Feelin' Good: A Classic Collection

Bobby Darin

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Feelin' Good: A Classic Collection Review

by Steve Leggett

This two-disc package does a decent job of covering two of Bobby Darin's three main stylistic phases, eschewing his teen idol years and songs like "Splish Splash" and "Queen of the Hop" for a disc each of his adult pop fare (including his classic 1959 turn on "Mack the Knife") and his curious folk-pop phase (which brought him a late hit with his version of Tim Hardin's "If I Were a Carpenter"). It may not amount to a well-rounded portrait of this unique singer, but what's here is solid, including a wonderfully understated take on another Hardin tune, "The Lady Came from Baltimore," and a fine version of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards' "Backstreet Girl" that brings out the inherent gentleness at the center of the song.

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