A Review by Victor Pross
Yes, I’m a Dean Martin fan. Imagine that? I can switch up from Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin to Dean Martin! I have a broad and vast taste in music spanning every decade and category: classical, country, rock, blue grass, jazz, blues, swing…I love it all. But let me recommend “The essential Dean Martin” for music lovers…and lovers in general.
This CD features a magnificent sound track, showcasing the full range of Dean Martin's talent. This is life loving--life affirming--music. It is romantic and benevolent as you could hope to find in music.
Dino had an unstudied nonchalance with any song he sang and a breathtaking rich and silky voice that can be enjoyed on this 30 track CD. The cynics and dead-hearts may very well dismiss this type of music as schmaltz, but if you have a sunlit benevolent sense of life--and are a romantic who wants an alternative to today’s shrill sounds and plastic sass--this CD is for you.
This is the cream of Dino’s long career. God, he makes it seem so easy, taking everything in stride. If you are a Dean Martin fan, this is a must-have CD. If you don't know if you're a Dean Martin fan, listen to this album and you'll become converted. Speaking from a technical basis, the mixing on this CD is outstanding and it really brings the luxuriant and brilliant orchestration out in full force. It sounds as if Dino and band are playing in your living room.
Like many, I first noticed Dean Martin's alluring voice as a kid. My grandfather was a big fan and he turned me on to his taste in music. Even as a ten year old boy I caught the Dino fever. Yes, I saw him in movies with Jerry Lewis and otherwise--but Dean Martin the singer is a must for all hopeless romantics, like me, and this essential collection delivers. You'll hear 30 of Dino's hit songs ranging from the late 1940s (like "Smile, Smile, Smile") to his classics of the late 1960s--"Gentle on My Mind".
There may be Objectivists who may not care for the idea that “You’re nobody till somebody loves you” but they can take comfort in Dino’s signature tune "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime".
[Click on the link and sample the music]:
Memories Are Made of This
Just In Time
Under The Bridges Of Paris
Love Me, Love Me
You Belong to Me
The Door Is Still Open to My Heart
Send Me The Pillow You Dream On
Everybody Loves Somebody
In the Chapel in the Moonlight
Somewhere There's a Someone
In The Misty Moonlight
Gentle On My Mind
Edited by Victor Pross, 09 October 2006 - 02:32 AM.