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5.0 out of 5 stars That's it, no other way!, 21 Jun. 2012
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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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