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Handful of Keys Box set, Import

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Comprehensive four CD anthology of tracks recorded by one of the true geniuses of jazz piano. Includes booklet with rare photographs, full session details, & comprehensive liner notes. Proper Music. 2004.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Muscle Shoals Blues
  2. Birmingham Blues
  3. Henderson Stomp
  4. Rusty Pail
  5. Blue Black Bottom
  6. Fats Waller Stomp
  7. Savannah Blues
  8. Geechee
  9. Thou Swell
  10. Handful Of Keys
  11. Minor Drag
  12. Harlem Fuss
  13. Numb Fumblin'
  14. Gladyse
  15. Valentine Stomp
  16. Smashing Thirds
  17. Lookin' Good But Feelin' Bad
  18. Won't You Get Off It Please?
  19. I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby
  20. Porter's Love Song To A Chambermaid
  21. I Wish I Were Twins
  22. Do Me A Favor
  23. Then I'll Be Tired Of You
  24. Don't Let It Bother You
  25. Have A Little Dream On Me
  26. Serenade For A Wealthy Widow
  27. How Can You Face Me?
  28. Sweetie Pie
  29. Belive It, Beloved
  30. Dream Man
  31. Breakin' The Ice
  32. African Ripples
  33. Alligator Crawl
  34. Viper's Drag
  35. I'm A Hundred Per Cent For You
  36. Night Wind
  37. I Believe In Miracles
  38. I Ain't Got Nobody
  39. Clothes Line Ballet
  40. Lulu's Back In Town
  41. I'm Going To Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
  42. You're The Cutest One
  43. Dinah
  44. My Very Good Friend The Milkman
  45. Twelfth Street Rag
  46. There'll Be Some Changes Made
  47. Sweet Sue
  48. Truckin'
  49. Sugar Blues
  50. Rhythm And Romance
  51. I'm On A See-Saw
  52. When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful
  53. I've Got My Fingers Crossed
  54. A Little Bit Independent
  55. Fat And Greasy
  56. I Got Rhythm
  57. All My Life
  58. Christopher Columbus
  59. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie
  60. Black Raspberry Jam
  61. Fractious Fingering
  62. Paswonky
  63. Until The Real Thing Comes Along
  64. Curse Of An Aching Heart
  65. S'posin
  66. I'm Sorry I Made You Cry
  67. Nero
  68. Spring Cleaning
  69. Honeysuckle Rose
  70. Smarty
  71. Blue Turning Grey Over You
  72. Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now
  73. Joint Is Jumping
  74. Everyday's A Holiday
  75. Two Sleepy People
  76. Yacht Club Swing
  77. Spider And The Fly
  78. A Good Man Is Hard To Find
  79. Hold Tight
  80. 'tain't What You Do
  81. London Suite: Piccadilly/ Chelsea/ Soho/ Bond Street/...
  82. Squeeze Me
  83. Your Feet's Too Big
  84. Darktown Strutter's Ball
  85. I Cant Give You Anything But Love
  86. Fats Waller's Original E Flat Blues
  87. Pantin' In The Panther Room
  88. Carolina Shout
  89. Chant Of The Groove
  90. Buck Jumpin'
  91. Your Socks Don't Match
  92. Jitterbug Waltz
  93. Swing Out To Victory
  94. Ain't Misbehavin'
  95. Waller Jive/ Hallelujah


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 28, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • 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: Proper Box UK
  • ASIN: B0002DSA1G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,728 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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We may now be in re-issue heaven and the PROPER BOX series are up to No 72 as at Sep 2004. To my ear, some of the music now sounds dated such as the bebop saxophone re-issues, or some of the swing music of the forties. Duke Ellington of any period but perhaps especially from 1926 to 1944 still seems brilliant to me, and modern. Similarly, Louis Armstrong seems immortal. And this PROPER BOX of FATS WALLER is in that company. I find it difficult to name a musician of such calibre who was also a consummate entertainer who could redeem some musical rubbish just by his performance. My first record was a 12" 78 which had BLUE TURNING GREY OVER YOU on one side HONEYSUCKLE ROSE on the other. Both these sides - works that almost define what it means to swing, which combine rhythm, harmony and melody in such a delicious combination, both recorded in 1937 - are included in this Box Set of four CD's. The accompanying Booklet has 48 pages of biography, posters, photos, recording details, and biographical information as well as notes accompanying the records by JOOP VISSER. My one disappointment is that the set contains no records of Mr Waller on a large organ has he did record some Spirituals in England which were stunning. (He is featured on organ and piano on a number of tracks in the set though I assume it is a Hammond). Some of the music - such as I'M ON A SEE-SAW - are classics of swing music; others - I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES made acceptable by Mr Waller: none are filler. For music lovers of 20th Century music, this is an essential purchase of a compleat musician at the peak of his powers exuding the joy of creating some of the best swing ever.
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This is a special treat for Waller lovers. It's Fats Live, which gives you more of an idea what an entertaining genius he was. It includes alot of the patented wisecracks, quips, asides and humbugs, but it also features truly enjoyable music. His spiritual rendition of "Hallelujah" is especially a revelation. The sound is very clean, free of the usual hisses and pops you hear from vintage recordings. Fats is such a hepcat, the only thing that gives this away as vintage are the somewhat corny comments by the radio announcers. To be expected though, and it just illustrates how far the man was ahead of his time. Waller is my favorite artist and this is (currently) one of my favorite albums by in my opinion, the true King of Jazz.
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With informitive liner notes by autor of JAZZ SINGING Will Friedwald, this is an essential addition to any jazz fan's music library. Although you can find some of these songs on import CD's. This domestic CD is easy to find, and has great sound, and includes some spectacular vocals and stride piano playing by the one and only Fats Waller... Essental...
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By A Customer on June 22, 2000
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the sound quality of this Cd is superb. The joy and enthusiasm of Fats' singing and playing comes bursting through. Try listening to this music without tapping your toes!
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I bought this package of four CD's about five months ago, and believe me, there are very few days go by when I don't have one or more playing on my stereo. The transfers from 78's is remarkable. If you like Waller, you gotta like this ... and I'm not misbehavin'. Buy it and smile, smile, smile. It's fabulous. Oh yes and it's a great price for four CD's each of which lasts over 70 minutes. Go get it ... now.
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I've owned the RCA sets The Early Years, Middle Years, but this is one of the best compilations spanning his entire career in one set. I'm partial to his earlier period (1934-36) but this set covers his career from real early 1922 solos to his untimely death in 1943, but its all good. Fats Waller was one of the greatest jazz pianists in history. His carefree singing and tickling the ivories always make me feel better. When I'm stressed out...I put a little bit of his music on my player..and all of a sudden..everything's OK again. The only knock on this wonderful set is that they did not include the original 1934 version of the instrumental (There are many in this set which speak of his piano prowess) Clothes Line Ballet, one of his most beautiful. Instead, they included a radio transcription from 1935 that sounds more like a radio comedy antic than the 1934 original. I believe that master cut has been ruined because on "Turn On The Heat" on RCA, it audibly shows that cut to be warped. All in all, if you're new or old to Fats, this is a satisfying box set. The enclosed booket is excellent with many pics, record dates, personnel and stories about Mr. Waller, who remains to this day, a giant in jazz. "Oooo....your lower extremeties are really obnoxious" (Your Feet's Too Big) Great job from Proper Records, as usual.
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Don't underestimate the power of Fats Waller and his ability to get people on the dance floor. Friends always feel as though they are going back in time when they hear my jazz playlist playing softly in the background, but I don't want them just remember the time period, I want them to feel it. He was a successful blues and jazz pianist who will always have a place on my mp3 player.
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Despite hundreds of pop recordings, piano rolls, concerts and broadcasts, Thomas 'Fats' Waller never strayed far from his musical roots. His private passions from boyhood were classical music and church organ. Privately and for intimate groups, Waller often played this very sort of music he that felt the public would never accept. Yet, as Thomas Waller approached his 40th year, there was serious contemplation of moving beyond pop song covers and small band performances of his own tunes to compose more traditional works. These plans ended with Waller's December 12th 1943 death from pneumonic complications. At the time of his passing, Fats was five months short of reaching 40.

On RCA Victor's 1957 black label release, HANDFUL OF KEYS (LPM-1502), Fats vocalizes on 14 tracks and plays solo on two. Accompanying musicians on the quintet, sextet and septet recordings are (alphabetically): Herman Autry (thumpet); Arnold Bolden (drums); Al Casey (guitar); Bill Coleman (trumpet); Harry Dial (drums); Chauncey Graham (tenor); John Hamilton (trumpet); Larry Hinton (drums); Slick Jones (drums); Mezz Mezzrow (clarinet); Floyd O'Brien (trombone); Rudy Powell (clarinet & alto); Gene Sedric (clarinet & tenor); John Smith (guitar); Bill Taylor (bass); Arthur Trappier (drums); Charles Turner (bass); Cedric Wallace (bass).
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