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All Music Guide - John Bush
He may have played second banana to Jerry Lewis and later Frank Sinatra, but whether he was in the studio or in front of a crowd, no one carried a song or performance quite like Dean Martin. Martin's interpretive skills were extraordinary, and he could go from the slickest of clowning to the smoothest of crooning in a heartbeat. Collected Cool, his first career-spanning box set, came along surprisingly late, but it's no less impressive for the late arrival. A four-disc set, it includes one disc of Capitol recordings the '50s, one disc of Reprise recordings the '60s through the '80s, one audio disc of a concert in Lake Tahoe from 1962, and a DVD featuring a London concert from...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
He may have played second banana to Jerry Lewis and later Frank Sinatra, but whether he was in the studio or in front of a crowd, no one carried a song or performance quite like Dean Martin. Martin's interpretive skills were extraordinary, and he could go from the slickest of clowning to the smoothest of crooning in a heartbeat. Collected Cool, his first career-spanning box set, came along surprisingly late, but it's no less impressive for the late arrival. A four-disc set, it includes one disc of Capitol recordings the '50s, one disc of Reprise recordings the '60s through the '80s, one audio disc of a concert in Lake Tahoe from 1962, and a DVD featuring a London concert from 1983. The audio portion is an excellent selection of hits and neglected classics, with a few unreleased nuggets -- all of which deserved the excavation. The 1962 show is riotous and very entertaining, with Martin repurposing standards into new songs like "Almost Like Losin' My Mind" instead of being in love and "I Love Tahoe" instead of Paris. The 1983 show is slightly more staid, and features more of the country material Martin turned to later in his career. It's easy to wish that the earlier concert was available on video, especially since some of the jokes are visual and lost on an audio-only audience, but Collected Cool functions extremely well as the best possible overview of the aspects that made Dean Martin a star -- his peerless voice and, equally, his distinctively cool and clowning way with a crowd.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2012
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602537018529
  • Catalog Number: 001681900
  • Sales rank: 11,970


Disc 1
  1. 1 Dean's Spoken Word Introductions (2:01)
  2. 2 My Own, My Only, My All - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:04)
  3. 3 Powder Your Face With Sunshine (Smile! Smile! Smile!) - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:37)
  4. 4 I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (1:59)
  5. 5 That's Amore - Dick Stabile & His Orchestra (3:12)
  6. 6 If I Could Sing Like Bing - Dick Stabile (2:14)
  7. 7 Sway - Dick Stabile & His Orchestra (2:47)
  8. 8 Long, Long Ago - Nat King Cole (2:23)
  9. 9 Memories Are Made of This - Dick Stabile & His Orchestra (2:21)
  10. 10 Pardners - Dick Stabile & His Orchestra (2:49)
  11. 11 Volare - Gus Levene & Orchestra (3:06)
  12. 12 Rio Bravo - Gus Levene & Orchestra (3:05)
  13. 13 On an Evening In Roma - Gus Levene & Orchestra (2:30)
  14. 14 Sleep Warm (3:56)
  15. 15 Ain't That a Kick In the Head (2:29)
  16. 16 Just In Time - Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra (2:18)
  17. 17 Arrivederci Roma (2:46)
  18. 18 Return To Me (2:48)
  19. 19 A Hundred Years From Today (2:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Tik-a-Tee, Tik-a-Tay (2:23)
  2. 2 Senza Fine (2:50)
  3. 3 Who's Got the Action (2:36)
  4. 4 Guys and Dolls - Frank Sinatra (2:51)
  5. 5 Marina (2:52)
  6. 6 Everybody Loves Somebody (3:10)
  7. 7 The Door is Still Open To My Heart (2:54)
  8. 8 You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You (1:58)
  9. 9 In the Misty Moonlight (2:45)
  10. 10 Sophia (2:59)
  11. 11 Send Me the Pillow You Dream On (2:31)
  12. 12 In the Chapel In the Moonlight (2:33)
  13. 13 Welcome To My World (2:21)
  14. 14 Houston (2:43)
  15. 15 I Will - The Jack Halloran Singers (2:24)
  16. 16 Somewhere There's a Someone (2:16)
  17. 17 My First Country Song (3:06)
  18. 18 L.a. is My Home (3:03)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes (0:30)
  2. 2 Almost Like Being In Love (1:47)
  3. 3 I Love Tahoe (Paris) (3:35)
  4. 4 Show Banter #1 (0:58)
  5. 5 My Kind of Girl (3:07)
  6. 6 Show Banter #2 (2:38)
  7. 7 Show Banter #3 (2:19)
  8. 8 June In January (2:49)
  9. 9 Show Banter #4 (0:30)
  10. 10 Break It To Me Gently (2:36)
  11. 11 Show Banter #5 (0:32)
  12. 12 Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody (3:18)
  13. 13 Instrumental (0:25)
  14. 14 Show Banter #6 (2:33)
  15. 15 Primrose Lane/You Are Too Beautiful/Carolina In the Morning/Love Walked (2:56)
  16. 16 Beautiful Dreamer (1:21)
  17. 17 You Made Me Love You (1:42)
  18. 18 It Had To Be You/Nevertheless (3:11)
  19. 19 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter (1:49)
  20. 20 Volare (1:02)
  21. 21 On an Evening In Roma (1:41)
  22. 22 Show Banter #7 (6:45)
  23. 23 I Love Paris (Tahoe) (1:17)
  24. 24 Outro (0:32)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Introduction
  2. 2 Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes/When You're Smiling/Pennies From Heave
  3. 3 L-O-V-E
  4. 4 Everybody Loves Somebody
  5. 5 Where or When
  6. 6 Welcome To My World
  7. 7 Drinking Champagne
  8. 8 That's Amore
  9. 9 Medley
  10. 10 Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
  11. 11 For the Good Times
  12. 12 Here Comes My Baby
  13. 13 Little Ole Wine Drinker Me
  14. 14 Bumming Around
  15. 15 One Hour With You
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dean Martin Primary Artist, Vocals
Jerry Lewis Vocals
Conway Twitty Vocals
Frank Sinatra Conductor, Leader, Vocals
Laurindo Almeida Guitar
Frank Capp Percussion
Al Casey Guitar
Plas Johnson Saxophone
Barney Kessel Guitar
Billy May Conductor
Red Mitchell Bass
Don Randi Piano
Jack Teagarden Trumpet
Bobby Bryant Trumpet
Neal Hefti Conductor
Babe Russin Saxophone
Jerry Cole Guitar
George Van Eps Guitar
Justin Gordon Saxophone
Harold Lieberman Viola
Alvino Rey Guitar
Chuck Sagle Conductor, Leader
Julius Wechter Percussion
Bill Justis Conductor
Buddy Cole Piano
Speedy West Steel Guitar
Felix Slatkin Violin
Eddie Cano Piano
Nino Tempo Saxophone
Morris Stoloff Conductor, Leader
Al Porcino Trumpet
Victor Arno Violin
Leonard Atkins Violin
John Audino Trumpet
Israel Baker Violin
Hal Blaine Drums
Robert Barene Violin
Benjamin Barrett Conductor
Thelma Beach Violin
Arnold Belnick Violin
John Best Trumpet
Harry Bluestone Violin
John David Boyle Cello
Louis Brown Piano
Russell Brown Trombone
Dennis Budimir Guitar
Larry Bunker Percussion
Jimmy Capps Acoustic Guitar
Stella Castellucci Harp
Roy Caton Trumpet
Marvin Chantry Violin
Roy Christensen Cello
Gene Cipriano Saxophone
Nat King Cole Vocals
John Collins Guitar
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Irving Cottler Drums
John Cyr Drums
Rollice Dale Viola
Harold Dicterow Violin
Kurt Dieterle Violin
Alvin Dinkin Viola
Bonnie Douglas Violin
John Duffy Organ
Jack Dumont Saxophone
Robert Edmondson Trombone
Jesse Ehrlich Cello
Gene Estes Percussion
Virgil Evans Trumpet
Nick Fatool Drums
George Fields Harmonica
Cecil Figelski Viola
Carl Fortina Accordion
Ernie Freeman Conductor
David Frisina Violin
Jacques Gasselin Violin, Cello
James Getzoff Violin
Benny Gill Violin
Anne Goodman Cello
Carl Gorodetzky Violin
William Green Saxophone
Lennie Haight Violin
Charles Harris Bass
Maurice Harris Trumpet
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt Saxophone
John Hughey Steel Guitar
Harry Hyams Viola
Jules Jacob Saxophone
Anatol Kaminsky Violin
Nathan Kaproff Violin
Ken Lane Piano, Celeste, Leader
Louis Kievman Viola
Lou Klass Violin
Harry Klee Saxophone
Larry Knechtel Harmonica, Piano
Raphael Kramer Cello
Bernard Kundell Violin
Carl LaMagna Violin
Don Lanier Leader
Gus Levene Cello, Conductor, Leader
Sinclair Lott French Horn
Dan Lube Violin
Edgar Lustgarten Cello
Virginia Majewski Viola
Leonard Malarsky Violin
Amerigo Marino Violin
Bernie Mattinson Drums, Xylophone
Murray McEachern Trombone
Jay Migliori Saxophone
Dennis Molchan Violin
Alexander Neiman Violin, Viola
Nelson Riddle Conductor, Leader
Erno Neufeld Violin
Irma Neumann Violin
Jack Nimitz Saxophone
Gareth "Garry" Nuttycombe Viola
George Price French Horn
Lou Raderman Violin
Joe Reilich Viola
Jerome Reisler Violin
Emil Richards Percussion
George Roberts Trombone
Paul Robyn Viola
Frank Rosolino Trombone
Nathan Ross Violin
Henry Roth Violin
Mischa Russell Violin
Emmet Sargeant Cello, Viola
Ralph Schaeffer Violin
Wilbur Schwartz Saxophone
Walter Schwede Violin
Ray Sherman Piano
Shorty Sherock Trumpet
Paul Shure Violin
Lou Singer Drums
Marshall Sosson Violin
Phil Stephens Bass
David Sterkin Viola
Ann Mason Stockton Harp
Alvin Stoller Drums
James Stroud Drums
Fred Stulce Saxophone
Donald Teal Violin
Ray Triscari Trumpet
Gary VanOsdale Viola
Gerald Vinci Violin
Paul Weston Leader
Leonidas Raymond "Lee" Young Drums
Reggie Young Electric Guitar
Tibor Zelig Violin
Vincent DeRosa French Horn
Alex Beller Violin
Larry Breen Bass
Joseph Saxon Cello
Eleanor Slatkin Cello
Anthony Terran Trumpet
Victor Bay Violin
Ralph Hansell Drums, Marimbas
Stanley Harris Viola
William Hungate Bass
Gail Martin Trombone
Richard L. Noel Trombone
Tom Pederson Trombone
Kurt Reher Cello
Jack Rose Marimbas
William Weiss Violin
Justin DiTullio Cello, Viola
Joseph Livoti Violin
Abe Luboff Bass
Nino Rosso Cello
Thomas J. Tedesco Guitar
Edward Miller Saxophone
Emil Briano Violin
Joe DeFiore Cello, Viola
Max Gralnick Marimbas
Dale McMickle Trumpet
William Miller Piano
Ramon Rivera Drums
Elmer Smithers Trombone
Abraham Weiss Viola
Dick Stabile Leader
Carroll Lewis Trumpet
Tony Reyes Bass
Jack Aiken Saxophone
Sidney Sharp Violin
Thomas Shepard Trombone
Sam Caplan Violin
Robert Cooper Saxophone
Robert Florence Piano
Lou Morrell Guitar
Murray Shapinsky Bass
Stephanie Woolf Violin
Charles Zimmerman Trumpet
Manuel Stevens Trumpet
Rex Koury Piano
Carlos Mejía Drums
Ray Heath Trombone
Frank Miller Guitar, Vocals
James Thomas Henderson Trombone
Edward Rosa Saxophone
Ray Toland Drums
Dale Issenhuth Saxophone
Fred O. Aguirre Drums
Harry Zagon Violin
Walter P. "Pete" Candoli Trumpet
Clarence E. "Pete" Carpenter Trombone
John Peter DeVoogt Violin
Norman J. Seelig Bass
Simon H. Si Zentner Trombone
Joseph G. Joe Comfort Bass
Richard James Dehr Guitar, Vocals
Joseph Stabile Saxophone
Ernest C. Felice Accordion
Milton W. Raskin Piano
Herman Gunkler Saxophone
Francis L. "Joe" Howard Trombone
Clyde L. Hurley Jr. Trumpet
Edward William "Billy" Jr. May Leader
William M. "Buddy" Collette Saxophone
Joe Guerrero Drums
Joseph J. Koch Saxophone
Joseph "Joe" Mondragon Bass
Henry Miranda Trumpet
Cesare Pascarella Cello
David Briggs Keyboards
Oliver E. "Ollie" Mitchell Trumpet
John Gray Guitar
Claude "Leon Russell" Bridges Piano
H. Arthur Brown Violin
Edwin Lamar "Buddy" Cole Organ
Frank Joseph Flynn Xylophone
Edward "Eddie Kusby" Kuczborski Trombone
Julian C. "Matty" Matlock Clarinet
Theodore M. "Ted" Nash Saxophone
Allen J. Reuss Guitar
Hamilton Terry Gilkyson Guitar, Vocals
Robert (Lou) McGarity Trombone
Robert "Bob" Bain Guitar
Alton R. "Al" Hendrickson Guitar
Armand Kaproff Cello
William Kurasch Violin, Viola
Alexander Murray Violin
Charles T. Gentry Saxophone
Robert Lawson Saxophone
Donald Fagerquist Trumpet
Charles Berghofer Bass
Curry Tjader Percussion
William K. Pitman Guitar
Joseph Robert 'Bobby' Gibbons Guitar
Milton Holland Percussion, Drums
Alfred McKibbon Bass
Kathryn Julye Harp
Ennio Bolognini Cello
Howard Mancel Roberts Guitar
Joseph Quadri Violin
Karl DeKarske Trombone
Vincent Terri Guitar
The Jack Halloran Singers Choir, Chorus
Rowland "Rolly" Bundock Bass
Marshall Cram Trombone
Alfred Viola Guitar
Nicholas "Nick" Pisani Violin
Ernest a. "Ernie" Freeman Leader
Earl Cyril Palmer Jr. Drums
David Harris Saxophone
Ray S. Linn Jr. Trumpet
Jack W. Marshall Guitar
Emanuel "Mannie" Klein Trumpet
Louis Blackburn Trombone
Al Harshman Viola
Norman Keith "Buddy" Spicher Fiddle
Stuart Williamson Trumpet
Al Rojo Trumpet
Abraham E. Most Saxophone
John Alan Moore Keyboards
George Binkley II Violin
Elizabeth Greensporn Cello
Darrel Terwillinger Violin, Viola
Paul Joseph Horn Saxophone
Pamela Vanodsale Violin
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Dimitri Tiomkin Composer
Hank Locklin Composer
Conway Twitty Composer
Frank Sinatra Producer
Chuck Willis Composer
Billy May Arranger
Russ Morgan Composer
Neal Hefti Arranger
Chuck Sagle Arranger
Alec Wilder Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Lee Hazlewood Composer
Bill Justis Arranger
Terry Gilkyson Composer
Domenico Modugno Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Pablo Beltrán Ruiz Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Jimmy Bowen Producer
Jack Brooks Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
David Cavanaugh Producer
Betty Comden Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Ernie Freeman Arranger
Ira Gershwin Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Dick Glasser Composer
Adolph Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Ken Lane Composer
J. Latimer Composer
Gus Levene Arranger
Jay Livingston Composer
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Mitchell Parish Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Larry Stock Composer
Jule Styne Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Victor Young Composer
Gino Paoli Composer
Lee Gillette Producer
Bill Zehme Liner Notes
Al Delroy Arranger
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Joseph Young Composer
Pete King Arranger
Erick Labson Mastering
Monaco Composer
George Duning Composer
Frank Collura Producer
Bill Loose Arranger
Lambert Composer
Marvin Fisher Composer
Mack David Composer
Stanley Rochinski Composer
Lew Spence Composer
Irving Taylor Composer
Roy Alfred Composer
James Cavanaugh Composer
Danny DiMinno Composer
Frank Miller Composer
Herb Agner Producer
Ryan Rogers Art Direction
Renato Rascel Composer
James Ritz Liner Notes
Billy Hill Composer
Baker Knight Composer
Rocco Granata Composer
Greg Garrison Director
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Edward William "Billy" Jr. May Arranger
Marilyn Keith Composer
Umberto Bertini Composer
Jonson Composer
Jaime Feldman Producer
Fredrics Composer
Taccini Composer
Ray Winkler Composer
Rick Dehr Composer
Lerner Composer
Sandro Taccani Composer
Ernest a. "Ernie" Freeman Arranger
Sujata Murthy Publicity
Marcus Ionis Authoring
Ray Maxwell Composer
Janet Tighe Producer
Victor G. David Composer
Ray Hathcock Composer
Nan Fredricks Composer
Lee Hale Producer
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  • Posted June 17, 2012

    There is going to be some mixed reviews on this new CD/DVD disc

    There is going to be some mixed reviews on this new CD/DVD disc set...

    The negative reviews are going to probably focus on the fact that two of the CD's included feature Dean Martin's Capitol Records and Reprise Record Company songs - many of which were his largest sellers. Of course, all of these songs were released when Dean recorded them, and most have been re-released over the years on vinyl and CD... but the fact-of-the-matter is, Dean isn't recording new material anymore. So as far as a "Greatest Hits" or "reissue" package, I think this one stands among the best. Songs included are not just his best sellers, but time-line marks along his illustrious recorded career. "Powder Your Face With Sunshine" (1948) and "My One, My Only, My All" from 1949 (and the Martin & Lewis movie "My Friend Irma")and "If I Could Sing Like Bing"(1953), illustrate Dean's early vocals.

    "Long, Long Ago" a duet with Nat King Cole from 1954, "Pardners" with Jerry Lewis (1956), "Sleep Warm" conducted by Frank Sinatra (1958) and "My First Country Song" another duet with Conway Twitty from as late as 1983, all showcase Dean's ability to blend his velvet voice with other various artists . Some lesser heard (but just as enjoyable) songs are also included... "Sophia", "Senza Fine", "Marina", "Who's Got The Action?", and his last "L.A. is My Home" (1985) from the TV series "Half Nelson", compliment Dean's "greatest hits" tunes that have also been included.

    The third audio disc is a "live" recording of Dean in his Lake Tahoe nightclub act in 1962 (around the "Rat Pack" Years). Hardcore Dean collectors have heard many bootleg versions of Dean's act, but to the general public, Dean's live performances are extremely rare. Even this recording has not been heard in it's entirety - so it should be a welcomed treat for those who have just about everything.

    The gem of course is the DVD of Dean "Live in London". A special originally aired by Showtime back in '83, and was a one-time-only broadcast. It was Dean in his later years, but fortunately, the folks that knew how to present at Dean his best were also there at the time... his television show team: Greg Garrison (Director), Lee Hale (Producer), Ken Lane (Conductor) and Mort Viner (Manager). They all traveled with Dean to London's Apollo Victoria Theatre to crowds of fans that even surprised them. Very little video exists of Dean on stage, so this recorded concert (even though it's Dean in his more mature years) holds a place in history, and frankly, is very entertaining for even the biggest fans. I should know... heading the Dean Martin Fan Center for nearly twenty years, one of the most asked questions is "when is Dean's London concert going to be shown again?".

    This hardbound disc set includes a 64 page booklet with track annotations, photographs, and a wonderful foreword about Dean's mystique and aura, written by Bill Zehme, an expert on Dean himself, and one of the country's best visual writers.

    James Ritz also delves into a historical biography focusing on the content of the disc set, as well as setting the mood for what the listener / viewer is about to hear in his wonderfully written piece that only enhances the beauty of this set.

    Many hardcore Dean fans know that many years ago I had produced the four Dean Martin box set collections for The Bear Family label... to have my honest take on this new set by Universal Music Enterprises, I think it is magnificent. I often think that someone who might be thirteen or fourteen years old today, will be eighteen in just a few years. To be able to introduce Dean's body of work to a new, constantly evolving generation, and to bring a smile to the generations that grew up with Dean Martin and remember him well, is a gift in itself.

    Get this set... wrap it up... and give it to someone you love!

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