Dean Martin Dean Martin Hits Again / Houston
- Released: November 12, 2001
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Collector's Choice
- 1.You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You
- 2.I'll Hold You In My Heart
- 3.Have A Heart
- 4.My Heart Is An Open Book
- 5.You'll Always Be The One I Love
- 6.Send Me The Pillow You Dream On
- 7.In The Chapel In The Moonlight
- 8.Send Me Some Lovin'
- 9.Wedding Bells
- 10.I'll Be Seeing You
- 12.The First Thing Ev'ry Morning (And The Last Thing Ev'ry Night)
- 13.Hammer And Nails
- 14.Little Lovely One
- 15.Love, Love, Love
- 16.Down Home
- 17.I Will
- 18.Snap Your Fingers
- 19.Everybody But Me
- 20.Old Yellow Line
- 22.You're The Reason I'm In Love
2 LPs on 1 CD: DEAN MARTIN HITS AGAIN/HOUSTON.
Dean Martin Hits Again was the singer's eighth Reprise album and Houston his tenth, which introduces the question why Collectors' Choice Music chose to pair these albums together instead of matching his seventh, The Door Is Still Open to My Heart, with Dean Martin Hits Again and his ninth, (Remember Me) I'm the One Who Loves You, with Houston. The answer is simple. Reprise was not above repeating tracks from one album to another, and the hit "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You" appears on both The Door Is Still Open to My Heart and Dean Martin Hits Again, so it would have been repeated (or the correct song lists of the albums violated) on a two-fer combining those albums. Skipping over (Remember Me) in the sequence of Martin's albums eliminates a step in the musical development producer Jimmy Bowen was exploring with the successive discs. Bowen had conceived the idea of doing a 1950s-style rock & roll arrangement of "Everybody Loves Somebody" in 1964 and thus fostered Martin's musical comeback. On Hits Again in early 1965, he and arranger Ernie Freeman cloned that sound over and over, from the 4/4 beat and the piano triplets to the swooping strings and the vocal chorus. But by the time of Houston, which was arranged and conducted by Bill Justis, Bowen was taking Martin in other directions, notably pop/rock and an updated middle-of-the-road pop style best heard on the hit "I Will." Still, the basic approach was a variant on Nashville sound country-pop, as on the Roger Miller-like "Houston." The ever-versatile Martin seemed to be at home no matter what the backing, and these were two more gold records to add to his collection. ~ William Ruhlmann
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