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Album Review

The best compilation of Fame's work, finding his R&B-jazz fusion at its most potent (and most commercially successful) on these 20 cuts from the mid-'60s. Like a Mose Allison for the British Invasion, Fame sings and plays with a soulful verve on this set of blue-eyed soul. Includes the #1 British hits "Yeh Yeh" and "Get Away," although "Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde" is missing.

Customer Reviews

Memories

I was 16 when I first heard Mr Fame at the Flamingo Club in Wardour St and this album takes me back 44 years.Georgie is a national treasure and it's about time he was fully recognised. His voice is wonderful and phrasing as good as any. The songs are varied but include his main hits and some of my personal favourites from his live sessions. Now can we get "Live at the Flamingo" on CD.....it's an atmospheric album that deserves a wider audience

Agreed!

Ill agree with the 2 reviews above, its pure quality. Im a bit younger than the gentleman above and Im jealous,id have loved the chance to spend a night at the Flamingo!

Great Singer/Musician

As above, i also am to young to have seen Geogie live, i heard him through my eldest brother and was instantly hooked on him. I dare anyone to NOT like this man, his voice just hits a spot in your heart, long live Georgie Fame!!!

Biography

Born: 26 June 1943 in Leigh, England

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Georgie Fame's swinging, surprisingly credible blend of jazz and American R&B earned him a substantial following in his native U.K., where he scored three number one singles during the '60s. Fame played piano and organ in addition to singing, and was influenced by the likes of Mose Allison, Booker T. & the MG's, and Louis Jordan. Early in his career, he also peppered his repertoire with Jamaican ska and bluebeat tunes, helping to popularize that genre in England; during his later years, he...
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