The Capitol Collector's Series

The Capitol Collector's Series

by Dean Martin



This was one instance where the Capitol Collector's series got it right on target. Released in 1989, this 20-song collection is the best and most reasonably priced collection of Dean Martin's hits that one can buy, covering his chart career from his 1948 single "That Certain Party," co-authored by and featuring Jerry Lewis, to 1960 and his work in connection with the movie Oceans Eleven. In that time, Martin moved from being the singing straight man in an up-and-coming comedy act into the orbit of Frank Sinatra at the heart of the entertainment world and racked up over a dozen major chart hits. He had successful singles after that, principally in association with Reprise Records, but was mostly known as a television personality from the mid-'60s onward. The dozen years here represent Martin at his most musically ambitious and focused, and also a time when he was breaking new ground in music -- "Memories Are Made of This," for example, which he cut with Terry Gilkyson and the Easy Riders (who wrote the song), was a refreshing folk-inspired pop hit in 1955/1956. This disc has all of the essentials, superb sound, and, as a bonus, the first stereo appearance of his 1960 single "Ain't That a Kick in the Head," as well as thoroughly detailed notes.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/1989
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0077779163328
catalogNumber: 91633

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dean Martin   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jerry Lewis   Track Performer
Dick Stabile   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Easy Riders   Contributor
Vic Abrams   Composer
Pee Wee King   Composer
Domenico Modugno   Composer
Redd Stewart   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Gus Levene   Arranger,Contributor
Jay Livingston   Composer
Phil Medley   Composer
John Michael   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Contributor
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Contributor
Lee Gillette   Producer
Herman McCoy   Contributor
Carmen Lombardo   Composer
Lou Busch   Arranger,Contributor
Bob Furmanek   Liner Notes
Mario Ruíz Armengol   Contributor
Bill Loose   Arranger
Stanley Rochinski   Composer
Sando Taccani   Composer
Stanley Damerell   Composer
Tolchard Evans   Composer
Chilton Price   Composer
Robert Hargreaves   Composer
Umberto Bertini   Composer
Francesco Migliacci   Composer

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The Capitol Collector's Series 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This is by far the best and most reasonably priced compilation of our famous male crooner's. It's a shame, but so much emphasis was placed back then on Frank Sinatra, Nat ''King'' Cole, Bing Crosby and Tony Bennett, but when you listen to the extraordinary ''ease'' and ''sincere comfort'' and ''charm'' of Dean Martin's voice, your heart melts. He was that good! Besides his excellent vocal rendition/recording of ''Ain't That A Kick in The Head'', there appears to be few big production Big Band recordings with Dean Martin. He should have done numerous songs with Nelson Riddle as his music conductor and arranger. With the exception of Harry Connick, Jr., Brian Setzer, Michael Poss, and Michael Feinstein, we have very few true ''male crooners'' nowadays. It seems that most of the Pop vocalists that I hear on contemporary radio all imitate each other with their vocal ''scatting'', and the inability to stay on the melody line of a love song. What a shame... Thank God for the major record labels in re-releasing and re-mastering the entire recordings of the ¿Classy Male Crooner's'', especially Dean Martin. He was the ''King of Charm'' with such incredible ''sexy twinkling eyes''!