Back To The Blues

March 11, 1997 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: March 31, 1997
  • Release Date: March 11, 1997
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: 1997 Capitol Records Inc This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1997 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 52:09
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  • ASIN: B000TETETK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,810 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Leonard Fleisig VINE VOICE on March 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
A woman cryin' for her man.

So begins Dinah Washington's "Back to the Blues" a wonderful album from a performer of great talent who died too young.

When I was a kid my father, a studio musician, would let me tag along with him when he had a recording date. One year, when I was about 9, he took me along to a session. We got there and waited, and waited. The studio musicians were sitting around playing cards, smoking, and telling jokes. I asked what was going on and he told me that Dinah Washington was scheduled to come in to record, she had a lot of `problems' and usually came in about 3-hours late. The musicians didn't mind all that much since they were getting paid by the hour. Sure enough, Dinah Washington (who I didn't know at all) strolled in and it was apparent, even to a 9-year old that she wasn't quite clear-eyed. But after a while the musician got themselves together and she stepped up to the microphone, opened her mouth and out came these sounds from a place I never knew existed. I knew nothing about music generally or the blues specifically but even I knew that something special was going on. I remember hearing that Dinah died about a year later of an accidental overdose of alcohol and sleeping pills. She was only 39 years old. So when I listen to "Back to the Blues" today I can't help but think that the tracks I heard her lay down that day found their way into this album.

As the title suggests "Back to the Blues" marked a return for Dinah to her blues roots. She was comfortable and very successful in the pop, jazz, and R&B arenas. Sad to say, some of her older fans resented her success as something of a crossover artist. No matter what the reason for her decision "Back to the Blues" is an example of Washington at her finest.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
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This cd takes you places some jazz artist just wish they could find! Blues and Jazz fans will enter the dark, sad, smokey world of Dinah when she belts out the lyrics of "Its a mean old man's world" and if you don't "see" the world a little differently when she tells you "Nobody knows how I feel this morning" then you are truly a blessed person. If you've ever loved and lost or had a broken heart then Dinah knows your pain and she sure does sing to your heart. This is truly one of the best blues cd's I've heard in many years. That sweet voice will leave you wanting more and more and more.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Peter on August 27, 2000
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This CD gets better with every listen! Dinah recorded these songs just over a year before her untimely death (age 39!). Though her voice sounds rough around the edges on some selections here, it all works to her advantage because it only adds to the down-home, blues-beltin' mama that many listeners associate Dinah with. Arrangements are usually a large orchestra with occasional strings added in but it's very much Dinah's voice that takes center stage here. Dinah knew her critics were blasting her for leaving the blues world for pop a few years back, so this was her way to make peace with them. But the listeners are the ones who win out because her rich, knowing voice goes thru 15 songs here like a tornado in heat.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Truth on December 21, 2005
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A great album! Dinah sings the Blues in her Jazzy, sophisticated-yet-accessible, no-nonsense way. The 15 songs/tracks are all must-haves - even her lyrically dyslexic reading of "No One Man". Recorded July & November 1962.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Thomas on March 24, 2000
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I bought this CD (and Ultimate Dinah Washington CD - 16 songs) after the play, Dinah Was. I have approx. 100 CDs (different Artist/Music), but I do not have CDs as the above-mentioned -- 31 total songs -- there is not one song that you would not replay! She was the greatest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sasha VINE VOICE on April 9, 2009
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Great Dinah Washington went full circle with this album - she started as blues singer (at least on the records,her real beginnings were in church but she never recorded gospel and refused to do it once she went "commercial",explaining it would be sin to mix different music genres),than became pop-crossover singer who could do jazz at the drop of the hat and at the end of her tragically short life she recorded this album where blues was again the main focus.
Gifted with particulary expressive voice that easily transcended genres,Washington was one in a million - true original on and off stage - her voice can instantly be recognised in a crowd and she sang passionately in general,no matter what producers threw at her.
You wanna blues - she did "Evil Gal Blues" and "Baby get lost" long originally.
Jazz standards - she recorded whole albums tribute to Bessie Smith and Fats Waller,not to mention her swinging work with Quincy Jones.
Mainstream pop ballads - "What a difference a day makes",her "Grammy" award.
Just a year she would suddenly bow out of stage forever,Washington recorded this stunning blues album where centerpiece must be old "Nobody knows the way I feel this morning" recorded in 1920s by Alberta Hunter. Washington knew her blues well and add-libbed lyrics as famous old blues queens used to do ("Blues is nothing but a woman cryin' for her man"),her voice miraculously preserved and obviously talent was still here although jazz critics couldn't stomach her commercial success - she was great as ever,switching gears between commercial pop ballads and any music she wanted.
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