Bill Ramsey Swings! 1958-1999

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Such is Bill Ramsey's popularity in Germany that it merits a four-CD compilation of his recordings, spanning four decades. Such an extravagant production would be unthinkable in his native United States, where he's hardly a household name or thought of as being in the top ranks of jazz singers. So it's likely the audience for this box will be primarily (and maybe virtually exclusively) in Germany, where those who want Ramsey will get it in bulk on this 100-song anthology. Though Ramsey has recorded in the German language, all of these tracks are sung in English, spanning the beginning of his recording career back in 1958 all the way to the dawn of the 21st century. ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Such is Bill Ramsey's popularity in Germany that it merits a four-CD compilation of his recordings, spanning four decades. Such an extravagant production would be unthinkable in his native United States, where he's hardly a household name or thought of as being in the top ranks of jazz singers. So it's likely the audience for this box will be primarily (and maybe virtually exclusively) in Germany, where those who want Ramsey will get it in bulk on this 100-song anthology. Though Ramsey has recorded in the German language, all of these tracks are sung in English, spanning the beginning of his recording career back in 1958 all the way to the dawn of the 21st century. For the most part, it emphasizes his interpretation of jazz and pop standards, with none of the covers of American rock songs with which he had some success in his early days. He sings with a slightly gravelly voice, and a general sense of a man whose basic amiability is unflappable, on the jazzier and bluesier tunes, and on the more big-band-oriented arrangements. Less successful are his attempts at then-contemporary pop
ock songs of the '70s by the likes of Blood, Sweat & Tears, Carole King, Gilbert O'Sullivan, and Cat Stevens, which occupy most of disc four; he even tries his hand at classics by Jimi Hendrix and John Fogerty. He sounds more at home, however, on numbers that you could hear coming out of a more mainstream-oriented New Orleans-style bar. A little unusually for Bear Family, which is often a stickler for presenting material in chronological or close-to-chronological sequence, the chronological order of the tracks breaks up at the end of disc three (which puts some 1962 and 1965 cuts at the end of the disc after the running order has progressed from 1958 to 1999). The "pop" selection on disc four covers, in chronological order, cuts from 1970 to 1982. This shouldn't bother fans devoted enough to purchase this set, though the basic notes -- an appreciation (in both English and German), rather than a detailed career overview -- are also not typical of Bear Family, which usually has more extensive annotation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2011
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127169839
  • Catalog Number: 2716983

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Caldonia (2:29)
  2. 2 Outkirts of Town (3:32)
  3. 3 Swing Low Sweet Chariot (2:59)
  4. 4 Basin Street Blues (2:54)
  5. 5 Big Fat Mama (1:56)
  6. 6 When the Saints Go Marching In (2:21)
  7. 7 Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me (3:45)
  8. 8 Hollerin' and Screamin' (3:29)
  9. 9 Give Me the Simple Life (2:04)
  10. 10 Big Fat Mama (2:23)
  11. 11 It Won't Be Long (3:39)
  12. 12 Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (3:37)
  13. 13 Worksong (2:47)
  14. 14 Kansas City (2:36)
  15. 15 Gonna Build a Mountain (2:57)
  16. 16 Watermelon Man (2:35)
  17. 17 I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water (3:21)
  18. 18 I Didn't Know What Time It Was (2:31)
  19. 19 Round Midnight (3:56)
  20. 20 Cotton Fields (2:27)
  21. 21 Just Squeeze Me (3:22)
  22. 22 Moon River (2:47)
  23. 23 Honeysuckle Rose (2:28)
  24. 24 Angel Eyes (3:20)
  25. 25 Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho (2:37)
  26. 26 Lazy Afternoon (2:48)
  27. 27 The More I See You (2:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 If There's Anything That I Can Do (3:04)
  2. 2 Big Fat Mama (2:04)
  3. 3 What You Gonna Do Now Girl (1:47)
  4. 4 Route 66 (2:24)
  5. 5 Sophisticated Lady (3:24)
  6. 6 It's the Same Old Story (2:26)
  7. 7 The Bright Lights and You Girl (2:09)
  8. 8 God Bless the Child (3:25)
  9. 9 Boom, Boom (3:15)
  10. 10 Feed Me (2:07)
  11. 11 Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho (2:48)
  12. 12 Trouble in Mind (3:55)
  13. 13 When I Laid Eyes on You (2:46)
  14. 14 What You Gonna Do Now Girl (2:37)
  15. 15 After You've Gone (2:34)
  16. 16 You Are There (3:38)
  17. 17 I Got It Bad (3:36)
  18. 18 You Are the Sunshine of My Life (3:22)
  19. 19 Sunshine on My Shoulders (4:05)
  20. 20 Straighten Up and Fly Right (2:35)
  21. 21 Put Your Hand in the Hand (2:50)
  22. 22 I Concentrate on You (3:46)
  23. 23 I'm Beginning to See the Light (2:50)
  24. 24 What'd I Say (3:42)
  25. 25 My Lean Baby (3:14)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Stormy Monday (2:18)
  2. 2 Isn't She Lovely (3:49)
  3. 3 Goody Goody (1:55)
  4. 4 Over the Rainbow (4:22)
  5. 5 I Got to Follow You (2:59)
  6. 6 Oh, Lady Be Good (2:56)
  7. 7 Lulu's Back in Town (3:21)
  8. 8 That Old Black Magic (3:13)
  9. 9 Mood Indigo (5:37)
  10. 10 Sophisticated Lady (4:06)
  11. 11 I'm Beginning to See the Light (2:51)
  12. 12 It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing (3:39)
  13. 13 Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me (3:45)
  14. 14 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (2:43)
  15. 15 Satin Doll (3:28)
  16. 16 I Cover the Waterfront (4:09)
  17. 17 Blues Improvisation (3:21)
  18. 18 Can't Help It (2:34)
  19. 19 Fly Me to the Moon (1:59)
  20. 20 Gone with the Wind (2:29)
  21. 21 Satin Doll (2:23)
  22. 22 Flamingo (3:29)
  23. 23 Moon River (3:00)
  24. 24 Tenderly (3:20)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Sometimes in Winter (3:40)
  2. 2 Something Lingers (3:07)
  3. 3 The Wind Cries Mary (3:20)
  4. 4 The Shadow of Your Smile (4:14)
  5. 5 Where Do the Children Play (4:07)
  6. 6 Simple Song of Freedom (2:59)
  7. 7 Cool Rain (3:27)
  8. 8 In My Hole (2:33)
  9. 9 Thunder and Lightning (2:51)
  10. 10 Hi-De-Ho (4:05)
  11. 11 The Old Ones (3:31)
  12. 12 Route 66 (2:51)
  13. 13 Sunshine on the Mountain (3:44)
  14. 14 Tides (3:51)
  15. 15 Real Life Man (4:05)
  16. 16 Get It Together (3:12)
  17. 17 This Time It's Your Fault (3:18)
  18. 18 Danny Boy (2:52)
  19. 19 Nature Boy (3:24)
  20. 20 Alone Again (3:41)
  21. 21 Claire (3:02)
  22. 22 You've Got a Friend (3:59)
  23. 23 Harvard Blues (2:58)
  24. 24 Proud Mary (3:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Ramsey Primary Artist
Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Bobby Darin Composer
John Denver Composer
John Fogerty Composer
Carole King Composer
Cat Stevens Composer
Nat Adderley Composer
Count Basie Composer
George Duke Composer
Herbie Hancock Composer
Johnny Hodges Composer
Harry James Composer
Louis Jordan Composer
Billy May Composer
Tab Smith Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Cootie Williams Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Horst Jankowski Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Bill Ramsey Composer
Bobby Troup Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Richard M. Jones Composer
Oscar Brown Jr. Composer
T-Bone Walker Composer
Billie Holiday Composer
Rube Bloom Composer
Nat King Cole Composer
Henry Creamer Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Walter Gross Composer
Ted Grouya Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Steve Katz Composer
John Latouche Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Turner Layton Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Herbert Magidson Composer
Johnny Mandel Composer
Ballard MacDonald Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Eddie Miller Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Jerome Moross Composer
Anthony Newley Composer
Gilbert O'Sullivan Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Dieter Reith Composer
Harry Ruby Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Allie Wrubel Composer
Eden Ahbez Composer
Matty Malneck Composer
Ed Anderson Composer
George Frazier Composer
Marvin Fisher Composer
Lee Gaines Composer
James F. Hanley Composer
Fleecie Moore Composer
Jack Segal Composer
Gene McClellan Composer
Roy Alfred Composer
Traditional Composer
John W. Green Composer
William Weldon Composer
Albany Bigard Composer
Dave Frischberg Composer
Jon Hendriks Composer
Bernie Hanighan Composer
Viktor Burghardt Composer
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