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Dino: The Essential Dean Martin (Special Platinum Edition) (2CD) Original recording remastered, Limited Edition

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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 7, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Limited Edition
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B0009CTVEA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,201 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Ain't That A Kick In The Head
2. That's Amore
3. Memories Are Made Of This
4. Just In Time
5. Sway
6. I'd Cry Like A Baby
7. Volare
8. Under The Bridges Of Paris
9. Love Me, Love Me
10. If
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Disc: 2
1. Intro by Frank Sinatra/Medley: Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes/Almost Like Being In Love/I Love Tahoe [Paris] (Live-Lake Tahoe 1962)
2. My Kind Of Girl (Live-Lake Tahoe 1962)
3. Medley: I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter/Volare/On An Evening In Roma (Live-Lake Tahoe 1962)
4. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody (Live-Lake Tahoe 1962)
5. Comedy Routine (Live-Lake Tahoe 1962)
6. June In January (Live-Lake Tahoe 1962)
7. Break It To Me Gently (Live-Lake Tahoe 1962)

Editorial Reviews

This collection brings 30 of martin's chart topping hits from both his Capitol & Reprise catalog. This Platinum edition includes a bonus 'Live From Lake Tahoe 1962' CD featuring rare and unreleased performances. Capitol. 2005.

Customer Reviews

Very good quality sound.
Maebeth Ferrell
Every song brings back to a time when music was great and had meaning.
Cheri L. Brunello
This CD is a must for Dino fans.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

94 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The unique interpretations of a master song stylist, Dean Martin shines in this collection of recordings which were released from 1949 (''Powder Your Face With Sunshine'') to ''Gentle on My Mind'' in 1968. His smooth, gorgeous voice never loses a twist of humor, and you'll find yourself smiling and sometimes singing along with these uplifting tunes, which are the ultimate in ''easy listening''.

The later songs, from the mid '60s on, tend to have a hint of country flavor, and the early ones in the '50s have an Italian feel to them, and some of them of course, like ''Volare'', were originally Italian songs.

It's these early gems that are my favorites, like ''Love Me, Love Me'' from '53, ''Sway'' from '54, a marvelous melody that was also a hit for Bobby Rydell in '61, and Dean's fabulous rendition of ''Mambo Italiano'' from '55, which a few months earlier had been a top hit for Rosemary Clooney, and then there's ''Volare'', which I identify even more with Dean Martin than its singer/songwriter Domenico Modugno.

The booklet insert is excellent, with liner notes by Stevie Van Zandt and two of Dean's children, Deanna and Gail, and most of all, I appreciate its detailed list of each song, with release date, highest chart position, and more, and some nice b&w photos of the very cool Mr. Martin.

The sound overall is quite good, and total running time is 77'59.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Mark C. Gionfriddo on June 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This was already a fine sampling of Dean's single hits dating from 1949-1969 from the Capitol and Reprise catalogs. It originally came out in 2004, and I did not purchase it then because I had these songs on other compilations. But Capitol has now reissued it with a bonus disc titled "Live from Lake Tahoe, California-July 27, 1962". There is no explanation as to the location of the show, but it appears to be the opening night of Dean's engagement at the newly renovated Cal-Neva Lodge, an establishment owned by Frank Sinatra, Martin, Hank Sanicola and reputedly several other interesting silent partners. (One wonders if Marilyn Monroe was in attendance at this show? She sought refuge at the Cal-Neva shortly before her death eight days later on August 5th.)

I opted to pick up this "Special Platinum Edition" for the bonus. There's a quick intro from Frank, and it's the usual 'direct from the bar' line. For those who have heard Dean's legendary lounge act before, the jokes are familiar. Musically, there are a few new nuggets: Dean's breezy but swinging take on Sinatra's "My Kind Of Girl" by Leslie Bricusse, a slow and bluesy version of "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby (With A Dixie Melody)", and another sweet slow swinger jokingly dedicated to Eddie Fisher, "Break It To Me Gently". But that's about it. Where's the rest of the show? The disc fades out to silence. I suspect there is more but we will have to be satisfied with this for now. It's a shame because the concert is sonically quite good- the orchestra is miked close, even occasionally covering Dino a tad when he's mumbling more than singing.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By F. Hagan on September 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
More than half of one of the greatest comedy teams of all time, more than a Rat Packer, and more than the host of a highly rated variety show, the man who made a tuxedo look as comfortable as a t-shirt: Dean Martin was the substance of cool. The Essential Dean Martin (Capitol) stands out among other greatest hits collections, in that it combines the Capitol and Reprise hit singles into one stunning package of memorable excellence. The liner notes and accompanying booklet studied alone are a treasure, with words from Stevie Van Zandt and Dean's children Deanna and Gail, the release dates for each song and its peak chart position, and the obligatory black & white photos of the master song stylist himself.

It's safe to say that it's all here, from the recognizable standard to some of the most sought after ballads. From the beautiful and hard to find waltz "Under the Bridges of Paris" to the quintessential rumba "Sway," listening to Dean's velvety, smooth vocals is only pure joy. At a time when rock n' roll ruled the charts, Dean was slipping through gems like "That's Amore," and attaching his name forever to Italian themed hits like "Volare" and "Inamorata." Dean was charming and swinging with "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" and "You're nobody `Til Somebody Loves You." He knocked the Beatles off of #1 with "Everybody Loves Somebody," and swept the girls away with love songs like "Return to Me" and "I'll Always Love You." Western styled selections from the 60's are here as well, like "Houston," and "Gentle on My Mind." Truly, from "Powder Your Face With Sunshine" to "Just In Time," this is a wonderful starting place for a new fan of Dean, or a great summation of his career for a loyal follower. There's a comforting spirit of truth and optimism in the relaxed styling of a man who was the world's coolest crooner. This is the Dean Martin collection to own, for its diversity, its history, and its warm and tipsy dedication to the handsome tan man in the tuxedo.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Dean Martin had two separate hit-making periods - in the fifties with Capitol and in the sixties with Reprise. The early sixties were not successful in the charts, although Dean continued to record albums and was also kept busy in other ways. You would normally have to buy one album to get his Capitol music and another to get his Reprise music. This collection spans both periods.

This collection contains most of the songs that are associated with Dean, including Memories are made of this, That's amore, Volare, You're nobody till somebody loves you, In the chapel in the moonlight, Standing on the corner, Send me the pillow that you dream on, Houston and Everybody loves somebody.

Dean's first solo hit, Powder your face with sunshine, is also included. It was no match for Evelyn Knight's version, which was number one in America for many weeks, but it was a start. Evelyn was at the peak of her career while Dean was just beginning. You belong to me (Jo Stafford) and Mambo Italiano (Rosemary Clooney) were other songs that other singers had bigger hits with than Dean.

Dean is often compared to Frank Sinatra, but their music was quite different. I enjoy both of them in different ways. While Frank's music was rooted in the big band sound of the late thirties, Dean's was altogether more relaxed - Dean was the classic crooner. In the sixties, his music took on a country flavor. It was never country enough for him to establish credibility amongst diehard country music fans, but for those who enjoy both pop and country music, Dean's sixties music is particularly appealing. Dean does not twang, so a lot of people who don't like country music can still enjoy his music.

If you only ever buy one Dean Martin album, this is the one to buy.
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