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  • Audio CD (25 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CHERRY RED
  • ASIN: B00FG1F65W
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Whisper Zone
  2. High Point
  3. Tondelayo
  4. Caribbean Blue
  5. Looking Glass
  6. Come Back Jack
  7. Colours In Space
  8. Crystals 'N Sequence
  9. You Are The Reason
  10. Hell On Wheels
  11. Lakeshore Cowboy
  12. Romance Me
  13. Will You
  14. Love Is
  15. Michelle
  16. Don't Ever Go Away
  17. So Much More
  18. Can't Wait Till Summer
  19. She's Out Of My Life
  20. Expansions

Product Description

The Routes album sees his collaboration with Earth Wind & Fire continue after the Success of the Sun Goddess album (which is also available on Cherry Red Records) with five tracks composed by members of Earth Wind & Fire, with the remaining tracks written by Allen Toussaint, who also produced the album with Larry Dunn of Earth Wind & Fire. Whisper Zone and Colors In Space being the stand out tracks from the album. 1981's Three Piece Suite sees a softer Jazzier side of Ramsey, and his Piano playing style is probably more evident on this album than on Routes, There is even a cover version of Michael Jacksons Shes Out Of My Life.

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1.0 out of 5 stars (1 and 1/2 stars) Ramsey unmemorably ushered in the '80s with these two jazz-and-soul-less LPs 17 Mar. 2015
By TheNoomz83 - Published on Amazon.com
This is the once great and soulful Ramsey Lewis lost in bland, mediocre and outdated electro-pop-disco-funk land playing mostly disposable musical fare. The first album ("Routes") has him drowning in synths, while the second ("Three Piece Suite") is awash in overprominent electric bass and percussion (and in a few cases, pointless dubbed-in strings).

His shining (Ramsey-of-old) moment is the tender, reflective ballad "Looking Glass" from "Routes" - and wouldn't you know it, this is the only song where he was involved in the writing...and it's a Steinway Concert Grand solo performance. One can only wonder what it is doing here; or else, why couldn't he have committed himself to a whole album of such worthwhile creative artistry? (Obviously, we know the answer was a cash-grab attempt by his Columbia-label overlords.)

"Routes" also has the slight advantage of New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint producing and composing four tracks: "Crystals 'N' Sequence" is a short-but-sweet pop-soul effort, while unfortunately the melodically gorgeous "You Are the Reason," which could have been prime Ramsey, is instead sabotaged by an annoyingly repetitive, way-too-prominent electric bass line. (The other two Toussaint productions are of the generally forgettable funk sort that do nothing to enhance his legacy.)

From the second LP's title "Three Piece Suite" and the cover photo of Ramsey in a black tux, you would expect a classic-jazz result, but what you actually get are songs so forgettable that you'll be forgetting them while still listening to them. It's Ramsey just going through the motions, half-heartedly, and succumbing to the whole overproduced mess.

These two 1980/1981 LPs were pathetic attempts to milk the last ounces of commercial profit out of the pop-funk and disco crazes which had exceeded their 1978-79 expiration dates. "Routes" and "Three Piece Suite" limped into the '80s with precious little actual jazz content. What a waste of talent! Ramsey Lewis did do some fine work during his Columbia years, but at least a few of his LPs were treated as not much more than mere commercial product, and the artistic bar was appreciably lowered. Clearly, that is what happened here, and only one outstanding track got through: the solo "Looking Glass"; plus the very good Allen-Toussaint-penned pop-soul (not jazz) instrumental "Crystals 'N' Sequence," both from "Routes."
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast shipping and brand new CD 19 Nov. 2014
By frugal buyer - Published on Amazon.com
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The CD arrived in great shape brand new and was shipped very fast! The CD has two albums in one and the sound quality for the Routes was weak like the LP record, but with less distortion. For Three Piece Suite it's typical old fashion Ramsey Lewis. The music just rolls along quite well.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I can remember the joy of new music of musical icons such as Ramsey 1 Nov. 2014
By Sylvia M. Winfrey - Published on Amazon.com
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These recordings are nostalgic for me. I can remember the joy of new music of musical icons such as Ramsey. I had forgotten how funky some of the sounds were. Wonderful,!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 Sept. 2015
By Fuze - Published on Amazon.com
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Outstanding!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 Dec. 2014
By Darryl West - Published on Amazon.com
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