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).
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.
This wonderful seasonal album is available in WIDE stereo exclusively on the Real Gone Music CD reissue, mastered directly from the original stereo tapes!
Spotlight on A Great Gentleman of Song… Bobby’s Incredible Voice and Vocal Delivery!
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!
Exclusive version with Bobby’s recorded intro from the 1961 Stereo LP, “The Bobby Darin Story”
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!
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.
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!
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Listen to the ORIGINAL unmixed session Take 3 HERE!