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 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. ...
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Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998566927
  • Catalog Number: 85669

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Good Vibrations (3:37)
  2. 2 What's Going On (3:51)
  3. 3 Respect (2:25)
  4. 4 Band on the Run - Paul McCartney & Wings (5:13)
  5. 5 Always on My Mind (3:31)
  6. 6 Heartbreak Hotel (2:10)
  7. 7 I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) (4:50)
  8. 8 Purple Haze (2:53)
  9. 9 God Bless the Child (2:59)
  10. 10 Take the 'A' Train (2:56)
  11. 11 Just the Way You Are (4:50)
  12. 12 Is That All There Is? (4:21)
  13. 13 Beat It (4:19)
  14. 14 I Left My Heart in San Francisco - Tony Bennett (2:52)
  15. 15 Vers la Flamme (Poème), Op. 72 - Vladimir Horowitz (5:44)
  16. 16 Isn't She Lovely (6:36)
  17. 17 A Taste of Honey - Herb Alpert (2:43)
  18. 18 What's Love Got to Do with It (3:50)
  19. 19 Stayin' Alive (4:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 My Heart Will Go On (4:40)
  2. 2 Hello, Dolly! (2:26)
  3. 3 Tell Me Something Good - Rufus & Chaka Khan (4:38)
  4. 4 Vision of Love (3:29)
  5. 5 Africa (4:59)
  6. 6 Crazy (2:44)
  7. 7 Gavotte from Suite No. 6, S. 1012 by J.S. Bach (3:29)
  8. 8 Don't Worry, Be Happy (4:51)
  9. 9 Reach Out (I'll Be There) (2:59)
  10. 10 Rockit (5:24)
  11. 11 (Just Like) Starting Over (3:56)
  12. 12 Oh, Pretty Woman (2:57)
  13. 13 Blues for Pablo (5:21)
  14. 14 Mi Tierra (4:39)
  15. 15 Cold Irons Bound (7:16)
  16. 16 Sunny Came Home (4:25)
  17. 17 Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash (2:43)
  18. 18 The Thrill Is Gone (5:25)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Where It's At (5:32)
  2. 2 Peggy Sue (2:30)
  3. 3 No More "I Love You's" (4:52)
  4. 4 Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) (3:35)
  5. 5 End of the Road (5:51)
  6. 6 Act II: Vissi d'Arte (From Tosca) (3:17)
  7. 7 Stones in the Road (4:33)
  8. 8 Blue (2:49)
  9. 9 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures) (4:49)
  10. 10 Let's Stay Together - Al Green (3:14)
  11. 11 Oye Como Va (4:17)
  12. 12 U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer (4:18)
  13. 13 Sneakin' Around (4:27)
  14. 14 He Stopped Loving Her Today (3:16)
  15. 15 Shining Star (2:51)
  16. 16 Black Hole Sun (5:20)
  17. 17 To Zion (4:33)
Disc 4
  1. 1 All I Wanna Do (4:34)
  2. 2 Higher Love (5:50)
  3. 3 The Girl from Ipanema (2:47)
  4. 4 If You Leave Me Now (3:57)
  5. 5 A-Tisket, A-Tasket (2:37)
  6. 6 Theme from Peter Gunn (2:06)
  7. 7 The Ghost of Tom Joad (4:22)
  8. 8 When I Call Your Name (4:15)
  9. 9 Midnight Train to Georgia (4:37)
  10. 10 Lazy Bird - John Coltrane (7:06)
  11. 11 Your Secret Love (4:13)
  12. 12 I Can't Make You Love Me (5:33)
  13. 13 Stand by Your Man (2:38)
  14. 14 Just Because (2:29)
  15. 15 How Am I Supposed to Live Without You (4:17)
  16. 16 This Land Is Your Land (2:18)
  17. 17 Blue Moon of Kentucky - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (3:02)
  18. 18 Blowin' in the Wind (2:56)
  19. 19 That's What Friends Are For (4:16)
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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
The 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
The Four Tops Track Performer
Aretha Franklin Track Performer
Al 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
The 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 Orchestra 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
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Track Performer
Paul McCartney & Wings Track Performer
Rufus & Chaka Khan 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 Jr. 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
Steve 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
The 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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