Ultimate Grammy Box: From the Recording Academy's Collection

The Ultimate Grammy Box: From the Recording Academy's Collection

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This four-disc, 73-song survey of six decades of Grammy winners may not contain too many surprises. But like the recent SONY MUSIC 100 YEARS: SOUNDTRACK FOR A CENTURY box, it stands as a fascinating survey of the pop, country, rock, R&B, and jazz titans who have dominated American music since end of the Depression -- from Duke Ellington

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This four-disc, 73-song survey of six decades of Grammy winners may not contain too many surprises. But like the recent SONY MUSIC 100 YEARS: SOUNDTRACK FOR A CENTURY box, it stands as a fascinating survey of the pop, country, rock, R&B, and jazz titans who have dominated American music since end of the Depression -- from Duke Ellington to Boyz II Men, Louis Armstrong to Lauryn Hill, Billie Holiday to Beck. Beginning in 1938, with Ella Fitzgerald performing "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" with Chick Webb and His Orchestra, and winding up in 1998 with Lauryn Hill's "To Zion," the set runs down a stunning list of huge-selling, life-changing, cultural-moment-defining performances. Heart tuggers -- from George Jones's immortal "He Stopped Loving Her Today" to Celine Dion's immortally sentimental "My Heart Will Go On" -- get big play, as do such enduring novelties as Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto's "The Girl from Ipanema," the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive," and Beck's "Where It's At." But the main point of the songs compiled here is a combination of mass appeal, mainstream innovation, and straight-up musical brilliance that results in "a classic." Simply check out the first ten songs on disc one: "Good Vibrations," "What's Going On," "Respect," "Band on the Run," "Always on My Mind," "Heartbreak Hotel," "I Wanna Dance with Somebody," "Purple Haze," "God Bless the Child," "Take the 'A' Train." Wow. A pop fantasy, indeed.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's easy to bash the Grammys if you're a fan of pop music -- especially if you're a record geek. It's easy to spot the omissions, whether it's the Rolling Stones or Velvet Underground, and it's easy to laugh about Jethro Tull winning the first Heavy Metal Grammy in 1988, beating out the quintessential metal band of the '80s, Metallica. These are all valid points, but they're all a little churlish, since the Grammys have never really attempted to be hip, even if they've occasionally given lip service to it. Instead, they're a snapshot of mainstream popular musical tastes at a particular time, as Sony's The Ultimate Grammy Box illustrates. The four-disc set covers a lot of ground in its 73 songs, sampling everything from Vladimir Horowitz to Beck. Since the compilers have taken no consideration to sequencing the set according to year or genre, the end result is a little overwhelming, offering such bewildering sequences as Duke Ellington, Billy Joel, Peggy Lee, and Michael Jackson; Mariah Carey, Toto, Patsy Cline, and Yo-Yo Ma; Beck, Buddy Holly, Annie Lennox, Domenico Modugno, and Boyz II Men; Tammy Wynette, Frankie Yankovic, Michael Bolton, and Woody Guthrie. Clearly, only listeners with the broadest possible taste will be able to sit through these four discs and enjoy every single track, but that's sort of the point of The Ultimate Grammy Box -- it's an attempt to chronicle every aspect of American pop music that the Grammys have covered and, in doing so, prove just how rich that music has been. Of course, the compilers bend the rules somewhat, including songs and artists that technically didn't win Grammys (such as Jimi Hendrix, a member of the Grammy Hall of Fame, but a musician who went Grammy-less during his life), but that doesn't matter since the end product is the same. The Ultimate Grammy Box is an impressive display of musical diversity that is nevertheless a little undigestible because of its diversity. It's one thing to enjoy individual tracks (most of which are excellent), or to marvel at the variety in the track listing; it's quite another to listen to it. The Ultimate Grammy Box can be entertaining -- after all, much of this music was awarded for a reason -- but it needs some hands-on editing from the listeners to make it a consistent listening experience.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998566927
catalogNumber:
85669

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Good Vibrations
  2. What's Going On
  3. Respect
  4. Band on the Run
  5. Always on My Mind
  6. Heartbreak Hotel
  7. I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)
  8. Purple Haze
  9. God Bless the Child
  10. Take the 'A' Train
  11. Just the Way You Are
  12. Is That All There Is?
  13. Beat It
  14. I Left My Heart in San Francisco
  15. Vers la Flamme (Poème), Op. 72
  16. Isn't She Lovely
  17. A Taste of Honey
  18. What's Love Got to Do with It
  19. Stayin' Alive

Disc 2

  1. My Heart Will Go On
  2. Hello, Dolly!
  3. Tell Me Something Good
  4. Vision of Love
  5. Africa
  6. Crazy
  7. Gavotte from Suite No. 6, S. 1012 by J.S. Bach
  8. Don't Worry, Be Happy
  9. Reach Out (I'll Be There)
  10. Rockit
  11. (Just Like) Starting Over
  12. Oh, Pretty Woman
  13. Blues for Pablo
  14. Mi Tierra
  15. Cold Irons Bound
  16. Sunny Came Home
  17. Folsom Prison Blues
  18. The Thrill Is Gone

Disc 3

  1. Where It's At
  2. Peggy Sue
  3. No More "I Love You's"
  4. Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)
  5. End of the Road
  6. Act II: Vissi d'Arte (From Tosca)
  7. Stones in the Road
  8. Blue
  9. Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)
  10. Let's Stay Together
  11. Oye Como Va
  12. U Can't Touch This
  13. Sneakin' Around
  14. He Stopped Loving Her Today
  15. Shining Star
  16. Black Hole Sun
  17. To Zion

Disc 4

  1. All I Wanna Do
  2. Higher Love
  3. The Girl from Ipanema
  4. If You Leave Me Now
  5. A-Tisket, A-Tasket
  6. Theme from Peter Gunn
  7. The Ghost of Tom Joad
  8. When I Call Your Name
  9. Midnight Train to Georgia
  10. Lazy Bird
  11. Your Secret Love
  12. I Can't Make You Love Me
  13. Stand by Your Man
  14. Just Because
  15. How Am I Supposed to Live Without You
  16. This Land Is Your Land
  17. Blue Moon of Kentucky
  18. Blowin' in the Wind
  19. That's What Friends Are For

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leontyne Price   Track Performer
Johnny Cash   Track Performer
George Jones   Vocals,Track Performer
Willie Nelson   Track Performer
Tammy Wynette   Track Performer
Henry Mancini   Track Performer
Woody Guthrie   Track Performer
Peter, Paul and Mary   Track Performer
Peggy Lee   Track Performer
Dionne Warwick   Track Performer
Beach Boys   Track Performer
Michael Bolton   Track Performer
Boyz II Men   Track Performer
Chicago   Track Performer
Shawn Colvin   Track Performer
Celine Dion   Track Performer
Bob Dylan   Track Performer
Earth, Wind & Fire   Track Performer
Gloria Estefan   Track Performer
Four Tops   Track Performer
Aretha Franklin   Track Performer
Green   Track Performer
Buddy Holly   Track Performer
Whitney Houston   Track Performer
Michael Jackson   Track Performer
Billy Joel   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Elton John   Track Performer
Gladys Knight   Track Performer
Roy Orbison   Track Performer
Elvis Presley   Track Performer
Tina Turner   Track Performer
Tony Bennett   Track Performer
Miles Davis   Track Performer
Ella Fitzgerald   Track Performer
Stan Getz   Track Performer
Astrud Gilberto   Track Performer
Yo-Yo Ma   Track Performer
Annie Lennox   Track Performer
Domenico Modugno   Track Performer
Sheryl Crow   Track Performer
Frankie Yankovic   Track Performer
Vladimir Horowitz   Track Performer
5th Dimension   Track Performer
Louis Armstrong   Track Performer
Billie Holiday   Vocals,Track Performer
Mariah Carey   Vocals,Track Performer
Chaka Khan   Track Performer
Patsy Cline   Track Performer
John Coltrane   Track Performer
Duke Ellington   Track Performer
Vince Gill   Track Performer
B.B. King   Track Performer
LeAnn Rimes   Track Performer
Carlos Santana   Track Performer
Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys   Track Performer
Chick Webb & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Gladys Knight & the Pips   Track Performer
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass   Track Performer
Jimi Hendrix Experience   Track Performer
Paul McCartney & Wings   Track Performer
Rufus   Track Performer

Technical Credits

MC Hammer   Producer
Chet Atkins   Producer
Jerry Reed   Producer
Herb Alpert   Producer
Bee Gees   Producer
Marvin Gaye   Producer
John Lennon   Producer
Material   Producer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Bonnie Raitt   Producer
Soundgarden   Producer
Bruce Springsteen   Producer
Toto   Producer
Luther Vandross   Composer,Producer
Maurice White   Producer
Brian Wilson   Producer
Steve Winwood   Producer
Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Producer
Quincy Jones   Producer
Robert Kraft   Producer
Bobby McFerrin   Producer
Santana   Producer
Burt Bacharach   Producer
Carole Bayer Sager   Producer
Jerry Leiber   Producer
Willie Mitchell   Producer
Yoko Ono   Producer
Art Satherley   Producer
James Horner   Composer,Producer
Beck   Producer
Albhy Galuten   Producer
Ernie Altschuler   Producer
Moses Asch   Producer
George Avakian   Producer
Michael Beinhorn   Producer
Bill Bottrell   Producer
Owen Bradley   Producer
Terry Britten   Producer
Terry Brown   Producer
Tony Camillo   Producer
Mariah Carey   Composer
Mary Chapin Carpenter   Producer
Jorge Casas   Producer
Fred Catero   Producer
Chas Chandler   Producer
John Coltrane   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Jack Douglas   Producer
Daryl Dybka   Producer
Geoff Emerick   Producer
Emilio Estefan   Producer
Fred Foster   Producer
Thomas Frost   Producer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Linda Goldstein   Producer
Albert B. Grossman   Producer
James William Guercio   Producer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Bones Howe   Producer
John Jennings   Producer
Will Jennings   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Daniel Lanois   Producer
Rhett Lawrence   Producer
John Leventhal   Producer
Alfred Lion   Producer
Stephen Lipson   Producer
George Merrill   Composer
Harry Meyerson   Producer
Narada Michael Walden   Producer
Chips Moman   Producer
Bob Monaco   Producer
Jerry Moss   Producer
Michael Omartian   Producer
Clay Ostwald   Producer
Chuck Plotkin   Producer
Phil Ramone   Producer
L.A. Reid   Producer
Mike Reid   Composer
Karl Richardson   Producer
Leo Robin   Composer
Shannon Rubicam   Composer
Bobby Scott   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Producer
Charles Stepney   Producer
Mike Stoller   Producer
Bill Szymczyk   Producer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Russ Titelman   Producer
Reed Vertelney   Composer
Don Was   Producer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Stevie Wonder   Producer
Richard Mohr   Producer
Robert K. Oermann   Liner Notes
Michael Kapp   Producer
Ron Weisner   Producer
Simon Rady   Producer
Michael Green   Executive Producer
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Producer
Bob Shelton   Composer
Joe Shelton   Composer
Dust Brothers   Producer
Lauryn Hill   Producer
Gabrielle Raumberger   Art Direction
Wilbur C. Rimes   Producer
Philip Coady   Producer
Ben Margulies   Composer
Bill Dees   Composer
Ric Marlow   Composer
James Allen II Shamblin   Composer
George Cory   Composer
Douglass Cross   Composer
Joseph Kiely   Illustrations
Laurence Hill   Producer
Joseph Hughes   Composer
David Freeman   Composer
Che Guevara   Producer

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