Friday, July 31, 2009

Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames - 20 Beat Classics (1981)

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Georgie Fame's swinging, surprisingly credible blend of jazz and American R&B earned him a substantial following in his native U.K., where he scored three number one singles during the '60s. Fame played piano and organ in addition to singing, and was influenced by the likes of Mose Allison, Booker T. & the MG's, and Louis Jordan. Early in his career, he also peppered his repertoire with Jamaican ska and bluebeat tunes, helping to popularize that genre in England; during his later years, he was one of the few jazz singers of any stripe to take an interest in the vanishing art of vocalese, and earned much general respect from jazz critics on both sides of the Atlantic.

Fame was born Clive Powell...
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01. Yeh Yeh
02. Getaway
03. Do Re Mi
04. My Girl
05. Sweet Things
06. Point Of No Return
07. Get On The Right Track, Baby
08. Ride Your Pony
09. Moody's Mood For Love
10. Funny How Time Slips Away
11. Sunny
12. Sitting In The Park
13. Green Onions
14. In The Meantime
15. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
16. Blue Monday
17. Pride And Joy
18. Pink Champagne
19. Let The Sunshine In
20. I Love The Life I Live

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