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(Real Gone Music) 24 tracks Bobby Darin joined Motown Records in 1970, inaugurating the... more

Bobby Darin: Go Ahead & Back Up (CD)

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Bobby Darin joined Motown Records in 1970, inaugurating the final phase in a remarkable career that saw him transform from a rock-and-roll teen idol to a sophisticated swinger to a socially conscious folkie. Yet before his tragic death at the age of 37 in 1973, Darin only released one album and a handful of singles for Berry Gordy’s legendary label.

A few posthumous recordings followed in 1974 and a live album in 1987, but the story stayed the same: that despite the best efforts of all, Darin’s music for Motown never lived up to the great potential of the pairing. Now, more than 45 years after the artist’s passing, the truth can be revealed.

Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records’ Go Ahead and Back Up: The Lost Motown Masters lifts the curtain on the final years of Bobby Darin’s life with 24 never-before-released recordings directly from the Motown vaults, their existence largely unknown to even Darin’s most ardent collectors and biographers.

These include a lost album produced by Bobby in the raw, stripped-down style of his stage shows of the period; a return to standards as only Bobby could have recorded; and an album’s worth of stunning, surprising tracks written and produced by Motown’s cream of the crop.

Article properties: Bobby Darin: Go Ahead & Back Up (CD)

  • Interpret: Bobby Darin

  • Album titlle: Go Ahead & Back Up (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Real Gone Music

  • Year of publication 2018
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0848064007142

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Darin, Bobby - Go Ahead & Back Up (CD) CD 1
01 Go ahead and back up
02 Higher and higher
03 Help me make it through the night
04 Watch the river flow
05 Lady madonna
06 I walk the line
07 You've lost that lovin' feeling
08 I don't know how to love her
09 Catch the wind
10 We're getting there
11 Stray dog (oh let her be)
12 Child of tears
13 I think the devil must be beating his wife
14 Cindy
15 I'm glad about it
16 Oh lord, where is my baby
17 Young joe caldwell (aka lucky day)
18 The Letter -extended version
19 Proud Mary version 1
20 Proud Mary version 2
21 Rags to riches
22 Mona lisa
23 Smile
24 Melodie (The Symphony Mix)
Bobby Darin The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame – the list of performers, not the museum... more
"Bobby Darin"

Bobby Darin

The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame – the list of performers, not the museum in Cleveland – has often generated its share of controversy; most often having to do with the credentials of one inductee or another. More specifically, "was that artist 'rock 'n' roll'?"

The question has been raised relative to soul men and women, folk artists, country singers, rappers, and Miles Davis. Not to slight their contribution to music, generally, but do they belong in the same Hall of Fame as (say) Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley?

Steve Blauner, Bobby Darin's long-time manager and even longer-time friend, heard that question often, stemming from Darin's induction in 1990 – the same year as The Who, Hank Ballard, The Kinks, The Platters, The Four Tops, The Four Seasons, and Simon & Garfunkel.

You see the problem? Even more than some of the others, Darin stood out: Mister Mack The Knife, wasn't he? The man who, during a very brief 37 years on Earth, made his greatest and arguably most lasting mark as a tuxedoed finger-snapper, fronting a big band and wowing adult audiences at New York's Copacabana and in Las Vegas?

Well, it's a little more complicated than that.

"He almost didn't get into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame," says Blauner, "because put on a bow tie. But all of those people back then wanted to be Bobby – he was their Sinatra." And by "back then," Blauner is talking about before Mack The Knife, when Bobby Darin was scuffling the New York streets, looking for a hit; any kind of hit.

In fact, Bobby Darin was singing and playing before rock 'n' roll even existed. This compilation gathers several – but hardly all – of Darin's more rocking sides, a mere sampling of a musical career that went from calypso to rock 'n' roll; from Sinatra-styled pop to country and folk. And all before Darin died from a defective heart at the age of 37 on December 20, 1973.

The Calypso Years

Bobby was raised by the women he knew as his mother, sister and brother-in-law in Manhattan's  Delancy Street projects. That was, friends, say, a key to his ambition; another was a lifelong heart condition that began with rheumatic fever in his infancy (Nina, the woman Darin introduced as his 'sister' was, in fact, his mother; his 'mother,' his grandmother. Bobby did not know this, though, until he was 30. Charlie Maffia, Nina's husband, was, though not Bobby's father, highly influential in his life).

"He was raised in the slums under the Triborough Bridge," explains Steve Karmen. "His struggle was not so much to have a hit as to escape his background."

When Karmen met Darin, both were attending the Bronx High School of Science, and it was the early '50s.  "I was playing my saxophone in a school recital, and Bobby approached me; he wanted to form a band," says Karmen. "The swing era was coming to a polite end and rock 'n' roll was just coming in."  The group also included pianist Eddie Ocasio, Dick Behrke on trumpet, and guitarist Walter Raim. Everybody sang. "We were all learning our instruments, really," Raim told Jeff Bleiel. "Bobby was a talented, musical kid. He decided that he would be the drummer, then he learned to play…"

"We played up-tempo blues with a heavy backbeat," Karmen elaborates, in addition to stock arrangements that were available to anybody – though, Karmen admits, "When you can't read music, it's hard to be a musician.

"In those days,"  he continues, "we'd learn ten songs, then when we'd run through all of those, we'd repeat 'em."

The band split when Darin graduated. "Dick and Walter wanted to be serious musicians," explains Karmen. "Bobby and I wanted to be entertainers.

I learned mandolin and guitar, and Bobby picked up some piano. When Harry Belafonte started becoming successful, we started doing his act – only wearing suits and ties."

Karmen and Darin played professionally, if only just so; gigs included shows in Catskill Mountain resorts, opening for or between featured acts. They started in the summer of 1951, making $35 per week.

Somewhere down the line, Don Kirshner entered the scene.

"I was working as a bellhop in Atlantic Beach, and had just written my first song. One day I was at a candy store near my house in Washington Heights, and a girl I knew walked in with Bobby – who was working as a janitor in the neighborhood. He was impressed because I was big-time; I'd just had my first song ['In All Of My Dreams'] published. We walked over to the girl's place, where she had a piano. Bobby proceeded to play me five songs; I said 'Let's team up, and we'll be the biggest thing in the business'."

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25 Sep 2018

Great release

Great sound, great liner notes, and an amazing look into the musical direction that Bobby Darin was heading at the end of his life/career. Something for everyone - Motown sound, country and standards all on one CD - all never before released. This was a great find.

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Tracklist
Darin, Bobby - Go Ahead & Back Up (CD) CD 1
01 Go ahead and back up
02 Higher and higher
03 Help me make it through the night
04 Watch the river flow
05 Lady madonna
06 I walk the line
07 You've lost that lovin' feeling
08 I don't know how to love her
09 Catch the wind
10 We're getting there
11 Stray dog (oh let her be)
12 Child of tears
13 I think the devil must be beating his wife
14 Cindy
15 I'm glad about it
16 Oh lord, where is my baby
17 Young joe caldwell (aka lucky day)
18 The Letter -extended version
19 Proud Mary version 1
20 Proud Mary version 2
21 Rags to riches
22 Mona lisa
23 Smile
24 Melodie (The Symphony Mix)