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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.

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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!

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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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“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”…”

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 “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.

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“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!