Dean Martin This Time I'm Swingin'! on Numbered Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity
Legendary Crooner Backed by Orchestra Conducted by Nelson Riddle
1960 Capitol Album of Then-Recent and Classic Standards Arguably Martin's Most Timeless Set: MoFi Edition Also Includes Bonus Track "Ain't That a Kick In the Head"
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: No Martin Album Sounds Like This
Dean Martin was always at his best
when he sounded effortless, when the singing required no exertion—just
the same amount of investment required to order a martini. Confident,
refined, breezy, and easygoing, this 1960 Capitol album epitomizes the
crooner’s charm. In pairing with arranger and Frank Sinatra right-hand-man Nelson Riddle, Martin strikes all the right notes on this collection of then-recent and retro standards.
Mastered from the
original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s hybrid SACD gets inside the core
being of Martin’s impeccably smooth, relaxed singing by presenting every
phrase, dip, and inflection with lifelike realism. The disc does similar wonders for Riddle’s backing orchestra. Horns teem with punch and midrange; rhythms possess incredible pacing; strings saunter and float. No Martin album has ever sounded like this. Mobile Fidelity also secured the rights to a bonus track, "Ain't That a Kick in the Head," left off the album and released as a single in order to promote the movie Ocean's Eleven.
While Martin enjoyed his biggest commercial success at Reprise, the aptly titled This Time I’m Swingin’
is considered by many critics and vocal-pop fans to be his finest
studio hour. He approaches each song with supreme confidence and
debonair control, never overreaching his limits or breaking a sweat.
Here, he more than lives up to his nickname: The King of Cool. Charismatic,
assured, and note-perfect, the album belongs alongside any of the
period sets cut by his pal and once-and-future labelmate Sinatra. No wonder that his most recognized hit, the aforementioned and included “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head,” was actually cut at these sessions.
Riddle’s expert ordering of the charts and direction of horns, strings, and piano equates to jazz and swing genius.
Brass blows hard and strong during breaks, calm down for verses during
which slinky 88s and swaying strings join the dance, and then rise up,
the mix elegantly performed and irresistibly catchy. If you’re not
snapping your fingers and instantly transported to a swank nightclub
within the first few passages of the opening “I Can’t Believe That
You’re In Love With Me,” check your system’s setup.
is the real star. Hearing him handle such classics as the devotional
“I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” upbeat “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody
Loves You,” hopeful “Someday (You’ll Want Me to Want You),” bluesy
“You’re Mean to Me,” and clever “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m
Gone” with such aplomb—and now, in such ravishing detail—will remind you
why you love music, and why nothing of this ilk will likely ever be
convincingly conveys the mood each song demands, but a sense of
optimism, playfulness, and feel-good romance pervade this stylish effort. If you are a fan of real singing and emotional crooning, you cannot live without this SACD edition. A veritable gem.
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Dean Martin This Time I'm Swingin' Track Listing:
1. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
2. True Love
3. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You
4. On the Street Where You Live
6. (It Will Have to Do) Until the Real Thing Comes Along
7. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
8. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
9. Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)
10. Mean to Me
11. Heaven Can Wait
12. Just In Time
13. Ain't That a Kick in the Head