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Aces Back to Back (Audio CD & DVD)

Bobby DarinAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 14, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: HYENA Records
  • ASIN: B0002VGRX6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,022 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. This Could Be The Start Of Something Big - Bobby Darin
2. Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You - Bobby Darin
3. Song Sung Blue - Bobby Darin
4. All I Have To Do Is Dream - Bobby Darin
5. A Quarter To Nine - Bobby Darin
6. Alone Again Naturally - Bobby Darin
7. Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin
8. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight - Bobby Darin
9. If I Were A Carpenter - Bobby Darin
10. Simple Song Of Freedom - Bobby Darin
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Disc: 2
1. This Could Be The Start of Something Big
2. Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You
3. Song Sung Blue
4. All I Have To Do Is Dream
5. A Quarter To Nine
6. Alone Again Naturally
7. Beyond The Sea
8. Mack The Knife
9. Weeping Willow
10. One of Those Songs
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Editorial Reviews

Produced with the cooperation of the Darin estate, this CD/DVD combo is the richest treasure trove of Darin rarities ever assembled! Among the highlights: renditions of Mack the Knife; Beyond the Sea , and Dream drawn from his 1970s TV variety show; the fabled "Milk Recordings" that are among the only known Darin jazz vocal performances, and, most of all, a never-before-seen documentary that Darin himself was directing about his life! Fascinating material, fleshed out with a lavish booklet.

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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Package - Some Material Never Before Released October 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Some of this material is on the "Mack Is Back" DVD, but a great deal of it is new, previously unreleased material.

The first 8 songs from the DVD are television performances from the early 70's. Songs 2 (Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You) and 7 are repeats from the "Mack Is Back" DVD. However, songs 1, 3-6, and 8-11 are all new never before released performances. All of these performances are good color video quality.

Also included on the DVD is some additional black and white footage that was to be used for an unfinished documentary on Bobby's 1966 "comeback" (i.e. his return to nightclub performing). Some of this footage is also on the "Mack Is Back" DVD, but there is also some previously unreleased (so called "lost") documentary footage as well.

Songs 1-7 on the CD are the just the audio from the performances on the "Aces Back to Back" and the "Mack Is Back" DVD's.

Songs 8 & 9 on the CD appear to be the same live performances as heard on the now out-of-print Motown release "Bobby Darin Live at the Desert Inn."

Songs 10 & 11 appear to be alternate takes that I have not heard elsewhere.

Songs 12 & 14 are also on "Bobby Darin Songs From Big Sur" and were originally released on Bobby's own "Direction" label.

I believe songs 15-18 are the "lost milk tapes" (previously unreleased). They are more intimate recordings (done as radio spots promoting the dairy industry) where Bobby is accompanied by a small ensemble of about 3 or 4 pieces. Very nice.

Songs 19 and 20 are alternate takes of both songs-- I believe from the 1963 Flamingo Hotel performances in Las Vegas (these are different takes than what is on "Bobby Darin: The Curtain Falls Live at the Flamingo").
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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'M NUMB! October 23, 2004
By Larry C
Format:Audio CD
I was in a store and I heard this CD playing in the backround. I tried to ignore it but I couldn't resist the magnetic attraction to what I was hearing. At first I thought it was Sinatra but then I said (don't get mad) hey this guy is too exciting to be Sinatra. I said to the clerk who is that. She must have been about 23 years old and with a blushing excitement said "It's Bobby Darin.....isn't he great"! I had to buy it. When I got to the register I noticed that it included a DVD also. Now folks.....I remember Bobby Darin from all those Kinescope type of Dick Clark and Ed Sullivan shows doing Dream Lover and Splish Splash and the like. You know the kind....poor sound and black & white distorted image. Well I wasn't prepared for what I was about to see and hear. Take my word for it.....if you are able to get this CD/DVD you will have in your possesion one of if not the greatest entertainers "EVER"! I'M NUMB! I want him back right now....right! And since that's not possible this is the next best thing. YOU POSITIVELY WILL NOT BELIEVE HOW GREAT THIS IS.....IT'S THAT GOOD! GET IT!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put it right back on the money September 7, 2005
By Bob L
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well, I'm way late on writing this review. I've been loving this CD/DVD combo for over a year and should have been talking-it-up a while ago. Aces and The Mack is Back(DVD only)are essentials for anyone's Bobby Darin collection. Between the two there is a lot of repeat material but it's all so good you would not want to be without any of it.

Aces' CD's songs are so perfectly picked it creates an absolutely mindboggling range of musical genres. Many of these versions are so good they're not only the definitive Darin version but could be argued that they're definitive version of the song, themselves. I can't tell you how many times I've switched off Diamond's Song Sung Blue or O'Sullivan's Alone Again Naturally. Darin's Alone Again Naturally I HAVE to hear at least once a day. Somedays I'll listen to it four times. Who knew? The opening three tunes(one medley)will raise the hair on the back of your neck and I don't think anyone, not Dylan, not Guthrie, could pack the kind of punch Bobby gets with Song of Freedom. If there's a better version of Quarter to Nine, I ain't heard it

Curiously, the visuals for Quarter to Nine aren't quite as exciting. I would suggest you get into the CD before the DVD. I think maybe the grind of getting these songs so perfectly charged up sometimes might have left Darin drained by performance time and it sometimes showed. The Mack is Back is much better over all for visuals, but for song selection, this might be the best record of all time.

What the DVD does have is a fabulous documentary section letting us see Bobby behind the scenes and we find we like him even more than we thought. This separates him from his movie persona.

Not enough could be said about his band(s)or the arrangements. Just a very big WOW !

I listen to everything. Debussy to The Sex Pistols, Ernest Tubb to King Crimson. If you like hearing it all then there is no better record out there than Aces Back to Back.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aces Back to Back February 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The songs are great on the CD. Part of the reason I bought this was for the DVD of some his live performances. Turns outs most of those clips were chopped from his last recorded performance in 1973 and inserted in the DVD, so you don't get any of his live act between songs.

If you are just buying this for the DVD footage, I recommend, "Bobby Darin, Mack is Back!" DVD. It has the whole, uncut, live performance, including banter between sets and extra songs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Aces Back to Back....Bobby Darin
I am a major Bobby Darin fan and this is my favorite CD & DVD! I have worn one out and this is my replacement!! LOVE IT!! Sharon M
Published 4 months ago by Sharon E. Mccoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding CD.
What a singer, entertainer, and simply outstanding performer. Bioshock(or rather 2K) I thank you for introducing me to this amazing singer. Read more
Published 4 months ago by o1striker
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite buds from the 50s-60s.
As usual, album had some cuts I wasn't interested in, or didn't
like - BUT - I'd buy it again. Darrin's always acceptable. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Emanon
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby!
Great product at a fantastic price. Smack full of the best swing hits ever. If you love swing, you can't keep your feet still listening to this one!
Published 20 months ago by JRB1961
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Great DVD with footage not included on the "official" one. It gives you the "public" Bobby Darin and the "private" Bobby Darin. Read more
Published 22 months ago by iris c
5.0 out of 5 stars Punter Judy
Have all the Darin Material available and always feel great when I play this CD. Have to agree with Bob Lundy comment regarding "Song Sung Blue"Neil Diamond, He wrote good songs... Read more
Published on September 11, 2012 by Judith A. Mcrae
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Darin hit!
Aces was as much and more than expected from Bobby Darin. Now, will someone please put out a DVD of his TV show, especially the final concert show? Read more
Published on September 8, 2010 by eljaykay
5.0 out of 5 stars musicforall
Like the movie said, you hear what you see. You don't have to be a Darin fan to appreciate this DVD. Watch the body moves, Bobbie Gentry is another underrated artist. Read more
Published on January 31, 2010 by Music Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Bobby Darin fans
Another Christmas gift for my honey, he listens to this most of the time. Penelope K. Gonzalez.
Published on January 7, 2010 by Penelope K. Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Darin's magic
I heard Bobby Darin sing a song on radio, many years ago. I'd heard him live, at Sydney Stadium, in 1961, during his "Splish Splash" days. Fairly good, but just one of the pack. Read more
Published on August 16, 2009 by Philip G. Pryor
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