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Come a Little Bit Closer: The Best of Jay & the Americans


  • 1. Tonight
    2. She Cried
    3. Dawning
    4. This Is It
    5. Tomorrow
    6. Yes
    7. Only in America
    8. Come Dance With Me
    9. Come a Little Bit Closer
    10. Let's Lock the Door and Throw Away the Key
    11. Think of the Good Times
    12. Cara Mia
    13. Some Enchanted Evening
    14. Sunday and Me
    15. Why Can't You Bring Me Home
    16. Crying
    17. Livin' Above Your Head
    18. He's Raining in My Sunshine
    19. What Will My Mary Say
    20. We'll Meet in the Yellow Forest
    21. This Magic Moment
    22. Hushabye
    23. Walking in the Rain
    24. Do I Love You?
    25. She Cried - (Italian version)
    26. Come a Little Bit Closer - (Spanish version)
    27. Things Are Changing
    28. H. I. S. Slacks
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 93448

  • Credits
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    Producers include: Leiber & Stoller, Artie Ripp, Gerry Granahan, Bob Feldman, Joe Wissert.
    The definitive Jay & the Americans collection, Come a Little Bit Closer: The Best of Jay & the Americans, collects the highlights of the band's career with each of its lead singers, Jay Traynor and Jay Black. Traynor was the voice behind the group's first big hit, 1962's "She Cried," as well as singles like "Dawning," the melody of which cleverly mimics Edvard Grieg's "Morning Mood" and a laid-back version of "Tonight" from West Side Story. It's too bad that the Americans didn't wait to record that last song until Black had entered their fold. His impressive range and theatrical delivery made songs like "Only in America" sound like they were from some forgotten musical and made the band's version of "Crying" closely rival Roy Orbison's original. Along with the title track, "Come a Little Bit Closer" also features the hits "Cara Mia" -- one of the best showcases for Black's vocal prowess -- and "This Magic Moment," as well as sound-alike follow-ups like "Let's Lock the Door (And Throw Away the Key)," "Some Enchanted Evening," and "Sunday and Me." The group's attempts to graft folk-rock and psychedelic pop to their own sound on "(He's) Raining in My Sunshine" and "(We'll Meet in the) Yellow Forest" aren't entirely successful, but they are interesting -- perhaps more interesting than the band's better-known songs. Not all of the collection's 28 tracks are strictly necessary, but that's what makes it so comprehensive. Casual fans of Jay & the Americans might only need a dozen-track collection to satisfy their needs, but for the fans who need all the hits, some choice album tracks, and Italian and Spanish versions of "She Cried" and "Come a Little Bit Closer," this is the collection for them. ~ Heather Phares

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