20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Best of Sammy Davis Jr.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Nearly all of the Universal Music Group's releases under its discount-priced reissue series 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection are given the generic title "The Best of...," including this one on Sammy Davis, Jr. Although several of Davis' many label affiliations are now to be found in the Universal vaults, including Decca and Motown, this collection selects only from Davis' recordings for the MGM Records label in 1972 and 1973. As it happens, that brief tenure marked a commercial comeback on records for him, including his biggest single hit, the gold-selling, chart-topping "The Candy Man." But the early '70s was a confusing time for pre-rock pop singers ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Nearly all of the Universal Music Group's releases under its discount-priced reissue series 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection are given the generic title "The Best of...," including this one on Sammy Davis, Jr. Although several of Davis' many label affiliations are now to be found in the Universal vaults, including Decca and Motown, this collection selects only from Davis' recordings for the MGM Records label in 1972 and 1973. As it happens, that brief tenure marked a commercial comeback on records for him, including his biggest single hit, the gold-selling, chart-topping "The Candy Man." But the early '70s was a confusing time for pre-rock pop singers like Davis, and that confusion is reflected in the diversity of styles found here. Davis essays familiar-sounding material like "I'll Begin Again" and "I'm Not Anyone," the sort of self-dramatizing ballads at which he excels. But there are also country-styled numbers "Have a Little Talk with Myself," "[I'd Be] A Legend in My Time", the folk-pop standard "Mr. Bojangles" which Davis turned into something of a signature song, and a version of Isaac Hayes' "Theme from Shaft" retitled "John Shaft" and produced by Hayes himself. A live segment at the end including a "Porgy & Bess Medley" gives a sense of Davis' impressive on-stage skills. Although it was often atypical stylistically, the MGM period was an interesting one in Davis' long career, and fans will welcome the CD reissue of some of these tracks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2002
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 044006508320
  • Catalog Number: 065083
  • Sales rank: 20,728

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sammy Davis Jr. Primary Artist
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Don Gibson Composer
Ray Stevens Composer
Perry Botkin Jr. Producer
Jimmy Bowen Producer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Don Costa Arranger, Producer
Mike Curb Producer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Isaac Hayes Arranger, Producer
Ray Henderson Composer
Jerry Jeff Walker Composer
Anthony Newley Composer
Ron Miller Composer
Michael Viner Producer
James Harris Producer
Vartan Art Direction
David Redfern Cover Portrait, Inlay Design
Art Fein Liner Notes
DuBose Heyward Composer
Orlando Murden Composer
Onzie Horne Arranger
Retna Cover Portrait, Inlay Design
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