When you get up in the morning, you must have a song - Ray Charles

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Anita O'Day - 1945 recordings

These 1945 recordings are from a disc curiously titled "The Complete Recordings 1949~1950" Hmmmm.

When Anita O'Day was at her swingin'est, no one could touch her. Personal opinion of course. Sadly there are only 9 songs here, which are credited as a "bonus session". The first 4 tracks appear to be her 1st date as leader, and were recorded in LA, 1.18.45.

She joins the King Cole Trio at a transcription date (LA 2.10.45) for the last 5 tracks. The liner notes point out that this is the only time she was recorded without a drummer. It is also pointed out that, except for Penthouse Serenade, these remain the only versions of these songs she ever recorded.

A short set but wholly worthwhile.

The rest of the disc is OK but with an odd assortment of country songs, novelty songs and standards. And I should attach them here as well sometime.

1. Them There Eyes
2. Memories Of You
3. How Come?
4. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
5. Ain't Misbehavin'
6. Penthouse Serenade
7. Lonesome Road
8. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
9. Rosetta

Baldwin Street - BJH-302

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