Yes I Can:Sammy Davis1199

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Review Text It's hard to believe that a Sammy Davis Jr. box set retrospective was not released until 1999. One simple reason for the delay is that Davis' discography is a licensing nightmare, so the initial triumph of Warner Archives/Reprise/Rhino's four-disc Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story is that it brings together material controlled by Time Warner, EMI-Capitol, Universal, and the Davis estate. But another reason why a Sammy Davis, Jr. box set may not have been an immediate priority is that recording was never his primary medium. Davis was first and foremost a live performer with an act that included singing, dancing, and impressions; everything else -- Broadway shows, films, television, record-making -- was secondary. Despite being possessed of a clear, powerful baritone and precise diction, Davis was always more a performer than a singer. His repertoire as presented here is dominated by songs written for stage and movie musicals by the cream of the interwar pop songwriters. Davis renders this material well, but the lyrics rarely mean much to him beyond being vehicles for his own self-expression (vocal effects, comic interjections, etc.). When this began to change in 1961, it was because a highly self-referential performer found a songwriter, Leslie Bricusse, whose subject was self-absorption. Writing for musicals, Bricusse secondarily provides Davis with material he sings with unprecedented conviction, because it allows him to explore his own dreams and doubts. The claims for Sammy Davis, Jr.'s importance as an all-around entertainer cannot be disputed by anyone who has seen him perform in any medium, and strictly as a recording artist, much of that appeal comes across. Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story is more the statement of a magnetic personality than it is a collection of meaningfully sung songs, but it is no less impressive for that. ~ William Ruhlmann

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Smile, Darn Ya, Smile - 3:34
  2. 2. Gypsy in My Soul - 3:34
  3. 3. Hey There - 3:48
  4. 4. Birth of the Blues - 3:17
  5. 5. Easy to Love - 2:24
  6. 6. My Funny Valentine - 3:08
  7. 7. That Old Black Magic - 3:19
  8. 8. Love Me or Leave Me - 3:57
  9. 9. Something's Gotta Give - 2:04
  10. 10. Too Close for Comfort - 2:22
  11. 11. There's a Small Hotel - 3:29
  12. 12. I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry - 5:41
  13. 13. But Not for Me - 3:23
  14. 14. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered - 4:26
  15. 15. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' - 3:29
  16. 16. There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York - 4:00
  17. 17. Soliloquy - 10:44
  18. 18. Change Partners - 3:51
  19. 19. Lady Is a Tramp - 4:23
  20. 20. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You - 4:50
  21. 21. Get on the Right Track, Baby - 3:44

CD: 2

  1. 22. Lot of Livin' to Do - 3:45
  2. 23. Begin the Beguine - 5:30
  3. 24. My Romance - 4:32
  4. 25. Falling in Love With Love - 2:27
  5. 26. Soon - 3:49
  6. 27. Thou Swell - 3:00
  7. 28. Let There Be Love - 3:51
  8. 29. Guys and Dolls - 2:09
  9. 30. Bye Bye Blackbird - 3:49
  10. 31. Blame It on My Youth - 4:16
  11. 32. Here's That Rainy Day - 2:19
  12. 33. Lush Life - 4:47
  13. 34. Stranger in Town - 4:46
  14. 35. What Kind of Fool Am I? - 3:24
  15. 36. Once in a Lifetime - 2:10
  16. 37. Someone Nice Like You - 2:24
  17. 38. As Long as She Needs Me - 3:06
  18. 39. I Married an Angel - 2:59
  19. 40. Falling in Love Again - 3:26
  20. 41. Me and My Shadow - 3:07
  21. 42. Teach Me Tonight - 3:06
  22. 43. April in Paris - 3:46
  23. 44. Night Song - 4:05
  24. 45. I Want to Be With You - 5:34

CD: 3

  1. 46. I've Gotta Be Me - 3:55
  2. 47. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) - 3:00
  3. 48. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - 4:06
  4. 49. This Was My Love - 4:23
  5. 50. If I Ruled the World - 3:35
  6. 51. Shelter of Your Arms - 3:52
  7. 52. Yes I Can - 2:17
  8. 53. Gonna Build a Mountain - 2:23
  9. 54. Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat - 4:32
  10. 55. 'Deed I Do - 2:12
  11. 56. Walkin' My Baby Back Home - 3:36
  12. 57. Party's Over - 4:13
  13. 58. Unforgettable - 3:32
  14. 59. People - 3:57
  15. 60. Here I'll Stay - 3:08
  16. 61. I Think I Like You - 3:57
  17. 62. At the Crossroads - 2:17
  18. 63. I'll Begin Again - 3:33
  19. 64. Candy Man - 3:12
  20. 65. Mr. Bojangles - 6:47
  21. 66. Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow (Baretta's Theme) - 2:25
  22. 67. I'm Not Anyone - 4:08
  23. 68. Life Is a Woman - 4:14
  24. 69. Lover, Come Back to Me - 3:55

CD: 4

  1. 70. Something's Gotta Give - 2:17
  2. 71. And This Is My Beloved - 3:41
  3. 72. Hey There - 2:36
  4. 73. It's All Right With Me - 6:53
  5. 74. Ethel, Baby - 3:48
  6. 75. Too Close for Comfort - 1:25
  7. 76. Once in a Lifetime - 2:20
  8. 77. What Kind of Fool Am I? - 3:19
  9. 78. West Side Story Medley: Jet Song/Something's Coming/Cool/Tonight/A ... - 5:47
  10. 79. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody - 10:26
  11. 80. Come Back to Me - 3:55
  12. 81. Birth of the Blues - 4:33
  13. 82. Once in Love With Amy - 3:42
  14. 83. If It's the Last Thing I Do - 3:20
  15. 84. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone - 3:38
  16. 85. With a Song in My Heart - 2:09
  17. 86. As Long as She Needs Me - 3:30
  18. 87. Bye Bye Blackbird - 3:53
  19. 88. Where or When - 3:27
  20. 89. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You - 3:22
  21. 90. Without a Song - 4:50
  22. 91. I've Gotta Be Me - 3:02

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