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Darin Swings It Like No One Else,
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Sinatra may have had the voice, Tony Bennett may have had the elegance and Mel Torme may have had the range but, for my money, nobody could swing it quite like Bobby Darin.
Although not apparent from the sequencing, which is haphazard, this 2CD, fifty song collection includes all the tracks from his classic Atlantic albums "That's All", "This Is Darin" and "Love Swings". When Darin made the transition from teen rock 'n' roller to the urbane purveyor of pop standards on "That's All" in 1959 the result was a revelation because no one had crossed that bridge before. It remains his best album and a benchmark of the genre.
It contained two immortal classics, his signature song "Mack The Knife", a version that not even Sinatra could better, and "Beyond The Sea, a yearning, swinging arrangement of the Charles Trenet classic "La Mer". Stunning performances of classics such as "Some Of These Days", "I'll Remember April" and the self penned "That's The Way Love Is" are all the more surprising considering that Darin was only 21 years old when he recorded the album.
Much credit for its acclaim must go to conductor and arranger Richard Wess who showed that he could rival Billy May or Nelson Riddle. His sparkling arrangements, along with Darin's perfectly nuanced deliveries, made the album a critical and commercial success. He went on to conduct and arrange Bobby's third album, "This Is Darin".
With songs by Johnny Mercer, Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen and Duke Ellington this was a confident Darin standing firmly in the adult tuxedo arena. With superb readings of material such as "Guys And Dolls", "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and "Clementine" this was Darin proving once and for all that he could sing....and swing.
"Love Swings" was arranged and conducted by Torrie Zito and released in 1961. Surprisingly the album was not a great success,it was out of print for years and is probably the least known of his albums. This is a tragedy because it contains some beautiful ballads such as "In Love, In Vain" and "Spring Is Here", the brassy "It Had To Be You" and the upbeat" I Guess I'll Have To Change My Mind". Darin at the top of his game.
And if all this were not enough the collection also includes eight tracks from "Two Of A Kind", his 1961 collaboration with Johnny Mercer. Arranged and conducted by Billy May this was another impeccable collection where Darin belied his tender years with performances of such style and maturity. "Indiana" is a big brass knockout of a tune, "Mississippi Mud" is a Hope and Crosby inspired ad libbing duet and "Who Takes Care Of The Caretaker's Daughter" is a joyous affair with Darin and Mercer having great fun together.
So, along with the hit single "Lazy River" this compendium of fifty tracks highlights the prodigious talent of Bobby Darin, performances that have secured for him a lasting reputation as one of the immortals of popular music.
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Initial post: 21 Jan 2013 12:58:14 GMT
Barry McCanna says:
Crosby made several recordings of Mississippi Mud, mostly in 1927 with Paul Whiteman, but not with Bob Hope.
Posted on 8 May 2014 19:40:45 BDT
K. Johansen says:
Bobby Darin had all the accolades you mention, he had everything except good health and that was the sad part. Bobby was hugely talented. just look at the dvd's of his tv shows - the man oozed talent and is still greatly missed.
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