One of the best-loved crooners of all time, Dean Martin makes his Retrospective debut with the 58 best from his phenomenal career 1946-1961. Dino Crocetti (1917-1995), son of an Italian immigrant barber, became, as “Dean Martin”, an American entertainment icon – the eternal essence of ‘cool’. He gained fame after the war as half of a double act with Jerry Lewis, but enjoyed even greater success after going solo, with a host of film roles as an actor, hit records as a singer and a permanent membership of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack. Memories Are Made Of This, Dean’s massive million-seller from 1955, provides the appropriate title for Retrospective’s double-album compendium of his very best. The selection contains 23 chart hits, ten of them in the Top Ten: That’s Amore, Return To Me, Volare and so many more favourites. In addition there are smoothly relaxed performances creamed from his best-selling albums Winter Romance, Sleep Warm, Italian Love Songs, Cha Cha De Amor and This Time I’m Swingin’. Dino also uses his easy-going charm in duets with Peggy Lee (You Was), Nat King Cole (Long, Long Ago) and Helen O’Connell (How D’Ya Like Your Eggs In The Morning? – used in the TV ad campaign for Tropicana). Who can resist?