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Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Fats Waller - The Indispensable Fats Waller Vols 3 / 4 (1935-1936)

RCA / Ariola Black & White NL 89819(2) (France), released in 1972; 1935 - 1936 recordings.

Forty one tracks here, including a few which were to be forever associated with Fats, dating from January 1935 to August 1936, recorded mostly by what was at the time a studio group only, Fats Waller And His Rhythm, the wonderful vocals and pianistics by Fats to the forefront, just making you grin when you hear him. Immortal tracks here include: "Night Wind", "I Ain't Got Nobody", "Rosetta", "What's The Reason" (later covered by Fats Domino), "Lulu's Back In Town", "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter", "Dinah", "12th Street Rag", "Sweet Sue", "My Very Good Friend The Milkman", "I Got Rhythm", "It's A Sin To Tell A Lie", "I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby", and thirty others. The sound quality is outstanding for the era. Being a French RCA- issued album, the liner notes appear in both French and English.

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