Forever Cool

Forever Cool

by Dean Martin


The concept of the artificially created duets collection -- in which newly recorded vocal or instrumental performances by an array of big-name contemporary artists are spliced with existing tracks from another artist, living or dead -- is hardly a new one. Now it's Dean Martin's turn: Capitol Records, Martin's home throughout most of the 1950s, follows the established format by taking vintage tracks by the late, beloved crooner and grafting onto them vocal takes by country star Martina McBride, neo-R&B diva Joss Stone, actor Kevin Spacey, jazz musicians Chris Botti and Dave Koz and others, to unsurprisingly mixed results. The thing to keep in mind before diving in to Forever Cool is that Martin's coolness credentials have never been in question -- hence the title -- whereas just about anyone who would dare breathe in his airspace is relatively uncool by default. Spacey, for example, may be engaging on the screen, but pretending to banter with the monumentally überhip Dino on "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" and Roger Miller's "King of the Road" (which Martin cut for Reprise, his post-Capitol label, on 1965's (Remember Me) I'm the One Who Loves You album), only makes Spacey seem dorky and the whole exercise somewhat ghoulish. Relative newbies like Stone and former American Idol contestant Paris Bennett don't stand a chance in this company, trying so hard when all Martin has to do is open his mouth. Even a seasoned vocalist like McBride, taking the traditional female role in Frank Loesser's seasonal perennial "Baby, It's Cold Outside," comes off as flat and uninspired. And Robbie Williams' turn on "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" just emphasizes that he's out of his league. The instrumentalists fare better: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was born to create Rat Pack-style big-band arrangements, and they do Martin justice on both "Who's Got the Action" and "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You," which they share not only with the big bad voodoo boozer himself but with country's Shelby Lynne, who holds her own. And both Botti (trumpet) and Koz (sax), maybe because they don't need to vocalize, only blow and brighten up their respective tracks: "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" and "Just in Time." There is one true standout here, the only character in the bunch with as much certifiable personality as Martin, and that would be French superstar Charles Aznavour, who swings with Dino on the signature "Everybody Loves Somebody." Too bad, however, that the original hit single was not used but instead a lesser version. In the end, it's Dean Martin who saves the day each time out. What Forever Cool ultimately reaffirms is that there is no one like him. So just don't go expecting world-class performances from the posthumous partners and it's easy to have a good time with this experiment in studio manipulation. Now, where is that martini? [Note: The Deluxe Edition includes a DVD with "The Making Of..." and classic performance footage from Martin's eponymous NBC television show.]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/15/2007
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 5099950345229
catalogNumber: 503452

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dean Martin   Primary Artist
Brian Bromberg   Bass
Gil Goldstein   Conductor
Steve Kujala   Flute
Bob Sheppard   Tenor Saxophone
Frank Marocco   Accordion
Patrick Williams   Conductor
John Chiodini   Guitar
Kevin Axt   Bass
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
George Bohannon   Trombone
Richard Bullock   Bass Trombone
Lee Callet   Baritone Saxophone
Gene Cipriano   Tenor Saxophone
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Assa Drori   Concert Master
Bill Elton   Trombone
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Daniel Greco   Vibes
James Harrah   Guitar
Dan Higgins   Alto Saxophone
Greg Huckins   Baritone Saxophone
Michael Lang   Piano
Charles Loper   Trombone
Sal Lozano   Alto Saxophone
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Larry Lunetta   Trumpet
Andy Martin   Trombone
Bob McChesney   Trombone
Larry McGuire   Trumpet
Suzette Moriarty   French Horn
Tom Ranier   Piano
Robert Shulgold   Flute
Kurt Snyder   French Horn
Vince Trombetta   Tenor Saxophone
Randy Waldman   Piano
Chauncey Welsch   Trombone
Gregg Field   Drums
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Karl Hunter   Group Member
Andy Rowley   Group Member
Scotty Morris   Group Member
Joshua Levy   Group Member
Dirk Shumaker   Group Member
Kurt Sodergren   Group Member
Glen "The Kid" Marhevka   Group Member
Rick Mitchell   Flute
Paula Salvatore   Background Vocals
Joey Gian   Background Vocals
Rob Christie   Background Vocals
Craig Gosnell   Bass Trombone
Justin Hageman   French Horn
Brian O'Connor   French Horn

Technical Credits

Johannes Brahms   Composer
Elvis Presley   Author
Gil Goldstein   Arranger
Neal Hefti   Arranger
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Patrick Williams   Arranger,Producer,Adaptation
Frank Loesser   Composer
Jimmy Bowen   Arranger,Producer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Bobby Colomby   Producer
Betty Comden   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Ken Lane   Arranger
Burton Lane   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger,Inspiration
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Tom Ranier   Adaptation
Phil Ramone   Producer
John Rotella   Composer
Schmitt   Producer,Engineer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Sam H. Stept   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Lee Gillette   Producer
Roland Guillotel   Engineer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Pete King   Arranger
Tom Recchion   Art Direction
George Duning   Composer,Music Direction
Steve Genewick   Engineer
Kevin Spacey   Author
Sam Coslow   Composer
Sidney Clare   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Gus Levine   Arranger
Irving Taylor   Composer
James Cavanaugh   Composer
Scotty Morris   Producer
Joshua Levy   Arranger,Adaptation
Traditional   Composer
Sandro Giovannini   Composer
Pietro Garinei   Composer
Paula Salvatore   Director
Ernie Freeman Combo   Arranger
Rob Christie   Producer
Jane Ventom   Executive Producer
Chuck Brungardt   Engineer

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