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Complete Johnny Mercer Songbooks Box set, Import


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  • Audio CD (Nov. 3 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: Verve - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B00000DLUK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Disc: 1
1. Blues In The Night (My Mama Done Tol' Me) - Louis Armstrong
2. I Thought About You - Billie Holiday
3. Come Rain Or Come Shine - Anita O'day
4. Hit The Road To Dreamland - Mel Torme
5. Dearly Beloved - Margaret Whiting
6. Goody Goody - Buddy Rich
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Something's Gotta Give - Ella Fitzgerald
2. That Old Black Magic - Shirley Horn
3. P.S. I Love You - Billie Holiday
4. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive - Buddy Rich
5. I'm Old Fashioned - Margaret Whiting
6. Midnight Sun - Ella Fitzgerald
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. I Remember You - Charlie Parker
2. Out Of This World - Gerry Mulligan/Concert Jazz Band
3. Too Marvelous For Words - Lester Young
4. Come Rain Or Come Shine - Bill Evans
5. Mandy Is Two - Stan Getz
6. Jeepers Creepers - Benny Carter
See all 16 tracks on this disc

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julia L. Gillen on June 19 2000
Format: Audio CD
Johnny Mercer's songs are better today than yesterday...any serious songwriter should study his work. This is a wonderful compilation of material that does justice to some of his best songs.
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Amazon.com: 15 reviews
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Mercer??? July 12 2008
By george daicoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
All three discs are great, but the third (instrumental and jazzy)is outstanding. Old enough to be exposed to the popular Mercer tunes and understandingly biased regarding the commercialization of his stuff, I was thrilled to hear these renditions by the great artists selected for this disc. Worth the price for just the last disc-so consider the other two as bonuses.
47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
If you have the music, he has the words June 6 2006
By Shalom Freedman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Among Johnny Mercer's greatest songs are: "P.S. I Love You" (1934, Gordon Jenkins), "Goody Goody" (1936, Matt Melneck), "I'm An Old Cowhand" (1936, words and music), "Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)" (1937, Bernie Hanighen), "Too Marvelous For Words" (1937, Richard Whiting), "Jeepers Creepers" (1938, Harry Warren), "Hooray For Hollywood" (1938, Richard Whiting), "Day In--Day Out" (1939, Rube Bloom), "I Thought About You" (1939, Jimmy Van Heusen), "Fools Rush In" (1940, Rube Bloom), "Blues In The Night" (1941, Harold Arlen), "Skylark" (1941, Hoagy Carmichael), "I Remember You" (1942, Victor Schertzinger), "I'm Old Fashioned" (1942, Jerome Kern), "That Old Black Magic"(1942, Harold Arlen), "Hit The Road To Dreamland" (1942, Harold Arlen), "My Shining Hour" (1943, Harold Arlen), "One For My Baby" (1943, Harold Arlen), "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive" (1944, Harold Arlen), "Let's Take The Long Way Home"(1944, Harold Arlen), "G.I. Jive" (1944, words and music), "Laura" (1945, David Raskin), "Out Of This World" (1945, Harold Arlen), "Early Autumn" (1949, Woody Herman and Ralph Burns), "Autumn Leaves" (1950, English version of a French song, music by Joseph Kozma), "Here's To My Lady" (1951, Rube Bloom), "Something's Gotta Give" (1955, words and music), "Satin Doll" (1958, Duke Ellington), "Charade" (1963, Henry Mancini), "Summer Wind" (1965, Henry Mayer), and "How Do You Say Aug Wiedersehn?" (1967, Tony Scibetta).

This collection does not include them all but contains enough to show why he is considered one of the greatest lyricists popular American song ever produced.

One oddity with Mercer is that many of his greatest hits came from melodies, music which had been pre- produced and which he was asked to write the words for. So for instance the beautiful haunting 'Autumn Leaves' was given lyrics after it had come to America from France.

Mercer is also the only lyric writer to have been honored by an 'Ella Fitzergald Songbook' collection.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Listen and dream Nov. 10 2006
By Hermann Hrdlicka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
An excellent album. The best of Mercer performed by the best musicians and singers. The instrumental album is magnific, with names like Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, Quincy Jones, Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz performing songs that sensibilize our reflections. An invitation for a dream.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Johnny Mercer Songbook July 31 2009
By Robert E. Poirier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This music is some of the best I have heard in years. I have listened to it many times which says to me that the music of this era is the very best. I am delighted to have purchased this songbook.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great! Sept. 26 2007
By Doc Holliday - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
What's not to like? Incredible songs that became vocal standards by great jazz and pop vocalists and great jazz musicians! A wonderful gift for friends who prefer the classic jazz sound over fusion.

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