Their Complete National Recordings 1947-1950

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All Music Guide - John Bush
The Ravens never made an impact equal to their talent, stranded as they were between the debut of black harmony pop with the Ink Spots and Mills Brothers and the doo wop explosion of the early '50s that they helped engender. And without a big hit, like contemporaries the Orioles, the group hasn't been treated with much respect by reissue labels or collectors. After several spotty digital-era collections that rarely gave them their due, Savoy Jazz released the three-disc Their Complete National Recordings 1947-1950 compilation, one that finally gathered all the group's classic sides on one set. Alongside the familiar performances -- "Ol' Man River," "Write Me a Letter," and ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
The Ravens never made an impact equal to their talent, stranded as they were between the debut of black harmony pop with the Ink Spots and Mills Brothers and the doo wop explosion of the early '50s that they helped engender. And without a big hit, like contemporaries the Orioles, the group hasn't been treated with much respect by reissue labels or collectors. After several spotty digital-era collections that rarely gave them their due, Savoy Jazz released the three-disc Their Complete National Recordings 1947-1950 compilation, one that finally gathered all the group's classic sides on one set. Alongside the familiar performances -- "Ol' Man River," "Write Me a Letter," and "Be I Bumble Bee or Not" -- are a smattering of unreleased alternate takes and a cappellas, most of them interesting only for collectors. A few of the Ravens' neglected performances shine with this treatment, including "Deep Purple," wherein the group's star, Jimmy Ricks, wraps his gauzy bass vocals around the entire production like a safety net. The sound is also better than on previous National-era collections such as Be I Bumble Bee or Not.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Savoy Jazz
  • UPC: 795041730428
  • Catalog Number: 17304

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ol' Man River (3:00)
  2. 2 Mahzel (Means Good Luck) (3:12)
  3. 3 For You (2:58)
  4. 4 Would You Believe Me (3:07)
  5. 5 Write Me a Letter (2:53)
  6. 6 Summertime (2:56)
  7. 7 Until the Real Thing Comes Along (3:10)
  8. 8 September Song (3:12)
  9. 9 Always (2:47)
  10. 10 Once in a While (3:03)
  11. 11 I Don't Know Why (I Love You Like I Do) (2:49)
  12. 12 Searching for Love (3:09)
  13. 13 Rooster (2:52)
  14. 14 Be I Bumble Bee or Not (3:07)
  15. 15 I'm Afraid of You (2:48)
  16. 16 Always (2:51)
  17. 17 Fool That I Am (3:03)
  18. 18 Together (2:48)
  19. 19 Send for Me If You Need Me (2:49)
  20. 20 There's No You (3:00)
  21. 21 How Could I Know? (3:02)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sylvia (2:39)
  2. 2 The House I Live In (3:06)
  3. 3 Rickey's Blues (2:37)
  4. 4 It's Too Soon to Know (3:05)
  5. 5 Be on Your Merry Way (3:09)
  6. 6 Silent Night (2:52)
  7. 7 White Christmas (3:08)
  8. 8 Leave My Gal Alone (2:31)
  9. 9 Deep Purple (2:42)
  10. 10 Sylvia (2:40)
  11. 11 The House I Live In (2:59)
  12. 12 Tea for Two (2:43)
  13. 13 Rickey's Blues (2:32)
  14. 14 Without a Song (3:18)
  15. 15 Marie (2:51)
  16. 16 There's Nothing Like a Woman in Love (2:57)
  17. 17 Careless Love (2:30)
  18. 18 If You Didn't Mean It (3:00)
  19. 19 Moonglow (2:38)
  20. 20 Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You) (2:17)
  21. 21 Lilacs in the Rain (3:11)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Tea for Two (2:25)
  2. 2 Get Wise Baby (2:38)
  3. 3 Until the Real Thing Comes Along (3:14)
  4. 4 Once in a While (3:03)
  5. 5 Bless You (For Being an Angel) (2:54)
  6. 6 I've Been a Fool (For Thinking You Cared) (2:46)
  7. 7 It's the Talk of the Town (3:17)
  8. 8 I Don't Have to Ride No More (2:58)
  9. 9 No More Kisses for Baby (3:12)
  10. 10 I'm Gonna Paper All My Walls With Your Love Letters (2:19)
  11. 11 Count Every Star (2:59)
  12. 12 Time Is Marching On (2:46)
  13. 13 Time Is Marching On (2:45)
  14. 14 The Cadillac Song (3:04)
  15. 15 Phantom Stage Coach (2:56)
  16. 16 Please Believe Me (2:56)
  17. 17 I'm Afraid of You (3:04)
  18. 18 I'm Gonna Take to the Road (2:32)
  19. 19 Get Wise Baby (2:40)
  20. 20 Comin' Back Home (3:00)
  21. 21 Who's Sorry Now (2:43)
  22. 22 I've Got the World on a String (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Ravens Primary Artist
Jimmy Ricks Vocals
Howard Biggs Piano
Bill Sanford Piano
Maithe Marshall Vocals
Leonard Puzey Vocals
Louis Heyward Vocals
Warren Suttles Vocals
Richard Cannon Vocals
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Irving Mills Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Earl Robinson Composer
Jimmy Ricks Composer
Ray Heindorf Composer
Jimmy Kennedy Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Steve Backer Executive Producer
Donald Baker Composer
Howard Biggs Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Saul Chaplin Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Michael Edwards Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Bud Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Will Hudson Composer
Bert Kalmar Composer
Martha E. Koenig Composer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Al J. Neiburg Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
David Raksin Composer
Frank Signorelli Composer
Ted Snyder Composer
Marty Symes Composer
Roy Turk Composer
Billy Vera Producer, Annotation
Bernie Wayne Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Bill Sanford Composer
Hal Hopper Composer
Teddy Powell Composer
Matty Malneck Composer
Ollie Jones Contributor
Maithe Marshall Composer
Leonard Puzey Composer
Louis Heyward Composer
DuBose Heyward Composer
Charles Tobias Composer
Maxwell Anderson Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Tom Adair Composer
Joseph Mohr Composer
Sammy Gallop Composer
Helen Miller Composer
Louis Singer Composer
Al Bryan Composer
Deborah Chessler Composer
Bruno Coquatrix Composer
Mann Holiner Composer
Alberta Nichols Composer
Joe Burke Composer
Edward Lane Composer
Frank Capano Composer
Joe "Cornbread" Thomas Composer
Billy Rose Composer
Fay Whitman Manus Composer
Jimmie Hodges Composer
L.E. Freeman Composer
Lewis Allan Composer
Morty Berk Composer
M.K. Jerome Composer
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