Ethel Waters

1923-1925

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The European Classics label's Ethel Waters program completely wipes out all of the other Waters reissues for it reissues all of her recordings from her prime years in chronological order. Since the singer was very consistent, there are very few duds and many gems in these sets. This particular CD traces Ethel Waters during a two-year period; both the recording quality and her accompaniment greatly improve during this time; cornetist Joe Smith is a standout and pianist Fats Waller is present on "Pleasure Mad" and "Back-Bitin' Mamma." Highlights includes "You Can't Do What My Last Man Did," "Sweet Georgia Brown," "Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night" and "Sympathetic Dan."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Jazz Masters
3:07
2
feat: Jazz Masters
2:59
3
2:40
4 3:46
5
feat: J.C. Johnson
2:48
6
feat: J.C. Johnson
3:13
7
feat: J.C. Johnson
3:11
8
feat: J.C. Johnson
3:19
9
feat: J.C. Johnson
3:16
10
feat: Pearl Wright
3:02
11
feat: Pearl Wright
2:47
12
3:02
13
3:04
14
2:45
15
feat: Fats Waller
2:46
16
feat: Fats Waller
2:48
17 2:48
18
2:46
19 3:12
20 3:24
21
3:14
22 2:39
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