Bill Ramsey Swings! 1958-1999

Bill Ramsey Swings! 1958-1999

by Bill Ramsey



Such is Bill Ramsey's popularity in Germany that it merits a four-CD compilation of his recordings, spanning four decades. Such an extravagant production would be unthinkable in his native United States, where he's hardly a household name or thought of as being in the top ranks of jazz singers. So it's likely the audience for this box will be primarily (and maybe virtually exclusively) in Germany, where those who want Ramsey will get it in bulk on this 100-song anthology. Though Ramsey has recorded in the German language, all of these tracks are sung in English, spanning the beginning of his recording career back in 1958 all the way to the dawn of the 21st century. For the most part, it emphasizes his interpretation of jazz and pop standards, with none of the covers of American rock songs with which he had some success in his early days. He sings with a slightly gravelly voice, and a general sense of a man whose basic amiability is unflappable, on the jazzier and bluesier tunes, and on the more big-band-oriented arrangements. Less successful are his attempts at then-contemporary pop
ock songs of the '70s by the likes of Blood, Sweat & Tears, Carole King, Gilbert O'Sullivan, and Cat Stevens, which occupy most of disc four; he even tries his hand at classics by Jimi Hendrix and John Fogerty. He sounds more at home, however, on numbers that you could hear coming out of a more mainstream-oriented New Orleans-style bar. A little unusually for Bear Family, which is often a stickler for presenting material in chronological or close-to-chronological sequence, the chronological order of the tracks breaks up at the end of disc three (which puts some 1962 and 1965 cuts at the end of the disc after the running order has progressed from 1958 to 1999). The "pop" selection on disc four covers, in chronological order, cuts from 1970 to 1982. This shouldn't bother fans devoted enough to purchase this set, though the basic notes -- an appreciation (in both English and German), rather than a detailed career overview -- are also not typical of Bear Family, which usually has more extensive annotation.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/28/2011
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 4000127169839
catalogNumber: 2716983


Disc 1

  1. Caldonia
  2. Outkirts of Town
  3. Swing Low Sweet Chariot
  4. Basin Street Blues
  5. Big Fat Mama
  6. When the Saints Go Marching In
  7. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
  8. Hollerin' and Screamin'
  9. Give Me the Simple Life
  10. Big Fat Mama
  11. It Won't Be Long
  12. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
  13. Worksong
  14. Kansas City
  15. Gonna Build a Mountain
  16. Watermelon Man
  17. I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water
  18. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  19. Round Midnight
  20. Cotton Fields
  21. Just Squeeze Me
  22. Moon River
  23. Honeysuckle Rose
  24. Angel Eyes
  25. Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho
  26. Lazy Afternoon
  27. The More I See You

Disc 2

  1. If There's Anything That I Can Do
  2. Big Fat Mama
  3. What You Gonna Do Now Girl
  4. Route 66
  5. Sophisticated Lady
  6. It's the Same Old Story
  7. The Bright Lights and You Girl
  8. God Bless the Child
  9. Boom, Boom
  10. Feed Me
  11. Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho
  12. Trouble in Mind
  13. When I Laid Eyes on You
  14. What You Gonna Do Now Girl
  15. After You've Gone
  16. You Are There
  17. I Got It Bad
  18. You Are the Sunshine of My Life
  19. Sunshine on My Shoulders
  20. Straighten Up and Fly Right
  21. Put Your Hand in the Hand
  22. I Concentrate on You
  23. I'm Beginning to See the Light
  24. What'd I Say
  25. My Lean Baby

Disc 3

  1. Stormy Monday
  2. Isn't She Lovely
  3. Goody Goody
  4. Over the Rainbow
  5. I Got to Follow You
  6. Oh, Lady Be Good
  7. Lulu's Back in Town
  8. That Old Black Magic
  9. Mood Indigo
  10. Sophisticated Lady
  11. I'm Beginning to See the Light
  12. It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
  13. Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me
  14. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  15. Satin Doll
  16. I Cover the Waterfront
  17. Blues Improvisation
  18. Can't Help It
  19. Fly Me to the Moon
  20. Gone with the Wind
  21. Satin Doll
  22. Flamingo
  23. Moon River
  24. Tenderly

Disc 4

  1. Sometimes in Winter
  2. Something Lingers
  3. The Wind Cries Mary
  4. The Shadow of Your Smile
  5. Where Do the Children Play
  6. Simple Song of Freedom
  7. Cool Rain
  8. In My Hole
  9. Thunder and Lightning
  10. Hi-De-Ho
  11. The Old Ones
  12. Route 66
  13. Sunshine on the Mountain
  14. Tides
  15. Real Life Man
  16. Get It Together
  17. This Time It's Your Fault
  18. Danny Boy
  19. Nature Boy
  20. Alone Again
  21. Claire
  22. You've Got a Friend
  23. Harvard Blues
  24. Proud Mary

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Ramsey   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Bobby Darin   Composer
John Denver   Composer
John Fogerty   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Composer
Nat Adderley   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
George Duke   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Johnny Hodges   Composer
Harry James   Composer
Louis Jordan   Composer
Billy May   Composer
Tab Smith   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Cootie Williams   Composer
Matt Dennis   Composer
Horst Jankowski   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Bill Ramsey   Composer
Bobby Troup   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Richard M. Jones   Composer
Oscar Brown   Composer
T-Bone Walker   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Nat King Cole   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Walter Gross   Composer
Ted Grouya   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Steve Katz   Composer
John Latouche   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Eddie Miller   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Jerome Moross   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Gilbert O'Sullivan   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Dieter Reith   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Eden Ahbez   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Ed Anderson   Composer
George Frazier   Composer
Marvin Fisher   Composer
Lee Gaines   Composer
Fleecie Moore   Composer
Jack Segal   Composer
Gene McClellan   Composer
Roy Alfred   Composer
Traditional   Composer
James Hanley   Composer
John W. Green   Composer
William Weldon   Composer
Albany Bigard   Composer
Dave Frischberg   Composer
Jon Hendriks   Composer
Bernie Hanighan   Composer
Viktor Burghardt   Composer

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