Dinah Washington

The Complete Dinah Washington on Mercury, Vol. 1 (1946-1949)

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All of Dinah Washington's studio recordings from 1946-1961 have been reissued in definitive fashion by Polygram on seven three-CD sets. Vol. 1 finds the youthful singer (who was 21 on the earliest sessions) evolving from a little-known but already talented singer to a best-selling R&B artist. Ranging from jazz and spirited blues to middle-of-the-road ballads, this set (as with the others in the Complete series) includes both gems and duds but fortunately the great majority fall into the former category. The backup groups include orchestras led by Gerald Wilson, Tab Smith, Cootie Williams, Chubby Jackson, and Teddy Stewart and there are a dozen strong numbers with just a rhythm section. The first five volumes in this series are highly recommended.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:57
2 2:49
3 2:58 Amazon
4 2:50 Amazon
5 2:43 Amazon
6 3:00 Amazon
7 2:33 Amazon
8 2:26 Amazon
9 2:44 Amazon
10 3:26 Amazon
11 2:56 Amazon
12 2:55
13 1:56 Amazon
14 3:02 Amazon
15 2:55 Amazon
16 2:51 Amazon
17 2:35 Amazon
18 2:37 Amazon
19 2:51 Amazon
20 2:42 Amazon
21 2:59 Amazon
22 2:44 Amazon
23 2:35 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:52 Amazon
2 2:40 Amazon
3
2:55
4 2:32 Amazon
5 2:50 Amazon
6 2:34
7 2:51 Amazon
8 2:40
9 2:40 Amazon
10 2:58 Amazon
11 2:24 Amazon
12 2:51 Amazon
13 3:32 Amazon
14 2:59 Amazon
15 3:18
16 3:18 Amazon
17 3:11 Amazon
18 3:12
19 2:55 Amazon
20 3:07 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:06
2 2:44 Amazon
3 2:49 Amazon
4
2:38 Amazon
5 2:33 Amazon
6 2:34 Amazon
7 2:56 Amazon
8 3:04 Amazon
9 1:59
10 2:41 Amazon
11 2:43 Amazon
12 2:27 Amazon
13 2:56 Amazon
14 2:53 Amazon
15 2:28
16 2:46 Amazon
17 2:47 Amazon
18
3:13 Amazon
19 2:16 Amazon
20 2:45 Amazon
21 2:23 Amazon
22 2:52 Amazon
23 2:52 Amazon
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