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NEW BOBBY MATERIAL OUT NOW! Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer “Two of a Kind” Deluxe Expanded – ORDER TODAY!!

Thank you Omnivore Recordings! It’s out!  The classic Duet album with Billy May and his Orchestra newly remastered with NEW song outtakes and alternate takes of the classics the world has enjoyed since its release in 1961!

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Beautiful sound – better dynamic range (by a bit) than the original CD pressing too – not a compression job thankfully. So this one “pops” without sounding sharp. Really nice job by Michael Graves.

Purchase Here:

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FYI, this is all stereo – original stereo mix, and fortunately, it’s ALWAYS been a good stereo mix – always has been, as we can now hear – these outtakes seemed to have been mixed years ago (or even at the time) and match the record pretty spot on. So it flows really well.

Great release – I was hoping for some session details in the liner notes (for example, Ronnie Zito – whose now in the pit on Broadway in “Chicago”) was on drums. Obviously this is also Billy May and what a grand job he does!

Great guy, and he’s one of the last people on earth to be there – he was VERY young (his older brother was Torrie Zito who arranged Bobby).. and any new photos (odd that even the one pic of them working at the piano isn’t included in the booklet) – but man, what a looong labor of love that this expanded edition is finally out!

(For more Bobby and Billy May, check out Bobby’s first Capitol LP,  Oh! Look at Me Now, 1962)

Another guy not mentioned who helped was Bill Inglot. They refer to “back in the day” about Rhino – but it’s Bill who helped back then.

I can’t say enough about the MUSIC on this record.

It bests my NM original stereo LP itself – so kudos to Michael Graves on the remastering.

The highlights of the expanded release IMO are the two “new” songs – “Lily of Laguna” – one of those old songs where you’re meant to mess with the lyrics – they have a blast. Bobby sings falsetto – great fun stuff. More impressions, even studio chatter – after 9 takes of “My Cutey’s Due at Two-to-Two Today” the energy is great – Bobby on starting Take 10 (included) “Ok! This is the take home!..”

Really, magic in a bottle.  One of those one-off amazing chemistry projects cooked up by Steve Blauner when Bobby was just starting.  He was only 24 years old at the time of recording – you wouldn’t believe it if you were just listening to this amazing album.  Wonderful stuff.

CD Track List:
1. Two Of A Kind (Intro)
2. Indiana
3. Bob White
4. Ace In The Hole
5. East Of The Rockies
6. If I Had My Druthers
7. I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jellyroll
8. Lonesome Polecat
9. My Cutey’s Due At Two-To-Two Today
10. Medley: A) Paddlin’ Madelin’ Home   B) Row Row Row
11. Who Takes Care Of The Caretaker’s Daughter
12. Mississippi Mud
13. Two Of A Kind

Previously Unissued Bonus Tracks:

14. Cecilia (Take 4)
15. Lily Of Laguna (Take 7)
16. Bob White (Take 17)
17. East of the Rockies (Take 6)
18. I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jellyroll (Take 5a)
19. My Cutey’s Due At Two-To-Two Today (Take 10)
20. Mississippi Mud (Alternate Take)

Bobby’s knack for melody and Johnny’s lyrics pop right off the bat with the title cut.. “intro” version of the album below.

A must-purchase!  ORDER TODAY!

Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer – Two Of A Kind – Amazon.com Music

Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer “Two of a Kind” Deluxe Expanded CD Now Avail for Pre-Order!

Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer “Two of a Kind” with Billy May and His Orchestra – one of the most joyously fun and brilliantly arranged albums albums is getting the deluxe expanded treatment!

Newly remastered with 2 NEW UNRELEASED TRACKS, and 4 ALTERNATE TAKES!

Bobby Darin’s manager, Steve Blauner’s original idea (and is credited as such on the back of the original LP) – this unique and fantastic experiment is one the best albums ever made.

The LP is framed and hangs permanently here as a testament to pure joy.  Once you’ve heard the music, it’s hard not to see the cover and not smile.

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And then you hit repeat.

SUPER SPECIAL THANKS TO CHERYL PAWELSKI, who was mentored at Capitol (we hear) BY Steve Blauner early on in her career.  It’s come full circle and THANK YOU for bringing this project out.  Long live Omnivore Recordings!

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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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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 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!

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!

Bobby’s “Mack the Knife” Entered Into Library of Congress! Celebrate with These Two Original “Mack” Session Outtakes!

Bobby Darin’s Classic “Mack the Knife”s Time Has Come!

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Now recognized by The Library of Congress as one of the 25 most important recordings selected in the past year, Bobby’s version of “Mack the Knife” is being preserved as the National Treasure it is.

Read more about this historical moment – possibly Bobby’s greatest achievement to date.

National Recording Registry Recognizes “Mack the Knife,” Motown and Mahler

From the Library of Congress, March 23, 2016:

“These recordings, by a wide range of artists in many genres of music and in spoken word, will be preserved for future listeners,” Mao said. “This collection of blues, jazz, rock, country and classical recordings, interspersed with important recordings of sporting events, speeches, radio shows and comedy, helps safeguard the record of what we’ve done and who we are.”

Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian, with advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), annually selects 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old. The selections for the 2015 registry bring the total number of recordings on the registry to 450, only a minuscule portion of the Library’s vast recorded-sound collection of more than 3 million items.

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Listen to the ORIGINAL unmixed session Take 3 HERE!


[“Mack the Knife”, Take 3, Session Outtake, December 19, 1958]

and Take 7 (with false start) on the About Page HERE!

Read More About The National Recording Preservation Board HERE.