The Complete Johnny Mercer Songbook

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All Music Guide - John Bush
One of the giants of American popular song gets his due with this three-disc Verve box, comprising a trio of separately released compilations. Though Mercer's repertoire of classic songs doesn't quite make for three discs, Verve ably solves the problem by pairing a vocal track and an instrumental version on separate discs, such as "Too Marvelous for Words" by Joe Williams and Lester Young, "Laura" by Billy Eckstine and Don Byas, "I Remember You" by Dinah Washington and Charlie Parker and "Come Rain or Come Shine" by Anita O'Day and Bill Evans. Verve was the label for jazz vocals, and the combination of a classic songwriter and the roster here -- including Louis Armstrong, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
One of the giants of American popular song gets his due with this three-disc Verve box, comprising a trio of separately released compilations. Though Mercer's repertoire of classic songs doesn't quite make for three discs, Verve ably solves the problem by pairing a vocal track and an instrumental version on separate discs, such as "Too Marvelous for Words" by Joe Williams and Lester Young, "Laura" by Billy Eckstine and Don Byas, "I Remember You" by Dinah Washington and Charlie Parker and "Come Rain or Come Shine" by Anita O'Day and Bill Evans. Verve was the label for jazz vocals, and the combination of a classic songwriter and the roster here -- including Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Tormé, Shirley Horn, and many others -- makes for an excellent compilation box.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/1998
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731455753929
  • Catalog Number: 557539
  • Sales rank: 37,867


Disc 1
  1. 1 Blues in the Night (5:11)
  2. 2 I Thought About You (2:45)
  3. 3 Come Rain Or Come Shine (2:13)
  4. 4 Hit The Road To Dreamland (2:24)
  5. 5 Dearly Beloved (2:49)
  6. 6 Goody Goody (3:13)
  7. 7 Skylark (3:09)
  8. 8 Laura (3:15)
  9. 9 Day in - Day Out (2:15)
  10. 10 Early Autumn (2:52)
  11. 11 I Remember You - Belford Hendricks Orchestra (2:43)
  12. 12 Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (4:55)
  13. 13 Too Marvelous for Words - Joe Williams (5:25)
  14. 14 Autumn Leaves (6:48)
  15. 15 One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) (5:38)
  16. 16 Jeepers Creepers (2:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Something's Gotta Give (2:36)
  2. 2 That Old Black Magic - Quincy Jones & His Orchestra (2:36)
  3. 3 P.S. I Love You (3:36)
  4. 4 Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive (3:04)
  5. 5 I'm Old Fashioned (2:43)
  6. 6 Midnight Sun (4:56)
  7. 7 Dream (2:44)
  8. 8 On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe (2:08)
  9. 9 Trav'lin' Light (3:27)
  10. 10 Moon River - Sarah Vaughan (2:51)
  11. 11 Once Upon A Summertime (3:07)
  12. 12 Too Marvelous for Words (2:49)
  13. 13 When the World Was Young - Anita O'Day (3:37)
  14. 14 A Kiss from You (3:56)
  15. 15 Hit The Road To Dreamland (3:03)
  16. 16 Out of This World (6:19)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I Remember You - Charlie Parker (3:05)
  2. 2 Out of This World (3:50)
  3. 3 Too Marvelous for Words - Lester Young (3:04)
  4. 4 Come Rain Or Come Shine (5:25)
  5. 5 Mandy Is Two (3:49)
  6. 6 Jeepers Creepers - Benny Carter (3:38)
  7. 7 Satin Doll (5:03)
  8. 8 That Old Black Magic (5:23)
  9. 9 Tangerine (5:22)
  10. 10 Charade - Quincy Jones (3:18)
  11. 11 Laura (4:18)
  12. 12 I'm Old Fashioned (4:08)
  13. 13 Skylark (5:00)
  14. 14 Day in - Day Out (3:05)
  15. 15 When the World Was Young (5:55)
  16. 16 Days Of Wine And Roses (8:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Price Drums
Bing Crosby Vocals, Track Performer
Joe Beck Guitar
Louie Bellson Drums
Phil Bodner Flute, Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute
Bob Brookmeyer Trombone
Gary Burton Vibes
Conte Candoli Trumpet
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Johnny Coles Trumpet
Buddy Collette Flute
Bob Cooper Reeds, Tenor Saxophone
Richard Davis Bass
Buddy DeFranco Clarinet
Billy Eckstine Vocals, Track Performer
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Bill Evans Piano
Victor Feldman Vibes
Maynard Ferguson Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals, Track Performer
Bud Freeman Tenor Saxophone
Erroll Garner Piano, Track Performer
Stan Getz Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Terry Gibbs Vibes, Track Performer
Astrud Gilberto Vocals, Track Performer
Jimmy Giuffre Conductor
Gil Goldstein Piano
Urbie Green Trombone
Bobby Hackett Trumpet
Al Haig Piano
Chico Hamilton Drums
Gene Harris Piano
Joe Henderson Tenor Saxophone
Woody Herman Conductor, Vocals
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Shirley Horn Vocals, Track Performer
Henry Johnson Guitar
Plas Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones Piano
Jo Jones Drums
Quincy Jones Conductor
Richie Kamuca Tenor Saxophone
Roger Kellaway Piano
Wynton Kelly Piano
Barney Kessel Guitar
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Reeds
Jimmy Knepper Trombone
Lee Konitz Soprano Saxophone, Track Performer
Steve Lacy Soprano Saxophone
Cleo Laine Vocals, Track Performer
Mel Lewis Drums
Joe Lovano Tenor Saxophone
Helen Merrill Vocals, Track Performer
Red Mitchell Bass
Gerry Mulligan Baritone Saxophone
Ted Nash Tenor Saxophone
Art Pepper Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Bill Perkins Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Peterson Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Nat Pierce Piano, Celeste
Buddy Rich Drums, Vocals, Track Performer
Jerome Richardson Reeds
Max Roach Drums
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Bud Shank Alto Saxophone
Ed Shaughnessy Drums
Wayne Shorter Soprano Saxophone
Norman Simmons Piano
Paul Smith Piano
Willie Smith Alto Saxophone
Steve Swallow Bass
Jack Teagarden Trombone, Vocals, Track Performer
Mel Tormé Vocals, Track Performer
Miroslav Vitous Bass
Dinah Washington Vocals, Track Performer
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Margaret Whiting Vocals, Track Performer
Bob Wilber Clarinet
Joe Williams Vocals, Track Performer
Teddy Wilson Piano
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Pete Candoli Trumpet
Buddy Clark Bass
Carl Fontana Trombone
Russell Garcia Conductor
Chris Hunter Clarinet, Flute, Oboe
Chuck Israels Bass
Chubby Jackson Bass
Ray Linn Trumpet
Abe Most Clarinet
Seldon Powell Reeds
Gene Quill Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ronnie Ross Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Babe Russin Tenor Saxophone
Grady Tate Drums
Nick Travis Trumpet
Claude Williamson Piano
Stu Williamson Trumpet
Jimmy Woode Bass
Buddy Bregman Conductor
Pat Moran Piano
Hal Mooney Conductor
André Ceccarelli Drums
Jack Green Trombone
Bob Bain Guitar
Si Zentner Trombone
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Ken Kersey Piano
Anita O'Day Vocals, Track Performer
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Trummy Young Trombone
Percy Heath Bass
George Duvivier Bass
Charlie Kennedy Trombone
Al Porcino Trumpet
Doug Allen Vibes
Gene Allen Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Sue Allen Vocals
Ray Alonge French Horn
Wayne Andre Trombone
Louis Armstrong Trumpet, Vocals, Track Performer
John Audino Trumpet
Joe Zawinul Piano
Bob Badgley Bass
Danny Bank Flute, Bass Clarinet
John Bello Trumpet
Joe Benjamin Bass
Norman Benno Oboe
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
George Berg Reeds
Milt Bernhart Trombone
Billie Holiday Vocals, Track Performer
Dee Dee Bridgewater Vocals, Track Performer
Ray Brown Bass
Alfred Brown Viola
Billy Byers Trombone
James Buffington French Horn
Larry Bunker Drums
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Red Callender Bass
Candido Camero Conga
Roy Caton Trumpet
John Cave French Horn
Paul Chambers Bass
Gene Cipriano Woodwind
Kenny Clare Drums
Joe Comfort Bass
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Bert Courtley Trumpet
Marshal Cram Trombone
David Katz Violin
Eric Dawson Bass
Hein van de Geyn Bass
Don Fagerquist Trumpet
Bill Dowdy Drums
Bob Edmondson Trombone
Thierry Eliez Piano
Kenneth Essex Viola
Gil Evans Piano, Conductor
Gilbert Falco Trombone
Don Ferrara Trumpet
Bill Frisell Guitar
Frank Flynn Vibes
Vernel Fournier Drums
Vern Friley Trombone
Chuck Gentry Baritone Saxophone
Paul Gershman Violin
Emanuel Green Violin
Charlie Haden Bass
Dick Hafer Tenor Saxophone
Roy Haynes Drums
Eugene "Fats" Heard Drums
Belford Hendricks Conductor
Milt Hinton Bass
Dick Hixson Trombone
Francis Howard Trombone
John Howell Trumpet
George Hughes Drums
Frank Huggins Trumpet
Jack Sheldon Trumpet
Hilary James Piano
Osie Johnson Drums
Kathyrine Julye Harp
Tom Kenny Vocals
Gerryck King Drums
Harry Klee Flute
Joe Koch Woodwind
Phil Kraus Percussion
Joe Maini Trombone
Joe Mondragon Bass
Vito Mangano Trumpet
Marty Paich Celeste
Jimmy Maxwell Trumpet
Dick Meldonian Alto Saxophone
Kermit Moore Cello
Paul Motian Drums, Track Performer
George Mraz Bass
Nelson Riddle Conductor
Jack Nimitz Baritone Saxophone
Ginny O'Connor Vocals
George Ockner Violin
Gene Orloff Violin
Bernie Parke Vocals
Charlie Parker Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Romeo Penque Reeds
Richard Perissi French Horn
Max Pollikoff Violin
George Price French Horn
Alan Raph Trombone
Uan Rasey Trumpet
Emil Richards Percussion
George Roberts Trombone, Bass Trombone
Aaron Rosand Violin
Frank Rosolino Trombone
Margaret Ross Harp
Wyatt Ruther Bass
Tosha Samaroff Violin
Sarah Vaughan Vocals, Track Performer
Gene Schroeder Piano
Schwartz Woodwind
Wilbur Schwartz Woodwind
Bobby Scott Piano
George Seaberg Trumpet
Tommy Shepard Trombone
Shorty Sherock Trumpet
Zoot Sims Tenor Saxophone
Art Simmons Piano
Andy Simpkins Bass
George "Harmonica" Smith Clarinet
Alvin Stoller Drums
Billy Strayhorn Piano
Kirk Stuart Piano
Tony Studd Trombone, Bass Trombone
Ray Triscari Trumpet
Bobby Tucker Piano
Lloyd Ulyate Trombone
Buster Williams Bass
Phil Woods Reeds
Sam Woodyard Drums
Snooky Young Trumpet
Jack Zayde Violin
Ronald Zito Drums
Charlie Drayton Bass
William Hinshaw French Horn
Wally Kane Bassoon, Bass Clarinet
Johnny Pate Conductor
Lee Fortier Trumpet
Arthur Herfurt Reeds
George W. Smith Clarinet
Sam Staff Baritone Saxophone
Lloyd W. Hildebrand Bassoon
Sonny Igoe Drums
Gerry Mulligan & the Concert Jazz Band Track Performer
Gil Evans Orchestra Track Performer
Wynton Kelly Trio Track Performer
Hal Mooney Orchestra Track Performer
Carroll Lewis Trumpet
Howard Terry Bassoon
Gus Chappell Trombone
Tommy Pederson Trombone
Maurice Stein Reeds
Seymour Schoneberg Oboe
Ken Wray Trombone
Arno Marsh Tenor Saxophone
Jim Decker French Horn
Bill Clarke Drums
Maynard Stein Alto Saxophone
William Smith Woodwind
Danny Levan Violin
Paul Winter Violin
David Lee Piano
Raymond Clark Cello
Paul E. West Bass
Belford Hendricks Orchestra Track Performer
Terry Clarke Drums
Technical Credits
Jimmy Giuffre Arranger
Woody Herman Composer, Producer
Bill Holman Arranger
Quincy Jones Arranger, Producer
Roger Kellaway Arranger
Michel Legrand Composer
Helen Merrill Producer
Gerry Mulligan Arranger
Norman Simmons Arranger
Ralph Burns Arranger, Composer
Russell Garcia Arranger, Producer
Buddy Bregman Arranger
Hal Mooney Arranger
Jean-Philippe Allard Producer
Norman Granz Producer
Don Sebesky Arranger
Gil Evans Arranger
Dave Gelly Liner Notes
Belford Hendricks Arranger
Hilary James Arranger
Marty Paich Arranger
Johnny Mercer Composer
Harry Meyerson Producer
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Clyde Otis Producer
Schwartz Contributor
Richard Seidel Executive Producer
Bob Shad Producer
Creed Taylor Producer
Jack Tracy Producer
James Van Heusen Composer
Stefan F. Winter Producer
Johnny Pate Arranger, Producer
Jesse Kaye Producer
Martha Glaser Producer
Brian Priestley Liner Notes
Eddie Barclay Composer
Miriam Cutler & Swing Street Producer
Ron Berinstein Producer
Fred Meyer Mastering
Sung Lee Art Direction, Direction
Eddy Marnay Composer
M. Philippe-Gerard Composer
Francisco Donaruma Contributor
Angele Vannier Composer
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