King Pleasure Sings/Annie Ross Sings (Remastered)
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King Pleasure Sings/Annie Ross Sings (Remastered)

July 25, 2006

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  Song Title Artist
Red Top King Pleasure
Jumpin' With The Symphony Sid King Pleasure
Sometimes I'm Happy King Pleasure
This Is Always King Pleasure
What Can I Say (After I Say I'm Sorry) King Pleasure
Don't Get Scared King Pleasure
Parker's Mood King Pleasure
I'm Gone King Pleasure
I'm In The Mood For Love King Pleasure
Exclamation Blues King Pleasure
You're Crying King Pleasure
Funk Junction King Pleasure
Twisted Annie Ross
Farmer's Market Annie Ross
The Time Was Right Annie Ross
Annie's Lament Annie Ross

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 25, 2006
  • Release Date: July 25, 2006
  • Label: Fantasy Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1999 Fantasy, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 48:20
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  • ASIN: B000UAYD9O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,888 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Can you say classic? July 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The only word I can think of to describe this CD is classic. Having listened to King Pleasure back in the day it was a pleasant surprise to see this CD with most of his major recordings on Reprise. The first time I heard "Don't get scared " as an impressionable teenagager the song struck a chord with me. The simple lyrics and message as delivered by King Pleasure were perfect, I was an instant fan. This CD is timeless and stands up almost fifty years later as most of these recordings were made in the early 1950's. The scat singing style spawned a lot of imitators but King Pleasure was an original. Although these recordings are different from other recordings on LP they are nonetheless superb, with beautiful engineering that doesn't compromise the integrity of the time period yet has a "clean" sound. My faves are "Jumpin with Symphony Sid," "Don't get scared," "Parker's Mood"," I'm in the mood for love" and the instrumental "Funk Junction." The duet with Blossom Dearie on "Moody's Mood for Love "is excellent although there are better versions around. By comparison his duet with Betty Carter on "Red Top' is memoreable with none finer. The surrounding cast on these recordings is like a who's who of jazz with the likes of such giants as JJ Johnson and Kai Winding on trombones, vocals by Jon Hendricks and Eddie Jefferson, Art Blakey on drums, Paul Chambers on bass including arrangements and direction by Quincy Jones and numerous others. This is swinging music from a different time period that is mellow straight no chaser stuff. You can just imagine a smoky honky tonk with this music filtering through the grey haze of cigarette smoke, times have changed but classics remain. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best... June 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
How to sum up this gem in 1000 words or less? There is no way- this album is just too freaking good. This album, which mixes Jazz riffs with King Pleasure's strange mix of classic and piano-bar singing is a real keeper.
Tge album is a sort of collection of tracks from other King PLeasure recordings, however, from what I have heard the actual song versions sound like different recordings. If you have other King Pleasure CD's I'd grab this one just for the addition of the Annie Ross tracks.
King Pleasure's smokey, poetic vocals weave in and through such classic tracks as "Parker's Been Your Friend" "Red Top" and the awesome "Sometimes I'm Happy". Annie Ross is equally phenomonal with her Jazz/Scat tunes, and makes the perfect dessert for King's hearty feast of Jazzy goodness. The only thing this album is lacking is a duet by these two vocal titans.
I lack the knowlege of Jazz to make any adequate comparisons to other artists- all I know is that since being turned on to this album by my college roommate in 1986, it's been in my collection and played nearly every month from then until now. GO GET THIS CD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless December 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I was hanging out in a Village coffee house one afternoon in 1962 when someone played the juke box and the voices of King Pleasure and Annie Ross stopped me in my tracks. Wow. I bought the album and decades later the CD. I consider the music (Pleasure's "Red Top" and Ross' "Twisted") classic. Ross' vocalizations (of almost 50 years ago) are still very fresh and innovative...even for today. Get this album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Obscure today, but big in their day April 5, 2014
Format:MP3 Music
Sometimes I forget how lucky I was to have grown up in the late 1940s and 1950s, because I was exposed to music like this. To be sure I did not appreciate it then, but do now and am thankful this music is still being sold today.

If you are new to King Pleasure or are coming at this as an Annie Ross (or Lambert, Hendricks & Ross) fan, know that the first twelve tracks are focused on King Pleasure with Ross in a harmony role on some tracks. Ross is the focus of only four tracks. As such there are really two separate sets of recordings (Annie Sings is both sides of two 45ROM records).

On some of the first twelve tracks the female vocalist is Betty Carter. All of the tracks, though, were recorded between 1952 and 1954.

Fortunately there sound samples on this page at the time of this review, so let those guide you because they are representative of both the music and the sound quality. This album is short on documentation, but I have tracked down the who, when and where so you can understand the context in which these recordings were made. Here is the breakdown:

Tracks 1 and 2 were recorded in NYC on December 12, 1952 and feature Ed Lewis on trumpet, Charlie Ferguson on tenor sax, Ed Lewis (trumpet) Charlie Ferguson (tenor saxophone), Ed Swanston on piano, Peck Morrison on bass and Herbie Lovelle on drums with vocals by Betty Carter and King Pleasure.

Tracks 3 and 4 were recorded in NYC on September 29, 1953 and feature vocals by King Pleasure accompanied by the Dave Lambert Singers and backed by members of the original Modern Jazz Quartet (John Lewis on piano, Percy Heath on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums.
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