- Produced By: Mitch Miller
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album #1: Columbia Records CL 961 (1957)
- Original Album #2: Columbia Records CS 2510 (1955)
Description by OLDIES.com:
Originally released in 1957, "The Big Beat" features Ray backed by orchestras under the direction of Ray Conniff (tracks #1-6) and Ray Ellis (tracks #7-12). "I Cry For You" features Ray backed by the Four Lads (tracks #13 and 17), Paul Weston & His Orchestra (track 14) and the Buddy Cole Quartet (tracks #15, 16 and 18).
- 1.Pretty-Eyed Baby
- 2.How Long, How Long Blues
- 3.Sent For You Yesterday
- 4.I'll Never Be Free
- 5.I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town
- 6.Shake A Hand
- 7.Lotus Blossom
- 8.Everyday (Everyday I Have The Blues)
- 9.I Want To Be Loved (But Only By You)
- 10.I Miss You So
- 11.Trouble In Mind
- 12.So Long
- 13.Please, Mr. Sun
- 14.Tell The Lady I Said Goodbye
- 15.Somebody Stole My Gal
- 16.Nobody's Sweetheart
- 17.Here Am I - Broken Hearted
- 18.All Of Me
2 LPs on 1 CD: THE BIG BEAT (1957)/I CRY FOR YOU (1955).
Personnel includes: Johnnie Ray (vocals); Ray Conniff & His Orchestra; Ray Ellis & His Orchestra; The Four Lads; The Buddy Cole Quartet.
Originally released on Columbia.
Fifties heartthrob Johnnie Ray really had a knack for dramatic interpretations of romantic songs. With that in mind, his delivery takes on a totally different standard of excellence considering Ray was practically deaf. This Collectables CD makes available two long-out-of-print LPs originally made for Columbia in the '50s: Big Beat and I Cry for You. Highlights include passionate versions of "Pretty-Eyed Baby," "How Long, How Long Blues," "Lotus Blossom," "Everyday (I Have the Blues)," and "Trouble in Mind." ~ Al Campbell