Salutes the Stars of the London Palladium

Salutes the Stars of the London Palladium

by Sammy Davis Jr.
     
 
Fresh from a landmark five-week season at the Palladium in London, Sammy Davis, Jr. recorded an anthology paying homage to other luminaries who had graced the stage of the venerable venue. Clearly enthused by the warm reception he had received, Davis extended his stay in London long enough to cut a dozen selections that had been made famous by an eclectic variety of

Overview

Fresh from a landmark five-week season at the Palladium in London, Sammy Davis, Jr. recorded an anthology paying homage to other luminaries who had graced the stage of the venerable venue. Clearly enthused by the warm reception he had received, Davis extended his stay in London long enough to cut a dozen selections that had been made famous by an eclectic variety of entertainers from both sides of the Atlantic. After a brief spoken "Introduction By Sammy Davis, Jr.," the vocalist eases into a midtempo finger-poppin' reading of "My Kind of Girl," a concurrently popular tune made famous by British balladeer Matt Monro. Without the guidance of Davis' usual musical director, Marty Paich, many of the nuances in his presentation are not enhanced. Not to worry, as Davis is unmistakably inspired throughout. The Peter Knight-arranged introduction to Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady" is distinctive, foreshadowing a similarly dramatic style and sound incorporated into Knight's work on the Moody Blues' Days of Future Passed (1967) -- especially the prominently cascading woodwinds. Davis glides into a heartfelt rendering of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" as the orchestration dances around the supple and emotive lead. Contrasting the ballads are a few swinging affairs, notably the humorous introduction to "Ballin' the Jack." Once Davis gets the tempo "nice and comfortable," he turns the track into a rousing barnburner, backed by a hearty brass section punctuating the score. Representing Frank Sinatra's contributions to the Palladium is "This Is My Love," an interesting choice as it is one of Ol' Blue Eyes' lesser-known pieces from the No One Cares (1959) collection. Another standout performance is the laid-back groove of "Lazy River," as it retains much of the same affable melodic bounce of the Mills Brothers' original. Davis would never revisit the concept of Salutes the Stars of the London Palladium, making this anthology one of the most diverse efforts from Sammy Davis, Jr.'s Reprise catalog.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2004
Label:
Collector's Choice
UPC:
0617742044928
catalogNumber:
449

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sammy Davis   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Ray Golden   Composer
Lewis Brown   Composer
Sidney Arodin   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Jim Harbert   Composer
John Turner   Composer
Vera Bloom   Composer
James Henry Burris   Composer
Jacob Gade   Composer
Albert Von Tilzer   Composer
Hal Borne   Composer
Chris Smith   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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