On songs 1-6, Jay Traynor sang lead; all other tracks feature Jay Black.
1. Tonight (2:27) - The tempo is moderate. Orchestral string instruments play in this and the next 5 songs; this song also features chimes. The night of the setting is a special night because that's when the narrator and his girlfriend can next be together. During the day, time seems to pass slowly as he is anxious to see her again. This song was originally from West Side Story; the lyric link in this paragraph contains lyrics to this song and all others from the musical.
2. She Cried (2:54) - Studio chatter and counting fill the first 17 seconds. Once the action starts, the tempo is slightly slower than moderate. The girl cries when the narrator announces that he no longer loves her, that he's found a new girlfriend. This was the group's only hit under Jay Traynor. A year after this version was recorded, Jay Black handled lead vocals for a version that was released in Italy.
3. Dawning (2:25) - This fast song, featuring bells, was the A-side of the single that also contained the previous song. However, most DJs chose to turn the record over, which was why the previous song was the hit. Anyway, the narrator of this song is happy because the girl's love is dawning on him.
4. This Is It (2:43) - The tempo is moderately slow. This time, the narrator is the one crying; the GIRL doesn't love HIM anymore.
5. Tomorrow (2:53) - This slow song features a piano. The narrator in this song could very well be the same narrator in "She Cried," only this time he's talking TO the girl. He tells her that on the day after the setting, a new man will come to her and mend her heart.
6. Yes (2:19) - This moderately fast song features chimes and a marimba. The mood here is happier than in the last two songs; when the narrator offers to hug, kiss, caress, and hold the girl tight, she accepts.
7. Only In America (2:01) - This fast song, featuring a marimba, horns, and chimes, could be a patriotic song. Only in the USA can a person rise from rags to riches. In no other country would a rich girl fall in love with a poor boy.
8. Come Dance With Me (2:30) - This moderately fast song somewhat resembles the Drifters' "Save The Last Dance For Me." Instruments include horns and chimes. The narrator tells the girl that just because she entered the dance hall with another man doesn't mean she should dance exclusively with the other man. So the narrator asks the girl to dance with him.
9. Come A Little Bit Closer (2:46) - The anthology's title song has a moderate tempo. Instruments include a piano and horns. Most jealousy-related songs have narrators who have cheated or been cheated on; this song is one of those very few instances where the narrator is the "other person." At a Mexican cafe near the US border, the narrator briefly dances with a girl who happens to be the girlfriend of a man named Jose. Jose arrives and threatens violence, so the narrator runs out the window and away from the building as fast as he can. Shortly following the English version, another version was released in Spain.
10. Let's Lock The Door (And Throw Away The Key) (2:29) - This moderate-tempoed song, featuring horns, opens with the sound effect of a door creaking shut. The narrator meets a girl at a party, and they fall in love. He longs for the moment to come when all the other guests leave, so that the couple can get more intimate.
11. Think Of The Good Times (2:50) - This song, slightly slower than moderate, features orchestral string instruments. Now that the narrator and the girl are no longer lovers, he asks her, whenever she thinks of him, to think only of the positive moments they had together.
12. Cara Mia (2:32) - For the first half-minute, the tempo is slow. After that, the drums enter and the tempo becomes slightly faster than moderate. Instruments include bells, audible especially during the first half-minute, and orchestral strings. Jay sounds almost like an opera singer as his character wonders why he and Cara must say goodbye every time they cease physical togetherness. He promises that he'll love her for eternity.
13. Some Enchanted Evening (2:16) - The tempo is moderate. Like the previous song, this one starts slow and features orchestral string instruments and bells. One of these evenings, when the narrator's pal is at a dance hall, he'll spot a girl and fall in love with her. The narrator advises his pal never to let that girl go once he's found her.
14. Sunday And Me (2:55) - The first half-minute is filled with studio chatter and experimental guitar licks. This song, written by Neil Diamond, has a slow intro like the previous two do, then the tempo becomes moderately fast. Among the instruments are a tambourine (which plays on every even-numbered beat) and horns. I also hear trills reminiscent of those I hear at the end of "Come A Little Bit Closer." The narrator has fallen in love with a girl named Sunday; already he's speculating about what life will be like once she becomes his girlfriend.
15. Why Can't You Bring Me Home (3:03) - Like the previous song, this one is moderately fast and features a tambourine. The lyrics deserve a close listen because sometimes the instruments and backup vocals drown out Jay's voice. But I can make out enough to determine that the narrator wonders why he and his girlfriend must always meet secretly and at night, why she can't bring him to her place and introduce him to her parents. She's probably afraid to let him know that she's poor.
16. Crying (3:09) - As was the case two songs back, studio chatter, experiments with instruments, and counting fill the first half-minute. This version has the same moderate tempo as the original by Roy Orbison; in fact, Jay sounds similar to Roy. Besides this version and the original, I have a slow one by Don McLean.
17. Living Above Your Head (2:54) - The tempo is slow for the first 10 seconds, slightly faster than moderate for the rest of the song. Instruments include a tambourine, classical string instruments, and horns. The narrator's girlfriend thinks she can mess around with other men any time she wants to; that's what the narrator means when he says she's "living above [her] head." He begs her to stop hurting him like that.
18. (He's) Raining In My Sunshine (3:15) - This song, slightly slower than moderate, features chimes, horns, and drums that depict the sound effect of raindrops falling. The narrator and his girlfriend had a sunny relationship until she met another man; now that she loves the other man instead of the narrator, the narrator's days are rainy.
19. JAY BLACK SOLO RECORDING: What Will My Mary Say (3:13) - This moderately slow song features classical string instruments. The narrator tells the girl that he must leave before he gets tangled up in an affair with her, for he has a girlfriend named Mary to be true to.
20. (We'll Meet In The) Yellow Forest (2:13) - The tempo is moderately fast. In the left speaker are the string instruments, the horns, and Jay's voice; in the right are the drums and the voices of the other four Americans. At a nightclub, the narrator meets and falls in love with a dancer. He asks her to see him again in this Yellow Forest, where a world made for them awaits.
21. This Magic Moment (3:02) - This moderate-tempoed song opens with a slow 13-second guitar solo. Other instruments include horns. The "magic moment" is the moment when the narrator and girl fell in love with each other. That moment will last "forever, till the end of time." This version was an even bigger hit than the original version by the Drifters.
22. Hushabye (3:20) - The moderately slow tempo is fitting for a song like this. The narrator tells his girlfriend not to cry; soon she'll fall asleep and have dreams in which he holds her tight. The Beach Boys also sang a version of this song.
23. Walkin' In The Rain (2:47) - This song and the next were both previously sung by the Ronettes. This one, slightly faster than moderate, features a piano and horns. The narrator has fallen in love with a girl, and he's sure that if she likes "walkin' in the rain" like he does, she'll become his girlfriend.
24. Do I Love You (2:20) - The tempo is fast. The narrator asks the question in the title, then answers it with a strong yes. He resolves that he'll win her heart even if it takes him the rest of his life. (Note: the link here is to the Ronettes' version.)
25. She Cried (In Italian) (2:36)
26. Come A Little Bit Closer (In Spanish) (2:46)
27. Things Are Changing (For The Better) (2:50) - This moderate-tempoed song was originally a radio spot to make people aware of equal employment opportunities created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964; it's sort of like those radio spots we hear nowadays from organizations like Partnership for a Drug-Free America. Now that race and color barriers to employment have been broken, Jay urges blacks and other economically disadvantaged people to go out now and seek the jobs that await them.
28. H.I.S. Slacks Radio Spot (0:46) - The radio announcer compliments Jay on how he looks in H.I.S. slacks, made for "the guy on the go-go."
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