Aces Back to Back Audio
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Produced with the cooperation of the Darin estate, this CD/DVD combo is the richest treasure trove of Darin rarities ever assembled! Among the highlights: renditions of Mack the Knife; Beyond the Sea , and Dream drawn from his 1970s TV variety show; the fabled "Milk Recordings" that are among the only known Darin jazz vocal performances, and, most of all, a never-before-seen documentary that Darin himself was directing about his life! Fascinating material, fleshed out with a lavish booklet.
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The first 8 songs from the DVD are television performances from the early 70's. Songs 2 (Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You) and 7 are repeats from the "Mack Is Back" DVD. However, songs 1, 3-6, and 8-11 are all new never before released performances. All of these performances are good color video quality.
Also included on the DVD is some additional black and white footage that was to be used for an unfinished documentary on Bobby's 1966 "comeback" (i.e. his return to nightclub performing). Some of this footage is also on the "Mack Is Back" DVD, but there is also some previously unreleased (so called "lost") documentary footage as well.
Songs 1-7 on the CD are the just the audio from the performances on the "Aces Back to Back" and the "Mack Is Back" DVD's.
Songs 8 & 9 on the CD appear to be the same live performances as heard on the now out-of-print Motown release "Bobby Darin Live at the Desert Inn."
Songs 10 & 11 appear to be alternate takes that I have not heard elsewhere.
Songs 12 & 14 are also on "Bobby Darin Songs From Big Sur" and were originally released on Bobby's own "Direction" label.
I believe songs 15-18 are the "lost milk tapes" (previously unreleased). They are more intimate recordings (done as radio spots promoting the dairy industry) where Bobby is accompanied by a small ensemble of about 3 or 4 pieces. Very nice.
Songs 19 and 20 are alternate takes of both songs-- I believe from the 1963 Flamingo Hotel performances in Las Vegas (these are different takes than what is on "Bobby Darin: The Curtain Falls Live at the Flamingo").
All in all a great package and value for the money. Sound and picture quality are excellent. Hopefully, with the help of the official Bobby Darin archivist, Jimmy Scalia, (who is co-producer of this package [...] ) more Darin material will be released soon.
Kevin Spacey's Bobby Darin biopic "Beyond the Sea" (Lion's Gate Films) is scheduled to be released in early December 2004, and is sure to generate a Darin renaissance.
Darin was one of the most exciting, versatile performers of the 20th century, but his tragic death at the tender age of 37 due to heart failure whisked him away from us at the height of his abilities. It is efforts like this CD/DVD package that keep his memory alive and secure his place in history. Future generations are sure to love his unique energy, panache, and soul. Hope there is more of this to come! (Love to see them release his 1970's television shows on DVD as well!)
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If you are just buying this for the DVD footage, I recommend, "Bobby Darin, Mack is Back!" DVD. It has the whole, uncut, live performance, including banter between sets and extra songs.
like - BUT - I'd buy it again. Darrin's always acceptable.
You know, somebody said our Bobbie was cast as a combat soldier
in a B & W war movie: "Hell Is For Heroes." That was difficult to
believe. I'll have to check that out.
Buy it just for his "Simple Song of Freedom." The rest is gravy.