These are actually Vic Damone's first recordings; he scored his first of many hits at age 19. He sublimely puts these 25 tracks across with great pathos and bravura, equally effective on the languorous heart-stoppers and upbeat novelties.
Damone's light baritone is powerful, and he injects emotion into these numbers with effortless control. "Music By the Angels" has a bluesy quality, and Damone's young voice contains an impressive maturity, turning the tune into a masterpiece with a range and dynamism that makes the blood race. His exceptional facility with romantic ballads is obvious, as he bellows and croons the likes of "Why Was I Born" and "Again" with a tantalizing combination of restraint and abandon.