Thursday, June 30, 2011

Dean Martin: Absolutely Essential

Hey pallies,likes always loves to reads me a great review of some Dino-treasure...and today's Dino-gram from the pad "" is indeed a extraordinary review of the recently released expanded edition of "DINO: The Essential Dean Martin."

Likes don't know the tagg of the writer of this Dino-review, but for sure dudes this pallie "gets Martin." From the tagg of the review "Dean Martin: Absolutely Essential" to the closin' words of the musical reflection..."Pour yourself a scotch on the rocks, put on your slippers, and sit back and luxuriate in this essential collection," these Dino-thoughts obviously flow outta deep deep Dino-devotion.

The scribe of this Dino-prose is obviously a Dino-holic of huge porportions..sayin' such wonderfully wise thin's of our Dino like..." the purity of Martin’s voice" and
"Martin’s golden throat." Likes how enchantin' to know that there are others enchanted by our beloved Dino!

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Dean Martin: Absolutely Essential

Posted on 29 June 2011 by

Every generation discovers the Rat Pack at some point. Those who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s watched its formation in real time and grew up with the magical music of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin. In the mid-1990s, the film Swingers introduced a new generation to the joys of cocktail culture and the music that made that era famous. And on what would have been his 94th birthday, Capitol Records released a pair of collections: the 14-track Classic Dino: The Best of Dean Martin and an expanded release of Dino: The Essential Dean Martin, which has been expanded from its original release to include 36 of Martin’s top hits across two CDs. (This review will focus only on the latter.)

The new collection, includes a previously unreleased studio version of “Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody,” which was recorded in 1950, and was believed lost until it was discovered in the Capitol vaults.

Fans of Dean Martin probably have the remainder of the tracks on the 36-track set; however, they likely do not have them in one convenient package and, for those who are unfamiliar with Martin’s catalog, this set is a must have. Upon first listen, new fans will be struck not only by how many of the songs that they know — even if they were not aware that Martin was the singer — but also by the purity of Martin’s voice and the craft that went into writing the songs that grace this set.

Every song is iconic and the digitally-remastered tracks pop, highlighting not only Martin’s golden throat, but also the talented musicians who backed Martin. Horns pop, pianos tinkle, and drums land with a crispness and discipline that you don’t hear anymore.

Sinatra’s place in the musical pantheon is unquestioned. Sammy Davis Jr., while a great singer, was something of a novelty — the African-American sidekick to a group of Caucasian guys. Martin, for all of the acclaim bestowed upon him, never seemed to get the proper respect for his talents; for his ability to croon as effortlessly in Italian as he could in English, and his ability to switch languages from verse to verse (as he does in “Volare (Nel Blu, Di Pinto Di Blu).”)

This is absolutely a nostalgic trip. Those expecting anything else will be disappointed. (Then again, if you’re considering this set, you’re probably not expecting Martin to bust out a Biz Markie cover.) It is also a wonderful artifact of a time when smoking was cool, and when great songs and a powerful voice to sing them were almost exclusively the only way to succeed in the music business. Pour yourself a scotch on the rocks, put on your slippers, and sit back and luxuriate in this essential collection.


Anonymous said...

I just received my Essential Dean Martin cd and was delighted.
I only bought the cd for the lost song as I have all the other songs dozens of times over.
Because Rockabye Your Baby was recorded in 1950 and had been lost for 60 years, I didn`t expect it to be anything great.
I just wanted it to complete my collection.
After hearing Dean sing Rockabye Your Baby I was pleasantly surprised.
Dean sounded great and he really got into the song and did a great recording.
Years later to everyones surprise, most of all Deans I think, Jerry recorded Rockabye Your Baby and actually had a hit with it.
Considering Jerry is a terrible singer I think he did a good job.
So we had a choice, listen to Al Jolsons version or Jerry Lewis ???
Now we have Deans version I know which version I like the best :)
Hugs n Kisses
from Kylie xxxoooxxx

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, cool for you Miss Ky....indeed if our Dino does a one else's version can ever ever matter.....thanks for sharin' your ever thoughtful Dino-thoughts...and above all else, keeps lovin' our Dino!