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Come a Little Bit Closer

Album: Come a Little Bit Closer: The Best of Jay & the Americans
# Song Title   Time
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)    Living 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
26)    Come a Little Bit Closer
27)    Things Are Changing
28)    "H.I.S." Slacks-Radio Spot
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Performer Notes
  • Producers include: Leiber & Stoller, Artie Ripp, Gerry Granahan, Bob Feldman, Joe Wissert.
  • Personnel: David "Jay" Black, Kenny Vance (vocals).
  • Audio Remasterer: Bob Norberg.
  • Liner Note Author: Steve Kolanjian.
  • Recording information: Bell Sound Studios; Mirasound Studios, New York Cit.
  • Photographer: Jeffrey Scales.
  • 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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