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Jimmy Dean's Christmas Card
Jimmy Dean's Christmas Card
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Dean’s Christmas Card: Complete Christmas Recordings (1CD): 15 songs; 1 complete album + 3 rare singles; good sound!, May 31 2016
CONTENT:

“Jimmy Dean’s Christmas Card: The Complete Columbia Recordings”, released by reputable reissue label Real Gone Music (US not UK) in 2015, contains 15 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & single label and number, chart position, year of release)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart):

LP “JIMMY DEAN’S CHRISTMAS CARD” (Columbia CS 9204)(BB200 13/1965; 37/1966; 80/1967):
01 Blue Christmas (Columbia 4-43457)(uncharted a-side, 1965)
02 Jingle Bells
03 Silver Bells
04 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
05 My Christmas Room
06 White Christmas
07 Yes, Patricia, There Is A Santa Claus (album version)
08 Medley: O Little Town of Bethlehem/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/The First Noel/Joy to the World/We Wish You A Merry Christmas
09 The Cowboy’s Prayer
10 It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
11 Silent Night, Holy Night
12 Jimmy’s Christmas Card
SINGLES:
13 Little Sandy Sleighfoot (Columbia 4-41025)(uncharted a-side, 1957)*rare gem; CD debut
14 When They Ring The Golden Bells (mono, single version)(Columbia 4-41025)(b-side, 1957)*rare gem; CD debut
15 Yes, Patricia, There Is A Santa Claus (1964 single version)(Columbia 4-43457)(b-side, 1965)*rare gem; CD debut

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is simply the best Christmas CD of Jimmy Dean to date. The original album was originally released by Sony in 1994, and now it has become very expensive if you can find it. Now we have the entire album, plus 3 bonus singles making their CD debut. Good job, Real Gone Music.
2 The sound is wonderfully remastered, unlike the previous Sony CD.
3 There is an excellent 8-page booklet, with an informative essay by Joe Marchese. Label and number are included. Best of all, the original front and back album covers are also included, each occupying an entire page. Good job, Real Gone Music, and thank you.

NEGATIVE POINT:

None

FINAL THOUGHTS:

“Thank you very much for letting us become just a little part of your holiday, and we sincerely hope that this record might make your holiday just a little bit brighter,” Jimmy Dean says at the close of Christmas Card. This expanded edition is celebrating its 51st anniversary and his good-natured musical gifts are still making spirits bright. This set is of course highly recommended.

A Life In Song (Blu-ray)
A Life In Song (Blu-ray)
DVD ~ Burt Bacharach
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5.0 out of 5 stars Burt Bacharch A Life in Song (blu-ray): enjoyable concert; great performance by many artists on his many hits; great video/audio, May 30 2016
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VIDEO:

“Burt Bacharch: A Life in Song” arrives on blu-ray via Eagle Vision in 2015 with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.87:1 encode. The video is simply beautiful with glorious colour palette. The hues are rich, lush and warm. Resolution is detailed, especially on hair strands and facial wrinkles. There are subtitles provided, but unfortunately only on the spoken part. I wish subtitles are also available on the concert portion – for older folks like myself, it will be greatly appreciated and also enhance the entire experience. (5/5)

AUDIO:

“Burt Bacharach: A Life in Song” has a wonderful DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio tracks. The vocals are clearly heard. The orchestral sound is rich, with well-defined trumpet, clarinet and especially the Steinway piano sound. The dialogue on the stage conversations between Burt and Michael Grade was clearly heard. (5/5)

CONCERT:

This concert was filmed at London’s Royal Festival Hall in 2015. It featured on-stage conversations between Bacharach and Grade traverse different aspects of his years in music, interspersed with performances of many of his best-loved songs. My favourite performers are Sophie Ellis-Bextor (her beautiful eyes reminded me of Audrey Hepburn) and Joss Stone (a truly moving experience). The song listing (including performing artist, original artist, chart position & year, plus personal comments):

01 WALK ON BY – Rebecca Ferguson; original: Dionne Warwick (BB Pop 6/1964; UK 9/1964)
02 DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE – Laura Mvula; original artist: Dionne Warwick (BB Pop 10/1968; UK 8/1968)
03 WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE – Justin Hayward; original artist: Jackie DeShannon (BB Pop 7/1965)
04 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER – Rebecca Ferguson; original artist: Dionne Warwick (BB Pop 4/1967)
05 THE WINDOWS OF THE WORLD – Michael Kiwanuka; original artist: Dionne Warwick (BB Pop 32/1967)
06 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN – Sophie Ellis-Bextor; original artist: Dionne Warwick (BB Pop 6/1969; UK 62/1983)
07 IN BETWEEN THE HEARTACHES – Joss Stone; original artist: Dionne Warwick; from album “Here I Am” (1965)
08 (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU – Sophie Ellis-Bextor; original artist: Carpenters (BB Pop 1(4)/1970; UK 6/1970)*the original first version was actually done by Richard (Dr. Kildare) Chamberlain; a little trivia here
09 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART – Josie James; original artists: Dionne Warwick (BB Pop 8/1963; UK 42/1964); Cilla Black (UK 1(3)/1964)
10 IF I COULD GO BACK – Alfie Boe; original artist: Burt Bacharach, featuring Peter Finch; from “Lost Horizon” soundtrack
11 MOVIE MEDLEY – Burt Bacharach & His Band:
(a) ARTHUR’S THEME (BEST THAT YOU CAN DO)*original: Christopher Cross (BB Pop 1(3)/1981; UK 7/1982); from movie “Arthur”
(b) WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT*original: Tom Jones (BB Pop 3(2)/1965; UK 11/1965); from movie “What’s New Pussycat?”
(c) THE WORLD IS A CIRCLE*original: Burt Bacharach, featuring Liv Ullman & Bobby Van; from movie “Lost Horizon”
(d) THE APRIL FOOLS*original: Dionne Warwick (BB Pop 37/1969)*from movie “April Fools”
(e) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD*original: B.J. Thomas (BB Pop 1(4)/1969; UK 38/1970); from movie “Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid”
(f) (THE MAN WHO SHOT) LIBERTY VALANCE*original: Gene Pitney (BB Pop 4/1962)*inspired by the movie of the same name starring John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart
(g) MAKING LOVE*original: Roberta Flack (BB Pop 13/1982); from movie of same name starring Kate Jackson
(h) WIVES AND LOVERS*original: Jack Jones (BB Pop 14/1963); inspired by the movie starring Janet Leigh
(i) ALFIE*original: Dionne Warwick (BB Pop 15/1967); from movie “Alfie” starring Michael Caine
12 A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME – Shaun Escoffery; original artist: Dionne Warwick (BB Pop 71/1964)
13 THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FAR – Ensemble; original artists: Dionne & Friends (BB Pop 1(4)/1985; UK 16/1985)
BONUS SONGS (appearing in a separate section):
14 BE AWARE – Josie James*original artist: Dionne Warwick
15 WAITING FOR CHARLIE – Donna Taylor*original artist: Etta James
16 GOD GIVE ME STRENGTH – John Pagano*original artist: Elvis Costello

The Concert (5/5)

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This was a great concert covering the many pop hits written by Burt Bacharch. Both video and audio are superb. The entire concert is totally enjoyable. This set is highly recommended to all music lovers.

Complete Releases 1954-62 (2CD)
Complete Releases 1954-62 (2CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Satins Complete Releases (2CDs): 56 songs; most complete & comprehensive coverage; many rare gems CD debut; definitive edition, May 30 2016
CONTENT:

“The Complete Releases 1954 – 1962”, by the Five Satins, released by reputable reissue label Acrobat Music from UK in 2015, is a 2-CD set, including all the As & Bs from 1954 – 1962, as the Scarlets and the Five Satins. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label & number, chart position, year of release)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100):

DISC 1
SINGLES:
01 DEAR ONE (The Scarlets)(Red Robin 128)(uncharted a-side, 1954)
02 I’VE LOST (The Scarlets)(Red Robin 128)(b-side, 1954)
03 LOVE DOLL (The Scarlets)(Red Robin 133)(uncharted a-side, 1955)
04 DARLING I’M YOURS (The Scarlets)(Red Robin 133)(b-side, 1955)
05 CRY BABY (The Scarlets)(Red Robin 135)(uncharted a-side, 1955)
06 TRUE LOVE (The Scarlets)(Red Robin 135)(b-side, 1955)
07 INDIAN FEVER (The Scarlets)(Red Robin 138)(uncharted a-side, 1955)
08 KISS ME (The Scarlets)(Red Robin 138)(b-side, 1955)
09 ALL MINE (Stanford 100)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
10 ROSE MARY (Stanford 100)(b-side, 1956)
11 I’LL REMEMBER (IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT)(Ember 1005)(a-side, BB Pop 24/1956)*their biggest hit!
12 THE JONES GIRL (Ember 1005)(b-side, 1956)
13 WEEPING WILLOW (Ember 1008)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
14 WONDERFUL GIRL (Ember 1008)(b-side, 1956)
15 OUR LOVE IS FOREVER (Ember 1014)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
16 OH HAPPY DAY (Ember 1014)(b-side, 1957)
17 TO THE AISLE (Ember 1019)(a-side, BB Pop 25/1957)
18 WISH I HAD MY BABY (Ember 1019)(b-side, 1957)
19 OUR ANNIVERSARY (Ember 1025)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
20 PRETTY BABY (Ember 1025)(b-side, 1957)
21 A MILLION TO ONE (Ember 1028)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
22 A LOVE WITH NO LOVE IN RETURN (Ember 1028)(b-side, 1957)
23 THE VOICE (Klik 7905)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
24 SHE’S GONE WITH THE WIND (Klik 7905)(b-side, 1958)
25 A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (Fred Parris & The Satins)(Ember 1038)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
26 SENORITA LOLITA (Fred Parris & The Satins)(Ember 1038)(b-side, 1958)
27 SHADOWS (Ember 1056)(a-side, BB Pop 87/1959)
28 TONI MY LOVE (Ember 1056)(b-side, 1959)

DISC 2:
SINGLES:
01 WHEN YOUR LOVE COMES ALONG (Another First 104)(a-side, BB Pop 112/1959)
02 SKIPPITY DOO (Another First 104)(b-side, 1959)
03 I’LL BE SEEING YOU (Ember 1061)(a-side, BB Pop 79/1960)
04 A NIGHT LIKE THIS (Ember 1061)(b-side, 1960)
05 CANDLELIGHT (Ember 1066)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
06 THE TIME (Ember 1066)(b-side, 1960)
07 WISHING RING (Ember 1070)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
08 TELL ME DEAR (Ember 1070)(b-side, 1960)
LP “THE 5 SATINS SING” (Ember ELP 100)(1959):
09 SUGAR
10 I’LL GET ALONG
11 AGAIN
12 MOONLIGHT AND I
LP “THE FIVE SATINS ENCORE” (Ember ELP 401)(1960):
13 I’VE LOST
14 YOU MUST BE AN ANGEL
15 I GOT TIME
SINGLES:
16 WHEN THE SWALLOWS COME BACK TO CAPISTRANO – The Wildwoods (Caprice 101)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
17 YOUR MEMORY (Cub K9071)(a-side, BB Pop 107/1960)*rare gem; CD debut
18 I DIDN’T KNOW (Cub K9071)(b-side, 1960)*rare gem; CD debut
19 A BEGGAR WITH A DREAM (Cub K9077)(uncharted a-side, 1960)*rare gem; CD debut
20 THESE FOOLISH THINGS (Cub K9077)(b-side, 1960)*rare gem; CD debut
21 GOLDEN EARRINGS (Cub K9090)(uncharted a-side, 1961)*rare gem; CD debut
22 CAN I COME OVER TONIGHT (Cub K9090)(b-side, 1961)*rare gem; CD debut
23 TILL THE END (United Artists 368)(uncharted a-side, 1961)*rare gem; CD debut
24 ON A LOVER’S ISLAND (United Artists 368)(b-side, 1961)*rare gem; CD debut
25 THE MASQUERADE IS OVER (Chancellor 1110)(a-side, BB Pop 102/1962)*rare gem
26 RAINING IN MY HEART (Chancellor 1110)(b-side, 1962)*rare gem; CD debut
27 DO YOU REMEMBER (Chancellor 1121)(uncharted a-side, 1962)*rare gem; CD debut
28 DOWNTOWN (Chancellor 1121)(b-side, 1962)*rare gem; CD debut

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This set is simply the best and represents the most complete and comprehensive coverage of the output by the Five Satins to date. The old reference was a 3-CD set “Chronicles” (Acrobat Music, out-of-print now; later Fantastic Voyage re-released this set and split them into 3 separate CDs). In 2012, Jasmine Records released “In The Still of the Night – Best Of” (2CDs, only 45 songs). But both sets did not have the extra recordings on Cub, United Artists and Chancellor Records. Thus, this set is truly the most complete set.
2 Two complete albums are included. (Please note that some songs in each album already appeared under “Singles” thus not repeated under its album title).
3 The sound is very well remastered, as per usual high standards at Acrobat Music.
4 The songs are sequenced chronologically, As followed by Bs.
5 There is an excellent 8-page booklet, with an informative essay by Paul Watts. Labels and numbers are included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 As per usual practice with most reissue labels from UK, compilation would stop in 1962 because of local Public Domain laws. This is unfortunate because one more charted single “Memories of Days Gone By/Loving You” (Elektra, BB Pop 71/1982), plus another uncharted single “Kangaroo/Remember Me” (Warner Bros, 1963) could have been included to be truly complete.
2 The song “I’ve Lost” was listed under album “The 5 Satins Encore”, but I checked the song listing of that album, I could not find this song. By the way, this mistake was carried over from earlier mistake by Jasmine Records.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Five Satins initially consisted of Fred Parris (lead vocal), Al Denby, Jim Freeman, Eddie Martin and Jessie Murphy (piano). They will be forever remembered for the song “In The Still of The Night” which is the only song to have charted on the Billboard Hot 100 three separate times, by the same artist with the same version each time. After initially reaching #24 in 1956, it was released again in 1960 and reached #81. Then more than a year later in 1961 it reached #99. This fantastic doo-wop song gave them an enduring place in rock and roll history.

This current set, with great sound, is the definitive collection for the Five Satins and is highly recommended.

1953 British Hit Parade: Britian's Greatest Hits, Volume 2 by Various Artists (2009) Audio CD
1953 British Hit Parade: Britian's Greatest Hits, Volume 2 by Various Artists (2009) Audio CD
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5.0 out of 5 stars British Hit Parade 1953 (3CDs): 75 songs; every charted single on UK Chart; good sound; great collection; more for collectors!, May 29 2016
POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This 3 CD set with 75 songs comprises every record that entered the UK chart (New Musical Express) from January 3 to December 19, 1953 in chronological order of first entry with the exception of multiple versions of the same song where the editor separated the different versions for ease of listening. As noted in the song listing below, there are many rare gems, some making CD debut even in 2016.
2 The sound is very well remastered.
3 There is a first class 36-page booklet, with a detailed write-up about each song by Dave McAleer. Chart positions were also included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

None

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The chart in New Musical Express was launched the week of November 15, 1952. If you want the songs from that chart prior to 1953, I would recommend “The First British Hit Parade” which contains every disc that charted until the last week of 1952. As for 1953, this 3-CD set is the collectors’ dreams come true. British Hit Parade has covered all the different years from 1953 to 1962, starting with a-sides, then followed by b-sides working backward from 1962 to 1957. I hope more b-sides collection from 1956 – 1953 will eventually be available. This is indeed an enormous task. Credits must be given to Acrobat Music. This set naturally is highly recommended, but for more collectors.

PS. I purposely leave the song listing until the very end because of its length and not wanting to waste your time. If you are interested to know how fantastic this set is, please read on:

DISC 1:
01 FAITH CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS – Nat King Cole (UK 10/January 1953)*there are two charted versions of this song
02 MAKE IT SOON – Tony Brent (UK 9/January 1953)
03 OUTSIDE HEAVEN – Eddie Fisher (UK 1(1)/January 1953)
04 THE GLOW-WORM – The Mills Brothers (UK 10/January 1953)
05 FAITH CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS – Jimmy Young (UK 11/January 1953)
06 DON’T LET THE STARS GET IN YOUR EYES – Perry Como, with the Ramblers (UK 1(5)/1953)
07 VANESSA – Ted Heath (UK 11/January 1953)
08 NOW – Al Martino (UK 3/January 1953)
09 EVERYTHING I HAVE IS YOURS – Eddie Fisher (UK 8/January 1953)
10 SHE WEARS RED FEATHERS – Guy Mitchell (UK 1(4)/February 1953)
11 BROKEN WINGS – The Stargazers (UK 1(1)/February 1953)*there are 3 charted versions of this song
12 WONDERFUL COPENHAGEN – Danny Kaye (UK 5/February 1953)
13 WHY DON’T YOU BELIEVE ME – Joni James (UK 11/March 1953)
14 (HOW MUCH IS) THAT DOGGIE IN THE WINDOW – Lita Roza (UK 1(1)/March 1953)*this English cover version beat US original Patti Page’s version
15 ALL THE TIME AND EVERYWHERE – Dicky Valentine (UK 9/March 1953)
16 GIRL IN THE WOOD – Frankie Laine (UK 11/March 1953)
17 NIGHT TRAIN – Buddy Morrow (UK 12/March 1953)
18 BROKEN WINGS – Art & Dotty Todd (UK 6/February 1953)*rare gem; CD debut
19 (HOW MUCH IS) THAT DOGGIE IN THE WINDOW – Patti Page (UK 9/March 1953)
20 OH HAPPY DAY – Johnston Brothers (UK 4/April 1953)
21 LITTLE RED MONKEY – Frank Chacksfield’s Tunesmiths, featuring Jack Jordon (UK 10/April 1953)*rare gem
22 I BELIEVE – Frankie Laine (UK 1(18)/April 1953)*longest (non-consecutive) weeks at No. 1 in the chart history; records still unbroken in 2016
23 MA SAYS PA SAYS – Doris Day & Johnnie Ray (UK 12/April 1953)
24 SOMEBODY STOLE MY GAL – Johnnie Ray (UK 12/April 1953)
25 FULL TIME JOB – Doris Day & Johnnie Ray (UK 11/April 1953)

DISC 2:
01 PRETTY LITTLE BLACK EYED SUSIE – Guy Mitchell (UK 2/April 1953)
02 SIDE BY SIDE – Kay Starr (UK 7/April 1953)
03 BROKEN WINGS – Dicky Valentine (UK 12/February 1953)
04 PRETEND – Nat “King” Cole (UK 2/April 1953)
05 DOWNHEARTED – Eddie Fisher (UK 3/May 1953)
06 IN A GOLDEN COACH – Billy Cotton & His Band (vocal: Doreen Stephens)(UK 3/May 1953)*rare gem
07 TELL ME A STORY – Frankie Laine & Jimmy Boyd (UK 5/May 1953)
08 HOLD ME, THRILL ME, KISS ME – Muriel Smith (UK 3/May 1953)*rare gem; CD debut
09 CORONATION RAG – Winifred Atwell (UK 5/May 1953)
10 TERRY’S THEME FROM “LIMELIGHT” – Ron Goodwin (UK 3/May 1953)*2 charted versions of this song
11 I’M WALKING BEHIND YOU – Eddie Fisher & Sally Sweetland (UK 1(1)/May 1953)*No. 1 in both US & UK; 2 charted versions of this song
12 TERRY’S THEME FROM “LIMELIGHT” – Frank Chacksfield (UK 2/May 1953)*Frank has a stereo version released in 1964.
13 THE SONG FROM MOULIN ROUGE – Mantovani (UK 1(1)/May 1953)*US original version by Percy Faith also hit No. 1 in US
14 IN A GOLDEN COACH – Dickie Valentine (UK 7/June 1953)
15 WINDSOR WALTZ – Vera Lynn (UK 11/June 1953)
16 I’M WALKING BEHIND YOU – Dorothy Squires (UK 12/June 1953)
17 HOT TODDY – Ted Heath (UK 6/July 1953)
18 RACHEL – Al Martino (UK 10/July 1953)
19 BUSHEL AND A PECK – Vivian Blaine (UK 12/July 1953)*rare gem; CD debut
20 SEVEN LONELY DAYS – Gisele MacKenzie (UK 6/July 1953)*UK cover version of Georgia Gibbs’ US hit
21 LET’S WALK THATA-WAY – Doris Day & Johnnie Ray (UK 4/July 1953)
22 SAY YOU’RE MINE AGAIN – June Hutton (UK 6/August 1953)*rare gem
23 CAN’T I – Nat “King” Cole (UK 6/August 1953)
24 ETERNALLY – Jimmy Young (UK 8/August 1953)
25 LOOK AT THAT GIRL – Guy Mitchell (UK 1(6)/August 1953)

DISC 3:
01 WHERE THE WIND BLOWS – Frankie Laine (UK 2/September 1953)
02 MOTEHR NATURE AND FATHER TIME – Nat “King” Cole (UK 7/September 1953)
03 KISS – Dean Martin (UK 5/September 1953)*Dean’s first charted single in UK
04 FLIRTATION WALTZ – Winifred Atwell (UK 10/September 1953)
05 BRIDGE OF SIGHS – David Whitfield (UK 9/October 1953)*his first charted single in UK
06 HEY JOE – Frankie Laine (UK 1(2)/October 1953)
07 ANSWER ME – David Whitfield (UK 1(2)/October 1953)*2 charted versions of this song in UK; Nat “King” Cole’s US version did not chart in UK
08 SWEDISH RHAPSODY – Mantovani (UK 2/October 1953)*2 charted versions of this song in UK; Percy Faith’s US version did not chart in UK
09 POPPA PICCOLINO – Diana Decker (UK 2/October 1953)*rare gem; CD debut
10 DRAGNET – Ted Heath (UK 9/October 1953)*2 charted versions of this song in UK
11 ANSWER ME – Frankie Laine (UK 1(8)/October 1953)
12 CHICKA BOOM – Guy Mitchell (UK 4/November 1953)
13 WISH YOU WERE HERE – Eddie Fisher (UK 8/November 1953)*No. 1 in US
14 VAYA CON DIOS – Les Paul & Mary Ford (UK 7/November 1953)*No. 1 for 11 weeks in US
15 CRYING IN THE CHAPEL – Lee Lawrence, with Ray Martin & His Orchestra (UK 7/November 1953)*rare gem; CD debut
16 I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS – Jimmy Boyd (UK 3/November 1953)*311 charted versions of this song in UK
17 DRAGNET – Ray Anthony (UK 7/December 1953)
18 I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS – The Beverley Sisters (UK 6/November 1953)
19 LET’S HAVE A PARTY (MEDLEY) – Winifred Atwell (UK 2/December 1953)
20 SWEDISH RHAPSODY – Ray Martin & His Orchestra (UK 4/December 1953)
21 RICOCHET – Joan Regan & the Squadronaires (UK 8/December 1953)
22 RAGS TO RICHES – David Whitfield (UK 3/December 1953)
23 OH MEIN PAPA – Eddie Fisher (UK 9/January 1954)*No. 1 for 8 weeks in US
24 I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS – Billy Cotton & His Band (vocals by the Mill Girls & the Bandits)(UK 11/December 1953)*rare gem
25 CLOUD LUCKY SEVEN – Guy Mitchell (UK 2/December 1953)

The inclusion of chart positions is to demonstrate how successful certain songs achieved. I hope the above detailed information did not bore you, and is helpful to you.

Sings Love Letters & Favourite Irish Songs
Sings Love Letters & Favourite Irish Songs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maureen O’Hara Sings Love Letters/Favorite Irish Songs: 2 rare albums in one set; 2 bonus tracks from Christine; good sound!, May 29 2016
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CONTENT:

“Maureen O’Hara Sings Love Letters & Favorite Irish Songs”, released by reputable reissue label Jasmine Records from UK, contains the two albums she ever recorded in one set for the first time. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album label & number and year of release):

LP “SINGS HER FAVORITE IRISH SONGS” (Columbia CS 8550)(1961):
01 A Kerry Cow
02 Give Him To Me
03 The Rich Man Died
04 Wee Hughie
05 Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye
06 There was an Old Woman
07 Danny Boy
08 There Was an Old Man
09 He Moved Through The Fair
10 Which Of Them Do I Marry?
11 Do You Remember That Night, Love?
12 It’s True That The Women Are Worse than the Man
13 The Next Market Day
14 Nora Lee; I Once Loved A Boy
15 I’m Going To Be Married On Sunday
16 Come Back to Erin
LP “LOVE LETTERS FROM MAUREEN O’HARA” (RCA Victor LPM-1953)(1959):
17 My Romance
18 You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
19 The Nearness of You
20 Yours Sincerely
21 Dear Beloved
22 The More I See You
23 I Only Have Eyes For You
24 Whispering
25 My Shining Hours
26 Love Letters
27 All Through The Day
28 My Love Is Forever
LP “CHRISTINE” (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST)(Columbia OS 2026)(1960):
29 Room In My Heart
30 The Woman I Was

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 The above two albums were available separately on Flare Records, “Irish Favorites” as a single CD and part of “Quiet Man” Soundtrack (Cherry Red, 2014), and “Love Letters” as part of a twofer. As noted above, this is the first time that the two albums are available in one single set. To purchase them separately is much more expensive.
2 The inclusion of two songs from the rare “Christine” (Original Broadway Cast) is precious. This CD is very expensive these days. However if you really want some of those songs, I would then recommend “Maureen O’Hara Sings Her Favorite Irish Songs” (Flare, 1CD, 2011, with 7 tunes from “Christine” as bonus tracks).
3 The sound is very well remastered as per usual high standards at Jasmine Records.

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Maureen O'Hara was perhaps best known for her acting career where she often stared in westerns and action films alongside acting greats such as John Wayne. Her many film credits include “Jamaica Inn (1939), The Hutchback of Notre Dame (1939), How Green Was My Valley (1941), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Rio Grande (1950), The Quiet Man (1952), The Parent Trap (1961) and Big Jake (1971). During a two year hiatus from acting Maureen O'Hara concentrated on her singing voice and recorded just two LPs, Sings Her Favorite Irish Songs and Love Letters both of which are featured here.

In 2014, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences selected O'Hara to receive the Academy's Honorary Oscar, which was presented at the annual Governor's Awards in November that year. O'Hara became only the second actress, after Myrna Loy in 1991, to receive an Honorary Oscar without having previously been nominated for an Oscar in a competitive category. On 24 October 2015, Maureen O'Hara died in her sleep (age 94).

This current set simply demonstrates just how multi-talented lady she was. Thank you, Jasmine Records, for releasing this set.

PS. On Amazon.ca, you may have difficulty finding this CD because the artist was misspelled as Maureen Oaehara!

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.

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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.

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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
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“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.

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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.

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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.

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