Pretty Baby is an album recorded by Dean Martin for Capitol Records during two sessions on January 28 and January 30, 1957. The backing orchestration was conducted by Gus Levene. This album features a simple sound, dispensing with the large brass and string arrangements of albums like This Time I'm Swingin'! and Cha Cha de Amor. The completed album was released June 17, 1957.
This jazzy collection is sung in typically relaxed style by the man who typified the laid-back bon vivant for much of the 1950s and '60s. Dean Martin croons a selection of pop and jazz standards, like the title track and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," mostly accompanied by a small jazz combo augmented by horns and strings. The cover art, which features a suave Martin being admired by a pneumatic blonde, is worth the purchase price by itself.
When Dean went in the studio in January 1957 to record his third album for Capitol, the pressure was really on: he had just broken off his phenomenally successful partnership with Jerry Lewis, who had gone on to record a hit album of his own for Decca. So, Dino, always deemed by the critics the less talented of the duo, really, really needed a breakthrough record. Sadly, it was not to be, but ‘Pretty Baby’ proved to be perhaps the finest of his Capitol releases with some of the best singing he ever did.
- I Can't Give You Anything But Love
- Only Forever
- Sleepy Time Gal
- I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)
- Pretty Baby
- You've Got Me Crying Again
- Once in a While
- The Object of My Affection
- For You
- It's Easy to Remember
- Nevertheless (I'm in Love with You)