Dino: The Essential Dean Martin Original recording remastered
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Dino Paul Crocetti began his singing career in 1941 initially billed as Dino Martini but the name soon got changed to Dean Martin. He first worked with comedian Jerry Lewis at the 500 club in Atlantic City, developing an ad libbing song and comedy act which quickly became very popular, breaking through onto US TV and radio by the late 40's. He had a series of 11 top 10 UK singles all in his inimitable style including "Memories Are Made of This" (no. 1), "That's Amore" (no. 2), "Return To Me" (no. 2), "Volare" (no. 2) and "Sway" (no. 6). These hits have been coupled with songs that, although never released as singles, are equally well known, loved and synonymous with Dean Martin including; "Ain't That A Kick In The Head", "Mambo Italiano" and "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You". Dean Martin made it all look easy.
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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.
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.
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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