Vic Damone had a relatively good career while at Columbia Records in the 1950s and he even had his fair share of chart successes. But he always seemed to be on the verge of being a major star without ever actually becoming one. While Columbia was geared toward trying to get artists hit singles, Capitol Records concentrated more on having its roster attempt to cut hit albums. Kids buy singles and adults buy albums and kids were getting into rock & roll, so Damone made the jump to Capitol in 1962 in hopes of getting the same upscale action that Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole enjoyed. While he didn't earn major sales while at the label, Damone did release a string of good albums while at Capitol and this CD features two of his best. Both albums feature energetic, jazz-flavored, medium-tempo swing arrangements by Jack Marshall. Linger Awhile With Vic Damone is high-class makeout music that uses the Sinatra/Riddle "heartbeat rhythm" sound as its starting point. Damone often sounded relaxed, but on this session, he's relaxed and swinging. My Baby Loves to Swing uses the same approach with songs that have "baby" in the title with "Alright, OK, You Win" blindly thrown into the mix -- at least it's a good rhythm tune. Vic Damone's sessions are always good but they can be a little lifeless, so these two bright, breezy albums are great to have on one CD.
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AllMusic Review by Nick Dedina