Dean Martin on Reprise
– what a wonderful thing! In 1962, Dino made the shift from Capitol Records to a label owned by his buddy Frank Sinatra – the newly-formed Reprise
Records, a specialty imprint that Sinatra formed in order to give himself, and his friends, new musical freedoms. At the label, Dean recorded in a number of different styles that were some of the first to approximate the range of modes that he'd been using in his film and TV appearances – pop, jazz, romantic, and most important of all, country western – a mode that would soon become Dino's chosen style in the latter part of the decade. The set's a fantastic dip into the first half of Dean's years at Reprise
– featuring work from a wealth of different albums, singles, and soundtracks – plus radio snippets, promo clips, and other rarities that take the set way past the official LP releases of the time. Plus, the set comes with a 20-track DVD – featuring English language trailers from Dean's 60s films. And if that's not enough, the whole thing's packaged with a super-huge 12" by 12" booklet, hardcover, and filled with beautiful color pages that have images of Dean live, in films, in the studio, on movie posters, sheet music, and much more. The book contains an essay by Ryan Null on Dino – and the whole package is incredibly beautiful, and a must-have for any fan of Dean Martin!