CD Cry [Bear Family Single Disc] (CD 1062653),
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Cry [Bear Family Single Disc]

  • 1. Yes, Tonight Josephine
    2. Just Walkin' in the Rain
    3. I've Got So Many Million Years
    4. Johnnie's Comin' Home
    5. Look Homeward Angel
    6. Up Above My Head
    7. Good Evening Friends
    8. Up Until Now - (Fast Version)
    9. How Long Blues
    10. You Don't Owe Me a Thing
    11. No Wedding Today
    12. Build Your Love
    13. Streets of Memories
    14. Miss Me Just a Little
    15. Texas Tambourine
    16. Pink Sweater Angel
    17. Plant a Little Seed
    18. Up Until Now
    19. OOO! Aah! Oh! (This Is Love)
    20. Flip, Flop and Fly
    21. Alexander's Ragtime Band
    22. Little White Cloud That Cried, The
    23. Cry
    24. Ma Says, Pa Says
    25. Full Time Job, A
    26. Such a Night
    27. Hernando's Hideaway
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 15450

  • Credits
    ProducerMitch Miller

    Liner notes include an interview with Johnnie Ray.
    Like most of those popular singers who peaked in the period just before rock & roll emerged as a dominant force in music, Johnnie Ray has been neglected -- his own record label, Columbia, has issued a few hits compilations in varying degrees of completeness, which seems to be mostly what the U.S. market will support. But Germany's Bear Family Records has stepped out in front with a string of releases of Ray's catalog that started with this single CD and culminated with a similarly named box set. This 30-song collection has surprisingly little overlap with Columbia's 16 Most Requested Songs, so those already owning the latter will not have to concern themselves too deeply with that issue. Not all of the hits are here, by any means, but many of Ray's most interesting single sides are present, along with two previously unissued tracks. The sound is amazing, given the limited fidelity of many Columbia releases dating from across the same period, and anyone with doubts about Ray's versatility will get a first-hand look at his R&B and jazz influences, albeit not necessarily in their most commercially successful forms, and also the raw power of his voice -- additionally, numbers such as "Yes, Tonight Josephine" show how Ray did, indeed, keep himself competitive in the rock & roll era; it might not have the beat, but Ray's singing had the kind of edge that characterized some of the better pop-style efforts in that direction of the period. Also included are duets that he cut with Frankie Laine and Doris Day. The collection is well-annotated by Peter Grendysa, who gives a superb account of Ray's overall career. The only complaint one might have over the material is the producers' failure to follow even a minimal chronological order -- the songs jump all over the map across nine years of recording, which makes it a great showcase for Ray's range and depth, if not the evolution of his career and sound. ~ Bruce Eder

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