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Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1935, Ramsey Lewis began taking piano lessons at the age of four. Lewis would eventually join local jazz group The Clefs, and he later formed the Ramsey Lewis Trio with drummer Isaac "Red" Holt and bassist Eldee Young. They eventually signed with Chess Records. During 1956, the trio issued their debut album, Ramsey Lewis and his Gentle-men of Swing. Following their 1965 hit 'The In Crowd' (the single reached No. 5 on the pop charts, and the album No. 2) they concentrated more on pop material. Young and Holt left in 1966 to form Young-Holt Unlimited and were replaced by Cleveland Eaton and Maurice White. White left to form Earth, Wind & Fire and was replaced by Morris Jennings in 1970. Later, Frankie Donaldson and Bill Dickens replaced Jennings and Eaton; Felton Crews also appeared on many 1980's releases. Ramsey Lewis has recorded over 80 albums and has received five gold records and three Grammy Awards so far in his career. Apart from his hit with, 'The In Crowd' he has also troubled the charts with 'Wade In The Water' and his inimitable version of The McCoys, 'Hang On Sloopy'. This compilation features Ramsey Lewis and his Trio's most revered and highly praised albums, from the period when they were one of the hottest jazz tickets on the scene, all recorded prior to the point at which the original trio split. Providing a perfect starting point for beginners to The Ramsey Lewis Trio's finest work, and a dynamic reminder for those already well versed, this new 4CD set will surely become the go-to collection for fans old and new.

1 Disc 1:
2 Carmen
3 I'll Remember April
4 The Wind
5 Bei Mir Bist Du SCHÖN
6 My Funny Valentine
7 Fantasia for Drums
8 Dee's New Blues
9 Tres
10 Limelight
11 Delilah
12 I Get a Kick Out of You
13 Please Send Me Someone to Love
14 Brother John
15 Black Is the Colour of My True Love's Hair
16 It Ain't Necessarily So
17 Seven Valleys
18 On the Street Where You Live
19 Dark Eyes
20 Come Back to Sorrento
21 Soul Mist
22 John Henry
23 Greensleeves
24 We Blue It
25 Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
26 Suzanne
27 Billy Boy
28 Decisions
29 Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
30 C. C. Rider
31 Love for Sale
32 I Had the Craziest Dream/I Know Why
33 It Ain't Necessarily So
34 I Love Paris
35 The Way You Look Tonight
36 Song of India
37 Consider the Source
38 Walls of Jericho
39 Angel Eyes
40 Samba de Orpheus
41 Maha de Carnaval (The Morning of the Carnaval)
42 As Criancinhas (The Children)
43 A Noite Do Meu Bem (The Night of My Love)
44 O Pato (The Duck)
45 Generique (Happiness)
46 Roda Moinho (Whirlpool)
47 Cara de Palhaco (The Face of the Clown)
48 Canacao Para Geralda (A Song for Geraldine)
49 Andaluza
50 Look-A-Here
51 Arrivederci Roma
52 I Gave My Love a Cherry
53 Loch Lomond
54 We Blue It, Again
55 Nature Boy
56 I Remember the Starlight
57 Shenandoah
58 Swamp Girl
59 Lonely Avenue
60 Don't Even Kick It Around
61 Salute to Ray Charles
62 Barefoot Sunday Blues
63 Island Blues
64 I Spend My Life
65 Act Like You Mean It
66 Sarah Jane
67 The Train Won't Wait
68 Come on Baby
69 West Side Story Medley: Somewhere/Maria/Jet Song/Somewhere
70 People
71 Something You Got
72 Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
73 My Babe
74 The Caves
75 The Shelter of Your Arms

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