The In Crowd Anthology

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
A two-CD anthology of Ramsey Lewis' Chess recordings might seem excessive, but considering how much material he cut for the label in the '60s, The In Crowd Anthology is actually fairly selective. Certainly it's good value, with 39 tracks and a running time of two-hours-and-twenty minutes. As for consistency of style and quality, that's another matter, though generally it's a worthwhile summary of highlights from the prime of a rare '60s instrumental musician who combined jazz, R&B, and pop with considerable commercial success. While none of this could be categorized as raw or earthy, some of the tracks particularly on disc one are fairly gutsy R&B-jazz ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
A two-CD anthology of Ramsey Lewis' Chess recordings might seem excessive, but considering how much material he cut for the label in the '60s, The In Crowd Anthology is actually fairly selective. Certainly it's good value, with 39 tracks and a running time of two-hours-and-twenty minutes. As for consistency of style and quality, that's another matter, though generally it's a worthwhile summary of highlights from the prime of a rare '60s instrumental musician who combined jazz, R&B, and pop with considerable commercial success. While none of this could be categorized as raw or earthy, some of the tracks particularly on disc one are fairly gutsy R&B-jazz fusions, particularly the hits "The 'In' Crowd" and "Wade in the Water" Lewis' two other Top 40 singles, "Hang on Sloopy" and "A Hard Day's Night," are also here. On the other hand, the covers of pop
ock hits including several by the Beatles veer toward lounge soul, even though there was no one better than Lewis at that kind of stuff. Occasionally there are flashes of a more idiosyncratic, jazzy originality that sound as if Lewis is playing for himself as well as the marketplace, particularly when he gets into some Latin-influence boogaloo grooves on "Blue Bango" easily the most uninhibited piece on this collection, "Spanish Grease," and "Hey Mrs. Jones." The later cuts, while showing him capable of keeping up with commercial trends by adding funk and touches of psychedelia, also find him losing the distinctive mid-'60s nightclubbish pop-soul sound that had vaulted him to prominence in the first place.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2006
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • UPC: 602498388631
  • Catalog Number: 9838863
  • Sales rank: 86,038

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ramsey Lewis Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Marvin Gaye Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Buddy Miles Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Herbie Hancock Composer
Eddie Harris Composer
Buddy Johnson Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Gale Garnett Composer
Teddy Randazzo Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
Ramsey Lewis Composer
Willie Bobo Composer
Leonard Borisoff Composer
Robert Colby Composer
Hal David Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Edwin Hawkins Composer
E. Evans Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Bobby Hart Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
John Madara Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
David Porter Composer
Charles Stepney Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Billy Page Composer
Ray Rivera Composer
Bert Russell Composer
Marvin Tarplin Composer
Robert Rogers Composer
Walter Hirsch Composer
Armand Canfora Composer
Traditional Composer
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