Dinah Washington

First Issue: The Dinah Washington Story (The Original Recordings)

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First Issue, which coincided with the United States Postal Service's issue of a stamp bearing the image of Dinah Washington, is a two-disc, 46-song anthology of her recordings for Keynote, Mercury, Verve, Wing, and EmArcy from 1943-1961. The set chronicles Washington's evolution from a strictly jazz and blues vocalist in the Bessie Smith tradition to an important crossover artist who could appeal equally to the pop audience. The collection is not entirely hit-oriented -- although it rounds up her important R&B and pop singles, including the crossover hits "What a Diff'rence a Day Made" and "Baby, You've Got What It Takes" (a duet with Brook Benton), there is also an early bluesy session with Lionel Hampton and a few notable album tracks that show the variety of material she handled. Some of her Top Ten R&B hits are omitted, but Washington was a prolific hitmaker beyond that which a two-disc set can contain. Washington recorded nearly 500 sides during the period covered by First Issue, and this generous survey is an excellent compromise for buyers wanting a thorough anthology but who are unwilling to commit to the expensive series of box sets that comprise The Complete Dinah Washington on Mercury.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:52 SpotifyAmazon
2 3:02 SpotifyAmazon
3 2:57 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:41 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:52 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:51 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:31 SpotifyAmazon
8 3:14 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:36 SpotifyAmazon
10 3:06 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:23 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:24 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:49 SpotifyAmazon
14 3:00 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:43 SpotifyAmazon
16 2:49 SpotifyAmazon
17 3:18 SpotifyAmazon
18 3:21 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:36 SpotifyAmazon
20 2:14 SpotifyAmazon
21 2:50 Spotify
22 2:26 SpotifyAmazon
23 2:25 SpotifyAmazon
24 3:13 SpotifyAmazon
25 10:55 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:22 SpotifyAmazon
2 5:28 SpotifyAmazon
3 3:11 SpotifyAmazon
4 5:05 SpotifyAmazon
5 9:49 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:44 SpotifyAmazon
7 5:18 SpotifyAmazon
8 3:22 SpotifyAmazon
9 4:48 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:16 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:36 SpotifyAmazon
12 4:56 SpotifyAmazon
13 5:31 SpotifyAmazon
14 2:28 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:42 SpotifyAmazon
16 2:45 Spotify
17 2:27 SpotifyAmazon
18 2:38 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:27 SpotifyAmazon
20 2:07 SpotifyAmazon
21 2:47 SpotifyAmazon
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