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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I'd Wait A Million Years
  2. Windy
  3. Temptation Eyes
  4. Cherish
  5. Where Were You When I Needed You
  6. Papa Was A Rolling Stone
  7. Midnight Confessions
  8. Never My Love
  9. Let's Live For Today
  10. Give Me Just A Little More Time
  11. Heaven Knows
  12. Our Day Will Come
  13. Midnight Special
  14. Jackie Blue
  15. When Julie Comes Around
  16. Tracy

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x88eb2a4c) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88b80030) out of 5 stars Ron Dante breathes new life into old Favorites. 16 Jan. 2000
By Laura Pinto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit, when I first placed my order for "Favorites" sight unseen (or, more accurately, tracks unknown), I had no idea what I was in for. However, as a 30-year Ron Dante fan, it was mandatory that I obtain any new product released by the former lead singer of The Archies and The Cuff Links. I was delighted to find that "Favorites" is a collection of Top Forty AM-radio hits from approximately the mid-60's to early-70's as interpreted by Ron Dante, 1999.
Ron gets right down to it with the first track, the driving rocker "I'd Wait a Million Years." This number, like the 15 that follow, is updated without compromising the integrity of the composer's original intent--a very delicate balancing act which Ron, like Gloria Estefan with her compilation "Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me," pulls off with perfection. None of the tempos have been changed, although some have been softened a bit, such as "Temptation Eyes" to which Ron brings a subtle sexiness with his exquisite phrasing. Likewise on "Our Day Will Come," with meaningful emphasis by Ron in all the right lyrical places. Ron's a smart singer as well as a gifted one. Aware that no one in the world could match the gritty soulfulness the Temptations brought to "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," Ron doesn't try; rather, he approaches the song from another direction and pulls it off brilliantly as a solo. Conversely, he manages to actually enhance the soulfulness of "Give Me Just a Little More Time" with some startlingly unexpected chord changes. And with "Jackie Blue," Ron proves he is still capable of the same beautiful falsetto he evinced in The Archies' "Jingle Jangle" back in '69. New recordings of his Cuff Links hits "When Julie Comes Around" and "Tracy" round out the collection.
In short, a brilliantly executed CD and definitely worth a listen!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88b80054) out of 5 stars Yes, RON DANTE! 25 Jan. 2002
By TomAzon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Great music from one of the best singers and producers in the business. Ron's vocals are just as good as they've been since The
Archies days and "Favorites" means just what it says. Many of these re-makes are freshly done and re-arranged to be compatible
with contemporary songs. I think the best example of this is Ron's version of "Give Me Just A Little More Time", originally done
by The Chairmen of The Board. "Our Day Will Come" also has a good, up-to-date beat to it. As a bonus,a remake of The Cuff
Links' "Tracy" (you KNOW who sang it first) is also featured. Grass Roots fans will appreciate Ron's versions of no less than six
of their songs. Best among these is "Temptation Eyes".

An aspect of this album that is most refreshing is the sound. Your speakers will practically shout "Hey! These are REAL
INSTRUMENTS!!!" No phony hand-claps and drum machines here...(Not that technology doesn't have a place in music, it
certainly does. But I think it should be used as an enhancement instead of a replacement for a real instrument. Imitations come
across as 'demos').

Overall, it's a fine album with well-done arrangements and great vocals. Don't worry, there's more to come. Visit Ron Dante's
website for more information about him, new albums available as well as concert information...
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88e11264) out of 5 stars Great Sound - Fun Music! 12 Oct. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This was one of those CD's I took a chance on.
I'm a collector of music and I love to find stuff
I've never heard of. Actually, I didn't know that
I 'had' heard of this guy all along. He's the voice
of "The Archies". Go figure! Anyways, I got the CD
without knowing what to expect. These are great songs!
They're all 5th & 6th-hundredth recordings of what could
now be concidered to be contemporary standards -- but they've
got fresh, new arangements and Ron's voice is oustanding!
There's no reason why the ranking of this CD here is so low.
People should give this CD a chance - it's great!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88a985d0) out of 5 stars More "Favorites" 19 Jun. 2010
By TomAzon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is the second "Favorites" album by Ron Dante. The original album is on RKO-Unique and this album is on the Fuel label. It contains many of the songs from the original album in addition to songs that appear on his other releases "Saturday Night Blast" and "California Weekend", all of which I recommend.

This album contains 8 songs from the original "Favorites" as well as new releases "That's Alright Mama" (very uptempo and very un-like Elvis' version), "Billy Don't Be A Hero" - a cap-tip to Bo Donaldson, remakes of "Black Is Black" and "Gimme Some Lovin'" which do the originals justice, a Bee Gees medley and a version of Robin McNamara's "Lay A Little Lovin' On Me" which actually out-does the original and deserves some serious airplay.

The production is as seemless, transparent and professional as any out there and Ron Dante's vocals are honestly just as good as they've ever been.California Weekend Saturday Night Blast Favorites(Original 1999 release).
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88e08d50) out of 5 stars You may not recognize the name- you WILL recognize the voice 13 April 2000
By Terry Copeland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a very lively little collection.
Ron was the voice of "The Archies" and "The Cufflinks" and "The Detergents" as well as Barry Manilow's producer for many years.
The production on this CD is very alive, very crisp and every song is as catchy as the next.
This is great "feel good" music.
Very theraputic! I highly reccomend this wonderful collection.
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