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Boy Meets Girl

Sammy Davis Jr.Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Happy To Make Your Acquaintance (Album Version)Carmen McRae 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Tea For Two (Album Version)Carmen McRae 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. They Didn't Believe Me (Album Version)Carmen McRae 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. You're The Top (Album Version)Carmen McRae 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Cheek To Cheek (Album Version)Carmen McRae 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Baby, It's Cold OutsideCarmen McRae 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. People Will Say We're In Love (Album Version)Carmen McRae 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. There's A Small Hotel (Album Version)Carmen McRae 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. A Fine Romance (Album Version)Carmen McRae 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Things We Did Last Summer (Album Version)Carmen McRae 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Two Sleepy People (Album Version)Carmen McRae 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Who Cares (Album Version)Carmen McRae 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. I Go For You (Single Version)Carmen McRae 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. SummertimeCarmen McRae 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. A Woman Is A Sometime ThingSammy Davis, Jr. 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. My Man's Gone NowCarmen McRae 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'Sammy Davis, Jr. 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Bess, You Is My WomanSammy Davis, Jr. 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. It Ain't Necessarily SoSammy Davis, Jr. 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. I Loves You PorgyCarmen McRae 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New YorkSammy Davis, Jr. 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Oh Bess, Where's My Bess (Soundtrack Version)Sammy Davis, Jr. 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Oh Lawd, I'm On My WaySammy Davis, Jr. 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 25, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0000658A4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,589 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of one of the most charming and beloved albums of the 1950's. Sammy Davis Jr and Carmen McRae were two of the most proficient singers of their time and their chemistry together in the studio is simply magical. These renditions of popular favorites stand as testimony to the greatness of each member of the duo. This edition includes 1 bonus track (a single version of "I Go For You") and the tracks from the duo's 1959 recording of "Porgy And Bess", combining both meetings of these two all time greats on one CD.

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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 August 1, 2005
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
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Young Sammy and Carmen September 13, 2005
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Duet Singing and Songs March 28, 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellemnt
A classic. Perfect for sunday morning. You should pour some Mimosa's read the newspaper and make the rest of the world fade away.
Published 2 months ago by Leslie Littrell
5.0 out of 5 stars WAY BEYOND SPLENDID
If you've never heard Davis' version of "I Got Plenty...." you have missed what is [barely] arguably one of the great pieces of the Popular Music Sound that defined the 50s and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Scott Fuchs
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Music Slightly Marred by Poor Recording Quality
This would have been a 5 star rating, but I had to subtract 1 star for the poor recording quality. The great Sammy Davis, Jr. and Carmen McCrae deserved better treatment. Read more
Published on October 3, 2011 by AD
5.0 out of 5 stars Power Sessions--Remembering a Potent Pair and Unrepeatable Musical...
It's easy to take Sammy Davis Jr. for granted, even today. This collection of Sammy-Carmen tracks from the '50s serves as a welcome reminder that, had he done nothing else, he was... Read more
Published on July 1, 2006 by Samuel Chell
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Carmen and Sammy!
Two classic LP's! The re-mastering job on this CD was first class. The first of the two albums, "Boy Meets Girl," features fun standards with Sammy 'hamming it up' while Carmen's... Read more
Published on September 5, 2005 by Dave Powers
5.0 out of 5 stars A "MUST HAVE" for Carmen McRae fans.
Excellent recording to fill in the blanks for the early years of her career. Duets with Davis are crsip clear and obviously both enjoyed the collabaration. Read more
Published on August 31, 2005 by J. Roger Ritzman
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Sammy Davis Jr. and Carmen Marae
This product is the best of the best. this cd has some great classic tunes of Sammy and Carmen. songs include:Baby It's Cold Outside,There A Small Hotel,A Fine Romance and other... Read more
Published on July 19, 2005 by AlexKline-Sanada
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