Dino: The Essential Dean Martin [Special Platinum Edition]

Dino: The Essential Dean Martin [Special Platinum Edition]

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Dino: The Essential Dean Martin is an attempt by Capitol Records to fill up a single CD to the brim (30 tracks in nearly 78 minutes) with Dean Martin hits in the manner of the Beatles' 1. It's a welcome development from a label that was previously content to survey the same territory on the 1998 collection Greatest Hits:

Overview

Dino: The Essential Dean Martin is an attempt by Capitol Records to fill up a single CD to the brim (30 tracks in nearly 78 minutes) with Dean Martin hits in the manner of the Beatles' 1. It's a welcome development from a label that was previously content to survey the same territory on the 1998 collection Greatest Hits: King of Cool, which contained only 16 tracks and ran less than 50 minutes. Martin put 36 recordings in the pop singles charts between 1949 and 1969, and 23 of them are found here. Of the four Top 40 hits not included, the most notable is the 1964 version of "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You." The collection does include the 1960 non-hit version of that song instead, a decision that probably was made to reduce the number of essentially similar arrangements heard on Martin's '60s singles for Reprise Records. After he hit number one with "Everybody Loves Somebody" in 1964 using a '50s rock & roll-style triplet rhythm he repeated the same approach several more times ("The Door Is Still Open to My Heart," "Send Me the Pillow You Dream On") before moving on to a pop-country style in such hits as "Houston." The compilers have broken up the same-sounding tracks with inventive sequencing, but reducing the repetition by one must have seemed like a good idea. Before the listener gets to this final phase in Martin's hit-making career, however, there is the long stretch of '50s hits, many of them with an Italianate tone (and not a few Italian lyrics). The disc's long running time allows space for quite a lot of this material; it takes up two-thirds of the album. The compilers have included a few tracks that were hits only in the U.K., plus a couple of Martin classics that were not actually chart items: his renditions of "Just in Time" from the film version of Bells Are Ringing and "Ain't That a Kick in the Head," a song he sang in Ocean's 11. By sticking to a core of major U.S. hits and adding some key elements, the collection makes for an outstanding single-disc treatment of Martin's best-known recordings. [A Special Platinum Edition with seven bonus tracks recorded live in Lake Tahoe, CA was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2005
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0094631158827
catalogNumber:
11588

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Ain't That a Kick in the Head
  2. That's Amore
  3. Memories Are Made of This
  4. Just in Time
  5. Sway
  6. I'd Cry Like a Baby
  7. Volare (Nel Blu, Di Pinto Di Blu)
  8. Under the Bridges of Paris
  9. Love Me, Love Me
  10. If
  11. Mambo Italiano
  12. Let Me Go Lover
  13. Standing on the Corner
  14. You Belong to Me
  15. Powder Your Face With Sunshine (Smile! Smile! Smile!)
  16. Innamorata
  17. I'll Always Love You (Day After Day)
  18. Kiss
  19. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You
  20. Return to Me (Ritorna-Me)
  21. The Door Is Still Open to My Heart
  22. Houston
  23. Send Me the Pillow You Dream On
  24. Everybody Loves Somebody
  25. In the Chapel in the Moonlight
  26. I Will
  27. Little Ole Wine Drinker, Me
  28. Somewhere There's a Someone
  29. In the Misty Moonlight
  30. Gentle on My Mind

Disc 2

  1. Introduction by Frank Sinatra/Drink to Me Only With Thine ...
  2. My Kind of Girl
  3. Monologue
  4. June in January
  5. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter/Volare/On an ...
  6. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody
  7. Break It to Me Gently

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dean Martin   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

John Hartford   Composer
Hank Locklin   Composer
Chuck Willis   Composer
Lee Hazlewood   Composer
Terry Gilkyson   Composer
Domenico Modugno   Composer
Pablo Beltrán Ruiz   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Jimmy Bowen   Producer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Jack Brooks   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Jenny Carson   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Voyle Gilmore   Producer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Dick Glasser   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Francesci Migliacci   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Lee Gillette   Producer
Bob Merrill   Composer
Carmen Lombardo   Composer
Ed Thrasher   Cover Photo
Vincent Scotto   Composer
Diana Barnes   Art Direction
Sammy Gallop   Composer
Stanley Rochinski   Composer
Howard Steiner   Composer
Irving Taylor   Composer
James Cavanaugh   Composer
Stanley Damerell   Composer
Richard Dehr   Composer
Danny DiMinno   Composer
Baker Knight   Composer
Hank Mills   Composer
Dick Jennings   Composer
Gail Martin Downey   Liner Notes

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Dino: The Essential Dean Martin 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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I guess some people would call me old at 41, but my parents are in their 80's, and we all enjoy Dean. I have a number of his CD's including a great Christmas one. My 8 year old son also sings along in the car.
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I don't own this cd but I have listened to the clips online and it is absolutely wonderful. It is also great to see songs other than his signatures like "Houston", "The Door is Still Open (to my Heart)", and "Let Me Go Lover" (to name a few). Dean Martin was such a class act. I have never been disappointed with anything this legend has done, and he remains my favorite member of the Rat Pack. Wonderful!
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I bought this album because I was told I had to. I was lead to believe that Mr. Martins magical, melodic chords were the greatest thing since Vanilla Ice quit singing/ rapping. But at the end of the day, I'm just not feeling it. I tried. I gave the cd full rotation in my cd changer and even my ipod, but I couldn't get into it. I think the only people that get this are the old people who grew up on this stuff, or the young people who think they're being cool by digging on old tunes. Either way, this crooner is a snoozer for me.