on 28 November 2004
yes, not as well known as Sinatra, Davis, Martin et al, but Bobby Darin was a great singer and all round entertainer. He died suddenly in 1973 after a heart op, tragically just 37 years old.
This CD covers his work from the 50's with the naive charm of Splish Splash and Queen Of The Hop going through to the late 60's, by which time he had matured as a songwriter and singer. Listen to the fabulous Artificial Flowers and you will see why Capitol snapped him up as Sinatra's replacement. Beyond The Sea, Dream Lover, I'll Be There - all beautiful, haunting songs with feeling. Multiplication - "mmmm they better" - still a great fun pop tune. I love this album.
“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.
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.”
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.
'Ultimate Bobby Darin' may not include all of the mans hits but it is a great, varied collection that's sure to make your foot tap! Rock n' rollers like the ridiculous but fun, 'Splish Splash!' and 'Queen Of The Hop' sit well in amongst 'rat pack' style material like his No 1 hit, 'Mack The Knife'. Darin's original version of 'Dream Lover' has never been topped and the cheeky humourous 'Plain Jane' & 'Multiplication' also put a smile on your face.
There's no swearing, nastiness or attitude here - just plain old swinging, rock n' rolling songs and if that kind of nostalgic trip is your bag you are sure to love this album...