Bobby Darin, equally adept at rock, pop, jazz, and blues, was easily one of the most versatile entertainers of his generation. In this fabulous collection, Bobby sings and swings such favorites as "Some of These Days," "On... more »e For My Baby," and "I've Got Rhythm." Songs include:I've Got RhythmI Have DreamedMedley : Give Me a Little Kiss Don' Look at Me That Way Slow Boat to China Too Young For the Blues Teach Me Tonight Too Close For Comfort You've Got A Lot To Learn Down With Love Don'cha Go Away Mad Cry Me A River River Stay 'Way From My Door Mack the Knife I Wish I Were In Love Again Medley: Some People Lucky Pierre I've Had It Zooma Zooma Some People Duet with Bob Hope: Down By The Old Mill Stream Singing with Joanna Sommers and Bob Hope: Bill Bailey Singing with Jimmy Durante: You Gotta Start Each Day With A Song Inka Dinka Doo Bill Bailey Hollywood String Orchestra: Bobby's Theme« less
A string of clips of BD singing on television appearances
Mack_T_Knife | USA | 08/13/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a string of black and white clips of BD singing on television appearances. BD sings and dances and also does several duets with big stars of the time including Joanna Sommers, Bob Hope and Jimmy Durante.
The picture quality is OK, given the age of the TV appearances (all are from pre-1968). This is similar in quality to the other offerings from Passport in the same genre (Sammy Davis Jr. Singing at His Best, Dean Martin: Memories are Made of This etc.)
One nice thing about this DVD, however, is that Passport has dropped the boring and annoying narrator that goes along with the clips in the Davis Jr. and Martin DVD's. This really plays more like a concert-- focusing only on the title performer.
Much of the content, however, is also on the "Mack Is Back" DVD as an extra (clearly the "Mack Is Back" DVD is the definitive Darin DVD to buy first given its quality and extras).
However, the end of this DVD does have a few selections that are previously unreleased on DVD. Like Darin singing "Hello Young Lovers" and "Some of these Days."
I purchased this DVD for about nine dollars and was pleased with it at that price.
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Bobby Darin and Friends
R. Gonzales | Denver, CO United States | 02/10/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"No No you reviewers have it all wrong, This is not a compliation of clips or a documentary. This is the 1961 NBC special entitled "Bobby Darin and Friends" With guest stars Joanie Sommers and Bob Hope. It was directed by Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin. It is a great look at his nightclub act from this time period. You will even recognize some dialog from the album "The Bobby Darin Story" ("I'm a city kid and that makes me happy") Now to be fair I gotta agree with the others the sound isnt excellent, and the picture is a slightly fuzzy but come on this was probably taken from a kinescope from 1961. Its a bargain at the price, and an indispensable DVD for the Bobby Darin fan! It is after all his FIRST television special. So unless you are expecting 1961 to come back around again, I would suggest you snatch it up right away! Ive seen worse video copies floating around on the internet, and this is at least cleaned up! So take it from me, a long time Darin fan, this is a must have in your collection!"
This one IS unique
Barry R. Pasini | 05/16/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I do not blame the folks who gave up on this seeing it is mostly re-hashed perofrmances that are on other DVDs..and its not associated with the Estate. OK. But, as noted by another reviewer, there is a two song TV concert from 1959-1962 of 'Hello Young Lovers' and 'Some of These Days' AND after that the "Comedy Routine" (as it is called on "The Curtain Falls - Live at the Flamingo") of impressions to the Song "One for My Baby" is on this DVD! Those scenes are NOT ON THE TABLE OF CONTENTS! The next time you "One Star" reviewers pop online to read your own words, please take note. I have read Jeff Bleiel's info-book 'That's All" and these two performances are NOT cataloged in the definitive Darin catalog. That makes this DVD a must have, despite the fact most of it does not qualify in that category."
Bobby Darin Singing at his Best
Shirley Hildreth | 08/07/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I was very disappointed with dvd, it was in black and white and was not endorsed nor authorized by the estate of Bobby Darin. I have Bobby Darin Aces back to Back and Bobby Darin Beyond the Sea,Bobby Darin Mack is Back, this Singing at his Best, does not compared to the ones listed above.
Fun compilation from a variety of sources for hard core fans
Darin Fan | 01/05/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD has some numbers from BD's 1961 (shortly after marriage to Sandra Dee) special: Bobby Darin and Friends. It was a rather iffy special IMO, but worth watching because this superstar was the youngest host of his own special to date.
Also included is some footage, from another source, with BD and Jimmy Durante, which shows his amazing skills as a mimic.
And finally the best footage, though I'm not sure of the source, but Bobby notes that it was live TV, of him singing Hello Young Lovers, Some of These Days, and doing his long routine, called The Stars Bar, of impressions to the tune of One More for the Road. For those who only know of BD as a musical talent, this will be a revelation because he was such an accomplished impressionist. The impressions he does here were just a few of the many he did.
Hello Young Lovers is especially interesting 'cause it's the only time I've ever seen him space on lyrics and freeze. He opens by totally forgetting the lyrics, and really doesn't recover for the duration of the song, instead noting ruefully that there's "nothing like live TV..." Usually he covers forgotten lyrics smoothly by continuing to sing and improvising lyrics to explain what's happening. Not here. So this episode makes it worth the price of admission to me 'cause it's so unusual."