Sunday, March 19, 2017

CD Review: Omnivore Recordings Reminds Us That Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer Were "Two Of A Kind"

American singers/songwriters Bobby Darin and Johnny Mercer had long-standing careers that have turned them into vocal icons. Bobby Darin was one of the most popular singers of the early sixties as his singles "Mack The Knife" and "Beyond The Sea" controlled the singles chart. Johnny Mercer created some of the most well-known songs in history including "Fools Rush In," "That Old Black Magic" and "Summer Wind." In 1961, these two popular American vocalist teamed up, with the Billy May Orchestra, to record the album "Two Of A Kind."

To celebrate the album's 55th anniversary, Omnivore Recordings is releasing an expanded version of the album on CD. The album features the two singers joining forces, singing many American classic standards, including "East Of The Rockies" and "Mississippi Mud." It also included the originals "Two Of A Kind" and "Lonesome Polecat" as Mercer and Darin shared the vocals duties. The album was a homage to the artists of Tin Pan Alley.

For this new expanded re-issue, Bobby Darin's long-time manager Steve Blauner hired Grammy-winning producer Cheryl Pawelski to remaster the original album and dig through studio sessions for the seven added bonus tracks included on this new release. Two songs that were recorded, but not issued on the original album, "Cecilia" and "Lily Of Laguna" lead off the bonus tracks. The other five songs featured are alternate takes that show how much the two singers admired each other's talents. To find out more about this newly re-issued, expanded edition of Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer's "Two Of A Kind," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

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