20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Ramsey Lewis
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||The "In" Crowd (Live at Bohemian Caverns, Washington)||Ramsey Lewis Trio||5:50||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Since I Fell for You (Live, The Bohemian Caverns, Washington, D.C.)||Ramsey Lewis Trio||4:08||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child||Ramsey Lewis Trio||2:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Look-A-Here||Ramsey Lewis Trio||3:11||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||A Hard Day's Night (Live At The Lighthouse)||Ramsey Lewis Trio||5:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Something You Got (Live At Bohemian Caverns, Washington)||Ramsey Lewis Trio||3:37||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Hang on Sloopy (Live At The Lighthouse)||Ramsey Lewis Trio||3:13||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Blues for The Night Owl||Ramsey Lewis Trio||3:40||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||High Heel Sneakers (Live At The Lighthouse)||Ramsey Lewis Trio||2:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Up Tight (Everything's Alright)||Ramsey Lewis||5:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Julia||Ramsey Lewis Trio||4:23||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Wade in the Water||Ramsey Lewis Trio||3:48||$1.29||View in iTunes|
Ramsey Lewis broke through to widespread commercial success with his trio's rendition of "The 'In' Crowd" in 1965, and he continued to put instrumental treatments of pop hits into the charts for another five years, many of which repeated the live club atmosphere (complete with rough singalongs) and kinetic rhythms of his first and biggest hit. This period in his career is recalled on this midline-priced best-of, drawn from his Argo and Cadet Records catalog, which begins with "The 'In' Crowd" and goes on to include hit treatments of such '60s standards as "Hang on Sloopy," "Up Tight (Everything's Alright)," and "A Hard Day's Night" performed in a similar style. All of the pianist's Top 40 hits are included, as well as some down-chart items and LP tracks. The party atmosphere is maintained throughout, except for Lewis' last Cadet hit, a version of the Beatles' "Julia" that uses an elaborate string chart. Despite Lewis' instrumental inventiveness, jazz fans may decry the commercial aspect of this material, but this is the music he is best known for.
for kicking back and relaxing
If you could write a sound track for downtown San Diego at night one of Ramsey's songs would be on it for sure. That should give you an idea of how this album feels and sounds.
Been a While!
Oldie but Goodie -- Decent piano, good drums. great beat.
Born: May 27, 1935 in Chicago, IL
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s