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.
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DISC ONE. There are 30 songs on Disc One, and I review only a few of these, as disclosed below.
AIN'T THAT A KICK IN THE HEAD. This was written by Van Heusen (music) and Cahn (lyrics). It was recorded by Mr. Martin in 1960, with Nelson Riddle's orchestra. The song features precise, jabbing chords from the brass section, with soft chords provided by an electric guitar.
THAT'S AMORE. This starts with a chorus, then there is an accordion, and Mr. Martin begins to sing. There are mandolins too. At the half-way point, the key shifts up, and the vocal chorus resumes. Then the chorus splits into a male-only chorus and a female-only chorus. The accordion and mandolin continue. Most of That's Amore is in 3/4 time. It was recorded by Mr. Martin in 1953, and composed by Warren (music) and Brooks (lyrics). That's Amore is in a number of movies, e.g., The Caddy, Moonstruck, Babe:Pig in the City, Stuart Little, and others.
MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS. This sounds like an Elvis Presley ballad. A male-only chorus provides backup. The only instruments are acoustic guitar and stringed bass. There really is not much of any tune here. Mr. Martin's recording of this song reached number one on Billboard in 1956. The song was written by Gilkyson, Dehr, and Miller.
JUST IN TIME. This starts with a saucy motif, from saxophone and trombone. Then, a walking bass joins in. Mr. Martin takes a break from singing, and there is an instrumental section, with a tiny saxophone solo, and a very tiny drum riff. Just In Time is a jazzy piece. This song was written by Styne (melody) and Comden and Green (lyrics). Mr. Martin recorded it in 1960. It has been recorded by such notables, as Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisland, Frank Sinatra, and Oscar Peterson. As you can see, "Just In Time" has distinguished company.
SWAY. This is a Latin-tinged piece with percussion, chorus of singers, and an emphasis on violins. Mr. Martin sings, "When marimba rhythms start to play dance with me, make me sway, like a lazy ocean hugs the shore, hold me close, sway me more." This is a solo by acoustic guitar, accompanied by plucked notes from the violins. Mr. Martin sings, "I can hear the sound of violins long before it begins." The lyrics are by Gimbel, the music is by Demetrio and Ruiz.
I'D CRY LIKE A BABY. The backup orchestra sounds almost like Dixieland, in view of the glissandos from the brass section and from a clarinet. Mr. Martin sings, "I'd cry like a baby with a busted balloon, I'd let out a wail that would be heard on the moon."
VOLARE. This has a strong bass line on acoustic bass. I like the fact that this song is featured in the movie, CONTACT, with Jodi Foster and Matthew McConaughey. Mr. Martin sings in English and also in Italian. It was composed by Migliacci and Modugno. Volare became a global hit in August 1958. In Mr. Martin's recording, there is no brass, no violins, and no vocal chorus.
UNDER THE BRIDGES OF PARIS. This starts with an acoustic guitar, accordion, and female chorus singing, "Oooo." Mr. Martin sings, "What I'd give for a moment or two, under the bridges of Paris with you." The piece concludes with a flourish from a rather whimpy-sounding violin.
LOVE ME, LOVE ME. This has a prominent acoustic bass, being slowly plucked. Then, to my surprise, the piece suddenly switches from a slow 3/4-time, and becomes a rapid-paced song in 4/4-time. Mr Martin sings, "Love me with all your heart."
If. The song title consists of only one word ("if"). The violins provide accompaniment throughout. Then, there is a prominent violin section. This piece would sound good, in my opinion, as part of a Walt Disney where the prince takes the hand of a woodcutter's daughter, and then bursts into song.
MAMBO ITALIANO. This starts out with a prominent vocal chorus, articulating the words carefully. There is mambo-style rhythm from percussion. The piece is a jazzy one, and includes a saucy brass section. Mr. Martin sings, "If you're gonna be a square you ain't gonna go nowhere."
LET ME GO. This has a violin accompaniment that is saccharine and lush. There is also accordion. Mr. Martin sings about his romantic predicament, "You don't want me, but you want me to go on wanting you . . . please turn me loose." There is also a vocal chorus accompaniment.
STANDING ON THE CORNER. This song, along with Volare, is the most famous song (at least, as determined from my experiences growing up on New Haven, Connecticut during the 1950s). During my childhood, I heard "Standing on the Corner" on the radio, as well as "Pack Up Your Troubles in the Old Kit Bag." Anyway, Mr. Martin sings on equal footing with a male vocal chorus. The brass features prominently. Mr. Martin sings, "Brother if you've got a rich imagination, give it a whirl, give it a try." The song was composed by Loesser and it was features in the Broadway Musical, THE MOST HAPPY FELLA. It was made popular by the Four Lads in 1956.
YOU BELONG TO ME. This has a nice tune having the lyrical qualities of a typical Bobby Vinton song. A saxophone is prominent, and it plays while Mr. Martin sings. Then, there is a sax solo, backed by an unusual rhythm from the guitar. This is the only song on the album that resembles a rock'n'roll song. The song was written by King, Price, and Stewart. The song was also recorded by Sue Thompson in 1952 (she is famed for her hit song, Norman), Jo Stafford, Gene Vincent, and the Duprees. Dean Martin's recording was released in August 1952.
DISC TWO. This was recorded live on July 27, 1962 at hotel at Lake Tahoe. The songs are as follows:
(1) Drink to me only with thine eyes.
(2) Almost like being in love.
(3) I love Tahoe (Paris).
(4) My kind of girl.
(5) June in January.
(6) I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter.
(8) On an evening in Rome.
(7) Rock-a-bye your baby with a Dixie melody.
(9) Break it to me gently.
There are jokes between some of the songs, and an extended monologue. Disc Two begins with Frank Sinatra speaking, "Here he is the star of the show, directly from the bar, Mr. Dean Martin." He starts singing "Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes," and inserts a spoken joke while the band plays, "Last night she was banging on my door for 20 minutes . . . but I wouldn't let her out." Then he resumes singing.
During the song, I Love Paris (Tahoe), Mr. Martin makes the joke, "I love Tahoe like Sinatra loves Jack Daniels." This particular song is the only one on the 2-disc album where Mr. Martin belts out the lyrics.
After the song, "My Kind of Girl," is a monologue, where Mr. Martin says, "Seven months ago Frank and I flew over to London. We didn't even wait for the airplane, we just flew over there . . . I was sitting at rehearsal talking to Bing Crosby . . . I said, "Heavens to Betsy, Bing, what are you been doing lately," you never swear at Bing . . . Bing needs another hit like I need another kid . . . yah, I have 7 honest, I have 7 wonderful chidren (applause) . . . please . . . it took me 7 minutes, what are you making such a big thing about it? . . . my wife's mother is 87 years old and doesn't need glasses, she drinks right out of the bottle."
OMG!!! I am understanding more & more why my mom was so in love with Dean Martin! The VOICE!!! The easy swagger! The kindness & gentleness! The sex appeal!
The remastered vocals on this CD are incredible! The smoothe, soothing, effortless voice of Dean Martin defies description! I have a hard time deciding which collection I like more...the Capitol years or the Enterprise collection. The two eras are quite different, with the former sounding more swing-ish and Big Band like and the latter having more chorused vocals with full orchestration...I love them both actually!
The vocals on this CD are flawless! I LOVE "Ain't That A Kick In The Head," 'cause the rendition is so cool. "Sway" is by far the BEST vocals I have ever heard among the numerous versions of this song. "In The Chapel In The Moonlight" and "In The Misty Moonlight" are perfection and I can hear how Elvis was influenced by this incredible man.
Oh...the VOICE! Every note is sung to perfection, the inflection in Dean Martin's voice is flawless and the tonal quality of this man's impeccable voice sends shivers up & down my spine!
What memories these songs bring back...whether it was helping mom bake or cook in the kitchen while Dean Martin crooned on the hi-fi. Or whether it was being held by dad atop the toes of his size 9 1/2 shoes dancing to "You Belong To Me," the memories are unforgettable!
Dean Martin's "Italian Love Songs," especially "Come Back To Sorrento" will always bring tears to my eyes for many reasons. But this CD is precious and not to be missed by any fan of Dean Martin's or anyone wanting to discover this incredible man!
Toni Lee Fiore