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The Centennial Collection Original recording remastered, Best of


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  • Audio CD (April 20 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Best of
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B0001VOHGG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,822 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
2. Got A Bran' New Suit
3. Your Feets Too Big
4. Medley (NBC On-Air Studio Recording): Ain't Misbehavin'/Hold My Hand/What's The Matter With You?/Hallelujah/Hold My Hand
5. Spring Cleaning (Getting Ready For Love)
6. African Ripples
7. You're Not The Only Oyster In The Stew
8. The Joint Is Jumpin'
9. Beale Street Blues
10. Numb Fumblin'
11. E-Flat Blues
12. Lulu's Back In Town
13. Loafin' Time
14. I Ain't Got Nobody
15. Carolina Shout
16. (Do You Intend To Put An End To) A Sweet Beginning
17. If You're A Viper
18. Undecided
19. Then I'll Be Tired Of You
20. Up Jumped You With Love
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Format: Audio CD
Pianist-singer Fats Waller was one of the great performers of the Great Depression era, embuing countless recordings with his playful wit and lively, cheerful humor... There are about a bazillion collections of his work out there -- definitives, ultimates, greatests and anthologies galore -- but what this tasty collection has to off that others do not is a tasty bonus DVD disc of vintage film material, presenting Waller at his finest. Taken largely from short, one-reeler films, these archival clips show Waller at work in his milieu; some may find the eye-rolling and big-grinnin' depictations of African-American juke-joints and house parties to be offensive, but Waller was a transcendant showman who took these images to a level far above stereotypes, and into the realm of immortal art. I think most fans will simply revel in the chance to see Fats in the flesh, as it were, and while there are only a handful of video clips on this disc, they are really, really cool to watch. The music CD is awesome as well... although many fans may find that one CD's worth of Waller's music just ain't enough. Good thing all those bazillions of other CDs are out there as well. But if you want a good starting point, this collection is highly recommended.
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Amazon.com: 5 reviews
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Great best-of collection with added archival video Aug. 17 2004
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Pianist-singer Fats Waller was one of the great performers of the Great Depression era, embuing countless recordings with his playful wit and lively, cheerful humor... There are about a bazillion collections of his work out there -- definitives, ultimates, greatests and anthologies galore -- but what this tasty collection has to off that others do not is a tasty bonus DVD disc of vintage film material, presenting Waller at his finest. Taken largely from short, one-reeler films, these archival clips show Waller at work in his milieu; some may find the eye-rolling and big-grinnin' depictations of African-American juke-joints and house parties to be offensive, but Waller was a transcendant showman who took these images to a level far above stereotypes, and into the realm of immortal art. I think most fans will simply revel in the chance to see Fats in the flesh, as it were, and while there are only a handful of video clips on this disc, they are really, really cool to watch. The music CD is awesome as well... although many fans may find that one CD's worth of Waller's music just ain't enough. Good thing all those bazillions of other CDs are out there as well. But if you want a good starting point, this collection is highly recommended.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Great best-of collection with added archival video April 20 2004
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Pianist-singer Fats Waller was one of the great performers of the Great Depression era, embuing countless recordings with his playful wit and lively, cheerful humor... There are about a bazillion collections of his work out there -- definitives, ultimates, greatests and anthologies galore -- but what this tasty collection has to off that others do not is a tasty bonus DVD disc of vintage film material, presenting Waller at his finest. Taken largely from short, one-reeler films, these archival clips show Waller at work in his milieu; some may find the eye-rolling and big-grinnin' depictations of African-American juke-joints and house parties to be offensive, but Waller was a transcendant showman who took these images to a level far above stereotypes, and into the realm of immortal art. I think most fans will simply revel in the chance to see Fats in the flesh, as it were, and while there are only a handful of video clips on this disc, they are really, really cool to watch. The music CD is awesome as well... although many fans may find that one CD's worth of Waller's music just ain't enough. Good thing all those bazillions of other CDs are out there as well. But if you want a good starting point, this collection is highly recommended.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Getting to know Fats Waller April 6 2005
By "Gimpy" Peach Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is probably the best single-CD compilation of Fats Waller's recordings I have come across. If you're new to Fats Waller, I would recommend this CD as an excellent introduction to this popular pianist and entertainer. The audio CD contains solo piano tracks, small jazz combo sessions, and even one of Fats's marvelous organ solos ("Beale Street Blues," with a vocal by Alberta Hunter). Studio recordings as well as radio airchecks are used. The accompanying short DVD contains about 15 minutes of Fats Waller video footage from old film "soundies" and an early 1980s cartoon drawn to the accompaniment of Fats Waller's recording of "Your Feet's Too Big."

The audio remastering by Doug Pomeroy is very good, but if you hate lots of "hiss," you may want to turn your treble control down while listening. The quality of the video footage is decent, though some of the clips appear to come from VHS tape copies and have the occasional lines that show up on screen when the tracking isn't quite right. While any chance to see video of Fats Waller is a treat (there aren't many surviving films of him), I was somewhat disappointed in the content of the films. As a pianist myself, I was hoping to catch a glimpse of his incredible technique, but most of the camera shots show only the upper half of his body as he makes goofy faces while singing; very rarely are his hands visible and then mostly for mundane vamps between choruses (and even those seem to be somewhat out of sync -- for some films it's obvious that the sound was dubbed in afterwards).

I bought this set primarily for the DVD since I already had most of the recordings on the audio CD. The package doesn't emphasize the DVD and offers little info about its contents. Just so you know, the DVD *is* short and does not contain any extras. I'm also a bit disappointed that on the audio disc, only one organ track was included. I've heard several times that Fats preferred the organ (and he made dozens of organ recordings), so it seems odd that only one organ track is included, especially since they are difficult to find on CD.

Mike Lipskin has written a few notes in the accompanying booklet, and happily, coplete discographical information is given for each selection on the audio CD.

Overall, this is a well-done set with a nice selection of Waller recordings-great for newcomers or longtime Fats Waller fans alike. Recommended.
Love these centennial series! This is Fats Waller at his best! Awesome mastering and soundquality highlight this set! March 4 2013
By Karl Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have a few of these recording from the centennial series and they all have only the best tracks! Each one is beautifully remastered and sounds warm, fresh. These recording have never sounded better! This set has one full disc of the best of Fats Waller and comes in beautiful package with great liner notes and a bonus DVD. The DVD's on these sets are nice but definitely a little little light and would consider it a bonus not the reason for buying the set. If you want the best of the best in great sound quality I would highly recommend the centennial series.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Where have all the Bluebirds gone? April 28 2005
By BP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There are dozens of great, great Fats Waller sides for Bluebird out there somewhere, but it seems they are oh so out of print. This is one disc of fine music, but Fats is so much more than this. What jazz fans want is not yet another single disc smattering compilation of Fats Waller. What we want is access to all those great Bluebird records from the 30's (his best years) on CD. Let's hope RCA will stop sitting on them.

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