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Dino: The Essential Dean Martin

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Dino could always take a good song and make it better; this release follows his lead and turns his platinum-selling "best-of" and expands it to 36 tracks on 2 CDs! One very special addition: an unissued 1950 studio version of Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody , the master of which was recently found in the Capitol vaults. It joins his hits That's Amore; Memories Are Made of This; If; You Belong to Me; Standing on the Corner; Innamorata; Angel Baby; On an Evening in Roma; Little Ole Wine Drinker, Me; In the Misty Moonlight , and more.

Disc: 1
1. Ain't That A Kick In The Head (1997 - Remastered)
2. That's Amore (1998 - Remastered)
3. Memories Are Made Of This (1997 - Remastered)
4. Just In Time (1998 - Remastered)
5. I'd Cry Like A Baby (1998 - Remastered)
6. Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu) (1998 - Remastered)
7. Under The Bridges Of Paris (1997 - Remastered)
8. Sway (Quien Sera) (1997 - Remastered)
9. Love Me, Love Me (1998 - Remastered)
10. If (1998 - Remastered)
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. On An Evening In Roma (Sott'er Celo De Roma) (2000 - Remastered)
2. Money Burns A Hole In My Pocket (1989 - Remastered)
3. Cha Cha Cha D'Amour (Melodie D'Amour) (1998 - Remastered)
4. I'll Always Love You (Day After Day) (1997 - Remastered)
5. Kiss (1998 - Remastered)
6. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You (1997 - Remastered)
7. Return To Me (Ritorna-Me) (1997 - Remastered)
8. The Door Is Still Open (To My Heart) (2001 - Remastered)
9. Houston (2001 - Remastered)
10. Send Me The Pillow You Dream On (2001 - Remastered)
See all 18 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 7, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B004XIDV0G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,962 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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59 of 60 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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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 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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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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