50 Greatest Hits

50 Greatest Hits

by Dinah Washington
     
 

For most artists, a collection named "50 Greatest Hits" on a Portuguese label would be suspect at best. In the case of Dinah Washington and this collection, it's actually a pity that a package of this quality wasn't released stateside. For starters, it's large. While this could have been some compiler's subjective list of favorites or a ripoff artist's compendium of a…  See more details below

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For most artists, a collection named "50 Greatest Hits" on a Portuguese label would be suspect at best. In the case of Dinah Washington and this collection, it's actually a pity that a package of this quality wasn't released stateside. For starters, it's large. While this could have been some compiler's subjective list of favorites or a ripoff artist's compendium of a few classics with a ton of filler, it's about as far from either of those scenarios as you are likely to get. For starters, all but one of the 50 tracks spread over these two CDs charted in the Top 100. And the one that didn't chart, "If I Loved You" by Rodgers & Hammerstein, was never issued as a single, but as part of a various artists collection from which it was selected as the representative single. The material here is arranged for the most part chronologically, though there are some questionable departures from this format, and the material ranges from Washington's near definitive version of "Ain't Misbehavin'," issued in 1948 and charting at number six, to her final side, "Tears and Laughter," which topped at 71 in 1962, less than a year before her death. In between are all the favorites, such as "What a Difference a Day Makes" (number eight, 1959), "Resolution Blues" (number 15, 1948), and dozens of others. The story this set tells -- with truly excellent sound and skeletal, but adequate, liner notes -- is how perceptively Washington pegged herself a "blues" singer, and not as a jazz vocalist, which is how she is referred to even today. Here, especially from the late '40s through the mid-'50s, Washington is singing like the "Queen of the Blues" she dubbed herself to be. While not a belter like Big Mama Thornton or Bessie Smith, Washington took the middle road favored by Billie Holiday, expressing every nuance of emotion hidden in the heart of a lyric. This is an excellent introduction for anyone interested in Washington, and a fine and succinct compendium for the collector who has everything.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2000
Label:
Double Platinum
UPC:
8712177016624
catalogNumber:
102004
Rank:
147663

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Ain't Misbehavin'
  2. West Side Baby
  3. Resolution Blues
  4. Walkin' and Talkin'
  5. I Want to Cry
  6. Am I Asking Too Much?
  7. It's Too Soon to Know
  8. You Satisfy
  9. Baby, Get Lost
  10. Long John Blues
  11. Good Daddy Blues
  12. I Only Know
  13. It Isn't Fair
  14. I Wanna Be Loved
  15. I'll Never Be Free
  16. Time Out for Tears
  17. Mad About the Boy
  18. Harbor Lights
  19. My Heart Cries for You
  20. I Won't Cry Anymore
  21. Cold, Cold Heart
  22. Wheel of Fortune
  23. Tell Me Why
  24. Trouble in Mind
  25. New Blowtop Blues

Disc 2

  1. TV Is the Thing This Year
  2. Fat Daddy
  3. I Don't Hurt Anymore
  4. Dream
  5. Teach Me Tonight
  6. That's All I Want from You
  7. If It's the Last Thing I Do
  8. I Concentrate on You
  9. I'm Lost Without You Tonight
  10. You Might Have Told Me
  11. Soft Winds
  12. Make Me a Present of You
  13. What a Diff'rence a Day Made
  14. Unforgettable
  15. Baby (You've Got What It Takes)
  16. A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)
  17. This Bitter Earth
  18. Love Walked In
  19. It Could Happen to You
  20. We Have Love
  21. September in the Rain
  22. Early Every Morning
  23. Love Is Here to Stay
  24. Tears and Laughter
  25. If I Loved You

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dinah Washington   Primary Artist
Brook Benton   Track Performer

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Baxter   Composer
Brook Benton   Composer
Leonard Feather   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Louis Jordan   Composer
Dinah Washington   Composer
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Noël Coward   Composer
Don Robertson   Composer
María Mendez Grever   Composer
Armand Piron   Composer
Stanley Adams   Composer
Dallas Bartley   Composer
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Johnny Cameron   Composer
Luchi de Jesus   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Gordon Kennedy   Composer
Phil Medley   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Leonard Heavy Swain   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Fred Wise   Composer
Famke Damsté   Liner Notes
William Sanford   Composer
Irving Gordon   Composer
Helen Miller   Composer
Miriam Lewis   Composer
Jack Rollins   Composer
Fritz Rotter   Composer
Abe Schiff   Composer
Anna Spencer   Composer
Jules Stein   Composer
Hugh Williams   Composer
Irving Berman   Composer
Jane Feather   Composer
Frisch   Composer
Joe Greene   Composer
Joe Greene   Composer
Leo Hickman   Composer
Fay Whitman   Composer
Fred Royal   Composer
Helen Daniels   Composer
Alfonso Higgins   Composer

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