Johnnie Ray

'Til Morning/A Sinner I Am

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This Columbia compilation paired 1958's 'Til Morning with the following year's A Sinner I Am, two Johnnie Ray LPs recorded just after he began slipping from the charts. Attempting to reset himself as a vocal pop singer, Ray did as well as anyone in the rock crossover crowd, ranked only by Bobby Darin. The first album is the better date, with the late-night calm of the Billy Taylor Quartet overseeing things while Ray croons a solid, well-chosen set of material ("It All Depends on You," "I'm Confessin'," "They Can't Take That Away from Me," "Day by Day"). The second set has a full orchestra, material at a level slightly below the first, and a more tentative Ray singing "A Hundred Years From Today," "September Song," and "All the Way." Ray never succeeded as an adult-pop singer; as intriguing as his one-of-a-kind voice sounds in this context, it's not surprising.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:56
2 3:03
3 2:48
4 4:11
5 3:35
6 3:02
7 2:48
8 2:45
9
3:02
10 3:48
11 3:58
12 3:29
13 2:42
14 2:21
15 3:22
16 4:07
17 3:00
18 2:03
19 2:19
20 2:35
21 2:34
22 3:30
23 2:15
24 2:21
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