Bobby Darin signed to Motown injust after his attempt to refashion himself as a folk-rocker Maryland, My Maryland - Various - The Kings Of The Bigbands / The Kings Of Dixieland Direction Records.
All this can be heard on Real Gone Music's compilation Another Song on My Mind: The Motown Yearsa double-disc set that's the first-ever serious excavation of his final recordings.
Darin didn't have a hit at Motown -- "Happy," the love theme from Lady Sings the Blues, barely scraped the charts after his death -- but it wasn't for lack for trying.
Soon, a syrupy rendition of Newman 's "Sail Away" and the sticky suburban lament "Average People" followed, the former also appearing on an eponymous LP that's included here in its entirety, along with the posthumous Darin: Both of these records, along with the single versions and alternate mixes that push this compilation to 38 tracks, never manage to achieve a stylistic coherence, and while Darin 's range is impressive, it's also mildly maddening partially due to his inexorable pull toward the mawkish.
His ambitions were grand but his taste tacky, a dichotomy that becomes pronounced and compelling when heard as a sprawling whole, as it is here. Cut by cut, Another Song on My Mind can seem simple and sweet, but as a whole the shifts in mood and style are admirably baffling because the only thing that ties it all together is Darin 's snazzy lounge delivery.
His intentions very well may have been sincere but the end product feels glib, particularly as he hops from sound to sound.
Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Track Listing - Disc 1. Sail Away. Randy Newman. Bobby Darin. I've Already Stayed Too Long. Ben Peters. Something in Her Love.
Who Turned the World Around. Shipmates in Cheyenne. Let It Be Me. Hard Headed Woman. Cat Stevens. Average People. George Clinton. Pat St. Kin Vassy. Melodie [Original Single Version].
Bob Dylan. Sail Away [Original Single Version]. Average People [Original Single Version]. Track Listing - Disc 2. Wonderin' Where It's Gonna End. Mike Randall. Another Song on My Mind.
Blue Monday. The Letter. Wayne Carson. If I Were a Carpenter. Another Song On My Mind - Bobby Darin - Darin: 1936 - 1973 Hardin. Moritat Mack the Knife. Melodie [Stereo Single Version]. Sail Away Randy Newman. Hard Headed Woman Cat Stevens. Average People George Clinton. The Letter Wayne Carson.
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