People usually associate Dean Martin with the 1950s, but he found his greatest sales successes during the '60s (he was the first artist to knock the Beatles off the No. 1 spot in the singles chart). That said, many of Martin's records for Reprise during this period had a short shelf life. That's one of the reasons that this album is such a joy: it lets Dino fluff up a pillow and sink into timeless standards like "Just Friends" and "It Had to Be You." The arrangements shovel on too many creamy violins, but Dino's at his boozy best here. Note -- this isn't a soundtrack from his hit variety show.