Grammy-winning producer Joel Dorn believes Bobby Darin to be one of the greatest singers and entertainers of the 20th century, and he's pressing his case with this extraordinary CD/DVD collection of previously unreleased or rare performances. With effortless immediacy, Darin trademarks everything from classic American pop ("Blue Skies," "All the Way," "Moon River") to theater pieces (his classic reading of "Mack the Knife") to folk (Tim Hardin's "If I Were a Carpenter," a hit single for Darin) to country (a gently swinging live take on Dylan's "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"). The first seven cuts are live, culled from performances on Darin's weekly television variety show in 1972, including a lovely duet with Petula Clark on the Everly Brothers hit "All I Have to Do Is Dream"; a dramatic deconstruction of "Alone Again Naturally" that essentially recasts it as tragedy of Shakespearean complexity; and a swinging take on the classic "Beyond the Sea" (although Darin's clever ad-lib lyric reference to Tommy Sands may not compute with anyone under age 50). Never more timely than now, the message in Darin's self-penned pop-folk manifesto, "Simple Song of Freedom," begs to be heard anew, whereas a stripped-down demo version of another Darin original, "Dream Lover," is simply beautiful in its stark, tender yearning. The DVD includes terrific clips from the TV show and riveting behind-the-scenes footage from an unreleased documentary about Darin -- strictly must-see material. Yet another bonus, the liner book contains a previously unpublished essay about Darin penned by his friend and fellow giant, the great songwriter Doc Pomus (Drifters, B. B. King, Elvis, et al.). Compelling evidence this, and the judgment goes to Joel Dorn, big time.