Vic Damone

The Look of Love [Prism]

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This budget-priced compilation mixes material from various sources from the latter part of Vic Damone's career (which is to say, after he departed the major labels in the late 1960s). He tackles a selection of Jimmy Webb's late-'60s hits including "Didn't We?," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," and "MacArthur Park," as well as other songs of the era such as the Stevie Wonder hit "For Once in My Life," O.C. Smith's "Little Green Apples," Frankie Valli's "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," and the theme from the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, "We Have All the Time in the World." Studio recordings give way to live tracks, while the album's final selections sound like they may be its earliest recordings. Damone does well with show tunes like "They Call the Wind Maria" (Paint Your Wagon), "All I Need is the Girl" (Gypsy) (rendered as "All I Need Now is a Girl" on the album cover), and "The Song Is You" (Music in the Air). He is in typically good voice, and the album contains many excellent performances, even if the varying sound quality and sources make the collection something of a hodgepodge.

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