Middle Years, Pt. 1: 1936-38

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Part of Bluebird's very admirable reissue of all of Fats Waller's 1934-42 Victor recordings, this three-CD set has the pianist-vocalist's 70 studio performances from a busy 16-month period. Most selections are with his sextet that generally includes trumpeter Herman Autrey, Gene Sedric on clarinet and tenor, and guitarist Al Casey plus there are eight songs with Fats' occasional big band in 1938. Among the many highpoints are "I'm Sorry I Made You Cry," "Nero," "Beat It Out," "The Joint Is Jumpin'" the original hit record, "The Sheik Of Araby" and instrumental versions of "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Blue, Turning Grey Over You." Highly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Part of Bluebird's very admirable reissue of all of Fats Waller's 1934-42 Victor recordings, this three-CD set has the pianist-vocalist's 70 studio performances from a busy 16-month period. Most selections are with his sextet that generally includes trumpeter Herman Autrey, Gene Sedric on clarinet and tenor, and guitarist Al Casey plus there are eight songs with Fats' occasional big band in 1938. Among the many highpoints are "I'm Sorry I Made You Cry," "Nero," "Beat It Out," "The Joint Is Jumpin'" the original hit record, "The Sheik Of Araby" and instrumental versions of "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Blue, Turning Grey Over You." Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/1992
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636608327
  • Catalog Number: 66083

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Havin'a Ball (2:58)
  2. 2 I'm Sorry I Made You Cry (2:47)
  3. 3 Who's Afraid of Love? (2:55)
  4. 4 Please Keep Me in Your Dreams (2:31)
  5. 5 One in a Million (2:44)
  6. 6 Nero (2:41)
  7. 7 You're Laughing at Me (2:33)
  8. 8 I Can't Break the Habit of You (2:49)
  9. 9 Did Anyone Ever Tell You? (2:37)
  10. 10 When Love Is Young (2:44)
  11. 11 The Meanest Thing You Ever Did Was Kiss Me (3:06)
  12. 12 Cryin' Mood (2:41)
  13. 13 Where Is the Sun? (2:35)
  14. 14 Old Plantation (2:39)
  15. 15 To a Sweet Pretty Thing (2:29)
  16. 16 You've Been Reading My Mail (2:22)
  17. 17 Spring Cleaning (2:27)
  18. 18 You Showed Me the Way (2:56)
  19. 19 You Showed Me the Way (2:52)
  20. 20 Boo-Hoo (2:38)
  21. 21 The Love Bug Will Bite You (If You Don't Watch Out) (2:15)
  22. 22 San Anton' (2:33)
  23. 23 San Anton' (2:34)
  24. 24 I've Got a New Lease on Love (2:19)
  25. 25 I've Got a New Lease on Love (2:17)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sweet Heartache (3:18)
  2. 2 Sweet Heartache (3:10)
  3. 3 Honeysuckle Rose (4:31)
  4. 4 Smarty (You Know It All) (2:38)
  5. 5 Don't You Know or Don't You Care (3:24)
  6. 6 Lost Love (3:05)
  7. 7 I'm Gonna Put You in Your Place (2:27)
  8. 8 Blue, Turning Grey Over You (4:23)
  9. 9 You've Got Me Under Your Thumb (2:48)
  10. 10 Beat It Out (2:09)
  11. 11 Our Love Was Meant to Be (3:29)
  12. 12 I'd Rather Call You Baby (3:03)
  13. 13 I'm Always in the Mood for You (3:18)
  14. 14 She's Tall, She's Tan, She's Terrific (2:36)
  15. 15 You're My Dish (2:48)
  16. 16 More Power to You (2:56)
  17. 17 How Can I (With You in My Heart?) (3:02)
  18. 18 The Joint Is Jumpin' (2:47)
  19. 19 A Hopeless Love Affair (3:15)
  20. 20 What Will I Do in the Morning? (3:04)
  21. 21 How Ya, Baby (2:26)
  22. 22 Jealous of Me (2:50)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Every Day's a Holiday (3:18)
  2. 2 Neglected (3:26)
  3. 3 My Window Faces the South (3:12)
  4. 4 Am I in Another World? (3:07)
  5. 5 Why Do Hawaiians Sing Aloha? (3:09)
  6. 6 My First Impression of You (3:07)
  7. 7 On the Sunny Side of the Street (3:32)
  8. 8 Georgia on My Mind (3:27)
  9. 9 Something Tells Me (2:58)
  10. 10 I Love to Whistle (2:40)
  11. 11 You Went to My Head (3:11)
  12. 12 Florida Flo (2:48)
  13. 13 Lost and Found (2:55)
  14. 14 Don't Try to Cry Your Way Back to Me (2:43)
  15. 15 Marie (2:39)
  16. 16 In the Gloaming (3:21)
  17. 17 You Had an Ev'ning to Spare (2:49)
  18. 18 Let's Break the Good News (3:00)
  19. 19 Skrontch (3:28)
  20. 20 I Simply Adore You (3:23)
  21. 21 The Sheik of Araby (3:05)
  22. 22 Hold My Hand (2:58)
  23. 23 Inside (3:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fats Waller & His Rhythm Primary Artist
Fats Waller Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Piano, Celeste, Vocals
Al Casey Guitar
Herman Autrey Trumpet
Ceele Burke Guitar
Paul Campbell Trumpet
John Haughton Trombone
Slick Jones Drums
Al Morgan Bass
Jimmy Powell Saxophone
Caughey Roberts Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
George Robinson Trombone
Gene Sedric Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Charles Turner Bass
Lee Young Drums
William Alsop Saxophone
Nathaniel Williams Trumpet
John "Bugs" Hamilton Trumpet
Peggy Dade Vocals
Alfred Skerritt Saxophone
Lonnie Simmons Saxophone
Technical Credits
Loren Schoenberg Liner Notes
Fats Waller Composer
David Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Steve Backer Executive Producer
Joe Davis Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Mort Garson Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
J.C. Johnson Composer
Orrin Keepnews Reissue Producer
Paul Mann Composer
Norman Moore Art Direction
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Ria Lewerke Art Direction
Nancy Stahl Artwork
J.C. Jones Composer
Alex Hill Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Paul Denniker Composer
John Jacob Loeb Composer
Ned Wever Composer
Howard Johnson Composer
Barry Trivers Composer
Redmond Composer
N. J. Clesi Composer
Joseph Davis Composer
Lee David Composer
Ed Davis Composer
Elton Hill Composer
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