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I've Gotta Be Me: The Best of Sammy Davis Jr. On Reprise


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Artist: Sammy Davis Jr.
Release date: 1996
Genre: Rock, Pop, Theatre/Soundtrack
Tracks: 15
Duration: 42:53
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No. Title Length
1. Lush Life 3:47
2. A Stranger In Town 3:48
3. What Kind of Fool Am I 3:24
4. Once In a Lifetime 2:12
5. Someone Nice Like You 2:24
6. As Long As She Needs Me 3:06
7. Who Can I Turn to (When Nobody Needs Me) 3:01
8. Here's That Rainy Day (featuring Laurindo Almeida) 2:19
9. I Want to Be With You 3:08
10. Night Song 2:41
11. The Shelter of Your Arms 2:51
12. I've Gotta Be Me 2:58
13. Yes I Can 2:17
14. Gonna Build a Mountain 2:24
15. If I Ruled the World 2:33



Today, Sammy Davis Jr. may be best remembered as a charter member of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack. But the diminutive showman was very much his own man, possessing a deeply resonant voice and a dynamic stage presence. I’ve Gotta Be Me: The Best of Sammy Davis Jr. dispels some of the Vegas mythology surrounding his career to reveal a performer of sensitivity and substance. These tracks are culled from Davis’ 1960s output for Reprise, a period when he tempered his jazz and theater music-rooted sound with contemporary pop touches. The ballads here are truly golden — “What Kind of Fool Am I,” “As Long as She Needs Me,” and “The Shelter of Your Arms” are perfect vehicles for his clear phrasing and aching intonation. Davis excelled at songs celebrating self-empowerment, as the buoyant “Once in a Lifetime,” “Yes I Can,” and the title track show. “Gonna Build a Mountain” reveals a surprising gospel influence. Davis’ recordings aren’t always well served by their overly busy, kitschy arrangements, but beneath the casino lounge glitz are some truly soulful and self-assured performances delivered by an artist who earned his place in the Pack.