Saturday, November 14, 2009

Dinah Washington - Dinah Washington Story (320)

I picked this up after seeing Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep, which uses her song, "This Bitter Earth". Burnett's choice of soundtrack is phenomenal. Other artists used include Paul Robeson, Louis Armstrong, and Faye Adams. Employing such a diverse soundtrack (gospel, jazz, R&B) complements Burnett's depiction of the black experience in America.

This collection goes chronologically from 1943 through 1961, close to the end of Washington's career. She possesses a fantastic vibrato, and has a unique way of gliding into notes. There are a number of blues and ballads, but the keyword here is soul. The accompaniment is mostly big band, and some selections have strings.


Disc 1:
1. Evil Gal Blues
2. Salty Papa Blues
3. Embraceable You
4. A Slick Chick (On The Mellow Side)
5. Postman Blues
6. That's Why A Woman Loves A Heel
7. Walkin' and Talkin'
8. Record Ban Blues
9. (What Can I Say, Dear) After I Say I'm Sorry?
10. I'll Wait (Master Take)
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:
1. Love For Sale
2. I've Got You Under My Skin
3. I Don't Hurt Anymore
4. Crazy He Calls Me
5. Lover Come Back To Me
6. Teach Me Tonight
7. Blue Gardenia
8. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
9. 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 Difference 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


1 comment:

  1. Thanks Mr Hannibal. It's such a big voice I love it.