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Best of the Roulette Years

4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You
  2. Take Your Shoes Off Baby
  3. Call me Irresponsible
  4. You've Been A Good Old Wagon
  5. He's My Guy
  6. Where Are You
  7. For All We Know
  8. Red Sails In The Sunset
  9. Me And My Gin
  10. It's A Mean Old Man's World
  11. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
  12. That Sunday (That Summer)
  13. Something's Gotta Give
  14. Let Me Be The First To Know
  15. You're A Sweetheart
  16. Fly Me To The Moon
  17. I'll Close My Eyes
  18. Why Was I Born?
  19. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
  20. Drinking Again
  21. Romance In The Dark
  22. Destination Moon
  23. Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 26, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roulette/Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000002V1R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,852 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I wondered why during Dinah's contract to Roulette Records they didn't saw fit to record her in something besides an orchestra or violin strings? I own many of Dinah's stuff (on both CDs and records), and to say the least, this woman is TALENTED. But it's frustrating to hear her in nothing short of constant repetition on this "Best of" collection. Roulette is generous including a whopping 23 tracks on this set, but most of them are the same arrangement and accompaniment. Couldn't they be more creative in the arrangements for Dinah? The best tracks here are taken from her outstanding "Back to the Blues" CD when she sang in a bluesy, gospel-inflected manner, the style that got her the most attention when she started out as a singer. Unfortunately with the pop success that came to Dinah, she repeated the same formula, and most of that is reflected here, track after track of endless strings and unimaginative big band charts. I would recommend bypassing this collection and getting the outstanding "Back to the Blues" set that is also available on Amazon. Dinah's singing there is inspired and blues-singing at its best.
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The Best of Dinah Washington is a solid assortment of Dinah's work on Roulette Records and wow, is Dinah's voice ever in great form! Sure, the musical arrangements are rather similar; but I'm not sure Dinah had complete power over that. The sound quality is very good and I like the artwork, too.

"You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You" has a fine big band style arrangement; and when Dinah comes in this number really takes flight! Dinah swings brightly and her voice is like silk. Dinah's excellent diction and her fine sense of timing enhance her performance even further! "Call Me Irresponsible" features Dinah squarely front and center; she sings this ballad with panache. Dinah also injects a certain romantic quality into this number using her finely tuned voice. Wonderful! Moreover, there's also "He's My Guy" uses the strings and brass to great advantage while Dinah sings her heart out.

"For All We Know" gives us yet another romantic tune that Dinah aces easily; her voice is rich, warm and vibrant. The music that accompanies her is beautiful but it is definitely Dinah that owns the spotlight. "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby" starts with a musical flourish; and Dinah comes in to take this number straight out of the ballpark! Dinah sings "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby" beautifully; the background chorus wasn't really necessary. Dinah could have handled this all by herself; she certainly was good enough to do that.

"That Sunday (That Summer)" is a number former President Kennedy always enjoyed; and it's always been one of my favorites, too. "That Sunday (That Summer)" gets a fine interpretation from Dinah who delivers this somewhat more slowly than I'm used to--but it still holds its own very well.
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This CD has great sound. This is Dinah Washington at her best, with the best backup band and recording session she ever had. When you listen to Dinah Washington sing on this album you'll believe that she was as equally talented as Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald.
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her voice is one of a kind.this set showcases her talent.the band the arrangements are top form.her voice is Rich&timeless.she is one of the Greatest female singers ever.you feel the texture of her voice.
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I have been waiting for this release on CDs for years, and now it is finally here. Dinah is at her finest and puts Sinatra to shame on Fly Me to the Moon. If you like Dinah, this one is a must!
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