Young Anita

Young Anita

by Anita O'Day
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Young Anita

Although it's been repackaged and reissued many times in many ways, Anita O'Day's pre-Verve output has never appeared so thoroughly (and so cheaply) as on Proper's four-disc box, Young Anita. Beginning in 1941 with her stint in Gene Krupa's popular band with Roy Eldridge, O'Day made an immediate impression, appearing on the hits "Let Me Off Uptown," "Boogie Blues," and "Just a Little Bit South of North Carolina." She had moved to the orchestra of Stan Kenton by 1944, and scored another hit by singing on Kenton's "And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine." Solo billing beckoned just after the end of World War II, and although she never hit the charts with the same frequency (the novelty "Hi Ho Trailus Boot Whip" was her only moderate hit), the rest of the '40s and early '50s paved the way for her successes on Verve. In similar company to the contemporary work of Frank Sinatra and Doris Day (as well as most band singers), Anita O'Day's material during the '40s and '50s included plenty of novelties and other songs that never became standards, but her way with a song -- any song -- shines through clearly. Also, the recording quality for her solo sides is very muddy at times (the fault of the original masters, not this release). Aside from the hits, her pre-Verve output can't be recommended ahead of what she did for Verve, but those who need to hear everything from Anita O'Day can acquire a good chunk very inexpensively.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/12/2001
Label: Proper Box Uk
UPC: 0604988992120
catalogNumber: 21


Disc 1

  1. All Reet
  2. Georgia on My Mind
  3. Fool Am I
  4. Let's Get Away from It All
  5. Just a Little Bit South of North Carolina
  6. Slow Down
  7. I Take to You
  8. Green Eyes
  9. Let Me off Uptown
  10. Kick It
  11. Stop! The Red Light's On
  12. The Walls Keep Talking
  13. Two in Love
  14. Stop! The Red Light's On
  15. How Do?
  16. Coppin' a Plea
  17. Bolero at the Savoy
  18. Skylark
  19. Bolero at the Savoy
  20. Thanks for the Boogie Ride
  21. Pass the Bounce
  22. Side by Side
  23. Harlem on Parade

Disc 2

  1. Fightin' Doug MacArthur
  2. That's What You Think
  3. Barrelhouse Bessie from Basin Street
  4. Deliver Me to Tennessee
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Murder, He Says
  7. Ride On
  8. Build It up, Paint It Nice, Tear It Down
  9. I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake City
  10. You Betcha!
  11. In a Little Spanish Town
  12. I'm Going Mad for a Pad
  13. And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine
  14. The Lady in Red
  15. Gotta' Be Gettin'
  16. Tabby the Cat
  17. Gotta' Be Gettin'
  18. Wish You Were Waitin' for Me
  19. And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine
  20. Are You Livin' Old Man?
  21. I Want a Grown-Up Man
  22. Travelin' Man

Disc 3

  1. Them There Eyes
  2. Memories of You
  3. How Come?
  4. I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me
  5. Ain't Misbehavin'
  6. Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone)
  7. Rosetta
  8. Opus One
  9. (Did You Ever Get) That Feeling in the Moonlight?
  10. Boogie Blues
  11. Chickery Chick
  12. In the Middle of May
  13. Boogie Blues
  14. In the Middle of May
  15. Tea for Two
  16. Harriet
  17. Ace in the Hole
  18. Sometimes I'm Happy
  19. What Is This Thing Called Love?
  20. Hi Ho Trailus Boot Whip
  21. I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get Out
  22. It's Different When It Happens to You

Disc 4

  1. How High the Moon
  2. I Ain't Gettin' Any Younger
  3. Malaguena
  4. Key Largo
  5. Malaguena
  6. What Is This Thing Called Love?
  7. September in the Rain
  8. Jamaica Mon
  9. Don't Kick It Around
  10. So Much of Nothing to Do
  11. Poor Simple Simon
  12. Blues for Bojangles
  13. Your Eyes Are Bigger Than Your Heart
  14. Tennessee Waltz
  15. Yea Boo
  16. Something I Dreamed Last Night
  17. If I Could Steal You from Somebody Else
  18. You Took Advantage of Me
  19. Once There Lived a Fool
  20. I Apologize
  21. Black Moonlight
  22. Lovesick Blues

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anita O'Day   Primary Artist,Vocals
George Barnes   Guitar
Count Basie   Piano
Buddy Childers   Trumpet
Tadd Dameron   Piano
Johnny Desmond   Vocals
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet,Vocals
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone
Wardell Gray   Baritone Saxophone
Freddie Green   Guitar
Stan Kenton   Piano
Gene Krupa   Drums
Charlie Ventura   Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Dave Barbour   Guitar
Johnny Bothwell   Alto Saxophone
Ralph Burns   Piano,Vocals
Boots Mussulli   Alto Saxophone
Bob Haggart   Bass
Ray Linn   Trumpet
Oscar Moore   Guitar
Singleton Palmer   Bass
Gene Roland   Trumpet
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Heine Beau   Trombone
Stan Freeman   Piano
Bill Hitz   Alto Saxophone
Don Lamond   Drums
Tony Rizzi   Guitar
Alvy West   Alto Saxophone
Bill Pritchard   Trombone
Billy Mure   Bass
Charlie Kennedy   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Ahern   Guitar
George Arus   Trombone
Bill Atkinson   Trombone
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone
Emmett Berry   Trumpet
Remo Biondi   Guitar
Johnny Blowers   Drums
Bob Carter   Bass
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Nat King Cole   Piano
Cutty Cutshall   Trombone
Art Depew   Trumpet
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Ted Donnelly   Trombone
Buzzy Drootin   Drums
Gene Englund   Bass
Morey Feld   Drums
Hank Freeman   Baritone Saxophone
Karl George   Trumpet
Bob Gioga   Baritone Saxophone
Chris Griffin   Trumpet
Herbie Haymer   Tenor Saxophone
Milt Holland   Drums
Paul Jordan   Piano
Milt Kabak   Trombone
Bob Kitsis   Piano
Joe Koch   Baritone Saxophone
Mickey Mangano   Trumpet
Lowell Martin   Vocals
George Matthews   Trombone
Jimmy Maxwell   Trumpet
Johnny Miller   Bass
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Sam Musiker   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
Bernie Peacock   Alto Saxophone
Danny Perri   Guitar
Jack Pleis   Piano
Jesse Price   Drums
Milt Raskin   Piano
Hank Ross   Tenor Saxophone
Frank Rullo   Drums
Curly Russell   Bass
Hymie Schertzer   Baritone Saxophone
Doc Severinsen   Trumpet
Artie Shapiro   Bass
Shorty Sherock   Trumpet
Ray Sims   Trombone
Phil Stephens   Bass
Buddy Stewart   Vocals
Joe Triscari   Trumpet
Bart Varsalona   Trombone
Teddy Walters   Guitar
Earle Warren   Alto Saxophone
Jack Washington   Baritone Saxophone
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Shadow Wilson   Drums
Graham Young   Trumpet
Freddie Zito   Trombone
Paul Ricci   Alto Saxophone
Leon Cox   Trombone
Phil Giardina   Trombone
Teddy Napoleon   Piano
Clint Neagley   Alto Saxophone
Philburn   Trombone
Mascagni Ruffo   Alto Saxophone
Walter Bates   Tenor Saxophone
Beck   Trumpet
Don Brassfield   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Conigliaro   Trombone
John Grassi   Trombone
Torg Halten   Trumpet
Jay Kelliher   Trombone,Alto Saxophone
Rex Kittig   Baritone Saxophone
Norman Murphy   Trumpet
Carl Poole   Trumpet
Pinky Savitt   Trumpet
Joe Springer   Piano
Harry Terrill   Alto Saxophone
Babe Wagner   Trombone,Alto Saxophone
Buddy Wise   Tenor Saxophone
Howard Dulany   Vocals
Manny Gershman   Tenor Saxophone
Harry Forbes   Trombone
Dave Madden   Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Pederson   Trombone
Mel Green   Trumpet
Jim Falzone   Drums
Buddy Bastien   Bass
Bob Dukoff   Tenor Saxophone
Benny Lagasse   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Pat Virgadamo   Trombone,Alto Saxophone
Adrian Tei   Alto Saxophone
Greg Phillips   Trombone
Art Drellinger   Tenor Saxophone
Chet Ball   Alto Saxophone
Dick Morse   Trumpet
Bob Curtis   Piano
Abbey Brown   Drums
Sid Brown   Baritone Saxophone
Eddie Meyers   Alto Saxophone
Emmett Carls   Tenor Saxophone
Red Solomon   Trumpet
Bill Culley   Trombone
Joe Dale   Drums
Nick Gaglio   Trombone
Vince Hughes   Trumpet
Bob Kesterton   Bass
Bob Lively   Alto Saxophone
Ed Yance   Guitar
Jon Carroll   Trumpet
Bob Caudana   Accordion

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Buddy Childers   Arranger
Herb Ellis   Composer
Stan Kenton   Arranger,Composer
Gene Krupa   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Ralph Burns   Arranger,Orchestra Leader
Matt Dennis   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Arranger,Composer
Sy Oliver   Arranger
Gene Roland   Arranger
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Alvy West   Arranger
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Frank deVol   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Benny Carter   Arranger,Composer
Remo Biondi   Composer
Owen Bradley   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Redd Evans   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Johnny Frigo   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Teddy Hill   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Lowell Martin   Musical Director
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Jack Palmer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Composer
Leon René   Composer
Eddie Rivera   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Marvin Hughes   Composer
Morey Amsterdam   Composer
Paul Cunningham   Composer
Tommy Romano   Composer
Nilo Menendez   Composer
Elton Hill   Arranger
Buster Harding   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Skeets Tolbert   Composer
Adolfo Utrera   Composer
Howard Gibeling   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Tom Adair   Composer
Lou Carter   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Clifford Grey   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Sidney Mitchell   Composer
Abner Silver   Composer
Sunny Skylar   Composer
Karl Suessdorf   Composer
Doris Tauber   Composer
William Tracey   Composer
David Saxon   Composer
Ira Schuster   Composer
Arthur Shaftel   Composer
Ralph Wolfe   Composer
Abel Baer   Composer
Vernier Bauer   Composer
James Cavanaugh   Composer
Harold Dickinson   Composer
Kay Werner   Composer
Leah Worth   Composer
Joop Visser   Producer
Eddie Woods   Composer
Joe Greene   Composer
Rob Bauer   Composer
Johnny Lange   Composer
Sue Werner   Composer

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Young Anita 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A 4 CD set by anyone at this price is a great deal, but when it is someone as good as Anita O'Day, it is a miracle. If you don't know her music, Anita created a style of singing that is still being imitated today. Even Betty Carter, who is not known to be kind to white jazz singers, takes her hat off to Anita. Anita had several phases to her career. This is her early phase when she sang in swing bands and began to solo. During this period she was the first to sing the fast upbeat songs (''rock'' they called it then) in a swinging relaxed way that didn't sound rushed or strained. During this time she has a cool, hip and almost bratty sound that still has a great appeal. The CD contains all the issued recordings from that period and a few air-takes from radio. It doesn't contain EVERY air-take or out-take, and depending on if you are a completist or not, that is either bad or good. The sound quality is very good, and the text informative. There are also some great vintage photos from the era. It is a great CD by a great artist at a great price. Who could ask for anything more?