Mostly Mercer [Harbinger]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This various-artists collection of specially recorded songs in small-band arrangements does not pretend to feature Johnny Mercer's best or best-known songs, instead combining the well-known "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby," "Blues in the Night" with many interesting obscurities. Nor, as the title indicates, is the album given over entirely to Mercer. There are two ringers, both debut recordings: "Ask Me Again," a George and Ira Gershwin song discovered by Michael Feinstein, who accompanies Rosemary Clooney in performing it, and "Time You Old Gypsy Man," lyricist E.Y. Harburg's final song. Other performers include Eydie Gormé, Jennifer Holliday, and Anita O'Day. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This various-artists collection of specially recorded songs in small-band arrangements does not pretend to feature Johnny Mercer's best or best-known songs, instead combining the well-known "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby," "Blues in the Night" with many interesting obscurities. Nor, as the title indicates, is the album given over entirely to Mercer. There are two ringers, both debut recordings: "Ask Me Again," a George and Ira Gershwin song discovered by Michael Feinstein, who accompanies Rosemary Clooney in performing it, and "Time You Old Gypsy Man," lyricist E.Y. Harburg's final song. Other performers include Eydie Gormé, Jennifer Holliday, and Anita O'Day. Highlights include "I Wonder What Became of Me" from the musical St. Louis Woman by Henrietta Valor, "Out of This World" by Judy Garland-imitator Jim Bailey, and the comic "I Fought Every Step of the Way" by Laura Kenyon, Armelia McQueen, and Mary Gordon Murray.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2001
  • Label: Harbinger
  • UPC: 632433180723
  • Catalog Number: 1807
  • Sales rank: 272,293

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Old Fashioned (2:51)
  2. 2 My Mama Thinks I'm a Star (4:19)
  3. 3 I Remember You - Eydie Gorme (3:36)
  4. 4 It Had Better Be Tonight - Fran Jeffries (3:02)
  5. 5 I Wonder What Became of Me (4:42)
  6. 6 My Shining Hour (4:29)
  7. 7 Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry (2:44)
  8. 8 You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby (4:39)
  9. 9 Blues in the Night - Jennifer Holliday (3:29)
  10. 10 Ask Me Again (3:20)
  11. 11 Hooray for Hollywood - Anita O'Day (3:03)
  12. 12 Out of This World - Jim Bailey (3:47)
  13. 13 Time, You Old Gypsy Man (2:27)
  14. 14 I Fought Every Step of the Way - Laura Kenyon (3:11)
  15. 15 Midnight Sun - Sara Riva Krieger (5:22)
  16. 16 How Little We Know - Mark Sendroff (3:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rosemary Clooney Track Performer
Eydie Gorme Vocals
Jennifer Holliday Track Performer
Michel Camilo Piano
Bob Cooper Saxophone
Kaye Ballard Track Performer
Peter Matz Piano, Conductor
Mimi Hines Track Performer
Anita O'Day Track Performer
Jim Bailey Track Performer
Phil Ford Clarinet
Marilyn Cooper Vocals
Henrietta Valor Track Performer
Mary Gordon Murray Track Performer
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Michael McDonald Engineer
Ken Bloom Reissue Producer
Lionel Hampton Composer
Tom "Bones" Malone Arranger
Gordon Brisker Arranger
Harold Arlen Collaboration
Peter Matz Arranger
Ron Feuer Arranger
Jerome Kern Composer
Nancy LaMott Duet
James Bailey Engineer
Sonny Burke Composer
Don Costa Arranger
Jeremy Harris Engineer
Russ Kassoff Arranger, Musical Director
Johnny Mercer Composer
Francesci Migliacci Composer
John Oddo Arranger, Musical Director
Marc Shaiman Arranger
Billy Straus Engineer
Hill Swimmer Engineer
Kenny Werner Arranger
Robby Merkin Arranger
LuAnn Graffeo Art Direction
Jesse Plumley Engineer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Victor Schertzinger Composer
Francesco Fiore Producer
Danny Hurd Arranger
Bob Mackie Cover Art
Frank Fiore Producer
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