Dino: The Essential Dean Martin

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This 30-track compilation includes the classics Capitol recordings that made Dean Martin a vocal idol. Among the "Dino" favorites are "Everybody Loves Somebody," "Volare," "That's Amore," "Ain't That a Kick in the Head," "Little Old Wine Drinker Me" and "Sway." Stretching from the 1949 hit "Powder Your Face With Sunshine" the set concludes with "Gentle On My Mind" from two decades later.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
This 30-track compilation includes the classics Capitol recordings that made Dean Martin a vocal idol. Among the "Dino" favorites are "Everybody Loves Somebody," "Volare," "That's Amore," "Ain't That a Kick in the Head," "Little Old Wine Drinker Me" and "Sway." Stretching from the 1949 hit "Powder Your Face With Sunshine" the set concludes with "Gentle On My Mind" from two decades later.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2004
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724359848723
  • Catalog Number: 98487

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dean Martin Primary Artist, Vocals
Technical Credits
Billy Hill Composer
John Hartford Composer
Hank Locklin Composer
Dean Martin Liner Notes
Chuck Willis Composer
Russ Morgan Composer
Vic Abrams Composer
Lee Hazlewood Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Terry Gilkyson Composer
Domenico Modugno Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Pablo Beltrán Ruiz Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Jimmy Bowen Producer, Audio Production
Jack Brooks Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Jenny Carson Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Simon Gallup Composer
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Voyle Gilmore Producer, Audio Production
Norman Gimbel Composer
Dick Glasser Composer
Adolph Green Composer
Ken Lane Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Phil Medley Composer
Francesci Migliacci Composer
Lionel Newman Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Larry Stock Composer
Jule Styne Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Steven Van Zandt Liner Notes
Harry Warren Composer
Lee Gillette Producer, Audio Production
Bob Merrill Composer
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Ed Thrasher Cover Photo
Vincent Scotto Composer
Diana Barnes Art Direction
David McEowen Mastering
Sam Coslow Composer
Stanley Rochinski Composer
Howard Steiner Composer
Irving Taylor Composer
James Cavanaugh Composer
Dorcas Cochran Composer
Stanley Damerell Composer
Richard Dehr Composer
Danny DiMinno Composer
Tolchard Evans Composer
Frank Miller Composer
Baker Knight Composer
Hank Mills Composer
Dick Jennings Composer
Chilton Price Composer
Robert Hargreaves Composer
Gail Martin Downey Liner Notes
Deana Martin Liner Notes
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not just for the old!!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What's the big deal???

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Wonderful Tribute to a Classic Artist

    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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