Fats Waller

The Alternative Takes, Vol. 2: 1929-1938

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The Alternative Takes series is of immense value to consumers of the "French Classics" CD series. These are alternate takes in chronological order of historic jazz (and some blues) with a strong representation of the swing era. The Alternative Takes, Vol. 2: 1929-1938 contains 21 Fats Waller tracks on a single disc including "Valentine Stomp," "Black Raspberry Jam," "I Wish I Were Twins," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," and multiple takes of "Baby-Oh Where Can You Be?." While the disc is definitely directed toward collectors, anyone with an interest in this period of jazz will also enjoy it.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:26
2 3:24
3 3:17
4 3:15
5 2:54
6 2:53
7 3:03
8 3:20
9 2:47
10 3:28
11 3:02
12 2:49
13 3:11
14 2:47
15 2:30
16 2:50
17 3:09
18 3:37
19 3:31
20 3:23
21
2:40
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