Fats Waller If You Got to Ask, You Ain't Got It! (3-CD Box Set)
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Format: CD (3 Discs)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Released: September 26, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: RCA Victor
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Honeysuckle Rose
- 2.How Cann You Face Me?
- 3.The Panic Is On
- 4.Sugar Rose
- 5.I'm Crazy About My Baby
- 6.Lost Love
- 7.Our Love Was Meant to Be
- 8.The Joint Is Jumpin'
- 9.A Hopeless Love Affair
- 10.Hold My Hand
- 11.Patty Cake, Patty Cake
- 12.Honey Hush
- 14.Squeeze Me
- 15.Old Grand Dad
- 16.All That Meat and No Potatoes
- 17.Ain't Nothing to It
- 18.Bessie, Bessie, Bessie
- 19.Cash For Your Trash
- 20.You Must Be Losing Your Mind
- 21.Up Jumped You With Love
- 22.Ain't Misbehavin'
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.St. Louis Blues
- 3.Thou Swell
- 4.Numb Fumblin'
- 5.Ain't Misbehavin'
- 6.Love Me or Leave Me
- 7.Smashin' Thirds
- 8.My Fate Is in Your Hands
- 9.African Ripples
- 10.Viper's Drag
- 11.Keepin' Out of Mischief Now
- 12.Star Dust
- 13.Carolina Shout
- 14.Serenade For a Wealthy Widow
- 17.Lougin' at the Waldorf
- 18.Blue, Turnin' Grey Over You
- 19.In the Gloamin'
- 21.The Jitterbug Waltz
- 22.Honeysuckle Rose
Tracks on Disc 3:
- 1.You Rascal You (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead)
- 2.You're Not the Only Oyster in the Stew
- 3.What's the Reason (I'm Not Pleasin' You)
- 4.Lulu's Back in Town
- 5.I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
- 7.There'll Be Some Changes Made
- 8.Somebody Stole My Gal
- 9.Christopher Columbus
- 10.It's a Sin to Tell a Lie
- 11.She's Tall, She's Tan, She's Terrific
- 12.The Sheik of Araby
- 13.Two Sleepy People
- 14.A Good Man Is Hard to Find
- 15.Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood, Mama)
- 16.'Taint What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It)
- 17.Your Feet's Too Big
- 18.Darktown Strutters Ball
- 19.I Can't Give You Anything But Love
- 20.You Run Your Mouth, I'll Run My Busines
- 21.Let's Get Away From It All
- 22.'Taint Nobody's Biz-Ness If I Do
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
Personnel: Fats Waller (vocals, piano); Mezz Mezzrow (clarinet, alto saxophone); Gene Sedric (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Herman Autrey, Bill Coleman (trumpet); Billy Taylor (upright bass); Harry Dial, Zutty Singleton (drums); Jack Teagarden Orchestra.
This spectacular 3-disc package is one of the definitive Fats Waller box sets on the market. It's packed back to front with Waller's indelible tunes (there are 22 tracks per disc), and the listener is treated to his original renditions of such classics as "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Honeysuckle Rose," and "The Joint Is Jumpin'." Waller's bounding stride-piano style is a house party unto itself, but it's his sly, winking delivery and comic timing that make the recordings irresistible. As a songwriter and piano player Waller remains one of jazz's finest, but it was as an entertainer that he defined his art, and that truth is supported by 66 first-rate examples on this beautifully compiled and packaged set.
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