Centennial Collection [RCA]

The Centennial Collection [RCA]

by Fats Waller
     
 
This edition of Bluebird's Centennial Collection series celebrates what would've been Fats Waller's 100th birthday with a CD and DVD set showcasing the diversity of Waller's canon, from vocal-led tracks such as the infectious "Spring Cleaning" to his remarkable virtuosity as a soloist ("African Ripples," "Numb Feelin'") and one track with Waller on his

Overview

This edition of Bluebird's Centennial Collection series celebrates what would've been Fats Waller's 100th birthday with a CD and DVD set showcasing the diversity of Waller's canon, from vocal-led tracks such as the infectious "Spring Cleaning" to his remarkable virtuosity as a soloist ("African Ripples," "Numb Feelin'") and one track with Waller on his preferred instrument, the organ ("Beale Street Blues," with Alberta Hunter on vocals). The majority of the material is focused on Waller's vocal performances that brought him fame, his scruffy voice crooning out and his absolutely endearing, hilarious, yet slightly dark ad libs leading His Rhythm effortlessly through the swinging stomping-grounds of several songs Waller brought to the public eye and which likely would've otherwise floundered in obscurity. The collection opens with one such song, "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," which Waller made famous in the mid-'30s, but the real gems on the collection are the songs Waller wrote himself, such as "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "The Joint Is Jumpin'." Surprisingly, neither "Honeysuckle Rose" nor "I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby (And My Baby's Crazy 'Bout Me)," perhaps Waller's two most famous compositions, makes an appearance here, but this is actually no loss considering the many Fats Waller collections available containing those two songs with little overlap otherwise. The focus here is less on the accomplishments for which Waller is truly well known and instead on the myriad accomplishments that have mostly lingered in the background of 70 years of shelf life. The CD is accompanied by a DVD featuring footage from the film King of Burlesque, in which Waller played a minor role, a cartoon made in the early '80s based on the track "Your Feet's Too Big," and other clips, making The Centennial Collection a handy set for collectors of Waller but still a very accessible and wonderful place for the curious to start.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2004
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828765995122
catalogNumber:
59951

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
  2. Got a Bran' New Suit
  3. Your Feet's Too Big
  4. Medley: Ain't Misbehavin'/Hold My Hand/What's the Matter With You?
  5. Spring Cleaning (Getting Ready for Love)
  6. African Ripples
  7. You're Not the Only Oyster in the Stew
  8. The Joint Is Jumpin'
  9. Beale Street Blues
  10. Numb Fumblin'
  11. E-Flat Blues
  12. Lulu's Back in Town
  13. Loafin' Time
  14. I Ain't Got Nobody
  15. Carolina Shout
  16. (Do You Intend to Put an End To) A Sweet Beginning
  17. If You're a Viper
  18. Undecided
  19. Then I'll Be Tired of You
  20. Up Jumped You With Love
  21. 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness if I Do

Disc 2

  1. DVD

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fats Waller   Primary Artist,Piano
Alberta Hunter   Vocals
Casey   Guitar
Herman Autrey   Trumpet
Arnold Boling   Drums
Slick Jones   Drums
Mezz Mezzrow   Clarinet
Floyd O'Brien   Trombone
Rudy Powell   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Gene Sedric   Clarinet,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Trappier   Drums
Cedric Wallace   Bass,Drums
James Smith   Guitar
Billy Taylor   Bass
John "Bugs" Hamilton   Trumpet
Arnold Bolden   Drums
John "BJ John" Smith   Guitar
Harry Dial's Blusicians   Drums

Technical Credits

James P. Johnson   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Charlie Shavers   Composer
Chick Webb   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Mike Lipskin   Liner Notes
Andy Razaf   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Barry Feldman   Reissue Producer
Porter Grainger   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
J.C. Johnson   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Stuff Smith   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Thomas Morris   Composer
Teddy Powell   Composer
Ed Kirkeby   Composer
Rebecca Meek   Package Art Direction
Joe Young   Composer
Arthur Altman   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Walter Samuels   Composer
Harold Spina   Composer
Ada Benson   Composer
Desmond Carter   Composer
Leonard Whitcup   Composer
Nancy Beiman   Animation
Sid Robin   Composer

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