The Definitive Collection Best of, Original recording remastered
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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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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.
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.
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