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I Hear You Calling Me by John McCormack (2004-02-16)
I Hear You Calling Me by John McCormack (2004-02-16)

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4.0 out of 5 stars John McCormack I Hear You Calling Me (2CDs): 50 songs; average sound; many rare gems; more for collectors!, April 24 2016
CONTENT:

“I Hear You Calling Me” by John McCormack, released by the now defunct Living Era from UK in 2004, is a 2 CD set with 50 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label and number, chart position, release or recording dates)(US=US Singles Chart according to Joey Whitburn’s “Pop Memories” book):

DISC 1:
01 WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING (Victor 64631)(a-side, US 4/May 1917)
02 THE SUNSHINE OF YOUR SMILE (Victor 64622)(a-side, US 1(4)/December 1916)*his fifth No. 1 song
03 MACUSHLA (Victor 64205)(uncharted, March 1911)
04 THE BARD OF ARMAGH (Victor 66155)(uncharted a-side, March 1920)*this version not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
05 COME INTO THE GARDEN, MAUD (Victor 74434)(uncharted, March 1915)
06 TURN YE TO ME (Victor 74435)(uncharted, March 1915)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
07 ANGELS GUARD THEE (“BERCEUSE”)(ANGELS’ SERENADE)(with Fritz Kreisler, violin obbligato)(Victor 88479)(uncharted, March 1914)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
08 I’LL SING THEE SONGS OF ARABY (Victor 64375)(a-side, US 6/January 1913)
09 VENETIAN SONG (Victor 64549)(uncharted, November 1915)* not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
10 FLIRTATION (with Fritz Kreisler, violin obbligato)(Victor 87232)(uncharted, June 1915)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
11 SINCE YOU WENT AWAY (with Fritz Kreisler, violin obbligato)(Victor 87573)(uncharted, May 1920)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
12 DEAR OLD PAL OF MINE (Victor 64785)(uncharted, May 1918)
13 DREAM ONCE AGAIN (Victor 1059)(uncharted, September 1923)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
14 A BROWN BIRD SINGING (Victor 1137)(uncharted a-side, December 1925)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
15 WHEN YOU AND I WERE YOUNG, MAGGIE (Victor 1173)(uncharted a-side, December 1925)*this version not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
16 THE GARDEN WHERE PRATIES GROW (Victor 1553/HMV DA-1171)(b-side, December 1930)
17 I HEAR YOU CALLING ME (Victor 1293)(uncharted a-side, October 1927)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
18 THE IRISH EMIGRANT (Victor 1528)(uncharted a-side, January 1928)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
19 JEANNIE WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR (HMV DA-1405)(b-side, August 1934)
20 BELIEVE ME, IF ALL THOSE ENDEARING YOUNG CHARMS (HMV DA-1432)(uncharted a-side, June 1935)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
21 SOUTH WINDS (HMV DA-1343)(uncharted a-side, September 1933)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
22 SHE MOVED THRO’ THE FAIR (HMV DA-1813)(uncharted a-side, June 1941)
23 THE STAR OF COUNTY DOWN (HMV DA-1718)(uncharted a-side, November 1959)
24 WAITING FOR YOU (HMV DA-AGSA 58)(uncharted a-side, September 1942)*his last single; not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
25 THE KERRY DANCE (HMV DB-2848)(uncharted a-side, March 1936)

DISC 2:

01 THE MINSTREL BOY (Victor 64117)(uncharted, February 1910)
02 NIRVANA (Victor 74329)(uncharted, December 1912)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
03 MY DREAMS (Victor 64310)(uncharted a-side, January 1913)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
04 A LITTLE LOVE, A LITTLE KISS (Victor 64343)(a-side, US 4/May 1913)
05 THE ANGEL’S SERENADE (with Fritz Kreisler, violin)(Victor 88479)(uncharted, March 1914)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
06 AVE MARA (FROM “CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA”)(with Fritz Kreisler)(Victor 87192/87546)(a-side, US 7/March 1914)
07 SERENATA (with Fritz Kreisler)(Victor 87230)(a-side, US 5/October 1915)
08 BELLE NUIT – OH NIGHT OF LOVE (Barcarolle From “Tales Of Hoffman”)(with Fritz Kreisler)(Victor 87245)(a-side, US 3(2)/September 1916)
09 BEFORE MY WINDOW (THE CHERRY TREE)(Rachmaninoff)(HMV DA-614)(uncharted, September 1924)
10 SWANS (HMV DA-716)(uncharted, September 1923)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
11 COME, MY BELOVED (From “Atalanta”)(Victor 1034)(uncharted a-side, September 1924)
12 MOONLIGHT AND ROSES (Victor 1092)(a-side, US 3(1)/August 1925)
13 I LOOK INTO YOUR GARDEN (Victor 1147)(uncharted a-side, April 1925)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
14 BIRD SONGS AT EVENTIDE (Victor 1303)(uncharted a-side, October 1927)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
15 BY THE SHORT CUT TO THE ROSSES (Victor 1528)(uncharted a-side, January 1928)
16 THE FAIRY TREE (HMV DA-1178)(uncharted a-side, December 1930)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
17 THE HARP THAT ONCE THROUGH TARA’S HALLS (Victor 1553/HMV DA-1171)(uncharted a-side, December 1930)
18 ONCE IN A BLUE MOON (HMV DA-1285)(uncharted a-side, September 1932)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
19 CHARM ME ASLEEP (HMV DA-1287)(uncharted a-side, September 1932)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
20 VESPERS (HMV DA-1343)(uncharted a-side, September 1933)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
21 SWEETLY SHE SLEEPS, MY ALICE FAIR (HMV DA-1405)(uncharted a-side, August 1934)
22 A SONG REMEMBERED (HMV DA-1390)(b-side, August 1934)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
23 THE DAWNING OF THE DAY (HMV DA-1396)(b-side, August 1934)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
24 A HOUSE, LOVE, MADE FOR YOU AND ME (HMV DA-1393)(uncharted a-side, August 1934)*not present in “John McCormack Collection” set
25 THE OLD HOUSE (HMV DA-1715)(uncharted a-side, November 1939)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 I bought the above set in 2004, and it has become my reference since. Even with the recent release of “John McCormack Collection” (Acrobat Music, 5CDs, 120 songs), as noted above, there are still many songs in this set, not found in the Acrobat Music set, and they are all rare gems, making CD debut.
2 The sound is acceptable, considering the age of the recordings. The Acrobat Music set has the best sound.
3 There is a 8-page booklet, with an informative essay by Peter Dempsey. Names of orchestra and dates of recordings are included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The songs are not sequenced chronologically.
2 Only the Matrix No. was included. I would have preferred the label & number.
3 His eight No. 1 songs are not included.
4 In the CD back cover, only 24 songs were listed for disc 2.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

John McCormack was born on June 14, 1884 in Athlone, Ireland. He was the legendary tenor singer. He became an American sensation in 1910, and was so popular that he largely abandoned opera to concentrate on solo concert performances. Along with Enrico Caruso, he firmly established the value of commercial recordings in the United States. He died on September 16, 1945 (age 61).

In 2016, Acrobat Music has released a 5-CD set with 120 songs (all his eight #1 songs included with great sound). That set has become my new reference and is the definitive collection for John McCormack. Of course, there are also 11 volumes from Naxos on John McCormack.
This set, with still many rare gems, is still recommended, but more for collectors.

PS “John McCormack Collection”, available on Amazon.co.uk since April 8, 2016, is only available in North America on June 10, 2016

Lazy Afternoon
Lazy Afternoon
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vic Damone: Lazy Afternoon (2CDs): 2 complete albums in one set 2004/5; some singles As & Bs rare gems CD debut; average sound!, April 22 2016
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“Lazy Afternoon” by Vic Damone, released by Pazzazz label under Atom Music from Germany in 2004, is a 2CD set, with 2 separate different albums: “Top of the World” and “Time After Time”. I have compiled a song listing (with album label and number, year of release):

DISC 1:
CD “TOP OF THE WORLD” (Pazzazz 1PAZZ029-1)(2004):
01 The Windmills of Your Mind
02 If
03 All I Need Is Just A Girl Like You
04 MacArthur Park
05 Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
06 Here’s That Rainy Day (United Talent UT-601)(b-side, 1969)*rare gem; CD debut
07 We Have All The Time in the World
08 Top of the World
09 By the Time I Get to Phoenix
10 Feelings
11 Softly

DISC 2:
CD “TIME AFTER TIME” (Pazzazz 1PAZZ029-2)(2005)*live album:
01 The Look of Love
02 Ghost Riders in the Sky
03 Almost Close to You (Ember 5C 006-90 875)(uncharted a-side, 1969)*his last single; rare gem; CD debut
04 La Vita
05 Didn’t We? (Ember 5C 006-90 875)(b-side, 1969)*rare gem; CD debut
06 For Once in My Life
07 The Song Is You
08 Come Back to Me
09 When You’ve Laughed All Your Laughter (RCA Victor 47-9626)(b-side, 1968)
10 Don’t Let Me Go (United Talent UT-601)(uncharted a-side, 1969)*rare gem; CD debut
11 Little Green Apples
12 Time After Time

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This set covers the most recent output of Vic Damone, containing a few rare singles, As & Bs, making their CD debut. “Time After Time” covered the period of 1967 – 1968, while “Top of the World” covered 1974.
2 There is a short essay in the 4-page booklet, with year of release included in the song listing.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There is no label & number.
2 The sound is average at best.
3 There were quite a few “live” recordings, not mentioned in the song listing.
4 The title of the box set is misleading: “Lazy Afternoon”. This title song was neither the title of either CD, nor one of the songs in the set. However, the song “Lazy Afternoon” was featured in the album “Feelings” which contained 5 songs from this current set. Those missing songs are “Lazy Afternoon, People, Over the Rainbow and Farewell to Paradise”. Inclusion of these songs as bonus tracks (we have ample empty spaces in each disc) will give us THREE complete albums.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I bought the above set to complete my Vic Damone collection, mainly to get those rare singles at the end of his singles career. The entire set is enjoyable and is recommended to all Vic Damone fans, but mainly for collectors and completists.

Tender Is the Night
Tender Is the Night
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vic Damone Tender is the Night (1CD): 20 songs on Capitol; many rare gems CD debut; good sound; more for collectors!, April 22 2016
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“Tender is The Night” by Vic Damone, released by EMI in UK in 1995, contains 20 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including label & number, chart position, year of release)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100):

01 WHEN THE LIGHTS ARE LOW*from album “LINGER AWHILE WITH VIC DAMONE” (Capitol T-1646)(1962)
02 CLOSE YOUR EYES*from album “LINGER AWHILE WITH VIC DAMONE” (Capitol T-1646)(1962)
03 TENDER IS THE NIGHT (Capitol 4645)(uncharted a-side, 1961)*rare gem; CD debut
04 NO STRINGS (Capitol 4718)(b-side, 1962)*rare gem; CD debut
05 ONCE UPON A TIME (Capitol 4718)(uncharted a-side, 1962)*rare gem; CD debut
06 LITTLE GIRL (Capitol 5-1748)(b-side, 1962)
07 ALRIGHT OK YOU WIN*from album “My Baby Loves to Swing” (Capitol T-1811)(1962)
08 WHAT KIND OF FOOL AM I (Capitol 4827)(a-side, BB Pop 131/1962)
09 OOH! LOOK-A THERE AIN’T SHE PRETTY (Capitol 5039)(b-side, 1963)*rare gem; CD debut
10 AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER*re-recorded version; not original Columbia version from movie soundtrack
11 CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE*from album “Make Someone Happy” (RCA 25392)(UK)(1981)
12 WIVES AND LOVERS (Capitol 5039)(uncharted a-side, 1963)*rare gem; CD debut
13 AGAIN (Capitol 5092)(b-side, 1963)*rare gem; CD debut
14 I’M GONNA MISS YOU (Capitol 5191)(uncharted a-side, 1964)*rare gem; CD debut
15 CATHY (Capitol 4799)(b-side, 1962)*rare gem; CD debut
16 VIENI VIENI (Capitol 4799)(uncharted a-side, 1962)*rare gem; CD debut
17 DEARLY BELOVED*from album “THE LIVELY ONES” (Capitol T-1748)(1962)
18 MARIA (Capitol 5262)(b-side, 1964)*rare gem; CD debut; not Columbia version; from album “On The Street Where You Live” (Capitol T-2133)(1963)
19 LOST IN THE STARS*from album “On The Street Where You Live” (Capitol T-2133)(1963)
20 ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE (Capitol 5262)(uncharted a-side, 1964)*not original Columbia single; from album “On The Street Where You Live” (Capitol T-2133)(1963)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 If you are collecting Vic Damone on Capitol, this set is a Must-Own because it contains many rare gem singles that are making their CD debut even in 2016! There are also many rare album tracks.
2 The sound is well remastered.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 In the 4-page booklet, there is no essay, no label & number, no chart position, no name of source album.
2 Those popular tunes, like “An Affair to Remember” and “On The Street Where You Live” are re-recorded versions from Capitol, and not their original Columbia versions. A little misleading.
3 The songs are not sequenced chronologically.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Vic Damone was born Vito Farinola on June 12, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. Frank Sinatra said that Vic Damone had the “Best set of pipes in the business.” His fans called themselves “Vic’s Chicks,” later “D.D.D.S” (Damone’s Devoted Debutantes). His soothing but powerful voice is oh so mesmerizing!

If you are looking for Vic Damone on Capitol, you will also need “Seven Classic Albums” (Real Gone Music, 2016, 4CDs with three complete rare Capitol albums) and the twofer “On The Street Where You Live/The Liveliest” (EMI, 2003, 24 songs). Of course, this current set with so many rare gem singles (As & Bs) is a Must-Own.

Keep Movin' on
Keep Movin' on
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sam Cooke Keep Movin On: 23 songs on RCA from 1964 onwards; many rare gems CD debut; rare album tracks; good sound; Must-Own!!, April 21 2016
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“Keep Movin’ On” by Sam Cooke, released by Abkco Records from US in 2001, contains 23 songs, his singles on RCA locked up in the Abkco vaults all this time until now. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position, year of release)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart):

01 GOOD NEWS (RCA Victor 47-8299)(a-side, BB Pop 11/1964; BB R&B 1(1)/1964)
02 ROME (WASN’T BUILT IN A DAY)*from album “ Ain’t It Good News” (RCA Victor LPM 2899)(1964)
03 MEET ME AT MARY’S PLACE*from album “ Ain’t It Good News” (RCA Victor LPM 2899)(1964)
04 BASIN STREET BLUES (RCA Victor 47-8299)(b-side, 1964)
05 COUSIN OF MINE (RCA Victor 47-8426)(a-side, BB Pop 31/1964; BB R&B 6/1964)
06 TENNESSEE WALTZ (RCA Victor 47-8368)(b-side, BB Pop 35/1964; BB R&B 6/1964)
07 FALLING IN LOVE*from album “ Ain’t It Good News” (RCA Victor LPM 2899)(1964)
08 WHEN A BOY FALLS IN LOVE (RCA Victor 47-8586)(a-side, BB Pop 52/1965)*b-side “The Piper” not included here
09 GOOD TIMES (RCA Victor 47-8368)(a-side, BB Pop 11/1964; BB R&B 1(2)/1964)
10 SHAKE (RCA Victor 47-8486)(a-side, 7/1965; BB R&B 2(3)/1965)
11 YEAH MAN*from album “Shake” (RCA Victor LPM 3367)(1965)
12 IT’S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD SHAKIN’ (RCA Victor 47-8539)(a-side, BB Pop 41/1965; BB R&B 15/1965)
13 THE RIDDLE SONG*from album “ Ain’t It Good News” (RCA Victor LPM 2899)(1964)
14 I’M JUST A COUNTRY BOY*from album “Shake” (RCA Victor LPM 3367)(1965)
15 TRY A LITTLE LOVE*from album “Try A Little Love” (RCA Victor LPM 3435)(1965)
16 THERE’LL BE NO SECOND TIME*from album “ Ain’t It Good News” (RCA Victor LPM 2899)(1964)
17 ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT (RCA Victor 47-8164)(a-side, BB Pop 10/1963; BB R&B 1(1)/1963)
18 SUGAR DUMPLING (RCA Victor 47-8631)(a-side, BB Pop 32/1965; BB R&B 18/1965)*b-side “Bridge of Tears” not included here
19 THAT’S WHERE IT’S AT (RCA Victor 47-8426)(b-side, BB Pop 93/1964; BB R&B 8/1964)
20 YOU’RE NOBODY ‘TIL SOMEBODY LOVES YOU*from album “Shake” (RCA Victor LPM 3367)(1965)
21 (SOMEBODY) EASE MY TROUBLIN’ MIND (RCA Victor 8539)(b-side, BB Pop 115/1965)
22 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME (RCA Victor 47-8486)(b-side, BB Pop 31/1965; BB R&B 9/1965)
23 KEEP MOVIN’ ON*previously unreleased; recorded in 1964

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Sam Cooke’s catalogue was split between RCA and Abkco. After his son’s death in 1963 when he was inactive, a new contract was to ultimately give control and ownership of his recordings to him (or, as events worked out, his manager, Allen Klein). Like his Cameo-Parkway recordings, he kept tightly under the vault. Now finally, all these rare gems are making their CD debut. Here, we find his most important and influential songs. There are many singles and album tracks. I listed the chart positions to illustrate that the above songs are true hits and not fillers. All the charted singles from 1964-1965 are present.
2 The sound is very well remastered. All the above songs have become my reference standards.
3 There is an 8-page booklet, including names of musicians and producers.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 23 songs. As noted above, a few b-sides are still missing.
2 There is no essay in the booklet. There were no label & number, no chart position and no names of source albums.
3 The songs are not sequenced chronologically.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Sam Cooke was born Samuel Cook (the “e” was added later) on January 22, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He started as lead singer of the Soul Stirrers, then recorded as “Dale Cook.” String of hits on Keen label led to contract from RCA. He died from a gunshot wound on December 11, 1964 (age 33). The story of Sam Cooke is about a longing for a voice that was silenced far too soon. In 1964, Muhammed Ali stated “Sam Cooke is the world’s great rock and roll singer – the greatest singer in the world.”

If you are looking for his Soul Stirrers era, I would recommend “Wonderful” (Not Now Music, 2 CDs, 30 songs). For his RCA output until 1962, I would recommend “The Man Who Invented Soul” box set (RCA, 4CDs, 2000, 96 songs). For his 1964 (Abkco) onward output, I would also recommend “Portrait of a Legend” (Abkco, 2003, 30 songs). Of course, the ultimate reference is the current set with so many rare gems and great sound, and is a Must-Own for all Sam Cooke fans. I hope someday, his RCA albums from 1963 onwards are released.

Love Songs
Love Songs
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vic Damone Love Songs (1CD): 10 songs only; original versions; average sound, April 19 2016
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CONTENT:

“Love Songs” by Vic Damone, released by Collectables from US in 2001, contains only 10 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number and year of release):

01 MY ROMANCE*from album “This Game of Love” (Columbia CL 1368)(1959)
02 SPEAK, MY LOVE (Columbia 4-40733)(b-side, 1956)*a-side “War and Peace” not included here
03 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES (Columbia 4-41510)(b-side, 1959)
04 LONG BEFORE I KNEW YOU (Columbia 4-40807)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
05 WHAT IS THERE TO SAY*from album “Young and Lively” (Columbia CL 1912)(1961)
06 DAY BY DAY*from album “Closer Than A Kiss” (Columbia CL 1174)(1958)
07 TELL ME YOU’RE MINE (PER UN BACIO D’AMOR)*from album “Angela Mia” (Columbia CL 1088)(1957):
08 THE GIFT OF LOVE (Columbia 4-41085)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
09 IF EVER I WOULD LEAVE YOU (Columbia 4-41915)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
10 GIRL OF MY DREAMS*from album “On The Swingin’ Side” (Columbia CL 1573)(1960)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 In the 1990s, Collectables have released a whole series of twofers on Vic Damone. Along the way, this “Love Songs” CD was created. This set is a mix of singles and album tracks. Nice love songs, but nothing spectacular.
2 The sound is good, by the usual low standards at Collectables.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 10 songs. Certainly not acceptable by current standards.
2 In the fold-out 6-page booklet, all the pages were filled with advertisements.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I bought this CD in 2001 when there were not too many Vic Damone CDs available. In 2016, all the above songs are readily found in different compilations with better sound. Therefore, this set is only recommended to completists.

That Towering Feeling!/On the Swingin' Side
That Towering Feeling!/On the Swingin' Side
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vic Damone That Towering Feeling/On The Swingin’ Side: 29 songs; two albums + 5 bonus tracks; good sound., April 19 2016
CONTENT:

“That Towering Feeling/On The Swingin’ Side” by Vic Damone, released by Collectable from US in 2000, contains 2 complete Columbia albums plus 5 bonus single tracks. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number and year of release (BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100):

LP “THAT TOWERING FEELING!” (Columbia CL 900)(BB200 14/1956):
01 You Stepped Out of a Dream (Columbia 4-40807)(b-side, 1956)
02 Wait Till You See Her
03 Out of Nowhere
04 The Song is You
05 Spring is Here
06 Let’s Fall in Love
07 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
08 Time On My Hands (You In My Arms)
09 I’m Glad There Is You
10 The Touch of Your Lips
11 All The Things You Are
12 Cheek to Cheek
LP “ON THE SWINGIN’ SIDE” (Columbia CL 1573)(1960):
13 Falling in Love With Love
14 It’s All Right With Me
15 When My Sugar Walks Down The Street
16 Cry Me A River
17 Home
18 Swingin’ Down the Lane
19 I Cried For You (Now It’s Your Turn to Cry Over Me)(Columbia 4-40682)(b-side, 1956)
20 Speak Low
21 It’s A Wonderful World
22 Girl of My Dreams
23 Deep Purple
24 Toot, Toot, Tootsie!
BONUS TRACKS:
25 On The Street Where You Live (Columbia 4-40654)(a-side, BB Pop 4/1956; UK 1(2)/1956)*from Broadway musical "My Fair Lady" starring Julie Andrews
26 War and Peace (Columbia 4-40733)(a-side, BB Pop 59/1956)*title song from film starring Audrey Hepburn
27 Do I Love You (Because You’re Beautiful)(Columbia 4-40858)(a-side, BB Pop 62/1957)
28 An Affair to Remember (Columbia 4-40945)(a-side, BB Pop 16/1957; UK 29/1957)*from film "An Affair to Remember" starring Cary Grant & Deborah Kerr
29 Gigi (Columbia 4-41122)(a-side, BB Pop 88/1958)*Oscar: Best Song; title song from film starring Leslie Caron

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a great collection of 2 wonderful Vic Damone albums on Columbia. The five charted singles are indeed special bonus treats.
2 The sound is very good, considering the usual low standards at Collectables.
3 In the 6-pag fold-out booklet, the original liner notes for both albums are included. The two album front covers are featured on the front cover.
4 29 songs; time: 78 minutes. Good value.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 There is no information on label & number and chart position.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This set is really a decent collection of 2 wonderful albums by Vic Damone. The bonus singles are indeed special treats. At the time of its release in 2000, those two albums were making their CD debut. Now, “On The Swingin’ Side” is also included in the recent release “Seven Classic Albums” (Real Gone Music). Nevertheless, the entire CD is enjoyable and is recommended to all Vic Damone fans.

Closer Than a Kiss/This Game of Love
Closer Than a Kiss/This Game of Love
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vic Damone: 2 albums; “Seven Classic Albums” (Real Gone Music) has these 2 albums with much better sound and value., April 19 2016
CONTENT:

“Closer Than A Kiss/This Game of Love” by Vic Damone, released by Collectable from US in 2002, contains 2 complete Columbia albums with 24 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number and year of release):

LP “CLOSER THAN A KISS” (Columbia CL 8019)(1959):
01 Closer Than A Kiss
02 Out of Nowhere
03 I Kiss Your Hand, Madame
04 We Kiss in a Shadow (Columbia 4-41287)(b-side, 1958)*a-side “Separate Tables”
05 Cuddle Up A Little Closer
06 A Toujours (Till Always)(Columbia 4-41185)(uncharted a-side, 1958)*b-side “The Only Man on the Island”
07 You and the Night and the Music
08 Prelude to a Kiss
09 How Deep Is The Ocean
10 Day by Day
11 As Time Goes By
12 Close as Pages in a Book
LP “THIS GAME OF LOVE” (Columbia CS 1368)(1959):
13 Alone Together
14 My Romance
15 Ain’t Misbehavin’
16 But Beautiful
17 The End of a Love Affair
18 The Things We Did Last Summer
19 Am I Blue?
20 I’ll Be Around
21 It’s A Lonesome Old Town
22 Me and My Shadow
23 I Like The Likes Of You
24 A Fellow Needs A Girl

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I bought this CD when it was first released in 2002. In 2016, Real Gone Music (UK) has released a 4CD set “Seven Classic Albums”. The above two albums are included in the Real Gone Music set, which also has much better sound. However, if the Collectables set, you do get pictures of the two album front covers (although small), plus the original liner notes of each album. Personally, if you have not purchased this current set, I would highly recommend the “Seven Classic Albums” with greater value and much better sound.

The Best of Vic Damone
The Best of Vic Damone
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vic Damone Best of (1CD): only 12 songs; all on Capitol Records; some rare gems; all from musicals; average sound., April 19 2016
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CONTENT:

“Best of Vic Damone”, released by Curb Records from US in 1990, contains 12 songs from various musicals. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position and year of release)

01 ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE (Capitol 5262)(uncharted a-side, 1964)* *also from album “On The Street Where You Live” (Capitol T 2133)(1963); from “My Fair Lady”
02 LAURA*from album “The Lively Ones” (Capitol T 1748)(1962); from “Laura”
03 TONIGHT*from album “On The Street Where You Live” (Capitol T 2133)(1963); from “West Side Story”
04 MARIA (Capitol 5262)(b-side, 1964)*also from album “On The Street Where You Live” (Capitol T 2133)(1963); from “West Side Story”
05 SHE LOVES ME*from album “On The Street Where You Live” (Capitol T 2133)(1963); from “She Loves Me”
06 THE SOUND OF MUSIC*from album “On The Street Where You Live” (Capitol T 2133)(1963); from “West Side Story”
07 TILL THERE WAS YOU*from album “On The Street Where You Live” (Capitol T 2133)(1963); from “The Music Man”
08 RUBY*from album “The Lively Ones” (Capitol T 1748)(1962)
09 I COULD WRITE A BOOK*from album “On The Street Where You Live” (Capitol T 2133)(1963); from “Pal Joey”
10 YOUNGER THAN SPRINGTIME*from album “On The Street Where You Live” (Capitol T 2133)(1963); from “South Pacific”
11 LOST IN THE STARS*from album “On The Street Where You Live” (Capitol T 2133)(1963); from “Lost In The Stars”
12 SOMETHING’S COMING*from album “On The Street Where You Live” (Capitol T 2133)(1963); from “West Side Story”

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Although not advertised, from this set you get 10 out of 11 songs from the album “On The Street Where You Live” (The missing song is “I Am In Love”). We also have two songs from album “The Lively Ones”. Both albums are on Capitol Records.
2 Initially, I was a little concerned when I noticed “re-recorded in stereo” in the website. For me, original versions are very important. Re-recorded versions (even in stereo) are not quite the same. So I compared some of the songs from the original albums and I am glad to report that all the songs are ORIGINAL VERSIONS, but in stereo.
3 The sound is acceptable, considering the CD was released in 1991. Of course, the sound cannot be compared to those more recent releases, such as “Seven Classic Albums” in 2016.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 12 songs. This set was part of the Best of or Greatest Hits series on Curb with only 12 songs. Certainly not acceptable by current standards. But Curb got away with it because songs by Vic Damone were not readily available in the early 1990s.
2 There were no label & number and no names of source albums.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Vic Damone was born Vito Farinola on June 12, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. Frank Sinatra said that Vic Damone had the “Best set of pipes in the business.” His fans called themselves “Vic’s Chicks,” later “D.D.D.S” (Damone’s Devoted Debutantes). His soothing but powerful voice is oh so mesmerizing!

If you are interested to collect his output on Capitol (1961 – 1964), besides the current set, I would also recommend “Tender Is The Night” (EMI, 1998, 20 songs) and “7 Classic Albums” (Real Gone Music, 4CDs, 2016, with 3 complete Capitol albums). This current set, even with only 12 songs, is still enjoyable and recommended to all Vic Damone fans.

Why Can't I Walk Away/Stay With Me
Why Can't I Walk Away/Stay With Me
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vic Damone: Stay With Me/Why Can’t I Walk Away (1CD): two popular rare RCA albums; 23 songs; many rare gems; good sound!, April 17 2016
CONTENT:

“Stay With Me/Why Can’t I Walk Away” by Vic Damone, released by Collectables from US in 2003, contains two complete rare RCA albums. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, year of release)(BB AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart):

LP “STAY WITH ME” (RCA LSP 3671)(1966):
01 Pretty Butterfly
02 Meditation (Meditacao)
03 Once I Loved
04 How Insensitive
05 The Girl from Ipanema
06 You Are
07 Stay With Me (Just Stay With Me)*from film “Walk, Don’t Run”
08 Someone To Light Up My Life
09 Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars
10 The Shadow of Your Smile (Love Theme from “The Sandpiper”)
11 The Shining Sea (Love Theme from “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming”)
12 A Time For Love (Theme from “An American Dream”)
LP “WHY CAN’T I WALK AWAY” (RCA LSP 3984)(1968):
13 Why Can’t I Walk Away (RCA Victor 47-9626)(a-side, BB AC 21/1968)*from Broadway musical "Maggie Flynn" starring Shirley Jones
14 Watch What Happens*from film “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”
15 If You Are But A Dream
16 Star Dust
17 Like Someone in Love
18 When You’ve Laughed All Your Laughter (RCA Victor 47-9626)(b-side, 1968)
19 I Should Care
20 The Glory of Love and Theme From “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (RCA Victor 47-9399)(a-side, BB AC 15/1967)
21 Take It From Me Girl
22 Nothing to Lose (RCA Victor 47-9488)(a-side, BB AC 40/1968)*from film "The Party" starring Peter Sellers
23 Goin’ Out of My Head (RCA Victor 47-9488)(b-side, 1968)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Vic Damone’s output on Warner and RCA is neglected on CD releases. This set is an example of two rare RCA albums available on CD for the first time. “Stay with Me” demonstrated why Vic Damone has “the Greatest Sound Around” while “Why Can’t I Walk Away” showed “the soft touch of Vic Damone with the gentle Bossa Nova sound”.
2 Rare singles are also found within the second album.
3 The sound is really very good, considering that it was released by Collectables.
4 In the 6-page booklet, the original liner notes for both albums are included. Here, we dealt with the details in the making of each album. Label & number for each album were listed.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 There are no bonus tracks.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Vic Damone was born Vito Farinola on June 12, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. Frank Sinatra said that Vic Damone had the “Best set of pipes in the business.” His fans called themselves “Vic’s Chicks,” later “D.D.D.S” (Damone’s Devoted Debutantes). His soothing but powerful voice is oh so mesmerizing!

These are two rare but totally enjoyable albums on RCA, and is highly recommended to all Vic Damone fans.

16 Most Requested Songs
16 Most Requested Songs
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vic Damone 16 Most Requested Songs (1CD): only 16 songs on Columbia; singles and album tracks; good sound, April 17 2016
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CONTENT:

“16 Most Requested Songs” by Vic Damone, released by Columbia/Legacy from US in 1992, contains naturally 16 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position, year of release)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; UK=UK Singles Chart):

01 ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE (Columbia 4-40654)(a-side, BB Pop 4/1956; UK 1(2)/1956)*mono; from Broadway musical "My Fair Lady" starring Julie Andrews
02 WAR AND PEACE (Columbia 4-40733)(a-side, BB Pop 59/1956)*mono; title song from film starring Audrey Hepburn
03 ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE*mono; from album “Broadway Favorites”; from film “Brigadoon”
04 SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES*mono; from album “That Towering Feeling” (Columbia CL 900)(1956)
05 DO I LOVE YOU (BECAUSE YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL)(Columbia 4-40858)(a-side, BB Pop 62/1957)*mono
06 AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (OUR LOVE AFFAIR)(Columbia 4-40945)(a-side, BB Pop 16/1957; UK 29/1957)*mono; from film "An Affair to Remember" starring Cary Grant & Deborah Kerr
07 YOU’RE BREAKING MY HEART*stereo; from album “Angela Mia”; not Mercury single
08 ANGELA MIA (MY ANGEL)*stereo; from album “Angela Mia”; not Mercury single
09 MARIA*mono; from album “On The Street Where You Live”
10 GIGI (Columbia 4-41122)(a-side, BB Pop 88/1958)*stereo; Oscar: Best Song; title song from film starring Leslie Caron
11 SEPARATE TABLES (Columbia 4-41287)(uncharted a-side, 1958)*stereo; single version
12 BUT BEAUTIFUL*stereo; from album “This Game of Love”; from film “The Road to Rio”
13 MY ROMANCE*stereo; from album “This Game of Love”; from film “Jumbo”
14 THE PLEASURE OF HER COMPANY (Columbia 4-42006)(b-side, 1961)*stereo; from film “The Pleasure of His Company”
15 SERENADE IN BLUE*stereo; from album “Young and Lively”; from film “Orchestra Wives”
16 IN THE BLUE OF EVENING*stereo; from album “Young and Lively”

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 In the early 1990s, Columbia released a whole series of Greatest Hits called “16 Most Requested Songs”. This was the first CD I got on Vic Damone. This set is a mixture of singles and album tracks, all making CD debut at that time.
2 The sound is acceptable.
3 There is a 12-page booklet, with an informative essay by Didier C. Deutsch.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 16 songs. It might have been acceptable by 1992 standards. All the single tracks are available elsewhere with better sound.
2 The songs are not sequenced chronologically.
3 No label & number and no chart position were provided.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Vic Damone was born Vito Farinola on June 12, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. Frank Sinatra said that Vic Damone had the “Best set of pipes in the business.” His fans called themselves “Vic’s Chicks,” later “D.D.D.S” (Damone’s Devoted Debutantes). His soothing but powerful voice is oh so mesmerizing!

For his Mercury output, I would also recommend “The Best Of Vic Damone: The Mercury Years” (Mercury, 1CD, 1996, 25 songs), “Eternally” (Jasmine Records, 2CDs, 2006, 55 songs with 41 rare gems on Mercury making CD debut) and “Vic Damone Sings Romantic Favorites” (Sepia, 2003, 1CD, 25 songs with many rare gems). If you are looking for his Columbia output, I would very highly recommend “The Complete Columbia Singles Collection” (Taragon, 2CDs, 2001, 48 songs with heavenly sound). His singles output on Capitol and Warner is still neglected. As for his album output, I would recommend "Seven Classic Albums" (Real Gone Music, 4CDs, 2016; 84 songs). Of course, there are many twofers available.

This current set, with only 16 songs, is more for collectors and completists.

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