[78-L] Chick Webb alternate takes

Taylor Bowie bowiebks at isomedia.com
Tue May 10 19:52:42 PDT 2011

Both David and Doug's mentions are more of the nature of jazz records...any 
dance or swing band sessions come to mind?


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From: "David Lennick" <dlennick at sympatico.ca>
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Subject: Re: [78-L] Chick Webb alternate takes

> Yes..Duke Ellington's ST. LOUIS BLUES on Brunswick, with Bing Crosby. 
> Totally
> different arrangements.
> dl
> On 5/10/2011 8:36 PM, Taylor Bowie wrote:
>> 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
>> I've heard).
>> 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.
>> Taylor
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