Closer Than a Kiss/This Game of Love [Collectables]

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All Music Guide - Nick Dedina
This pairing of two of Vic Damone's Columbia albums spotlights both his strengths and weaknesses as a performer. Closer Than a Kiss showcases Damone's beautiful yet somewhat emotionally empty voice on a respectable but ultimately dull collection of standards. This Game of Love, however, may just be the best album that the crooner ever cut. Damone recorded the session with a small but superb jazz group that gives diverse backings to a strong selection of ballads and rhythm tunes. You wouldn't think that Vic Damone, the world's whitest white man, could be capable of spinning off a vibrant version of Fats Waller's "Ain't Misbehavin'," but he does. Thankfully, Damone and his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Nick Dedina
This pairing of two of Vic Damone's Columbia albums spotlights both his strengths and weaknesses as a performer. Closer Than a Kiss showcases Damone's beautiful yet somewhat emotionally empty voice on a respectable but ultimately dull collection of standards. This Game of Love, however, may just be the best album that the crooner ever cut. Damone recorded the session with a small but superb jazz group that gives diverse backings to a strong selection of ballads and rhythm tunes. You wouldn't think that Vic Damone, the world's whitest white man, could be capable of spinning off a vibrant version of Fats Waller's "Ain't Misbehavin'," but he does. Thankfully, Damone and his crew of crack jazz musicians are as good on the rest of the album's 11 selections. Closer Than a Kiss may be far from essential, but This Game of Love is so good that vocal pop fans will still want to add this two-for-one CD to their collections.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/21/2003
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431753026
  • Catalog Number: 7530
  • Sales rank: 89,777

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Closer Than a Kiss (3:08)
  2. 2 Out of Nowhere (3:40)
  3. 3 I Kiss Your Hand, Madame (3:36)
  4. 4 We Kiss in a Shadow (3:59)
  5. 5 Cuddle Up a Little Closer (3:17)
  6. 6 À Toujours (2:41)
  7. 7 You and the Night and the Music (3:23)
  8. 8 Prelude to a Kiss (3:24)
  9. 9 How Deep Is the Ocean? (3:59)
  10. 10 Day by Day (3:10)
  11. 11 As Time Goes By (3:34)
  12. 12 Close as Pages in a Book (3:15)
  13. 13 Alone Together - Robert Smale and His Orchestra (1:59)
  14. 14 My Romance - Robert Smale and His Orchestra (2:17)
  15. 15 Ain't Misbehavin' - Robert Smale and His Orchestra (4:46)
  16. 16 But Beautiful - Robert Smale and His Orchestra (3:26)
  17. 17 The End of a Love Affair - Robert Smale and His Orchestra (2:50)
  18. 18 The Things We Did Last Summer - Robert Smale and His Orchestra (2:50)
  19. 19 Am I Blue? - Robert Smale and His Orchestra (2:24)
  20. 20 I'll Be Around - Robert Smale and His Orchestra (3:34)
  21. 21 It's a Lonesome Old Town - Robert Smale and His Orchestra (2:58)
  22. 22 Me and My Shadow - Robert Smale and His Orchestra (2:28)
  23. 23 I Like the Likes of You - Robert Smale and His Orchestra (2:48)
  24. 24 A Fellow Needs a Girl - Robert Smale and His Orchestra (2:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vic Damone Primary Artist
Bob Smale Conductor
Technical Credits
Sigmund Romberg Composer
Frank deVol Orchestra Director
Johnny Burke Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Luciano Salvatore Composer
Bob Smale Arranger
James Van Heusen Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Grant Clarke Composer
Herman Hupfeld Composer
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