Hybrid Stereo SACD Mastered at Sterling Sound by
Ryan Smith from Original Analog Tape!
A profile of a rugged Dean Martin by the fireplace with a cigarette adorns the
jacket of this very interesting concept album. As Stan Cornyn's liner notes
explain, 'his longtime accompanist' on piano, Ken Lane, with 'three of
Hollywood's most thoughtful rhythm men' — those being drummer Irv Cottler,
bassist Red Mitchell, and guitarist Barney Kessel — do create a mood, Dean
Martin performing as if he were a lounge singer at 1:15 a.m. as the Saturday
night crowd is dwindling. His signature tune, 'Everybody Loves Somebody,' is
here in a laid-back style, produced by Jimmy Bowen, who would go on to produce
Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers & the First Edition, and so many others, also the
same man who was behind the 1964 No. 1 smash.
This album with the original Martin recording was released after the hit single
version and on the same day as the Everybody Loves Somebody LP, but how many
times does the audience get a different studio reading of a seminal hit record?
Not only that, but the version that preceded the hit. The backing is so sparse
it is almost a cappella, with Kessel's guitar noodlings and Ken Lane's piano.
The bass is mostly invisible, coming in only when needed. It's a slow and sultry
version that caps off side one.
Martin is just crooning away, and if the album has one drawback, it is that the
12 songs are incessant in their providing the same atmosphere. The backing
quartet does not deviate from their job, nor does producer Jimmy Bowen add any
technique, other than putting Martin's voice way out in the mix. But Dream With
Dean was no doubt the product of excellent research and development, as Bowen
landed 11 Top 40 hits with the singer from 1964's "Everybody Loves Somebody,"
which evolved out of this original idea, to 1967's 'Little Old Wine Drinker,
Me.' It sounds as if they tracked the album in one afternoon, and it is not only
a very pleasant listening experience, it shows what a tremendous vocalist Dean
Martin truly was, says allmusic.com.
Now Dream With Dean — The Intimate Dean Martin — is back bigger and better than
ever! They've gone the deluxe Analogue Productions route — remastered from the
original analog tape by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, and now available as a
Hybrid Stereo SACD. A great title, a brilliant reissue.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Mastered from the original analog tape by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
1. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
2. Fools Rush In
3. I'll Buy That Dream
4. If You Were The Only Girl
5. Blue Moon
6. Everybody Love Somebody
7. I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)
8. "Gimmie" A Little Kiss
9. Hands Across The Table
11. My Melancholy Baby
12. Baby Won't You Please Come Home