- Released: September 18, 2000
- Label: Polygram Records
- 1.Honeysuckle Rose
- 2.Little Girl Blue
- 3.Let Me Off Uptown
- 4.Occasional Man, An
- 5.Four Brothers
- 6.Tea for Two
- 7.Boogie Blues
- 8.God Bless the Child
- 9.What Is This Thing Called Love?
- 10.The Ballad of the Sad Young Men
- 11.The Way You Look Tonight
- 12.When Sunny Gets Blue
- 13.Peel Me a Grape
- 14.Sing, Sing, Sing
- 15.Them There Eyes
- 16.Anita's Blues
- 17.Sweet Georgia Brown
- 18.The Party's Over
Personnel includes: Anita O'Day (vocals); Buddy Bregman, Billy May, Russell Garcia, Bill Holman (conductor); Roy Eldridge (vocals, trumpet); Bud Shank (alto saxophone, flute); Phil Woods (alto saxophone, clarinet, woodwinds); Jerome Richardson, Zoot Sims (tenor saxophone, woodwinds); Stan Getz (tenor saxophone); Doc Severinsen, Conte Candoli, Jack Sheldon (trumpet); Jimmy Cleveland, J.J. Johnson (trombone); Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone); Cal Tjader (vibraphone); Paul Smith, Bob Corwin, Hank Jones, Oscar Peterson (piano); Barney Kessel, Barry Gailbraith, Jim Hall, Herb Ellis (guitar); Joe Mondragon, George Duvivier, Ray Brown (bass); Alvin Stoller, Gene Krupa, Roy Haynes, Mel Lewis (drums); Marty Paich & His Orchestra.
Producers: Norman Granz, Hal Mooney, Creed Taylor.
Compilation producer: Bryan Koniarz.
Recorded between June 28, 1954 and February 27, 1962. Includes liner notes by Will Friedwald.
Digitally remastered by Jeff Willens (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
This is part of Verve's Finest Hour series.
Personnel: Anita O'Day (vocals); Roy Eldridge (vocals, trumpet); Herb Ellis, Jim Hall, Barney Kessel, Barry Galbraith (guitar); Bud Shank (flute, alto saxophone); Phil Woods (clarinet, woodwinds, alto saxophone); Jerome Richardson (woodwinds, tenor saxophone); Conte Candoli, Doc Severinsen, Jack Sheldon (trumpet); Milt Bernhart, Frank Rosolino, Gilbert Falco, Jimmy Cleveland, Si Zentner, Lester Robertson, Lloyd Ulyate (trombone); Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone); Bud Lavin, Joe Masters, Robert Corwin , Hank Jones , Oscar Peterson (piano); Cal Tjader (vibraphone); Gene Krupa, Johnny Rae, Mel Lewis, Alvin Stoller, Roy Haynes, John Poole (drums); Wilfredo Vicente (congas).
Liner Note Author: Will Friedwald.
Recording information: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA (06/28/1954-02/27/1962); Fine Sound, New York, NY (06/28/1954-02/27/1962); Mr. Kelly's Resturant, Chicago, IL (06/28/1954-02/27/1962); Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA (06/28/1954-02/27/1962); RCA Studios, Los Angeles, CA (06/28/1954-02/27/1962); Sunset Recorders, Hollywood, CA (06/28/1954-02/27/1962); United Recorders, Hollywood, CA (06/28/1954-02/27/1962); Universal Studios, Chicago, IL (06/28/1954-02/27/1962); Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (06/28/1954-02/27/1962).
Editor: Peter Keepnews.
Photographer: Ted Williams .
Arrangers: Gary McFarland; Jimmy Giuffre; Marty Paich; Quincy Jones; Russell Garcia ; Billy May; Buddy Bregman.
Part of the Verve Finest Hour series, this 18-song compilation features highlights from jazz vocalist Anita O'Day. Not only was O'Day a dynamic presence in her own right, but she was surrounded by some of the top names in jazz. Her memorable association with trumpeter Roy Eldridge is represented on "Let Me Off Uptown" along with versions of "Honeysuckle Rose," "Tea for Two," "When Sunny Gets Blue," "Peel Me a Grape," "Them There Eyes," and "Sweet Georgia Brown." This isn't a complete picture of O'Day's career, which spans several decades, but it does make a nice sampler at a budget price. ~ Al Campbell