Dinah Washington Sings Bessie Smith

November 9, 1999 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: November 9, 1999
  • Release Date: November 9, 1999
  • Label: Verve Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1999 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 55:17
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  • ASIN: B000VWSIM4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,529 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sasha VINE VOICE on November 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Great Dinah Washington recored this album in 1957. and while her voice (and personality!) was perfectly suited to material, her musicians somehow made music little bit too ironic.Eddie Chamblee who was a bandleader (and Mr.Washington nr.five!) probably decided to use instruments not as in original versions, but in some sort of mocking them, making some of the songs sounding like in burlesque, vaudeville theater.There are even some snare-rim drumms, which Bessie Smith NEVER used and which made this album hard to take seriously.Its a proof of Dinah Washington's genius that this tribute still have ageless beauty in spite of mocking music background.I love this CD more with every listening. (And her vesrion of "After you've gone" is better than original!) check the similar CD from LaVern Baker!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lady June on October 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Dinah Washington and Bessie Smith are 2 of my very 3 favorite singers of all time since a youth. I was greatly excited when I heard about Miss D's tribute to Bessie. No one else really had the right to go there. I was immediately and completely disallusioned by this CD. I kept playing it over and over again to see if it would grow on me. Instead,I became increasingly annoyed! My major contentions with this recording are the totally absurd arrangements and tasteless,tacky musical backgrounds. Dinah sounds unusually hoarse and uninspired. That it could have been a masterpiece is revealed in 3 live recorded performances that Dinah made, with some of the very same musicians, at a Newport Jazz Festival in 1958, where her soulful,anticlimatic version of "Backwater Blues" is even more compelling than Bessie Smith's definitive version of the song. NOW if you REALLY want to hear a more authentic tribute to la Smith, I zealousy recommend "LaVerne Baker Sings Bessie Smith." It will completely blow your mind and is a hair raising religious type experience. The choice of song materials is also more highly selective. Clare Austin,Ronnie Gilbert,and Carrie Smith also made very wonderful musical tributes to Miss Smith,as well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter on December 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The feedback on this Dinah release has been mixed, and mostly it's due to the questionable remastering job and also Dinah's back-up band for this release. The rickety tick IS annoying and first listens to this CD can turn away even the staunchiest Dinah fans. I was like that too in the beginning, but after repeated listens, Dinah's wonderful interpretations of Bessie's stuff and her fierce performance simply carried me over. Also, not all the tracks have that insulting rickety-tick drummning. On "If I Could Be With You..." "Fine Fat Daddy" and "Backwater Blues", she gives an old-fashioned jazz performance with a jazzy back-up. One wishes if only the entire session had been done with a more jazzy approach as opposed to the Dixieland ironic rickety-tick could this release been much more widely accepted. I don't know what happened on the remastering job, Dinah's voice is relegated to the left channel on most of the tracks. I'd like to think Universal/Verve did the best job they could. Keep in mind the original sessions were done in mono, so converting them to stereo adds the realism---warts and all. Sorry!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my favorite Dinah Washington recordings. I own the 1986 vinyl re-release of the original mono recording and was thrilled to see it released on CD. I immediately did a One-Click transaction here at Amazon. The DIGITALLY REMASTERED label didn't make me nervous. It should have. This has to be one of the worst remastering jobs I have ever heard. The vocals have been (mostly) removed from the right channel. What is left is an echo of Dinah's voice that lags behind the left channel. This may be due to the irritating echo effect that was added to many recordings in the late 50s and is present on the original. There is also a very noticeable hiss on the right channel. These two glaring flaws make Dinah's wonderful work impossible to listen to on headphones. If you buy this CD, you can enjoy the superior sound of the original by listening to the bonus master take of "Careless Love" and the alternate take of "Trombone Butter".
I am giving this CD two stars because the music itself is so wonderful and the bonus tracks are worth having. I did not have the live material in my collection before this CD. If you are a serious Dinah fan and are interested in collecting all her recordings or you are interested in the bonus tracks, then you might want to buy this. Fortunately for me, I have that vinyl recording and it is in mint condition. It didn't take a lot to clean it up and put it on CD. I can now enjoy the original recording and keep the vinyl in its almost new condition.
Two thumbs down to Kevin "Gang o' Gin" Reeves at Universal Music Studios-East. Perhaps the gin ganged up on him when he "mastered" this recording.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ALAIN ROBERT on November 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I agree with the reviewer who said that this was a bad remastering job, but DINAH WASHINGTON was born to do this tribute album to BESSIE SMITH ,so you'll still want it in your collection.Maybe some readers won't like my commentary, but DINAH might have been the most vicious jazz singer of her time ,but in her case it's a compliment.She probably was also the most blues inclined jazz singer.Maybe this is due to the fact that she married so many times.
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