Dino: The Essential Dean Martin
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The revisionist take on the Rat Pack's razor-witted King of Cool reveals a Dean Martin who was considerably more complex than the Titan of Tipplers legend; a man who would just as soon retire to his room with a tumbler of milk to watch a TV Western than prowl the Strip with his famous cohorts. That sublime, preternatural indifference is both underscored and belied with dizzying regularity on this good 30-track overview of Martin's singing career. The breezy hits "That's Amore" and "Volare" underscored his public staying power when many counted him out in the face of a surging 1950s youth market. He repeated the feat again with trademark effortlessness a decade later to knock no less than the Beatles off the top of the charts with the unlikely, if inviting schmaltz of "Everybody Loves Somebody." Ever informed by his warm, deceptive vocal ease, Martin's rich signature tunes are well-represented here. But the collection also spans enough lovable kitsch ("Mambo Italiano," "Little Old Wine Drinker Me") and unabashed romantic yearning ("Innamorata," "Send Me the Pillow You Dream On") to deepen the compelling mystery of one of pop music's most enduring ciphers. --Jerry McCulley

Customer Reviews:

  • How could it not be five stars, given the length and price?
    Thirty songs, most of them pop hits, and a price well below what might be expected, along with an interesting booklet and well-mastered tracks is what you get here. If you like Dean, but don't have these songs already, what are you waiting for?...more info
  • Love It!
    We enjoy Dino's music very much. Great quality and lots of wonderful songs sung by a wonderful entertainer. ...more info
  • Dino: The Essential Dean Martin
    This CD has a variety of songs and love most of them. It's nice to listen to good old songs all in one CD....more info
  • The best single CD of Dean's music
    Dean Martin had two separate hit-making periods - in the fifties with Capitol and in the sixties with Reprise. The early sixties were not successful in the charts, although Dean continued to record albums and was also kept busy in other ways. You would normally have to buy one album to get his Capitol music and another to get his Reprise music. This collection spans both periods.

    This collection contains most of the songs that are associated with Dean, including Memories are made of this, That's amore, Volare, You're nobody till somebody loves you, In the chapel in the moonlight, Standing on the corner, Send me the pillow that you dream on, Houston and Everybody loves somebody.

    Dean's first solo hit, Powder your face with sunshine, is also included. It was no match for Evelyn Knight's version, which was number one in America for many weeks, but it was a start. Evelyn was at the peak of her career while Dean was just beginning. You belong to me (Jo Stafford) and Mambo Italiano (Rosemary Clooney) were other songs that other singers had bigger hits with than Dean.

    Dean is often compared to Frank Sinatra, but their music was quite different. I enjoy both of them in different ways. While Frank's music was rooted in the big band sound of the late thirties, Dean's was altogether more relaxed - Dean was the classic crooner. In the sixties, his music took on a country flavor. It was never country enough for him to establish credibility amongst diehard country music fans, but for those who enjoy both pop and country music, Dean's sixties music is particularly appealing. Dean does not twang, so a lot of people who don't like country music can still enjoy his music.

    If you only ever buy one Dean Martin album, this is the one to buy....more info
  • Dino
    This really is one of the very best Dean Martin CD's ever. It has more songs than most CD's and it has his top hits. I have enjoyed this CD immensely....more info
  • Dino Delights In Greatest Hits Collection
    "Dino, The Essential Dean Martin" provides a great retrospective of the singer/actor/comedian who first came to fame as the straight man in the comedy team of Martin and Lewis, and later became famous in his own right as one of the Rat Pack, as an actor, and as a very talented singer.

    This collection has ballads, whimsy, dance songs, and even a few attemps at country music. Highlights includes "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime," "That's Amore," "Memories Are Made of This," "Volare, "Mambo Italiano," and many others.

    While Dino's voice does harken back to another time and place, it does so in only the best way - evoking the best parts of a time and era that wasn't always pleasant, wasn't always fun, but had a wonderful soundtrack....more info
  • Classic!
    A CD that belongs in everyone's music collection..........a true classic in every sense of the word!...more info
    Love all the Pop Standards kings of vocals, from Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Mel Torme(a vocal delight!), Nat King Cole(suave perfection!), Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, and a few others, but, DEAN MARTIN easily is the COOLEST and most intriguing singer of them all! I was an itty-bitty-little boy when his variety show was so very popular on TV, but, he remains imprinted in my memory and mind like no one else does. This is an AWESOME compilation, but, they forgot to include ONE humongous detail that absolutely nobody but DEAN MARTIN could sing like nobody else and his version is the definitive and ultimate: "PLEASE DON'T TALK ABOUT ME WHEN I'M GONE" - DINO blew everybody away with that one! WELCOME BACK, DINO - Even though you are gone, we're all still talking about YOU! This is essential listening music!...more info
  • He's Back, and Better Than Ever
    Those of us used to hearing modern recordings of modern musicians on modern equipment might take for granted that all music recordings should be this faithful, but we know better. For the a big part of the 20th century, popular music (regardless of the quality of the recording) was then broadcast on am radio. And the sound quality on am radio was just not up to par. (My dad once remarked, on hearing a nicely remastered cut of Fred Astaire, that he had no idea that he had such a good voice!) Well, everyone knew Dean Martin had a great voice, but after listening to "The Essential Dean Martin," I see that in years past, I'd never realized HOW great. I promptly put my only other DM CD in the Garage Sale box. Unlike that poorly engineered sample, this is not only an excellent selection of Dean's favorites, but the crispness, clarity and depth of the recording is superb. Like some newer issues of Sinatra's music, it really does seem that the performance is going on in your living room.

    Hats off to the crew that worked their acoustical magic to bring Dean Martin's music back to life....more info
  • My gripe:
    Where's "Your Other Love"?! An underrated song....more info
  • Dino CD
    If you want a CD with popular hits form the Dean this is the one for you. Oh my, so good and so smooth that voice of his. My kids even sing to his songs. ...more info
  • I love this CD
    I love this CD. It's a great combination of all his songs. I never get tired of listening to it....more info
  • The Tan Man In The Tuxedo
    More than half of one of the greatest comedy teams of all time, more than a Rat Packer, and more than the host of a highly rated variety show, the man who made a tuxedo look as comfortable as a t-shirt: Dean Martin was the substance of cool. The Essential Dean Martin (Capitol) stands out among other greatest hits collections, in that it combines the Capitol and Reprise hit singles into one stunning package of memorable excellence. The liner notes and accompanying booklet studied alone are a treasure, with words from Stevie Van Zandt and Dean's children Deanna and Gail, the release dates for each song and its peak chart position, and the obligatory black & white photos of the master song stylist himself.

    It's safe to say that it's all here, from the recognizable standard to some of the most sought after ballads. From the beautiful and hard to find waltz "Under the Bridges of Paris" to the quintessential rumba "Sway," listening to Dean's velvety, smooth vocals is only pure joy. At a time when rock n' roll ruled the charts, Dean was slipping through gems like "That's Amore," and attaching his name forever to Italian themed hits like "Volare" and "Inamorata." Dean was charming and swinging with "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" and "You're nobody `Til Somebody Loves You." He knocked the Beatles off of #1 with "Everybody Loves Somebody," and swept the girls away with love songs like "Return to Me" and "I'll Always Love You." Western styled selections from the 60's are here as well, like "Houston," and "Gentle on My Mind." Truly, from "Powder Your Face With Sunshine" to "Just In Time," this is a wonderful starting place for a new fan of Dean, or a great summation of his career for a loyal follower. There's a comforting spirit of truth and optimism in the relaxed styling of a man who was the world's coolest crooner. This is the Dean Martin collection to own, for its diversity, its history, and its warm and tipsy dedication to the handsome tan man in the tuxedo.
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  • If you love Dino, buy this
    This album has all the old favorites - I first heard it in my favorite Italian restaurant and had to have it. My dad had all these songs and I grew up listening to them. ...more info
    I'm a little biased, cause Deano is a hero of mine, but this collection is fantastic!...more info
  • king of cool
  • Dino does it
    Im 50 years old and this is my first dean martin cd that I ever bought. I grew up watching his movies and my family watched his wonderful tv show on thursday nites together and I knew he had hits and could sing, but until you get one of his cd's and really listen to him, you have no idea what your in for. He is great and cool and I really like his more uptempo or swing numbers the best.I grew up with the beatles and rock n roll in the sixties, but last year I got a big surprise buying my first loretta lynn cd, van lear rose, and love it to death and now I have dino, the king of cool.Bill....more info
  • Dino's Greatest Hits and Hidden Gems
    "Dino: The Essential Dean Martin" is a perfect introduction to the effortless vocal stylings of the King of Cool. All the Capitol and Reprise hits are here, along with a few hidden gems such as "Standing on the Corner," "Just in Time" and "Gentle on My Mind." If this excellent collection leaves you wanting more, the Bear Family's lavish box sets are worth seeking out. ...more info
  • From The President of the Dean Martin Fan Center
    Okay... One would think that being the president & founder of Dean's official Fan Organization, I would have left 5 star comments on every Dino CD & Video release - WRONG! The only reviews I have made are for those releases that are important and relevant for the fans of this great crooner.
    I had the unique pleasure of being around Dean every week during the taping of his TV Variety Show, and I also had the opportunity of hearing him sing just about every song he ever recorded (or did for the first time).
    I never thought any record or tape could honestly capture the true vibrations of his voice. Dean could paint a song with just the slightest movement in a note, but it was never fully captured until the advent of CD and digital remastering. Now, every breath is heard, and the world can discover Dean Martin's talent for phrasing and control over a lyric. This cd spans Dean's entire recording career with his biggest and best remembered songs. Hear for yourself why the public loved listening to his voice, and why he was such a draw when performing live... even though these are all STUDIO recordings that were captured and stored protectively in the Capitol and Reprise Record vaults. It's time for a new generation to discover, and an old generation to be blown away by this cd! AAA+++ and 5 stars!
    -Neil T Daniels founder and president of the Dean Martin Fan Center www.deanmartinfancenter.com...more info
  • Dino: The Essential Dean Martin
    Dean has always been a favorite of mine and my parents. Use to love to watch his TV shows. Great entertainment...what a personality he had, and his voice is so very soothing...Kudos to Dean...I bet he's up there singing for everyone! ...more info
  • Excellent Dino Collection!
    This is definitely one of the best collection of Dean Martin hits out there. 'Dino' surpasses the previous leader: 'Greatest Hits: King of Cool'. The only major omission I noticed was 'Evening In Roma', but I didn't even notice until after I got home and looked at the liner notes. This album is jam-packed full of everything a Dean Martin fan needs. It's a great starter album for anyone who hasn't heard Dean before, and it's a must-have for present Dean fans! Buy this now!...more info
  • the ultimate definition of "easy listening"
    The unique interpretations of a master song stylist, Dean Martin shines in this collection of recordings which were released from 1949 (''Powder Your Face With Sunshine'') to ''Gentle on My Mind'' in 1968. His smooth, gorgeous voice never loses a twist of humor, and you'll find yourself smiling and sometimes singing along with these uplifting tunes, which are the ultimate in ''easy listening''.
    The later songs, from the mid '60s on, tend to have a hint of country flavor, and the early ones in the '50s have an Italian feel to them, and some of them of course, like ''Volare'', were originally Italian songs.

    It's these early gems that are my favorites, like ''Love Me, Love Me'' from '53, ''Sway'' from '54, a marvelous melody that was also a hit for Bobby Rydell in '61, and Dean's fabulous rendition of ''Mambo Italiano'' from '55, which a few months earlier had been a top hit for Rosemary Clooney, and then there's ''Volare'', which I identify even more with Dean Martin than its singer/songwriter Domenico Modugno.
    The booklet insert is excellent, with liner notes by Stevie Van Zandt and two of Dean's children, Deanna and Gail, and most of all, I appreciate its detailed list of each song, with release date, highest chart position, and more, and some nice b&w photos of the very cool Mr. Martin.
    The sound overall is quite good, and total running time is 77'59.
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  • They don't make them like Dean anymore
    Growing up in an Italian household I heard many of Dean Martin's hits so when I found this CD on Amazon I had to purchase it for my mom. She was surprised and enjoys listening to it....more info
  • Great Music
    I'm only 21 but I appreciate Dino. Having only some of his Rat Pack stuff, i looked forward to this and was not unimpressed. There are some incredible songs on here, "standing on the Corner" is somehow just funny. But to help enhance your Dean Martin collection I also recommend "Ee-O-Eleven" the best of the rat pack and "Italian love Songs." These two other collections will allow you to collect the songs "When your Smiling" and "On an evening in Roma", which are not found on here, but still great songs....more info
  • Volare! Dean Martin tonight !!!
    Dino: The Essential Dean Martin has thirty wonderful songs by Dean Martin on a single CD. Although I can't call any thirty songs a complete collection of Dean Martin's "essential" hits, this single CD does do a fairly good job at this. The sound quality couldn't be better and the artwork is very good--perhaps with the sole exception of that hard to read song list on the reverse of the artwork.

    "Ain't That A Kick In The Head" gives us Dean at his very best--from his days at Capitol, if I recall correctly. Dean croons this marvelously and he never sings a superfluous note! Dean's voice is quite strong and his excellent diction bolsters his performance very well. "That's Amore" was always a huge Dean Martin hit that he made all his own with his excellent timing; Dean sang this with all his heart and his passionate rendition makes this THE definitive rendition of this love song. "Just In Time" gets a slightly happier arrangement than I'm used to--but then again, after all, this IS a happy song! The brass works very well and Dean sings this better than anyone could!

    "Volare" is another major Dean Martin hit; the music that accompanies Dean fits perfectly and the harp is used to great advantage. "Mambo Italiano" is a number I associate with Rosemary Clooney but Dean Martin makes it his own as he plays with the tempo and a key change or two--it's stunning! "Mambo Italiano" always was one of my very favorite classic pop hits.

    "Standing On The Corner" is a song many men can relate to--Dean's standing on a street corner watching pretty young ladies walk by; and there's also "You Belong To Me." "You Belong To Me" is a passionate love song that tugs at my heartstrings with its natural passion and heartfelt affection for his lover. "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You" certainly gets a fine treatment from Dean as he sways, swings and croons his way through this classic love tune; "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You" is easily a major highlight of this album.

    "Send Me The Pillow You Dream On" has Dean singing so well with a lush arrangement and a chorus that harmonizes very well. The arrangement may be a little bit much but make no mistake about it--this is STILL Dean Martin's song. "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime" is one of the most beautiful love songs I've heard--ever. I particularly enjoy this tune when Dean Martin sings it--he aces this number easily and it's a gemstone in his capable hands.

    "Somewhere There's A Someone" shines when Dean Martin delivers this masterfully; and the album closes so nicely with Dean Martin performing "Gentle On My Mind." "Gentle On My Mind" is an excellent cover and Dean delivers this like the incredibly talented singer he always was.

    Sure, there may be other songs that should be considered part of the "essential" Dean Martin collection; and so I cannot give this CD a full five star review. I guess I would give this four and 1/2 stars. It is quite a strong album; and Dean Martin fans will enjoy it. People who appreciate classic pop vocals should be running to buy this album!
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