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Format: CD
Sku: 60490939
UPC: 013431496922
UPC 14: 00013431496922
Release Date: 7/10/2001
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Just One Of Those Things ~ James Darren
2. My Kind Of Girl ~ James Darren
3. Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You ~ James Darren
4. Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, A ~ James Darren
5. More Today Than Yesterday ~ James Darren
6. Blame It On My Youth ~ James Darren
7. Because Of You ~ James Darren
8. Good Life ~ James Darren
9. I'm A Fool To Want You ~ James Darren
10. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams ~ James Darren
11. Our Day Will Come ~ James Darren
12. I Can't Give You Anything But Love ~ James Darren
13. My Old Flame ~ James Darren
14. Dream A Little Dream Of Me ~ James Darren
In the tradition of such classic crooners as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett is another one of the few true originals, James Darren. For his new recording--replete with big band and lush strings--James Darren delivers swingers and ballads his way--heartfelt. Darren himself handpicked each song featured on Because Of You and they are amongst his personal favorites. And with Darren's rich baritone voice and hip, relaxed, swinging phrasing, each song--from love songs to standards to pop classics--comes to life as timeless new versions are born.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: James Darren, Monica Mancini (vocals); Patrick Williams (conductor); Jim Fox (guitar); Darius Campos, Joel Derouin (violin); Karen Baukinen, Renita Koven (viola); Matt Cooker (cello); Julie Berghofer (harp).
Muze PNote Recorded at Capitol Studios and G Studio Digital, Los Angeles, California. Includes liner notes by James Darren.
Muze PNote Personnel: James Darren (vocals); Julie Berghofer (harp); Assa Drori, Carolyn Osborn, Jennifer Walton, Olivia Tsui, Kristin Fife, Bob Sanov, Joel Derouin, David Stenske, Darius Campo (violin); Renita Koven (viola); Mathew Cooker, Christina Soule (cello); Jim Walker , Sheridon Stokes (flute); Earl Dumler (oboe); Greg Huckins, Lee Callet, Terry Harrington (saxophone); George Graham, Rick Baptist, Warren Luening, Wayne Bergeron (trumpet); Paul Klintworth (French horn); Phillip Teele, Bill Watrous, Charles Loper, Bob McChesney (trombone); Tom Ranier (keyboards); Gregg Field (drums, percussion).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Al Schmitt.
Muze PNote Recording information: Capitol studios, Los Angeles, CA (03/2001); G Studio Digital, Los Angeles, CA (03/2001).
Muze PNote Arrangers: David Campbell ; Patrick Williams; Ray Ellis.
Muze PNote Darren is perhaps best-known as the actor who played Moondoggie in the original Gidget, and more recently the character of Vic Fontaine in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Concurrently with his acting career, he spent the '70s doing nightclubs in Vegas, Reno, and Tahoe and fairs around the country as a popular crooner. On this appealing collection featuring classic songs from various eras and shimmering, jazzy big-band arrangements by Patrick Williams, Darren follows in the footsteps of his idols Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Not surprisingly, he recorded the 14 tracks at the Capitol studios where Ol' Blue Eyes did some of his most famous work. Darren has an easy, Bennett-like voice -- instantly likeable, rich, and emotionally resonant. So, with solid vocals and one of the best arrangers in the business, the only wild card would be choice of material -- and it's spectacular. He opens with a perky take on Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things," then digs into the catalogs of Leslie Bricusse (the playful "My Kind of Girl"), Oscar Levant ("Blame It on My Youth"), and, of course, joyful songs that Bennett popularized like "Because of You" and "Good Life." On the opposite side emotionally, he tackles "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" with a slight Brazilian-flavored arrangement. Darren also has a great time turning pop classics like "More Today Than Yesterday" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" into jazzy songs that sound like they were written a generation before they were. The set closes with a charming jazz trio take on "Dream a Little Dream of Me," which won't make you forget Mama Cass but is nevertheless engaging. Darren hardly crafts a crooning style of his own, preferring to go after the warm familiarity of his idols. Still, in its own way, Because of You is pretty irresistible. ~ Jonathan Widran

Producer: Gregg Field

Engineer: Gregg Field; Al Schmitt

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Concord Records 30th Anniversary Box
Muze Music Compilations 62 British Hit Parade:b Sides Pt2 May

Associated Artists and Works

Original Soundtrack

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/17/2001
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2001
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : CCD 49692
Music Label Name Label : Concord Jazz
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00013431496922


James Darren has enjoyed a successful, multi-faceted career, spanning five decades of motion picture, television and "live" concert stage performances. Ironically, it is his most recent work behind the camera as an established director of major television programs such as Melrose Place, Beverly Hills 90210 and Walker, Texas Ranger that has brought him the greatest satisfaction over the past decade.

Darren's musical career encompasses an impressive roster of musical credits including 12 albums, five Top-10 singles and the Grammy-nominated "Goodbye Cruel World", which held the number 1 spot on the charts for six weeks in 1961. The following year, he scored another top ten hit with "Her Royal Majesty". Other popular songs recorded by Darren include "There's No Such Thing" and "You Take My Heart Away", from the Oscar-winning feature film, Rocky. As a solo performer, Darren has headlined many of the top hotels, resorts and theaters in the United States, Canada and London.

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