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Mother Nature's Son [Import, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered]

Ramsey LewisAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 23, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B00006S2BP
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,784 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mother Natures Son
2. Rocky Raccoon
3. Julia
4. Back In The USSR
5. Dear Prudence
6. Cry Baby Cry
7. Good Night
8. Everybodys Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
9. Sexy Sadie
10. Black Bird

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Digitally Remastered Japanese Limited Edition in an LP-STYLE Slipcase.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic on vinyl is a classic on CD March 31, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a collector of vinyl and ardent Beatles fan, I was always on the lookout for interesting cover versions and then I found this one. I was a fan of Ramsey Lewis too but this album came as a surprise.
It was an interesting Beatles choice to begin with -- so many artists had covered the Beatles early/mid-career stuff that seemed tailor made for 'easy listening' orchestrations (think: Yesterday, Michelle, Something). I was astounded then to hear the White Album covered. The interpretations here were absolutely unique and not just replicas of the originals. Everything seems to work. The key here is in the arrangements -- and Beatles music lends itself so well to exploring new arenas.
I'm sure it wasn't an easy choice deciding which tracks to cover (others come to mind) but the results are nothing less than exceptional. Ramsey Lewis takes each song and keeps a running thread that's instantly recognizable and puts his own spin on it.
I won't go into detail on each track, they really are all worthy. Though my only quibble are with 'Goodnight' and 'Julia' -- pleasant tracks which could or should have been replaced with more upbeat numbers. I could think of any number of songs... Savoy Truffle, Revolution, Happiness Is a Warm Gun and Birthday -- each would have been amazing in Ramsey Lewis's hands.
Concerning the CD itself, the sound is truly astounding. My vinyl copy was in excellent condition but was played on a very basic player but the CD was like hearing something totally new. I've no idea what a '24-bit remastered version' really is, as opposed to any other remastering but it sounded incredible on my 10-year old machine through top-notch headphones. Great clarity and detail. Rich, full sound.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! May 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Ramsey Lewis is an American Jazz treasure!. I have been searching for this album for years. It is a "must have" for any collector of Jazz. I could never understand why it was not put on CD and released in the USA.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense and Grandiose April 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have over 3000 Beatles covers so far and none match the intensity and grandiose arrangements of Ramsey Lewis' Mother Nature's Son. Ramsey Lewis really understood the Beatles music and was able to successfully translate to a jazz setting without losing the original songs' lyricism.

Doing sections from "The White Album" is somewhat novel in itself but these versions have bite. It seems that everybody's done "Yesterday", "In My Life" or "Norwegian Wood" but, how many have done "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey?" Every instrument is thrown into the mix: guitar, strings, piano, bass, drums and even a Moog.

This is a must have for Jazz and Beatles lovers.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STUNNING, VIBRANT, MAGICAL!!! October 14, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Possibly the best album I ever owned on vinyl ... but I wore it out many years ago! Searched for years and eventually found the CD on Amazon. I was absolutely delighted and fell in love with it all over again as did my then 20 year old son. Sadly, the CD (although well-looked after) is not playing properly now. I'm purchasing it again, but wish it didn't have to be a Japanese import AGAIN. Why can't it be released in the US or in Australia?? I do have two other albums of his on vinyl but "Mother Nature's Son" is an absolute standout. Wonderful arrangements, really haunting at times and also sexy and romantic. What an amazing musician! Has anyone else noticed that the CD cover is the original LP cover reduced down in size?! You can read the original print with a magnifying glass. How cute!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece! March 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Ramsey Lewis' 'Mother Nature's Son' is one of the most important albums of all times. Pianist and arranger Ramsey Lewis plays exclusively themes from the Beatles' 'White Album', and does is magnifically. The orchestral arrangements and conduction by Charles Stepney are incredibly creative. It was recorded in 1968, but will be at least a forever and remarkable work-of-art.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Turning Point July 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album was responsible for turning me into jazz music. By 1968 I was a teenager and I used only to listen to Rock and Roll music, specially Beatles albums. The first time I listened to the vinyl record, I knew that a new world was opening to me. The Ramsey Lewis jazz arrangements with his typical swinging are extremely captivating. I hope it will become available for purchase again.

Carlos Cunha
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Masterpiece
This is one of my all-time favorite albums, Ramsey Lewis covers the Beatles, but with jazz. Beautiful arrangements and wonderful piano playing mixed with some quirky interesting... Read more
Published 2 months ago by shinygoodguy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Ramsey Lewis Interpretive Masterpiece!
About five years ago,there started to be a buzz regarding a 1969 album by Ramsey Lewis where he interpreted ten songs from The Beatles White Album. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andre S. Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Ramsey Lewis Plays The Beatles
I bought the record version of this when it was first issued and it has been one of my favorites. I was happy to see that it was reissued in CD. Read more
Published 21 months ago by D. Stopfer
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Search Completed
I originally bought this LP, in the Azores, way back in my Navy days. That one was ruined in a flood, in the 70's. Read more
Published on August 2, 2012 by John P Viveiros III
5.0 out of 5 stars Ramsey Lewis
I have long been a fan of Ramsey Lewis. That has to be one of his best albums!! The use of other instruments along with his piano is particularly good
Published on March 2, 2012 by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Time
I have this on LP from 1969. This is a VERY rare and astonishingly beautiful album of Beatles tracks done with elegant arrangements written by the late great genius, Charles... Read more
Published on July 4, 2010 by Contemporary Media Introspectives
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Mother Nature's son
It's not Amazon, it's the 3rd party retailers. Most of them know when they have a rarity that a niche market will bear.
I'd LOVE to have this CD, but the price of admission is too steep. Maybe someone else will one day offer a used copy at a more reasonable price. Update: This is SUCH a great... Read More
Jul 19, 2013 by Contemporary Media Introspectives |  See all 3 posts
real or recycled lp?
I bought it a few months ago from Amazon the same one at less than 20 US bucks and now they're asking for 50 and even more than 150 bucks for a so-so transfer. How greedy!! I lost mine in the parking lot and there is no way I will pay that much for another one. What a shame.
Jun 27, 2012 by suskie |  See all 2 posts
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