"This CD is the one I consider Ramsey Lewis's best...I looked high and low for his original 'Mother Natures Son' old LP on Cd, and found not only this particular song, but so many of his best and greatest hits on THIS CD..its a profusion of strings, voices, orchestral arrangements that can blow your mind! I recommend it very, very highly..since I bought this CD., its been playing every day, at least.. Go for it!"
Maiden Voyage (And Less)
William Stout | Pasadena, CA | 04/23/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Maiden Voyage is my favorite Ramsey Lewis LP and one of my favorite LPs of all time. "Les Fleurs" is a masterpiece of trippy and exotic sensuality with great ethereal vocals by Minnie Ripperton (she recorded a slightly harsher vocal version around the same time --- with back-up by the Ramsey Lewis Trio --- for her own debut LP). Charles Stepney's production and arrangements are sophisticated yet earthy: simply stunning. So why just 4 stars and not 5? Although the CD added some Beatles songs it deleted two fine songs that appeared on the original LP: "In the Heat of the Night" and "Afro-Boogaloo Twist". Why?! There is no good reason for this. There is still plenty of room on that CD for those two songs even with the added Beatles tracks.
The CD is still available by the way (at least it is in shops here in Los Angeles), so there's no reason to pay premium prices for this readily available (and apparently in-print) disc.
I sure wish they'd release the other Charles Stepney-produced Ramsey Lewis LPs on CD...."
My favorite Ramsey Lewis CD!
dm44100 | Cleveland, Ohio United States | 03/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A lot of jazz "purists" probably take exception to this CD, but the music is just great music, period. I bought the vinyl album when it first came out and have always considered it a favorite. The voices and strings on the title track give the music an "otherworldly" quality that fits wonderfully with the excellent pianisms of Mr. Lewis. "Ode" "Only when I'm Dreaming", and "Le Fleur" are very beautiful, haunting pieces of music that stay with you long after you have turned off the CD player. The cover tunes, including "the Mighty Quinn" and "San Jose" are also very good. For an intense listening experience, check out "Eternal Journey!" This CD is a terrific buy!"
One of Ramsey Lewis' Best
S. Smith | 12/14/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I remember having the original Maiden Voyage album. The music is superb and sounds as fresh, imginative and smooth as ever. This is great music. I'd call it smooth jazz before there was smooth jazz.The musical interpretations are marvelous. I HIGHLY recommend this album."