The Capitol Collectors Series

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Today we know Johnny Mercer mainly as the genius songwriter from Savannah, GA, and perhaps tend to forget that he was also one of the most prolific hitmaking singers of the 1940s. This excellent compendium of his hit singles, plus a pair of his most famous songs "Blues in the Night" and "One for My Baby" from 78 rpm albums, will definitely give you the idea. Though not the owner of an overpowering, world-beating voice -- to his everlasting and needless regret -- Mercer had his own Southern hipster charm, with slippery grace-notes and swinging turns of phrase that any jazzer would envy. An irony for today's audience is that many of Mercer's biggest hits here -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Today we know Johnny Mercer mainly as the genius songwriter from Savannah, GA, and perhaps tend to forget that he was also one of the most prolific hitmaking singers of the 1940s. This excellent compendium of his hit singles, plus a pair of his most famous songs "Blues in the Night" and "One for My Baby" from 78 rpm albums, will definitely give you the idea. Though not the owner of an overpowering, world-beating voice -- to his everlasting and needless regret -- Mercer had his own Southern hipster charm, with slippery grace-notes and swinging turns of phrase that any jazzer would envy. An irony for today's audience is that many of Mercer's biggest hits here -- "Candy," "Personality," "Baby, It's Cold Outside" -- were not written by him, for he truly was a recording star in his own right and not merely a songwriter out to plug his own material. Paul Weston dresses up most of the charts in period big-band garb, decorated with tasty streaks of strings; the Pied Pipers chirp away most of the time, and Benny Goodman's Orchestra and the King Cole Trio chip in on a track apiece. These records are completely saturated in World War II, GI jivey, moon-June, sentimental atmosphere that place them precisely in their time -- and as such, they generate gobs of nostalgia. Informative liner notes, a thorough discography of these 20 sides, and reproductions of some of the original 78s and sheet music round out this appealing package.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/1989
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 077779212521
  • Catalog Number: 92125
  • Sales rank: 4,766

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Strip Polka (2:56)
  2. 2 I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake City - Freddie Slack & His Orchestra (3:11)
  3. 3 G.I. Jive (3:21)
  4. 4 Blues in the Night - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:15)
  5. 5 AC-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:48)
  6. 6 Candy - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:12)
  7. 7 I'm Gonna See My Baby (2:32)
  8. 8 On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:06)
  9. 9 Surprise Party (3:11)
  10. 10 Personality - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:49)
  11. 11 My Sugar Is So Refined - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:43)
  12. 12 One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) (2:52)
  13. 13 Zip a Dee Doo Dah - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:09)
  14. 14 A Gal in Calico - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:39)
  15. 15 Winter Wonderland - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:56)
  16. 16 Moon-Faced, Starry-Eyed (3:05)
  17. 17 Sugar Blues - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:53)
  18. 18 Save the Bones for Henry Jones (3:04)
  19. 19 The Glow Worm (2:54)
  20. 20 Baby, It's Cold Outside (2:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Mercer Primary Artist, Vocals
The Pied Pipers Track Performer
Jo Stafford Track Performer
Margaret Whiting Track Performer
Alvino Rey Track Performer
Nat King Cole Track Performer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Track Performer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Danny Barker Composer
Ron Furmanek Producer
Johnny Mercer Producer
Steve Kolanjian Annotation
Denise Cox Liner Notes
Tommy Steele Art Direction
Michael H. Goldsen Composer
Joel Whitburn Chart Information
Henry Jones Composer
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