At Town Hall/Mercer & Short: Second Town Hall Concert

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In May 1968, Mabel Mercer and Bobby Short, both known for their club performances, shared the bill at a concert at New York's Town Hall. The sixtysomething Mercer was, of course, a major influence on the fortysomething Short, but their styles were different enough to make for a lively combination. The show as a big success, leading to a double album released on Atlantic Records, and the whole thing was done over again with an all-new repertoire -- a year later. This double-CD set combines the two original two-LP sets for a wonderful collection of Mercer and Short. The headliner, of course, is a peerless song stylist, and her two extended segments are full of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In May 1968, Mabel Mercer and Bobby Short, both known for their club performances, shared the bill at a concert at New York's Town Hall. The sixtysomething Mercer was, of course, a major influence on the fortysomething Short, but their styles were different enough to make for a lively combination. The show as a big success, leading to a double album released on Atlantic Records, and the whole thing was done over again with an all-new repertoire -- a year later. This double-CD set combines the two original two-LP sets for a wonderful collection of Mercer and Short. The headliner, of course, is a peerless song stylist, and her two extended segments are full of brilliantly performed, sophisticated, and funny songs that delighted her listeners in the hall and should do so at home, too. The first show contains many of her old favorites, while the second show features many songs about getting old but triumphing over the aging process. Short turns in more varied sets, accompanying himself on piano and using a rhythm section, his sets including the material he is known for by composers like Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Cy Coleman. In his second set, he devotes the last half of the show to songs by Vernon Duke, who had died recently at the time of the concert. The two performers only share three songs, two at the end of the first disc and one at the end of the second, and those sound off-the-cuff. So, one might wish for more of Mercer and Short actually singing together rather than simply being on the same well-chosen bill. But this is a lot of fantastic cabaret music for the money.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2001
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431683927
  • Catalog Number: 6839
  • Sales rank: 118,560

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Throwing a Ball Tonight (3:19)
  2. 2 That Black and White Baby of Mine (2:36)
  3. 3 Looking at You (3:00)
  4. 4 I Love You, Samantha (2:27)
  5. 5 When in Rome (2:37)
  6. 6 I've Got Your Number (4:04)
  7. 7 Bojangles of Harlem (2:44)
  8. 8 Something to Live For (3:33)
  9. 9 Sand in My Shoes (3:39)
  10. 10 And Her Mother Came Too (3:05)
  11. 11 Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer (2:08)
  12. 12 On the Amazon (3:23)
  13. 13 All of You (1:20)
  14. 14 Staying Young (1:51)
  15. 15 Children in the Carousel (1:46)
  16. 16 Season's Greetings (2:06)
  17. 17 Isn't He Adorable? (2:38)
  18. 18 Bad Is for Other People (3:00)
  19. 19 You Should See for Yourself (2:43)
  20. 20 Sweet Talk (1:41)
  21. 21 Why Did I Choose You (2:19)
  22. 22 Jenny Rebecca (2:46)
  23. 23 Lazy Afternoon (2:23)
  24. 24 Confession (1:27)
  25. 25 The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) (1:30)
  26. 26 Here's to Us (2:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 My Personal Property (3:18)
  2. 2 Isn't It a Pity? (3:43)
  3. 3 I've a Shooting Box in Scotland (4:16)
  4. 4 Chicago, Illinois (3:41)
  5. 5 Before I Kiss the World Goodbye (3:37)
  6. 6 Summer Is a -Comin' In (3:08)
  7. 7 Round About (2:44)
  8. 8 Sweet Bye and Bye (2:31)
  9. 9 Medley: What Is There to Say?/This Is Romance/Now (5:12)
  10. 10 Not a Care in the World (2:07)
  11. 11 In My Old Virginia Home, on the River Nile (2:45)
  12. 12 I Can't Get Started (3:52)
  13. 13 I Like the Likes of You (0:29)
  14. 14 Not a Moment Too Soon (2:07)
  15. 15 Boys and Girls Together (2:18)
  16. 16 Both Sides Now (3:24)
  17. 17 Love Is Blue (3:34)
  18. 18 Mama's Little Girl (2:08)
  19. 19 Wait Till We're Sixty-Five (2:44)
  20. 20 I See It Now (2:24)
  21. 21 Down in the Depths (1:44)
  22. 22 The Best Is Yet to Come (2:28)
  23. 23 The World Today (2:26)
  24. 24 These Foolish Things (3:40)
  25. 25 Days Gone By (1:37)
  26. 26 I'm Not Giving Up (2:57)
  27. 27 Good Night (1:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mabel Mercer Primary Artist, Vocals
Bobby Short Piano, Vocals
Buddy Barnes Piano
Beverly Peer Bass
Richard Sheridan Drums
Dick Sheridan Drums
Jimmy Lyon Piano
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Cy Coleman Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Nesuhi Ertegun Producer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Burton Lane Composer
John Latouche Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Jerome Moross Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Rex Reed Liner Notes
Harry Link Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Roger Whitaker Liner Notes
Joseph McCarthy Composer
Lee Osborne Engineer
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