SEALED WITH A KISS
To describe this song as overblown and mawkish would be a kindness, even by early 60s pining teen idol standards, so much so that as an instrumental it is probably better entrusted to the lush tones of a large-scale orchestra. Both groups, one in the wake of Brian Hyland or rather perhaps of Gary Lewis & The Playboys and the other of Jason Donovan, do a fair job of reflecting the honied sentiment. The Ventures’ version sounds the more contrived and cloying of the two, Hank’s lead guitar affording incidental interest with its tonal variations.
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