While Collectables Records often has been able to pair complementary albums in its series of discount-priced two-fer reissues of Doris Day's catalog, there are also stray LPs that don't sound like any of their siblings and so can only be teamed in mismatched combinations. Such a set of non-identical twins is found on this CD containing Love Him! and Show Time. Love Him!, which arrived after a lengthy break in Day's recording career in the winter of 1963-1964, found her working under the aegis of her 21-year-old son, Columbia Records producer Terry Melcher, who attempted to update and broaden his mother's musical approach, having her cut recent songs associated with Elvis Presley plus selections from the country and R&B charts. Much of this material was really beyond her, but she threw herself into it, and as bizarre as the lengthy spoken introduction to the Willie Nelson co-composed Ray Price country hit "Night Life" may be, she really acts her way through it, as if such a wholesome type as her could really be miscast as a shady bar crawler. She isn't right for these songs, but it's impressive that she tries so enthusiastically to be. There could be no greater contrast with Show Time, a 1960 album of Broadway standards that opens and closes with a cheesy theme written by one Joe Lubin. The songs are terrific, all Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, and Irving Berlin evergreens, but Day gives them a minimum of feeling. If she's really in love with "A Wonderful Guy," you'd never know it from her performance, and that's typical of the restraint she shows on songs that should have been vehicles for some emotion from her. As such, this two-fer is a distinctly mixed bag.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann