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Fats Waller: Legacy [Olympic]

Album Notes

A number of Fats Waller compilations appeared during the long era of the LP, many of them on RCA Victor or its subsidiary Bluebird, and others on budget labels such as Olympic. As expected, the discographical information is minimal on this record jacket, which is plagued by the manufactured pseudo-stereo that was the rage for a time in the 1960s and 1970s. Otherwise, the mix of songs from Waller's commercial recordings and transcriptions are from fairly clean sources and have decent, though no more than run-of-the-mill sound. "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter" is a live broadcast that likely came from a World War II era transcription, while the lively take of "The Joint is Jumpin'" seems to be from an early soundie (a jukebox precursor to today's music video) featuring Myra Johnson sharing the vocal exchanges with Waller. While this long unavailable LP is hardly an essential collection for fans of Fats Waller, its worth a small investment if it can be located. ~ Ken Dryden


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