This is an ACTUAL review of Winners...NOT some comment about
Comic Online | Washington, DC United States | 03/03/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"So far, there are only 2 reviews on this product...mine, and some guy from Chicago. He didn't actually REVIEW the product. He just talked about how he liked Darin's stage act, all the impressions he did in his show, and a "thank you" to Collector's Choice for releasing all of Darin's Atco albums... You get that?? ALL of his albums! He didn't even comment one iota on THIS album!!
Well, that's where i come in. I will ACTUALLY REVIEW THE PRODUCT.
I have mixed feelings about Winners. 10 of the 12 songs are great songs with Bobby Scott's small jazz combo...something Darin did VERY rarely. This is definitely Darin at his jazziest on record. He really can swing with that small group, and his voice blends in like an instrument in the band.
Here's the problem: There are 2 songs that were added upon the album's original LP release that were not part of these jazz sessions. They are two goofy singles they were trying to promote, and they're pretty bad (Milord & Golden Earrings). Since most albums back then (particularly ALL of Darin's) were recorded with 12 songs, it makes me wonder if they actually recorded 12 songs with Bobby Scott, then replaced 2 of them with these two awful singles. All the jazz tracks with Bobby Scott were recorded 2 years before the album's release, so it makes me feel there ARE 2 missing songs. If so, Collector's choice should have released those two missing songs as bonus tracks.
Due to having these two awful singles, and possible lack of the two missing songs, i give this album 4 stars."
Bruce London | chicago | 11/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Thank you kindly Collectors Choice for re-issuing the marvelous Bobby Darin lps. We won't see the likes of Bobby D. again I fear. The range of his work, his talent as a writer, performer, actor, and just plain magnificent showman are sorely missed. I recall his night club act in which he played every instrument in the orchestra and then did an entire scene impersonating Clark Gable, Jack Benny, Marlon Brando, Cagney, Durante et. all. The material was absolutely funny and he was almost as good as the great, recently passed Frank Gorshin. Sorry kids, I don't think Eminem or Kwane West or the other dreck out there will be on stage 20 years from now. Darin did it all in 37 too short years! And yes, the recording is tremendous hi-fi stereo. We miss ya Bobby D."