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Boy Meets Girl [CD]

Carmen McRae Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (31 July 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Stax/Ace
  • ASIN: B00004U35K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Soul-A-Lujah - Cleotha Staples
2. I Ain't Particular - Mavis Staples
3. Just Keep On Loving Me - Carla Thomas
4. Ain't That Good - Mavis Staples
5. I Can't Stop (Original Mix) - Carla Thomas
6. I Thank You - Mavis Staples
7. Love's Sweet Sensation - Mavis Staples
8. I Need You Woman - Carla Thomas
9. Never, Never Let You Go - Mavis Staples
10. Hold On This Time - Mavis Staples
11. That's the Way Love Is - Mavis Staples
12. It's Our Time - Carla Thomas
13. It's Unbelievable - Pervis Staples
14. Piece of My Heart - Mavis Staples
15. Leave The Girl Alone - Mavis Staples
16. I'm Trying - Pervis Staples
17. Don't Make Me A Storyteller - Carla Thomas
18. Strung Out - Mavis Staples
19. My Life - Carla Thomas
20. It's Too Late - Cleotha Staples
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(2000/ACE) 22 tracks, Stax's special album project from 1969 pairing their best-known male artists with various female counterparts in a series of duets.Medium 1
  1. Soul-A-Lujah - TAYLOR, Johnnie & Eddie Floy
  2. I Ain't Particular - BELL, William & Mavis Staple
  3. Just Keep On Loving Me - TAYLOR, Johnnie & Carla Tho
  4. Ain't That Good - FLOYD, Eddie & Mavis Staples
  5. I Can't Stop - BELL, William & Mavis Staple
  6. I Thank You - BELL, William & Mavis Staple
  7. Love's Sweet Sensation - BELL, William & Mavis Staple
  8. I Need You Woman - BELL, William & Carla Thomas
  9. Never, Never Let You Go - FLOYD, Eddie & Mavis Staples
  10. Hold On This Time - BELL, William & Mavis Staple
  11. That's The Way Love Is - TAYLOR, Johnnie & Mavis Stapl
  12. It's Our Time - FLOYD, Eddie & Carla Thomas
  13. It's Unbelievable (How You Control My Soul) - STAPLES, Pervis & Carla Thom
  14. Piece Of My Heart - FLOYD, Eddie & Mavis Staples
  15. Leave The Girl Alone - BELL, William & Mavis Staple
  16. I'm Trying - STAPLES, Pervis & Carla Thom
  17. Don't Make Me A Storyteller - FLOYD, Eddie & Carla Thomas
  18. Strung Out - BELL, William & Mavis Staple
  19. My Life - TAYLOR, Johnnie & Carla Thom
  20. It's Too Late - FLOYD, Eddie & Cleotha Stapl
  21. I've Just Been Feeling Bad - TAYLOR, Johnnie & Carla Thom
  22. All I Have To Do Is Dream - BELL, William & Carla Thomas

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5.0 out of 5 stars NAFF COVER DESIGN 25 Jun 2013
Format:Audio CD
Great tracks v naff cover art.get the original frm ace records .great stax duets frm 60s\70s deserve to be well presented
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved doing the tracks I arranged for Sammy 2 Aug 2005
By Buddy Bregman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have to say I was thrilled hearing the Porgy & Bess album Thrilled because I arranged and conducted four of THE BIG ONES for Sammy Davis - Bess You is My Woman Now, A Woman is a Sometimes Thing, Bess, It Ain't Necessarily So! The sound is so incrediible I thought we must have recorded it in Carnegie Hall - but it was recorded in a very small Decca Studio on Melrose Ave. next to Paramount Sutdios in Hollywood - with about 45-50 musicians - and some of the world's greatest at that! I would usually never write about my own work but I was really thrilled to hear those tracks as I didn't realize at the time that my work had improved so much from just a couple of years before when I first started in the biz whilst still a student at UCLA! But the main reason my orchestrations sounded so thrilling to me was what the re-issue porducer for Verve Bryan Konyarz did with the re-recordings - it is amazing sound - and I have to congratulate him which I already did for doing such a great job - I heard every single note/nuance I wrote at the time - and at the time I didn't realize how awesome the totality of Sammy and I working together once again was. Wil Haygood (who wrote the best Sammy bio ever) quoted me as saying how "thrilling" the session was - not good but thrilling! I get chills every time I play the tracks and am so very happy to have worked on what I feel is an incredible interpretation by Sammy of the Gershwin material - and is hs voice ever great on the CD! WOW! I do remember that I had to conduct without any beat at all on the two "Bess" songs - and continually turn away from the orchestra to only watch Sammy's lips move; and I had to move 50 or so musicians without a drum keeping time. On each 2nd take I had to hold my right arm up with my left arm as my right arm ached so badly - I always made big circles when conducting and used all my power to move the orchestra along so as not to miss a single syllable of Sammy's brilliant delivery! Buddy Bregman
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a generous mixture of Sammy and Carmen, stir well in front of a microphone, and stand back to watch the musical fireworks 9 Jun 2007
By Matthew G. Sherwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sammy Davis, Jr. and Carmen McRae certainly had different backgrounds: his career evolved out of the vaudeville circuit and Carmen's career was based upon much more formal music training. Nevertheless, their union sparks more than just plain old harmony on this generous "two-fer" CD. The "two-fer" CD is called a "two-fer" because it contains all the tracks from their record album entitled Boy Meets Girl as well as the tracks from their album entitled Porgy and Bess.

The CD begins with the twelve tracks from the 1957 LP entitled Boy Meets Girl; and "Happy To Make Your Acquaintance" charms you with its beauty. Their excellent diction and enthusiasm electrifies this number and already you're dying for more.

You won't be disappointed as you listen along, either. The track set continues with the classic "Tea For Two." Sammy and Carmen sing the rarely heard opening verse and the musical arrangement makes great use of the piano and horns. Sammy also interjects clever, witty side comments to make this number even better than I've ever heard it! Excellent! "You're The Top" boasts a great musical arrangement and Sammy and Carmen sing this to perfection. Once again, the rarely heard opening verses enhance the beauty of this number. When Sammy Davis, Jr. and Carmen McRae sing these numbers, you can tell they ARE in love--with their music, of course, as they were two of the very best in the business.

Carmen and Sammy infuse "Cheek To Cheek" with a high octane energy as they sing this number as if their lives were on the line! You become convinced no duo could perform "Cheek To Cheek" better than Sammy and Carmen can here.

Other gems include "A Fine Romance" which gets a royal yet playful treatment from Sammy and Carmen; they sing like artists scratching to be heard and we get the all the benefits on numbers like "A Fine Romance!" "Baby, It's Cold Outside" offers more of that magical chemistry between Sammy and Carmen; and the horns on the musical arrangement work very well.

The CD also gives us a bonus single track entitled "I Go For You." Carmen and Sammy sing this love ballad with panache and a playful togetherness that charms you instantly. The cha cha rhythm makes "I Go For You" even better, too!

Then the CD gives us the ten tracks from Sammy and Carmen's 1959 record album entitled Porgy And Bess. Carmen performs "Summertime" with great sensitivity in a fairly serious mood. Sammy then comes in on the next track entitled "A Woman Is A Sometime Thing." Sammy performs "A Woman Is A Sometime Thing" with great feeling and a degree of sensitivity I rarely hear. His voice is rich, warm and full of masculine charm. "My Man's Gone Now" features Carmen performing this ballad with strength as she sings of her terrific angst over her lost love. Carmen even makes her voice tremble to convey her vulnerability which, ironically, makes her interpretation of "My Man's Gone Now" all the more powerful and commanding.

Other great numbers from the Porgy And Bess track set include the touching and memorable "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" performed by Sammy Davis, Jr.; and "It Ain't Necessarily So" gives us Sammy singing at his best with a great male backup chorus. "I Loves You, Porgy" yields yet another sublime duet between Sammy and Carmen; "I Loves You Porgy" lets Sammy Davis, Jr. and Carmen McRae sing of the love Porgy and Bess have for each other and how they may have to fight for their love and happiness together.

The CD ends with "Oh, Lawd, I'm On My Way." Sammy sings this uplifting ballad to perfection. The chorus in the background adds to the beauty of the number, too.

The liner notes feature an essay about Sammy Davis, Jr. and Carmen McRae by Wil Haygood; and the photos of Sammy and Carmen together are very nicely done. You also get miniature replications of the artwork for both the front and the back of the record album covers, too.

I truly have difficulty imagining a world of entertainment without the fine contributions of Sammy Davis, Jr. and Carmen McRae. They sang passionately with all their hearts and souls. We are much better off for them sharing their fine artistry with us. I highly recommend this "two-fer" CD for fans of both Sammy Davis, Jr. and Carmen McRae; and people who enjoy classic pop vocals will cherish this CD for many years to come.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Young Sammy and Carmen 13 Sep 2005
By Marc Flanagan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A number of years ago I heard their recording of ,"There's A Small Hotel", recorded in the fifties on Decca. A great rendition of the Rodgers and Hart classic and rarely done as a duet. The album was out of print for decades and has just been reissued.This disc contains two LP's, "Boy Meets Girl" and their interpertation of "Porgy and Bess". The "Porgy and Bess", is a beautiful arranged and performed recording. The, "Boy Meets Girl", is spotty. Sammy resorts to a Jerry Lewis voice in some of the numbers, he's having fun, but it doesn't hold up. I love his voice so I'm always happy when he get's down to business. Carmen sounds fantstic all the way through. For my money and well...yours, if you are considering purchasing this CD, the best part are, the ballads at the beginning and all the Gershwin at the end. Still a good buy, considering you couldn't get it until now.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1969 collection of Stax male-female duets 19 Aug 2009
By hyperbolium - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sibling and parent/child duets create a family voice that complements the individual singers. But duets between men and women elevate the relationship itself. The truth of country music has lent itself to many power duos, including Conway and Loretta, George and Tammy, and Johnny and June, but the raw emotion of soul music gives its duets another dimension of expressiveness. As the Memphis based Stax label expanded upon the success of its 1960s hard soul singles, the arrangements added strings, the horn charts softened and room was created for male-female duets. As part of the label's push into album releases, a double-LP's worth of duets were recorded with roster artists for 1969's Boy Meets Girl and released as part of Stax's massive post-Atlantic Records rebirth.

Mavis Staples sings two album highlights, a conga-heavy deep funk cover of Sam & Dave's earlier Stax hit "I Thank You" with William Bell, and a powerful Southern soul cover of Erma Franklin's "Piece of My Heart" with Eddie Floyd. The album mixes up-tempo grooves such as William Bell and Carla Thomas' "I Can't Stop" with emotionally crooned ballads that include Eddie Floyd and Cleotha Staples' "It's Too Late" and Johnnie Taylor and Carla Thomas' "My Life." This reissue drops eight of the original LP's titles and adds four, including the iconic pre-LP "Private Number," a terribly misguided mid-80s remake by Dusty Springfield and Spencer Davis, and a pair of tracks from Delaney and Bonnie's 1968 sessions for Home. Those seeking the original track lineup (and cover art) can find it on a pricier UK reissue. [©2009 hyperbolium dot com]
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Duet Singing and Songs 28 Mar 2007
By alchartreux - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This single CD combines two previously released albums featuring Sammy Davis, Jr. and Carmen McRae - "Boy Meets Girl" and "Porgy and Bess," recorded on various dates in 1957 and 1958, twenty-three tracks in all. The tracks from "Boy Meets Girl" feature some nice standards from Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and Hoagy Carmichael, among others. Track 13 is a previously unreleased song, entitled "I Go For You," and it's a great duet tune, featuring witty lyrics and great singing. It's a very catchy number, and listening to it makes me wonder what other unreleased gems the record execs have kept hidden in the vaults away from prying ears. The tracks from "Porgy and Bess" are similarly excellent. It all adds up to a disc worth owning if you want to hear two great vocalists teaming up at their peak.
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