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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Dinah Washington recorded a stunning amount of material in her too-short career (when she died in Detroit in 1963 she was only 39 years old -- somehow she still managed to find time for seven marriages), most of it during her lengthy association with Mercury Records between 1948 and 1955. Washington seemingly tackled everything under the sun in the recording studio, cutting jazz, R&B, blues, and pop sides with an assortment of small groups, trios, sextets, and increasingly, toward the end of her life, with large orchestras, and if she seemed to be gradually fading into blander and sleeker arrangements as time went on, her voice always remained focused and coiled, and ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Dinah Washington recorded a stunning amount of material in her too-short career (when she died in Detroit in 1963 she was only 39 years old -- somehow she still managed to find time for seven marriages), most of it during her lengthy association with Mercury Records between 1948 and 1955. Washington seemingly tackled everything under the sun in the recording studio, cutting jazz, R&B, blues, and pop sides with an assortment of small groups, trios, sextets, and increasingly, toward the end of her life, with large orchestras, and if she seemed to be gradually fading into blander and sleeker arrangements as time went on, her voice always remained focused and coiled, and her bluesy phrasing has influenced far more singers than most folks realize. This four-disc, 109-track set includes every side commercially released under Washington's name between 1944 and 1951 (each of the four discs has been previously released by Proper as a stand-alone album), opening with tracks recorded with Lionel Hampton and closing out with a couple of delightful selections recorded with the Ravens. Much of what is here falls to the R&B side, revealing a somewhat rougher style that will be revelatory to listeners only familiar with her later more smoothed-out pop material. This lady could sing anything in any style and make it her own (just listen to how she claims Hank Williams' "Cold, Cold Heart" here). This box is an absolute treasure trove from one of the best singers of the 20th century.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2002
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 805520020435
  • Catalog Number: 43

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Evil Gal Blues (2:52)
  2. 2 I Know How to Do It (3:08)
  3. 3 Salty Papa Blues (3:00)
  4. 4 Homeward Bound (2:48)
  5. 5 Blow Top Blues (3:18)
  6. 6 Wise Woman Blues (2:47)
  7. 7 Walking Blues (2:41)
  8. 8 No Voot, No Boot (3:01)
  9. 9 Chewin' Mama Blues (2:53)
  10. 10 My Lovin' Papa (3:03)
  11. 11 Rich Man's Blues (2:53)
  12. 12 All or Nothin' (2:51)
  13. 13 Beggin' Mama Blues (2:52)
  14. 14 Mellow Mama Blues (3:06)
  15. 15 My Voot Is Really Vout (3:07)
  16. 16 Blues for a Day (2:51)
  17. 17 Pacific Coast Blues (2:39)
  18. 18 Embraceable You (2:53)
  19. 19 I Can't Get Started (2:45)
  20. 20 When a Woman Loves a Man (2:55)
  21. 21 Joy Juice (2:47)
  22. 22 Oo Wee Walkie Talkie (2:40)
  23. 23 The Man I Love (2:57)
  24. 24 You Didn't Want Me Then (2:30)
  25. 25 A Slick Chick (On the Mellow Side) (2:41)
  26. 26 Postman Blues (2:53)
  27. 27 That's Why a Woman Loves a Heel (2:52)
  28. 28 Mean and Evil Blues (1:53)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Stairway to the Stars (3:02)
  2. 2 You Satisfy (2:50)
  3. 3 Fool That I Am (2:34)
  4. 4 There's Got to Be a Change (2:36)
  5. 5 Mean and Evil Blues (2:49)
  6. 6 Since I Fell for You (2:40)
  7. 7 West Side Baby (2:59)
  8. 8 You Can Depend on Me (2:44)
  9. 9 Early in the Morning (2:36)
  10. 10 I'm Afraid of You (2:51)
  11. 11 I Love You, Yes I Do (2:38)
  12. 12 Don't Come Knocking at My Door (2:54)
  13. 13 I Wish I Knew the Name of the Boy (2:31)
  14. 14 No More Lonely Gal Blues (2:49)
  15. 15 Walkin' and Talkin' (2:33)
  16. 16 Ain't Misbehavin' (2:50)
  17. 17 (What Can I Say) After I Say I'm Sorry? (2:39)
  18. 18 Tell Me So (2:39)
  19. 19 I Can't Face the Music (2:57)
  20. 20 Pete (2:23)
  21. 21 Am I Asking Too Much? (2:49)
  22. 22 I'm Getting Old Before My Time (2:58)
  23. 23 Record Ban Blues (3:16)
  24. 24 Resolution Blues (3:16)
  25. 25 I Want to Cry (3:11)
  26. 26 Long John Blues (3:10)
  27. 27 In the Rain (2:53)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I Sold My Heart to the Junkman (3:09)
  2. 2 I'll Wait (3:04)
  3. 3 It's Too Soon to Know (2:42)
  4. 4 Why Can't You Behave? (2:48)
  5. 5 It's Funny (2:36)
  6. 6 Laughing Boy (2:32)
  7. 7 Am I Really Sorry? (2:54)
  8. 8 How Deep Is the Ocean? (3:02)
  9. 9 New York, Chicago and Los Angeles (1:58)
  10. 10 Give Me Back My Tears (2:39)
  11. 11 Good Daddy Blues (2:25)
  12. 12 Baby, Get Lost (2:51)
  13. 13 I Only Know (2:27)
  14. 14 Drummer Man (2:46)
  15. 15 I Challenge Your Kiss (3:12)
  16. 16 Fast Movin' Mama (2:14)
  17. 17 Juice Head Man of Mine (2:44)
  18. 18 Shuckin' and Jivin' (2:21)
  19. 19 Richest Guy in the Graveyard (2:53)
  20. 20 Journey's End (3:11)
  21. 21 It Isn't Fair (3:02)
  22. 22 My Kind of Man (3:24)
  23. 23 If I Loved You (2:28)
  24. 24 Why Don't You Think Things Over? (2:31)
  25. 25 Big Deal (2:43)
  26. 26 I'll Never Be Free (2:45)
  27. 27 I Wanna Be Loved (2:51)
  28. 28 Love (Me) With Misery (2:54)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Harbor Lights (3:04)
  2. 2 I Cross My Fingers (2:59)
  3. 3 Time Out for Tears (3:20)
  4. 4 Only a Moment Ago (2:57)
  5. 5 Fine Fine Daddy (2:33)
  6. 6 Please Send Me Someone to Love (3:02)
  7. 7 Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do (3:07)
  8. 8 I'm So Lonely I Could Cry (3:11)
  9. 9 My Heart Cries for You (2:43)
  10. 10 I Apologize (3:19)
  11. 11 I Won't Cry Anymore (3:22)
  12. 12 Don't Say You're Sorry Again (3:15)
  13. 13 Mixed Emotions (2:59)
  14. 14 Cold, Cold Heart (3:21)
  15. 15 Baby Did You Hear? (3:04)
  16. 16 New Blowtop Blues (2:38)
  17. 17 What's the Matter Baby (2:41)
  18. 18 Don't Hold It Against Me (2:50)
  19. 19 Be Fair to Me (2:57)
  20. 20 Just One More Chance (2:53)
  21. 21 Saturday Night (2:28)
  22. 22 If You Don't Think I'm Leavin' (2:41)
  23. 23 I'm a Fool to Want You (2:39)
  24. 24 I'm Crying (2:42)
  25. 25 Out in the Cold Again (3:11)
  26. 26 Hey, Good Looking (2:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dinah Washington Primary Artist, Vocals
Billy Bauer Guitar
Milt Buckner Piano
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Arnett Cobb Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green Guitar
Lionel Hampton Piano, Drums, Vibes
Jimmy Heath Alto Saxophone
John Hicks Tenor Saxophone
Milt Jackson Vibes
Wynton Kelly Piano
Melba Liston Trombone
Charles Mingus Bass
Cecil Payne Bass Saxophone
Tab Smith Alto Saxophone
Lucky Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Wilson Trumpet
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Tony Aless Piano
Ike Carpenter Piano, Conductor
Willie Cook Trumpet
Herbie Fields Alto Saxophone
Matthew Gee Trombone
Bob Hardaway Tenor Saxophone
Chubby Jackson Bass
Red Richards Piano
John Mehegan Piano
Mitch Miller Oboe
Mickey Baker Guitar
James Robinson Trombone
Jimmy Ricks Bass
John "Johnny" Adriano Acea Piano
Wilbert Barranco Piano
Larry Belton Bass Saxophone
Teddy Brannon Piano
Ray Brown Bass
Walter Buchanan Bass
Jimmy Bunn Piano
Sonny Cohn Trumpet
Rupert Cole Alto Saxophone
John Coltrane Alto Saxophone
Wendell Culley Tenor Saxophone
Clyde Dunn Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Wilkins Alto Saxophone
Karl George Trumpet
Jewell L. Grant Alto Saxophone
Henry Green Drums
Charles "Majeed" Greenlee Trombone
George Hudson Trumpet
Gus Johnson Drums
Walter Johnson Drums
John Kock Tenor Saxophone
Billy Mackel Guitar
Joe Morris Trumpet
Sonny Payne Drums
Gene Porter Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
Paul Quinichette Tenor Saxophone
Clyde Reasinger Trumpet
Tim Reeves Trumpet
Rudy Rutherford Clarinet
Bill Settles Bass
Maurice Simon Bass Saxophone
Teddy Stewart Drums
Leonard Heavy Swain Bass
Elmon Wright Trumpet
Snooky Young Trumpet
James Lowe Piano
Lee Young Drums
Rudy Martin Piano
Joe Van Loan Tenor (Vocal)
Johnny Williams Bass
Jimmy Carroll Conductor
Chuck Norris Guitar
Gus Chappell Trombone
Frank Galbraith Trumpet
Vernon Slater Tenor Saxophone
Fred Radcliffe Drums
Warren Suttles Baritone (Vocal)
Vernon King Bass
Russell Royster Trumpet
Art Pearlman Trombone
Dave Young Orchestra Tenor Saxophone
Dick Stanton Drums
Charlie Harris Bass
Bob Robinson Tenor Saxophone
Arnold Jarvis Piano
Ed Freeman Alto Saxophone
Roger White Trombone
Technical Credits
Alberta Hunter Composer
Percy Mayfield Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Les Baxter Composer
Leonard Feather Composer
Lionel Hampton Composer
Earl Hines Composer
Gordon Jenkins Composer
Mundell Lowe Composer
Lucky Millinder Composer
Charles Mingus Composer
Joe Newman Composer
Tab Smith Composer
Lucky Thompson Composer
Dinah Washington Composer
Buddy Johnson Composer
Joe Wilder Composer
Abe Lyman Composer
Alec Wilder Composer
Mitch Miller Orchestra Director
Frank Loesser Composer
Armand Piron Composer
Milton Ager Composer
Wilbert Barranco Composer
Dallas Bartley Composer
Rube Bloom Composer
Johnny Cameron Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Friedlander Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Henry Glover Composer
Rene Hall Arranger
Gordon Kennedy Composer
Walter Kent Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Eric Nelson Composer
Lillie Palmer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Leon René Composer
Teddy Stewart Composer
Jesse Stone Composer
Leonard Heavy Swain Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Duke Henderson Composer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Fred Hodges Composer
Charles Carpenter Composer
Floyd Hunt Composer
Matty Malneck Composer
Richard Himber Composer
Mundy Composer
Eduardo Paim Composer
William Farrar Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Al Hoffman Composer
Claude Demetrius Composer
Doris Fisher Composer
Irene Higginbotham Composer
Helen Miller Composer
Otis Rene Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson Composer
Jack Segal Composer
Miriam Lewis Composer
Stuart F. Louchheim Composer
Abe Schiff Composer
Anna Spencer Composer
Sylvester Sprigato Composer
Hugh Williams Composer
Irving Berman Composer
Deborah Chessler Composer
Ravon Darnell Composer
Holmes Daylie Composer
Louis Dunlap Composer
Jane Feather Composer
Tommy George Composer
Frank Warshauer Composer
Al Goodhart Composer
Joop Visser Producer, Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Sally Nix Composer
Allan Roberts Composer
Billy Rose Composer
Leo Hickman Composer
Robert Lee Composer
John Henry Composer
Fay Whitman Composer
Katie Scton Composer
Teepee Mitchell Composer
Frank Messner Composer
Gerry Gladstone Composer
Lanny Grey Composer
Jeanne Burns Composer
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