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  • Audio CD (10 Jun. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Flare
  • ASIN: B00CNENFXA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,984 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Two superb albums from the great Tony Martin on one CD - 'His Greatest Hits' and 'Fly Me to the Moon', recorded in stereo. Plus bonus tracks. In all two dozen of his very finest recordings - he was never in better voice. Not to be missed.

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By C. FULLER TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jun. 2013
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This Flare release is a most welcome addition to the albums available from the legendary singer Tony Martin. It is good to hear both albums in stereo although there is a little distortion and some surface noise on some tracks. However, if you are listening through loud speakers rather than headphones you might not notice this too much.
I had The Greatest Hits album when it was reissued by Contour back in the 1970s and think Tony Martin is in excellent voice. Fly Me to the Moon is an interesting mix of slightly pop orientated material and middle of the road sounds. Tony Martin excels on the title song. The 2 bonus tracks are interesting and ideally suited to his voice.
Pricewise the CD is excellent value and Flare are a label to watch out for...
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Dot Records not only notched up chart hits by Pat Boone, Gale Storm and The Fontane Sisters during the mid-late Fifties but thankfully discovered extra gold by reviving the waning careers of established vocalists like Eddie Fisher, Vaughn Monroe and The Mills Brothers by re-recording their old hits for stereo album release. Top of this energising list was Tony Martin (1913-2012) who recorded this pair of albums during the early Sixties and they now reach CD thanks to Flare Records.

Fortunately, Tony's romantic vocal quality was still at its finest with sympathetic orchestrations enhancing the first album's re-exploration of TO EACH HIS OWN, BEGIN THE BEGUINE, FOR EVERY MAN THERE'S A WOMAN, KISS OF FIRE and SOUTH OF THE BORDER amongst a dozen of Tony's celebrated hits which first time around enjoyed popularity during the Forties.

FLY ME TO THE MOON, recorded in 1965, allows Tony to impressively land its title number which subsequently rose to the top of the standards list during ensuing years. Generally, the album selects a more random repertoire with LA NOVIA (aka THE WEDDING) and ORIZZONTI DI GIOIA charmingly sung in Italian and Frank Loesser's upbeat I BELIEVE IN YOU (from Broadway`s satirical musical HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING) vying with oldies, FASCINATION, and I'LL BE SEEING YOU, although the latter is somewhat devalued by a heavy beat arrangement plus unnecessary heavenly choir; leaving the Marty Robbins composed country and western flavoured DON'T WORRY with its contemporaneous setting as the album's least successful choice. Two bonus songs - MAKE BELIEVE and AS TIME GOES BY add their magic to this collection.

George Greeley and Billy Vaughn mostly provide the arrangements for this delightful album combination which fifty years later seems doubly welcome as a prime recollection of Tony's unique vocal style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tony Martin from the '60s! 6 Feb. 2014
By Bill Busse - Published on Amazon.com
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I long awaited the release of Tony 's 1960s Dot albums. The first 12 cuts comprised the LP Tony Martin His Greatest Hits in which George Greeley arranged 12 of Tony 's most famous recordings of the 1930s, 1940s and 50s. Here you find great stereo arrangements of Tony 's No. 2 Billboard hit "There's No Tomorrow" (which later for Elvis became It's Now or Never), No. 3 hit " I Get Ideas", No. 4 hit "To Each His Own", No. 5 hits "Here" and "Tonight We Love", No. 6 hit "Kiss of Fire" as well as the 1939 Decca No. 16 hit "South of the Border".
The second half of this CD is comprised of Tony 's LP Fly Me To the Moon. This LP is more or less a compilation of Dot singles. La Novia, in its English version was released as a Tony Martin single in 1961 years before it became a worldwide hit as "The Wedding" in a Julie Rogers recording. Surprising in this case the LP recording is in the original Italian while the single was in English in the US. The flip side of this 45 was "Orizzonti Di Gioia" (Horizon of Joy). Don't Worry is the Martin Robbins song which in its original by Marty was a major chart hit in the spring of 1961. Tony 's single was undoubtedly released to capture the pop radio market but the Robbins record was a major country and pop hit leaving the Tony Martin rendition little heard. The flip side was Billy Vaughn's "To Be Alone" which was a Top 10 Billboard hit for the Hilltoppers (of which Billy was then a member) in 1953. In Other Words (Fly Me To the Moon) was released as a single in 1962 with "The Rest of My Days" as the flip. I'll Be Seeing You was also a 1962 single with Alfie as the A side. The other surprise is the Leon Rene title "Convicted" a great ballad which I don't believe charted any where in the US although it received lots of radio play in a Modern Records recording by Oscar McLollie and His Honey Jumpers. Leon Rene was writer of the Patti Page famous 'a' side "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus" which became the 'b' side to the biggest hit ever "Tennessee Waltz".

All in all this is a great collection showing off the vocal skills of one of America's favorite male vocalists.
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3.0 out of 5 stars MATURE CROONER SIGNED TO DOT, INDIFFERENT DIGITAL TRANSFER 30 May 2014
By Cody Robert at Spokane - Published on Amazon.com
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On the surface this attractive twofer seems very desirable. As is their wont, the Flare presentation and price point are sane and sensible. There are immediate rumblings of discontent when you scan Joel Goodheart's uninformative booklet blurb, which carelessly attributes the distorted bonus track "Make believe" to Rodgers and Hammerstein. Worse, the digital transfer of both albums is plagued by intermittent distortion, phase shifts and incorrect balances. This "digital remastering" is correctly attributed to one James Irvin. He should know that the original stereo vinyls, carefully pressed by Dot, never sounded this dodgy or irritatingly unlistenable. Ironically, the hits album has transferred with distortion and sonic lint on the vocal track but clear orchestrations, while exactly the reverse is true of the FLY ME TO THE MOON singles compilation. Either way, Flare deliver a sorry perversion of Dot's "ultra high fidelity" engineering. Had Dutton Vocalion licensed these 1961-62 albums they would sound fresh as paint. (Cf. Dutton's superior, and genuine, digital remaster of older mono material on MAKE WITH THE MAGIC or TONIGHT WITH TONY MARTIN.) Flare's exceptionally careless technical presentation seriously mars two otherwise excellent albums by an important artist too often taken for granted.

The Decca, Mercury and RCA hits were due for 1961 stereo remakes and reliably work their familiar spell in George Greeley's updated, rather overblown, pop-concerto arrangements: "Begin the beguine," "I get ideas," "There's no tomorrow," and though "Marta" is omitted there is Martin's deft vocal negotiation of the hairpin-turn "Intermezzo" film song by Heinz Provost, fitted with a rare (and unmemorable) English lyric. Martin's filmland ties are further emphasized by the inclusion of the two Harold Arlen originals he introduced in the 1949 programmer CASBAH, "What's good about goodbye?" and his macho signature song "For every man there's a woman."

The singles comprising FLY ME TO THE MOON were, apart from his later and unlikely Motown contract, Martin's last honest stab at chart success. They didn't work in 1962 and they don't work now (the commercial charts by Joe Castro and Billy Vaughn being very iffy and not worthy of Martin), but it's definitely instructive to hear Tony Martin singing (quality) country so swaggeringly on "Don't worry," minus the fuzz guitar. For even later (1969) and more progressive Tony Martin, check out his superb Tokyo studio album, available from Essential Media Group as HARBOR LIGHTS. And, needless to say, hold onto your original Dot vinyls, since this digital translation so dishonors Martin's memory by its callous technical indifference to his midlife artistry.

(Having thoroughly trashed the Flare reissue imprint, I'm quick to recommend their 1999 Martin anthology HEAR MY SONG, which offers 26 of the singer's rarer 1938-42 Decca/Brunswick sides in their CD debuts. That set was also transferred by Mr. Irvin, using Cedar noise suppression technology for the prewar shellacs.)
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 Oct. 2015
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great voice and good selections
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