Bobby Darin

Best of Bobby Darin [Capitol LP]

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This somewhat deceptively titled LP is and isn't what it claims. By some interpretations, the best of Darin's two years on Capitol Records could be represented by the 11 songs here, at least as far as chart action and the presence of the singles "Gyp the Cat," "Treat My Baby Good," and "That Funny Feeling" making their first bow on LP. And as a bonus, we did get the previously unissued "Fly Me to the Moon," not to mention a brace of additional tracks that were on AM radio. Still, there's nothing off the underrated Golden Folk Hits, which shows the neglect to which that album was already being subjected, as well as other gaps. On the other hand, the 11 tracks here weren't a bad result for just two years of activity, and it's a sign of how enduring Darin's work already was, that he could get his second best-of compilation (the 1961 Atco Bobby Darin Story being his first) in the first decade of his career, in the midst of a completely altered musical landscape. And obviously, this collection has been supplanted by subsequent releases too numerous to name.

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