turn To?
22 A Taste of Honey
23 In A World Without You (Capitol 5399)(b-side, March 1965)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This twofer from Capitol Records contains two complete popular charted albums, with rare singles and many memorable album tracks. As noted above, the song “Who Can I Count On?” is only found in the album “You’re The Reason I’m Living” and not in other compilations.
2 The sound is very well remastered.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Expensive! You can find most of the songs in this set from “The Capitol Years” (Disky, 3CDs, 1998, 63 songs with 2 discs containing tracks from all Capitol albums and third disc for singles).
2 There are no bonus tracks.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

If you are collecting Bobby Darin albums on CDs, for his Atco output, I would also recommend “Original Album Series 1 & 2” (Rhino, 2009/2011, 5CDs). For his Capitol output, I would recommend “Capitol Years” as mentioned above with wider coverage. For his Direction era, I would recommend “Commitment/Rare Darin” but it is rather expensive. We are blessed with the release of “Motown Years” (Real Gone Music (US), 2016, 2CDs, containing his two Motown albums.” This set with only 2 albums is too expensive. Fortunately, all the songs are readily available online. This set is more for collectors.

Original Album Series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Darin Original Album Series 2 (5CDs): 5 complete Atco albums; individual miniature cardboard LP cases; great collection., May 26 2016
This review is from: Original Album Series (Audio CD)
CONTENT:

'Original Album Series 2' by Bobby Darin, released by Rhino (UK) in 2011, contains 5 complete Atco albums. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position, release date)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; UK=UK Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
LP 'DARIN AT THE COPA' (Atco 33-122)(BB200 9/1960)*his 4th album:
01 Medley: (a) Swing Low Sweet Chariot, (b) The Lonesome Road
02 Some of These Days
03 Mack the Knife
04 Love For Sale
05 Clementine
06 You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
07 Dream Lover
08 Bill Bailey
09 I Have Dreamed
10 I Can't Give You Anything But Love
11 Alright, O.K., You Win
12 Medley: (a) By Myself, (b) When Your Lover Has Gone
13 I Got A Woman
14 That's All

DISC 2:
LP 'FOR TEENAGERS ONLY' (Atco 1001)(1960)*his 5th album:
01 I Want You With Me
02 Keep A Walkin' (Atco 45-6244)(b-side, December 1962)*a-side 'I Found A New Baby'
03 You Know How (Atco 45-6236)(b-side, September 1962)*a-side 'Baby Face'
04 Somebody to Love (Atco 45-6179)(b-side, BB Pop 45/September 1960)*double sided hit; a-side 'Artificial Flowers'
05 I Ain't Sharin' Sharon
06 Pity Miss Kitty
07 That Lucky Old Sun
08 All the Way Home
09 You Never Called
10 A Picture No Artist Could Paint
11 Hush, Somebody's Calling My Name
12 Here I'll Stay

DISC 3:
LP 'TWO OF A KIND' (Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer, with Billy May & His Orchestra)(Atco 33-126)(1961)*his 7th album:
01 Two of a Kind
02 Indiana
03 Bob White
04 Ace in the Hole
05 East of the Rockies
06 If I Had My Druthers
07 I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jellyroll
08 Lonesome Polecat
09 My Cutey's Due at Two-To-Two Today
10 Medley: (a) Paddlin' Madelin' Home, (b) Row Row Row
11 Who Takes Care of the Caretaker's Daughter
12 Mississippi Mud
13 Two of A Kind (full version)

DISC 4:
LP 'LOVE SWINGS' (Atco 33-134)(BB200 92/1961)*his 9th album:
01 Long Ago and Far Away
02 I Didn't Know What Time It Was
03 How About You
04 The More I See You
05 It Had To Be You
06 No Greater Love
07 In Love In Vain
08 Just Friends
09 Something to Remember You By
10 Skylark
11 Spring is Here
12 I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan

DISC 5:
LP 'TWIST WITH BOBBY DARIN' (Atco 33-138)(BB200 48/1961)*his 10th album:
01 Bullmoose (Atco 45-6140)(b-side, April 1959)*a-side 'Dream Lover'
02 Early in the Morning (Atco 45-6121)(a-side, BB Pop 24/August 1958)
03 Mighty Mighty Man (Atco 45-6128)(uncharted a-side, October 1958)
04 You Know How (Atco 45-6236)(b-side, September 1962)
05 Somebody to Love (Atco 45-6179)(b-side, BB Pop 45/September 1960)
06 Multiplication (Atco 45-6214)(b-side, BB Pop 30/December 1961; UK 5/1961)*a-side in UK; from film "Come September"
07 Irresistible You (Atco 45-6214)(a-side, BB Pop 15/December 1961)
08 Queen of the Hop (Atco 45-6127)(a-side, BB Pop 9/September 1958; UK 24/1959)
09 You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby (Atco 45-6206)(a-side, BB Pop 5/August 1961; UK 10/1961)
10 Keep A Walkin' (Atco 45-6244)(b-side, December 1962)
11 Pity Miss Kitty
12 I Ain't Sharin' Sharon

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is Volume 2 of this series with 5 more Atco albums. Besides many singles, many album tracks are very memorable and demonstrates just how versatile Bobby Darin was, handling both pop and jazz with ease.
2 When compared to Real Gone Music's '8 Classic Albums', this set is more superior in that each album is housed in its own cardboard miniature LP cases with the original front and back album covers. In the case of '8 Classic Albums' there were no album covers.
3 The sound is acceptable, as per usual high standards at Rhino Records.
4 In case the letters for the songs are too small to read in the CD back cover, the entire song listing is clearly stated in the hard-cover cardboard case housing the 5 CDs.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are no bonus tracks. Missing a and b-sides of the singles listed above could have been included.
2 There is no notation on the front cover to tell us whether the set is Volume 1 or 2. You have to look at the small album covers to distinguish between the two.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

If you are collecting Bobby Darin albums on CDs, beside the current set, I would also recommend “Original Album Series 1” (Rhino, 2009, 5CDs). For his Capitol output, I would recommend “Capitol Years” (EMI Gold, 1998, 3CDs, 63 songs from 7 Capitol albums plus singles). For his Atlantic output, I would recommend “This Is Gold” (Disky, 2005, 3CDs, containing tracks from his 5 Atlantic albums). For his Direction era, I would recommend “Commitment/Rare Darin” but it is rather expensive. We are blessed with the release of “Motown Years” (Real Gone Music (US), 2016, 2CDs, containing his two Motown albums). This set is of course highly recommended to all Bobby Darin fans.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Barber Jazz Band Favourites (1CD): 22 songs; singles + rare album tracks; good sound!, May 26 2016
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CONTENT:

“Jazz Band Favourites” by Chris Barber’s Jazz Band, released by EMI (UK) in 1991, contains 22 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label and number, chart position, release date)(UK=UK Singles Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100):

01 PETITE FLEUR (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2026/Laurie 3022)(a-side, UK 3/January 1959; BB Pop 5/1959)*his biggest hit!
02 WHISTLIN' RUFUS (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2011)(uncharted UK a-side, February 1958)
03 WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN - PART I (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2023)(uncharted UK a-side, May 1958)
04 WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN - PART 2 (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2023)(UK b-side, May 1958)*rare gem; CD debut
05 SWEET GEORGIA BROWN (with Ottilie Patterson)(Pye Nixa NH 5003)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
06 HIGH SOCIETY (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2007)(uncharted UK a-side, July 1958)
07 BUGLE CALL RAG*from album “Chris Barber Plays Volume 3” (Pye Nixa NJT 505)(1957)
08 MACK THE KNIFE (Columbia DB 7042)(uncharted UK a-side, May 1963)*rare gem; CD debut
09 HAMP’S BLUES*from album “Good Morning Blues” (Columbia 33SX 1657)(1965)
10 BILL BAILEY (featuring Monty Sunshine)(Pye Jazz 7NJ 2030)(uncharted UK a-side, May 1960)
11 I SHALL NOT BE MOVED (Columbia DB 7297)(UK b-side, June 1964)*rare gem; CD debut; a-side “Hello Dolly” not included here
12 O SOLE MIO (Columbia DB 7196)(uncharted UK a-side, January 1964)*rare gem; CD debut
13 WINI WINI (LET’S DO THE TAMOURE)(Columbia DB 7042)(UK b-side, May 1963)*a-side “Mack the Knife” Track #8
14 BONSOIR MES SOUVENIRS (Columbia DB 7196)(UK b-side, January 1964)*rare gem; CD debut; a-side “O Sole Mio” track #12
15 GOOD MORNIN’ BLUES*from album “Good Mornin’ Blues” (Columbia 33SX 1657)(1965); rare gem
16 BAD LUCK BLUES*from album “Good Mornin’ Blues” (Columbia 33SX 1657)(1965); rare gem
17 MORNING TRAIN (Chris Barber's Soul Band, featuring Ronnie Scott & Brian Auger)(Columbia DB 7461)(uncharted UK a-side, January 1965)*from album “Good Morning Blues” (Columbia 33SX 1657)(1965)
18 FRANKIE AND JOHNNY*from album “Good Mornin’ Blues” (Columbia 33SX 1657)(1965); rare gem
19 IF I HAD A TICKET (Kenneth Washington with Chris Barber & the T-Bones)(CBS 202394)(uncharted UK a-side, October 1966)*rare gem; CD debut
20 THE GREAT BEAR*from album “Good Mornin’ Blues” (Columbia 33SX 1657)(1965); rare gem
21 JEEPS BLUES*from album “Good Mornin’ Blues” (Columbia 33SX 1657)(1965)*rare gem
22 SWEETEST LITTLE BABY*from album “Good Mornin’ Blues” (Columbia 33SX 1657)(1965)*rare gem

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a good collection of Chris Barber’s singles, including his biggest hit, “Petite Fleur” plus most tracks from rare album “Good Mornin’ Blues” with Ottilie Patterson. As noted above, there are many rare gems, some making their CD debut even in 2016.
2 The sound is very well remastered from original master tapes.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 22 songs; 62 minutes. Surely, EMI could have filled up the remaining space with more songs. However, 22 songs were probably considered acceptable in 1991.
2 The 4-page booklet is essentially useless. There were no labels & numbers, no chart positions and no identification of names of album source. There was no essay.
3 The songs are not sequenced chronologically.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Chris Barber has 3 charted singles on UK Singles Chart. I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography, and found that he actually has 71 singles from 1952 to 1985 (charted & uncharted, As & Bs from different countries). His main labels are (1) Memory Jazz (1952), (2) Decca (1954 – 1956), (3) Pye (1957 – 1960), (4) Columbia (1960 – 1966), (5) Marmalade (1967 – 1969), (6) RCA Victor (1970), (7) Black Lion (1976), (8) Ultra (1977), and (9) Sonet (1976 – 1985).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Chris Barber was born Donald Christopher 'Chris' Barber on April 17 1930. He is a British jazz musician, best known as a bandleader and trombonist. As well as scoring a UK top twenty trad jazz hit, he helped the careers of many musicians, notably the blues singer Ottilie Patterson, who was at one time his wife, and vocalist/banjoist Lonnie Donegan, whose appearances with Barber triggered the skiffle craze of the mid-1950s and who had his first transatlantic hit, "Rock Island Line", while with Chris Barber's band.

Chris Barber’s recording career can be divided into three major labels. For his early Decca output, I would recommend “The Complete Decca Sessions 1954-55” (Lake Records, 2009, 2CDs, 29 songs). For his Pye era, surprisingly, the 2CD set of “Pye Anthology” is inadequate and not complete. I would strongly recommend “The Absolutely Essential Collection” (Big 3, 2015, 60 songs, containing all his charted hit singles). For his later Columbia Records era, I would highly recommend “The Best of Chris Barber” (EMI, 2002, 1CD, 22 songs)(be careful there are many collection with that title out there) and of course the current set. The entire current set is totally enjoyable, with great sound, and is highly recommended to all Chris Barber and jazz fans.

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