High Drama: The Real Johnnie Ray

High Drama: The Real Johnnie Ray

by Johnnie Ray
     
 

Except for the inevitable inclusion of "Cry," the 17 track, 44-and-a-half minute High Drama: The Real Johnnie Ray is a rarities compilation. Two tracks, an early version of "She Didn't Say Nothin' at All" and "Paths of Paradise," also recorded in 1951, are previously unreleased; "Ooh! Aah! Oh!," recorded with the Les Elgart Orchestra, "The Lonely Ones," backedSee more details below

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Except for the inevitable inclusion of "Cry," the 17 track, 44-and-a-half minute High Drama: The Real Johnnie Ray is a rarities compilation. Two tracks, an early version of "She Didn't Say Nothin' at All" and "Paths of Paradise," also recorded in 1951, are previously unreleased; "Ooh! Aah! Oh!," recorded with the Les Elgart Orchestra, "The Lonely Ones," backed by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, and a live take of "Such a Night" from the London Palladium are given their first U.S. issue; and "I Want to Be Loved" and "I'll Make You Mine" are presented in stereo for the first time. Ray alternated between the pre-rock R&B style for which he's best remembered and a more conventional classic pop approach. As its title suggests, this collection's thesis is that the former represents the highly dramatic sound of the "real" Johnnie Ray, and compilation producer Al Quaglieri supports that contention by using bluesy and rockish material, such as "Flip, Flop and Fly" and "Such a Night," songs later covered by Elvis Presley. Five tracks are drawn from Ray's 1957 album The Big Beat, which found him confronting the rock & roll trend, albeit with backing by orchestras led by Ray Ellis and Ray Conniff. The result doesn't quite enlist Ray in the rock & roll revolution, but it more than justifies the notion that he was a major precursor to it.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/1997
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646515723
catalogNumber:
65157

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnnie Ray   Primary Artist,Vocals
Four Lads   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Eddie Bert   Trombone
Paul Gonsalves   Saxophone
Gigi Gryce   Saxophone
Johnny Hodges   Saxophone
Dick Hyman   Piano
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Ray Nance   Trumpet
Nat Pierce   Piano
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Bobby Byrne   Trombone
Lou Stein   Piano
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Harry Breuer   Drums,Xylophone
Caiola   Guitar
Buddy Weed   Piano
Billy Mure   Guitar
Russell Procope   Saxophone
Sam "The Man" Taylor   Tenor Saxophone
Quentin Jackson   Trumpet
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Eddie Safranski   Bass
Charles Albertine   Saxophone
Robert Alexander   Trombone
William Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Don Arnone   Guitar
Harold Baker   Trumpet
Danny Bank   Baritone Saxophone
Louis Barnett   Saxophone
Harry Carney   Saxophone
Frank Carroll   Bass
Casamenti   Guitar
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Duke Ellington   Piano
Arnold Eidus   Strings
Larry Elgart   Saxophone
Stan Fishelson   Trumpet
Panama Francis   Drums
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Sol Gubin   Drums
Jimmy Hamilton   Saxophone
Milt Hinton   Bass
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Osie Johnson   Drums
Leo Kahn   Strings
Leo Kruczek   Strings
Teo Macero   Leader
Joseph Malignaggi   Strings
Sam Marowitz   Alto Saxophone
Chauncey Morehouse   Drums
Tony Mottola   Guitar
John Murtaugh   Saxophone
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
George Ockner   Strings,Violin
Danny Perri   Guitar
John Pizzarelli   Guitar
John Sanders   Trombone
Ray Sims   Trombone
Todd Sommer   Drums
Harold Wegbreit   Trumpet
Chauncey Welsch   Trombone
Hy White   Guitar
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Jack Zayde   Strings
Harry Zarief   Strings
Allen Hanlon   Guitar
Charles Magnante   Accordion
Jack Satterfield   Trombone
Rubin Zarchy   Saxophone
Maurice King   Saxophone
Jimmy Carroll   Performing Ensemble
Ray Ellis Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Ray Conniff & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Jimmy Wood   Bass
Andrew Ackers   Piano
Tommy Mitchell   Trombone
Henry Freeman   Saxophone
Myor Rosen   Harp
Walter Betman   Saxophone
Robert Dockstader   Trombone
Ronald Woellmer   Trumpet
Neal Robinson   Piano
Richard Henry   Saxophone
Russell Green   Trumpet
Albert Epstein   Bass,Saxophone
Jim Dahl   Trombone
Robertson   Trombone
James A. Grasso   Strings
Elbert Langford   Drums
Clarence Sherrill   Bass

Technical Credits

Ray Conniff   Arranger
Dr. John   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Ray Ellis   Arranger
Joe Reisman   Arranger
Andy Schwartz   Executive Producer
Johnny Whiteside   Liner Notes
Chris Athens   Remixing,Mastering
Scott Haag   Photo Coordination

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