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Dean Martin had two separate hit-making periods - in the fifties with Capitol and in the sixties with Reprise. The early sixties were not successful in the charts, although Dean continued to record albums and was also kept busy in other ways. You would normally have to buy one album to get his Capitol music and another to get his Reprise music. This collection spans both periods.
This collection contains most of the songs that are associated with Dean, including Memories are made of this, That's amore, Volare, You're nobody till somebody loves you, In the chapel in the moonlight, Standing on the corner, Send me the pillow that you dream on, Houston and Everybody loves somebody.
Dean's first solo hit, Powder your face with sunshine, is also included. It was no match for Evelyn Knight's version, which was number one in America for many weeks, but it was a start. Evelyn was at the peak of her career while Dean was just beginning. You belong to me (Jo Stafford) and Mambo Italiano (Rosemary Clooney) were other songs that other singers had bigger hits with than Dean.
Dean is often compared to Frank Sinatra, but their music was quite different. I enjoy both of them in different ways. While Frank's music was rooted in the big band sound of the late thirties, Dean's was altogether more relaxed - Dean was the classic crooner. In the sixties, his music took on a country flavor. It was never country enough for him to establish credibility amongst diehard country music fans, but for those who enjoy both pop and country music, Dean's sixties music is particularly appealing. Dean does not twang, so a lot of people who don't like country music can still enjoy his music.
If you only ever buy one Dean Martin album, this is the one to buy.
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on 22 September 2004
The unique interpretations of a master song stylist, Dean Martin shines in this collection of recordings which were released from 1949 (''Powder Your Face With Sunshine'') to ''Gentle on My Mind'' in 1968. His smooth, gorgeous voice never loses a twist of humor, and you'll find yourself smiling and sometimes singing along with these uplifting tunes, which are the ultimate in ''easy listening''.
The later songs, from the mid '60s on, tend to have a hint of country flavor, and the early ones in the '50s have an Italian feel to them, and some of them of course, like ''Volare'', were originally Italian songs.
It's these early gems that are my favorites, like ''Love Me, Love Me'' from '53, ''Sway'' from '54, a marvelous melody that was also a hit for Bobby Rydell in '61, and Dean's fabulous rendition of ''Mambo Italiano'' from '55, which a few months earlier had been a top hit for Rosemary Clooney, and then there's ''Volare'', which I identify even more with Dean Martin than its singer/songwriter Domenico Modugno.
The booklet insert is excellent, with liner notes by Stevie Van Zandt and two of Dean's children, Deanna and Gail, and most of all, I appreciate its detailed list of each song, with release date, highest chart position, and more, and some nice b&w photos of the very cool Mr. Martin.
The sound overall is quite good, and total running time is 77'59.
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on 3 January 2005
I absolutely LOVE this Cd- it is the best Dean Martin Cd any fan could possibly wish for.
His voice is mellow and soothing, whilst singing some of the most famous songs ever recorded.
All of them will be your faves, and make Dean one of your favourite artists for eternity!
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on 3 December 2009
What can you say about this album it just demonstrates what a talented singer Dean Martin was he had it all great voice, range and timing. If you like Francis Albert don't miss out on his fellow Rat Pack member. Pure Genius !!!!
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on 9 August 2009
This brought back a lot of memories hearing the Dean Martin hits.
Thanks to sites like Amazon you can still buy your top recording artist's of 40's,50's and early 60's
I recommend this CD of The Essential Dean Martin
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on 5 January 2010
This cd is the best I've heard of Dean Martin, he's so laid back and is very easy to relax and listen to. Dino: The Essential Dean Martin
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on 27 June 2013
Dean Martin's recording career can be divided into two time periods: his years with Capitol Records (1948-1960) and his years with Reprise Records (1961-1978). The majority of all Dean Martin compilations focus on either one or the other, but the superlative Dino: The Essential Dean Martin makes room for his most beloved recordings from both labels. Containing 36 classic tracks, Dino: The Essential Dean Martin is the absolute best introduction to this iconic crooner. Released in 2004, nine years after his death, it became the best-selling album of Dean Martin's entire career - a testament to his enduring musical legacy.

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on 12 July 2009
Lie back in your favouite armchair, pour a glass of wine and listen to the velvet voice of Dean Martin.Dean was a really talented singer who had the sense not to take himself too seriously. A great collection of songs.
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on 10 October 2011
This is easy listening at its best. Its just hit after hit, sang in his own unbelievable way. If your not a Dean Martin fan before you listen to this CD you will be afterwards. A classic.
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on 24 June 2012
I love deam martin's voice, he is so beautiful to listen to, its wonderful to play this on anniversary with the other half, on romantic dinners, special evenings in with just the two of you, and then some tracks are fun loving for when you and your mr or mrs want to have a boogie and remember old times, there is so much excitement and charisma in the album, and it feels like your watching a film when you listen to the songs, the songs are theatrical, i love this album to bits
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