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The Definitive Collection Best of, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 22 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,174 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In the dazzling history of our popular culture, no figure is more compelling than Sammy Davis, Jr. No figure is more crucial to understanding the changes in American entertainment from the forties through the seventies. No figure is more charismatic. A multi-talented performer, Davis recorded forty albums and made countless film, television and Las Vegas appearances in his lifetime. Beyond his complexities and contradictions, Sammy never failed to entertain on a spectacularly high level. This compilation lives up to that level. This Collection has Sammy singing at the apex of his powers singing joyfully, passionately, brilliantly and swinging like there's no tomorrow. First-ever career-spanning, single disc, multi-label retrospective of one the world's greatest entertainers. Features Sammy's #1 hit 'Candy Man' as well as signature songs he made famous: 'I've Gotta Be Me,' 'What Kind Of Fool Am I?,' 'Mr. Bojangles,' 'Birth Of The Blues,' 'Hey There' and many more.

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just great, I've loved Sammy since I was a kid. he skat talks on Love me or Leave me that is amazing. I can just picture him with the Rat Pack.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent Collection By A True Innovator. Aug. 28 2007
By Anthony Nasti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sammy Davis Jr. is one of the most important figures in American popular music. When he first came on the scene, he was initially ostracized for, among other reasons, his height and his skin color. And even afer he broke down those barriers, with the help of a good friend named Frank Sinatra, he then had to overcome a terrible tragedy that cost him half his vision. And still, Sammy persevered to become one of the most beloved figures in popular music.

The 30 song "The Definitive Collection" perfectly show why Sammy remains as beloved as he does. Sammy's talent and perseverence as an artist shines through on each and every track, from "Hey There" to "Something's Gotta Give" to "The Lady Is A Tramp" to "What Kind Of Fool Am I" to his anthem, "I've Gotta Be Me" (one of the most powerful and uplifting songs ever) and everything in between. Sammy's skills as a vocalist are powerful, pure and beaten by few. Even fluff like "Candy Man" becomes a masterpiece in his hands. Sammy was a one of a kind talent with great flair and energy as a performer. God Bless Him.

This cd has a great remastering job and has an awesome essay by David Ritz. A must-have for all music fans.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great CD of Sammy Jan. 18 2008
By Beth E. Otoole - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD for my 21y/o son who is finally developing a taste for good music. This is a great starter CD for anyone looking to hear a variety of great songs by one of the all time best singers of our generation. Well worth the purchase.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
One of the Greatest Ever March 12 2007
By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sammy Davis Jr is One of my all time Favorite Artists. he truly had a way with words&His overall Talent paved the way for so many artists that have followed over the years. "Candy man" is my Jam. always have loved that song. dug "Keep Your eye on the Sparrow" was the cut from the Tv show "Baretta. always dug that cut. "Mr.Bojangles" is also a trademark from Sammy. he had a very distictive voice. he was truly one of a Kind.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Sammy sure could sing Nov. 28 2007
By Moira Rose Donohue - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great collection of his best songs - and contains his really incredible rendition of Too Close for Comfort. It's a great cd to put on while you sip something warm and wrap yourself in the jazzy, caressing sound of Sammy's voice. The one downside is that the recordings, even though remastered, are just the tiniest bit fuzzy. Still, it's such a great songlist that it's really worth owning.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The "Greatest Entertainer" Shows His Stuff June 16 2009
By Terence Allen - Published on Amazon.com
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Sammy Davis, Jr. is often remembered and mentioned for his numerous eccentricities and the tortured, tragic life he sometimes led. But in all of the analysis and probing of his life, it needs to be remembered that he was considered by many to be the most talented, most versatile entertainer of the 20th century. Only Al Jolson drew similar comparisons for his talent. Sammy Davis, Jr. was a great singer, dancer, and actor, having honed his crafts from his youth.

On "The Definitive Collection," Sammy succeeds in reminding the listener what all the fuss was about. Whether you're listening to "Hey There," "Something's Gotta Give," "What Kind of Fool Am I," "The Shelter of Your Arms," and many more, you can hear the humor, charm, and polished, unbridled talent that thrilled audiences for fifty-odd years.

Remember the genius, remember the talent, remember the man. Nothing else should matter to a grateful audience.