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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:

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

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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

“As Long As I’m Singing” – Original Unreleased Stereo Mix From Acetate, March, 1964

Despite only being released as a b-side only to the non-LP single “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now” (in mono only) in ‘1962, this gem of a track was originally slated to be the title track to Bobby’s Capitol debut LP,  As Long as I’m Singin’ – which became Oh! Look at Me Now albeit with a few alternate takes of the final tracks and the former title track left off the line-up.

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The Billy May-arranged “As Long as I’m Singing” came up again as an opener for an otherwise arranged Bob Florence LP, however once again, an As Long as I’m Singing album didn’t happen – this time with most of the excellent recordings such as “Hello Young Lovers”, This Nearly Was Mine”, and “The Sweetest Sounds” left in the can for years, with most of the “leftovers” coming out on various Capitol compilations throughout the 90s and ’00s.

Fortunately, both Bobby and the audience seemed to know how great the song actually was – Bobby used it often to open his live shows and it became a staple of his – the name eventually and aptly finally being used for Rhino’s career-spanning Bobby Darin box set from 1995.

Here is the original 1964 STEREO mix made for the second album taken from the acetate.  The mix differs from the excellent stereo debut one done in the 1980s by Ron Furmanek (with brief count-in),  in that you can hear a bit more of the piano and there is a generous amount of that vintage Capitol reverb surrounding Bobby’s magical vocals.

From Ken Kelly who prepared this: “I cleaned this acetate on a record cleaning machine and the fidelity is mostly excellent.  Minimal sonic cleanup was done to best preserve the feel and vitality of the original recording.  So, without further adieu, here is the “Bobby-approved” 1962/1964 stereo mix of “As Long As I’m Singing”…”

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

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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’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’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!

Bobby Rocks His Own Story on “Route 58” in 1969!

Bobby took a lot of flack for bouncing around genres once he achieved huge success in each style – the labels had quite a challenge promoting this immense and restless talent.

First leaving teen pop after a quick string of hits to record more “adult” material (“58” most likely refers to “1958” as he name-checks dates in “Route 58″).

A strong, rocking number with a similar sentiment to Rick (who also abandoned “Ricky” at the time in effort to shake the teen pop image) Nelson’s “Garden Party”.

“I’ve been too busy listenin’ to what everybody else had to say.  Advice – huh! – is nice, but I know I can’t live twice.  And anyway once is all you need it you live the right way…” – Bobby Darin, “Route 58”

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LISTEN HERE!

Written, arranged and produced by Bob(by) Darin in 1969, by this time he had immersed himself in so many genres, he was recording for his own label, Direction, so he could put out the music he wanted out there.  Not a subsidiary of a major label like Atlantic or Capitol with huge promotional resources, studios, and distribution, but truly his own – Direction Records.

Left in the can for decades after recording the cut in 1969, commercially available now as a bonus track on his “Commitment” album of the same year – available at PonoMusic in CD-quality.  PURCHASE THE TRACK HERE