Q - 7/99, p.1483 stars out of 5
- "Quality songs aplenty..."
2 LPs on 1 CD.
Bobby Vee is rarely counted among the premier vocalists of the Brill Building era, but in truth he made some very memorable if hopelessly slight pop records, marshaling the enormous talents of the composing team of Gerry Goffin and Carole King to ring up a series of hits in the months prior to the explosion of Beatlemania. Of the 22 tracks compiled on Take Good Care of My Baby, the title cut remains Vee's high watermark. His sole chart-topper, this Goffin/King effort remains a perfect distillation of period-puppy-love innocence with its absurdly milquetoasty lyric and sappy melody. "Punish Her" and the Gene Pitney-inspired "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" are almost as good, while the minor 1963 hit "Be True to Yourself" documents an early collaboration by the songwriting team of Hal David and Burt Bacharach. Vee's commercial fortunes fell precipitously after 1963, although he returned to the Top Five with 1967's aptly titled "Come Back When You Grow Up." The set concludes with an ill-considered medley of the Temptations' "My Girl" and Goffin/King's "Hey Girl." Whatever Vee's talents, singing R&B was clearly not among them. ~ Jason Ankeny