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Hang On Sloopy
Blues For The Night Owl
(Song Of) Delilah
Wade In The Water
Slipping Into Darkness
Somethin' You Got
The "In" Crowd
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In 1973, well-known jazz great Ramsey Lewis re-recorded some of his popular
tunes, originally from the 1960s. Having the common sound of jazz in the
Sixties, the 1970s had arrived, where music was soulful and funky. With
that in mind, Ramsey Lewis and crew recorded Golden Hits, also sub-titled
Newly Recorded, All-Time, Non-Stop Golden Hits. Combining soul and
funk with jazz, it brought a new sound to Lewis' previous work.
Starting out with a familiar song, but with a different sound, "Hang On
Sloopy" has the funk/soul sound. "Blues For The Night Owl" has some
great grooves, mixing common jazz with soul. "Hi-Heel Sneakers," a song
recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis, gets the Ramsey soul touch, with some unique
guitar solos and funky beats. "Carmen," the opera favorite, showcases
Ramsey Lewis at the electric piano, creating a unique jazz sound for a unique
common opera staple.
"(Song Of) Delilah" starts out as smooth, new-age jazz, but then
turns into soul/funk jazz, a common sound heard throughout this album.
"Wade In The Water" is more upbeat jazz than soul and funk; an original
sound that Lewis had in the Sixties, as in his original 1960s hit, "The 'In'
"Slipping Into Darkness" is the song that is best remembered for me,
being from a 1970s compilation album, Ronco's Good Vibrations. Lewis'
version here is the long version, as it is soulful, groovin', amd cool.
"Somethin' You Got" is another upbeat bouncy jazz tune with the soul
touch. Lastly, a remake of Lewis' most famous hit, "The 'In' Crowd" is
the last song on this album. This one is much faster than his original 60s
Ramsey Lewis' "new" trio for this album, he, along with Cleveland Eaton
on bass, and Morris Jennings on drums, features a whole new sound, 1970s style.
His group is best defined in this album's liner notes:
"Ramsey Lewis and His Group. New sounds. New qualities. Everything is
original. Only the songs are from the recent past. To be remembered. To
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