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Floyd Cramer: Seven Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles (4-CD)

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  • Interpret: Floyd Cramer

  • Album titlle: Seven Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles (4-CD)

  • Year of publication 2014
  • Label Real Gone Music

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 5036408163820

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Cramer, Floyd - Seven Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles (4-CD) CD 1
01 Sweet Adeline Floyd Cramer
02 Waltz With Cramer Floyd Cramer
03 Dixie Floyd Cramer
04 Piano Rag Floyd Cramer
05 Good Time Cake Walk Floyd Cramer
06 Succotash Floyd Cramer
07 Pretty Blue Jeans Floyd Cramer
08 Jealous, Cold, Cheatin' Heart Floyd Cramer
09 Battle Hymn Of The Republic Floyd Cramer
10 Tennessee Central (Number 9) Floyd Cramer
11 Howdy Ma'm Floyd Cramer
12 Country Gentlemen Floyd Cramer
13 Last Date Floyd Cramer
14 I Need You Now Floyd Cramer
15 Moments To Remember Floyd Cramer
16 Tennessee Waltz Floyd Cramer
17 Too Young Floyd Cramer
18 Mood Indigo Floyd Cramer
19 Sweetie Baby Floyd Cramer
20 Mumble Jumble Floyd Cramer
21 Flip Flop And Bop Floyd Cramer
22 Fancy Pants Floyd Cramer
23 Rumpus Floyd Cramer
24 Heart And Soul Floyd Cramer
Cramer, Floyd - Seven Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles (4-CD) CD 2
01 I'll Never Be Free Floyd Cramer
02 The Swingin' Shepherd Blues Floyd Cramer
03 Midnight Floyd Cramer
04 Have I Stayed Away Too Long? Floyd Cramer
05 Stormy Weather Floyd Cramer
06 Trouble In Mind Floyd Cramer
07 Tricky Floyd Cramer
08 Blues Stay Away From Me Floyd Cramer
09 Re-Enlistment Blues Floyd Cramer
10 The Lonesome Road Floyd Cramer
11 Yesterdays Floyd Cramer
12 Forever Floyd Cramer
13 On The Rebound Floyd Cramer
14 Wonderland By Night Floyd Cramer
15 I Can Just Imagine Floyd Cramer
16 Faded Love Floyd Cramer
17 Let It Be Me Floyd Cramer
18 Two Of A Kind Floyd Cramer
19 Danny Boy Floyd Cramer
20 Corinna, Corinna Floyd Cramer
21 Tammy Floyd Cramer
22 First Impression Floyd Cramer
23 San Antonio Rose Floyd Cramer
24 Alma Mater Floyd Cramer
Cramer, Floyd - Seven Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles (4-CD) CD 3
01 The First Hurt Floyd Cramer
02 Sentimental Journey Floyd Cramer
03 My Funny Valentine Floyd Cramer
04 Again Floyd Cramer
05 The Dreamer Floyd Cramer
06 My Blue Heaven Floyd Cramer
07 Let's Go Floyd Cramer
08 A String Of Pearls Floyd Cramer
09 The Gospel Theme Floyd Cramer
10 Lullaby Of Birdland Floyd Cramer
11 Perdido Floyd Cramer
12 Jordu Floyd Cramer
13 Lovesick Blues Floyd Cramer
14 Cold, Cold Heart Floyd Cramer
15 Jambalaya Floyd Cramer
16 Alone And Forsaken Floyd Cramer
17 Why Don't You Love Me Floyd Cramer
18 A House Of Gold Floyd Cramer
19 Kaw-Liga Floyd Cramer
20 I Can't Help It Floyd Cramer
21 Hey, Good Lookin' Floyd Cramer
22 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry Floyd Cramer
23 Your Cheatin' Heart Floyd Cramer
24 I Saw The Light Floyd Cramer
Cramer, Floyd - Seven Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles (4-CD) CD 4
01 Your Last Goodbye Floyd Cramer
02 Unchained Melody Floyd Cramer
03 You Win Again Floyd Cramer
04 Someone Else, Not Me Floyd Cramer
05 Lonely Again Floyd Cramer
06 The Waltz You Saved For Me Floyd Cramer
07 Hang On Floyd Cramer
08 Out On A Limb Floyd Cramer
09 Rejoice Floyd Cramer
10 The Tide And The Sea Floyd Cramer
11 Portuguese Washerwoman Floyd Cramer
12 Are You Sincere Floyd Cramer
13 Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue Floyd Cramer
14 Jolly Cholly Floyd Cramer
15 Oh Suzanna Floyd Cramer
16 Rio Grande Valley Floyd Cramer
17 Slap Happy Floyd Cramer
18 Sophisticated Swing Floyd Cramer
19 The Big Chihuahua Floyd Cramer
20 Chattanooga Choo Choo Floyd Cramer
21 Hot Pepper Floyd Cramer
22 For Those That Cry Floyd Cramer
23 Java Floyd Cramer
Floyd Cramer KING OF COUNTRY PIANO Country music makes major stars of numerous vocalists,... more
"Floyd Cramer"

Floyd Cramer

KING OF COUNTRY PIANO

Country music makes major stars of numerous vocalists, from Hank Williams (Senior and to a lesser extent, his son, Hank Junior). Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Tammy Wynette to current hitmakers Garth Brooks and Nanci Griffith, but few of country's instrumentalists ever hit the headlines in a similar manner — Chet Atkins (who is part of this story for other reasons), Charlie McCoy, Scotty Moore, and a few other names are internationally known, but these "pickers" (as they're called in Nashville, the world headquarters of country music) are rarely as widely revered as their dynamic talents deserve. With this album, we turn the spotlight on one of country music's most enduring musicians, who for many years has been one of Nashville's premier pickers, piano stylist Floyd Cramer (no, you don't pick a piano, but it is strung, like a guitar, which you certainly do pick). His outstanding talents contributed to numerous very familiar classics of popular music during the Fifties and Sixties, after which he decided to concentrate on live performance as a stage star rather than adding his unique keyboard style to hits which brought great fame to others.

 

Floyd Cramer was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, in late October, 1933. Shreveport is close to the Texas border, and if the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville is the best-known country music radio show in the world, right behind it is the Louisiana Hayride, spreading the sound of country from Shreveport over a wide area some distance south-west of Tennessee. Elvis Presley meant much more on the Hayride than on the Opry, and Louisiana is as famous for jazz, blues, cajun and R&B as it is for country, so Cramer had been exposed to several musical styles when he started playing piano aged five. He was brought up in a small town in Arkansas where he was the only young musician around (before sax-playing President Clinton, also from Arkansas). Although he didn't enjoy piano lessons, Cramer liked playing the instrument "when I had nothing else to do." By the time he was a teenager, he was such a good player that he decided that music would be his career and when he left school, joined the Hayride.

 

He met Elvis at the Hayride, and played on several of The King's early classics, including 'Heartbreak Hotel' and 'Blue Suede Shoes,' and worked with him on movies like 'Blue Hawaii' and 'Girl Happy.' He also added piano to such classics as Don Gibson's 'Sea of Heartbreak,' Jimmy Dean's 'Big Bad John' and 'He'll Have To Go' by Jim Reeves, and having released his first record in 1952, scored his first hit on his own account in 1958, 'Flip Flop And Bop.' In 1960/61, he had three US Top 10 hits in nine months - 'Last Date' went Top 3, 'On The Rebound' not only made the US Top 5 but also topped the UK chart, and his sympathetic reading of the Bob Wills hit, 'San Antonio Rose,' was his final major hit. He was probably a victim of the twist, a dance craze of the same era which relied more on hypnotic rhythm than on subtlety in the form of Cramer's unique trademark, the so-called 'slip note.' This style, which is instantly recognisable, was refined by Cramer, and is the equivalent on piano of sliding up or down a fret on a guitar. Doing it smoothly on guitar is relatively simple, but doing it on piano requires a deftness of touch which only Cramer seems able to achieve at will. In Britain, 'On The Rebound' became a chart-topping smash because it didn't sound like any other record we had ever heard (and it was American, and therefore a lot more street credible than chart-topping British piano pumper Russ Conway).

 

Floyd never did as well again in the UK chart, and the arrival of Phil Spector's girl groups and then British Beat with The Beatles and The Stones made it very difficult for any instrumental act other than The Shadows to make big hits. However, it wasn't for lack of trying, and seven smaller US hits followed by the end of 1962, all produced by Chet Atkins. After that, Cramer concentrated on LPs, and had reached the US chart with seven albums by 1967 ... one encyclopedia lists over 25 Cramer LPs released during the Sixties! He was equally prolific during the first half of the Seventies, but since deciding to work onstage rather than in the studio, his recordings have been less frequent, so that a new Floyd Cramer album is an event. 'King Of Country Piano' includes new versions of those early big successes from the Sixties, plus a fine selection of familiar hits which get the Cramer slip note treatment, from standards like the Glenn
Miller evergreen, 'Chatanooga Choo Choo,' Hank Senior's 'Hey Good Lookin,' Hoagy Carmichael's soulful 'Georgia Oh My Mind,' the Presley Number One, 'Crying In The Chapel' and Don Gibson's 'Oh Lonesome Me,' to more recent masterpieces such as the Willie Nelson/Pet Shop Boys smash, 'Always On My Mind' and Kris Kristofferson's sublime 'For The Good Time.'

 

Even though he'll soon be eligible for his bus pass (or the American equivalent), Floyd Cramer retains his mastery of an instrument he started playing before the Second World War, and that instantly identifiable sound remains as unique as ever. This man is a legend, and his right to be regarded alongside Chet Atkins, Charlie McCoy and Scotty Moore is easy to justify — as you'll hear on this exceptional collection of familiar hits performed in the unique Cramer style.

John Phillips, 1994

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Tracklist
Cramer, Floyd - Seven Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles (4-CD) CD 1
01 Sweet Adeline
02 Waltz With Cramer
03 Dixie
04 Piano Rag
05 Good Time Cake Walk
06 Succotash
07 Pretty Blue Jeans
08 Jealous, Cold, Cheatin' Heart
09 Battle Hymn Of The Republic
10 Tennessee Central (Number 9)
11 Howdy Ma'm
12 Country Gentlemen
13 Last Date
14 I Need You Now
15 Moments To Remember
16 Tennessee Waltz
17 Too Young
18 Mood Indigo
19 Sweetie Baby
20 Mumble Jumble
21 Flip Flop And Bop
22 Fancy Pants
23 Rumpus
24 Heart And Soul
Cramer, Floyd - Seven Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles (4-CD) CD 2
01 I'll Never Be Free
02 The Swingin' Shepherd Blues
03 Midnight
04 Have I Stayed Away Too Long?
05 Stormy Weather
06 Trouble In Mind
07 Tricky
08 Blues Stay Away From Me
09 Re-Enlistment Blues
10 The Lonesome Road
11 Yesterdays
12 Forever
13 On The Rebound
14 Wonderland By Night
15 I Can Just Imagine
16 Faded Love
17 Let It Be Me
18 Two Of A Kind
19 Danny Boy
20 Corinna, Corinna
21 Tammy
22 First Impression
23 San Antonio Rose
24 Alma Mater
Cramer, Floyd - Seven Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles (4-CD) CD 3
01 The First Hurt
02 Sentimental Journey
03 My Funny Valentine
04 Again
05 The Dreamer
06 My Blue Heaven
07 Let's Go
08 A String Of Pearls
09 The Gospel Theme
10 Lullaby Of Birdland
11 Perdido
12 Jordu
13 Lovesick Blues
14 Cold, Cold Heart
15 Jambalaya
16 Alone And Forsaken
17 Why Don't You Love Me
18 A House Of Gold
19 Kaw-Liga
20 I Can't Help It
21 Hey, Good Lookin'
22 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
23 Your Cheatin' Heart
24 I Saw The Light
Cramer, Floyd - Seven Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles (4-CD) CD 4
01 Your Last Goodbye
02 Unchained Melody
03 You Win Again
04 Someone Else, Not Me
05 Lonely Again
06 The Waltz You Saved For Me
07 Hang On
08 Out On A Limb
09 Rejoice
10 The Tide And The Sea
11 Portuguese Washerwoman
12 Are You Sincere
13 Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue
14 Jolly Cholly
15 Oh Suzanna
16 Rio Grande Valley
17 Slap Happy
18 Sophisticated Swing
19 The Big Chihuahua
20 Chattanooga Choo Choo
21 Hot Pepper
22 For Those That Cry
23 Java