The King of Cool himself, Dean Martin, is being honored with a box set due out June 12.
Combining hits and tracks from both his years at Capitol and Reprise records, the set also includes two rare concerts by the true king of cool. Up first is an audio recording of a Lake Tahoe show from July 27, 1962. This performance has never been released in its entirety, only a few tracks were available as bonus material, but it’s now available on this box set. Featured are performances of Volare, On An Evening In Roma, It Had To Be You/Nevertheless, Beautiful Dreamer and his only recording of Matt Monro’s hit My Kind Of Girl. Dino’s quick wit and sense of humor shines bright through his onstage banter and parodies of classics such as I Love Tahoe (Paris) and Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes, all caught on this 51-minute rare recording.
The included DVD has a 1983 show from London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre. This performance originally aired only on Showtime and has never been made commercially available until now. This live concert features Dino performing some of his biggest hits and well-known songs including Everybody Loves Somebody, That’s Amore, Little Ole Wine Drinker Me and Welcome To My World, plus classic Martin parodies of Pennies From Heaven, Please Be Kind and It’s Magic.