CD 50 Greatest Hits [Dinah Washington] [CD Boxset] [2 discs] (CD 900304),
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50 Greatest Hits [Dinah Washington] [CD Boxset] [2 discs]


  • 1. Ain't Misbehavin'
    2. West Side Baby
    3. Resolution Blues
    4. Walkin' and Talkin'
    5. I Want to Cry
    6. Am I Asking Too Much
    7. It's Too Soon to Know
    8. You Satisfy
    9. Baby Get Lost
    10. Long John Blues
    11. Good Daddy Blues
    12. I Only Know
    13. It Isn't Fair
    14. I Wanna Be Loved
    15. I'll Never Be Free
    16. Time Out For Tears
    17. Mad About the Boy
    18. Harbor Lights
    19. My Heart Cries For You
    20. I Won't Cry Anymore
    21. Cold, Cold Heart
    22. Wheel of Fortune
    23. Tell Me Why
    24. Trouble in Mind
    25. New Blowtop Blues
    26. TV Is the Thing
    27. Fat Daddy
    28. I Don't Hurt Anymore
    29. Dream
    30. Teach Me Tonight
    31. That's All I Want From You
    32. If It's the Last Thing I Do
    33. I Concentrate on You
    34. I'm Lost Without You Tonight
    35. You Might Have Told Me
    36. Rockin' Good Way, A
    37. This Bitter Earth
    38. Love Walked In
    39. It Could Happen to You
    40. We Have Love
    41. September in the Rain
    42. Early Every Morning
    43. Our Love Is Here to Stay
    44. Tears and Laughter
    45. If I Loved You
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 102004

  • Credits
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    For most artists, a collection named "50 Greatest Hits" on a Portuguese label would be suspect at best. In the case of Dinah Washington and this collection, it's actually a pity that a package of this quality wasn't released stateside. For starters, it's large. While this could have been some compiler's subjective list of favorites or a ripoff artist's compendium of a few classics with a ton of filler, it's about as far from either of those scenarios as you are likely to get. For starters, all but one of the 50 tracks spread over these two CDs charted in the Top 100. And the one that didn't chart, "If I Loved You" by Rodgers & Hammerstein, was never issued as a single, but as part of a various artists collection from which it was selected as the representative single. The material here is arranged for the most part chronologically, though there are some questionable departures from this format, and the material ranges from Washington's near definitive version of "Ain't Misbehavin'," issued in 1948 and charting at number six, to her final side, "Tears and Laughter," which topped at 71 in 1962, less than a year before her death. In between are all the favorites, such as "What a Difference a Day Makes" (number eight, 1959), "Resolution Blues" (number 15, 1948), and dozens of others. The story this set tells -- with truly excellent sound and skeletal, but adequate, liner notes -- is how perceptively Washington pegged herself a "blues" singer, and not as a jazz vocalist, which is how she is referred to even today. Here, especially from the late '40s through the mid-'50s, Washington is singing like the "Queen of the Blues" she dubbed herself to be. While not a belter like Big Mama Thornton or Bessie Smith, Washington took the middle road favored by Billie Holiday, expressing every nuance of emotion hidden in the heart of a lyric. This is an excellent introduction for anyone interested in Washington, and a fine and succinct compendium for the collector who has everything. ~ Thom Jurek

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