1. This Is All I Ask (3:08)
2. A Taste of Honey (2:21)
3. Days of Wine and Roses (2:40)
4. Yesterday (2:48)
5. It's Not Unusual (2:18)
6. Lost in the Stars (3:09)
7. Nature Boy (1:50)
8. A Lover and His Lass (1:59)
9. The Shadow of Your Smile (2:28)
10. Eight Days a Week (1:53)
11. We Can Work It Out (2:28)
12. Softly as I Leave You (2:44)
Following their three-album tenure at Capitol, Joe Sylvia took the J's with Jamie over to ABC records, restored the original Jamie and the J. Silvia Singers name, and produced a new album with a full orchestra under the direction of Don Costa, who had provided arrangements for Frank Sinatra's recordings. Once again, the album lacks a copyright, but using The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" as a guide puts this album at 1966 at the earliest.
Fans of earlier J's with Jamie recordings are in for a surprise, as the swinging jazz sound has been replaced with a more AM-radio-friendly supper club orchestra sound. Jamie is relegated to harmonies for much of the album, particularly the Beatle covers.
That's not to say any of this is bad. There's excellent singing and musicianship throughout, but much of what makes the group's earlier recordings so special gets lost in the attempt to create a broader appeal. "This Is All I Ask" comes closest to the classic J's sound, with Jamie's lovely lead vocal taking center stage. The harmonies on "Nature Boy" are so smooth that you may need to hear it a few times to realize it's an a capella track. "It's Not Unusual" rounds out the highlights of the album. The one original track, "A Lover and His Lass," was penned by jazz legend Dick Hyman and injects a bit of swing into the mix.
It's a pleasant listen, but ultimately it's hard to separate this from the abundance of vocal pop that drove Tom Donohue to flee AM radio in the 1960s. The squeal of delight that comes from the thought of the J's taking on The Beatles fades when you hear by-the-numbers arrangements and production. It's done just as well as any of the other vocal group recordings of the day, it's just not done better. Fans will want to add this to their collections, but the uninitiated would be better served getting to know the group's Columbia recordings to understand their enduring popularity.