A new Sammy Davis, Jr. compilation was released in October by Jackpot Records, a 2 CD set focussing on Sammy’s early recordings on Reprise with arranger Marty Paich. Titled The 1961-62 Marty Paich Sessions, it is available on Amazon and other online retailers. What makes this release noteworthy is its approach to the ordering of the tracks, and its inclusion of four titles that had not previously appeared on CD.
Thanks to the expiry of copyright in the EU after 50 years, Sammy’s recordings for Reprise Records are now fair game for any and all labels to package up. Of course, such recordings are unlikely to be licensed by the Sammy Davis, Jr. estate and have no access to the original masters.
This collection is almost identical in theme to a CD release from earlier in the year on Fresh Sound Records, which also focussed on Sammy and Marty Paich. However, where that collection bundled 23 specific selections (prioritising the collaborations that were more jazz than pop), this release contains every recording made by Sammy and Paich between February 1961 and November 1962 – 33 in total.
By including 17 ‘bonus tracks’ of material arranged by other arrangers, the collection is able to claim it has the entire output of four of Sammy Davis, Jr.’s first six Reprise LPs: The Wham Of Sam, Sammy Davis, Jr. Belts The Best Of Broadway, What Kind Of Fool Am I, and As Long As She Needs Me.
The track ordering might seem a mystery given that the songs are not arranged into their constituent LPs, but it is clearly deliberate: the 33 Davis-Paich songs are ordered chronologically by recording date. This provides a new way to enjoy one of Sammy’s most fruitful partnerships.
The audio appears similar to that which has been previously released on CD. There are 4 tracks new to CD which are clearly vinyl transfers: “Here’s a Kiss For Christmas”, “One More Time (Ray Charles Tribute)”, “The Fool I Used To Be” and “Everybody Calls Me Joe”, and each understandably suffers from variable sound. One wonders if the masters for these still exist in the bowels of a Warner Bros. vault somewhere…
Overall this is a nicely produced collection (although the clamshell case is a bit rickety) with a 20-page booklet included featuring pictures, 8 pages of original liner notes, reproductions of the original liner notes of two of the four albums which had them, plus full session information.
The 1961-62 Marty Paich Sessions
Artist: Sammy Davis, Jr.
Format: CD Label: Jackpot Records
Cat. Num.: 48776 Rel. Year: 2017
|Track Time||Record Date||Song|
|02:49||7/2/1961||Let There Be Love|
|02:47||7/2/1961||Bye Bye Blackbird|
|04:14||7/2/1961||Blame It On My Youth|
|02:53||7/2/1961||Can’t We Be Friends?|
|02:30||19/6/1961||Step Out Of That Dream|
|02:22||6/7/1961||Gonna Build A Mountain|
|03:21||6/7/1961||What Kind Of Fool Am I|
|03:11||6/7/1961||That’s For Me|
|02:44||18/7/1961||A Lot Of Livin’ To Do|
|02:42||18/7/1961||That Great Come-And-Get-It Day|
|03:00||18/7/1961||Make Someone Happy|
|03:01||18/7/1961||Two Ladies In De Shade Of De Banana Tree|
|02:09||19/7/1961||Guys And Dolls|
|02:37||19/7/1961||There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame|
|04:17||19/7/1961||The Party’s Over|
|03:21||26/7/1961||Climb Ev’ry Mountain|
|03:56||26/7/1961||If I Loved You|
|03:19||26/7/1961||We Kiss In A Shadow|
|04:24||26/7/1961||Lost In The Stars|
|03:01||15/1/1962||Too Close For Comfort|
|04:28||15/1/1962||Begin The Beguine|
|02:26||15/1/1962||Falling In Love With Love|
|02:23||26/6/1962||Someone Nice Like You|
|02:09||26/6/1962||Once In A Lifetime|
|03:04||14/11/1962||As Long As She Needs Me|
|02:57||14/11/1962||Song from “Two For The See-Saw” (A Second Chance)|
|02:37||14/11/1962||Come On Strong|
|02:57||14/11/1962||A Man With A Dream|
|02:55||19/11/1962||Here’s A Kiss For Christmas|
|02:49||6/2/1961||Back In Your Own Back Yard|
|03:09||6/2/1961||I’m Gonna Live Till I Die|
|03:29||6/2/1961||I’m A Fool To Want You|
|02:35||6/2/1961||(Love Is) The Tender Trap|
|03:19||6/2/1961||Out Of This World|
|02:15||19/6/1961||There Was A Tavern In The Town|
|02:32||19/6/1961||If You Are But A Dream|
|02:07||19/6/1961||One More Time (A Tribute to Ray Charles)|
|03:08||6/7/1961||You Can’t Love ‘Em All|
|02:12||6/7/1961||‘Deed I Do|
|02:48||26/6/1962||The Fool I Used To Be|
|02:09||26/6/1962||Everybody Calls Me Joe|
|01:58||22/6/1962||I Married An Angel|
|03:25||22/6/1962||Falling In Love Again|
|03:37||22/6/1962||Without A Song|