Hit Singles Collection CD, Import
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Bobby Darin was one of the most personally complex and unpredictable artists of the rock era. Indeed, it's hard to find another major artist who reinvented himself with the deceptive ease and overwhelming success chronicled on this 20-track highlight disc. After scoring three lively and considerable Top 10 successes in the space of a year in the late 1950s ("Splish Splash," "Queen of the Hop," "Dream Lover"), Darin traded in his teen idol sweater 'n' slacks for a tux and tie (evidence suggests he considered rock a passing fad!) and went gunning for Sinatra and the Rat Pack. The immediate results were the Grammy-winning No. 1 legend "Mack the Knife" (adapted from Kurt Weill's "Moritat" in The Threepenny Opera) and the enduring, French-inspired Top 10 hit "Beyond the Sea." If Darin spent the early '60s alternately goosing standards from the American songbook ("Clementine," "Bill Bailey," "Lazy River," "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby," etc.) and mending a few rock-pop fences ("Multiplication," "Things"), he still had another surprise in store. His Top 10 take on Tim Hardin's dolorous "If I Were a Carpenter" cast him all too convincingly as conscientious '60s folkie. Other highlights here include his irresistible, swinging take on the lyrically bleak "Artificial Flowers" and his successful, self-penned nods to the '60s Nashville sound, "You're the Reason I'm Living," and "18 Yellow Roses." Darin was considerably more than the first postmodern lounge Revivalist, and herein lies the evidence. --Jerry McCulley
In 2002 Rhino released "The Hit Singles Collection" featuring 20 of Bobby's all-time greatest hits. What a collection! From rock and roll favorites like "Queen of the Hop" and "Splish Splash" to the sensational "Beyond The Sea" and "Mack The Knife", Bobby Darin was one of the few artists of his era who was able to appeal to teen and adult audiences alike. In fact, during his four year stint at Atco records between 1958 and 1962 Bobby Darin placed more than two dozen singles on the Billboard Hot 100. "The Hit Singles Collection" features other memorable hits like 1961's "You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby" and one of my personal favorites "Things" from the summer of '62. With an eye on broadening his horizons Bobby moved on to Capitol records in 1963. Rumor has it that he made the move so that he could record in the same studio where Ol' Blue Eyes made his biggest and best records. Though many of his albums at Capitol were critically acclaimed, Darin did not not achieve the commercial success he had hoped for. Nonetheless, Bobby Darin managed to have 2 Top 10 hits while at Capitol. "You're The Reason I'm Living" and "18 Yellow Roses" are both included on this disc. Times they were a-changin' and Bobby returned to Atlantic records in 1966. His recording of Tim Hardin's "If I Were A Carpenter" proved to be one of the surprise hits of that year.
"The Hit Singles Collection" includes a thoughtfully done 20 page booklet packed with photographs, an informative biography and interesting information on each of the 20 tunes in this collection. It is priced right and would be a great addition to your music collection. A great big thumbs up on this one! Highly recommended!