(1973) The Greatest Hits Of Ramsey Lewis

The Ramsey Lewis Trio

... read moreAlthough Ramsey Lewis' career with Chess stretched from the mid-'50s to the end of the 1960s, it was only in the mid-'60s that he made a significant dent in the pop market. Accordingly, this 18-track collection is not so much a representative sampling of his Chess output as it is a heavy dip into...

01:01′:03″ 18 Songs

1
The "In" Crowd (Live)
The Ramsey Lewis Trio
2:58
2
My Babe (Live)
The Ramsey Lewis Trio
4:01
3
Since I Fell For You (Live)
The Ramsey Lewis Trio
4:04
4
Something You Got (Live)
The Ramsey Lewis Trio
3:21
5
A Hard Day's Night (Live)
The Ramsey Lewis Trio
4:59
6
Hang On Sloopy (Live)
The Ramsey Lewis Trio
3:07
7
The Caves (Live)
The Ramsey Lewis Trio
3:15
8
Dancing In The Street (Live)
The Ramsey Lewis Trio
2:52
9
Felicidade (Happiness) (Live)
The Ramsey Lewis Trio
3:31
10
Wade In The Water
The Ramsey Lewis Trio
3:48
11
Ain't That Peculiar
The Ramsey Lewis Trio
2:58
12
Blues For The Night Owl
The Ramsey Lewis Trio
3:37
13
Function At The Junction
The Ramsey Lewis Trio
3:03
14
Lonely Avenue
The Ramsey Lewis Trio
2:58
15
1-2-3
The Ramsey Lewis Trio
3:25
16
Look-A-Here
The Ramsey Lewis Trio
3:09
17
High Heel Sneakers (Live)
The Ramsey Lewis Trio
2:45
18
Uptight (Everything's Alright)
The Ramsey Lewis Trio
3:12
Released 01 January 1973, A Verve Label Group release; ℗ 1973 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

Although Ramsey Lewis' career with Chess stretched from the mid-'50s to the end of the 1960s, it was only in the mid-'60s that he made a significant dent in the pop market. Accordingly, this 18-track collection is not so much a representative sampling of his Chess output as it is a heavy dip into his most popular mid-'60s recordings. Although the tracks do span 1961-1967, all but four cuts were done in 1964-1966. Not that this is such a bad thing; this era was the time at which Lewis issued not just his most popular stuff, but also his best. It's a strong group of his best pop-jazz-R&B material, including all four of his Top 40 hits ("The 'In' Crowd," "A Hard Day's Night," "Hang on Sloopy," and "Wade in the Water"). While some tracks do allow him to get more heavily into the jazz or blues end of things, most of it focuses on comfortable R&B-jazz-pop grooves, even if it's much heavier on adaptations of familiar material that had already been popularized by other artists than it is on original Lewis compositions. ~ Richie Unterberger