Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 4: New York Chicago Hollywood

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Vol. 4 in JSP's thorough and affordable series of four-CD sets devoted to the complete works of Fats Waller contains all of his studio recordings made in New York, Chicago, and Hollywood between September 9, 1936, and April 12, 1938. This segment of Waller's astonishingly prolific career found him leading so many inspired and artistically rewarding sessions that Vol. 4 is recommended as heartily as was the previous installation. There are 102 tracks in total, including eight alternate takes sewn onto the end of the fourth disc along with a rare alternate realization of "Big Business, Pts. 1-2," an original cast recording from the revue Hot Chocolates that features a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Vol. 4 in JSP's thorough and affordable series of four-CD sets devoted to the complete works of Fats Waller contains all of his studio recordings made in New York, Chicago, and Hollywood between September 9, 1936, and April 12, 1938. This segment of Waller's astonishingly prolific career found him leading so many inspired and artistically rewarding sessions that Vol. 4 is recommended as heartily as was the previous installation. There are 102 tracks in total, including eight alternate takes sewn onto the end of the fourth disc along with a rare alternate realization of "Big Business, Pts. 1-2," an original cast recording from the revue Hot Chocolates that features a theater ensemble led by comedians Billy Higgins and Eddie Green with bluesy instrumental accompaniments by pianist Thomas Waller. This classic if Jim Crow-infused example of early-20th century Negro vaudeville provides crucial context for the showbiz environment within which Waller developed his skills and ultimately prevailed as one of the nation's most popular entertainers. During the year 1937 Fats Waller & His Rhythm recorded some of their all-time greatest instrumentals, including "Boo Hoo," "Blue Turning Grey Over You," and the famous four-minute version of "Honeysuckle Rose." Eight of the vocal tracks from this period are followed by instrumental flip sides that allow for more solos and creative interaction between the players. This formula worked especially well on the bluesy "San Anton'" and the ebullient "Swingin' Them Jingle Bells." In addition to nine examples of what he sounded like at the helm of a 13-piece big band (Disc D tracks seven through 15), Waller is mostly heard with his core Rhythm band (trumpeter Herman Autrey, reedman Eugene Sedric, guitarist Albert Casey, bassist Charles Turner or Cedric Wallace, and drummer Wilmore Slick Jones). He also performs as a solo pianist (Disc B tracks 23-26); in a jam session at Victor with trumpeter Bunny Berigan, trombonist Tommy Dorsey, guitarist Dick McDonough, and drummer George Wettling (Disc B tracks 5 and 6); and with a short-lived West Coast version of his Rhythm, whose recordings are most memorable for the steel guitar work of Ceele Burke (Disc C tracks 16-23). This group's renderings of "Georgia on my Mind" and "On the Sunny Side of the Street" were non-commercial audition recordings for warm-voiced singer Peggy Dade, and would not become available to the public until decades later during the first truly comprehensive posthumous Fats Waller LP reissue projects.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2008
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065904821
  • Catalog Number: 948
  • Sales rank: 108,233

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 S'posin' (2:55)
  2. 2 Copper Colored Gal (2:55)
  3. 3 I'm at the Mercy of Love (3:06)
  4. 4 Floatin' Down to Cotton Town (2:22)
  5. 5 La-De-De, La-De-Da (3:03)
  6. 6 Hallelujah! Things Look Rosy Now (2:44)
  7. 7 Hallelujah! Things Look Rosy Now (2:41)
  8. 8 'Tain't Good (Like a Nickel Made of Wood) (2:26)
  9. 9 'Tain't Good (Like a Nickel Made of Wood) (2:22)
  10. 10 Swingin' Them Jingle Bells (3:00)
  11. 11 Swingin' Them Jingle Bells (2:59)
  12. 12 A Thousand Dreams of You (2:57)
  13. 13 A Thousand Dreams of You (2:59)
  14. 14 A Rhyme for Love (2:46)
  15. 15 I Adore You (2:51)
  16. 16 Havin' a Ball (3:01)
  17. 17 I'm Sorry I Made You Cry (2:51)
  18. 18 Who's Afraid of Love? (2:59)
  19. 19 Please Keep Me in Your Dreams (2:36)
  20. 20 One in a Million (2:47)
  21. 21 Nero (2:45)
  22. 22 You're Laughing at Me (2:37)
  23. 23 I Can't Break the Habit of You (2:54)
  24. 24 Did Anyone Ever Tell You? (2:41)
  25. 25 When Love Is Young (2:49)
  26. 26 The Meanest Thing You Ever Did Was Kiss Me (3:10)
  27. 27 Cryin' Mood (2:46)
  28. 28 Where Is the Sun? (2:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 You've Been Reading My Mail (2:28)
  2. 2 To a Sweet Pretty Thing (2:34)
  3. 3 Old Plantation (2:43)
  4. 4 Spring Cleaning (2:31)
  5. 5 Honeysuckle Rose (3:11)
  6. 6 Blues (3:03)
  7. 7 You Showed Me the Way (3:01)
  8. 8 You Showed Me the Way (2:57)
  9. 9 Boo-Hoo (2:43)
  10. 10 The Love Bug Will Bite You (2:19)
  11. 11 San Anton' (2:38)
  12. 12 San Anton' (2:38)
  13. 13 I've Got a New Lease on Love (2:24)
  14. 14 I've Got a New Lease on Love (2:22)
  15. 15 Sweet Heartache (3:23)
  16. 16 Sweet Heartache (3:16)
  17. 17 Honeysuckle Rose (4:35)
  18. 18 (You Know It All) Smarty (2:42)
  19. 19 Don't You Know or Don't You Care? (3:29)
  20. 20 Lost Love (3:11)
  21. 21 I'm Gonna Put You in Your Place (2:33)
  22. 22 Blue Turning Grey Over You (4:27)
  23. 23 Keepin' out of Mischief Now (3:15)
  24. 24 Stardust (3:17)
  25. 25 Basin Street Blues (2:35)
  26. 26 Tea for Two (3:25)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I Ain't Got Nobody (3:13)
  2. 2 You've Got Me Under Your Thumb (2:53)
  3. 3 Beat It Out (2:15)
  4. 4 Our Love Was Meant to Be (3:34)
  5. 5 I'd Rather Call You Baby (3:08)
  6. 6 I'm Always in the Mood for You (3:23)
  7. 7 She's Tall, She's Tan, She's Terrific (2:41)
  8. 8 You're My Dish (2:53)
  9. 9 More Power to You (3:01)
  10. 10 How Can I? (3:06)
  11. 11 The Joint Is Jumpin' (2:52)
  12. 12 A Hopeless Love Affair (3:17)
  13. 13 What Will I Do in the Morning? (3:10)
  14. 14 How Ya Baby? (2:31)
  15. 15 Jealous of Me (2:56)
  16. 16 On the Sunny Side of the Street (3:36)
  17. 17 Georgia (3:29)
  18. 18 Every Day's a Holiday (3:21)
  19. 19 Neglected (3:30)
  20. 20 My Window Faces the South (3:16)
  21. 21 Am I in Another World? (3:13)
  22. 22 Why Do Hawaiians Sing Aloha? (3:14)
  23. 23 My First Impression of You (3:13)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Something Tells Me (3:05)
  2. 2 I Love to Whistle (2:46)
  3. 3 You Went to My Head (3:17)
  4. 4 Florida Flo (2:52)
  5. 5 Lost and Found (3:01)
  6. 6 Don't Try to Cry Your Way Back to Me (2:48)
  7. 7 Marie (2:43)
  8. 8 In the Gloaming (3:26)
  9. 9 You Had an Evening to Spare (2:55)
  10. 10 Let's Break the Good News (3:05)
  11. 11 'Skrontch' (3:34)
  12. 12 I Simply Adore You (3:06)
  13. 13 The Sheik of Araby (3:10)
  14. 14 Hold My Hand (3:03)
  15. 15 Inside (This Heart of Mine) (3:14)
  16. 16 Big Business, Pt. 1 - Ed Green (3:37)
  17. 17 Big Business, Pt. 2 - Ed Green (3:09)
  18. 18 Did Anyone Ever Tell You? (2:51)
  19. 19 More Power to You (3:10)
  20. 20 Every Day's a Holiday (3:23)
  21. 21 In the Gloaming (3:16)
  22. 22 I Simply Adore You (3:26)
  23. 23 The Sheik of Araby (3:07)
  24. 24 Hold My Hand (2:58)
  25. 25 Inside (This Heart of Mine) (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fats Waller Primary Artist, Piano, Celeste, Vocals
Bunny Berigan Trumpet
George Wettling Drums
Herman Autrey Trumpet
Ceele Burke Guitar
Paul Campbell Trumpet
Tommy Dorsey Trombone
John Haughton Trombone
Wilmore Slick Jones Drums, Vibes
Caughey Roberts Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
George Robinson Trombone
Fred Skerritt Alto Saxophone
Charles Turner String Bass
Dick McDonough Guitar
William Alsop Alto Saxophone
Nathaniel Williams Trumpet
John "Bugs" Hamilton Trumpet
Eugene Sedric Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Albert Casey Guitar
Lee Young Jr. Drums
Technical Credits
Ted Kendall Remastering
Drew Kent Sleeve Notes
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