20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Best of Sammy Davis Jr.

20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Best of Sammy Davis Jr.

by Sammy Davis Jr.


Nearly all of the Universal Music Group's releases under its discount-priced reissue series 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection are given the generic title "The Best of...," including this one on Sammy Davis, Jr. Although several of Davis' many label affiliations are now to be found in the Universal vaults, including Decca and Motown, this collection selects only from Davis' recordings for the MGM Records label in 1972 and 1973. As it happens, that brief tenure marked a commercial comeback on records for him, including his biggest single hit, the gold-selling, chart-topping "The Candy Man." But the early '70s was a confusing time for pre-rock pop singers like Davis, and that confusion is reflected in the diversity of styles found here. Davis essays familiar-sounding material like "I'll Begin Again" and "I'm Not Anyone," the sort of self-dramatizing ballads at which he excels. But there are also country-styled numbers ("Have a Little Talk with Myself," "[I'd Be] A Legend in My Time"), the folk-pop standard "Mr. Bojangles" (which Davis turned into something of a signature song), and a version of Isaac Hayes' "Theme from Shaft" retitled "John Shaft" and produced by Hayes himself. A live segment at the end including a "Porgy & Bess Medley" gives a sense of Davis' impressive on-stage skills. Although it was often atypical stylistically, the MGM period was an interesting one in Davis' long career, and fans will welcome the CD reissue of some of these tracks.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/17/2002
Label: Polydor / Umgd
UPC: 0044006508320
catalogNumber: 065083

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sammy Davis   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Don Gibson   Composer
Ray Stevens   Composer
Perry Botkin   Producer
Jimmy Bowen   Producer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Don Costa   Arranger,Producer
Mike Curb   Producer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Arranger,Producer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Jerry Jeff Walker   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Ron Miller   Composer
Michael Viner   Producer
James Harris   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
David Redfern   Cover Portrait,Inlay Design
Art Fein   Liner Notes
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Orlando Murden   Composer
Onzie Horne   Arranger
Retna   Cover Portrait,Inlay Design

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