Sammy Davis Jr. Goin's Great

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  • Released: November 22, 2004
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Collector's Choice


  • 1.The Goin's Great
  • 2.Take It From One Who Knows
  • 3.This Guy's In Love With You
  • 4.Break My Mind
  • 5.In This Crowded World
  • 6.The Impossible Dream (The Quest)
  • 7.Bein' Natural, Bein' Me
  • 8.What Became Of Me?
  • 9.I Have Dreamed
  • 10.I Have But One Life To Live

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As the 1960s drew to a close, Sammy Davis, Jr.'s stint with Reprise Records was likewise coming to a rapid conclusion. The Goin's Great (1969) exemplifies the dichotomy, although some might consider it a revolution, concurrently occurring within pop music. In retrospect, it also provides a glimpse of Davis caught between his pseudo ultra-hip persona and his undeniable gift for the more traditional approach to popular fare. Perhaps the most blatant evidence of the incongruity are the uncomfortably forced "Break My Heart" and "Bein' Natural Bein' Me." Both sport ersatz soul arrangements and less than believable "groovier-than-thou" slants that Davis isn't able to convincingly pull off. Conversely, Bacharach/ David's "This Guy's in Love With You" is nothing less than a perfect vehicle. With a series of Davis' rhythmic and wordless vocalizations (read: "uh-uh-uh-ee-ah-uh"), he introduces the relaxed and jazzy feel in his trademark style. The update of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "I Have Dreamed" from The King & I is equally stellar, as the earnest interpretation bops with resolute grace, building to a full-blown showstopping performance. The album's two disparate personas fittingly all come together at the conclusion with the rousing "I Have But One Life to Live." Backed by a vocal ensemble as well as electric guitars and heavy percussion, Davis, as the saying goes 'lets it all hang out'. [In 2004 The Goin's Great was issued on to CD for the first time as part of Collectors' Choice Music's exhaustive restoration of Davis' 1960s catalog.] ~ Lindsay Planer
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  • Sales Rank: 23,744
  • UPC: 617742049824
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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