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Songs From Big Sur

Bobby DarinAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 14, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B0002XEDRQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,966 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Baby May
2. Jingle Jangle Jungle
3. Change
4. The Harvest
5. Funny What Love Can Do
6. RX-Pyro: Prescription: Fire
7. Distractions (Part 1)
8. Jive
9. Long Time Movin’
10. City Life
11. Long Line Rider
12. I’m Going To Love You
13. Me & Mr. Hohner
14. I Am
15. My Baby Needs Me
16. Everywhere I Go
17. Maybe We Can Get It Together
18. Route 58
19. Distractions (Part 1) (Bonus Track)
20. Long Line Rider (Bonus Track)
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

This CD presents 11 songs for the first time on CD anywhere, including four previously unreleased songs. The collection also features four never before released performances from the fall of 1969, when Bobby Darin played the Troubadour in Los Angeles.

Customer Reviews

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation September 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I can't say that I'm a casual Bobby Darin fan, because I'm not. And much of this CD I already own on vinyl, but to have these tracks available on CD is something very special indeed.

Darin was a chameleon, he sang jazz, swing, rock and roll, blues, country, gospel, folk, showtunes and protest. He was a gifted impressionist, a fine comedian and an Academy Award nominated actor. Not bad for somebody who died aged 37.

This CD concentrates on the material Darin recorded for his own Direction label during the years 1968-1970 (although there are a few earlier tracks scattered through the collection.) This was Darin's protest period. The music and lyrics here are highly personal and often difficult. There are highlights from the two albums, a number of previously-unavailable-on-CD single sides, and a group of previously unreleased studio and live material.

It's a shame that Varese Saraband didn't see fit to make a 2CD set featuring one CD with both the albums on and the 2nd CD featuring the remaining material. But what we have here is a revelation to those who only know Darin through Mack The Knife.

Some of the single sides are superb - Maybe We Can Get It Together is perfectly executed - although I have to admit I have no idea what "RX-Pyro" is all about! Also worthy of mention is Baby May. It is also worth mentioning that the studio of "Distractions" here is the single version rather than the album version - and they are two completely separate takes.

The two previously unreleased studio songs are a nice surprise - especially "Route 58" which is arguably the best studio recording darin made for the Direction label.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling Darin November 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Bobby Darin was one of the most unique multi-talented,versatile performers of all time. Songs From Big Sur contains some never released songs from 1969,when Darin played the Troubadour in LA.What caught my attention is that Darin wrote every song.Bobby was politically aware of this era.It surely showed in his voice in many of his songs,especially Simple Song of Freedom.It sent chills throughout my body.Your fingers will be snapping all through Long Time Movin. Darin's guitar and harmonica expertise is remarkable.The format of this cd,liner notes, and photos were well thought through.This cd is a must for any Darin fan. Another cd/dvd well worth looking at is Aces Back to Back. William Polito Lodi, N.J.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Darin: Counterculture Folk Protest Singer February 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Darin was the consummate pop chameleon, forging a career that variously framed him as a '50s rock 'n' roll teen idol, standards crooner, Vegas powerhouse, and an unlikely - yet truly compelling - counterculture folk-singing protestor.

Varese focuses on the latter, recorded for Darin's Direction label in the late '60s. Having dropped out to find himself in Big Sur, Darin doffed his toupee, grew a moustache and delved into his social consciousness. The transformation was even more astounding than his morph from rock 'n' roll singer to nightclub hipster. Darin proved himself with the thoughtful anti-war "Simple Song of Freedom," and hardship tales like "Jingle Jangle Jungle" and "Long Line Rider." The fluidity with which he moved between folk-rock, soul, blues, jug-band and country flavorings was astounding.

For those schooled on "Splish Splash" and "Mack the Knife," this set is a real head-turner.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Bobby Darin Born Walden Robert Cassotto & Commitment" November 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Varese Records presents some of the best from the folk-era of a young vocalist by the name of Bobby Darin ~ the album "Songs from Big Sur ", featuring eight previusly unreleased performances...must have been a labor of love by the certainly shows with all the talent that was available and at Bobby's disposal he made good use of every nook and cranny...the performances by Darin are showstoppers, remastering every track with tender loving care...several tracks "ROUTE 58"..."EVERYWHERE I GO"..."MY BABY NEEDS ME"..."I AM"..."I'M GOING TO LOVE YOU"..."CITY LIFE"..."LONG TIME MOVIN'", all previously unreleased for us collectors and "music junkies", this is a rare find.

From ballads, swingin' standards and grass root folk tunes...Bobby covered them all...each track tugs at your heartstrings, feelings are stirred when this young artist performs...when I listen to his recordings memories flow and I'm back when my children were was better and the world was safer...Darin was probably one of the few entertainers that could do it all...just the way we like 'em!

Total Time: 77:40 on 22 Tracks ~ Varese Records 66566 ~ (9/14/2004)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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My father was a fan of BD's back when I was little. Had 2 BD songs on my ipod before I watched Kevin Spacey's Beyond the Sea. Became very interested because KS told viewers that it was NOT a linear biopic and that he didn't tell the actual story of BD's life. So, KS piqued my interest to find out the truth so I have read books and started to collect BD's music in linear order of release. Splish, Splash-great.......That's All Superior.....Darin at the Copa lovely......This IS Darin OUTSTANDING:).....For Teenagers Only alot of fun.......Two of a Kind Way Cool;)......Love Swings TOO MUCH FOR WORDS........Twist with BD IRRESISTABLE:}....... then decided to buy up hard to find cd's jumped up to SONGS FROM BIG SUR......... man, are there enough good words to say about this album? BD is a great talent. Every genre and all types of ranges, playing instruments and writing, producing.....WOW this cd is one on the top of his music that he did. Wish he would of stuck with it instead of being picked up by Motown for his last 2 albums. This is real and more the human being is was. Imagine, all that talent in 1 person.

I cry thinking I have no such talent as his. I curse not being born during the era to be a teenager in the sixties. How much they had:)

As you can tell, I am now a HUGE BD fan:} Does it Show?
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