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Bill Ramsey: Ramsey Swings (4-CD)

4-CD Digipak with comprehensive booklet, 100 tracks, playing time: 313:33.

This excellent 4 CD set celebrates 41 years of top-rate music from the great singer Bill Ramsey! A jazzman from Cincinnati, Ramsey made his home and his records in Germany and gained a fine 'Schlager' image! Here are 100 unforgettable tracks of high class swing, jazz, and blues songs! And Ramsey's music always featured top soloists and excellent orchestras! Listen to over 5 hours of high class interpretations of standards and classics! 'Ramsey Swings' is the perfect CD set to mark Bill Ramsey's 80th birthday!

An American from Cincinnati, Bill Ramsey came to Europe via the US military -and stayed to make records and a career as a singer, comedian, TV host, and more. During the '50s, '60s, and '70s he was one of the most popular stars of light music in Germany. It is often forgotten that he is also one of the most excellent jazz, swing, and blues singers of his time. Bear Family sets this straight with a fabulous 4 CD set showing the artist in his true light and cementing his real importance through more than five hours of music from 41 years of his career; that's 100 great songs!

His first recording 'Wumba-Tumba-Schokoladeneisverkäufer' - a German hit single from the late '50s that turned into an unwanted stylistic burden. Bill Ramsey can tell you a thing or two about being derided by (mostly) self-appointed critics, but his jazz music is appreciated by the true experts and by an audience of connoisseurs. His fans will love the songs that are here - song after song of standards (from Caldonia and Watermelon Man to Over The Rainbow), immortal classics (Round Midnight, Trouble In Mind, Moon River), fascinating cover versions (The Wind Cries Mary, He-De-Ho, Motherless Child, Proud Mary) and more. Here, Bill Ramsey is accompanied by top orchestras and excellent soloists - the musicians always acknowledged the singer's clearly-evident talent and they loved to accompany him.

'Ramsey Swings' is an unsurpassable overview of the career of one of the most brilliant singers in Germany. An ice-cream man he may be - but this set shows what he is really all about!

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  • Interpret: Bill Ramsey

  • Album titlle: Ramsey Swings (4-CD)

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Genre Jazz

  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Preiscode DH
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4000127169839

  • weight in Kg 0.28
Ramsey, Bill - Ramsey Swings (4-CD) CD 1
01 Caledonia
02 Outkirts Of Town
03 Swing Low Sweet Chariot
04 Basin Steet Blues
05 Big Fat Mama (1)
06 When The Saints
07 Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
08 Hollerin' And Screamin'
09 Give Me The Simple Life
10 Big Fat Mama (2)
11 It Wont Be Long
12 Motherless Child
13 Worksong
14 Goin' To 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 (1)
23 Honeysuckle Rose
24 Angel Eyes
25 Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho (1)
26 Lazy Afternoon
27 The More I See You
Ramsey, Bill - Ramsey Swings (4-CD) CD 2
01 If There's Anything That I Can Do
02 Big Fat Mama (3)
03 What You Gonna Do Now Girl
04 Route 66 (1)
05 Sophisticated Lady (1)
06 It's The Same Old Story
07 The Bright Lights And You Girl
08 God Bless The Child
09 Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom
10 Feed Me
11 Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho (2)
12 Trouble In Mind
13 When I Laid Eyes On You
14 What You Gonna You Now Girl
15 After You've Gone
16 You Are There
17 I Got It Bad
18 You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (1) (slow)
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 Tell Me What I Say
25 My Lean Baby
Ramsey, Bill - Ramsey Swings (4-CD) CD 3
01 Stormy Monday
02 Isn't She Lovely
03 Goody Goody
04 Over The Rainbow
05 I Got To Follow You
06 Lady Be Good
07 Lulu's Back In Town
08 That Old Black Magic
09 Mood Indigo
10 Sophisticated Lady (2)
11 I'm Beginning To See The Light
12 It Don't Mean A Thing If It AinÆt No Got That
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 (2)
24 Tenderly
Ramsey, Bill - Ramsey Swings (4-CD) CD 4
01 Sometimes In Winter
02 Something Lingers
03 The Wind Cries Mary
04 The Shadow Of Your Smile
05 Where Do The Children Play
06 Simple Song Of Freedom
07 Cool Rain
08 In My Hole
09 Thunder and Lightning
10 Hi-De-Ho
11 The Old Ones
12 Route 66 (2) (Rock)
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 (Rubato Anfang)
Bill Ramsey Whomn I think of Bill Ramsey, there's a smile on my face. I wouldn't know of... more
"Bill Ramsey"

Bill Ramsey

Whomn I think of Bill Ramsey, there's a smile on my face.

I wouldn't know of a singer I enjoyed more as a child than'Uncle Bill'. I can't think of anyone who, as a steppke and teenager, could have brought me closer to more standards of jazz, blues and folk in no time than him.

No one else had his television presence, his anarchic humor and his swing instinct.
Not to mention the fact that nobody except him sang a real Hank Ballard number in one of the typical music film comedies of the Adenauer era: Let's Go Let's Go Let's Go Let's Go! When you saw Bill Ramsey, the TV presenter, the actor, the all-round comedian, friend of children and of course Bill Ramsey, the singer, on TV in the 60s, 70s and 80s, you couldn't help but think him a happy artist.

In addition to his hits from the late 50s and early 60s, he regularly had the opportunity to present his first and greatest love, jazz, on screen. Blues, folk and country didn't miss out either.
His Girl From Ipanema with host Paul Kuhn at the Hammond organ in'Paul's Party' remains unforgotten - back when the television was still black and white and the screen could still be smoked with relish.


For the legendary'man on the street', Bill Ramsey was naturally a wool-dyed jazz man who had temporarily become a hitter to the whims of career and fate. There was nothing in the eyes of the occasional jazz audience that could have been disreputable about Bill's double career. On the contrary: Especially these'Jazzleute' (elastic, but always positively meant term) made the best hits. They knew about Bill just as they knew about Hazy Osterwald, Bibi Johns, Greetje Kauffeld or Caterina Valente.

And wasn't that the real American scam anyway? Were Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé and Al Hibbler, BillyEckstine, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan not also swinging top performers, who became conspicuous again and again with commercially invested songs without really making enemies themselves with it?

Wasn't Bill Ramsey the jazziest of them all? So what was the problem?
In retrospect, the artist himself feels this quite differently...

His fellow musicians from Frankfurt'Domicile du Jazz' rejoiced with him about his triumphs as a pop singer. Big band musicians, even top jazz orchestras, liked to play on his records. They knew from their own experience that a professional musician also needs bread music for art music.
But the eternal jazz police could not understand him. Just as his musical colleagues usually congratulated him on his last hit after a jazz jam session over a relaxing beer, so did the top-nosed high priests of pure teaching, the aesthetic-philosophical jazz romanticists trained on their own genius and the editors of better arts pages and late night cultural radio (who, of course, are permanently employed in crisis-proof positions).

The jazz policemen, usually unable to hear an eight-bar solo without falling into hours of discourse about how Lennie Tristano would have played it, did not like to practice in tolerance for an absolute professional, who NEVER lost sight of jazz besides his activity as an entertainer, and - very important! whose jazz always hit the public at large, if it got to hear him.

But this did not interest the ubiquitous'Jazz Pope' from Baden Baden nor many other scribents of monthly appearing jazz cashiers who fall for every impostor.
To say it with the (sometimes too lightly underestimated) orchestra chief Guy Lombardo: "Nobody likes us but the people."


Some editors, producers and arrangers didn't want to play this stupid game. They believed in Bill Ramsey as a jazz interpreter at least as much as they appreciated Bill Ramsey as a grandmaster among pop humorists.
They knew him from his legendary appearance at the German Jazz Festival in Frankfurt in 1957, from tours with jazz programs in several countries of Western and Eastern Europe.

They had brought jazz classics to the stage with him and experimented with jazz arrangements for current pop hits. They loved the musical work with Bill.
Over the decades, as already indicated, radio (occasionally also television) productions with great big bands and combos, with wide-screen orchestras, top soloists and top-quality processed material have been produced.
The arrangers were all masters of their profession, including Dieter Reith, Rob Pronk, Paul Kuhn, Peter Herbolzheimer, Dave Hildinger, Jürgen Franke, Joki Freund and many others (see title list) - and they repeatedly pulled out some extra stops for their Bill.


The same applies to the big bands, e.g. Kurt Edelhagen (WDR), Erwin Lehn (SDR), Paul Kuhn (SFB), Dieter Glawischnig (NDR), Rolf-Hans Müller (SWF Baden Baden), HR, Radio Zürich etc. (see title list).Every single one of the recordings gathered here from the years 1958 to 1999 (yes, correctly read: music from forty-one years!) is a single song of praise for a great musical communicator - a homage to an expert to whom the complete field of tension between spiritual and swing, between blues and bossa nova, between boogie and ballads typical of the time was the most natural place for his musical self-expression and, yes, still is.
Because he is still there, still active and still a perfect ambassador for the great songs of his American homeland. And of course he remains the best singer who has ever appeared on television with a rotating propeller fly.

Anyone who sees him in the concert hall from the audience's waiting room will experience a spirited young man, inexplicably adorned with a snow-white hair and beard dress. Whoever shares the stage with him already knows beforehand: This will be difficult...

Because Mr. William McCreery Ramsey from Cincinnati, Ohio, remains unique and unrivalled.

Götz Alsmann 

 

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