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Tall Dark Stranger
Genres: Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
1997 release on the Bear Family label, a 15 track collectionfeaturing cuts from 1947, 1969 and 1997 from the late great actor/ singer. Housed in a thick digipak, it includes 'O-He,O-Hi, O-Ho', 'Summer Song', 'I Get A Kick ... more »
1997 release on the Bear Family label, a 15 track collectionfeaturing cuts from 1947, 1969 and 1997 from the late great actor/ singer. Housed in a thick digipak, it includes 'O-He,O-Hi, O-Ho', 'Summer Song', 'I Get A Kick Out Of You', 'Young Billy Young' and more.
Disappointing even for hard-core Mitchum buffs
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This album feels like an afterthought, especially in regards to the earlier Bear Family album of Robert Mitchum's songs, "That Man," which included his two LPs, "That Man, Robert Mitchum" and "Calypso Is Like So." This newer disc at least includes the songs from "Rachel and the Stranger," which -- as they were released as a mini-album when the film came out -- should have been in the earlier set. The remainder of the songs seem to be rough cuts -- including studio voices, and truncated songs. Clearly Mitchum was intended to redo these; they're mildly interesting as they are, but far from finished work. The most annoying aspect of this album, though, is that it does NOT wrap up all the remaining Mitchum recordings, which seems to have been the intent. Mitchum sang the title song in "River of No Return" (and sang it very well), but it's not here. Granted, it was never (to my knowledge) released as a single or included on a soundtrack album, but it IS in the movie, and surely a cut could have been drawn directly from the track. Also, Mitchum memorably sings two gospel songs in "Night of the Hunter," and again, it wouldn't have been difficult to extract those from the track of the movie itself. As the psychopath Preacher Harry Powell, Mitchum did a beautiful but chilling version of "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms," and that certainly should have been included on this album, which would have made it less disappointing than it is."
Tall and light stranger
Johnny Heering | 08/05/1998
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Not a CD to buy when wanting easy listening too boring - made for German market. Booklet with CD. Robert Mitchum's gravelly voice does not come through as it should. Not a good buy. Recommend Calypso Is Like So."
What lousy packaging!
David Kenner | Fort Worth, Texas United States | 07/05/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I really enjoyed Bear Family's Robert Mitchum two-fer "That Man" and immediately bought this disc when I saw it. First of all, the content is lighter weight than his other albums. These tracks from his early filmwork are great for the Mitchum fan but someone wanting to actually investigate the man's singing ability should be directed to "That Man" or "Calypso Is Like So". My complaint (and the reason I didn't give it a higher rating) is the packaging. I thought it was beautiful when I first opened it. A shiny gatefold cardboard package with a clear disc tray and a gorgeous book full of movie posters and a complete filmography with lots of great info. Then the tray fell off of the cardboard backing. Then, the pages started falling out of the book! The whole thing literally fell apart on me! For a pricey import disc such as this, it's totally unacceptable. Maybe I just got a defective one, but I'm not willing to plunk down another 22 bucks to find out. If you feel you must buy this disc, a word of caution: handle with care!"