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Hello Dolly / Oh! Look at Me Now Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import

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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, October 8, 2001
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UK reissue combines two of the pop vocalist's albums on one CD, 'Oh! Look at Me Now' (1962) & 'Hello Dolly to Goodbye Charlie' (1964), both of which are out of print domestically. 2001.

1. All By Myself
2. My Buddy
3. There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder
4. Roses Of Picardy
5. You'll Never Know
6. Blue Skies
7. Always
8. You Made Me Love You
9. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
10. I'm Beginning To See The Light
11. Oh! Look At Me Now
12. The Party's Over
13. Hello Dolly
14. Call Me Irresponsible
15. The Days Of Wine And Roses
16. More
17. The End Of Never
18. Charade
19. Once In A Lifetime (Only Once)
20. Sunday In New York
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 8, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B00005NKB4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,570 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Long on March 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Sinatra learned his craft in the Big Bands but how on earth could B.D , so good at pop and c&w ,also outdo even Mr.S. at Swing and Ballads ? His voice control , phrasing and changes of timbre are impeccable .

If you like the "mack the knife/beyond the sea" Darin this Cd. is for you .If you like swinging Big Bands this Cd is for you .If you like singers with terrific Jazz feel ,easy swing and constantly changing phrasing and emphasis on lyric repeats then yes, this is for you.There is not one duff track on this double album Cd.

Both big bands are superb and full of star players but I'd particularly like to mention the great drumming of Jack Sperling on the Richard Wess sessions.There are 16 swingers and 7 ballads,including the beautiful, new to me, Van Heusen/Cahn "Where love has gone" and the only slight reservation I have, on the whole Cd,is the Choir on 3 of the Billy May tracks.

This Cd is great value and has so many good tracks that I can't bring myself to highlight any for you.Just buy it!

What a loss Darin was,I hope Spacey's film helps others realise Darin's genius.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Don E. Marchione on July 20, 2013
Format: Audio CD
We all have memories of our childhood years. I recall as a kid listening to Darin's, "Splish Splash," which was straight-forward, unadorned, rock and roll. The next year, 1959, the same singer did something completely different and had a mega-hit with his mature presentation of "Mack the Knife." It seemed that just about everyone liked this song, because it really swung. With that song, Bobby Darin revealed that he had the potential to be more than a teen idol. Given the success of the song, it was no surprise that, in time, Darin continued to pursue this type of pop music. I remember that there were those who thought that he was merely emulating Frank Sinatra. In fact, Mad Magazine could not overlook the opportunity in the early 1960s to address this with their usual insightful humor. I believe that the comparisons to Sinatra were unfair. Darin was just being Darin. He sang the songs as he felt them and never lacked confidence.

Bobby Darin was a versatile performer who could sing a Jackie Wilson song as well as a tin pan alley relic. On this CD, there are two albums. I do not find the first one, "Oh Look At Me Now," arranged by Billy May, to be as satisfying as "Hello Dolly to Goodbye Charlie." The latter was arranged by Richard Wess, who also worked with Darin on "Mack the Knife." Clearly, Darin was comfortable with the arrangements as there was no problem with his phrasing. This is effective pop music because Darin captured the lyrical content and put his heart into it. One of the better tunes is "Sunday in New York." If you've ever lived in Manhattan and traversed Soho or Central Park on a Sunday morning, you will enjoy the feel of the melody and the lyrics.

Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JJA Kiefte on January 19, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Bobby Darin was a brash youngster who gained fame in the Fifties with hits like "Splish-Splash" and "Mack The Knife".
During his tenure with Capitol in the early to mid-Sixties, the song material often stayed on the very safe side and the arrangements by Billy May (who could have very stong likes and dislikes) of the tried and tested songs on the first half of the disc display a fair amount of listlessness that Darin tries to overcome in part by his almost tightfisted determination to show what a great singer he is, as in "Blue Skies", where he shows off his breathcontroll in the coda (and goes terribly over the top). Don't get me wrong, the results are never less than professional and quite listenable, but somehow I feel the real spark is missing, the combination May-Darin simply does not yell.
The second half of the album, with his arranger-bandleader from ATCO days Richard Wess, is certainly an improvement and the saving grace of the collection, "Hello Dolly" using the same formula as "Mack the Knife" and "Beyond the Sea" from earlier days, building from an almost timid beginning to a rousing climax. The high point of the album is "Once In a Lifetime" taken at express-train speed, where band and singer seem to make a long nose at Billy May in showing him what kind of backing made Darin give his best performance.
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Format: Audio CD
I am probably like you, and grew up hearing Bobby Darrin's "Mac The Knife," the staple left on 1980s oldies radio.

But for early 1960s rock, Mac had quite the charm. Mixing jazz and rock when Bobby Vinton was making puppy cudos. And when I saw Beyond the Sea where Kevin Spacey plays Bobby, my best suspicions were vehemently confirmed: This Bobby Darrin was a pretty cool guy.

Now I'll confess of this twofer, I have only Oh! Look At Me Now" on vinyl, not available individually on Amazon. But let me tell ya, this is more than enough to start gnawing on the Darrin bone.

Billy May, who did a lot of Sinatra's brassier outings, co-pilots here, and alternates tracks between "Mac"-like swing and 1950s style coral tracks. Darrin can swing and croon and when he does either, it is with a cool, direct delivery. There is never paint eating and never maple syrup. And it works every time.

Oh Look At Me Now is the only Bobby Darrin I have, but it sure won't be the last one.
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