Aces Back to Back (Audio CD & DVD)
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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").Read more ›
Aces' CD's songs are so perfectly picked it creates an absolutely mindboggling range of musical genres. Many of these versions are so good they're not only the definitive Darin version but could be argued that they're definitive version of the song, themselves. I can't tell you how many times I've switched off Diamond's Song Sung Blue or O'Sullivan's Alone Again Naturally. Darin's Alone Again Naturally I HAVE to hear at least once a day. Somedays I'll listen to it four times. Who knew? The opening three tunes(one medley)will raise the hair on the back of your neck and I don't think anyone, not Dylan, not Guthrie, could pack the kind of punch Bobby gets with Song of Freedom. If there's a better version of Quarter to Nine, I ain't heard it
Curiously, the visuals for Quarter to Nine aren't quite as exciting. I would suggest you get into the CD before the DVD. I think maybe the grind of getting these songs so perfectly charged up sometimes might have left Darin drained by performance time and it sometimes showed. The Mack is Back is much better over all for visuals, but for song selection, this might be the best record of all time.
What the DVD does have is a fabulous documentary section letting us see Bobby behind the scenes and we find we like him even more than we thought. This separates him from his movie persona.
Not enough could be said about his band(s)or the arrangements. Just a very big WOW !
I listen to everything. Debussy to The Sex Pistols, Ernest Tubb to King Crimson. If you like hearing it all then there is no better record out there than Aces Back to Back.
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.
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Arrived way sooner than expected and was exactly as described. It was a gift for my dad and he was very happy with it. No complaints here!Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
What more can you ask for? Great songs, great voice and both a CD and DVDPublished 10 months ago by David Ackerman
Bought this CD for simple song of freedom. The rest was just ok.Published on September 28, 2014 by robert christopher
I am a major Bobby Darin fan and this is my favorite CD & DVD! I have worn one out and this is my replacement!! LOVE IT!! Sharon MPublished on May 12, 2014 by Sharon E. Mccoy
What a singer, entertainer, and simply outstanding performer. Bioshock(or rather 2K) I thank you for introducing me to this amazing singer. Read morePublished on May 2, 2014 by o1striker
As usual, album had some cuts I wasn't interested in, or didn't
like - BUT - I'd buy it again. Darrin's always acceptable. Read more
Great product at a fantastic price. Smack full of the best swing hits ever. If you love swing, you can't keep your feet still listening to this one!Published on January 17, 2013 by JRB1961