RAMP – 1977 – Come Into Knowledge

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This is another contribution from Groovy Emmanuel who i finally met in Athens a few days ago. This is the first record i choose from his collection (yeah! he gave me a lot of vinyl to be posted here). There’s mythical legend that followed this album… and Groovy Emmanuel explains on his own words :

“Does the name RAMP stand for “Roy Ayers Music Production” actually? Some say yes, some say no! Roy himself did write and did produce some songs in the album, but band leader John Manuel points out that the name actually refers to taking you on a journey, an access to another place as in highway ramps, or an elevation up and down as in an actual ramp…

Whatever the truth is, what it really matters at all is that RAMP’s sole record “Come Into Knowledge” stands for its fine songs, its fine production and its fine attitude, as it is considered to be the holy grailΒ among others in the rare groove collectors community of modern times.

A totally amazing album that has been heavily sampled over the years, centered around some excellent base of vibes trapped by some unique two-female vocals, all arranged magnificantly by Edwin Birdsong, Roy Ayers and William Allen.”

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original ABC Record LP including covers.

A1 The American Promise 6:30
A2 I Just Love You 4:55
A3 Give It4:40
A4 Everybody Loves the Sunshine 3:42
B1 Come Into Knowledge4:37
B2 Try, Try, Try4:55
B3 Daylight 4:12
B4 Look Into the Sky 4:42
B5 Deep Velvet 3:33

Credits: Arranged – Edwin Birdsong , Roy Ayers , William Allen
Bass – Nate White
Drums, percussion – John Manuel
Guitar – Landy Shores
Lead Vocal – Sharon Matthews , Sibel Thrasher
Producer – Roy Ayers


One of the greatest albums of all time – a masterpiece of moody soul, spacey vocals, and jazzy vibes – all produced by the legendary Roy Ayers! Ramp take their name from the anagram Roy Ayers Musical Productions – and in a way, the group’s the summation of all the genius that Roy had been cooking up on his own albums of the 70s – served up at an even higher level than before! The group boasts a unique two-female vocal style – sung together in a mode that had been used on Roy’s own albums, but never this fully – all supported by some complex jazzy instrumentation, very heavy on the vibes and keyboards! Nearly every cut is fantastic – and the album has a strange off-kilter vibe that’s totally amazing, and which has captivated soul fans for years – a blend of mellow and upbeat, complicated and straightforward that’s totally great. Titles include the massive cut “Daylight”, sampled famously over the years, plus “American Promise”, “Come Into Knowledge”, “I Just Love You”, and the band’s great cover of “Everybody Loves the Sunshine”, done in a way that’s strangely both similar and different than Roy‘s own version! (Dusty Groove)


A group that was based in Cincinnati and also an acronym for “Roy Ayers Music Productions,” Ramp released one album in 1977 that didn’t do all that much upon its release. However, decades later, as appreciation for anything bearing the mark of jazz-funk legend Roy Ayers has increased, the album has become a revered rare groove classic. Supported by the excellent “Daylight” (sampled by A Tribe Called Quest for “Bonita Applebaum”) and a version of Ayers’ “Everybody Loves the Sunshine,” two anti-gravity soul/jazz-funk pearls, the rare album has been known to fetch extremely high prices among collectors. (AMG)


A timeless album from the rare groove era don’t come much better than this, Roy Ayers production is blissfully hypnotic and very fresh despite being well over 30 yrs old. However it has stood the test of time and doesn’t sound out of date, and to me that’s a sign of a classic album. The real gems here for me are ‘try try try’, the ‘American promise’ and the stomper ‘give it’ We all know the obvious tracks ‘everybody loves…….’ and a personal fave ‘daylight’ but THE tune for me has gotta be the strangely haunting title track ‘come into knowledge’. With the on / off key grooves the whole album is a timeless classic and sounds as fresh today as it did back then. A must have album. If you can, kop the original vinyl, they hard to come by but they are priceless. I’m gonna get the cd version, as my vinyl is pretty worn, but everybody needs to “come into knowledge”. (by vinylcrook)


Vinyl “reissues” surfaced. A couple tracks were licensed for compilations. Universal Japan put a stop to the nonsense in early 2007 by releasing the album for the first time on CD, later in the year, Verve licensed the disc for U.S. release.

Check vinyl prices sold here, buy a few vinyl copies here and buy the CD here.

Listen up the wonderful “Daylight”

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Conversation for album: RAMP – 1977 – Come Into Knowledge

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 15:21h, 16 September 2008 Reply

    Thanks Nikos. Appreciate it man.

  • John F
    Posted at 16:17h, 16 September 2008 Reply

    Amazing groove classic!!!!!!!!!!!! Erykah Badu sampled the hot opening cut “American Promise”.

  • John F
    Posted at 16:22h, 16 September 2008 Reply

    so so ecstatic.. why is there nothing like this nowadays? Thanx Nikos & Groovy Emmanuel.

  • k02
    Posted at 16:52h, 16 September 2008 Reply

    Thanks this seems amazing.

  • ReLax
    Posted at 19:07h, 16 September 2008 Reply

    thanks for this post!

  • Rich
    Posted at 19:43h, 16 September 2008 Reply

    Many thanx nikos and groovy emmanuel cant wait to see what else he has in his collection.

  • Andre
    Posted at 20:00h, 16 September 2008 Reply

    thanks nikos and groovy emmanuel if roy ayers had anything to do with this then it should be hot.

  • George
    Posted at 22:46h, 16 September 2008 Reply

    Anything Roy Ayers touches is magic! Great post as usual.

  • hooch
    Posted at 00:19h, 17 September 2008 Reply

    thanks nikos – looking forward to this!

    Posted at 00:30h, 17 September 2008 Reply


  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 00:49h, 17 September 2008 Reply

    Roy Ayers must be the jazz soul master of the 70’s. Or should i say the prophet of Acid Jazz? an artist ahead of its time. Ramp proves this too. Great share and post.

  • Seak
    Posted at 01:28h, 17 September 2008 Reply

    Erykah Badu, what a “stealer”! That is not a sample, that is a fuckin’ copy!

  • bowlisha1
    Posted at 02:21h, 17 September 2008 Reply

    OMG I’m so excited I can hardly type. Thought I’d never hear this album again. Thank you so much Groovy Emmanual and Nikos! I am lovin it!!!

  • manny
    Posted at 05:03h, 17 September 2008 Reply

    thanks for posting

  • JTF
    Posted at 08:39h, 17 September 2008 Reply

    Anything associated with Roy Ayers is worth a couple spins. Roy Ayers Music Production (or whatever the bloody hell RAMP stands for) is no exception. A classic!

  • Lester
    Posted at 10:13h, 17 September 2008 Reply

    Yes, whatever is the name the music is awasome. Funky and groovy. A must have.

  • kizza
    Posted at 17:31h, 17 September 2008 Reply

    Yeah, this is classic indeed! One of my all time faves for sure!

  • Larry
    Posted at 18:31h, 17 September 2008 Reply

    RESPECT! dope post man.

  • Tom
    Posted at 19:11h, 17 September 2008 Reply

    Already got this but anyone who doesn’t, grab it. It’s as great as all the reviews say.


    great up

  • Motorgroove
    Posted at 20:55h, 17 September 2008 Reply

    Amazing share. Big up nikos and Groovy Emmanuel. i am sure your vinyl collections have more gems.. thank you for sharing guys. I really appreciate it.

  • Zion
    Posted at 00:48h, 18 September 2008 Reply

    oh god!!!!!!!! It’s Fantastic.

  • Noa
    Posted at 00:55h, 18 September 2008 Reply

    what an album!!! 70’s were the best for soul music.

  • Simon
    Posted at 01:27h, 18 September 2008 Reply

    Thanks for this. I’ve got a very scratchy copy, so hopefully this will be a better way to listen again.


  • Helen
    Posted at 01:56h, 18 September 2008 Reply

    Essential listening.

  • whoknows
    Posted at 06:57h, 18 September 2008 Reply

    WOW! Thanks Nikos…and Emmanuel! The cut “daylight” is classic and I threw it in a SUN mixtape I made, all tunes about the SUN, the glorius star that gives all life…thanks again!

  • Funby
    Posted at 10:01h, 18 September 2008 Reply

    You have done it again brothers!! Thank you so much, i’ve been really looking for this joint!

  • Pedro
    Posted at 11:42h, 18 September 2008 Reply

    Still fresh after so many years. Really timeless piece of music. Congrats.

  • Jack Flash
    Posted at 14:35h, 18 September 2008 Reply

    Thanks Nikos……great post

  • Son
    Posted at 19:21h, 18 September 2008 Reply

    Love it…like i love all these gems you put me on. Indeed you’re schoolin’ man.

  • jerome green
    Posted at 00:25h, 19 September 2008 Reply

    Hi Nikos,

    D E L I C I O U S !

    Thank you so much.

    Peace, Jerome

  • Amarillo
    Posted at 00:33h, 19 September 2008 Reply

    what a joint? It’s not only music, it is ART. Thanks for introducing me to so many great artists.

  • SpaceVibe
    Posted at 02:25h, 19 September 2008 Reply

    Very good post. I already have this album, but more people should know about it, keep on r ocking, this blog is great thanks

  • pierre
    Posted at 03:35h, 19 September 2008 Reply

    A M A Z I N G !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Seth
    Posted at 11:02h, 19 September 2008 Reply

    big thanks dudes. πŸ™‚

  • War
    Posted at 11:03h, 19 September 2008 Reply

    Many thanks for sharing this incredible lp.

  • Andrew
    Posted at 15:49h, 19 September 2008 Reply

    Excellent stuff… Can’t thank you enough for your efforts.

  • joe simeone
    Posted at 15:58h, 19 September 2008 Reply

    Digging this.. Looks like a Killer Gem! thanks for the post both nikos and G.Emmanuel.

  • Markus
    Posted at 17:45h, 19 September 2008 Reply

    Thanks for dropping this one nikos!

  • Badfunk
    Posted at 18:23h, 19 September 2008 Reply

    I saw them in Paris and it was really good. This album (produced by Roy Ayers) is a great album. I still got it, of course, but it’s cool to propose it…

  • Tom
    Posted at 02:14h, 20 September 2008 Reply

    Love you for this contribution. great work.

  • Satchelmouth
    Posted at 11:30h, 21 September 2008 Reply

    Most appreciated!

  • gianni
    Posted at 13:27h, 21 September 2008 Reply

    classic gem

  • Ricardo
    Posted at 00:06h, 23 September 2008 Reply

    A rare gem indeed – many thanks for this forgotten gem!

  • 2timez
    Posted at 01:06h, 24 September 2008 Reply

    good ish thankz

  • Old School C
    Posted at 13:52h, 06 October 2008 Reply

    Another vinyl classic!!! You know, Edwin Birdsong had a couple classics of his own: Rapper Dapper Snapper, and Cola Bottle Baby are two of my faves by that cat.

  • taro nombei
    Posted at 20:01h, 06 October 2008 Reply

    Numerous thanks for this. Hugely appreciated…
    best from Tokyo

  • Traeghy last.fm
    Posted at 19:16h, 07 October 2008 Reply

    Elephantastic stuff. simply ravishing, for the funk trunks and for the soulful rhinos, a gem! THX

  • cafecafecafe
    Posted at 23:48h, 20 October 2008 Reply

    Thank you Nikos for this Roy Ayers production.

  • mg
    Posted at 01:41h, 08 November 2008 Reply

    very much appreciated!

  • liam
    Posted at 07:17h, 26 December 2008 Reply

    Don’t know this at all but sounds like I should – thanks

  • Eddie
    Posted at 10:20h, 03 January 2009 Reply

    great album thank you, been playing the Everybody Loves The Sunshine for years and years. Ed

  • tjacha
    Posted at 17:53h, 17 January 2009 Reply


  • Stuart
    Posted at 12:23h, 04 March 2009 Reply

    Loved this. Danced around the kitchen listening to it.

  • Claudio
    Posted at 16:04h, 07 March 2009 Reply

    great album Nikos. Thanks a lot

  • threat
    Posted at 01:10h, 06 April 2009 Reply

    dope album – american promise!

  • domingo
    Posted at 21:28h, 12 May 2009 Reply

    muy buen disco el de ramp

  • KB
    Posted at 19:57h, 25 May 2009 Reply


  • omi
    Posted at 01:14h, 12 October 2009 Reply

    Funk: the 6th taste. Definately soup for the soul!
    God bless…

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 19:07h, 20 January 2010 Reply


  • Robert
    Posted at 15:42h, 03 July 2011 Reply

    I had to download this again thank you!!

  • holz
    Posted at 06:56h, 05 July 2011 Reply

    WOW. Thanks!

  • Grooveskin
    Posted at 03:35h, 20 March 2015 Reply

    Daylight Sampled For Tribe Called Quests Bonita Applebum. Righteous Groove!

  • Octavio
    Posted at 03:58h, 19 November 2015 Reply

    Would you please have/post this in FLAC, it’s unavailable anywhere.

    Thanks for such a wonderful blog.


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