Forever Cool

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
The concept of the artificially created duets collection -- in which newly recorded vocal or instrumental performances by an array of big-name contemporary artists are spliced with existing tracks from another artist, living or dead -- is hardly a new one. Now it's Dean Martin's turn: Capitol Records, Martin's home throughout most of the 1950s, follows the established format by taking vintage tracks by the late, beloved crooner and grafting onto them vocal takes by country star Martina McBride, neo-R&B diva Joss Stone, actor Kevin Spacey, jazz musicians Chris Botti and Dave Koz and others, to unsurprisingly mixed results. The thing to keep in mind before diving in to ...
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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
The concept of the artificially created duets collection -- in which newly recorded vocal or instrumental performances by an array of big-name contemporary artists are spliced with existing tracks from another artist, living or dead -- is hardly a new one. Now it's Dean Martin's turn: Capitol Records, Martin's home throughout most of the 1950s, follows the established format by taking vintage tracks by the late, beloved crooner and grafting onto them vocal takes by country star Martina McBride, neo-R&B diva Joss Stone, actor Kevin Spacey, jazz musicians Chris Botti and Dave Koz and others, to unsurprisingly mixed results. The thing to keep in mind before diving in to Forever Cool is that Martin's coolness credentials have never been in question -- hence the title -- whereas just about anyone who would dare breathe in his airspace is relatively uncool by default. Spacey, for example, may be engaging on the screen, but pretending to banter with the monumentally überhip Dino on "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" and Roger Miller's "King of the Road" which Martin cut for Reprise, his post-Capitol label, on 1965's Remember Me I'm the One Who Loves You album, only makes Spacey seem dorky and the whole exercise somewhat ghoulish. Relative newbies like Stone and former American Idol contestant Paris Bennett don't stand a chance in this company, trying so hard when all Martin has to do is open his mouth. Even a seasoned vocalist like McBride, taking the traditional female role in Frank Loesser's seasonal perennial "Baby, It's Cold Outside," comes off as flat and uninspired. And Robbie Williams' turn on "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" just emphasizes that he's out of his league. The instrumentalists fare better: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was born to create Rat Pack-style big-band arrangements, and they do Martin justice on both "Who's Got the Action" and "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You," which they share not only with the big bad voodoo boozer himself but with country's Shelby Lynne, who holds her own. And both Botti trumpet and Koz sax, maybe because they don't need to vocalize, only blow and brighten up their respective tracks: "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" and "Just in Time." There is one true standout here, the only character in the bunch with as much certifiable personality as Martin, and that would be French superstar Charles Aznavour, who swings with Dino on the signature "Everybody Loves Somebody." Too bad, however, that the original hit single was not used but instead a lesser version. In the end, it's Dean Martin who saves the day each time out. What Forever Cool ultimately reaffirms is that there is no one like him. So just don't go expecting world-class performances from the posthumous partners and it's easy to have a good time with this experiment in studio manipulation. Now, where is that martini? [Note: The Deluxe Edition includes a DVD with "The Making Of..." and classic performance footage from Martin's eponymous NBC television show.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2007
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 094639744121
  • Catalog Number: 97441
  • Sales rank: 59,730

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Who's Got the Action? - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (3:12)
  2. 2 Ain't That a Kick in the Head - Kevin Spacey (2:38)
  3. 3 I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face - Chris Botti (3:44)
  4. 4 Baby-O - Paris Bennett (3:05)
  5. 5 Who Was That Lady? - Capitol Studio Orchestra (2:24)
  6. 6 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone - Robbie Williams (2:32)
  7. 7 I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me - Joss Stone (2:41)
  8. 8 Just in Time - Dave Koz (2:42)
  9. 9 Baby, It's Cold Outside - Martina McBride (2:56)
  10. 10 King of the Road - Kevin Spacey (3:13)
  11. 11 You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (3:09)
  12. 12 Arrivederci Roma - Tiziano Ferro (2:43)
  13. 13 Everybody Loves Somebody - Charles Aznavour (3:17)
  14. 14 Brahams' Lullaby (2:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dean Martin Primary Artist
Brian Bromberg Bass
Gil Goldstein Conductor
Steve Kujala Flute
Bob Sheppard Tenor Saxophone
Frank Marocco Accordion
Patrick Williams Conductor
John Chiodini Guitar
Kevin Axt Bass
Rick Baptist Trumpet
Chuck Berghofer Bass
George Bohannon Trombone
Richard Bullock Bass Trombone
Lee Callet Baritone Saxophone
Gene Cipriano Tenor Saxophone
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Assa Drori Concert Master
Bill Elton Trombone
Gary Grant Trumpet
Daniel Greco Vibes
James Harrah Guitar
Dan Higgins Alto Saxophone
Greg Huckins Baritone Saxophone
Michael Lang Piano
Charles Loper Trombone
Sal Lozano Alto Saxophone
Warren Luening Trumpet
Larry Lunetta Trumpet
Andy Martin Trombone
Bob McChesney Trombone
Larry McGuire Trumpet
Suzette Moriarty French Horn
Tom Ranier Piano
Robert Shulgold Flute
Kurt Snyder French Horn
Vince Trombetta Tenor Saxophone
Randy Waldman Piano
Chauncey Welsch Trombone
Gregg Field Drums
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Karl Hunter Group Member
Andy Rowley Group Member
Scotty Morris Group Member
Joshua Levy Group Member
Dirk Shumaker Group Member
Kurt Sodergren Group Member
Glen "The Kid" Marhevka Group Member
Rick Mitchell Flute
Paula Salvatore Background Vocals
Joey Gian Background Vocals
Rob Christie Background Vocals
Craig Gosnell Bass Trombone
Justin Hageman French Horn
Brian O'Connor French Horn
Technical Credits
Johannes Brahms Composer
Elvis Presley Author
Gil Goldstein Arranger
Neal Hefti Arranger
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Patrick Williams Arranger, Producer, Adaptation
Frank Loesser Composer
Jimmy Bowen Arranger, Producer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Bobby Colomby Producer
Betty Comden Composer
Adolph Green Composer
Ken Lane Arranger
Burton Lane Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Johnny Mercer Composer
Nelson Riddle Arranger, Inspiration
Charles Paakkari Engineer
Tom Ranier Adaptation
Phil Ramone Producer
John Rotella Composer
Al Schmitt Producer, Engineer
Carl Sigman Composer
Sam H. Stept Composer
Larry Stock Composer
Jule Styne Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Lee Gillette Producer
Roland Guillotel Engineer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Pete King Arranger
Tom Recchion Art Direction
George Duning Composer, Music Direction
Steve Genewick Engineer
Kevin Spacey Author
Sam Coslow Composer
Sidney Clare Composer
Clarence Gaskill Composer
Gus Levine Arranger
Irving Taylor Composer
James Cavanaugh Composer
Scotty Morris Producer
Joshua Levy Arranger, Adaptation
Traditional Composer
Sandro Giovannini Composer
Pietro Garinei Composer
Paula Salvatore Director
Ernie Freeman Combo Arranger
Rob Christie Producer
Jane Ventom Executive Producer
Chuck Brungardt Engineer
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