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

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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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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Tonight Jay & the Americans 2:26
  3. 2 She Cried Jay & the Americans 2:53
  4. 3 Dawning Jay & the Americans 2:23
  5. 4 This Is It Jay & the Americans 2:40
  6. 5 Tomorrow Jay & the Americans 2:52
  7. 6 Yes Jay & the Americans 2:18
  8. 7 Only in America Jay & the Americans 2:0
  9. 8 Come Dance With Me Jay & the Americans 2:28
  10. 9 Come a Little Bit Closer Jay & the Americans 2:45
  11. 10 Let's Lock the Door (And Throw Away the Key) Jay & the Americans 2:28
  12. 11 Think of the Good Times Jay & the Americans 2:48
  13. 12 Cara Mia Jay & the Americans 2:32
  14. 13 Some Enchanted Evening Jay & the Americans 2:15
  15. 14 Sunday and Me Jay & the Americans 2:52
  16. 15 Why Can't You Bring Me Home Jay & the Americans 3:2
  17. 16 Crying Jay & the Americans 3:8
  18. 17 Living Above Your Head Jay & the Americans 2:53
  19. 18 (He's) Raining in My Sunshine Jay & the Americans 3:14
  20. 19 What Will My Mary Say Jay & the Americans 3:13
  21. 20 (We'll Meet in the) Yellow Forest Jay & the Americans 2:12
  22. 21 This Magic Moment Jay & the Americans 2:59
  23. 22 Hushabye Jay & the Americans 3:20
  24. 23 Walking in the Rain Jay & the Americans 2:44
  25. 24 Do I Love You? Jay & the Americans 2:19
  26. 25 She Cried [Italian Version] Jay & the Americans 2:36
  27. 26 Come a Little Bit Closer [Spanish Version] Jay & the Americans 2:45
  28. 27 Things Are Changing Jay & the Americans 2:49
  29. 28 "H.I.S." Slacks-Radio Spot Jay & the Americans 0:45

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