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listen  1. Garden Of BabylonThe Rippingtons 5:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Affair In San Miguel (Album Version) [feat. Steve Reid]The Rippingtons 5:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Aruba! (Album Version) [feat. Steve Reid]The Rippingtons 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Sapphire Island (1997 Best Of The Rippingtons Version)The Rippingtons 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Principles Of Desire (Album Version) [feat. Bridgette Bryant]Russ Freeman & The Rippingtons 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen11. Urban Wanderer (Album Version) [feat. Steve Reid]Russ Freeman & The Rippingtons 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 11, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grp Records
  • ASIN: B0000001X2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The group that gave Kenny G his start is hotter than ever-they've been voted the #1 contemporary jazz band five years running in the Jazziz readers' poll! This album includes 10 of their best cuts, plus two brand-new tracks. Featured artists include Carl Anderson, Patti Austin, Phil Perry, Kirk Whalum and Kenny G.

Customer Reviews

Life is so simple!!
Nancy Faye
Pick this album up if you're looking for some great all-around jazz music.
dj
This group and the music that they write just gets better and better!
Daren Afshar

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Anybody who is a fan of jazz should own 'The Best Of The Rippingtons'- period. If you purchase this album for only song, I bet my last dollar it would be for "Tourist In Paradise," one of the best contemporary jazz compositions ever, and their best song to date. Every instrument is in fine tune and Carl Anderson does some splendid scatting. Personally, I think I based my liking the most on the track "Snowbound" than any other, because Russ Freeman plays the acoustic guitar almost like a hispanic playing a harp. And the percussionist Steve Reid adds a spanish accent to the rhythm with a clave and a shaker. Other cuts that add value to the collection is "Affair In San Miguel," which to me is a song to contributes to smoother driving, and "Principles Of Desire," which branches away from the others as a studio track, with a jumping bassline. And one last song to keep yours ears tuned to is "Kenya," an East Africa-meets-American rock sound, a track that incorporates congas in with an electric guitar. The only reason I can't give them a 5-star is because they failed to include, what I believe is, their 3rd best song ever, "Aspen" in the collection. But, to every Rippington fan- the album makes up for that and more. Go get it!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By dj on February 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Most hard-core jazz artists consider The Rippingtons to be a jazz/new age fusion, and I can see why. This album, and most of their current releases, has a new-age overtone to it via keyboards and synthesizers. Most "best of" albums out there I feel are largely disappointing, mostly because what I feel is 'best', the record label people don't feel is 'best'. My first impression of this album was "I miss Steve Ried!". The percussion on this album is fantastic, thanks to Steve. I wasn't highly impressed with the 'never before released' track "Garden of Babylon", it sounds like something you'd hear during a car chase on Miami Vice. However, the second half of the album is excellent. You'll love "Principles of Desire" if you like subdued saxophone style. "Vienna" is a nice guitar duet that makes me smile regardless of my previous mood. Pick this album up if you're looking for some great all-around jazz music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I own every Rippingtons album there is and highly recommend them all. The only reason I got this one was for the new songs and they were excellent! If you're not like me and you don't want ten Rippingtons albums, then buy this one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Houser on June 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Best Of The Rippingtons doesn't really follow the title. I don't know why that is, either. It was released in 1997. They had many great songs before that. Most of them do not even appear on this record. There are many of their classics on here, but they still could have done better. Their new songs were pretty good.
My top 3 favorite songs from this compilation are tracks 1,5, and 11. Garden Of Babylon, which has a great title and is one of their newly released songs, is a nice, fast-paced track with superb, constant guitar playing by Russ. Aruba! is a good, tropical piece with a punctilious piano solo. Urban Wanderer, which also has an awesome title, is another congenial song with beat.
Concluding, this cd is an o.k. compilation for the group. They could have done better, though. If you want a fantastic, original album by The Rippingtons, then try Moonlighting. This compilation is all right. Thank you for taking the time and generosity to read my review.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daren Afshar on December 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of Russ Freeman since the inception of the Rippingtons long ago. This group and the music that they write just gets better and better! This is a must for your collection! Check out the title track!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric Christopher Mack on November 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I strongly disagree with the track listing here. I don't think this really showcases how great the Rippingtons are at all. Here are my picks for a best of set:

1) Garden of Babylon

2) Aspen

3) Earthbound

4) Snowbound

5) Tourist in Paradise

6) Kenya

7) Girl with the Indigo Eye

8) Passion Fruit

9) Smooth Jazz Cafe

10) Dream of the Sirens

11) Aruba!

12) Kilimanjaro

13) Soul Mates

14) Affair in San Miguel

15) Indian Summer

Of the 15 choices I have made, only 7 appear on the "Best of the Rippingtons." If you were to take the tracks that I've provided, the CD would clock in just under 80 minutes, which is the limit. I love the Rippingtons, I just think they could have done a much better job on song selection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This jazz group provides the best jazz music I have ever heard. This CD provides their best music tracks in one. Anybody who doesn't have a Rippingtons album should try out this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T.G. on January 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
My alltime favorite "pop jazz" band has got to be the Rippingtons. From an audiophile perspective, this material is extremely well recorded, as well as being lively, musically interesting and involving. My favorite song on the CD has got to be "Vienna."

If you like the genre (or want to check it out), I can't think of a group I would recommend more highly than The Rippingtons, and this CD gives a good taste of what's available out there.

P.S. to the previous reviewer who said he felt embarrassed about liking the group -- come on man, does everything you listen to have to be angst-filled "art" that has some supposed deeper meaning? I enjoy this group purely for what it is, relaxing kick-back type music that is involving and enjoyable (so much of this genre is utter junk , The Rippingtons are not).
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