Dino: The Essential Dean Martin [Special Platinum Edition]

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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...
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Editorial Reviews

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. [A Special Platinum Edition with seven bonus tracks recorded live in Lake Tahoe, CA was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2005
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 094631158827
  • Catalog Number: 11588
  • Sales rank: 8,949

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
David McEowen Mastering
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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