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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

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’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 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 Darin’s “Weeping Willow” Complete 1966 Studio Outtake!

To celebrate Bobby’s upcoming 80th Birthday on May  14, 2016, we are pleased to finally bring you a COMPLETE studio mono mix of the outtake, “Weeping Willow”!

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Recorded over 50 years ago now (!) we’ve all waited long enough for this one (you’ve been SO patient!) – you’ve seen the snippets of him recording this fun, jaunty tune in various documentary clips… here is the closest-to-end-result for EVERYONE to enjoy!

Sourced from the cleanest mono mix that we have unearthed, what better way to begin Bobby’s 80th birthday celebration?  May 14 oughtta be a World Holiday IMO, but I digress..

We cannot overstate the immense talents of the amazing Bobby Darin and the impact he left on the music world – but his music and spirit lives on.

Bobby as a kid all Decked out

On May 14, 2016, Bobby would have turned 80 years old.  Many have asked, “what do you think Bobby would have done if he had lived past 37… or at least another few decades?”

We have our thoughts, but would love to hear yours… chime in on the comments below on your thoughts and your thoughts of “Weeping Willow!”

Recorded at the same session as the Bobby-written original, “Rainin'” in Feb. 1966, “Weeping Willow”, also arranged by Dick Wess, was most likely intended as a b-side to an aborted “Rainin'” single.

“Rainin'”, which opens Side 2 of “Sings the Shadow of Your Smile” is a slower, wonderful song – another example of Bobby writing on par with the “standards” he was singing at any given time.

Sings the Shadow of Your Smile Mono LP

“Rainin'” was released a year later as the b-side to the smash hit (and Top 10 single) “If I Were a Carpenter” from Bobby’s album of the same name.  So if they didn’t catch it on “Sings the Shadow of Your Smile”, they definitely got to hear it when “If I Were a Carpenter” became a hit.  After that, it seems “Weeping Willow” got left behind – Bobby was always on the move, and the treasure trove of unreleased-at-the-time material shows that.

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So without further ado… here’s “Weeping Willow”, Studio Outtake Mono Mix Complete, 1966

APOLOGIES!  JIMMY SCALIA (“The Official Authorized Blah Blah Blah” Bobby Darin “Archivist” in NAME ONLY) DOES NOT WANT FANS TO HEAR IT!   Such a shame and such disregard for Bobby’s fans… another reason this site was created!

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The only weeping that should be done while listening to this great cut is for those who are no longer with us, but are in spirit – the many die-hard fans of his who never got to live to hear this outtake – and the good-kinda weeping – for Bobby himself and all the joy he has brought us (and keeps bringing!).

Happy Birthday, Bobby!

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.