Our Day Will Come: The Very Best of Ruby & the Romantics

Our Day Will Come: The Very Best of Ruby & the Romantics

by Ruby & the Romantics

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Overview

Ruby & the Romantics have been poorly served by best-of collections, which are too brief and skimpy. This two-CD, 42-song set goes too far in the other direction, and not everything on here is exciting or worthy of multiple listens by any means. Still, too much is better than too little, and this does thoroughly cover the prime era of the original lineup at Kapp from 1963-1967. On the plus side, this convincingly demonstrates that there was more depth and quality than is commonly acknowledged to a group that is often remembered only for one song ("Our Day Will Come") or regarded as a lightweight pop-soul group. There are numerous good blends of girl group Brill Building pop and smooth soul (and, often, light to heavy touches of bossa nova) on disc one in particular. Star tracks include the soaring Van McCoy composition "When You're Young and in Love," the doo wop-indebted "Moonlight and Music" (penned by the Romantics' Leroy Fann), the obscure Bacharach/David ballad "I Cry Alone," the booming uptown soul production of "Does He Really Care for Me," the delicate bossa nova of "Our Everlasting Love," and, above all, the delicious "Hey There Lonely Boy," eventually reworked into a number two hit in 1969 by Eddie Holman as "Hey There Lonely Girl." Unfortunately, much of disc two is stuffed with dull covers of pop standards that filled out their early LPs. If the standards were omitted, this would be a highly credible and varied anthology, staking a fair claim for the band as an underrated outfit in the poppiest segment of early soul. For the record, all but one of these tracks date from their stint with Kapp; oddly, one post-Kapp cut, the 1968 ABC single "No More," is thrown in too.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2014
Label: Rpm Records Uk
UPC: 5013929524729
catalogNumber: 247
Rank: 43444

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ruby & the Romantics   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Acker Bilk   Composer
Mike Garson   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Robert Allen   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Van McCoy   Composer
Larry Weiss   Composer
María Mendez Grever   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Ronnie Self   Composer
Stanley Adams   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Mort Garson   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Bernie Wayne   Composer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Leroy Fann   Composer
Eddie Snyder   Composer
Malcolm Baumgart   Liner Notes
M. Wilson   Composer
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes
Hoffman   Composer
Robert Mellin   Composer
Sylvia Dee   Composer
Arthur Kent   Composer
Sol Marcus   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
John Klenner   Composer
Eddie Seiler   Composer
Earl Shuman   Composer
Richard Ahlert   Composer
Fred Anisfield   Composer
Georges Boulanger   Composer
Leon Carr   Composer
Frisch   Composer
Michiko Kusiki   Composer

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