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SOURCE Legacy Recordings
Major Reissue Project Launching with Digital Releases of The Dean Martin Christmas Album & Dean Martin: The Reprise Years
NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, in partnership with the Dean Martin Family Trust, has acquired the singer's legendary Reprise Records catalog and begun remastering titles for a major ongoing reissue project.
The Dean Martin Reprise catalog acquisition includes all the recordings Dino made during his extraordinary creative tenure (1962-1974) at Rat Pack chairman Frank Sinatra's Reprise Records label. The Nashville Sessions, the album Martin cut for Warner Bros in 1983, is also included.
The Dean Martin reissue project began with the first digital releases of The Dean Martin Christmas Album, 1966's #1 Christmas album and perennial holiday classic, and Dean Martin: The Reprise Years, a 2-disc anthology of the crooner's high points at the label.
Legacy Recordings is remastering all the tracks in Dean Martin's Reprise catalog with an eye toward releasing the catalog digitally and physically over the course of the next year.
On January 20, Legacy released The Very Best of Dean Martin as part of the label's popular Playlist series. The Dean Martin Playlist contains:
The next wave of titles in the Dean Martin Reprise Records reissue project, coming February 4, will include digital releases of ten albums:
"We're so pleased to be working with the Dean Martin Family Trust in bringing Dean's Reprise Records legacy to new generations," said Adam Block, President, Legacy Recordings. "Dean's music and style embody the very essence of 'cool' and now is the perfect time to introduce this timeless pop music to future fans."
One of the great lounge singers of the pre-rock era, Dean Martin hit his stride as a cultural icon during his years with Reprise, knocking the Beatles off the top of the charts in August 1964 with a dreamy contemporary take on "Everybody Loves Somebody (Sometime)," a standard he'd sung on Bob Hope's radio show in 1948 that became one of his theme songs, a sentiment so universal it's on his gravestone.
A multi-faceted artist whose talents crossed media boundaries, Dean Martin has three stars on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame: one for recording, one for movies, and one for television, where he introduced Americans to Celebrity Roasts in the 1970s.
The genius of Dean Martin is that he made everything sound easy and classy and fun. Relaxed and comfortable, with a beatific self-assurance that transcended confidence, Dino's one of the greatest singers who ever cut records. On his Reprise Recordings, the King of Cool is also his most soulful.
THE DEAN MARTIN CHRISTMAS ALBUM
DEAN MARTIN: THE REPRISE YEARS
Disc One: The Greatest Hits
Disc Two: The Best Of The Rest
DEAN MARTIN: REPRISE ALBUM DISCOGRAPHY
French Style (1962)
Dino Latino (1962; #99)
Country Style (1963; #109)
Dean Tex Martin Rides Again (1963)
Dream With Dean (1964; #15*)
Everybody Loves Somebody (1964; #2*)
The Door Is Still Open To My Heart (1964)
Dean Martin Hits Again (1965; #13*)
(Remember Me) I'm The One Who Loves You (1965; #12*)
Houston (1965; #11*)
Somewhere There's Someone (1966; 40*)
Dean Martin Sings Songs From "The Silencers" (1966; #108)
The Hit Sound Of Dean Martin (1966; #50)
The Dean Martin Christmas Album (1966; #1 Xmas*)
The Dean Martin TV Show (1966; #34)
Happiness Is Dean Martin (1967; #46)
Welcome To My World (1967; #20*)
Dean Martin's Greatest Hits! (1968; #26*)
Dean Martin's Greatest Hits! Vol. 2 (1968; #83*)
Gentle On My Mind (1968; #14*)
I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am (1969; #90)
My Woman, My Woman, My Wife (1970; #97)
For The Good Times (1971; #113, #41 Country)
Dino (1972; #117)
Sittin' On Top Of The World (1973)
You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me (1973)
Once In Awhile (1978)
The Nashville Sessions (1983; #49 Country)
* certified gold album (most of which sold over 1,000,000 units--there was no platinum certification at the time)
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