Dean Martin

Baby It's Cold Outside

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The U.K. based Castle Communications label usually does a very fine job with its reissues. They don't charge a lot, they actually put effort into licensing, sequencing and issuing cuts, and they do an OK job with sound and notes. This collection of early Dean Martin material is a fine example of that. Rather than give you the hits that appear on most collections -- the cheap issue jobs -- Baby It's Cold Outside delivers. The major accomplishment of this set is that it reveals that Martin was a talent who arrived fully developed, unlike Sinatra, who was more confident than he was good in his early days. Sinatra developed; Martin simply shined with what he had best. He picked up a few tricks later in phrasing, but as this material shows, from "Faraway Places," and "Through a Long and Sleepless Night" to "Ghost Riders in the Sky," Martin could sing virtually anything, and sing it well. There are a few radio transcriptions here from a live date, but in all these 20 cuts give you a choice look at the artist as a young -- and wildly talented -- man.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:32
2 1:14 Spotify
3 1:42
4 2:03
5 3:31
6 1:59
7 2:43
8 2:35
9 1:24
10 1:13
11 1:50
12 2:18
13 2:05
14 1:50
15 1:43
16 2:17
17 1:41
18 2:00
19 2:47
20 2:14
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