[78-L] Chick Webb alternate takes
bowiebks at isomedia.com
Tue May 10 17:36:45 PDT 2011
The thread about the Reisman alternates reminded me of a very unusual
example of different takes.
It's the Chick Webb Orch. Decca of "You showed Me The Way." De 1220.
master number is 62067 with takes noted as "A" and "B."
For years, I've had a trashed copy of Take A...it came out of a suitcase of
records which had belonged to a great uncle of mine who died 12 years before
I was born. It's a great version, with a very punchy beginning which leads
into a superb Ella Fitzgerald vocal (about the best of her early sides that
Finally I was able to get a clean copy on auction...and it turned out to be
Take B...which has an entirely different written introduction.
Point being that most alernate takes of dance band sides have variations on
solos or maybe tiny changes in the chart...but these two takes (recorded the
same day) are totally different at the start.
Anyone know of similar cases of dance band records where there is a radical
difference between takes in the arrangement, and not just in solo work?
I'm not talking about something like a Lanin where he did variations on the
same chart for different labels on different days.
I'm still looking for a clean Take A of the Webb, which I like a lot more
than the more sedate Take B.
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