Way back in the early 60s when I was but a child this fella was brilliant. Didn't realise it then,of course,but reflection shows us the man's sheer versatility : THINGS, MAC THE KNIFE,DREAM LOVER,BEYOND THE SEA, SPLISH SPLASH............ the list goes on, and each and every one completely different from the preceding.( Didn't happen again until the advent of DAVE DEE,DOZY,DIRTY MICK AND DICK ) Wonderful memories of happy days are brought back o this CD; worth every penny.
The Best of Bobby Darin S M Originals, S71007 (2016)
The tracks on this 25 strong compilation cover from the late 1950s to 1962 and includes many memorable hits and some lesser known numbers to my memory. When you see a single CD compilation for such a major name as Bobby Darin you hope for the hits and good sound quality and this one delivers on both counts. The singles and album tracks come from the following labels ATCO records; Atlantic records; London records; Belter records & Capitol records. Bobby Darin's successful LP That's All marked his move into "middle of the road" territory and made him a great live performer. It was on the Billboard charts for 52 weeks and peaked at number seven. It also includes Darin's US number one hit "Mack the Knife". Darin won Grammies for Record of the Year and Best New Singer. The liner notes sum up his musical career. Running time 63.39
If you are acquainted with the music of BOBBY DARIN then there is very little to say about him, words are superfluous to his talent. This album contains a collection of his most well known recordings along with a fine selection of not so well known. Either way it is sheer listening pleasure. I would recommend younger people to take some time out and have a listen, after all there aren't so many radio networks today where this type of music can be heard fifty years or so later and still sound as if it were recorded this morning!
It is a cliché to say that had he lived he would be a major star in Las Vegas to rival Sinatra. It is perhaps an exaggeration to compare with Sinatra, but his death was a great loss to popular music. I hope the movie will introduce more of the public to his brilliance, although it was clearly a mistake not to use a younger actor for the early part of his life. Bobby Darin had style and charisma. 'Beyond the Sea' is one of my all time favourite songs, and the superb delivery of the lyric in Things' shows a great artist able to master pop and swing.
Just enjoy as we all do a great artist and his work.
Bobby Darin was a great loss to the entertainment world and this is a good collection of songs. The only disappointment was that the quality sound wise is not consistent; some of the songs sound old and of a poorer quality. A pity.
A terrific compilation here of Darin's commercial career up to, but not including, If I Were a Carpenter, which marked a significant change of direction. Here we have the early rock'n'roller [Splish Splash], the accomplished cabaret artist [Mack the Knife] and the catchy pop singer [Things, Multiplication]. The disc also contains the rarely found instrumental theme from the movie "Come September". Why though, is 18 Yellow Roses not here? I always wonder how compilers of these collections make their choices. Anyway, it's a bargain, and sounds great.