Fats Waller

The Last Years (1940-1943)

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Since all of the previous Fats Waller Rhythm reissue series start off in 1934 and get discontinued before reaching the '40s, this time around the newest program has started out with Waller's last recordings and is working its way backwards. This essential three-CD set contains the pianist/vocalist/composer's last 63 studio recordings. Some of the titles are quite laughable ("Little Curly Hair in a High Chair," "You're a Square from Delaware," "Abercrombie Had a Zombie" and "Come Down to Earth My Angel") but Waller manages to either satirize or save virtually all of the somewhat dubious material. There are some out-and-out classics included on this set too, including "Fats Waller's Original E Flat Blues," "All That Meat and No Potatoes" and "The Jitterbug Waltz"; this wonderful set of spirited music concludes with "Ain't Misbehavin'" from the soundtrack of Stormy Weather.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:45
2 3:05
3 3:08
4 2:56
5 2:36
6 2:55
7 3:13
8
2:46
9 3:05
10 3:06
11 2:58
12 3:18
13 3:13
14 3:25
15 2:46
16 2:53
17 3:16
18 2:58
19 3:23
20 2:40
21 2:40
22 2:28

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:41
2 3:00
3
3:28
4 3:02
5 3:10
6 2:39
7 3:25
8 3:16
9 3:00
10 3:17
11 3:27
12 2:45
13 2:58
14 2:41
15 3:09
16 3:01
17 3:01
18 3:03
19 2:39
20 2:38
21 3:10

Track Listing - Disc 3

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:47
2 2:36
3 2:45
4 2:39
5 2:58
6 2:43
7 3:16
8 3:21
9 2:48
10 3:04
11 3:19
12 2:31
13 3:09
14 3:20
15 3:11
16 2:32
17 3:16
18 3:18
19 4:28
20 3:56
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