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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 23, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: December 29, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Rhino
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • ASIN: B000641Z9K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,895 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Among only a handful of entertainers who bridged the gap between '50s rock fans and their Sinatra-loving parents, Bronx-born pop legend Bobby Darin's life and career were short but extraordinary. In 1959 the singer/composer rocketed to stardom with 2 Grammy Awards-Best New Artist and Record of the Year for the #1 smash "Mack the Knife." His other signature smash provides the title for this biopic chronicling his genre-defying music, tempestuous marriage to starlet Sandra Dee, and untimely death at age 37-in 1973-from a heart defect acquired during a childhood illness. Kate Bosworth stars as Dee, and Darin is brought to life by Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey, who also directed the film and sings 18 of the artist's classic hits.

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You've got to credit Kevin Spacey for sheer gumption: not only did he choose to direct a biopic about Bobby Darin (not the hippest of 1960s singers), but he also decided to star in it despite the fact that he was in his midforties and Darin died at 37. As if this weren't enough, unlike Jamie Foxx in Ray, Spacey performs all the songs himself. The hard-driving "Hello Young Lovers" starts off the album with a bang, the actor working with the big band with casual ease. While Darin is now best known for his swinging "Mack the Knife" and his adaptation of Charles Trenet's "La Mer" ("Beyond the Sea"), he also explored folk and scored with the teeny-bopperish "Splish Splash." Spacey acquits himself honorably in all these genres, though he's best when he swings hard--his yelpy "Splish Splash" lacks the required levity. No matter what you think of the film itself, what we hear on this album is an actor who wouldn't be out of place in a Broadway musical. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Customer Reviews

Kevin Spacey is amazing as Bobby Darin.
C. McWilliams
My kids even commented on just how much they enjoyed the music while watching the movie- and they generally don't like any of that 'old music'.
James A. Settecase
IT was quite a surprise and is a wonderful sound track.
Pat Melbourne

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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Kcorn TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 27, 2004
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I can't imagine anyone doing a better rendition of Darin's songs, so much so that I practically felt like I was in the presence of Darin's ghost while listening to this CD -and the ghost was smiling, snapping his fingers and saying, "Go, man, go!" Totally hip, very, very cool interpretations of Darin's music, but with a unique twist here and there by Spacey. Perhaps Darin's fans will scoff but they shouldn't. This is an amazing work, only whetting my appetite for the movie. The love and passion for Darin's music shows through. Word is, Spacey's mother was a fan of Bobby Darin and if she were alive, I'm betting she'd be moved to tears by Spacey's devotion to Darin's biopic/drama/glimpse into his life. What a wonderful homage to a man who only lived a short time (37 years) as well as a bravura homage to Spacey's mother. ..and her love of Darin's music.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Joan Noeldechen on November 24, 2004
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"Beyond the Sea" is one of the best albums I have heard in a long while. Mr. Spacey proves he is a singer to be reckoned with. He has what the greatest singers of popular music have possessed: talent, timing, phrasing, and belief in the material. Kevin Spacey has the ability of capitivating his audience during this intimate listening experience. He injects the essence of Bobby Darin into his reading of the lyric, but he is very much present in these tracks and it is evident that he loves what he is doing! The arrangements sparkle; the sound quality is marvelous; the musicians are the best I've heard in years. Phil Ramone...bless you for carrying the torch. The liner notes are awesome. From "Beyond the Sea" to "Simple Song of Freedom," you will not be disappointed. This album is not only cinematic; it's theatrical. In fact, you may file "Beyond the Sea" between your favorite Darin, Nat Cole, and Sinatra albums. Enjoy.
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77 of 91 people found the following review helpful By A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com VINE VOICE on January 16, 2005
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The first question, the one of Kevin Spacey's singing ability is answered quickly. He can. This is not an actor making a fool of himself singing poorly. We have William Shatner to laugh at for that.

The real question is whether or not this is CD worth buying. The novelty of Kevin Spacey singing will not be enough over the long term.

One one hand, Spacey is great. He does a remarkable copy of Bobby Darin. However, on the other hand, having grown up hearing Darin, I can easily hear it isn't Darin.

Spacey sings too close to Darin to call these reinterpretations or even cover songs. Like not quite matching clothes, it feels slightly off. He is trying to sing as Darin sang.

I would go hear Spacey sing these songs live. When choosing to buy this CD or not, consider buying a genuine Darin compilation for the songs, and this one for the memories of the movie.

Anthony Trendl
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Rotmil on January 17, 2005
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There are plenty of naysayers who have voiced their opinion of Kevin Spacey's film on the life of Bobby Darin. "He's too old." "His ego is bigger than Hollywood itself." "This is a vanity project." How wrong they are. Kevin Spacey is a talent who takes risks, goes beyond convention, and is not always met with kind words. He makes no bones about being a Darin fan. When it comes to celebrating the life and talent of the incomparable Bobby Darin, nobody threw themselves into such a project with such unabashed love, devotion and dedication to detail as Spacey. When it comes to singing, Mr. Spacey is not a surprise. The man has some chops. Always had them, always will. He sang on the "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" sountrack (That Old Black Magic"), and has taken to the mike on Saturday Night Live and various performances on stage while a young actor. So, when he decided to sing the works of Bobby Darin himself, it seemed quite appropriate, considering he has the goods to back it up.

The soundtrack to "Beyond The Sea" is a wonderfully produced compilation of the best of Darin. Some of these tunes did not make it into the film, such as "If I Were A Carpenter"; yet, the verve of the band, and the production values, so lovingly produced in the legendary Abbey Road studios in London, have lent a lustrious, lively feel to the works of such songs as "Hello Young Lovers" and "Once Upon A Time", a song so gorgeous and sweet, you'd swear Darin is hovering by with tears in his eyes. Kevin Spacey is as close to Darin as you can get without being a copy cat version - rather, he is singing from his own heart with a limited vibrato, and a more muted way of hitting a note than the versatile Darin; however, that is not a dismissal of Spacey's talent.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By William E. Adams on June 2, 2005
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Spacey certainly does not have to apologize for his voice. He sounds a lot like Darin on this CD, of course, but clearly he knows his way around a song. It will be a shame if he does not work on a second album, this time being "himself." I have not seen the movie yet, but hope to rent the DVD in a week or two. I became a Darin fan when he released "Splish Splash" way back in the late '50's. In fact, I have a clear memory of putting a nickel in a jukebox at the local diner to play the 45 for the first time. This CD has good photos from the film, nice liner notes, and happiest of all, the classic "ATCO" label that Bobby had his biggest hits with. While the song "Beyond the Sea" is my favorite Darin performance, I also love "Simple Song of Freedom" and several others included on this soundtrack. Only two tracks of 18 fail to impress..."Lazy River" and "As Long as I'm Singing"---primarily because Kevin shares the time with other singers. The other 16 bring back good memories of the 1959--73 Bobby Darin era. Way to go, Mr. Spacey. Maybe the film was not the hit you hoped for, but the CD is a home run all the way.
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