Earlier this week, The Second Disc celebrated its sixth anniversary, and now, we're inviting you to the party! Today, we're thrilled to announce our very first release of 2016. On March 11, Second Disc Records and Real Gone Music will make a Reissue Theory a reality with a new title from two legendary icons of American popular song: Bobby Darin and Motown Records!
Another Song on My Mind: The Motown Years is the first-ever anthology dedicated to the recordings made by Bobby Darin at Motown Records at the dawn of the 1970s. This 2-CD, 38-track set had its roots in the Reissue Theory column published here almost five years ago, on February 16, 2011 - and in the ensuing years, it's only gotten bigger and more comprehensive! Another Song on My Mind fully chronicles the long-overlooked period that concluded Bobby Darin's tragically-short recording career. At Motown, Bobby brought together the many strains of his musical DNA and touched on pop, soul, rhythm and blues, gospel, folk and more. He was joined on his Motown journey by a host of illustrious names, among them Bob Crewe, Smokey Robinson, Jerry Marcellino and Mel Larson, Joe Porter, Gene Page, James Carmichael and more. This 2-CD set includes:
- The original Bobby Darin album (1972), never on CD anywhere in the world;
- The posthumously-released Darin 1936-1973 album (1974) in producer Bob Crewe's original mix for the first time on CD;
- Every one of Bobby Darin's Motown singles; and
- The alternate Darin 1936-1973 mixes issued on the long out-of-print 1991 CD!
You'll hear Darin's interpretations of songs by Randy Newman ("Sail Away"), Cat Stevens ("Hard Headed Woman"), Paul Williams and Roger Nichols ("I Won't Last a Day Without You") and Bob Dylan ("I'll Be Your Baby Tonight," "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right") as well as a pair of his own, personal compositions ("Something in Her Love" and our title track, "Another Song on My Mind") and his emotional, moving performance of Michel Legrand and Smokey Robinson's "Happy (Love Theme from Lady Sings the Blues)." Sizzling renditions of "Mack the Knife" and "If I Were a Carpenter" seal the deal, proving without a doubt that Bobby Darin was still at the top of his game when he tragically died at the age of 37 on December 20, 1973.
I've compiled, co-produced and written the liner notes for this package (including new recollections from original producer Jerry Marcellino) celebrating this lost final chapter of Bobby Darin's career, and Mike Milchner at SonicVision has newly remastered every track. Bobby would have turned 80 on May 14, 2016. We hope you'll join us in kicking off the birthday celebration with this release of which we're incredibly proud to finally bring to you. Whether you're a fan of Motown, R&B, pop, soul or classic vocals, Bobby Darin delivered it all with style and passion.
Another Song on My Mind: The Motown Years arrives from Second Disc Records and Real Gone Music on March 11, 2016 and you can pre-order at the links below!
Bobby Darin, Another Song on My Mind: The Motown Years (Second Disc Records/Real Gone Music, 2016) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
CD 1: Bobby Darin and bonus material
- Sail Away
- I've Already Stayed Too Long
- Something in Her Love
- Who Turned the World Around
- Shipmates in Cheyenne
- Let It Be Me
- Hard-Headed Woman
- Average People
- I Used to Think It Was Easy
- My First Night Alone Without You
- Melodie (Original Single Version) (Mono)
- Someday We'll Be Together (Original Single Version) (Mono)
- Simple Song of Freedom (Live) (Original Single Version) (Mono)
- I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (Live) (Original Single Version) (Mono)
- Sail Away (Original Single Version)
- Hard-Headed Woman (Original Single Version)
- Average People (Original Single Version)
- Something in Her Love (Original Single Version)
CD 2: Darin 1936-1973 and bonus material
- I Won't Last a Day Without You
- Wonderin' Where It's Gonna End
- Sail Away
- Another Song on My Mind
- Happy (Love Theme from Lady Sings the Blues)
- Blue Monday
- Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
- The Letter
- If I Were a Carpenter (Live)
- Moritat (Mack the Knife) (Live)
- Happy (Love Theme from Lady Sings the Blues) (Original Single Version)
- Simple Song of Freedom (Non-LP Single) (Alternate Mix Single Version) (Mono)
- I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (Non-LP Single) (Alternate Mix Single Version) (Mono)
- I Won't Last a Day Without You (Alternate CD Version)
- Wonderin' Where It's Gonna End (Alternate CD Version)
- Happy (Love Theme from Lady Sings the Blues) (Alternate CD Version)
- Blue Monday (Alternate CD Version)
- Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Alternate CD Version)
- Melodie (Stereo Single Version)
- Someday We'll Be Together (Stereo Single Version)
CD 1, Tracks 1-10 from Bobby Darin, Motown LP M753L, rel. August 1972
CD 1, Tracks 11-12 & CD 2, Tracks 19-20 from Motown single M 1183, rel. April 19, 1971
CD 1, Tracks 13-14 from Motown single M 1193F (initial pressing), rel. November 24, 1971
CD 1, Tracks 15-16 from Motown single M 1203F, rel. June 2, 1972
CD 1, Tracks 17-18 from Motown single M 1212F, rel. November 3, 1972
CD 2, Tracks 1-10 from Darin 1936-1973, Motown LP 813V1, rel. 1974
CD 2, Track 11 from Motown single M 1217F, rel. November 20, 1972
CD 2, Tracks 12-13 from Motown single M 1193F (second pressing), rel. November 24, 1971
CD 2, Tracks 14-18 from Darin 1936-1973, Motown CD 3746351852, 1991
Thanks for the great news.
I've been waiting for a release of the single version of "Happy" by Bobby Darin for years. I wore out my 45 long ago. He did such a great version of that song and unfortunately it never was a big hit.
Ooooooh! Cannot wait for this one! Excellent news!
Excited for this release! Just picked up the two "Classic Album Series" box sets covering most of Bobby's Atco period recently to start diving deeper into his catalog. I will pick this up and then swing back around to his Capitol and Atlantic years at some point. I'm not familiar with the majority of his Motown stuff.
What about his live recordings he did for Motown? Will we ever see them? I still have the 1987 Motown Live CD, but there must be more of them?
Judy McRae says
Thank you for giving Bobby a voice once again. There is still more that could be presented & promoted for this great artist.
Thank you very much for this. I really thought that Hip-O Select would have tackled this one years ago. When the site went under, I thought the window to release this was closed.
Thank you for proving me wrong. I have already preordered this.
I'm so relieved that this is available on CD and not exclusive to digital downloads.
Those Beach Boys and Beatles digital only downloads are just a money grab. Outrageous prices for old material without having to produce a hard copy, without the consumer being able to legally purchase a hard copy. What a scam!
Great news.Thank you for the effort!
No comment about Bobby Darin, although he was a good singer (and eerie how much he looked like Kevin Spacey).
I just want to know if this site is still active? There hasn't been a post here in weeks!
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