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Sammy Davis Jr Sings / Laurindo Almeida Plays [Import]

Laurindo Almeida, Sammy Davis Jr. Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 July 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dcc Compact Classics
  • ASIN: B00000DSW9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 717,060 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful 5 Aug 2005
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Sammy Davis, Jr. sings and Laurindo Almeida plays; that's the simple and amazing basis of this remarkable CD. On June 14 and 15, 1966, Sammy sat down with one incredibly talented guitarist and recorded this album of slow, gentle, moving songs. Sammy could swing and wail like no other, but he was more than anything else a truly blessed singer. There's no Las Vegas atmosphere here, no finger-clicking showstoppers, no adoring fans lavishing him with heartfelt applause, no cutting up in front of the crowd, no Rat Pack escapades or stories. This is just pure music, soft and touching - "all the flim flam diddyway, gone," as Stan Cornyn says in the liner notes. I don't know of very many singers, no matter how talented they are, who would sit down in a studio with one guitarist and just sing; Sammy did it, and the recordings from these sessions not only prove the magnitude of his miraculous voice, they prove his true love for music. Several of these songs are familiar, but rarely have you heard them sung so softly and beautifully. Here's That Rainy Day, having appeared on one of Sammy's greatest hits albums, is a familiar and perfect representative of these songs. Familiar Sammy classics such as The Shadow of Your Smile and We'll Be Together Again, take on whole new meanings in this purest of interpretations. Familiar show tunes such as Where is Love? and Joey, Joey, Joey become elegant pieces of depth and beauty. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows is simply poignant and beautiful, as is Misty (a bonus track from the original recordings). I don't listen to this album as often as I indulge in Sammy's flashier numbers, but it is impossible to describe the simple beauty of this music, stripped to its bare, purest essentials in the form of the amazing Almeida's guitar playing and Sammy's unequalled singing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars That's it, no other way! 21 Jun 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There's nothing I can really add to these other customer 'rave' reviews. I had this album on vinyl back when in the 1970s and can still hear every perfect note, in fact I have unashamedly leaned on Davis' phrasing when performing 'Rainy Day' on stage (strictly amateur) whenever I have found a good enough guitarist (otherwise it has to be me)! Like any arrangement you ever heard from Billie Holiday, that's it, no other way. It's one of those albums you just never forget, like Ella in Berlin or Ray Charles and Betty Carter - Nina Simone at Town Hall. Sammy Davis I feel is the least widely respected member of the Rat Pack, despite Sinatra's support - and put up with the usual American racism - yet he was certainly the most talented. The nearest I have got recently in terms of the 'simple duet' format is Duo, by the Brazilian piano genius, Cesar Camargo Mariano, with another brilliant S American guitarist, Romero Lubambo - highly recommended. Also, of course, Tony Bennett's famous recently reissued 1974 sessions with Bill Evans... The only question I have is the bizarre pricing strategy. Lovely though this music is, why would anyone pay around 100 for a CD, even a pre-owned one, a medium that (unlike, say, a limited-edition rare vinyl record) can be infinitely reproduced? Especially when the same album is available on CD also on Amazon, used but apparently in good condition, from another reseller for only 17? As I know, because I have just grabbed it! My son says I'm mad, I can just download all these tracks from YouTube or somewhere, but I like to have a physical thing, even if it is only a CD 'ripped' to my laptop. I regret losing this fine album, along with too many others, somewhere between wives.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Both 14 Feb 2003
By Lawrence Larson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a very unusual CD in that it features only 2 performers, Sammy Davis Jr singing a wonderful array of best known ballads and Laurindo Almeida accompanying on classical guitar. Most would consider this an unlikely combination, but if there was ever a rare gem to be found, this is it. And there isn't a less favored number of the eleven. They are all that good. My particular favorites are "Here's That Rainy Day" and "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye", a Cole Porter classic--not because they are sung and played better than the others, but because those particular two have always been at the top of my list. They are very good because of the fine combinations of words that aren't sappy and the melodic and harmonic structure of the music. The music is pure and undefiled with no sloppy up-tempo stuff or other conventions that cover mistakes. But just to prove that they are human and prone to imperfection, even the incomparable Almeida buzzes a note In "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye". And that's OK.
I strongly recommend this fine CD to all who have a critical and sensitive ear for excellence and virtuosity both in vocal and guitar performance.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 29 Jan 2004
By Nathan Laney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is exactly what the title says, and it is beyond fantastic! I found an original copy of this album (on Reprise) around 1983 or so, and have been in love with it ever since. "Here's That Rainy Day" and "The Shadow of Your Smile" in particular. These two men were unbelievable together. I've never known of any other recorded instance where two such incredible talents merged so beautifully to create an entire albums worth of material. No egos, only mutual respect. They complement one another perfectly on every note. If you're even a mild fan of the sort of acoustic music that Almeida was known for, his having Davis' pipes with him on this will certainly cause a complete conversion. The same is true the other way around. One of my top ten favorite albums of all time!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sammy And Laurindo - Wow! 20 Jun 2003
By Terry Shannon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I first bought this album on vinyl several years ago. A couple of years ago, I found it here, on Amazon on a CD and bought it immediately.
Surprise! Sammy Davis could really sing. With only the understated fingerings of Laurindo Almeida on guitar to accompany him, Sammy's voice has no where to hide, and, happily, it doesn't have to. This is a wonderfully put together group of ballads done directly and honestly with no hype, no glitter. No "Candy Man" here. Just great songs, done very well.
If you like old standards done simply, yet with emotional power, this could be an album for you. Cole Porter's "Every Time We Say Goodbye" is my favorite, but a close second is Frank Loesser's "Joey, Joey, Joey." which is just haunting.
Oddly, Erroll Garner's "Misty" appears on the CD, but was not on the originally released record. While it's not bad, I can understand why it didn't make the cut the first time around.
Every other cut is great. Not a clunker in the bunch.
If you can find it, buy it.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sing softly love... 16 Oct 2003
By Merilahti Kristiina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've chased this one for years, and it was worth it. Since the songs aren't listed here, I'll start with it:
Here's that rainy day
Two different worlds
The shadow of your smile
Where is love?
Every time we say goodbye
I'm always chasing rainbows
We'll be together again
Joey, Joey, Joey
The folks who live on the hill
Speak low
Bonus: Misty
1966 these two guys made a studio album, which was released as a CD in 1991. There really isn't anything more, just Sammy Davis Jr. singing with Almeida playing the guitar, no tricks, no echos, nothing else. You can hardly get more intimate and vulnerable than this - and you really need to be as good as these men to make it.
I personally have always appreciated Sammy Davis Jr, though his nasal kind of voice doesn't belong to my biggest favourites. Here he can use it to its fullest, with slight nuances and all the talent he had. And of course Almeida plays like an angel, though they both keep it very simple - or seemingly simple. The recordings are very, very intimate, quiet, soft. It works best, when melodies are already good, like Every time we say goodbye and The shadow of your smile (this is propably my favourite recording of it) but can become dull, if the melody doesn't take you away or is too long. Joey, Joey, Joey was the one that turned my liking into 'doesn't it already stop?'. And that's why I didn't give five stars, though I've been searching for this record for years until I found it through Amazon.
However, this works well as background music, on romantic dinners or if you just want to relax and sink into lazy, warm thoughts - or maybe get some sleep. And sometimes you might not get enough of this soft, deeply emotional, subtle music. And very few people can do this. As Stan Cornyn says on the inside cover: "Sammy Davis sings. Laurindo Almeida plays. Everybody else, give up."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SAMMY UNPLUGGED 13 Oct 2004
By verbaud - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have long claimed to have conceived of the "Unplugged" concept. I first heard this recording in '67 or '68. I thought every singer should test his or her fan base by singing to bare arrangments since then. This is Sammy Davis Jr. without the brass, the taps, the gold, the showgirls in feathers, without the Rat Pack.

When I finally re-found this CD in SF several years ago, I used to trot it out for dinner parties, mixed it with some Bill Evans and Rickie Lee Jones' "PopPop". Most people had no idea who this voice belonged to.

"Here's that rainy day" is NOT "The Candy Man". In the midst of the late 60's with Peace Protests, cities burning, the war, Sammy got VERY introspective with this choice of material.

"Two different worlds" - we forget how racially divided this country was then, even as we gripe about it now.

"The shadow of your smile" - everybody was doing this song then. Sammy and Laurindo pumped a little sensuous bossa nova into it, making it a sexy little ballad.

"Where is love?" - Sammy on a bare stage. Exquisite.

"Every time we say goodbye" - I really personalized this song then and now. Highschool kids were going to Vietnam, you never knew who you'd ever see again...

"I'm always chasing rainbows" - Still the hope that was the 60's. Funny, recently, a politician said we didn't need Hope, just hard work...gimme a rainbow to chase anyday..

"We'll be together again" - another wistful ballad "we both have a lifetime before us..." Sammy sweeps you up and makes you want to come back. He let some pain come through on this one.

"Joey, Joey, Joey" - this a surreal little ballad from a surreal time which Sammy makes his own. How many songs from that era were about leavin town? Sammy nails it.

"The folks who live on the hill" Underneath that Joey who was itching for the road, how many lasted? Sammy tried his whole life to be "normal", to be accepted without the clowning that hid so much of his heartache. This would have been a great song to wrap this album.

"Speak low" - good job, but somehow doesnt fit with the rest of the mood, almost like an afterthought.

"Misty" - there was a reason this was left off the original release.

All in all, this is the voice behind the spotlight. I would love to have been in the room when this was recorded.

Buy it, and wrap yourself in a little luxury. This voice won't be back, and there are none on the horizen that come close.
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