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Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
This no-frills (10 songs, no liner notes) disc features many of Mercer's best-known Capitol recordings, including his duet with Margaret Whiting on "Baby It's Cold Outside," as well as "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" and "... more »
This no-frills (10 songs, no liner notes) disc features many of Mercer's best-known Capitol recordings, including his duet with Margaret Whiting on "Baby It's Cold Outside," as well as "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" and "On the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe." The music is at once very much of its time and beyond its time--thanks both to Mercer's inventive writing and ebullient vocals. An acceptable, if incomplete, collection. --Rickey Wright
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His best? Perhaps.
Robert Budd | Springfield, MA United States | 04/19/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"To me, the most surprising thing about the album is the quality of Johnny's voice. I had no idea, until recently, that Johnny sang! The very convincing duet with Margaret Whiting in "Baby It's Cold Outside" displays Johnny's emotional and expressional range well. His emulation of black voices and speech patterns in his then-popular "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" tells me that he had more than just a good set of pipes, but also an excellent ear for contemporary speech and music. What great lyricist would not? Many of the songs in this album I knew only by their lyrics-- I had never heard them performed to music. In listening to the song "Personality", performed with the Pied Pipers, one gets the feeling that one is listening to a live broadcast, back all those years ago. With 10 selections in all, this is a gem of an album. I only wish that EMI-Capitol Music (Johnny's own label) had included more selections. Perhaps they felt that too much of a good thing is dangerous."