Saturday, April 21, 2018

Fats Waller & His Rhythm - The Middle Years ~ A Good Man Is Hard To Find Part 2: 1938-1940 (1995)


Jazz | FLAC | 3 CD | 891 Mb

Subtitled "The Middle Years, Part 2," athis three-CD set contains all of pianist/vocalist Fats Waller's Victor recordings from a nearly two-year period including all of the alternate takes. In fact the first five selections (the only ones contained here from his short-lived big band) are all alternate takes to the selections that close "The Middle Years, Part 1." Otherwise these performances are by Waller's septet with either Herman Autrey or John Hamilton on trumpet and Gene Sedric (who doubled on tenor and clarinet); Chauncey Graham filled in for Sedric on one date. Waller's great popularity resulted in the large number of recordings from this era (68 are on this set) and they range from hits ("Two Sleepy People," "Yacht Club Swing," an amazing version of "Hold Tight," "Your Feet's Too Big" and a new rendition of "Squeeze Me") and fresh originals and novelties to trash that Waller did his best (often through satirization) to uplift. Nearly every selection has a liberal dose of his classic piano and taken as a whole these much-maligned recordings are quite listenable, enjoyable and historical.

CD 1, 1. In the Gloaming (take 1) (3:16), 2. I Simply Adore You (take 2) (3:25), 3. The Sheik of Araby (take 1) (3:06), 4. Hold My Hand (take 1) (2:57), 5. Inside (take 1) (3:07), 6. There's Honey on the Moon Tonight (2:36), 7. If I Were You (2:58), 8. (Take Me Back To) The Wide Open Places (2:22), 9. On the Bumpy Road to Love (2:35), 10. Fair and Square (2:42), 11. We, The People (2:21), 12. Two Sleepy People (3:05), 13. Shame! Shame! (Everybody Knows Your Game) (2:38), 14. I'll Never Forgive Myself (For Not Forgiving You) (2:50), 15. You Look Good to Me (take 1) (3:13), 16. You Look Good to Me (take 2) (2:42), 17. Tell Me with Your Kisses (3:13), 18. Yacht Club Swing (3:01), 19. Love, I'd Give My Life for You (2:17), 20. I Wish I Had You (2:44), 21. I'll Dance at Your Wedding (take 1) (2:40), 22. I'll Dance at Your Wedding (take 2) (2:34), 23. Imagine My Surprise (2:29)

CD 2, 1. I Won't Believe It (Till I Hear from You) (2:58), 2. The Spider and the Fly (3:08), 3. Patty Cake, Patty Cake (Baker Man) (3:16), 4. A Good Man Is Hard to Find (take 1) (3:05), 5. A Good Man Is Hard to Find (take 2) (2:57), 6. You Outsmarted Yourself (2:46), 7. Last Night a Miracle Happened (3:35), 8. Good for Nothin' But Love (3:30), 9. Hold Tight (Want Some Sea Food, Mama) (2:15), 10. Kiss Me with Your Eyes (take 1) (3:10), 11. Kiss Me with Your Eyes (take 2) (3:04), 12. You Asked for It - You Got It (2:39), 13. Some Rainy Day (3:23), 14. 'Tain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It) (2:51), 15. Got No Time (3:27), 16. Step Up and Shake My Hand (2:39), 17. Undecided (3:37), 18. Remember Who You're Promised To (2:29), 19. Honey Hush (3:17), 20. I Used to Love You (But It's All Over Now) (2:51), 21. Wait and See (3:08), 22. You Meet the Nicest People in Your Dreams (2:50)

CD 3, 1. Anita (3:14), 2. What a Pretty Miss (2:35), 3. Squeeze Me (3:10), 4. Bless You (3:19), 5. It's the Tune That Counts (3:04), 6. Abdullah (2:58), 7. Who'll Take My Place (When I Am Gone) (2:56), 8. Bond Street (3:14), 9. It's You Who Taught It to Me (2:42), 10. Suitcase Susie (2:45), 11. Your Feet's Too Big (3:05), 12. Your're Lettin' the Grass Grow Under Your Feet (3:19), 13. Darktown Strutters' Ball (2:43), 14. I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby (take 1) (2:58), 15. I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby (take 2) (3:10), 16. Swinga-Dilla Street (2:45), 17. At Twilight (3:21), 18. Oh, Frenchy (3:03), 19. Cheatin' on Me (3:12), 20. Black Maria (3:14), 21. Mighty Fine (3:02), 22. The Moon Is Low (3:07), 23. The Moon Is Low (Part 2) (2:48)

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