This One's from the Heart
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||The Best Is Yet to Come||James Darren||2:27||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Come Fly With Me||James Darren||3:06||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||That Old Black Magic||James Darren||3:08||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||All the Way||James Darren||4:18||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||It's Only a Paper Moon||James Darren||2:31||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||I've Got the World On a String||James Darren||2:06||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||You'd Better Love Me||James Darren||2:04||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sophisticated Lady||James Darren||4:57||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Just In Time||James Darren||2:21||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||I've Got You Under My Skin||James Darren||3:13||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Way You Look Tonight||James Darren||4:37||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Here's to the Losers||James Darren||3:21||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You||James Darren||2:18||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Dancing In the Dark||James Darren||3:02||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Night and Day||James Darren||2:20||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||I'll Be Seeing You||James Darren||3:08||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Satin Doll||James Darren||3:28||£0.99||View in iTunes|
During a career that's stretched for more than 40 years, James Darren has touched many of the bases in the entertainment game. He started in the 1950s when he was a teenage idol of the big screen, and then moved on to appearances on any number of TV shows over the ensuing years. One of the more notable of these appearances was his portrayal of a swinging 1960s Rat Pack crooner on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. This wasn't one of those too-often-seen instances of miscasting: The man can sing, and this, his latest album, is telling evidence of his gift. Coincidentally, ironically, or whatever, Darren comes across a bit like another singer who began his career in the 1950s: the similarly surnamed Bobby Darin. And like his near namesake, Darren suffers from unfair and unnecessary comparisons to Frank Sinatra. It probably doesn't help matters that several songs on the album are strongly associated with Sinatra, including "All the Way," "Come Fly With Me," "Night and Day," and "I've Got You Under My Skin." If any singer with a style like Darren's were forced to limit his selections to songs not already done by Sinatra, the vocal pickings would be slim indeed. Darren has something to say with each of these tunes, and he says it well. That he is blessed with outstanding arrangements by some of the best in the business, like Alan Broadbent, Sammy Nestico, Tom Ranier, and the late Marty Paich, contributes mightily to making this session an enjoyable listening experience. The instrumental accompaniment includes appearances by some of the finest jazz musicians extant. On a midtempo "I've Got the World on a String," Darren is backed by a strong tenor saxophone solo by Pete Christlieb. "Sophisticated Lady" features Ranier's piano and the graceful, floating figures of Warren Luening on a Sweets Edison-like muted trumpet. Luening makes a similar contribution on "I'll Be Seeing You." Darren's rendering of one of Duke Ellington's most popular tunes stands up well with most interpretations. Darren is accompanied by a big band, with strings attached, on eight of the cuts. This group provides the background for very lush renditions of such standards as Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields' hauntingly beautiful "The Way You Look Tonight" (on which Luening's flügelhorn is prominent). For the remaining nine tunes, Darren is backed by a small group of fine musicians, including Luening, Ranier, Christlieb, Chuck Berghoffer, Gregg Field, and Ron Escheté. Darren offers a legitimate option to the hip male singers of the day. His is a crooning, swinging style that reached its zenith with Bing Crosby, Sinatra, and Darin, and was carried on by the inestimable Tony Bennett and Darren himself. This One's From the Heart is an amiable 52 minutes of great music, excellently arranged and performed by a good singer backed by fine musicians.
James Darren, best known these days for his turn as Vic Fontaine in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine shows on this album that he has a brilliant sining voice to rival the great 50's crooners. His style is warm and welcoming in a similar vein to Nat King Coles. This is a great album with no bad tracks, the comparisons with Sinatra in my veiw are unfair, as while Sinatra has a brilliant voice and has great vocal control for me hes very clynical in his singing and just doesnt have the same softer subtle sound. The backing group on this album are also excellent.
I really love James Darren as Vic Fontaine on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and I love the songs as well. It's rare that I like all the songs on an album, but this is one of those times! He's a fantastic singer as well, and in my opinion, should have been in more episodes.
This man can really sing. five stars
Born: 08 June 1936 in Philadelphia, PA
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s