The Legendary Bobby Darin [Capitol]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In a recording career lasting 17 years, Bobby Darin spent only three of those years, 1962-1965, signed to Capitol Records. They were busy years for him in the recording studio: he released seven Capitol LPs, five of which made the charts, and 11 Capitol singles, eight of which entered the Billboard Hot 100, two of those, the self-written, country-styled "You're the Reason I'm Living" and "18 Yellow Roses," reaching the Top Ten. Still, his relatively brief Capitol sojourn was not as memorable as his two stints at Atlantic Records, 1958-1961 on the Atco subsidiary and 1966-1967, which accounted for his eight other Top Ten hits, including the chart-topping "Mack the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In a recording career lasting 17 years, Bobby Darin spent only three of those years, 1962-1965, signed to Capitol Records. They were busy years for him in the recording studio: he released seven Capitol LPs, five of which made the charts, and 11 Capitol singles, eight of which entered the Billboard Hot 100, two of those, the self-written, country-styled "You're the Reason I'm Living" and "18 Yellow Roses," reaching the Top Ten. Still, his relatively brief Capitol sojourn was not as memorable as his two stints at Atlantic Records, 1958-1961 on the Atco subsidiary and 1966-1967, which accounted for his eight other Top Ten hits, including the chart-topping "Mack the Knife." Naturally, however, Capitol has re-compiled its Darin catalog several times over the years, starting with 1966's deceptively titled The Best of Bobby Darin. In 2004, with a film biography and two book biographies imminent, Capitol tried again, and The Legendary Bobby Darin is the label's longest and most comprehensive attempt at a Darin compilation yet, topping out at 70-plus minutes and covering the stylistic bases of the singer's eclectic dabbling in rock & roll the title song from his 1962 movie If a Man Answers, country the hits noted above, folk-rock the Atlantic recording of the Top Ten hit "If I Were a Carpenter", and, of course, traditional pop. The last actually dominates the collection, with Darin, employing such arrangers as Frank Sinatra stalwart Billy May, turning in his versions of early-'60s show tunes and movie themes like "Once in a Lifetime," "Moon River," and "Hello, Dolly!" To give the collection the appearance of a more complete hits set, live versions of the Atco hits "Beyond the Sea" and "Mack the Knife" have been included, and the album concludes with two previously unreleased live cuts, both recorded in Las Vegas in 1963, the first a hits medley and the other a version of "The Curtain Falls." The result is a respectable effort that still represents only a slice of Darin's recording career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724359457727
  • Catalog Number: 94577
  • Sales rank: 7,169

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Darin Primary Artist, Vocals
Billy May Conductor
Jack Nitzsche Conductor
Jimmie Haskell Conductor
Donald Peake Conductor
Bobby Rozario Conductor
Richard Weiss Conductor
Ernie Freeman Combo Conductor
Technical Credits
Marc Blitzstein Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Carl Smith Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
Tim Hardin Composer
Bobby Darin Composer
Billy May Arranger
André Previn Composer
Joe Bushkin Composer
Sacha Distel Composer
Gene Lees Composer
Jack Nitzsche Arranger
Charles Aznavour Composer
Dory Langdon Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Charles Trénet Composer
Sheldon Harnick Composer
Jerry Herman Composer
Jerry Bock Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Jim Economides Producer, Audio Production
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
Ira Gershwin Composer
Jimmie Haskell Arranger
Gary Jackson Composer
Charles Koppelman Producer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Norman Newell Composer
Anthony Newley Composer
Bob Norberg Mastering
Riz Ortolani Composer
Donald Peake Arranger
Walter Raim Composer
Jack Reardon Composer
Richard Wess Arranger
Don Rubin Producer
Tom Morgan Producer, Audio Production
James Van Heusen Composer
Nick Venet Producer, Audio Production
Frederick Loewe Composer
Nino Oliviero Composer
Raynard Miner Composer
Steve Douglas Producer, Audio Production
John DeVries Composer
Diana Barnes Art Direction
Richard Weiss Arranger
Eric Maschwitz Composer
Manning Sherwin Composer
Hal Shaper Composer
Giorgio Calabrese Composer
Antonio de Vita Composer
Sol Weinstein Composer
Traditional Composer
Ernie Freeman Combo Arranger
Rob Christie Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is what music should sound like

    Bobby Darin was truly an amazing talent. This album highlights his great range of music ability and styles. This is a wonderful blast from the past that puts today's music to shame. Wonderful through and through

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dynamite

    If you like 1960's singers then you will love this album. Bobby Darin covered all of his musical bases by singing a wide variety of songs. A great display of his talent.

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