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If You Got to Ask You Ain't Got It [Box set, Original recording remastered]

Fats WallerAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Honeysuckle RoseFats Waller 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. How Can You Face Me?Fats Waller 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Panic Is OnFats Waller 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Sugar RoseFats Waller 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby (And My Bab's Crazy 'Bout Me)Fats Waller 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Lost LoveFats Waller 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Our Love Was Meant To BeFats Waller 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Joint is Jumpin'Fats Waller 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. A Hopeless Love AffairFats Waller 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Hold My HandFats Waller, His Rhythm and His Orchestra 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Patty Cake, Patty CakeFats Waller 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Honey HushFats Waller 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. AnitaFats Waller 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Squeeze MeFats Waller 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Old Grand DadFats Waller 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. All That Meat And No PotatoesFats Waller 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Ain't Nothin' To ItFats Waller, His Rhythm and His Orchestra 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Bessie, Bessie, BessieFats Waller 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Cash For Your TrashFats Waller 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. You Must Be Losing Your MindFats Waller, His Rhythm and His Orchestra 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Up Jumped You With LoveFats Waller 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Ain't Misbehavin' (2000 Remastered)Fats Waller 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. St. Louis BluesFats Waller 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. 'SippiLouisiana Sugar Babes 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Thou Swell (From "Connecticut Yankee")Louisiana Sugar Babes 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Numb Fumblin'Fats Waller 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Ain't Misbehavin' ((from the musical comedy "Connie's Hot Chocolates"))Fats Waller 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Love Me Or Leave Me (Take 3)Fats Waller 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Smashin' ThirdsFats Waller 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. My Fate Is In Your HandsFats Waller 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. African RipplesFats Waller 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Viper's DragFats Waller 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Keepin' Out Of Mischief NowFats Waller 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. StardustFats Waller 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Carolina ShoutFats Waller 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Serenade for a Wealthy WidowFats Waller 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. RosettaFats Waller 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Functionizin'Fats Waller 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Lounging At The WaldorfFats Waller 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Blue, Turnin' Grey Over YouFats Waller 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. In The Gloamin'Fats Waller, His Rhythm and His Orchestra 3:21$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen20. MamacitaFats Waller 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. The Jitterbug WaltzFats Waller & His Rhythm And His Orchestra 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Honeysuckle RoseA Jam Session At Victor (RCA All Stars) 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal YouJack Teagarden & His Orchestra; vocal by Jack Teagarden 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. You're Not the Only Oyster In the StewFats Waller 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. What's The Reason (I'm Not Pleasin' You)Fats Waller 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Lulu's Back In TownFats Waller 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A LetterFats Waller 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. DinahFats Waller 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. There'll Be Some Changes MadeFats Waller 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Somebody Stole My GalFats Waller 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Christopher Columbus (A Rhythm Cocktail)Fats Waller 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. It's a Sin to Tell a LieFats Waller 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. She's Tall, She's Tan, She's TerrificFats Waller 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Sheik Of ArabyFats Waller, His Rhythm And Orchestra 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Two Sleepy PeopleFats Waller 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. A Good Man Is Hard To FindFats Waller 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood, Mama) (previously unissued master)Fats Waller 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. 'Tain't What You Do (It's The Way That You Do It)Fats Waller 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Your Feet's Too BigFats Waller 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Darktown Strutters BallFats Waller 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. I Can't Give You Anything But LoveFats Waller 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. You Run Your Mouth, I'll Run My BusinessFats Waller 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Let's Get Away From It AllFats Waller 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. 'Tain't Nobody's Biz-Ness If I DoFats Waller 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 26, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,355 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

While a lot of imported Fats sets have come on to these shores, none of them have had the access to the original tapes that this one has. Disc one presents Fats playing his own compositions, disc two is all-instrumental, and disc three features Waller-ized interpretations of Tin Pan Alley standards; between the three, every classic track is here. Includes Honeysuckle Rose; Ain't Misbehavin'; The Joint Is Jumpin'; African Ripples; Honey Hush; I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter; Two Sleepy People; Your Feet's Too Big; The Sheik of Araby; (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You; Dinah , and more.

Customer Reviews

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful introduction to Fats Waller October 3, 2006
By Gerald
Format:Audio CD
My wife bought this set for me after hearing about it on NPR. Though I love jazz, my album collection is only fair to middlin' (e.g., Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Miles Davis, Coltrane, etc.) and this is my first Fats Waller album. Though it is my first, it won't be my last - as I listened to Fats' phenomenal stride piano and Armstrong-reminiscent voice, I became an instant fan. I have had it two days and have listened to it at home, in the car on the way to work and even at work. I can't get enough.

This is a fan review. I leave it to the real jazzophiles to provide technical reviews (e.g., I can't speak to the production quality or selection of songs, given how prolific a songwriter/performer Fats was). As a new fan, however, I highly recommend this set as an introduction to Fats' music and it's hard to beat the price for a box set. The set includes an informative booklet that provides background on and plenty of pictures of Fats, His Rhythm and his times.

A few of my favorite songs from the album (so far) are "Honeysuckle Rose," "Hold My Hand," and "Honey Hush." That being said, I haven't heard a song I haven't liked.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet Fats!!! January 19, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Mr Orrin Keepnews, one of the legendary jazz producers has given us a great gift: a 3cd box set to get all music fans started on knowing and appreciating one of the great genious of early jazz: Fats Waller. Fats was a total package. He was a singer, an entretainer, an acomplished pianist, and one of the greatest composers in jazz. That he died before his 40th birthday is sad but also speaks greatly of the man who could compose songs just by opening his mouth.

The collection is divided in 3: disc one features Fats the composer, disc 2 Fats the pianist and disc 3 is Fats the entretainer (singing Tin Pan alley songs). Great care and love was put in selecting the songs and the packgaing. The booklet alone deserves a grammy. Great essays and photos. And the price is right. You dont have a reason why you should not get this box.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars supreme collection of a maestro's work April 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This scrupulously assembled box solves the where-do-I-start question for anyone who wants some serious representation of this master's work in his or her collection. Waller's ouevre is immense, multifaceted, and essential. So a box like this that culls from his most important categories of music [one disk each of his own sung songs, instrumentals, and tin pan alley covers] is an invaluable boon to any jazz fans that want more than a single-disk 'intro' set. The selections are brilliant, the sound is dazzling, and the accompanying documentation is amazing. All in all, one of the best jazz boxes I personally have ever seen. Recommended with the highest honors.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and well rounded recording. January 17, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought this as a Christmas gift for my wife, she loves Fats Waller. Was a little apprehensive about the recording until she listened to the CD's. My worries were unfounded and unnecessary. This is an excellent compilation of Fats' work. There is a nice balance between his compositions, performances and singing, most to all of his most notable recordings (his signature songs) are present. The tracks have been remastered and sound great. I would recommend this recording to anyone that is not too familiar with Fats Waller as a great introduction to his most famous work as well as a great collection of remastered material for those that like/love the artist already.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fats Waller Great Collection January 18, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As an old Fats fan, I have listened to many of his songs, but,
this collection added many pleasant surprises!!!!!
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