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"All The Hits - 1964-1969"
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Year of Release: 1993
The Door Is Still Open
To My Heart
You're Nobody Till
You'll Always Be
The One I Love
Send Me The Pillow
You Dream On
I'm The One
Somewhere There's A
Come Running Back
A Million And One
Nobody's Baby Again
(Open Up The Door)
Let The Good
Lay Some Happiness
In The Chapel Of
Wine Drinker Me
In The Misty Moonlight
You've Still Got<
A Place In My Heart
Not Enough Indians
I Take A Lot Of Pride
In What I Am
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"All The Hits - 1964-1969"
If he was alive today, he would be 2 years close to 100th birthday, born on June 7, 1917. Dean Martin -- his real name was Dino Paul Crocetti -- A member
of the Rat Pack, accomplished (crooner) singer and actor. "Professional drinker and smoker." He was part of the famous comedy team of Dean Martin & Jerry
Lewis. His music was truly remarkable. Only one #1 hit to his credit, "Everybody Loves Somebody," it would be his signature tune. Yet he had other
hits - his early years were with Capitol Records, and later, Reprise. (Just like Frank Sinatra, he also recorded first with Columbia, but achieved stardom
and greatness with the same labels as Dean Martin did.
As a child, I had his records on 45's: "Return To Me" (Capitol), and the remaining were on the Reprise label. One (45) song in particular,
was "Nobody's Baby Again." This was a song that was constantly played, over and over. "Somewhere There's A Someone" was also another 45.
As for other Dean Martin recordings, they were collection by my mother, who was a fan. She had some of his original albums, a greatest hits one, and
Houston. (I vaugely remember having the Houston LP, with no album cover, like many of my other LPs with no covers, given to me by my older
All The Hits - 1964-1969 is an import CD, of original recordings. There are only a few that I really remember, yet this collection is a very
well-done set, from Martin's years with Reprise.
The songs I remembered are: "Everybody Loves Somebody" (who doesn't remember that one...), "Send Me The Pillow You Dream On" is a song
remembered, but not Dean Martin's version. "Houston" definitely. "Somewhere There's A Someone" (had the 45, although the B-side, "That
Old Clock On The Wall" is not on this collection), "Nobody's Baby Again" (my personal favorite from this collection), "In The Chapel Of
The Moonlight" (one of many songs I would play on the organ when younger, as the opening line of this song is "How I love to play the organ, in
the chapel of the moonlight...)
Other titles to mention, "Little Ole Wine Drinker, Me" fits Dean, as yes, he was an avid drinker in his years alive. He was often referred to
having a cigarette in one hand, a drink in the other. "A Million And One" sounds almost exactly as the classic "I Can't Stop Loving You."
"Come Running Back" is another one that I vaugely remember. In his years at Reprise, he recorded Country songs, such as the album's last track
(written by Merle Haggard), "I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am." It actually sounds like Glen Campbell's "Gentle On My Mind." Although
his takes on Country songs didn't really sound exactly like Country, it was Dean Martin putting his own personal touch on the many songs he recorded from
the Country genre.
The remaining tracks not mentioned are all great songs, as only Dean Martin could sing them. His Dean Martin Roasts were very popular on television,
as many celebrities would focus on one particular celebrity. His entire Roast shows are all on DVD, likewise, his original Reprise albums were recently
reissued on CD. Unfortunately, I guess these original Reprise reissue CDs are now out of print, as they are available for over $20 or more to purchase.
As much as I am a person not for "Greatest Hits/Best Ofs" this particular collection is very good, yet there could have been more tracks added.
I'm sure there are other compilations like this that are better, like a complete singles collection, with A-sides and B-sides. Essential collections are
all well made, in most cases the essential collections are normally 2-discs in length.
Dean Martin is the first Rat Pack member to get the nod as a WSVNRadio Album Pick of the Week. We look forward to his other Rat Pack members, Frank
Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., in the future. Likewise, we'll also look forward to Jerry Lewis albums. (Surpringsly, he recorded two albums singing with
a "natural voice," rather than his zany crazy style. His first album of "natural singing" was released on CD, entitled Just Sings. His second
LP, More, of which I had the LP and cover when I was younger, has yet to be reissued on CD.)
Dean Martin passed away on Christmas Day, 1995, at the age of 78, of acute resiratory failure. I'm sure his many years of smoking and drinking were
part of his death. Although he lived long, he partied hard, and lived every day to his fullest. He left behind a great legacy of music, and movies for
generations to come.
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