Our Day Will Come: Very Best of Import
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There are songs on here you have not heard in probably 30 years.
This REALLY is a great album and would make a wonderful gift during the holidays or any time.
They came from Akron, Ohio and played local dances and clubs and managed to get an audition with Alan Stanton at Kapp Records in New York. He liked their sound but wanted to feature Ruby Nash as the lead singer and gave them the new group name. Kapp had connections with many of New York's Brill Building songwriters and they were given a song by Mort Garson and Bob Hilliard which they had slated for Kapp star Jack Jones, in other words very A-List material. Our Day Will Come was Number 1 in the country by the early spring of '63. Their follow up, My Summer Love was top twenty by June but after that their career stalled and listening to them I can't say why.
They could handle just about any material, though their style was basically smooth and mellow, often with a slightly bossa nova beat like their big hit. Ruby's voice is deep and sensuous and was especially effective on love songs. Her version of Hey There Lonely Boy, the group's third single is really lovely, and I prefer it to Eddie Holman's Stylistics-like falsetto in his bigger hit version in early 1970. She also did standards well, including Irving Berlin (How Deep Is the Ocean), Sammy Cahn (Time After Time), and early sixties hits like The End of the World (Skeeter Davis) and I'm Sorry (Brenda Lee).Read more ›
Ruby & the Romantics have been poorly served by best-of collections, which are too brief and skimpy.
This two-CD, 42-song set goes too far in the other direction, and not everything on here is exciting or worthy of multiple listens by any means. Still, too much is better than too little, and this does thoroughly cover the prime era of the original lineup at Kapp from 1963-1967.
On the plus side, this convincingly demonstrates that there was more depth and quality than is commonly acknowledged to a group that is often remembered only for one song ("Our Day Will Come") or regarded as a lightweight pop-soul group.
There are numerous good blends of girl group Brill Building pop and smooth soul (and, often, light to heavy touches of bossa nova) on disc one in particular.
Star tracks include the soaring Van McCoy composition "When You're Young and in Love", the doo wop-indebted "Moonlight and Music" (penned by the Romantics' Leroy Fann), the obscure Bacharach/David ballad, the delicate bossa nova of "Our Everlasting Love", and, above all, the delicious "Hey There Lonely Boy", eventually reworked into a number two hit in 1969 by Eddie Holman as "Hey There Lonely Girl". Unfortunately, much of disc two is stuffed with dull covers of pop standards that filled out their early LPs. If the standards were omitted, this would be a highly credible and varied anthology, staking a fair claim for the band as an underrated outfit in the poppiest segment of early soul.
For the record, all but one of these tracks date from their stint with Kapp; oddly, one post-Kapp cut, the 1968 ABC single "No More," is thrown in too. R. Unterberger
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I ordered this CD for a surprise anniversary party I was DJ'ing. I needed 1 song, which was the couple's 'song'.I didn't think I would get it in time.To my surprise I did. Thanks.Published 3 months ago by Greg Elder
This audio cd is awesome I loved it so very much,Thanks to the seller and Amazon. The Best of times for me.Published 15 months ago by Angelo Pardi
I've always thoroughly enjoyed the music that Ruby & the Romantics produced over the relatively short period of time (approximately 9 years, all tolled) that they were definite... Read morePublished 21 months ago by mrmawg
Ruby and the Romantics are great. The recording is great. These discs bring back memories, and that is why we buy old music.Published 22 months ago by Vito Monopoli
I have 2 vinal records of Ruby and the Romantics from many years ago. I could listen to them all day long. Her voice is outstanding, the whole group is great. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Becky
My husband had been looking for this for a loooong time. Gave it to him for Christmas and it made his day!!Published on December 13, 2013 by Tisha