Ramsey Lewis ‎– Mother Nature's Son

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Universal Music Group ‎– 88504
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Mother Nature’s Son is a studio album recorded by Ramsey Lewis which was released on Cadet Records. The album was produced by Charles Stepney and consists of ten instrumental versions of songs from The Beatles' album The Beatles, also known as "the White Album".

The album cover was designed by Jerry Griffith and depicts Lewis sitting at a grand piano in a tropical garden feeding a rabbit with his right hand while holding another rabbit with his left. In 2007, Ramsey Lewis' Mother Nature's Son was released on CD, but mostly for markets outside the U.S.

The album was recorded at Ter Mar Studio, Chicago, in December 1968, only a short time after the November 22, 1968 release of The Beatles White album. It was recorded live with members from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Lewis on piano. Offering a potential clue as to why Lewis had recorded an album of Beatles songs, producer and arranger Charles Stepney expressed his admiration for the sounds achieved by Beatles producer George Martin in a 1970 interview with Down Beat. Lewis in Mojo magazine said "I wasn't a Beatles fan. I'd recorded A Hard Day's Night, Day Tripper and And I Love Her before, but I didn't really get them. But my producer Charles Stepney told me to think about doing a Beatles covers album. I didn't think that they had enough songs to do an entire album but he gave me a copy of the White Album and told me to listen. I did, but couldn't see how I could do anything with it. He was like 'You didn't really listen.' So he arranged a few songs for me and then it was, I get it now." In the Down Beat interview Lewis said that he produced the "electronic texture" effect on the album using the Moog synthesizer, an instrument he anticipated "working with for about 10 years". The following year the Beatles themselves used the Moog synthesizer extensively in the recording of their final studio album, Abbey Road.

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  • Matrix / Runout: 8435395500590 #1
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LH63

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
LPS-821 Ramsey Lewis Mother Nature's Son(LP, Album) Cadet LPS-821 US 1969 Sell This Version
LPS-821 Ramsey Lewis Mother Nature's Son(LP, Album, RE) Cadet LPS-821 US Unknown Sell This Version
LPS-821 Ramsey Lewis Mother Nature's Son(LP, Album) Cadet LPS-821 US 1968 Sell This Version
LPS-821 Ramsey Lewis Mother Nature's Son(LP, Album) Cadet LPS-821 US 1968 Sell This Version
LPS-821 Ramsey Lewis Mother Nature's Son(LP, Album) Cadet LPS-821 US 1968 Sell This Version

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