The Definitive Collection

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Sammy Davis, Jr. was an outsized talent. Whether dancing or singing or acting (or drumming, or doing impersonations), he spent more energy, carried more emotion, and involved himself more deeply in his performances than any other artist of his caliber. His earliest hit material -- "Something's Gotta Give," "Love Me or Leave Me," "That Old Black Magic" -- signalled the advent of a show-biz vocalist who could blow the roof off the joint like a blues shouter, and though Davis was impeccably refined, he was obviously channeling Broadway figures like Ethel Merman or Al Jolson rather than the mellowed, mellifluous sound of swing-influenced vocalists. (As such, he earned more fans ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Sammy Davis, Jr. was an outsized talent. Whether dancing or singing or acting (or drumming, or doing impersonations), he spent more energy, carried more emotion, and involved himself more deeply in his performances than any other artist of his caliber. His earliest hit material -- "Something's Gotta Give," "Love Me or Leave Me," "That Old Black Magic" -- signalled the advent of a show-biz vocalist who could blow the roof off the joint like a blues shouter, and though Davis was impeccably refined, he was obviously channeling Broadway figures like Ethel Merman or Al Jolson rather than the mellowed, mellifluous sound of swing-influenced vocalists. (As such, he earned more fans in the showrooms of Las Vegas than the nightclubs of New York.) Hip-O's Definitive Collection is not only a fine compilation of Sammy Davis, Jr. highlights, it's the best single-disc overview of his career, beginning with his '50s Decca material and ending in the mid-'70s, when his hits petered out after a late chart-topper ("The Candy Man"). It features all of his hits and it's the first single-disc compilation to include songs from every one of his movie or Broadway hits -- "Too Close for Comfort" (Mr. Wonderful), "There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York" (Porgy and Bess), "Night Song" (Golden Boy), "The Rhythm of Life" (Sweet Charity), "The Candy Man" (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), even "Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow (Baretta's Theme)." It also includes a pair of well-chosen album tracks, "My Shining Hour" from his collaboration with the Count Basie Orchestra, and "Lonely Is the Name," the title song from a very good mid-'60s LP.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2006
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602498848982
  • Catalog Number: 000537802
  • Sales rank: 10,341

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sammy Davis Jr. Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Cy Coleman Composer
Quincy Jones Arranger
Ralph Burns Orchestration
Sy Oliver Arranger
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Richard Adler Composer
J. Bock Composer
Perry Botkin Jr. Arranger
Jimmy Bowen Producer
Don Costa Arranger, Producer
Dave Grusin Arranger
Mike Curb Producer
Charles Bud Dant Producer
Jim Davis Producer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Dick Jones Producer
Marty Paich Arranger
Johnny Mercer Composer
Richard Wess Arranger
Mort Stevens Arranger
J.J. Walker Composer
David Ritz Liner Notes
Michael Viner Producer
Walter Marks Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
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