Johnnie Ray was a 'singing sensation' before I even made it to high school, but I was never overly impressed with his melodramatic renderings of "Cry," "The Little White Cloud That Cried," "Just Crying In The Rain," etc etc. But in the late 60's, as an adult, I saw him perform at a night club (the Embers in Indianapolis) and was certainly impressed with his transformation to great entertainer status. Actually, he was the greatest live on stage performer I had seen since Garland. And the songs on this CD (a combination of two of his later-day albums) display the warmth, emotion, and genuine talent the man possessed. "My Ideal," "Nevertheless I'm in Love With You," "Day By Day," "September Song," and "A Hundred Years From Today" certainly give us enough 'drama,' but also plenty of sincere, low-key, heart-felt style to please even the most radical fans. He was an Original....he really was.