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The Best of Sammy Davis Jr. Live


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  • Actors: Sammy Davis Jr.
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RPBGLA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Sammy Davis, Jr. performs a set of timeless classics in this 1985 performance from Germany. Featuring a number of favorites, including "Candy Man", "New York, New York", "I've Gotta Be Me" and the set closer "Mr. Bojangles", this DVD is certain to entertain viewers for years to come in this late career performance.

Tracklisting: 1. Where or When 2. New York, New York 3. What I Did For Love 4. Candy Man 5. I'm Singing In The Rain 6. What Kind Of Fool Am I 7. The Lady Is A Tramp 8. Improvisation / I've Got You Under My Skin 9. I've Gotta Be Me 10. For Once In My Life 11. As Time Goes By 12. Mr. Bojangles

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Love watching Sammy perform live.
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Sammy Davis Jr. = the greatest entertainer ever.
Johnny Apollo
This man was ...."somethin else"!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Apollo on July 1, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
While the name "Best Of", implies a collection of various clips from different performances, be rest assured this is ONE FULL LENGTH START TO FINISH CONCERT. The performance is about an hour long. It stars Sammy Davis Jr. and features a very talented drummer. I happen to own many many concert DVD's & blue-rays of many different genres. Simply put, not only is this the best DVD concert I own, it ranks among the best concerts (of any genre)I have ever seen. Sammy Davis Jr. = the greatest entertainer ever. It's just simply amazing how talented this guy was. As much as I like some of the other crooners and entertainers of that "by gone era", in reality, none of them could hold a candle to Sammy, and they knew it. In fact I have shown this DVD to several people, both musicians and non-musicians, young and old, none of which were "fans", but everyone agrees - some even teary eyed(like me in parts...). After showing(off) this DVD, I have created some new fans.

This show was filmed in 1985 in Germany. Surprisingly and sadly, he died only five years later in 1990 from cancer. In all regards, he is in top notch form in this DVD and (here)he sure looks like he has many years left to go...In addition, he really does look good here - snazzy, well dressed etc., unlike his "look" from the 1970's... And unlike the great Frank Sinatra, whose voice "changed" as he aged, Sammy's stayed consistant as did his energy, overall. His look may have changed and evolved over the years, but in this DVD, he has more of that stylish/classic look, that many of us prefered...Overall, while I still prefer his 1960's stuff, we have to take in consideration the fact that this DVD has the best audio and video quality available and this IS STILL A VERY VERY GOOD performance.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Norma Davis Stoyenoff on March 25, 2008
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I purchased this DVD for my husband, and he was very happy with it. It was the complete concert which took place in Germany, and was excellent. We would highly recommend it to anyone interested in Sammy Davis Jr.'s music. He was a vibrant showman and very exciting to watch. It was definitely worth the price. And unlike the more expensive version, this one is formatted for use in our DVD machines in this country and Canada.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gary A. Ward on August 23, 2007
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Pure adreniline ! This show proves that artists with real talent get better with age.
Even if your not a die hard fan like myself,You will love this concert.

Sergio
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By desmond polk on July 29, 2007
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MY LIFE REVOLVES AROUND SAMMY DAVIS JR. MY LIFE'S THEME SONG IS I'VE GOTTA BE ME. IT IS THE FIRST SONG I LISTEN TO ON MY IPOD AS I GO TO WORK. I HAVE WAITED A LONG TIME FOR THIS DVD OR ANYTHING THAT WAS A CLEAR SOLO PERFORMANCE OF THE MAN! I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF THIS DVD FOR I HAVE SEVERAL CONCERTS OF SAMMY ALONE AND WITH OTHER AND THIS WAS GOOD. THE POWER WAS THERE BUT SOMETHING IS MISSING AND I FEEL IT LIES WITH THE ORCHESTRA OUTSIDE OF JAMES, CLAYTON AND GEORGE. I THINK THEY JUST COULD NOT FIND THE GROOVE ON THE UPTEMPO NUMBERS. LADY IS A TRAMP IS CHAMP AS IT ALWAYS WAS WHEN SAMMY LAID HIS VOCAL ON IT!! ONE OF MY FAVORITES BY SAMMY IS WHAT I DID FOR LOVE JUST GREAT, I LOVE HOW HE BREAKS IT DOWN AT THE END! IT IS ALWAYS NICE TO SEE SAMMY DANCE FOR I THINK HE WAS ONE OF THE BEST RHYTHM DANCERS I EVER SEEN. THE IMPROV STUFF IS WAS NEVER BETTER AND THERE ARE GREAT RECORDED EXAMPLES OF IT. THEN THE EPIC MR. BOJANGLES WAS AS IT ALWAYS WAS OUTSTANDING BECAUSE I FELT THOSE CHILLS I AM USE TO FEELING WHEN SAMMY DAVIS JR SINGS IT! THIS DVD IS WORTH ANYONE'S MONEY BUT IT TAKES A TRUE SAMMY FAN TO SEE AND FIND THE MAGIC! I FOUND IT BY JUST WATCHING THE MAN AT WORK!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard on March 8, 2008
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Sammy's years of experience, love of performing, rapport with everyone around him, and unlimited talent make this a wonderful concert. He sings, dances, does impressions, kicks up the band, ad libs and obviously charms the enthusiastic audience. There's more Sammy here than usual(no guest fillers), but still not enough;making it two hours instead of one would be the only thing that would improve this great show. Fine sound and picture. A timeless treasure!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Etienne on March 18, 2008
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All young people should check out one of the first soul greats...

One of the most honest performers EVER!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. F. Thorlin on May 26, 2013
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I don't think SD would want to be remembered by this performance. It lacks the energy and humor that made him outstanding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Histiletto on May 16, 2013
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Wanted some videos of Sammy Davis Jr. performing, but didn't feel this one was in the league of his best. His charisma continues to wow those who have the opportunity to experience him. Truly, he will be remembered as an extraordinary person who made his life entertaining us.
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