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It’s been nearly ten years since Dean Martin departed this earth, but the man’s stature as an artist and icon continues to grow. His importance to generations of music fans (not to mention aficionados of masculine cool) now far outstrips his former reputation as the tippler of the Rat Pack¹s tuxedoed triumvirate or Jerry Lewis’ crooning straight man. He was, simply ... Read more in Amazon's Dean Martin Store

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  • Audio CD (June 2, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000006OHJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,368 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You
2. Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu)
3. Memories Are Made Of This
4. In The Chapel In The Moonlight
5. Houston
6. Powder Your Face With Sunshine (Smile, Smile, Smile)
7. The Door Is Still Open (To My Heart)
8. That's Amore
9. Somewhere There's A Someone
10. Ain't That A Kick In The Head
11. In The Misty Moonlight
12. You Belong To Me
13. Innamorata (Sweetheart)
14. I Will
15. Return To Me (Ritorna-Me)
16. Everybody Loves Somebody

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A blatant bid to cash in on Dino's '90s cachet, Greatest Hits is still a credible collection of Martin's best. Its inclusion of material from both the singer's Capitol and Reprise years sets it apart; its 1998-specific liner notes--including dubious comparisons with John Denver and Jimmy Buffett--will date it as soon as the lounge craze loses steam. The disc charts, though not chronologically, Martin's entire career trajectory, from classy, jazzy crooner (early gems like "Powder Your Face with Sunshine," "Memories Are Made of This," and "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" shine with uncluttered arrangements and big-band punch) to swingin', swayin' playboy (later cuts like "In the Chapel in the Moonlight," "Houston," and "The Door Is Still Open [To My Heart]," whose sappy '60s choral and orchestral backing somehow manage to stay out of his way). Repackage it any way you like, though--Martin's warm, velvety way with a melody remains timeless. --Sue VanHecke

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Their music lifts our spirits and brings back so many memories.
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I was reluctant to get this cd because I already owned Dean Martin's 10 Best Greatest Hits Collection.
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Sit back, relax and allow the mellow voice of Dean to sweep you away!
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Neil T. Daniels on August 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Let me be honest and tell you what the fans have said to us about this cd... about 80% just love it! It has great liner notes and information, along with Dean's Greatest hits in remastered digital sound. (This pressing has been upgraded from the original Greatest Hits release, where inferior mastering was done to get this product out for the fans... but it has all been fixed, and excellently done!).
We have heard a few complaints that they keep putting the same old "That's Amore" and "Return to Me" on the releases, but you need to bear two things in mind... this IS a compilation of Dean's GREATEST hits (both Capitol & Reprise years), and second... if it were not for Capitol Records (Dean's first recording label) we would not have a company that would be finacially able to offer Dean's catalog of "Reprise" recordings. The money that Capitol earns on the releases that they own, help fund the tremendous cost of releasing the Reprise masters.It's a long and complicated story (we have explained in our Dean Martin publication) but the bottom line is that this cd is a wonderful place to start in obtaining the great body of work that Dean has left for all. If you have grown up with Dean over the years, or simply looking for a good cd filled with wonderful music when music was fun and arranged well, then this is a must! From here you can go on to buy other titles and find out more about Dean's vocal directions and legacy he left us. admin@deanmartinfancenter.com
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Randy S. Roth on February 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Please don't let any character-assassinating reviews posted here (that have nothing to do with this CD) keep you from purchasing this item! It contains a nice representation of Dino's hits and is sure to become one of the "crown jewels" of your music library. After experiencing this guy's talent and laid-back style, you will be haunting Amazon.com's Dean Martin section to round out your CD collection! Stressed? Just put this on your player -- fine as wine!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Panzarella on January 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Yes i am a very big Dean Martin fan, have been for years, I try to get my hands on everything that's released on Dean. This compilation is a very interesting one, Capitol Records managed to incorporate Dean's Capitol works and his Reprise works, interesting concept. Aside from his popular big Capitol hits that everyone associates Dean with you get a taste of his landmark recordings of the sixties that have been out of print for years. My two favorites on this disc are from his days at Reprise, "I Will", and the song everyone heard him sing every week on the Dean Martin TV Show..."Everybody Loves Somebody". I'm glad that after all these years I have an excellent pristine version of his signature song. I would highly recommend this disc to anyone who wants a taste of his works from two major record companies, in the spirit of Dean Martin I raise a glass of vino "Salute Capitol Buona Dino".
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The King of Cool is truly an appropriate moniker for Dean Martin; he was suave and cool, delivering timeless ballads in a velvety voice with a seemingly effortless delivery. No one will ever croon a tune the way Dino did. For those who are unacquainted with his musical legacy, this is an excellent introductory purchase. You can find Dean Martin CDs of all shapes and sizes, but this item is the first to offer hits from both his Capitol and Reprise years on a single CD. "Powder Your Face With Sunshine" may be my least favorite tune on this album, but it was Dean's first big hit in '49. Throughout the 50s and early 60s, Dean turned out one amazing Italian love song after another--Memories Are Made of This, Volare, Return to Me, Innamorata, That's Amore, to name a few. These are the songs most treasured by many a Dean fan (including myself), and you cannot hear a single one of these titles without thinking immediately of Dean. Ain't That a Kick in the Head is a great song many would hail as Dean's best, and it marked a transition toward livelier, "pop" music in the 60s. Dean Martin pretty much towered over the 60s with huge hits such as The Door Is Still Open to My Heart and the classic You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You. His experiments with even different types of music also proved quite successful--Houston, for example, strikes me as a terrific song, but its different sound does not quite win over all Dino fans as it does me. Two songs I adore which don't receive quite as much attention as I would give them are In the Misty Moonlight and In the Chapel in the Moonlight. If you really want to see how popular Dean was in the 60s, just consider the fact that his Everybody Loves Somebody knocked the mighty Beatles out of the top spot on the charts in 1964.Read more ›
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This CD contains all of Dean Martin's greatest hits except one: "You're Nobody till somebody loves you." The version on this CD is not the original hit, but rather a live version. If you can live with this (but I don't see how - its one of his best songs), then this is the greatest hits collection for you.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Candace Scott on July 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Dino is incomparable and this is a great introduction to those who are new to him. Though barely scratching the surface of his career, newbies will get a generous dose of the Dino charisma on this solid collection. It's too bad there isn't more from Martin's Capitol years in the 50's, when his voice was at its splendid height, but you get a decent sampling which might make you expand your collection.
The greatest track on this disc is "Ain't That a Kick in the Head," which is an absolute classic and in the same league with anything uptempo that Frank recorded in the 50's. It's almost impossible not to love this song and the vocal. Indeed, comparisons between Dino's vocal capabilities and Frank and Bing are inevitable. As Martin freely admitted, Crosby had a tremendous influence on his singing style, but I would argue Martin sings the uptempo songs with as much or more panache and power that Sinatra. Frank brings a pathos and yearning to the ballads that Martin lacked, but Dean does beautifully on this album with the exquisite "Return to Me" and the classic "Volare."
The era of the truly great singers is sadly over. Crosby, Sinatra, Como and Dino are all dead, but Dean will live on as long as great discs like this are around for us to savor.
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