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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
"This collection from the Decca archives brings together some of the highlights from the career of the great Sammy Davis, Jr.", reads a note on the back of this British import, and that's a reasonable enough description. At 24 tracks with a running time of 74 and a half minutes, the compilation does a good job of sampling Davis' Decca catalog. The only caveat, of course, is that that catalog only represents a portion of Davis' overall recorded output. Decca was his first label berth; he signed with the company in 1954 in his late twenties and remained until, in his mid-thirties, he joined Frank Sinatra's Reprise label in 1960. In that six-year period, however, he ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
"This collection from the Decca archives brings together some of the highlights from the career of the great Sammy Davis, Jr.", reads a note on the back of this British import, and that's a reasonable enough description. At 24 tracks with a running time of 74 and a half minutes, the compilation does a good job of sampling Davis' Decca catalog. The only caveat, of course, is that that catalog only represents a portion of Davis' overall recorded output. Decca was his first label berth; he signed with the company in 1954 in his late twenties and remained until, in his mid-thirties, he joined Frank Sinatra's Reprise label in 1960. In that six-year period, however, he managed to turn out a dozen albums as well as such special projects as a duet LP with Carmen McRae and the original Broadway cast album for Mr. Wonderful, in which he starred. So, there is no dearth of material to draw from. The compilers have made sure to include Davis' three Top 40 hits on Decca, "That Old Black Magic," "Something's Gotta Give," and "Love Me or Leave Me," as well as a track each from the McRae album "Happy to Make Your Acquaintance" and the cast recording "Too Close for Comfort," naturally. And they try to give a sense of this irrepressible entertainer's stage act on a version of "Just One of Those Things" packed with impersonations and a live performance of "Chicago" done à la Joe E. Lewis. Otherwise, the selection is filled up with standards by great songwriters like George Gershwin and Cole Porter. Davis' infectious enthusiasm is apparent on every track, as he rolls over the nouveau swing arrangements. The album could have used more annotations than a brief, generic biography, but as a one-disc summation of the Decca years, it is effective.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2008
  • Label: Half Moon Uk
  • UPC: 008811191825
  • Catalog Number: 45

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sammy Davis Jr. Primary Artist
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Don Redman Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Jerry Bock Composer
Richard Adler Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Hal David Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Fred Karlin Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Bob Russell Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Victor Young Composer
Robert Adler Composer
Rob Wilson Composer
Maxwell Anderson Composer
Fred Fisher Composer
Stephen Ballantine Composer
Larry Holofcener Composer
Arthur James Composer
George Weiss Composer
Ray Henerson Composer
Kelelbey Composer
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