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That’s Amore: Capitol Releases More from Dean Martin in June

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Dean Martin once implored in song, “Please don’t talk about me when I’m gone.” Dino has been gone since 1995, but I doubt he’d mind that fans and collectors alike haven’t stopped talking about him since. Part of this is due to the seemingly endless stream of repackaged “greatest hits” collections – and guess what? Not one, not two, but three such sets are on the way this June, just in time for Father’s Day. Now ain’t that a kick in the head!

Back in February, we reported on Hip-o’s two-CD, 28-track volume Cool Then, Cool Now, which arrives in stores on June 7. In what may be an unprecedented move, two more hits collections will arrive the very same day, both from Capitol/EMI. First up is Classic Dino, a brief 14-track compilation apparently designed for the budget-conscious or those who only need a little Martin in their collections. Then there’s an updated edition of 2004’s The Essential Dean Martin. The 2004 release boasted a generous 30 tracks on one disc; the new version adds six more and spreads them over two discs. (Not to confuse matters, there was actually a 2005 special edition of this title adding a second live disc from Martin’s performance of June 7, 1962 in Lake Tahoe. This concert has been orphaned!) Without a doubt, the 2004 edition is the best single-CD survey of his career.  All of the hits and key album tracks are present; the only thing missing is the 1964 Reprise version of “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You.” Martin’s original 1960 Capitol version was selected instead.

The only bait for collectors will be found on the updated Essential. An April 28, 1950 recording of the perennial “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody” was absent even from the massive Bear Family box sets collecting Martin’s complete output. The master was thought lost until recently, when it was discovered in the Capitol vaults. It makes its first appearance ever on The Essential Dean Martin.

The Hip-o set is drawn mainly from Martin’s Reprise recordings (1962-1973), now controlled by the Dean Martin Family Trust and under license to Universal Music Enterprises, Hip-o’s parent. The Capitol sets, naturally, are heavier on material from Martin’s time at the label (1948-1961); Martin’s Capitol masters are still controlled by EMI. All three sets, however, have licensed appropriate tracks to give fair overviews of all periods of Martin’s long recording career. Cool Then offers one real rarity in the form of the 1985 MCA single “L.A. Is My Home,” only otherwise available as part of Bear Family’s Lay Some Happiness on Me box.

On another note, fans of the late crooner might also want to take notice of Time-Life’s three new DVD collections featuring The Best of the Dean Martin Variety Show. Released on May 24 in single-disc, double-disc and six-disc configurations, these sets reprise material from the show’s lengthy run of 1965 to 1974, and feature guest stars galore, including musical friends Duke Ellington and Tony Bennett. Interested? You can find more details here.

If you’re a Dino completist, or are just looking for a great Father’s Day gift for Dad, one of these upcoming sets might just be for you. Hit the jump for the complete track listings for Classic Dino: The Best of Dean Martin and the new two-CD Dino: The Essential Dean Martin, both with discographical annotation!  Both collections will be available everywhere on June 7. Pre-order links are not yet active.

Dean Martin, Classic Dino: The Best of Dean Martin (Capitol, 2011)

  1. That’s Amore (Capitol 2589, 1953)
  2. Ain’t That a Kick in the Head (Capitol 4420, 1960)
  3. Memories Are Made of This (Capitol 3295, 1955)
  4. I’ll Always Love You (Day After Day) (Capitol 1028, 1950)
  5. Sway (Capitol 2818, 1954)
  6. You Belong to Me (Capitol 2165, 1952)
  7. Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu) (Capitol 4028, 1958)
  8. Powder Your Face with Sunshine (Smile! Smile! Smile!) (Capitol 15351, 1949)
  9. You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You (from You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You, Capitol LP 1442, 1960)
  10. Return to Me (Ritorna-Me) (Capitol 3894, 1958)
  11. The Door is Still Open (to My Heart) (from The Door is Still Open to My Heart, Reprise LP RS-6140, 1964/Reprise single 0307, 1964)
  12. Everybody Loves Somebody (from Everybody Loves Somebody, Reprise LP RS-6130, 1964/Reprise single 0281, 1964)
  13. Houston (from Houston, Reprise LP RS-6181, 1965/Reprise single 0393, 1965)
  14. I Will (from Houston, Reprise LP RS-6181, 1965/Reprise single 0415, 1965)

Dean Martin, Dino: The Essential Dean Martin (Capitol 2004/2005 – reissued Capitol, 2011)

Disc 1

  1. Ain’t That A Kick in the Head (Capitol 4420, 1960)
  2. That’s Amore (Capitol 2589, 1953)
  3. Memories Are Made of This (Capitol 3295, 1955)
  4. Just in Time (from This Time I’m Swingin’, Capitol LP 1442, 1960/Capitol 4391, 1960)
  5. I’d Cry Like a Baby (Capitol 2749, 1954)
  6. Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu) (Capitol 4028, 1958)
  7. Under the Bridges of Paris (Capitol 3036, 1955)
  8. Sway (Capitol 2818, 1954)
  9. Love Me, Love Me (Capitol 2485, 1954)
  10. If (Capitol 1342, 1950)
  11. Mambo Italiano (Capitol EP EAP1 9123, 1955)
  12. Angel Baby* (Capitol 3988, 1958)
  13. Let Me Go, Lover (Capitol EP EAP1 9123, 1955)
  14. Standing on the Corner (Capitol 3414, 1956)
  15. You Belong to Me (Capitol 2165, 1952)
  16. Powder Your Face with Sunshine (Smile! Smile! Smile!) (Capitol 15351, 1949)
  17. Innamorata (Sweetheart) (Capitol 3352, 1956)
  18. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody (recorded April 28, 1950, previously unreleased)*

Disc 2

  1. On An Evening in Roma (Sott’er Celo De Roma)* (Capitol 4222, 1959)
  2. Money Burns a Hole in My Pocket* (Capitol 2818, 1953)
  3. Cha Cha Cha D’Amour (Melodie D’Amour)* (from Cha Cha De Amor, Capitol LP ST-1702, 1961)
  4. I’ll Always Love You (Day After Day) (Capitol 1028, 1953)
  5. Kiss (Capitol 2319, 1952)
  6. You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You (from This Time I’m Swingin’, Capitol LP 1442, 1960)
  7. Return to Me (Ritorna-Me) (Capitol 3894, 1958)
  8. The Door is Still Open (to My Heart) (from The Door is Still Open to My Heart, Reprise LP RS-6140, 1964/Reprise single 0307, 1964)
  9. Houston (from Houston, Reprise LP RS-6181, 1965/Reprise single 0393, 1965)
  10. Send Me the Pillow You Dream On (from Dean Martin Hits Again, Reprise LP RS-6146, 1965/Reprise single 0344, 1965)
  11. Everybody Loves Somebody  (from Everybody Loves Somebody, Reprise LP RS-6130, 1964/Reprise single 0281, 1964)
  12. In the Chapel in the Moonlight (from Dean Martin Hits Again, Reprise LP RS-6146, 1965/Reprise single 0601, 1967)
  13. Little Ole Wine Drinker, Me (from Welcome to My World, Reprise LP RS-6250, 1967/Reprise single 0608, 1967)
  14. I Will (from Houston, Reprise LP RS-6181, 1965/Reprise single 0393, 1965)
  15. (Remember Me) I’m the One Who Loves You* (from (Remember Me) I’m The One Who Loves You, Reprise LP RS-6170, 1965/Reprise single 0369, 1965)
  16. In the Misty Moonlight (from The Door is Still Open to My Heart, Reprise LP RS-6140, 1964/Reprise single 0640, 1967)
  17. Somewhere There’s a Someone (from Somewhere There’s a Someone, Reprise LP RS-6201, 1966/Reprise single 0443, 1966)
  18. Gentle on My Mind (from Gentle on My Mind, Reprise LP RS-6330, 1968/Reprise single 0812, 1969)

*denotes track new to 2011 edition

All catalogue numbers pertain to singles unless otherwise indicated.

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Written by Joe Marchese

April 13, 2011 at 10:31

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  1. Following up on the informative article above, a complete listing of the original episode air dates and guest stars featured on the 6-DVD Best of The Dean Martin Show Collection can be found exclusively at this location: http://www.TheGolddiggersSuperSite.com/Updates

    Video Vision

    April 18, 2011 at 11:46

  2. If you have the Bear Family sets you wouldn’t need any of this I am thinking?

    Robert Lett

    July 29, 2011 at 17:48

    • Each and every track is on the Bear Family sets with the exception of the April 28, 1950 recording of “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody.” It’s catalogued in the Bear Family discography as a lost master; in the intervening years, it was found by Capitol and included on the 2-CD Essential Dean Martin this year. It’s also available from digital providers as a single download, should you be interested in that route, too. Hope this helps!

      Joe Marchese

      July 30, 2011 at 01:20

      • Thank you, Joe, for letting us know that “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby” is available as a single download. For those of us who already own all four of the Bear Family treasuries, the information that you provided will both spare us a good deal of unnecessary duplication and save us money.

        Video Vision

        August 9, 2011 at 20:51

  3. Now that Time-Life is going forward with a SECOND edition of DVDs culled from The Dean Martin Show, The Golddiggers Super Site has the scoop, as well as the most detailed and objective examination of the first collection available anywhere. 

    For all the lowdown, including a set of practical, viable solutions for improving future DM reissues, and the only side-by-side chart comparing music on the original Dean Martin Show with what’s offered by Time-Life and Guthy-Renker – plus pictures galore – click here: http://thegolddiggers.wordpress.com/2011/07/31/for-the-good-times-the-best-of-the-dean-martin-variety-show

    Video Vision

    August 9, 2011 at 20:47


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