DINAH WASHINGTON - First Issue: The Dinah Washington Story [The Original Recordings] (1993)

FIRST ISSUE contains 46 tracks presented in roughly chronological order beginning with Dinah Washington's first recordings for Keynote with Lionel Hampton in 1944 and concluding with her Mercury tracks from 1961. This 2-CD set includes never-before-published photos by Chuck Stewart, plus liner notes and annotations by jazz historian Chris Albertson. First Issue, which coincided with the United States Postal Service's issue of a stamp bearing the image of Dinah Washington, is a two-disc, 46-song anthology of her recordings for Keynote, Mercury, Verve, Wing, and EmArcy from 1943-1961. The set chronicles Washington's evolution from a strictly jazz and blues vocalist in the Bessie Smith tradition to an important crossover artist who could appeal equally to the pop audience. The collection is not entirely hit-oriented - although it rounds up her important R&B and pop singles, including the crossover hits "What a Diff'rence a Day Made" and "Baby, You've Got What It Takes" (a duet with Brook Benton), there is also an early bluesy session with Lionel Hampton and a few notable album tracks that show the variety of material she handled. Some of her Top Ten R&B hits are omitted, but Washington was a prolific hitmaker beyond that which a two-disc set can contain. Washington recorded nearly 500 sides during the period covered by First Issue, and this generous survey is an excellent compromise for buyers wanting a thorough anthology but who are unwilling to commit to the expensive series of box sets that comprise The Complete Dinah Washington on Mercury. ~ cduniverse

01. Evil Gal Blues 02. Salty Papa Blues 03. Embraceable You 04. A Slick Chick (On The Mellow Side) 05. Postman Blues 06. That's Why A Woman Loves A Heel 07. Walkin' And Talkin' 08. Record Ban Blues 09. What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry? 10. I'll Wait 11. Good Daddy Blues 12. I Only Know 13. Baby Get Lost 14. It Isn't Fair 15. I'll Never Be Free 16. I Wanna Be Loved 17. Time Out For Tears 18. I Won't Cry Anymore 19. New Blowtop Blues 20. Wheel Of Fortune 21. Trouble In Mind 22. I Cried For You 23. TV Is The Thing This Year 24. Am I Blue 25. Blue Skies

DISC 2: 01. Love For Sale 02. I've Got You Under My Skin 03. I Don't Hurt Anymore 04. Crazy He Calls Me 05. Lover Come Back To Me 06. Teach Me Tonight 07. Blue Gardenia 08. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes 09. If I Had You 10. Sometimes I'm Happy 11. Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now 12. Back Water Blues 13. All Of Me 14. What A Diff'rence A Day Makes 15. Unforgettable 16. Baby (You've Got What It Takes) 17. A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around And Fall In Love) 18. A Bad Case Of The Blues 19. This Bitter Earth 20. September In The Rain 21. Mad About The Boy


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