If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em!

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em! is an album by American jazz saxophonist Gerry Mulligan featuring performances recorded in 1965 and first released on the Limelight label.[1][2]

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em!
Studio album by
RecordedJuly 22, 26, 27 & 28, 1965
Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA
LabelLimelight LS 86021
ProducerJack Tracy
Gerry Mulligan chronology
Butterfly with Hiccups
If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em!
Feelin' Good


Professional ratings
Review scores

The Allmusic site awarded the album 3 stars stating "Many jazz musicians were frustrated with the public's focus on rock & roll and pop music in general at the time this recording was made. So Mulligan, like many other jazzmen, decided to take a few of the hits and recast them in a jazz setting. ...of borderline interest to serious fans of Gerry Mulligan, due to the uneven material and a supporting cast that is not up to the level one expects on the baritone saxophonist's records".[3]

Track listing

  1. "King of the Road" (Roger Miller) - 2:32
  2. "Engine, Engine No. 9" (Miller) - 3:53
  3. "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte" (Frank De Vol, Mack David) - 4:02
  4. "I Know a Place" (Tony Hatch) - 3:25
  5. "Can't Buy Me Love" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 3:34
  6. "A Hard Day's Night" (Lennon, McCartney) - 3:51
  7. "If I Fell" (Lennon, McCartney) - 3:12
  8. "Downtown" (Hatch) - 2:30
  9. "Mr. Tambourine Man" (Bob Dylan) - 3:17
  10. "If You Can't Beat 'em, Join 'em" (Gerry Mulligan) - 3:30



  1. Gerry Mulligan Discography Archived 2012-04-22 at the Wayback Machine accessed February 22, 2016
  2. Mercury Records Catalog: Limelight series accessed February 22, 2016
  3. Dryden, Ken. If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
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