25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2008
This whole series has somehow managed to do what the thousands of other earlier Waller releases have not managed to do: Get the music juice out of the grooves. All CDs in this series are almost what used to be called hi-fi though releases to date reach only to 1938, long before the advent of hi-fi (never mind stereo).
My favorite, on one of the earlier collections of four CDs in this series, is "Serenade for a Wealthy Widow." You hear licks, notes, background fills, that were never before audible. That made that tune brand-new again. But that happens to most of the recordings in this series.
The only negative I have is that while a group of four CDs may have various takes, recorded on a given day, of the same tune, they are separated. That makes listening more fun for the non-aficionado of Fats Waller, but less so for people like me. Oh well.
Recommended without reservation.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2011
VERY HAPPY WITH VOL 5, SOME TRACKS UNKOWN TO ME, EXCELLENT REMASTERING, WOULD BE INTERESTED IN OTHER VOLUMES OF WALLER IN THIS SERIES - LINDSAY