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Singer Bobby Darin's last recorded performance is an entertaining look at a versatile, freewheeling talent. Taped in March 1973 in Los Angeles, the 70-minute show spotlights a finger-snappin', jive-talkin' hipster who combined Frank Sinatra's saloon-singer sophistication with Elvis Presley's blues/rock/country/R&B chops. Darin hits like "Splish Splash," the lovely "If I Were a Carpenter," and "Beyond the Sea" are included, along with the inevitable "Mack the Knife" (which is tacked onto the end and appears to come from another performance entirely) and a variety of other familiar tunes. Darin, of course, is the cynosure, telling jokes and stories, doing impressions, playing guitar, piano, and even some very decent blues harp. And while the tone of the show occasionally veers toward slick, Vegas-style vacuity, one can only wonder how brightly Darin's star might have shone had his chronically weak heart not given out nine months later, when he was just 37. --Sam GrahamFrom the Back Cover:
"Bobby Darin - Mack is Back!" features an unedited version of the pop vocalist's last taped concert that never aired. Recorded before a live audience in March 1973, just nine months before he died from heart failure at 37, the show intimately captures a hip, funny, vocally-freewheeling performer seemingly at the height of his powers. Between humorous riffs and monologues, he belts out some of the big pop hits of the '60s and '70s as well as standards of the '50s such as "Splish Splash" and "Beyond the Sea". The 70-minute show closes with the swinging "Mack the Knife", the chart-topping 1959 Grammy Award Winner that remains one of the most beloved lounge songs of all time.
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