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Dinah '62 [Bonus Tracks]
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Tracks

1. Drinking Again

2. Destination Moon

3. Miss You

4. A Handful Of Stars

5. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?

6. You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You

7. Red Sails In The Sunset

8. Where Are You Coquette?

9. Take Your Shoes Off

10. Make Believe Dreams

11. Something's Gotta Give

12. I'll Never Stop Loving You

13. Me And My Gin

Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Dinah Washington (vocals); Fred Norman (arranger).
  • Recorded at Bell Sound Studios, New York, New York in March 1962. Originally
  • released on Roulette (25170).
  • Personnel: Dinah Washington (vocals).
  • Audio Remixer: Malcolm Addey.
  • Liner Note Author: Donald Elfman.
  • Recording information: Bell Sound Studios, New York, NY (03/1962).
  • Arranger: Fred Norman.
  • The first of five LPs Dinah Washington recorded for Roulette during her last year and a half of life, Dinah '62 finds one of the foremost interpreters in vocal jazz treading merrily through a set of standards informed by Fred Norman's modern and commercially slanted big-band arrangements. Despite a few trad vocal backgrounds, most of these charts never overwhelm the songs or Washington's performances, and sometimes add to them; this version of the decades-old "Red Sails in the Sunset" benefits from its earthy electric guitar and organ. The singer brings a lifetime of experience to these songs, carrying the soporific world-weariness of Johnny Mercer's "Drinking Again" but then skating rompishly over the light novelty "Destination Moon." Washington is far more willing to indulge in histrionics than earlier in her career, but still exhibits remarkable control over her vocalizing, whether light or forceful. ~ John Bush
Professional Reviews
Q (11/03, p.139) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The much-married Queen Of The Blues was always soulful, ever feisty..."
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