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Jay & The Americans - Greatest Hits [CEMA]

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Editorial Reviews

Includes She Cried; Come a Little Bit Closer; Cara Mia; This Magic Moment; Let's Lock the Door (and Throw Away the Key); Only in America, and four more harmony-driven pop-rock gems.


1. She Cried
2. Only In America
3. Come A Little Bit Closer
4. Let's Lock The Door
5. Think Of The Good Times
6. Cara, Mia
7. Sunday And Me
8. Crying
9. This Magic Moment
10. Walkin' In The Rain

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 27, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002TGR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful By David E. Levine on February 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Jay Black has a voice of operatic stature which he applies to popular music. In this collection of ten songs, all feature Jay Balck except for "She Cried," the group's first hit, which had a lead singer named Jay Trainor. "She Cried" is a haunting song which slips into a minor mode. Trainor's voice was also exceptional, a bit grittier than Jay Black's. After the group's first hit, they didn't do well and Jay Trainor quit. They needed a new "Jay" so they found Dennis Black who became "Jay." They then hit it to the big time with "Only in America."
This cd has most of their essential hits but notably missing is "Some Enchanted Evening." This song is from "South Pacific" and Jay's operatic rendition was by far the biggest selling version ever recorded. The most operatic sounding song in the collection is "Cara Mia." I recently heard Jay perform this on a television special. He is in his 60s and he can still hit the notes. Years ago, my wife, a few friends and I saw Jay in oncert. We managed to clue him in that it was my wife's birthday. He called her name and asked where she was sitting. She identified herself and then, jay dedicated "Cara Mia" to her. That was a great moment. Anyway, despite the fact he "Some Enchanted Evening" is missing, at the budget price, I highly recommend this cd.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on August 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Few groups in the 1960s achieved the fame and fortune of the rapidly rising group fronted by Jay Black. The group, known as "Jay and the Americans", were overnight hits with their first big smash, "Only In America, which was followed in quick succession by such memorable numbers as "Come A Little Bit Closer", "Hushabye", and "She Cried'. Their range was limited, not by Jay's voice, which was close to being operatic in its range and power, but by the lack of good material to record. Unlike many of the other groups, Jay and the Americans suffered from a lack of songwriting talents, so their ability to generate albums quickly enough to stay in the public spotlight suffered from a lack of album-filling material.
Still, their tour at the top was quite breathtaking, including such standards as "Some Enchanted Evening", a cover of the Everly Brothers' "Walking In The Rain", and "This Magic Moment". Their final big hit was with "Cara Mia", which was a precursor of Elvis' "Its Now Or Never", which also showcased his singing range in one of his most memorable vocals. This CD brings all their best work together in a single product, and will bring those of you who remember them back into the fold of "Jay and the Americans" fans. Enjoy!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. G. Herschfus on December 20, 1999
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CARA MIA is the ultimate sing-in-the-shower song. When ever I sing it or along with it, it chases the blues away. Even though I did not grow up w/ Jay and the Americans, I love this band. Long live Jay and the Americans!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr R M. Siegfried on February 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I went online looking for Jay and the Americans after a lunatic lawyer representing Jay Black's creditors wanted to take his name as a marketable asset (his legal name - or at least I assume that it's still his legal name - is David Blatt). Jay Black has a fantastic, powerful voice, and you can appreciated how much of the group's appeal is his voice when you hear him in oldies shows. And the music stands up pretty well (even if my 10-year-old son doesn't like it).

The biggest problem is that there is so much more that should be on this album, especially their great rendition of "Some Enchanted Evening." But if you're going to start listening to Jay and the Americans, start here. It's a great sampler, even if it doesn't include everything that it should.

By the way, you'll notice that the lead on the first track ("She Cried") is a bit different. That's the group's original lead singer Jay Traynor (nice voice, but he ain't Jay Black).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary A. Suhi on August 14, 2005
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As a "Baby Boomer" born in the early 50's, I grew up listening to a variety of music. Jay & the Americans were always one of my favorite groups. That voice!!! This CD doesn't disappoint. For someone wanting to know what good, old fashioned vocals should sound like, I recommend this one. And, I agree that Jay Black can still belt them out with the best of them, having seen him recently on T.J. Lubinsky's fabulous Public Television special.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jerianne W. Cooper on June 15, 2014
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sometimes when listening to them I also hear Roy Obision. I remember them so well, they make you remember the past,
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eve Kelton on May 7, 2014
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Brings back when music played and you could actually understand the lyrics and remember them. Fun music so much has been lost over the years. what a shame.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Len on May 26, 2014
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I knew David Blatt before he became Jay. His voice will be great forever .I love playing the CD over and over.
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