Gold

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Dinah Washington's digital discography is riddled with compilations that brandish the word "Gold," as in "Golden Classics," "Golden Hits," "Golden Songs," "Golden Greats," "Golden Stars," and "Goldies." All that glitter, however, does not necessarily describe or guarantee well-produced collections. Happily, Verve's 2007 double-disc Washington anthology deserves its title, which simply consists of the word "Gold." Opening with her debut session (for Harry Lim's Keynote label on December 19, 1943) and following her progress across most of her 20-year recording career, this excellent chronological survey documents her triumphs as a rhythm & blues, jazz, and pop vocalist....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Dinah Washington's digital discography is riddled with compilations that brandish the word "Gold," as in "Golden Classics," "Golden Hits," "Golden Songs," "Golden Greats," "Golden Stars," and "Goldies." All that glitter, however, does not necessarily describe or guarantee well-produced collections. Happily, Verve's 2007 double-disc Washington anthology deserves its title, which simply consists of the word "Gold." Opening with her debut session (for Harry Lim's Keynote label on December 19, 1943) and following her progress across most of her 20-year recording career, this excellent chronological survey documents her triumphs as a rhythm & blues, jazz, and pop vocalist. The real jazz selections, in particular the nearly ten-minute take on "Lover Come Back to Me," demonstrate this gorgeous and powerful woman's "Don't Tread on Me" approach to music, love and life. Her formidable, somewhat volcanic interpretations of Bessie Smith's "Back Water Blues" and the torch song "All of Me" come from the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. This historic episode can and should be enjoyed as a scene in the motion picture Jazz on a Summer's Day. Backed by the Terry Gibbs Sextet, Washington grabs a pair of percussion mallets and smilingly intrudes upon Gibbs' vibraphone solo during "All of Me," bumping him aside with a sway of her hips and demonstrating more than passing familiarity with the instrument (not altogether surprising since she originally appeared on the scene as vibe king Lionel Hampton's precocious upstart vocalist). The startling segue from the explosive climax of "All of Me" into the string-laden, chorally sweetened masterwork "What a Difference a Day Made" provides a healthy contrast that might tweak those who disparage such sugary production techniques. The lesson, of course, is that Washington sounded great under any circumstances. Furthermore, she consciously made the decision to record with strings as did Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Ben Webster, and Coleman Hawkins. Each of these artists used the chamber or orchestral format to achieve a number of personal goals that included dignity, delicacy, and of course, economic stability. Complaining about Washington's string section is as pointless as poking fun at her wigs, gowns or tiaras. One doesn't focus on Earl Hines' toupee -- one listens to the music he plays. Put aside all preconceptions and surrender your heart. Verve's Gold portrait of Washington is a superb tribute to a sublime artist beside whom a lot of other singers sound immature, insecure, insincere, or anemic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602517402164
  • Catalog Number: 000945302
  • Sales rank: 80,017

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Evil Gal Blues (2:55)
  2. 2 Salty Papa Blues (3:04)
  3. 3 Blow Top Blues (3:19)
  4. 4 Embraceable You - Gus Chappell & His Orchestra (2:55)
  5. 5 A Slick Chick (On the Mellow Side) - Tab Smith & His Orchestra (2:42)
  6. 6 Ain't Misbehavin' - Rudy Martin Trio (2:50)
  7. 7 Walkin' and Talkin' (And Crying My Blues Away) - Rudy Martin Trio (2:33)
  8. 8 (What Can I Say, Dear) After I Say I'm Sorry - Rudy Martin Trio (2:37)
  9. 9 Record Ban Blues - Cootie Williams & His Orchestra (3:16)
  10. 10 Am I Asking Too Much - Dave Young Orchestra (2:50)
  11. 11 Long John Blues (3:13)
  12. 12 It's Too Soon to Know - Mitch Miller & His Orchestra (2:43)
  13. 13 Baby Get Lost - Teddy Stewart Orchestra (2:53)
  14. 14 It Isn't Fair - Teddy Stewart Orchestra (3:02)
  15. 15 I'll Never Be Free - Teddy Stewart Orchestra (2:45)
  16. 16 I Wanna Be Loved - Teddy Stewart Orchestra (2:50)
  17. 17 I Won't Cry Anymore - Jimmy Carroll & His Orchestra (3:23)
  18. 18 Trouble in Mind - Jimmy Cobb & His Orchestra (2:50)
  19. 19 T.V. Is the Thing This Year (2:44)
  20. 20 Am I Blue? (3:15)
  21. 21 (Our) Love Is Here to Stay (2:31)
  22. 22 Blue Skies (10:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Don't Hurt Anymore - Hal Mooney Orchestra (3:13)
  2. 2 Crazy He Calls Me (4:48)
  3. 3 Lover, Come Back to Me (9:54)
  4. 4 Teach Me Tonight - Hal Mooney Orchestra (2:46)
  5. 5 You Don't Know What Love Is (4:02)
  6. 6 If I Had You (4:46)
  7. 7 I'll Close My Eyes - Quincy Jones & His Orchestra (4:01)
  8. 8 Back Water Blues (4:37)
  9. 9 All of Me (5:31)
  10. 10 What a Difference a Day Made - Belford Hendricks Orchestra (2:30)
  11. 11 Unforgettable - Belford Hendricks Orchestra (2:43)
  12. 12 Baby, You've Got What It Takes - Belford Hendricks Orchestra (2:45)
  13. 13 A Bad Case of the Blues - Belford Hendricks Orchestra (2:39)
  14. 14 This Bitter Earth - Belford Hendricks Orchestra (2:28)
  15. 15 Love Walked In - Nat Goodman (2:08)
  16. 16 A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love) - Belford Hendricks Orchestra (2:20)
  17. 17 September in the Rain - Nat Goodman (2:07)
  18. 18 Mad About the Boy - Quincy Jones & His Orchestra (2:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dinah Washington Primary Artist
Brook Benton Vocals
Technical Credits
Bessie Smith Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Sigmund Romberg Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Brook Benton Composer, Duet
Leonard Feather Composer, Producer
Quincy Jones Arranger, Producer
Fats Waller Composer
Dinah Washington Composer
Joe Wilder Composer
Abe Lyman Composer
Noël Coward Composer
Hal Mooney Producer
María Mendez Grever Composer
Stanley Adams Composer
Bennie Benjamin Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Luchi de Jesus Composer
Gene DePaul Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Belford Hendricks Arranger
Edward Heyman Composer
R.J. Jones Composer
Buddy Kaye Composer
Clyde Otis Composer, Producer
Don Raye Composer
Billy Reid Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Bob Shad Producer
Carl Sigman Composer
Harry Warren Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Fred Wise Composer
Chuck Stewart Cover Photo
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Richard Himber Composer
Murray Stein Composer
Donald Robertson Composer
William Sanford Composer
Ted Shapiro Composer
Irving Gordon Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Seymour Simons Composer
Gerald Marks Composer
Reginald Connelly Composer
Grant Clarke Composer
Helen Miller Composer
Walter Rollins Composer
Sylvester Sprigato Composer
Deborah Chessler Composer
Jane Feather Composer
Al Frisch Composer
Frank Warshauer Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Leo Hickman Composer
Fay Whitman Composer
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