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In 1969, Stax Records paired their best male and female singers together for hits penned by the label's top writers. The result? An undeniably soulful example of the Stax sound! This long out-of-print reissue includes rarities such as Private Number Spencer Davis & Dusty Springfield; I Thank You William Bell & Mavis Staples; Just Keep on Loving Me Johnnie Taylor & Carla Thomas; Get Ourselves Together Delaney & Bonnie; It's Our Time Eddie Floyd & Carla Thomas; Ain't that Good Eddie Floyd & Mavis Staples, and more, including their previously unreleased duet, Too Late, She's Gone !
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 18, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B002GNOMNA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,039 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Buddy Bregman on 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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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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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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Sibling and parent/child duets create a family voice that complements the individual singers. But duets between men and women elevate the relationship itself. The truth of country music has lent itself to many power duos, including Conway and Loretta, George and Tammy, and Johnny and June, but the raw emotion of soul music gives its duets another dimension of expressiveness. As the Memphis based Stax label expanded upon the success of its 1960s hard soul singles, the arrangements added strings, the horn charts softened and room was created for male-female duets. As part of the label's push into album releases, a double-LP's worth of duets were recorded with roster artists for 1969's Boy Meets Girl and released as part of Stax's massive post-Atlantic Records rebirth.

Mavis Staples sings two album highlights, a conga-heavy deep funk cover of Sam & Dave's earlier Stax hit "I Thank You" with William Bell, and a powerful Southern soul cover of Erma Franklin's "Piece of My Heart" with Eddie Floyd. The album mixes up-tempo grooves such as William Bell and Carla Thomas' "I Can't Stop" with emotionally crooned ballads that include Eddie Floyd and Cleotha Staples' "It's Too Late" and Johnnie Taylor and Carla Thomas' "My Life." This reissue drops eight of the original LP's titles and adds four, including the iconic pre-LP "Private Number," a terribly misguided mid-80s remake by Dusty Springfield and Spencer Davis, and a pair of tracks from Delaney and Bonnie's 1968 sessions for Home. Those seeking the original track lineup (and cover art) can find it on a pricier UK reissue. [©2009 hyperbolium dot com]
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