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Robert Mitchum
"That Man"

© Bear Records

Year of Release: 1995

track listing
  • You Deserve
    Each Other
  • Walker's Woods
  • Wheels
    (It's Rollin'
    Time Again)
  • In My Place
  • Ballad Of
    Thunder Road
  • That Man Right There
  • Little Ole
    Wine Drinker Me
  • Ricardo's Mountain
  • Sunny
  • Little White Lies
  • Whippoorwill
  • Gotta Travel On
  • My Honey's
    Lovin' Arms
  • The Ballad Of
    Thunder Road
  • Jean And Dinah
  • From A Logical
    Point Of View
  • Not Me
  • What Is
    This Generation
    Coming To
  • Tic Tic Tic
    (The Lost Watch)
  • Beauty Is Only
    Skin Deep
  • I Learn A
    Merengue Mama
  • Take Me Down To
    Lover's Row
  • Mama Looka Boo Boo
  • Coconut Water
  • Matilda Matilda
  • They Dance All Night

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    Robert Mitchum
    "That Man"

    Robert Mitchum -- the ACTOR -- yes, the actor, who appeared in many popular films such as Cape Fear, took a shot at singing, and of course, where many actors and actresses try to accomplish something else in the entertainment field, it seems it doesn't attract the same following as their best-known job.

    As a child, I had owned a 45 rpm record of his, "You Deserve Each Other Baby" / "That Man Right There." Now, being that I truly enjoyed both songs, Bear Family released a complete CD of Mitchum's recordings. To be honest, when an actor or actress tries his/her hand in singing, it just doesn't work. (Please read the Lorne Greene review.)

    Although most of his music on this compilation would be classified as as Country, "Walker's Woods" has a Merle Haggard sound, and is not as bad as many other songs. Speaking of bad, the jazzy "Wheels (It's Rollin' Time Again)" and "In My Place" are not as entertaining. And as some may arguably say the Burt Reynolds movies such as Cannoball Run were bad, "Ballad Of Thunder Road" could easily fit the soundtrack somewhere.

    On a bright note, the countryish/Merle sounding "Little Ole Wine Drinker Me" has good potential. "Ricardo's Mountain" is just ok, not a bad song, not a good one either. The well-known song "Sunny" is here, and why didn't Rhino Records' Golden Throats series pass this one up? OMG... "Little White Lies" has a more Easy Listening style, yet his singing definitely needed improvement. (It's like listening to Dean Martin having too many drinks!) "Whippoorwill" has a more mellow Merle sound, yet the singing is still bad. "Gotta Travel On" returns the countryish sound, and again, not so good vocalization.

    A good potential! "My Honey's Lovin' Arms" has the old 1950s sound, and has Mitchum's deep voice in a very positive manner. "The Ballad Of Thunder Road" (another version) has the early 1950s Easy Listening sound, and is another good contender. His voice on both these songs are very good. The rest of the album are Harry Belafonte-ish songs: "Jean And Dinah," "From A Logical Point Of View," "Not Me," "What Is This Generation Coming To," "Tic Tic Tic (The Lost Watch)," "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep," "I Learn A Merengue Mama," "Take Me Down To Lover's Row," "Mama Look A Boo Boo," "Coconut Water," "Matilda Matilda" and "They Dance All Night." Unfortunately, these songs are just plain bad. However, "Jean And Dinah" has the most potential.

    The countryish songs are the "best" if given a choice, but this proves that Robert Mitchum should have kept his regular job as an actor, rather than attempt singing. Some songs do have potential, but still, Mitchum's prime was acting, not singing.

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