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Bobby Darin – Child of God – Original Wide Stereo LP Mix, Rare Christmas Single!

Happy Holidays, Gang!

Here’s Bobby’s sole Christmas single in rare WIDE STEREO from his excellent 1960 spiritual Christmas LP, “The 25th Day of December”. (Note the original single, “Child of God”, was released as mono-only).

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Released by ATCO in 1960, Bobby chose to record more “spiritual” songs to celebrate the season as opposed to the more traditional pop “Jingle Bells”, “Sleigh Ride” tunes he could have easily knocked out of the park.  As usual, Bobby wanted to do something different – an album that felt like the holiday spirit – spiritual jazz pop gospel – the Darin way.

Arranged by Bobby Scott (who arranged Bobby’s two originally shelved ATCO LPs, “It’s You Or No One” and “Winners”).  There was simply a glut of Bobby material he recorded at the time and they released those two complete albums after his tenure at ATCO.

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This wonderful seasonal album is available in WIDE stereo exclusively on the Real Gone Music CD reissue, mastered directly from the original stereo tapes!

ON SALE NOW DIRECTLY FROM REAL GONE MUSIC!

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Bobby Darin’s “Something Special” BBC UK-Only Live LP 50th Anniversary!

Something Special

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Bobby’s soundtrack to his 1967 BBC TV special, we’ve restored the long out of print ORIGINAL MONO LP BBC Soundtrack for your listening pleasure!

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Bobby performing at the Palladium Theatre, London, 1966

This super rare UK-only release has been OOP for nearly 50 years now!  Did you know this was the ONLY other official Bobby Darin LIVE release in his lifetime?

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Sit back and enjoy the show – audio only as originally released on LP in the UK at the time.

Special thanks to the BBC for the arrangement!

Bobby Darin – Something Special 1967 BBC UK-Only LP – Rare and Restored COMPLETE!

Dynamic range of original release intact – Bobby soars with “Don’t Rain on My Parade”, “About a Quarter to Nine”, his own “Funny What Love Can Do” and classic impressions over “One for My Baby”.

Exclusive: Bobby Darin’s “Clementine” (Vocal Mix) Now Streaming! Hep-hep!

Spotlight on A Great Gentleman of Song… Bobby’s Incredible Voice and Vocal Delivery!

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We took what is considered to be one of, if not the best, Bobby vocals – and crafted a near a-capella mix from the original stereo release to a mono Bobby vocal “up-mix”.

Inspired by The Beach Boys’ “Stack-O-Vocals” it only seemed right we extract at least one vocal for the great Bobby Darin.  Note that the way these early ATCO cuts were recorded, Bobby did not always have his own vocal track.   So this is totally unique – and not pulled directly from any single track.

Crafted off the original stereo mix – we kept the “warmth” of Bobby’s powerhouse vocal, so you will hear some backing track “leakage”.  It was too sterile with removing all of the backing track – this was the second pass.

This is not to supplant the original final mix in any way (or the officially-released alternate version released on “The Bobby Darin Story” – missing a lot of BD’s trademark vocal inflections).

This was crafted to showcase Bobby Darin, the young vocalist – the attitude, the voice, the blowing bubbles, the inflections – the “hep-hep”s!

Let us know what you think in the comments!  Enjoy!

Bobby Darin’s “You Just Don’t Know”, Written and Prod. by BD, Sung by Wayne Newton – Mono and Rare Stereo!

Hey Gang –

Happy Summer!

Up now we focus on “You Just Don’t Know – a beautiful tune that is almost ALL Bobby, except in name.

Bobby wrote this gorgeous tune and produced it for his protegee, Wayne Newton, as one of Bobby’s final productions for Capitol.

Bobby had released his version on his final Capitol LP, “Venice Blue” that past May, and this is one of his final productions during his essential and incredible output during his Capitol Years.

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Main track and vocal recorded on Dec. 6, 1965 at RCA in NY, the single was released on Jan. 31, 1966.  Arranged by Richard Wess who also arranged Darins’ “Venice Blue” album (and several others), this should have been a big hit for Wayne.

Did you know Bobby produced over 20 tracks for Newton for Capitol in addition to “Danke Schoen”?

Note:  When you see “Produced by T.M. Music, Inc.” – that is Bobby!  Unfortunately, no BD-“guide vocal” is known to exist, so you’ll have to imagine Bobby singing it if you want though Wayne indeed knocks Bobby’s original tune out of the park!

This is hands-on Bobby – from writing the tune himself to the final product.

Originally ONLY released in MONO, here is the original shoulda-been-a-hit 45 version:

The stereo version, remixed by Ron Furmanek from the original 3 and 4 track master session tapes in the late 80s, at the time, only the backing vocals were unable to be located after an exhaustive search in the vaults, so you can clearly hear the mix differences, but also Bobby’s production is MUCH more clear on this unique alternate stereo mix!

Next up: First-ever release of Bobby’s Vocal “Upmix” of his classic single, “Clementine”!

Bobby Darin’s Rare Stereo Mix of “Lazy River” with Spoken Intro!

Exclusive version with Bobby’s recorded intro from the 1961 Stereo LP, “The Bobby Darin Story”

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Bobby had a hit with another fantastic arrangement by Richard Behrke (“Mack the Knife”) on this old Hoagy Carmichael number!

Just missed the number 1 spot in the UK reaching #2 on the charts in 1961!

Mono is almost always the go-to version of this wonderful rendition as you’ll notice in this stereo mix the wider, yet still smooth, “ping-pong” vocals.  A great companion to the hit mono version and with exclusive Bobby commentary for this LP-only!

“Lazy River” (Carmichael/Arodin) – rec. 8/18/1960, Bobby’s spoken introduction recorded 1961.

Stereo LP re-press coming soon from Friday Music on 180g Vinyl!

Got those Post-Birthday Monday Morning Blues? Bobby’s with you… here’s the Original Mix of “Blue Monday” from the Master Tape!

One of Bobby Darin’s final self-produced recordings, released posthumously on the LP, “Darin 1936-1973” in 1974.

This mix is now available for the FIRST TIME on CD on Real Gone and Second Disc Records’ “Another Song On My Mind: The Motown Years

This is Bobby’s original mix – different than the more grand orchestrated 1991 CD remix.  Raw, real, Bobby Darin…

Bobby Darin – “Blue Monday”, Motown LA, Prod: Bobby Darin, Arranged by Art Freeman and Bill Holman

Bobby’s Special 80th Birthday Podcast with Darin Experts Jeff Bleiel and Shane Brown – Listen Here!

On May 14, 2016, what would have been Bobby Darin’s 80th birthday, WVKR-FM broadcast a tribute to the star on “The Lost And Found Oldies Show” hosted by Sam Tallerico. Special guests included authors Jeff Bleiel and Shane Brown and the program featured a variety of Bobby’s music and audio clips.

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Sam is relatively new to the depth and quality of Bobby Darin’s material, but passion is evident and Jeff Bleiel, author of the original That’s All: Bobby Darin On Record, Stage and Screen who also PRODUCED Bobby’s 1995 Career-Spanning Box Set gives us lots of insight and tid-bits and Shane Brown, UK Darinologist and author of the must-have Bobby Darin: A Listener’s Guide joins in!

Includes snippets and songs written and/or produced by Bobby for others, too!  A real celebration of the man’s work in total.

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[Bobby with producer/writer/singer/songwriter Terry Melcher and backing singers]

Jeff and Shane are universally acknowledged as THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE BOBBY DARIN EXPERTS that are alive today!

They know what the word ARCHIVIST actually means.  Accept no imitations!  Listen here!

Download the podcast or stream HERE:

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Bobby Darin’s 80th Birthday Podcast!

Actual Experts discussing all things Darin touched in music!  Thanks guys!

BONUS:

Then (re)listen to Bobby-Producer Nick Venet’s recollections of his friend, working partner, and contemporary, Bobby Darin for NPR from 1996 HERE!

Producer Nick Venet Recalls Friend Bobby Darin- NPR’s “Fresh Air”, 1996

Special thanks to the late Karen Esbill..

Bobby Darin’s “Goodbye Charlie” with Vocal Warm-Ups Complete in Stereo from the Original Capitol 3-Tracks!

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We continue the celebration of Bobby’s 80th Birthday Week with an invite inside Capitol studios on September 18, 1964 with Bobby recording the final and released take of “Goodbye Charlie”, from his Capitol LP, “From Hello Dolly to Goodbye Charlie”!
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Enjoy Take 3 as we begin rolling…  “Goodbye Charlie” Arranged and Conducted by Richard Wess, Produced by Jim Economides.  Straight from the original 3-track tapes, and final masters, assembled by the Legendary Ron Furmanek in 1989!

Bobby Darin, “Goodbye Charlie” (Previn/Langdon) (Stereo) rec. 9/18/1964

BD Collectors Series

This exclusive version is available only on Bobby’s “Capitol Collector’s Series” – get it HERE!

Happy Bobby Darin 80th Birthday Week!

 

Bobby’s Final Recordings – Another Song on My Mind – The Motown Years – 2-CD Archival Set Out Now!

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It’s arrived!  The set we’ve been asking for for YEARS has come to fruition thanks to the unbelievably passionate and diligent work of Joe Marchese and the Gang at Second Disc and Real Gone Music!

Buy it now and get it tomorrow-ish!  Click links for US, UK, and Canada..

Motown Years

Bobby Darin, Another Song on My Mind: The Motown Years (Second Disc Records/Real Gone Music, 2016) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)

From the Official Press Release:

Will the real Bobby Darin please stand up?

Between his first single in 1956 and his final recordings in 1973, the artist born Walden Robert Cassotto on May 14, 1936 blazed his path through rock-and-roll, big-band swing, jazz, R&B, soul, country, folk, pop, rock, and everything in between.  Yet each reinvention was genuine, and each represented the real Bobby Darin.

The driven artist brought fervor and passion to every style he tackled throughout his tragically-short life.  Tomorrow, Second Disc Records and Real Gone Music finally bring to compact disc the final chapter of Bobby Darin’s career in celebration of what would have been his landmark 80th birthday on May 14.  The new 2-CD set Another Song on My Mind: The Motown Years captures the late artist, who died at 37 years old on December 20, 1973, as many fans have never heard him.  If you only know the sock-hop swinger of “Splish Splash,” the tuxedoed crooner of “Mack the Knife” or even the heartfelt protest singer of “Simple Song of Freedom,” there’s a new Bobby Darin for you to discover here.

At Motown, Bobby brought together the many strains of his musical DNA in truly remarkable fashion.  He was joined on his Motown journey by a host of illustrious names, among them Smokey Robinson, Bob Crewe, Jerry Marcellino and Mel Larson, Joe Porter, Gene Page, James Carmichael, Charles Fox, and more. This 2-CD set includes:

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  • The original Bobby Darin album (1972), never on CD anywhere in the world;
  • The posthumously-released Darin 1936-1973 album (1974) in producer Bob Crewe’s original LP mix for the first time ever on CD;
  • Every one of Bobby’s Motown singles including the super-rare “Melodie” and “Someday We’ll Be Together” in both mono and stereo;
  • Five alternate Darin 1936-1973 mixes as originally issued on the short-lived 1991 CD release;
  • Remastering from the original analog master tapes by acclaimed engineer Kevin Reeves; and
  • Detailed liner notes featuring brand-new interviews with Motown legends Smokey Robinson and Jerry Marcellino!

In our exclusive interview, Smokey Robinson observed, “Bobby was, I think, the ‘in-between’ singer.  Bobby was in between the era of Frank Sinatra and those guys like that, and the new pop culture.  So he was a great mix of that.  The real evidence of that was when he recorded ‘Mack the Knife.’”  Indeed, Bobby bridged the generation gap with “Mack the Knife” (recently saluted by Billy Joel onstage in Las Vegas) and continued to do so in his recordings for Motown.  (And there’s much more from Smokey in the booklet!)

Another Song on My Mind features Bobby’s fresh interpretations of songs by a host of remarkable writers. Bobby had collaborated with Randy Newman on the song “Look at Me” for the 1964 motion picture The Lively Set. Here, he tackles Newman’s masterpiece “Sail Away” in majestic style. Bobby also brought new life to tracks by Cat Stevens (“Hard Headed Woman”), Paul Williams and Roger Nichols (“I Won’t Last a Day Without You”) and Bob Dylan (“I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight,” “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”) as well as a pair of his own, personal compositions (“Something in Her Love” and our shimmering title track, “Another Song on My Mind”). On Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson and Deke Richards’ “Melodie,” Darin tapped into The Sound of Young America to create a thrilling slice of Motown soul. His emotional, moving performance of Smokey Robinson and Michel Legrand’s “Happy (Love Theme from Lady Sings the Blues)” is a tour de force. Sizzling renditions of “Mack the Knife” and “If I Were a Carpenter” seal the deal, proving without a doubt that Bobby Darin was still at the top of his game during his time at Berry Gordy’s revolutionary record label.

Another Song on My Mind: The Motown Years marks the first release in the second year of Second Disc Records, and all of us here at TSD couldn’t be more proud or excited to share this release with you!  The celebration for this one-of-a-kind artist and entertainer doesn’t end here, however!  Please visit our friends at The Bobby Darin Underground, a new and already essential resource and community for longtime and new Darin fans alike.  You’ll discover a wealth of history there, as well as a new musical rarity posted each and every week in recognition of Bobby’s singular legacy!

Tomorrow we celebrate the extraordinary pairing of two American icons, Bobby Darin and Motown Records.  We hope you will check out Another Song on My Mind: The Motown Years from Second Disc Records and Real Gone Music at the links below!  And don’t miss the rest of Real Gone’s May 6 slate right here!

Bobby Darin, Another Song on My Mind: The Motown Years (Second Disc Records/Real Gone Music, 2016) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)

CD 1: Bobby Darin and bonus material

  1. Sail Away
  2. I’ve Already Stayed Too Long
  3. Something in Her Love
  4. Who Turned the World Around
  5. Shipmates in Cheyenne
  6. Let It Be Me
  7. Hard-Headed Woman
  8. Average People
  9. I Used to Think It Was Easy
  10. My First Night Alone Without You
  11. Melodie (Original Single Version) (Mono)
  12. Someday We’ll Be Together (Original Single Version) (Mono)
  13. Simple Song of Freedom (Live) (Original Single Version) (Mono)
  14. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (Live) (Original Single Version) (Mono)
  15. Sail Away (Original Single Version)
  16. Hard-Headed Woman (Original Single Version)
  17. Average People (Original Single Version)
  18. Something in Her Love (Original Single Version)

CD 2: Darin 1936-1973 and bonus material

  1. I Won’t Last a Day Without You
  2. Wonderin’ Where It’s Gonna End
  3. Sail Away
  4. Another Song on My Mind
  5. Happy (Love Theme from Lady Sings the Blues)
  6. Blue Monday
  7. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
  8. The Letter
  9. If I Were a Carpenter (Live)
  10. Moritat (Mack the Knife) (Live)
  11. Happy (Love Theme from Lady Sings the Blues) (Original Single Version)
  12. Simple Song of Freedom (Non-LP Single) (Alternate Mix Single Version) (Mono)
  13. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (Non-LP Single) (Alternate Mix Single Version) (Mono)
  14. I Won’t Last a Day Without You (Alternate CD Version)
  15. Wonderin’ Where It’s Gonna End (Alternate CD Version)
  16. Happy (Love Theme from Lady Sings the Blues) (Alternate CD Version)
  17. Blue Monday (Alternate CD Version)
  18. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (Alternate CD Version)
  19. Melodie (Stereo Single Version)
  20. Someday We’ll Be Together (Stereo Single Version)

CD 1, Tracks 1-10 from Bobby Darin, Motown LP M753L, rel. August 1972
CD 1, Tracks 11-12 & CD 2, Tracks 19-20 from Motown single M 1183, rel. April 19, 1971
CD 1, Tracks 13-14 from Motown single M 1193F (initial pressing), rel. November 24, 1971
CD 1, Tracks 15-16 from Motown single M 1203F, rel. June 2, 1972
CD 1, Tracks 17-18 from Motown single M 1212F, rel. November 3, 1972
CD 2, Tracks 1-10 from Darin 1936-1973, Motown LP 813V1, rel. 1974
CD 2, Track 11 from Motown single M 1217F, rel. November 20, 1972
CD 2, Tracks 12-13 from Motown single M 1193F (second pressing), rel. November 24, 1971
CD 2, Tracks 14-18 from Darin 1936-1973, Motown CD 3746351852, 1991

Bobby Darin – “Splish Splash” Rare Stereo Single Mix with Exclusive Intro and Warm-Up!

Bobby records and introduces his first smash – “Splish Splash” (1958) in 1961 – with original session musical warm-up and rehearsals!

I’d like to take a brief moment to THANK everyone from AROUND THE WORLD (even some countries we’ve never heard of!) who has written, chimed in and thanked us for “Keeping the Legacy of Bobby Darin Alive” with this dedicated fan tribute site – we’re overwhelmed with the love and support – we hope Bobby (“upstairs” as you’ll hear in his intro) and his family truly understand how deeply he is loved.

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Stereo mix exclusive to “The Bobby Darin Story” LP from 1961.  Happy 80th Birthday Month Bobby Darin!  Your music and spirit live on… we love you!

Stereo LP re-press coming soon from Friday Music on 180g Vinyl!

Read more about this April 10, 1958 career-making session from UK Darinologist and author of the BOBBY DARIN: A LISTENER’S GUIDE, Shane Brown on his personal blog HERE!