Most tribute albums pay their respects to artists that were identified with a particular sound, which makes all of the new versions quite disappointing. Till the Night Is Gone: A Tribute to Doc Pomus avoids that problem, since the selected artists are paying tribute to a songwriter, not a performer. Doc Pomus wrote some of the greatest songs of the rock & roll era, including "Save the Last Dance for Me" and "This Magic Moment"; although definitive versions of these songs have been recorded, they are written well enough to be open to reinterpretation. On Till the Night Is Gone, a number of first-rate artists, including Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Los Lobos, and Shawn Colvin, rework Pomus' songs into their own distinct styles. Some of the songs fall flat -- Colvin's stark take on "Viva Las Vegas" is too stiff -- but all of the tracks show some degree of imagination, which makes Till the Night Is Gone one of the best tribute albums of 1995.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine