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FILM REVIEW

Bobby Darin: Seeing is Believing

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Bobby Darin Bobby Darin: Seeing is Believing Hyena Records 2006

Bobby Darin: Seeing is Believing is the follow-up to Hyena's previously released CD/DVD collection of rare appearances Aces Back to Back (2004). Darin (1936-1973) has been the subject of considerable interest as evidenced by Aces Back to Back and the Kevin Spacey biopic Beyond the Sea (2004).

Born Walden Robert Cassotto on May 14, 1936, Darin was raised by his ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Bobby Darin: Live! at the Desert Inn

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Bobby Darin was a real swinger. He entertained with soul and spirit. Over the years, his performance was adapted to fit the changing times. This reissued album documents his February 6, 1971 appearance at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas. With backup singers, a powerful rhythm section and a large jazz orchestra, the popular singer gave us some of his best material.

This was back when big bands still worked for a living at places like the Desert ...

FILM REVIEW

Bobby Darin Swings Again in Hollywood Biopic

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Kevin Spacey Beyond the Sea Lions Gate 2004

The diminutive Bobby Darin first drew attention as a teen idol singer-songwriter with “Splish Splash." Confident of his talent as a Bronx, NY pianist, guitarist and drummer he then insisted on doing an album of standards That's All that reflected his admiration of Louis Armstrong and made “Mack the Knife" another hit.

In Beyond the Sea producer Kevin Spacey's biopic of Bobby Darin's life, ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Bobby Darin: Aces Back to Back!

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Bobby Darin Aces Back to Back! Hyena Records 2004

For a time Bobby Darin's reputation rested solely on two songs: “Splish Splash" and “Mack the Knife." Taken together, they represent Darin's transition from the teen market to the adult market, something that very few were able to do. But they are also emblematic of the genre-hopping that the singer would explore his whole life. It has been said that in adding folk ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Bobby Darin: Aces Back to Back!

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Bobby Darin Aces Back to Back! Hyena Records 2004

Joel Dorn and his Hyena Records have done it again: another binless wonder. ("Binless" is my term for music that defies categorization, specifically at the few brick-and-mortar record outlets that remain, where employees would struggle to find the right file for it, assuming that they cared.)

The Frank and Joe Show was a triumph, and it continues to be so on CD and ...


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