- Released: June 27, 2000
- Label: Polygram Records
- 1.Evil Gal Blues
- 2.Blow Top Blues
- 3.West Side Baby
- 4.Long John Blues
- 5.Baby, Get Lost
- 6.Trouble In Mind
- 7.Cold, Cold Heart
- 8.TV Is The Thing This Year
- 9.I'll Remember April
- 10.Teach Me Tonight
- 11.I Just Couldn't Stand It No More
- 12.I Could Write A Book
- 13.Blue Gardenia
- 14.What A Diff'rence A Day Made
- 16.Baby, You Got What It Takes
- 17.This Bitter Earth
- 18.Mad About The Boy
Personnel includes: Dinah Washington (vocals); Quincy Jones (conductor); Brook Benton (vocals); Ernie Wilkins, Herb Geller (alto saxophone); Ben Webster, Arnett Cobb, Wardell Gray, Paul Quinichette, Harold Land (tenor saxophone); Cecil Payne (baritone saxophone); Clifford Brown, Maynard Ferguson, Clark Terry (trumpet); Lionel Hampton (vibraphone); Milt Buckner, Wynton Kelly, Joe Zawinul (piano); Freddie Green, Kenny Burrell (guitar); Ray Brown, Milt Hinton (bass); Jimmy Cobb, Max Roach (drums); Candido Camero (congas).
Producers include: Leonard Feather, Milt Gabler, Quincy Jones, Hal Mooney, Clyde Otis.
Compilation producer: Bryan Koniarz.
Recorded between 1943 and 1961. Includes liner notes by Bill Dahl.
Digitally remastered by 310 Of Glory (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
This is part of the Verve Finest Hour series.
Personnel: Freddie Green, Barry Galbraith, Billy Mackel (guitar); Rudy Rutherford (clarinet); Ernie Wilkins, Rupert Cole, Herb Geller, Herbie Fields (alto saxophone); Harold Land, Paul Quinichette, Arnett Cobb, Wardell Gray, Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Cecil Payne (baritone saxophone); Clark Terry, Clifford Brown , George Hudson, Joe Newman , Maynard Ferguson, Wendell Culley (trumpet); Billy Byers (trombone); Joe Zawinul, John Mehegan, Milt Buckner, Wynton Kelly (piano); Jackie Davis (organ); Fred Radcliffe, Jimmy Cobb , Max Roach, Panama Francis, Teddy Stewart (drums); Candido Camero (congas); Bryan Koniarz (sequencer).
Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
Recording information: Chicago, IL; Fine Recording, NY; Fine Sound, New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY.
Photographer: Cynthia Sesso.
Arrangers: Quincy Jones; Belford Hendricks.
Verve continues their Finest Hour series with Dinah Washington's Finest Hour, an 18-song collection highlighting the entire range of her repertoire, from blues to jazz to pop. "Evil Gal Blues," "What a Diff'rence a Day Made," "West Side Baby," "Trouble in Mind," and "Blue Gardenia" make this set an entertaining, if not comprehensive, overview of Washington's wonderful vocal gifts. ~ Heather Phares