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The Essence of Jerry Vale

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Album Review

Like many of the entries in Columbia/Legacy's The Essence Of series, The Essence of Jerry Vale comes close to capturing...well, the essence of Jerry Vale, but falls short in many important ways. For instance, the 12-track budget-line collection only features two big hits — "Innamorata (Sweetheart)" — with the rest of the disc being devoted to familiar tunes other singers made famous: "Somewhere," "Sunrise, Sunset," "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing," "What a Wonderful World," "Stardust," That's not to say that it's a bad collection or that Vale does poor versions of these songs. On the contrary, he sings very well on each song, and it does contain some great moments that don't always show up on CD compilations, such as "La Vie En Rose" and "Somewhere," which makes it somewhat valuable for collectors. However, any listener looking for a hits package or an introduction to Vale should realize that Legacy's Greatest Hits is where to turn, not The Essence Of.

Biography

Born: 08 July 1932 in New York, NY [The Bronx]

Genre: Vocal

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Jerry Vale's beautiful high-tenor voice graced many of the most enchanting pop songs of the '50s and '60s, including a parade of Italian-American favorites like "Innamorata (Sweetheart)," "Volare," "Amore, Scusami," and his signature song, "Al Di La." Vale, born Genaro Louis Vitaliano in 1932, learned the Italian repertoire from an early age; his mother often sang around the house and trotted out the old songs at extended-family gatherings. While shining shoes at a local barber shop at the age of...
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