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• SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “How Dawgit – The Anthology: The Columbia Years”, a luxurious 2-CD set by the legendary Ramsey Lewis, spanning the award-winning musician, producer and composer’s seventeen-year tenure with Columbia Records, featuring 37 tracks including all of Ramsey’s charted hits for the label, selected key singles and notable LP cuts drawn from among the eighteen albums he recorded for the label.

• The Chicago-born octogenarian began his journey as a recording artist at Chess Records in 1966, achieving chart success with his soulful covers of such tracks as ‘The In Crowd’, ‘Wade In The Water’ and ‘Hang On Sloopy’.

• In 1972, Ramsey – initially with his famed trio (whose ranks had included a young Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire as drummer) – began recording a series of critically-acclaimed albums for Columbia including “Upendo Ni Pamoja,” “Funky Serenity” and “Solar Wind.” In 1974, teaming with White – whose EW&F group was in its ascendancy – Ramsey scored his biggest across-the-board hit with the now-timeless classic ‘Sun Goddess’ (the full eight-minute-plus version of which is included here).

• This stellar anthology, compiled by SoulMusic Records’ David Nathan with superb notes by renowned UK writer Charles Waring including extensive quotes from Ramsey himself, with top grade remastering by Nick Robbins, features production work from a range of producers including Ramsey, Larry Dunn, Tom Tom Washington and Bert DeCoteaux. Also included are three tracks from Ramsey’s initial 1984 pairing with song stylist supreme Nancy Wilson as well as full length versions of some of Ramsey’s charted hits including ‘Kufanya Mapenzi’ and ‘Brazilica’.

DISC ONE: WHAT IT IS! (1972-1977)
1. SLIPPING INTO DARKNESS - The Ramsey Lewis Trio
2. ETERNAL PEACE - The Ramsey Lewis Trio
3. KUFANYA MAPENZI (MAKING LOVE)
4. WHAT IT IS!
5. HANG ON SLOOPY (FUNKY REGGAE STYLE)
6. HI-HEEL SNEAKERS
7. WADE IN THE WATER
8. THE EVERYWHERE CALYPSO
9. SUMMER BREEZE
10. HOT DAWGIT - Ramsey Lewis & Earth, Wind & Fire
11. TAMBURA
12. SUN GODDESS - Ramsey Lewis & Earth, Wind & Fire
13. JUNGLE STRUT
14. THAT'S THE WAY OF THE WORLD
15. DON'T IT FEEL GOOD
16. WHAT'S THE NAME OF THIS FUNK (SPIDER MAN)
17. BRAZILICA (LP)
18. SPRING HIGH
19. TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD

DISC TWO: SO MUCH MORE (1978-1989)
1. ALL THE WAY LIVE
2. AQUARIUS / LET THE SUNSHINE IN (FROM "HAIR")
3. WEARIN' IT OUT
4. WHISPER ZONE
5. COME BACK JACK
6. SO MUCH MORE (featuring Alice Echols Sanderson)
7. LAKESHORE COWBOY
8. YOU NEVER KNOW (featuring Alice Echols And Morris Gray)
9. SASSY STEW
10. UP WHERE WE BELONG (featuring Morris Gray & Pat Shannon)
11. THE TWO OF US - Ramsey Lewis & Nancy Wilson featuring Daryl Coley
12. MIDNIGHT RENDEZVOUS - Ramsey Lewis & Nancy Wilson
13. QUIET STORM - Ramsey Lewis & Nancy Wilson
14. THIS AIN'T NO FANTASY
15. SLOW DANCIN'
16. 7-11
17. MY LOVE WILL LEAD YOU HOME
18. EYE ON YOU

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