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Complete Johnny Mercer Songbook
Various Artists
Complete Johnny Mercer Songbook
Genres: Blues, World Music, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #3


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CD Details

All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Complete Johnny Mercer Songbook
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram Records
Original Release Date: 11/3/1998
Release Date: 11/3/1998
Album Type: Box set
Genres: Blues, World Music, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Vocal Blues, Jump Blues, South & Central America, Brazil, Cool Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Latin Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Soul-Jazz & Boogaloo, Swing Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Bebop, Dixieland, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Classic R&B, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaCD Credits: 3
UPC: 731455753929

CD Reviews

If you have the music, he has the words
Shalom Freedman | Jerusalem,Israel | 06/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Among Johnny Mercer's greatest songs are: "P.S. I Love You" (1934, Gordon Jenkins), "Goody Goody" (1936, Matt Melneck), "I'm An Old Cowhand" (1936, words and music), "Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)" (1937, Bernie Hanighen), "Too Marvelous For Words" (1937, Richard Whiting), "Jeepers Creepers" (1938, Harry Warren), "Hooray For Hollywood" (1938, Richard Whiting), "Day In--Day Out" (1939, Rube Bloom), "I Thought About You" (1939, Jimmy Van Heusen), "Fools Rush In" (1940, Rube Bloom), "Blues In The Night" (1941, Harold Arlen), "Skylark" (1941, Hoagy Carmichael), "I Remember You" (1942, Victor Schertzinger), "I'm Old Fashioned" (1942, Jerome Kern), "That Old Black Magic"(1942, Harold Arlen), "Hit The Road To Dreamland" (1942, Harold Arlen), "My Shining Hour" (1943, Harold Arlen), "One For My Baby" (1943, Harold Arlen), "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive" (1944, Harold Arlen), "Let's Take The Long Way Home"(1944, Harold Arlen), "G.I. Jive" (1944, words and music), "Laura" (1945, David Raskin), "Out Of This World" (1945, Harold Arlen), "Early Autumn" (1949, Woody Herman and Ralph Burns), "Autumn Leaves" (1950, English version of a French song, music by Joseph Kozma), "Here's To My Lady" (1951, Rube Bloom), "Something's Gotta Give" (1955, words and music), "Satin Doll" (1958, Duke Ellington), "Charade" (1963, Henry Mancini), "Summer Wind" (1965, Henry Mayer), and "How Do You Say Aug Wiedersehn?" (1967, Tony Scibetta).
This collection does not include them all but contains enough to show why he is considered one of the greatest lyricists popular American song ever produced.
One oddity with Mercer is that many of his greatest hits came from melodies, music which had been pre- produced and which he was asked to write the words for. So for instance the beautiful haunting 'Autumn Leaves' was given lyrics after it had come to America from France.
Mercer is also the only lyric writer to have been honored by an 'Ella Fitzergald Songbook' collection.
Listen and dream
Hermann Hrdlicka | Sao Paulo, Brazil | 11/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"An excellent album. The best of Mercer performed by the best musicians and singers. The instrumental album is magnific, with names like Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, Quincy Jones, Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz performing songs that sensibilize our reflections. An invitation for a dream."
george daicoff | st petersburg, fl USA | 07/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"All three discs are great, but the third (instrumental and jazzy)is outstanding. Old enough to be exposed to the popular Mercer tunes and understandingly biased regarding the commercialization of his stuff, I was thrilled to hear these renditions by the great artists selected for this disc. Worth the price for just the last disc-so consider the other two as bonuses."