BOBBY DARIN: WE DIDN’T ASK TO BE BROUGHT HERE/FUNNY WHAT LOVE CAN DO (Atlantic 2305; 1965)
In August of 1965, after making 7 albums on the Capitol label, Bobby Darin returned to the studios of Atlantic Records to record his very first self-penned protest song, “We Didn’t Ask To Be Brought Here.” The lyrical tone was anti-establishment, the arrangement was fully electric, and the result was one of his finest original recordings. Darin had left Atlantic in 1961 for many reasons, not the least of which was a lack of control over his own recordings. Clearly, he was now fully in charge.
The B-Side, “Funny What Love Can Do,” is another excellent original, reflecting Darin’s unparalleled command of almost every musical form. This wailin’ blues number could easily stand right alongside the work of Howlin’ Wolf or Willie Dixon. Darin executes an agile turn of phrase as he flips his “drinkin’/thinkin’” refrain upside down on the second pass. His blues harp playing is, as always, brilliant.
WHERE TO FIND THESE SONGS
“We Didn’t Ask To Be Brought Here” and “Funny What Love Can Do” appear on the following CDs: