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All Music Guide - John Bush
Johnny Mercer wasn't just one of the finest comic and otherwise songwriters in American pop history, he was also one of its finest singers -- and when he wasn't writing or singing, he found the time to produce and arrange for the label he'd founded, Capitol. The DRG compilation Mercer Sings Mercer unites all three or four of these pursuits, with a set of 23 songs -- all of them sung, performed, and produced by Mercer and all but one written by him. Although anyone scanning the track listing might think it a bit disposable for including plenty of hits, it should be noted that most of these are not the hit versions -- they're better than that. These versions are usually looser ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Johnny Mercer wasn't just one of the finest comic and otherwise songwriters in American pop history, he was also one of its finest singers -- and when he wasn't writing or singing, he found the time to produce and arrange for the label he'd founded, Capitol. The DRG compilation Mercer Sings Mercer unites all three or four of these pursuits, with a set of 23 songs -- all of them sung, performed, and produced by Mercer and all but one written by him. Although anyone scanning the track listing might think it a bit disposable for including plenty of hits, it should be noted that most of these are not the hit versions -- they're better than that. These versions are usually looser and more freewheeling than the hit versions, and they include excellent guests, like comedian Phil Silvers for a few lines on "Strip Polka," Wingy Manone on "The Tailgate Ramble," Jack Teagarden on "The Old Music Master," and Jo Stafford for several sides. Solid rarities "Cindy Lou," "Conversation While Dancing" stand next to twists on his standards "Strip Polka," "G.I. Jive" and although recording details would have been appreciated, Will Friedwald's lengthy notes explain each song's origins session-wise and otherwise-wise. The net result is the best single-disc Johnny Mercer compilation, unless you just want a straight reading of his greatest hits great as they are.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471151428
  • Catalog Number: 91514
  • Sales rank: 7,661

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Strip Polka (2:56)
  2. 2 Air-Minded Executive (2:48)
  3. 3 The Old Music Master - Paul Whiteman Orchestra (2:56)
  4. 4 G.I. Jive (3:20)
  5. 5 Blues in the Night - Johnny Mercer & the Pied Pipers (3:14)
  6. 6 Jamboree Jones (3:13)
  7. 7 Dixieland Band (2:44)
  8. 8 On the Nodaway Road (3:11)
  9. 9 The Tailgate Ramble (2:56)
  10. 10 (Love's Got Me in A) Lazy Mood (3:04)
  11. 11 Duration Blues (3:07)
  12. 12 Conversation While Dancing (2:56)
  13. 13 Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive - Johnny Mercer & the Pied Pipers (2:46)
  14. 14 On the Atchison, Topeka & The Sante Fe (3:06)
  15. 15 One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) (3:09)
  16. 16 Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (2:34)
  17. 17 Li'l Augie Is a Natural Man (2:42)
  18. 18 Glow Worm (2:53)
  19. 19 Cindy Lou (3:00)
  20. 20 It's Great to Be Alive (2:48)
  21. 21 The Yodel Blues (3:14)
  22. 22 At the Jazz Band Ball - Ben Pollack & His Pick-A-Rib Boys (2:52)
  23. 23 Hello out There, Hello! (3:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Mercer Primary Artist, Vocals
Technical Credits
Dean Martin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Maxine Sullivan Composer
Eddie Edwards Composer
Nick LaRocca Composer
Wingy Manone Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Hugh Fordin Executive Producer
Will Friedwald Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Eddie Miller Composer
Henry W. Ragas Composer
Tony Sbarbaro Composer
Larry Shields Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Paul Weston Composer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Paul Lincke Composer
Lilla C Robinson Composer
Charles Bates Composer
Elizabeth Yoon Art Direction
Robert E. Dolan Composer
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