A Treasury of Golden Hits
Download links and information about A Treasury of Golden Hits by Sammy Davis Jr.. This album was released in 1963 and it belongs to Pop, Theatre/Soundtrack genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 36:21 minutes.
|Artist:||Sammy Davis Jr.|
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|1.||And This Is My Beloved||2:50|
|2.||In a Persian Market||2:30|
|3.||Bess, Oh Where's My Bess?||3:24|
|4.||It's All Right With Me||5:56|
|5.||Stand Up and Fight||3:53|
|6.||That Old Black Magic||1:58|
|8.||They Can't Take That Away from Me||3:05|
|9.||Without You I'm Nothing||2:09|
|11.||Birth of the Blues||4:32|
As one of the initial artists to sign with Reprise Records — as part of Frank Sinatra's handpicked stable of talent — Sammy Davis, Jr. brought with him the expertise of nearly a dozen-year recording career on Capitol (1949-1956) and then Decca (1957-1960). Although often miscast as a rehash of earlier material, 1963's A Treasury of Golden Hits is actually an anthology of revisitations — in stereo no less — of sides from Davis' back catalog. Under the direction of longtime collaborator Mort Stevens, the vocalist takes on 11 classics from his previous platters as well as notable contributions to the stage. Two tunes — the opening Robert C. Wright/George Forrest-penned "And This Is My Beloved" as well as the groovy samba overhaul of "Hey There" — were originally Sy Oliver orchestrations. The latter — which was gleaned from Pajama Game — was one of Davis' biggest hits during his brief but influential Decca tenure. The scintillating powerhouse "In a Persian Market" is quite possibly the entry that benefits the most from its reinvention and newfound status. Stevens' frisky instrumentation is matched by Davis' rhythmic precision as he ably shows off the swinging melody. It had been barely four years earlier that Stevens joined the ranks of fellow bandleader Buddy Bregman on a session of songs from the musical Porgy and Bess. The stark and emotive "Bess, Oh Where's My Bess?" gives Stevens his first shot at the selection, as the 1959 Decca release had been done under Bregman's baton. The bluesy if not downright soulful "They Can't Take That Away from Me" is the second George and Ira Gershwin number that unquestionably scores major points with this upgrade. Unlike "Bess," though, Stevens led the original February 1957 Decca date that included a spin of "That Old Black Magic." Davis literally leaps in with his trademark verve, arguably surpassing himself with playful improvisations that stay ever mindful of the nuances. It is joined by the hearty big-band-driven "Birth of the Blues" as yet another Great American Songbook entry to be inextricably linked with the singer. Similarly, Davis would be known for "Stand Up and Fight" from the 1943 play Carmen Jones, which composer Oscar Hammerstein II translated from the libretto for Georges Bizet's opera Carmen. It quickly became a favorite for Davis, giving him an opportunity to demonstrate his substantial skills in bringing a decidedly dramatic ability to his craft. A Treasury of Golden Hits was reissued by Collectors' Choice Music in 2007 as part of their thorough digitization of Sammy Davis, Jr.'s Reprise Records output — making it available for the first time on CD.