These two 1961 albums -- presented here in their original stereo mixes -- represented an effort by Bobby to move beyond the limitations of his teen idol persona. By recording a live album at the Copa, Bobby was following a well-trodden trail left by other pop male vocalists like Bobby Darin and Paul Anka, and "The Great Ones" in the title of the first record refers to the songs from The Great American Songbook that he covers on the album.
Record Collector (magazine) - p.863 stars out of 5
-- "[It] does include a minor gem with 'Don't Be Afraid (To Fall In Love)', which floats gently on a muted recurring melodic riff."
Personnel: Ray Deeley (drums).
Liner Note Authors: James Ritz; Al Cahn; Stuart Smith.
Recording information: Bell Sound, NY (07/04/1961); The Copacabana (07/04/1961); Bell Sound, NY (11/1960-01/1961); The Copacabana (11/1960-01/1961).
Arrangers: Dave Appell; Joe Zito.