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Floyd Cramer
Genres: Country, Pop
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All Artists: Floyd Cramer
Title: Essential
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: RCA
Release Date: 8/1/1995
Genres: Country, Pop
Styles: Classic Country, Instrumental, Easy Listening
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 078636659121, 078636659145

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Marci S.
Reviewed on 5/6/2007...
The unique style of Floyd Cramer's piano separates him from his contemporaries, separates him , in my opinion from Roger Williams. He is wonderful.

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The Floyd Cramer disc we have been waiting for!
David Kenner | Fort Worth, Texas United States | 08/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the CD you will want to own if you treasure your old Floyd Cramer LPs of the 1960s. It's a terrific compilation of Cramer singles and LP cuts, many of which haven't been available on CD before. From Last Date to Java to Shrum, there's not a clinker in the bunch. One thing to note however, is that the version of Chattanooga Choo Choo on the CD is a different take from the original that appeared on the Magic Touch LP. It still sounds great though. If you like Floyd Cramer, buy this CD. And RCA, please give us volume two! P.S. The remastering is incredible."
Too Much Variety?
Mcgivern Owen L | NY, NY USA | 07/27/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The "Essential Floyd Cramer" is a mixed bag of instrumental country. FC's reputation as a top recording session pianist far exceeds his success on the charts. According to Billboard, this Samti, LA native had only 3 chart hits from 1960-1980. That statistic hides his obvious talent at the keyboard. I referred to the CD as a "mixed bag" because FC divides the 20 selections between mellow and upbeat. This reviewer strongly favored the former. These include his trademark "Last Date" plus "Stood Up", "The Young Years" and "Your Last Goodbye". For traditionalists there are 2 solid renditions of Hank: "Lovesick Blues' and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry". The other half of the CD is upbeat, which I don't believe is FC's strong point: "What'd I Say", Corrine Corrina (!) and something called "Flip Flop and Bop" were in sharp contrast to the mellow sounds. Fans of instrumentals may consider this "Essential" a 5 star effort based on the sheer variety herein. Those expecting all mellow music in the "Last Date" tradition will be disappointed. To give FC the benefit of the doubt, 4 stars are a nice compromise rating. Country fans should closely examine the sponsoring "Essential" series for well-produced compilations of our past heroes' best efforts. (The "Essential Skeeter Davis" CD has her sung answer to "Last Date")."