Because of You

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Darren is perhaps best-known as the actor who played Moondoggie in the original Gidget, and more recently the character of Vic Fontaine in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Concurrently with his acting career, he spent the '70s doing nightclubs in Vegas, Reno, and Tahoe and fairs around the country as a popular crooner. On this appealing collection featuring classic songs from various eras and shimmering, jazzy big-band arrangements by Patrick Williams, Darren follows in the footsteps of his idols Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Not surprisingly, he recorded the 14 tracks at the Capitol studios where Ol' Blue Eyes did some of his most famous work. Darren has an easy, ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Darren is perhaps best-known as the actor who played Moondoggie in the original Gidget, and more recently the character of Vic Fontaine in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Concurrently with his acting career, he spent the '70s doing nightclubs in Vegas, Reno, and Tahoe and fairs around the country as a popular crooner. On this appealing collection featuring classic songs from various eras and shimmering, jazzy big-band arrangements by Patrick Williams, Darren follows in the footsteps of his idols Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Not surprisingly, he recorded the 14 tracks at the Capitol studios where Ol' Blue Eyes did some of his most famous work. Darren has an easy, Bennett-like voice -- instantly likeable, rich, and emotionally resonant. So, with solid vocals and one of the best arrangers in the business, the only wild card would be choice of material -- and it's spectacular. He opens with a perky take on Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things," then digs into the catalogs of Leslie Bricusse the playful "My Kind of Girl", Oscar Levant "Blame It on My Youth", and, of course, joyful songs that Bennett popularized like "Because of You" and "Good Life." On the opposite side emotionally, he tackles "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" with a slight Brazilian-flavored arrangement. Darren also has a great time turning pop classics like "More Today Than Yesterday" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" into jazzy songs that sound like they were written a generation before they were. The set closes with a charming jazz trio take on "Dream a Little Dream of Me," which won't make you forget Mama Cass but is nevertheless engaging. Darren hardly crafts a crooning style of his own, preferring to go after the warm familiarity of his idols. Still, in its own way, Because of You is pretty irresistible.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2001
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431496922
  • Catalog Number: 4969
  • Sales rank: 57,015

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Darren Primary Artist, Vocals
Bill Watrous Trombone
Jim Walker Flute
Rick Baptist Trumpet
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Lee Callet Saxophone
Darius Campo Violin
Mathew Cooker Cello
Joel Derouin Violin
Earl Dumler Oboe
Assa Drori Violin, Concert Master
George Graham Trumpet
Terry Harrington Saxophone
Greg Huckins Saxophone
Charles Loper Trombone
Warren Luening Trumpet
Monica Mancini Harmony
Bob McChesney Trombone
Paul Morin Bass
Tom Ranier Keyboards
Bob Sanov Violin
David Stenske Violin
Sheridon Stokes Flute
Gregg Field Percussion, Drums
Christina Soule Cello
Renita Koven Viola
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Carolyn Osborn Violin
Kristin Fife Violin
Paul Klintworth French Horn
Julie Berghofer Harp
Olivia Tsui Violin
Jennifer Walton Violin
David Campbell Track Performer
Phillip Teele Trombone
Technical Credits
William Bell Composer
Sacha Distel Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Patrick Williams Arranger
John Burk Executive Producer
David Campbell Arranger
Ray Ellis Arranger
Dorothy Fields Composer
Booker T. Jones Composer
Jack Reardon Composer
Al Schmitt Engineer
Pat Upton Composer
Gregg Field Producer, Engineer
Glen Barros Executive Producer
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