Albums

THE COMPLETE STUDIO AND LIVE ALBUMS (1958-1973), DOCUMENTED OUTTAKES, AND WHERE TO GET THEM

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Bobby Darin (ATCO 33-102, Mono, July 1958)
That’s All (ATCO 33-104, Mono/Stereo, March 1959)
This is Darin (ATCO 33-115, Mono/Stereo, Jan 1960)
Darin at the Copa (ATCO 33-122, Mono/Stereo, July 1960)
For Teenagers Only (ATCO SP-1001, Mono, Sept 1960)
The 25th Day of December (ATCO 33-125, Stereo, Oct 1960)
Two of a Kind – Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer (ATCO 33-126, Stereo, Feb 1961)
Love Swings (ATCO 33-134, Stereo, July 1961)
Twist with Bobby Darin (ATCO 33-138, Stereo, Dec 1961)
Bobby Darin Sings Ray Charles (ATCO 33-140, Stereo, March 1962)
Things & Other Things (ATCO 33-146, Stereo, July 1962)
Oh! Look at Me Now (Capitol 1791, Mono/Stereo, Oct 1962)
You’re the Reason I’m Living (Capitol 1866, Stereo, Feb 1963)
It’s You or No One (ATCO 33-124, Stereo, June 1963)
18 Yellow Roses (Capitol 1942, Mono/Stereo, July 1963)
Earthy! (Capitol 1862, Mono/Stereo, July 1963)
Golden Folk Hits (Capitol 2007, Mono/Stereo, Nov 1963)
Winners (ATCO 33-167, Stereo, June 1964)
From Hello Dolly to Goodbye Charlie (Capitol 2194, Mono/Stereo, Nov 1964)
Venice Blue (Capitol 2322, Stereo, May 1965)
Bobby Darin Sings the Shadow of Your Smile (Atlantic 8121, Mono/Stereo, April 1966)
In a Broadway Bag (Atlantic 8126, Mono/Stereo, June 1966)
If I Were a Carpenter (Atlantic, Mono/Stereo, Dec 1966)
Inside Out (Atlantic, Mono/Stereo, May 1967)
Something Special [UK-only LP] (Atlantic 587073, May, 1967)
Bobby Darin Sings Doctor Doolittle (Atlantic, Stereo, 1967)
Bobby Darin Born Walden Robert Cassotto (Direction 1936, Stereo, Sept 1968)
Commitment (Direction 1937, Stereo, July 1969)
Bobby Darin (Motown M753L, Stereo, Aug, 1972)
The Lively Set (Original Cast and Music from), (Decca, Stereo, 1964)
Live From Las Vegas (1963)
Live! at the Desert Inn (Stereo, 1971)


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Bobby Darin (ATCO 33-102, Mono, July 1958)Bobby’s debut including “Splish Splash and “Judy, Don’t be Moody”.  Included in the “Original Album Series” from Rhino, 2010.  5 Albums for a low price!

  1. Splish Splash (Darin/Murray)
  2. Just In Case You Change Your Mind (Patterson/Bell/Watson)
  3. Pretty Betty (Darin/Kirshner)
  4. Talk To Me Something (Darin/Kirshner)
  5. Judy, Don’t Be Moody (Wolf/Raleigh)
  6. (Since You’re Gone) I Can’t Go On (Pomus/Shuman)
  7. I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store) (Rose/Dixon/Warren)
  8. Wear My Ring (Darin/D. Kirshner)
  9. So Mean (Darin/D. Kirshner)
  10. Don’t Call My Name (Darin/D. Kirshner)
  11. Brand New House (Darin/W. Harris)
  12. Actions Speak Louder Than Words (Davis/Gordy, Jr.)

Documented Outtakes:

  • Splish Splash (Take 1, 2, 6, 7) – (rec. 4/10/1958) undubbed, the “splashing effects” were dubbed to the master take two weeks later
  • Pretty Betty (Take 5) (rec. 4/10/1958)
  • Judy Don’t Be Moody (Takes 4, 5, 12) (rec. 4/10/1958)
  • Don’t Call My Name (Take 3) (rec. 4/10/1958)
  • Didn’t It Feel Good (Takes 1-4) (rec. 4/10/1958)- song unfinished, no known final master
  • Queen of the Hop (Take 5-9) (rec. 4/10/1958)
  • All the Way Home (Blackwell/Dixon) (rec. 7/16/1958) – released on “For Teenagers Only” LP
  • Lost Love (Darin/Kirshner) (rec. 7/16/1958) – released as b-side to “Queen of the Hop” and later, the “Things & Other Things” LP
  • Pity Miss Kitty (W. Harris) (rec.7/16/1958) – released on “For Teenagers Only” LP
  • Keep a Walkin’ (Sedaka/Greenfield) (rec. 7/16/1958) – released on “For Teenagers Only” LP

Produced by Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson


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That’s All (ATCO 33-104, Mono/Stereo, March 1959) – The Classic that opens with “Mack the Knife” and goes right into “Beyond the Sea”.  Includes the BD original, “That’s the Way Love Is”. Spent a whopping 52 weeks on the charts.  That’s All  (Mono) – Vinyl only, re-released and mastered straight from the mono analogue tapes in 2010!

  1. Mack the Knife (Weil/Brecht/Blitzstein)
  2. Beyond the Sea (Trenet/Lawrence)
  3. Through a Long and Sleepless Night (A. Newman/Gordon)
  4. Softly As In a Morning Sunrise (Hammerstein/Romberg)
  5. She Needs Me (Hamilton)
  6. It Ain’t Necessarily So (G. & .I Gershwin)
  7. I’ll Remember April (De Paul/Raye/Johnson)
  8. That’s The Way Love Is (Darin)
  9. Was There a Call For Me (Harris/Holmes)
  10. Some of These Days (Brooks)
  11. Where Is The One (Finckel/Wilder)
  12. That’s All (Haynes/Brandt)

Produced by Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler
Arrangements by Richard Wess
Rec. Dec. 19, 22, 24, 1958

Documented Outtakes:

  • Some of These Days (Brooks) (early version, rec. 10/29/1958)
  • A Picture No Artist Could Paint (Schroeder) (rec. 10/30/1958) – released on “For Teenagers Only” LP
  • That Luck Old Sun (Smith/Gillespie) (Take 11) (rec. 10/30/1958)
  • That Lucky Old Sun (Smith/Gillespie) (rec. 10/30/1958) – Released on “For Teenagers Only” LP
  • Mack the Knife (Takes 3, 7) (Weil/Brecht/Blitzstein) – (rec. 12/1958)

 

  • Dream Lover (Darin) – (rec. 5/5/59) – Double A-Side Non-LP Single with “Bullmoose” – CLICK TO LISTEN!
  • Bullmoose (Darin) – (rec. 5/5/59) – Double A-Side Non_LP Single with “Dream Lover” (later appeared as opening track on “Twist with Bobby Darin” LP)

 


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This is Darin (ATCO 33-115, Mono/Stereo, Jan 1960) – “Clementine” and more!  Also released in mono only available on the original LP.

  1. Clementine (Trad./Arr: W. Harris)
  2. Have You Got Any Castles, Baby (Mercer/Whiting)
  3. Don’t Dream of Anybody but Me (Howard/Hefti)
  4. My Gal Sal (Dresser)
  5. Black Coffee (Webster/Burke)
  6. Caravan (Mills/Ellington/Tizol)
  7. Guys and Dolls (Loesser)
  8. Down With Love (Harburn/Lane)
  9. Pete Kelly’s Blues (Cahn/Heindorf)
  10. All Nite Long (W. Harris)
  11. The Gal That Got Away (Arlen/I. Gerswhin)
  12. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (Fields/McHugh)

Produced by Ahmet Ertegun and Nesuhi Ertegun
Arrangements by Richard Wess and Buddy Bregman
Rec. May 19-21, Sept 3, 1959

Documented Outtakes:

  • The Breeze and I (Lecuona/Stillman) (rec. 5/19/1959)
  • Sunday Kind of Love (Belle/Leonard/Rhodes/Prima) (rec. 5/20/1959) –  outtake released only on the Warner Special Products 3 x LP 1976 compilation set, “The Original Bobby Darin” – CLICK TO LISTEN!
  • Since My Love Was Gone (rec. 5/29/1959)
  • The Lamp Is Low (rec. 5/21/1959)
  • Moment of Love (Darin) (rec. 7/22/1959) – released as b-side to “She’s Tanfastic” on “Special Premium Disc” 45 promo for Tanfastic Suntan Oil

 


Darin at the Copa

Darin at the Copa (ATCO 33-122, Mono/Stereo, July 1960) – Bobby’s first live release, and third-straight Top 10 LP, recorded at the Copacabana in New York in the summer of 1960.  Mono version on original LP release.  Stereo Available on  the “Original Album Series 2” set.  Also released as ATCO 1403, 4-Track Stereo Reel to Reel Tape 7 1/2 ips format

  1. Medley: Swing Low Sweet Chariot (Trad./Arr: Darin) / The Lonesome Road (Austin/Shilkret)
  2. Some of These Days (Brooks)
  3. Mack the Knife (Weil/Brecht/Blitzstein)
  4. Love For Sale (Porter)
  5. Clementine (Trad./Arr: W. Harris)
  6. You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To (Porter)
  7. Dream Lover (Darin)
  8. Bill Bailey (Trad./Arr: Darin)
  9. I Have Dreamed (Rodgers/Hammerstein)
  10. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (Fields/McHugh)
  11. Alright, O.K., You Win (Wyche/Watts)
  12. Medley: All By Myself (Dietz/Schwartz)/ When Your Lover Has Gone (Swan)
  13. I Got a Woman (Charles)
  14. That’s All (Haynes/Brandt)

Produced by Ahmet Ertegun and Nesuhi Ertegun
Arrangements by Richard Wess, Richard Behrke, Buddy Bregman, Bobby Scott
Rec. June 15, 16, 1960

Documented Outtakes:

  • Birth Of The Blues (rec. 6/15/1960 – 6/16/1960)
  • My Funny Valentine (rec. 6/15/1960 – 6/16/1960
  • Splish Splash (rec. 6/15/1960 – 6/16/1960

 


For Teenagers Only

For Teenagers Only (ATCO SP-1001, Mono, Sept 1960) – Early cuts from ’58 released to still capitalize on the teen market – includes “Somebody to Love”.  Original LP came with lots of photos and cool fold-out.

  1. I Want You With Me (W. Harris)
  2. Keep A Walkin’ (Sedaka/Greenfield)
  3. You Know How (Darin)
  4. Somebody to Love (Darin)
  5. I Ain’t Sharin’ Sharon (W. Harris)
  6. Pity Miss Kitty (W. Harris)
  7. That Lucky Old Sun (Smith/Gillespie)
  8. All the Way Home (Blackwell/Dixon)
  9. You Never Called (W. Harris)
  10. A Picture No Artist Could Paint (Schroeder)
  11. Hush, Somebody’s Calling My Name (Otis/Young/Hendricks)
  12. Here I’ll Stay (Weil/Lerner)

Produced by Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler

 


25th Day of December

The 25th Day of December (ATCO 33-125, Mono/Stereo, Oct 1960) – the fine folk at Real Gone Music has re-released this Christmas Classic in TRUE STEREO (with non-LP mono-only b-side).

  1. O Come All Ye Faithful (Oakeley/Reading/Wade)
  2. Poor Little Jesus (Trad: Campbell/Gilbert/Hays/Hellerman/Seeger)
  3. Child of God (Trad.)
  4. Baby Born Today (Trad.)
  5. Holy Holy Holy (Trad.)
  6. Ave Maria (Trad.)
  7. Go Tell It on the Mountain (Trad: Work, Jr.)
  8. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (Trad.)
  9. Jehovah Hallelujah (Trad.)
  10. Mary, Where Is  Your Baby? (Trad.)
  11. Silent Night, Holy Night (Gruber/Mohr)
  12. Dona Nobis Pacem (Trad.)
  13. Amen (Trad.)

Produced by Ahmet Ertegun
Arrangements by Bobby Scott
Rec. Aug 19-21, 1960

Documented Outtakes:

  • Christmas Auld Lang Syne (rec. 8/18/1960 – reworking of “Auld Lang Syne” with new lyrics by Kurtz/Military – released as b-side to “Child of God” single)

 


Two of a Kind

Two of a Kind – Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer (ATCO 33-126, Stereo, Feb 1961) – joyously fun record, arranged and backed by Billy May and His Orchestra.  BD and JM co-wrote the title track and have a blast with classics such as “Back Home Again in Indiana” and “Ace in the Hole” – Bobby’s balance between showman, vocalist, impressionist, and chemistry is on full display on this once-in-a-lifetime must-own, thank-God-they-did-this-together album.

  1. Two of a Kind (Intro) (Darin/Mercer)
  2. Indiana (MacDonald/Hanley)
  3. Bob White (Mercer/Hanighen)
  4. Ace in the Hole (Dempsey/Mitchell)
  5. East of the Rockies (Robin/Singer)
  6. If I Had My Druthers (Mercer/De Paul)
  7. I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jellyroll (S. Williams/C. Williams)
  8. Lonesome Polecat (Mercer/De Paul)
  9. My Cuteys Due At Two-To-Two Today (Tilzer/Bibo/Robin)
  10. Medley: Paddlin’ Madelin’ Home (Woods) / Row Row Row (Monaco/Jerome)
  11. Who Takes Care of the Caretaker’s Daughter (Endor/Specht)
  12. Mississippi Mud (Cavanaugh/Barris)
  13. Two of a Kind (Darin/Mercer)

Produced by Ahmet Ertegun
Arrangements by Billy May
Rec. Aug 13, 14, 17, 22, 1960

Documented Outtakes:

  • Lily of Laguna (rec. 8/14/1960)
  • Back In Your Own Backyard (rec. 8/17/1960)
  • Cecilia (rec. 8/22/1960)

 


Love Swings

Love Swings (ATCO 33-134, Stereo, July 1961) – Sophisticated standards including “How About You” and “Long Ago and Far Away”.  Also available as a Limited, Numbered Audiophile Vinyl Release from Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs.

  1. Long Ago and Far Away (I. Gershwin/Kern)
  2. I Didn’t Know What Time It Was (Rodgers/Hart)
  3. How About You (Lane/Freed)
  4. The More I See You (Gordon/Warren)
  5. It Had To Be You (Jones/Kahn) – CLICK TO LISTEN!
  6. No Greater Love (Jones/Symes)
  7. In Love In Vain (Robin/Kern)queen
  8. Just Friends (Klenner/Lewis)
  9. Something To Remember You By (Dietz/Schwartz)
  10. Skylark (Carmichael/Mercer)
  11. Spring Is Here (Rodgers/Hart)
  12. I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan (Dietz/Schwartz)

Produced by Ahmet Ertegun
Arrangements by Torrie Zito
Rec. March 21-23, 1961

  • Come September (first attempt) (Darin) (rec. 3/1961)
  • Bobby’s Blues (Darin) (rec. 3/25/1961)
  • Walk Bach to Me – released as b-side to “Come September” single) (rec. 3/25/1961)
  • Special Someone (considered for b-side to “Come September” single) (rec. 6/8/1961)
  • Teenage Theme (considered for b-side to “Come September” single) (rec. 6/8/1961)
  • Movin’ On (considered for b-side to “Come September” single) (rec. 6/8/1961)

 


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Twist with Bobby Darin (ATCO 33-138, Stereo, Dec 1961) – more early ATCO cuts, half “new”, includes the hits “Bullmoose” and “Multiplication”, half from the LP also on “For Teenagers Only”.  Note: “Early in the Morning” and “Mighty Might Man” presented here were processed in duophonic “fake stereo” – the rest mixed in true stereo.

  1. Bullmoose (Darin)
  2. Early In The Morning (Darin/W. Harris)
  3. Mighty Mighty Man (Darin)
  4. You Know How (Darin)
  5. Somebody To Love (Darin)
  6. Multiplication (Darin)
  7. Irresistible You (Raye/De Paul)
  8. Queen of the Hop (W. Harris)
  9. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby (Warner/Mercer)
  10. Keep a Walkin’ (Sedaka/Greenfield)
  11. Pity Miss Kitty (W. Harris)
  12. I Ain’t Sharin’ Sharon (Pomus/Shuman)

Produced by Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler

 


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Bobby Darin Sings Ray Charles (ATCO 33-140, Stereo, March 1962) – Bobby pays tribute to his R&B hero and influence. Includes the hit, “What’d I Say (Part I)” and “Hallelujah I Love Her So”.  Bobby knew these cuts inside and out before heading to the studio as he played many live at The Apollo in NYC pre-fame.

  1. What’d I Say (Charles)
  2. I Got a Woman (Nugetre)
  3. Tell All The World (Charles/Mayfield)
  4. Tell Me How Do You Feel (Charles)
  5. My Bonnie (Charles)
  6. The Right Time (Herman)
  7. Hallelujah I Love Her So (Charles)
  8. Leave My Woman Alone (Charles)
  9. Ain’t That Love (Charles)
  10. Drown In My Own Tears (Glover)
  11. That’s Enough (Charles)

Produced by Ahmet Ertegun
Arrangements by Jimmy Haskell
Rec. Nov. 7, 8 , 10, 14, 1961

 


Things and other things

Things & Other Things (ATCO 33-146, Stereo, July 1962) – Released upon Bobby signing with Capitol, tracks from various sessions (4/24/1958-6/19/1961), includes Bobby’s self-written hits, “Things” and “I’ll Be There”.

  1. Things (Darin)
  2. I’ll Be There (Darin)
  3. Lost Love (Darin/Kirshner)
  4. Look For My True Love (Darin)
  5. Beachcomber (Darin)
  6. Now We’re One (Darin)
  7. You’re Mine (Darin)
  8. Oo-Ee-Train (Darin)
  9. Jailer Bring Me Water (Darin)
  10. Nature Boy (Ahbez)
  11. Theme from “Come September” (Darin)
  12. Sorrow Tomorrow (Darin)

Produced by Ahmet Ertegun

 

 


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Oh! Look at Me Now (Capitol 1791, Mono/Stereo, Oct 1962) – Bobby’s first album for Capitol.  Arranged by Billy May and produced by Tom Morgan, contains the fan favorites “There’s a Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder” and “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square”.  CD OOP in US, but available for purchase in CD Quality (44.1kHz/16bit) at Neil Young’s PonoMusic Store.

  1. All By Myself (Berlin) – CLICK TO LISTEN!
  2. My Buddy (Donaldson/Kahn)
  3. There’s a Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder (Jolson/Dreyer/Rose) – CLICK TO LISTEN!
  4. Roses of Picardy (Weatherly/Wood)
  5. You’ll Never Know (Warrner/Gordon)
  6. Blue Skies (Berlin)
  7. Always (Berlin)
  8. You Made Me Love You (Monaco/McCarthy)
  9. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (Maschwitz/Sherwin) – CLICK TO LISTEN!
  10. I’m Beginning to See the Light (Ellington/George/Hodges/James)
  11. Oh! Look at Me Now (Bushkin/Devries)
  12. The Party’s Over (Styne/Comden/Green)

Produced by Tom Morgan
Arrangements by Billy May
Rec. July 25-27, 1962

Documented Outtakes:

  • Shenandoah (Trad.) (rec. mid-July, 1962)
  • Scarlet Ribbons (Danzig/Segal) (rec. mid-July, 1962)
  • If a Man Answers (Darin) (From the Film,”If a Man Answers”) (rec. 7/23/1962) – released as A-side non-LP single – prod: Nick Venet, Arr: Jimmie Haskell
  • A True, True Love (Darin) (Love Theme from “If a Man Answers”) (rec. 7/23/1962) – released as B-side to “If a Man Answers” single – prod: Nick Venet, Arr: Jimmie Haskell
  • There’s a Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder (rec. 7/25/1962) (Dreyer/Jolson/Rose)
  • As Long as I’m Singing (Darin) rec. 7/25/1962) – released as b-side to non-LP single “I Wonder Who’s Kissing her Now” – CLICK TO LISTEN TO STEREO MIX!
  • I Got Rhythm (G. Gershwin/I. Gershwin) (rec. 7/26/1962)
  • Alabamy Bound (Henderson/DeSylva/Green) (rec. 9/4/1962) – CLICK TO LISTEN!
  • I’m Sitting On Top of The World (Henderson/Lewis/Young) (re. 9/4/1962)

 

 


Youre the reason

You’re the Reason I’m Living (Capitol 1866, Stereo, Feb 1963) – Pop album with a Country and Western feel containing the hit title song (written by BD) and the classic, “Oh, Lonesome Me”.  Contains a duet with Merry Clayton – her first vocal ever laid to record at only 14 years old! Now, Merry’s voice is most famously known for her powerful vocal duet with Mick Jagger on the The Rolling Stones’ ubiquitous “Gimme Shelter”.  CD OOP in the US – available as an Import paired with “Venice Blue” (1965) from third party sellers only at this time.  Also released in 4-Track Stereo Reel to Reel Tape 7 1/2 ips format

  1. Please Help Me, I’m Fallin’ (Robertson/Blair) (Arr: Gerald Wilson)
  2. Under Your Spell Again (Owens/Rhodes) (Arr: Shorty Rogers)
  3. Here I Am (Campbell/Douglas) (Arr: Gerald Wilson)
  4. Who Can I Count On? (Duet with Merry Clayton) (Masters) (Arr: Shorty Rogers) – CLICK TO LISTEN!
  5. Now You’re Gone (Darin) (Arr: Jimmie Haskell)
  6. Release Me (Miller/Yount/Pebworth) (Arr: Gerald Wilson)
  7. Sally Was a Good Old Girl (Howard) (Arr: Gerald Wilson)
  8. Be Honest With Me (Autry, Rose) (Arr: Gerald Wilson)
  9. Oh, Lonesome Me (Gibson) (Arr: Shorty Rogers)
  10. (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle (Williams/Davis) (Arr: Shorty Rogers)
  11. It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin’ (Tillotson) (Arr: Shorty Rogers)
  12. You’re the Reason I’m Living (Darin) (Arr: Jimmie Haskell)- CLICK TO LISTEN!

Produced by Nik Venet
Arrangements by Shorty Rogers, Gerald Wilson, Jimmie Haskell (Arranger for BD-written originals)
Rec. Dec. 3, 1962, Jan 13-15, 1963

Documented Outtakes:

  • Be Mad Little Girl  (Darin) (rec. 7/2/1963) – released as A-Side non-LP single
  • Treat My Baby Good (Darin) (rec. 7/2/1963) – released as A-Side non-LP Single
  • I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now (Howard/Hough/Adams/Orlob) – (rec. 7/23/1962) – released as A-side to non-LP single
  • You’re The Reason I’m Living (Darin)  (rec. 9/25/1962) – early attempt at single
  • If You Were the Only Girl in the World (rec. 9/25/1962)
  • I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now (Howard/Hough/Adams/Orlob) (rec. 9/25/1962)(remake of Single Version)
  • You’re The Reason I’m Living (Darin)  (rec. 12/3/1962) – A-Side Single version
  • If You Were the Only Girl in the World (rec. 12/31/1962)

The following tracks during this era left in the can were most likely in consideration for its own LP, so consider this set two genuine ‘Lost’ Albums):

  • When My Baby Smiles at Me (Tilzer/Sterling/Munro/Lewis) (rec. 1/2/1963)
  • Beautiful Dreamer (Foster/Arr: Darin) (rec. 1/3/1963)
  • When You Were Sweet Sixteen (Trad: Arr: Darin) (rec. 1/3/1963)
  • I Ain’t Got Nobody (Williams/Graham) (rec. 1/3/1963)
  • My Melancholy Baby (Burnette/Norton) (rec. 1/4/1963)
  • You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You (Morgan/Stock/Cavanaugh) (rec. 1/4/1963)
  • What Kind of Fool Am I? (Bricusse/Newley) (rec. 1/9/1963)
  • Moon River (Mancini/Mercer) (rec. 1/9/1963)
  • This Nearly Was Mine (Arr: Bob Florence) (Rodgers/Hammerstein) (rec. 1/10/1963)
  • Hello, Young Lovers (Rodgers/Hammerstein) (Arr: Bob Florence) (rec. 1/10/1963)
  • Fly Me To The Moon (Howard) –  (Arr: Bob Florence) (rec. 1/10/1963) released only on “The Best of Bobby Darin” LP (Capitol 2571) Aug, 1966
  • Tall Hope (Coleman/Leigh)  (Arr: Bob Florence) (rec. 1/10/1963)
  • Just in Time (Styne/Comden/Green)  (Arr: Bob Florence) (rec. 1/10/1963)
  • Make Someone Happy (Styne/Comden/Green)  (Arr: Bob Florence) (rec. 1/11/1963)
  • The Sweetest Sounds (Rodgers) (rec. 1/11/1963)
  • Standing on the Corner (Loesser) (rec. 1/11/1963)
  • Stop the World (And Let Me Off) (Belew/Stevenson) (rec. 1/14/1963)
  • Love, Look Away (Hammerstein II/Rodgers) (rec. 1/1963)
  • Jealous (Finch/Little/Mallie) (rec. 1/1963) – CLICK TO HEAR TRACK!
  • I Cried For You (Freed/Lyman/Arnheim) (rec. 1/1963)
  • Alice Blue Gown (McCarthy/Tierney) (rec. 1/1963)
  • Somebody Stole My Gal (Wood) (rec. 4/13/1963)
  • Whispering (Schonberger/Coburn/Rose) (rec. 4/13/1963)

 


you or no one

It’s You or No One (ATCO 33-124, Stereo, June 1963) – Recorded at two different sessions in 1960 prior to “Love Swings”, Bobby had recorded so much “A” material for ATCO, instead of flooding the market at the time, ATCO was able to release two full sides (A-side upbeat swing, the flip more melancholy) while he was making new music at Capitol.  Re-released briefly by Collector’s Choice, now long OOP on CD, available at PonoMusic for a fair CD-price.  The perfect companion to “Love Swings”.

  1. It’s  You Or No One (Cahn/Styne)
  2. I Hadn’t Anyone Till You (Noble)
  3. Not Mine (Mercer/Schertzinger)
  4. I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me (Gaskill/McHugh)
  5. I’ve Never Been In Love Before (Loesser)
  6. All Or Nothing At All (Altman/Lawrence)
  7. Only One Little Item (Holden)
  8. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Ellington/Russell)
  9. How About Me (Berlin)
  10. I’ll Be Around (Wilder)
  11. All I Do Is Cry (Holden)
  12. I Guess I’m Good For Nothing But the Blues (Holden)

Arrangements by Torrie Zito (Side One: It’s You) and Bobby Scott (Side Two: Or No One)
Rec. Jan 25-27, 1960

 


18 Yellow

18 Yellow Roses (Capitol 1942, Mono/Stereo, July 1963) – Pop album that contains the BD-written Country-tinged title cut hit and the self-written “Not For Me”.  Also contains the classics, “Ruby Baby” and “From a Jack to King”.  Currently OOP.

  1. 18 Yellow Roses (Darin)
  2. On Broadway (Leiber/Mann/Stoller/Weil)
  3. Ruby Baby (Leiber/Stoller)
  4. Reverend Mr. Black (Leiber/Stoller/Wheeler)
  5. End of the World (Dee/Kent)
  6. Not For Me (Darin)
  7. Walk Right In (Cannon/Woods)
  8. From a Jack to a King (Miller)
  9. I Will Follow Her (Altman/Gimbel/Plante/Del Roman/Stole)
  10. Our Day Will Come (Garson/Hilliard)
  11. Can’t Get Used to Losing You (Pomus/Schuman)
  12. Rhythm of the Rain (Gummoe)

Produced by Nik Venet
Arrangements by Jack Nitzsche, Bobby Scott, Bert Keyes, Walter Raim
Rec: May 23, 25, and 27, 1963

 

 


Earthy

Earthy! (Capitol 1862, Mono/Stereo, July 1963) – The first of two country/folk albums featuring a pre-Byrds Roger McGuinn on 12-String and vocals with several BD-written originals.  An adventurous, surprising and rewarding listen.  Opens with the powerful, “Long Time Man” – contains Bobby’s popular. swinging, original, “The Sermon of Samson”, the hauntingly moving BD-original “When Their Mama is Gone”, and a hilarious take of Hank Williams’ “Everything’s Okay”.  One of our favorites.  He records a Belafonte tune and the LP cover was an intentional homage.  Stereo version released briefly as a two-fer with “Golden Folk Hits” in 2002 by Exemplar Records – now long OOP and unavailable in lossless digital at this time.

  1. Long Time Man (Trad. Arr: Tyson/Fricker)
  2. Work Song (Adderley/Brown, Jr.)
  3. La Bamba (Acosta/Belafonte)
  4. I’m On My Way Great God (Trad.)
  5. The Sermon of Samson (Darin/Raim)
  6. Strange Rain (Paxton)
  7. Why Don’t You Swing Down (Darin/Raim)
  8. Everything’s Okay (Williams)
  9. Guantanamera (Trad: Espigul)
  10. When Their Mama is Gone (Darin/Raim)
  11. Fay-O (Raim)
  12. The Er-I-Ee Was A’rising (Darin/Raim)

Produced by Tom Morgan
Arrangements by Walter Raim
Rec. July 24, 28, 30, 31, 1962

Single sessions:

  • 18 Yellow Roses (Darin) (rec. 6/6/1963)- German language version of hit single (released as single in Germany) – CLICK TO LISTEN!
  • You’re the Reason I’m Living (Darin) (rec. 6/6/1963)- German language version of hit single (released as single in Germany)

 


Golden Folk Hits

Golden Folk Hits (Capitol 2007, Mono/Stereo, Nov 1963) – Bobby fully embraces the folk movement and save for his take on the moving album opener, “Mary Don’t You Weep” is “Earthy!”‘s upbeat follow-up covering folk standards and “new” favorites from young talent.  Contains “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”, “If I Had a Hammer”, and Bobby’s first “pop” take on Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice (It’s Alright)” (he would later revisit this tune in his final years at Motown).  Also, currently unavailable – if you have a turntable, grab this one where you can!  LP features Roger McGuinn and Glen Campbell.

  1. Mary Don’t You Weep (Trad.)
  2. Where Have All the Flowers Gone? (Seeger)
  3. If I Had a Hammer (Hays/Seeger)
  4. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (Dylan)
  5. Greenback Dollar (Axton/Ramsey)
  6. Why, Daddy, Why (Scott)
  7. Michael Row the Boat Ashore (Trad.)
  8. Abilene (Brown/Loudermilk)
  9. Green, Green (McGuire/Sparks)
  10. Settle Down (Goin’ Down That Highway) (M. Settle)
  11. Blowin’ In the Wind (Dylan)
  12. Train to the Sky (Raleigh)

Produced by Nik Venet
Arrangements by Walter Raim
Rec. Aug 28, Sept. 3, 6, 1963

  • Since You Been Gone (Clark) – released as b-side to non-LP single”Be Mad Little Girl” (rec. 10/15/1963)

 


Winners

Winners (ATCO 33-167, Stereo, June 1964) – A la “It’s You Or No One”,  ATCO releases another gem of an LP from sessions during his tenure a couple of years earlier.  With the exception of the surprise hit cabaret-styled “Milord” (Pop #45, single released in mono nearly four years after it was recorded – Bobby sings French!) and “Golden Earrings” (the single’s flip side) the album was recorded in a 2-day session in Feb, 1960.  Contains casual, jazzy takes of classics such as “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea”, “Anything Goes” and “Easy Living”.   Long OOP on CD..

  1. Milord (Monnot/Moustaki)
  2. Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea (Arlen/Koehler)
  3. Anything Goes (Porter)
  4. Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me (Ellington/Russell)
  5. Golden Earrings (Evans/Livingston/Young)
  6. When Day Is Done (DeSylva/Katscher)
  7. I’ve Found A New Baby (Palmer/Williams)
  8. What a Difference a Day Made (Adams/Grever)
  9. What Can I Say After I Say I’m Sorry (Donaldson/Lyman)
  10. Hard Hearted Hannah (Yellen/Ager/Bates/Bigelow)
  11. Easy Living (Rainger/Robin)
  12. They All Laughed (G. Gerswhin/I. Gerswhin)

Produced by Ahmet Ertegun and Nesuhi Ertegun
Arrangements by Bobby Scott
Rec. Feb 1-2, 1960, except “Milord” (rec. 6/20/1960) and “Golden Earrings” (rec. 3/25/1961)

Documented Outtakes

  • A Game of Poker (rec. 2/1960)
  • I Got a Woman (Nugetre) (early take) (rec. 2/1960) – pre-dates master take for “Bobby Darin Sings Ray Charles” LP)
  • Swing Low Sweet Chariot (Trad.) (rec. 2/1960) – A-side non-LP Single
  • Minnie the Moocher (Jaxon/Calloway) (rec. 2/1960) – A-side non-LP Single, released 2/1965
  • Tall Story (Previn/Langdon/Manne) (rec. 2/5/1960) – Theme to film of same name, released as b-side to “Clementine” 45
  • That’s How It Went, All Right (Previn/Langdon/Manne) (rec. 2/5/1960) – theme to film “Pepe” – LISTEN HERE!
  • Beachcomber (Darin) (2/5/1960) – instrumental, released as A-side Single as “Bobby Darin at the Piano”
  • Autumn Blues (Darin) (2/5/1960) – instrumental, released as b-side to “Beachcomber” as “Bobby Darin at the Piano”
  • She’s Tanfastic (Darin) (2/5/1960) – written and released as “Special Premium Disc” 45 promo for Tanfastic Suntan Oil
  • Similau (Russell) – (rec. 12/1960) B-side to “Swing Low Sweet Chariot”

 


From Hello Dolly

From Hello Dolly to Goodbye Charlie (Capitol 2194, Mono/Stereo, Nov 1964) – Big band Bobby Vocal classic including “Hello Dolly!”, “More”, “Days of Wine and Roses, “Sunday in New York” and the Bobby Darin/Randy Newman co-write “Look at Me” (song intended for and used in the James Darren film “The Lively Set” – Bobby was commissioned to write the music and score for the film – soundtrack currently OOP).  This LP contains Bobby’s big band version of this one-time collaboration!  OOP completely physically here in the US.

  1. Hello, Dolly! (Herman)
  2. Call Me Irresponsible (Van Heusen/Cahn)
  3. The Days of Wine and Roses (Mancini/Mercer)
  4. More (Theme from “Mondo Cane”) (Newell, Oliviero, Ortolani)
  5. The End of Never (Darin/Forest)
  6. Charade (Mancini/Mercer)
  7. Once In a Lifetime (Only Once) (Bricusse/Newley)
  8. Sunday in New York (Van Heusen/Cahn)
  9. Look at Me (Darin/Newman)
  10. Goodbye, Charlie (Previn/Langdon) – CLICK TO HEAR FINAL MASTER WITH BD VOCALS WARM-UP INTRO

Produced by Jim Economides
Arrangements by Richard Wess

Documented Outtakes:

  • Two Tickets (Darin) (Arrang.: Jimmie Haskell) (rec. 1/13/1964)
  • The Things In This House (Darin) (Arrang.: Jimmie Haskell) (rec. 1/13/1964) – take 20 released as A-side single
  • Wait By The Water (Darin) (Arrang.: Jimmie Haskell) (rec. 1/13/1964) – take 11 released as b-side to “The Things In This House” single
  • Love Letters (Young/Heyman) – attempt at a single (rec. 3/15/1964)
  • Gyp the Cat (early take) (Darin/Wolf) (rec. 9/17/1964)

 


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Venice Blue (Capitol 2322, Stereo, May 1965) – BD’s sole LP from 1965, originally alternately titled, “I Wanna Be Around” in the UK, another fine album arranged by Richard Weiss.  Includes the BD-original hit “Venice Blue”, “I Wanna Be Around”, “The Good Life”, and the BD/Rudy Clark co-write, “In A World Without You”.  His final LP for Capitol Records.  CD OOP in the US – available as an Import paired with “You’re the Reason I’m Living” (1965) from third party sellers only at this time.

  1. Venice Blue (Darin/Aznavour/Lees)
  2. I Wanna Be Around (Mercer/Vimmerstadt)
  3. Somewhere (Bernstein/Sondheim)
  4. The Good Life (Distel/Reardon)
  5. Dear Heart (Evans/Livingston/Mancini)
  6. Softly, As I Leave You (Calabrese/Shaper/De Vita)
  7. You Just Don’t Know (Darin)
  8. Ain’t No Sweet Gal Worth the Salt of My Tears (Fisher)
  9. Who Can I Turn To? (Bricusse/Newley)
  10. A Taste of Honey (Marlow/Scott)
  11. In a World Without You (Darin/Clark)

Produced by Steve Douglas
Arrangements by Richard Wess and Ernie Freeman

Documented Outtakes:

  • Just Bummin’ Around (Graves) (rec. 3/9/1964)
  • On the Street Where You Live (Loewe/Lerner) (rec. 3/22/1965)
  • Red Roses for a Blue Lady (Tepper/Bennet) (rec. 3/22/1965)
  • If I Ruled the World (Bricusse/Ornadel) (rec. 3/22/1965)
  • I Left My Heart In San Francisco (Cory/Cross)
  • When I Get Home (Darin/Alquist) – released as A-side, non-LP Single
  • Lonely Road (Sullivan/Wood) – released as b-side to “When I Get Home”
  • Gyp the Cat (Darin/Wolf) – released as b-side to “That Funny Feeling” 45 (rec. 3/22/1965)

 


Bobby Sings Shadow mono

Bobby Darin Sings the Shadow of Your Smile (Atlantic 8121, Mono/Stereo, April 1966) – Bobby returns to ATCO’s parent label, Atlantic with a wonderful album – the first side BD covers the 1966 Oscar-nominated songs, including the ultimate winner “The Shadow of Your Smile”, “The Sweetheart Tree”, and his don’t miss-it take of the comedic, “The Ballad of Cat Ballou”.  Flip side includes more standards in Bobby’s inimitable style – nailing “Cute”, “After You’ve Gone”, and his self-written, upbeat and breezy, “Rainin'”.  The mono version is our PREFERRED version (the original stereo is an odd mix as BD’s vocals are all on the right channel only).  Also released in 4-Track Stereo Reel to Reel Tape 3 1/4 ips format.

  1. The Shadow of Your Smile (Mandel/Webster)
  2. The Sweetheart Tree (Mancini)
  3. I Will Wait for You (Legrand/Demy)
  4. The Ballad of Cat Ballou (Livingston/David)
  5. What’s New Pussycat? (Bacharach/David)
  6. Rainin’ (Darin)
  7. Lover, Come Back to Me (Romberg/Hammerstein II)
  8. Cute (Hefti)
  9. After You’ve Gone (Layton/Creamer)
  10. It’s Only a Paper Moon (Arlen/Harburg/Rose)
  11. Liza (All the Clouds’ll Roll Away) (G. Gershwin/I. Gershwin/Kahn)

Produced by Bobby Darin
Arrangements by Shorty Rogers (Side A) and Richard Wess (Side B)

Documented Outtakes (Sadly, in Feb. 1978, there was a fire at the NJ Atlantic storage facility – though most, if not all, unreleased material was permanently lost for many artists, we were able to salvage several Darin tracks from various sources – they will make their debut here shortly – stay tuned for updates!):

  • We Didn’t Ask To Be Brought Here (Darin) (rec. 8/1965) – Non-LP A-side Single
  • Funny What Love Can Do (Darin) (rec. 8/1965) – B-side to “We Didn’t Ask to Be Brought Here” 45
  • Sweet Memories of You (rec. 8/1965) (from the “We Didn’t Ask to Be Brought Here” single sessions)
  • Ain’t That a Bunch of Nonsense (rec. 8/1965) (from the “We Didn’t Ask to Be Brought Here” single sessions)
  • Baby I Miss You So (from the “We Didn’t Ask to Be Brought Here” single sessions)
  • Ace in the Hole (solo version) (rec. 12/13/1965)
  • The Best is Yet to Come (Coleman/Leigh) (rec. 12/13/1965)
  • The Sheik of Araby (Smith/Wheeler/Snyder) (rec. 12/14/1965)
  • This Could Be The Start of Something (S. Allen) (rec. 12/13/1965)
  • I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’ (G. Gershwin/Heyward) (rec. 12/15/1965)
  • The Breaking Point (King/Webster) – Non-LP A-side Single (rec. 1/1966)
  • Silver Dollar (Ness/Palmer) – B-side to “The Breaking Point” 45 (rec 1/1966)
  • Baby Won’t You Please Come Home (Warfield/Williams)
  • Weeping Willow (Reynolds/Shane/Stewart) (considered for release as b-side for the aborted “Rainin'” single) (rec. 2/4/1966)
  • Strangers In the Night  (Kaempfert/Singleton/Snyder) (rec. 2/23/1966)

 


In a Broadway Bag

In a Broadway Bag (Atlantic 8126, Mono/Stereo, June 1966) – Bobby’s vocals have never been stronger than on this under-appreciated record with his versions of popular songs from Broadway.  The title of this album is accurate and BD delivers.  Includes “Mame”, “It’s Today” and (in our opinion) the definitive version of the classic “Don’t Rain on My Parade”.  Stereo mix far superior to that on the previous LP – although original mono mix unreleased in CD/digital, satisfying stereo mix released as an Import CD.  LP released in the UK as “Mame” – exact same content as its US counterpart.

  1. Mame (Herman)
  2. I Believe in You (Loesser)
  3. It’s Today (Herman)
  4. Everybody Has the Right to Be Wrong (Cahn/Van Heusen)
  5. Feeling Good (Bricusse/Newley)
  6. Don’t Rain on My Parade (Merrill/Styne) – CLICK TO HEAR TRACK!
  7. The Other Half of Me (Freeman/Lawrence)
  8. Once Upon a Time (Adams/Strouse)
  9. Try to Remember (Jones/Schmidt)
  10. I’ll Only Miss Her When I Think of Her (Cahn/Van Heusen)
  11. Night Song (Adams/Strouse)

Produced by Bobby Darin
Arrangements by Shorty Rogers and Perry Botkin, Jr.

Documented Outtakes:

  • True Love’s a Blessing (rec. 3/23/1966) – not considered for aforementioned  LP as the song was not from a Broadway musical)
  • I Can Live On Love (rec. 5/9/1966)
  • Manhattan In My Heart (Meyer) (rec. 5/9/1966)
  • LA. Breakdown (Marks) (rec. 5/9/1966)
  • Merry Go Round In The Rain (Green/Mercer) (rec. 5/27/1966)
  • Seventeen (rec. 5/27/1966)
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (North) (rec. 5/27/1966) – released as A-side Single
  • Merci Cherie (Hoerbiger/Juergens/Carendish) (Rec. 5/27/1966) – released as b-side to “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
  • Walking In The Shadow of Love (Baum/Giant/Kaye) – released as b-side to “Mame”

In August, 1966, Bobby recorded a full unreleased album, however it was shelved in favor of going in the direction of “If I Were a Carpenter”.  Masters are most likely lost in Feb, 1978 Atlantic storage fire, but we are fortunate to have “rescued” select tracks..

Stay tuned for world premiere streaming of tracks we were able to salvage!

  • Lulu’s Back in Town (6/1966)
  • Mountain Greenery (6/1966)
  • What Now My Love (6/1966)
  • It’s Magic (6/1966)
  • Danke Schoen (Kaempfert/Schwabach/Milt Gabler) – originally intended for Bobby to record, but he instead produced the song for his young mentee, Wayne Newton (Pop #13, 7/1963) – this was Bobby’s version
  • Los Angeles (Darin/Forest)
  • My Own True Love
  • On a Clear Day
  • Quarter To Nine (Dubin/Warren)


If I were a Carpenter Mono

If I Were a Carpenter (Atlantic, Mono/Stereo, Dec 1966) – Bobby returns to his earlier efforts at folk with vengeance – on-the-dime genre switch and polar opposite of his previous and critically acclaimed “In a Broadway bag”.  A stunner of an album – Bobby records songs by Tim Hardin, John Sebastian, and Buffy Saint-Marie – taking the title track to the Billboard Top 10. Includes “Lovin’ You” – also recorded at the time by Sebastian’s own The Lovin’ Spoonful, they did not release it as a single – Bobby took this one Top 40 while they were riding high with “Summer in the City”.  Also includes the first “cover” of Hardin’s “Reason to Believe”, long before it was hip to do so (and Rod Stewart made it popular).  Album also includes the gorgeous and orchestrated BD-original, “Amy”, the theme song to the Bobby Darin-starrer Gunfight In Abilene (Universal, 1967).  Original stereo album long OOP as an Import CD, once available as a two-fer with his follow-up LP and non-LP singles – unavailable in lossless digital.  Hunt this one down!

Several of the mono versions of the album tracks appear on The Very Best of Bobby Darin 1966-1969  comp, however the original mono LP has never been re-released completely.

Ironically, while Bobby took Hardin’s “If I Were a Carpenter” to the Top 10 in 1966, Bobby himself wrote Tim Hardin’s only charting Top 50 hit, the non-LP single, “Simple Song of Freedom”, released in 1969!

  1. If I Were a Carpenter (Hardin)
  2. Reason to Believe (Hardin) – CLICK TO LISTEN!
  3. (Sittin’ Here) Lovin’ You (Sebastian)
  4. Misty Roses (Hardin)
  5. Until It’s Time For You To Go (Sainte-Marie)
  6. For Baby (Deutschendorf aka John Denver)
  7. The Girl Who Stood Beside Me (Stevens)
  8. Red Balloon (Hardin)
  9. Amy (Darin) – CLICK TO LISTEN!
  10. Don’t Make Promises (Hardin)
  11. Daydream (Sebastian)

Produced by Charles Koppleman and Don Rubin
Arrangements by Donald Peake and Bob Halley

Documented Outtakes:

  • Good Day Sunshine (Lennon/McCartney) (rec. 11/1966)
  • Younger Girl (Sebastian) (rec. 11/1966)
  • Funny What Love Can Do (Darin) (early attempt) (rec. 11/1966)


inside-out

Inside Out (Atlantic, Mono/Stereo, May 1967) – Bobby delivers another great appreciation of singer/songwriters album with BD-written originals including the powerful, “I Am”, his breezy upbeat original, “Hello Sunshine”, and cuts new “songwriter” cuts by Hardin, Bonner and Gordon, Sebastian, and a beautiful – version of the now-classic “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today”.  BD was one of the first, if not the first to release this now-standard from the Newman catalogue.  We’ve heard a lot of covers, but BD nails it – haunting, beautiful and lonely BD’s take is a must-hear.  This sublime album closes with Bobby’s subdued and surprisingly moving take on Jagger/Richards’ “Back Street Girl”!

Several of the mono versions of the album tracks appear on The Very Best of Bobby Darin 1966-1969  comp, however the original mono LP has never been re-released completely.

  1. The Lady Came From Baltimore (Hardin)
  2. Darling Be Home Soon (Sebastian)
  3. Bes’ Friends (Sebastian) – CLICK TO LISTEN!
  4. I Am (Darin)
  5. Me About You (Bonner/Gordon)
  6. I Think It’s Going to Rain Today (Darin) – CLICK TO LISTEN!
  7. Whatever Happened to Happy (Bonner/Gordon)
  8. Black Sheep Boy (Hardin)
  9. Hello Sunshine (Darin)
  10. Lady Fingers (Bonner/Gordon)
  11. Back Street Girl (Jagger/Richards)

Produced by Charles Koppleman and Don Rubin

  • Saginaw Michigan (Anderson/Wayne) (rec. 3/28/1967)

 


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Something Special [UK-only LP] (Atlantic 587073, May, 1967)

Soundtrack from the Bobby Darin Special, “Live in London” filmed and recorded Nov, 1966 for the BBC.

Includes “Don’t Rain on My Parade”, “About a Quarter to Nine” and “One for My Baby” which includes Bobby’s impersonations – something he was a master at, and did both live and in studio to great acclaim (and hilarious accuracy).

Rare BBC Mono-Only LP Soundtrack RESTORED AND NOW STREAMING – CLICK TO LISTEN!

Side 1

  1. Don’t Rain On My Parade
  2. About a Quarter to Nine
  3. Once Upon a Time
  4. I Wish I Were In Love Again
  5. Mack the Knife
  6. If I Were a Carpenter

Side 2

  1. Impressions (One For My Baby)
  2. The Girl Who Stood Beside Me (Stevens)
  3. Funny What Love Can Do (Darin)
  4. What’d I Say
  5. That’s All

 


Dr. Doolittle

Bobby Darin Sings Doctor Doolittle (Atlantic, Stereo, Aug, 1967) – An odd-one – the title says it all.  Bobby really wanted to do this record – the songs from the film really got him excited to do his own musical interpretations.  A fine listening experience that includes the upbeat “Talk to the Animals”.  Bobby delivers this material wonderfully, but artistically, he was about to move… and move on from Atlantic, too, to go his own way.

Recommended for the whole family – kid friendly with fun effects, but handled maturely to please adults.

Available briefly as a two-fer with “Born Walden”.

NOTE: TWO-FER is NOT the original LP mix, but rather a slapped together mix from the 4-tracks.  Original superior stereo mix never released on CD.

All songs composed by Leslie Bricusse

  1. At the Crossroads
  2. When I Look in Your Eyes
  3. I Think I Like You
  4. Where are the Words
  5. Something in Your Smile
  6. Fabulous Places
  7. My Friend the Doctor
  8. Beautiful Things
  9. After Today
  10. Talk to the Animals

Supervised by Ahmet Ertegun
Arranged and Conducted by Roger Kellaway
Recording Engineer – John Haeny

  • She Knows (Gordon/Bonner) – recorded same month as these sessions, but intended for, and released as A-side, Non-LP Single
  • Biggest Night of Her Life (Newman) (rec. 7/19/1967) – considered for b-side of “She Knows”, but Atlantic chose “Talk to the Animals” from “Dr. Doolittle” instead.  BD version never released – early Newman tune ultimately released by Harpers Bizarre, Dec, 1967
  • I’m Going to Love You (Darin) – (rec. 11/1967)
  • My Baby Needs Me (McCoy) (rec. 11/1967)
  • Easy Rider (Rainey/Ledbetter) – (demo, rec. 11/1967)
  • Everywhere I Go (Darin) – (demo, rec. 11/1967)
  • Long Time Movin’  (Darin) – (demo, rec. 11/1967)
  • All Strung Out (Tempo/Riopelle) (demo, rec. 11/13/1967)
  • Tupelo Mississippi Flash (Reed) (demo, rec. 11/18/1967)
  • Natural Soul Loving Big City Countryfied Man (rec. 11/19/1967)
  • Prison of Your Love (Darin) (demo, rec. 11/1967)
  • Medley: Meditation/I Will Wait for You (run-through for upcoming live shows, rec. 11/1967)


Born Walden

Bobby Darin Born Walden Robert Cassotto (Direction 1936, Stereo, Sept 1968)  The first of two self-pressed LPs that were relatively ignored at the time, criminally underheard (as of this writing), but critical to understanding and fully enjoying everything BD was inside and out.

Both albums are as relevant today as when Bobby recorded them – perhaps more so today.   Both outstanding in terms of personal expression and music.

Grad orchestra is traded for bare, quivering strings, bass, licks, riffs, pure R&B, country funk, and even moving, “stripped” man and guitar-only cuts.

Right in the title and on the cover of the LP itself, Bobby addressed his own dichotomy. “Walden Robert Cassotto” is the real “Bobby Darin” and he wanted the public to understand what he was expressing through music  was the real him also.  In fact, since he was independently distributing this material himself, he put these releases out under “Bob” Darin.  Bearing the highly effective teen star name vs. the real Walden Robert Cassoto struggle is finally tackled head-on in this shockingly honest, bare, emotional, and at-time playful incredibly effective LP.

AllMusic captured what this record is about best: “The least-essential record to casual fans. But possibly the most important Darin record for those who wish to better understand the man’s love for music and his quest for artistic truth… An overlooked masterpiece painted in bold, personal strokes.” 

No label BD knew wanted this controversial and highly experimental material from him – so he wrote the songs, played them (with some close music friends) produced two absolutely essential listens with little promotional backing as he no longer had the resources of a major label.

The LP opens with the rhetorical “Questions” that addresses social and environmental issues with direct clarity, focus, and a beat you can’t help but groove to.  The lyrics are powerful, and set to a catchy but deceptively urgent melody.

The entire album is so damn cool and as relevant today as it was when it was first ignored in 1968.

Had this album come out by a “new” artist, this would be regarded as a stone-cold 1968 classic.  Every track is important and  relatively bare (horns used to great effect)its one of his most powerful – these are the two true underground records to listen to.  Even if you are not a “Bobby Darin” die-hard, but are moved by artists from the 60s speaking their minds, dismissing commercial potential entirely in favor of delivering a true musical statement, these two albums are must-listens.

Contains the #79 hit “Long Line Rider” – about the recently uncovered scandals about abuses in the Arkansas prison farms lead by warden-whiste blower, Tom Murton.  He would come out with his own account of his harrowing and horrific experience in “Accomplices to the Crime: The Arkansas Prison Scandal” in 1969.

Bobby was asked to cut the political and astutely accurate line, “This kind of thing can’t happen here, especially not in election year” at the last minute when about to perform “Long Line Rider” on “The Jackie Gleason Show”.  Instead of compromising the integrity of the song, he walked off the set.

The whole album is  a “highlight”, but contains the excellent “I Can See the Wind”, “In Memoriam” (an almost whispering vocal man and guitar tribute to the recently assassinated friend, Bobby Kennedy – someone BD admired greatly and campaigned for), and “Sunday” (which opens with backwards tape playback and introduces shorts spurts of strings, backing vocals, in another dichotomous track).

“They never understood him, so they put him in the ground” – “In Memoriam”

Get the original LP with poetry from Bobby on the back.

The one CD/digital release was sourced from vinyl anyway – so go for the original LP if you can find it!

Available briefly as a two-fer with “Dr. Doolittle”, readily available for download in CD quality at PonoMusic

All songs composed by Bobby Darin

  1. Questions
  2. Jingle Jangle Jungle
  3. The Proper Gander
  4. Bullfrog
  5. Long Line Rider
  6. Change
  7. I Can See the Wind
  8. Sunday
  9. In Memoriam

Produced by Bobby Darin
Arrangements by Bobby Darin


Commitment

Commitment (Direction 1937, Stereo, July 1969) – Stellar, “upbeat” and more accessible funky follow-up to “Born Walden”.  Hilarious at times (“Distractions (Part I)” , and more spot-on social commentary through original funk, talking blues, and singer-songwriter acoustic numbers.  One of the most criminally under-heard albums of all time.

A must-own.  Opens with the funky, “Me and Mr. Hohner” (a subversive stunner – hanging out with his harmonica and getting harassed is really about the corrupt attitude and discriminatory actions by the Philadelphia Police at the time, including its treatment of minorities).

“Jive” is another fan favorite – this whole album works.  Put it on and there’s so many deceptively simple layers to enjoy from it, I’ll leave the rest to you – the listener!

  1. Me & Mr. Hohner – CLICK TO LISTEN!
  2. Sugar-Man
  3. Sausalito (The Governors Song)
  4. Song For a Dollar
  5. The Harvest
  6. Distractions (Part I)
  7. Water Color Canvas
  8. Jive
  9. Hey Magic Man
  10. Light Blue

Produced by Bob(by) Darin
Arrangements by Bob(by) Darin

Documented Outtakes:

  • Baby May (Darin) – released as non-LP A-Side Single
  • Sweet Reasons (Darin) – released as b-side to “Baby May” single
  • Maybe We Can Get It Together (Darin) – released as non-LP A-Side Single
  • Rx-Pyro (Prescription: Fire) (Darin) – released as b-side to “Maybe We Can Get It Together” single
  • City Life (Darin)
  • Route 58 (Darin)


Bobby Darin Motown Self Titled

Bobby Darin (Motown M753L, Stereo, Aug, 1972) – Bobby’s final LP in his lifetime, this mature album for Motown is a wonderful listen and shows, for the final time, Bobby could step-up to any style and not only deliver, but own it.

In somewhat typical Darin tradition since his first LP (ironically his debut and final LP were both self-titled), Bobby composes his own tune (the lovely “Something in Her Love”) which seamlessly flows with the material he was covering on the album.  A bitter-sweet and wonderful swan song.

  1. Sail Away (R. Newman)
  2. I’ve Already Stayed Too Long (Peters)
  3. Something in Her Love (Darin/T. Amato)
  4. Who Turned the World Around (English/Kerr)
  5. Shipmates in Cheyenne (Henry/Chatter)
  6. Let It Be Me (Becaud/Curtis)
  7. Hard Headed Woman (C. Stevens)
  8. Average People (G. Clinton)
  9. I Used To Think It Was Easy (St. Clare)
  10. My First Night Alone Without You (Vassy)

Produced by Joe Porter
Arrangements by Jimmy Haskell and Michael O’Martian

Documented Outtakes:

  • Happy (Love Theme From “Lady Sings The Blues”) (Robinson/Legrand) – non-LP A-side Single
  • Melodie (Richards/Marcellino/Larson) – non-LP A-side Single
  • Someday We’ll Be Together (Bristol/Beavers/Fuqua) – released as b-side to “Melodie” single

Other Notable LPs:


The lively set

The Lively Set (Original Cast and Music from), (Decca, Stereo, 1964) – Bobby wrote the songs and score for the James Darren film, “The Lively Set”, though did not appear in the film or sing on the soundtrack.  A unique release as this is all Darin – writing, producing, performing – but behind-the-scenes.  Includes the score-theme, title track sung by James Darren, the Randy Newman co-write, “Look at Me” (sung here by Wink Martindale) “Boss Barracuda” (co-written with the late Terry Melcher and sung by The Surfaris, this one cut made it to CD) and additional score-only lounge and drag race theme music!  Never reissued since original LP release.


Live from the Flamingo

Live From Las Vegas (1963)
Recorded Live at the Flamingo, November, 1963 – Released as part of The Las Vegas Centennial Collection

(First Released in 2000 as “The Curtain Falls” from Collector’s Choice)


Live at the Desert Inn

Live! at the Desert Inn (Stereo, 1971)
Recorded to be BD’s first album for Motown in Feb., 1971 (working title, “Finally”), but not released until 1987 by Collector’s Choice.  Expanded Issue released by Starbucks/Concord in 2005.

 

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