Bobby Darin: Seeing Is Believing
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Bobby Darin Seeing Is Believing collects 20 video performances of the legendary entertainer for the first time ever on DVD. Drawing from various television shows over the years, including The Ed Sullivan Show and Darin's own popular variety show, the DVD features all of his biggest hits including "Mack The Knife," "Splish Splash," "Beyond The Sea," "Dream Lover," "Artificial Flowers" and "If I Were A Carpenter." Also included is rare footage of Darin performing songs such as "Cry Me A River," "Work Song," "Got My Mojo Workin'" and "Caravan," plus duets with Connie Francis and Bobbie Gentry. Darin is presented at the height of his career, singing his heart out and entertaining like only he could. This second installment from HYENA Records' Bobby Darin series follows up its best selling CD/DVD set, Aces Back To Back. It achieves exactly what the title proclaims. When it comes to Bobby Darin, Seeing is indeed Believing!!!
"Of the handful of people who could do it all, nobody did it all the way Bobby Darin did. And when it came to singing, any kind of song he wanted to sing, he could sing." - Producer Joel Dorn
This collection shows an important corner of this important artist's output, offering a new generation a glimpse of greatness. - All About Jazz
One of the most talented and versatile figures of the modern pop era. - LA Times
The performances here show Darin to have been one of the most commanding entertainers in pop music history. - San Francisco Chronicle
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"What a wonderful holiday surprise ! All previously unreleased live performances of Bobby Darin. See and hear Bobby perform "I've Got You Under My Skin", "Cry Me A River", "Caravan", "Artificial Flowers", "Dream Lover", and of course "Mack The Knife". 19 complete performances in all !
1 / Introduction
2 / Work Song
3 / I've Got You Under My Skin
4 / Mame
5 / Cry Me A River
6 / Dream Lover
7 / Medley: Polk Salad Annie, Proud Mary, Never Ending Song of Love (w/ Bobbie Gentry)
8 / Sweet Caroline
9 / Higher and Higher
10 / Happy
11 / I've Got My Mojo Workin'
12 / You Make Me Feel So Young (w/ Connie Francis)
13 / Artificial Flowers
14 / If I Were A Carpenter
15 / Caravan
16 / If
17 / Come Rain or Come Shine
18 / Beyond The Sea
18 / Mack The Knife
20 / Splish Splash"
In conclusion, I am happy to have this but think that the producers should have thought about these things before releasing the DVD. It just makes sense to explain why there are no dates (the performances from the TV shows should easy enough to find), whom he is singing with, and not to split up the performance of Beyond the Sea.
However, I'd never realized how talented he was until I got this DVD and watched it. Bobby Darin had a gift, not just for music or acting or handling business affairs, but for winning over audiences he played in front of. I watched as he won over the television audiences performance after performance, but he won me over too.
I love live music. There's nothing like it. But with Bobby Darin gone, this is as close as it gets. What I saw in his performances was a man in love with what he was doing. He shines with the zest he has for being in front of those people. I didn't get the impression he was all that aware of the camera, but he knew those people were in the room.
At 37, Bobby Darin succumbed to a diseased heart he'd dealt with all his life. He'd been told since he was a child that he'd have a short life, and he did. But it would have been fascinating to see what he would have been like if he'd had more time.
Kevin Spacey, an ardent admirer of Darin's, helped put together a biopic of Bobby Darin's life. The movie, BEYOND THE SEA, is on DVD now. I wish SEEING IS BELIEVING would have had some interviews, but it's okay because now this DVD has made me curious enough to seek out Spacey's movie.
Get the DVD and sit down with Bobby Darin for an hour. He was an excellent entertainer.
1. Got My Mojo Working. Especially wonderful to see Bobby play vibraphone - and harp.
2. Cry Me A River. Great Passion.
3. Come Rain Or Come Shine. Soulful, bluesy delivery.
4. I've Got You Under My Skin. The best swinging tradition fused with some funky vibes. Love that scatty bit in the intro.
5. Work Song. Bobby sings blues with great authority and credibility. Nothing illustrates this better than this number.
While I was happy to see great swing and blues performances, I was more than a little disappointed that "Carpenter" was the only "folk" song represented. This could be because not many were recorded for the NBC shows, but rather than see the umpteenth version of "If I Were A Carpenter", I would have loved to see "I'll be Your Baby tonight" (aired Jan 26th 1973).
Given the wealth of choice available, I couldn't understand the inclusion of repeat performances (Higher and Higher, we had that on Aces) and some anodyne songs like "Sweet Caroline" and "If" , when great numbers like "You've got a Friend", "Spinning Wheel", "King of the Road" and "Let the Good Times Roll" were on offer. But I guess that's just down to personal taste.
This was a great DVD for FANS to see some of Bobby's NBC performances which have not been seen since the original airing. But not great as an intro to Bobby's range and musical career."Mack Is Back", a DVD which features the unedited footage of Darin's night-club style performance for his final NBC show (plus banter and comedy routines) represents his musical versatility far better. But as a fan, its great to have these performances.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bobby Darin:Seeing Is Believing is a fine collection of performances Two of my favorites are Dream Lover, and with Connie Francis You Make Me Feel So Young. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great DVD, Everyone Should Own This DVD, If You are a Fan Of The Great "BOBBY DARIN" I Listen Too It Everyday.......You Will Love It........Published 8 months ago by susanbittar
Fabulous music compilation of Bobby Darin performances.A must see live singing is believing.Published 19 months ago by M. R. sussek
Bobby Darin passed away too soon. His music in this DVD is not captured with the best sound of this age... Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by Joyce A DeWitt
Great entertainment for the Bobby Darin fans. Includes Vegas and TV performances. Many legendary hits on this DVD. Great collection.Published on April 22, 2013 by Robert J. Roberts
This video of Bobby Darin is fantastic. It was just like seeing him again in my teens,some 40 years ago. It brings back all the old feelings I had for him as an entertainer. Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by Sandy Duke
have heard and seen many vocalists in Bobby Darin's time. Sure think he should have gotten higher praise. Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by EUGENE HUBBARD
Bobby Darin was one of those performers who simply transformed a stage into a party every time. His unmatched charisma, understated sexiness, vocal power, control & range would... Read morePublished on April 22, 2012 by TurquoiseEyes