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All Music Guide - John Bush
Innumerable vocal groups followed on the heels of the Mills Brothers in the late '30s and '40s, but none of them possessed what the Ravens did -- the mellifluous, nearly narcoleptic bass of lead Jimmy Ricks. Near the beginning of their career, between 1947 and 1950, the Ravens recorded several dozen sides for the National label, 14 of which are included on this Savoy Jazz compilation. The appropriate starting point is "Ol' Man River," one of their biggest hits, with subsequent Hit Parade entries -- "Send for Me if You Need Me," "Rickey's Blues," "I Don't Have to Ride No More" -- taking up the rear. However, 40 minutes and 14 tracks are very slim for a CD collection, and this ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Innumerable vocal groups followed on the heels of the Mills Brothers in the late '30s and '40s, but none of them possessed what the Ravens did -- the mellifluous, nearly narcoleptic bass of lead Jimmy Ricks. Near the beginning of their career, between 1947 and 1950, the Ravens recorded several dozen sides for the National label, 14 of which are included on this Savoy Jazz compilation. The appropriate starting point is "Ol' Man River," one of their biggest hits, with subsequent Hit Parade entries -- "Send for Me if You Need Me," "Rickey's Blues," "I Don't Have to Ride No More" -- taking up the rear. However, 40 minutes and 14 tracks are very slim for a CD collection, and this one leaves out several highlights that the Indigo collection Be I Bumble Bee or Not covers well including the title track.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2004
  • Label: Savoy Jazz
  • UPC: 795041735522
  • Catalog Number: 17355

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Ravens Primary Artist
Jimmy Ricks Vocals
Howard Biggs Piano
Maithe Marshall Vocals
Leonard Puzey Vocals
Warren Suttles Vocals
Technical Credits
Vincent Youmans Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Howard Biggs Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Michael Edwards Composer
Bud Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Lee Magid Producer
Al J. Neiburg Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Bob Shad Producer
Frank Signorelli Composer
Marty Symes Composer
Billy Vera Producer, Liner Notes
Bill Sanford Composer
Hal Hopper Composer
Matty Malneck Composer
J.J. Stelmach Art Direction
Louis Heyward Contributor
Joshua Sherman Executive Producer
Tom Adair Composer
Sammy Gallop Composer, Producer
James Ricks Composer
Deborah Chessler Composer
Scott Johnson Graphic Design
Richard Cannon Contributor
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