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SPOTLIGHT ON VIC DAMONE

Spotlight On Vic Damone


For some reason there wasn't really a Vic Damone revival during the lounge-crazed 1990s. Maybe Damone's voice was just too beautiful and a little square for the irony crowd. You knew that Dean Martin was in on the joke or that Sammy Davis, Jr.'s sincerity was just a little too sincere. The button-down Damone's voice, however, is closer to Mel Torm?'s without the bop dexterity or Frank Sinatra's without the deep narrative perspective, perfect phrasing, or effortless swing. In short, Damone's voice is so gorgeous that he sounds like a front-line talent, but the more you listen, the less there is to discover. Like Johnny Mathis, Vic Damone made sincere makeout music, but Damone could also swing on occasion and Capitol Records made him swing much harder than he had at Columbia throughout the 1950s. So if Damone's singing lacked depth, he still cut a lot of good sides and his short tenure with Capitol Records stands out as his finest period. This strong collection highlights some of the best recordings that he made with the label, splitting the arrangements between Billy May and the underrated Jack Marshall (who's best known for his strong work with Peggy Lee). May helps out with some of his trademark monster swingers, but the bulk of his contributions come from a faux Polynesian ballad album that he cut with Damone. Marshall's numbers swing just as hard as May's and his strengths as a jazz guitarist find him placing the instrument front and center throughout many of these tracks. Damone sings beautifully throughout and this is a great place to start to those new to his Sinatra-in-the-suburbs sound. The collection also includes one of the few definitive readings of a standard that the vocalist ever cut -- the usually humorless Damone knocks the bedroom romp "After the Lights Go Down Low" right out of the park. ~ Nick Dedina, Rovi

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    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
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    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Alliance
  • UPC: 724382851325
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Track listings

  • 1. In The Still Of The Night
  • 2. Laura
  • 3. Shangri La
  • 4. Close Your Eyes
  • 5. Let's Sit This One Out
  • 6. Diane
  • 7. After The Lights Go Down Low
  • 8. Ebb Tide
  • 9. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?
  • 10. There! I've Said It Again
  • 11. Little Girl
  • 12. Poinciana
  • 13. Change Partners
  • 14. I Could Write A Book
  • 15. Ruby
  • 16. Hawaiian Wedding Song (Ke Kali Nei Au)
  • 17. Let's Face The Music And Dance
  • 18. Make This A Slow Goodbye
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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