With their neatly groomed, short-haired, clean-cut image and Doo Wop-influenced vocals, JAY & The AMERICANS always evinced something of a retro vibe.
Drawing equally from pop, R&B and Latin, they developed an entirely unique sound and style, and were one of the few US acts not only to survive, but flourish, following the 1964 British Invasion.
They even managed to regroup successfully after losing their original lead singer, Jay Traynor, and with a new 'Jay' in place they went on to enjoy a long, hit-filled career.
Their second 45, 'She Cried', was a US Top 5 hit in 1962, selling over a million copies, and they also registered the same year with 'Tonight', 'This Is It' and 'Only In America'.
This compilation features their first six singles and the She Cried LP, this being the first time that their debut album has ever appeared on CD in stereo.
Also included, as bonus tracks, are an early J&A group demo, plus singles by The Mystics, The Harbor Lites, The Two Chaps and The Empires, recorded by various group members before either forming or joining Jay & The Americans.
1. WISDOM OF A FOOL (demo)
3. THE OTHER GIRLS
4. SHE CRIED
6. THIS IS IT (For Me)
7. IT'S MY TURN TO CRY
10. WHAT'S THE USE
11. STRANGERS TOMORROW
12. ONLY IN AMERICA
14. KANSAS CITY
15. MY CLAIR DE LUNE
16. SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME
17. STAND BY ME
18. MOON RIVER
19. SPANISH HARLEM
20. SHE CRIED (Italian language version)
21. THE MYSTICS - The White Cliffs Of Dover
22. THE MYSTICS - Blue Star
23. THE HARBOR LITES - Is That Too Much To Ask
24. THE HARBOR LITES - What Would I Do Without You
25. THE TWO CHAPS - Forgive Me
26. THE TWO CHAPS - No More
27. THE EMPIRES - Time And Place
28. THE EMPIRES - Punch Your Nose
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Jay & The AMERICANS - She Cried - The Early Years
- Product Code: JASCD 937
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