- Released: March 1, 1995
- Label: Taragon
- 1.Party Doll
- 2.Long Before I Knew You
- 3.(The Bad Donkey) Pum-Pa-Lum
- 4.Ethel, Baby
- 6.Banana Boat Song, The (Day-O)
- 7.Can't Wait for Summer
- 9.Kiss Me Now (We'll Get Acquainted Later)
- 10.Open up the Gates of Mercy
- 11.If You Would Say You're Mine
- 14.Uh-Huh, Oh Yeah
- 15.Many a Time
Originally released on Coral (57182). Includes liner notes by June Bundy.
Digitally remastered by Eliot Goshman (1994, Taragon Studios, Deer Park, New York).
Personnel: Steve Lawrence (vocals).
Liner Note Author: June Bundy.
Recording information: 10/02/1954-08/06/1958.
Directors: Dick Jacobs; George Cates.
Unknown Contributor Role: Steve Kolanjian.
Oldies fans remember Buddy Knox's chart-topper "Party Doll," but Steve Lawrence also enjoyed a number one hit with the song according to the Cash Box charts. By Billboard's accounting it went Top Five and is only one of several hits included on his first Coral album, Songs by Steve Lawrence. Taragon's CD reissue adds three bonus tracks to make the disc a complete collection of Lawrence's Coral hits, of which there were eight. The material is diverse, from light rock to orchestral pop to ethnic numbers like "The Banana Boat Song" and "(The Bad Donkey) Pum-Pa-Lum." Lawrence even released a competing version of Bobby Helms' crossover country hit "Fraulein," although Lawrence's rendition was made exclusively for the pop audience. Songs by Steve Lawrence is an excellent and concise summary of his Coral years. ~ Greg Adams