Dean Martin This Time I'm Swingin'! Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
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Dean Martin This Time I'm Swingin'! On Numbered Limited
Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity!
Mastered From Original Master Tapes!
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 Mono Track "Ain't That a Kick In the
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: No Martin Album Sounds Like This
Playboy called him “the coolest man who ever lived.” Elvis Presley
worshipped him. “He was the coolest dude I’d ever seen, period,” recalled
Stevie Van Zandt, adding, “He wasn’t just great at everything he did. To me,
he was perfect.” That man is Dean Martin. Simply put, he was a great singer.
The warm sensuality of his voice continues to beguile generations of music fans
with a winning style and a touch of mystery. His effortless vocalizing has
become a modern shorthand for cool, as evidenced by the use of his songs in
films, television, and ad campaigns.
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, “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head,” was actually cut at these
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.
Yet Martin 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 made again.
Martin 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.
"Especially notable were the two songs borrowed from My Fair Lady, 'On the
Street Where You Live' and 'I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face,' which Martin and
Riddle re-imagined as straight-forward love songs; 'You're Nobody 'til Somebody
Loves You'; and a solo version of 'Just in Time,' which the singer had recently
done with Judy Holliday in the film version of the musical Bells Are Ringing.
This Time I'm Swingin'! was a good, confident set by an artist who had figured
out how to make competent albums without expending a lot of effort, which was a
key to his charm." - William Ruhlmann, allmusic.com
• 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!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
• Last track is in mono; the rest of the album is in stereo
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*