[78-L] Chick Webb alternate takes

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca
Tue May 10 20:16:07 PDT 2011

I have a spare copy of the Webb A-take in E condition, Canadian pressing. 
Alternate takes often turn up in Canada.

Lionel Hampton's Hey Ba-Ba-Re-Bop has a couple of differing takes, as I recall, 
but I see only one listed in the Decca books.


On 5/10/2011 10:52 PM, Taylor Bowie wrote:
> Both David and Doug's mentions are more of the nature of jazz records...any
> dance or swing band sessions come to mind?
> Taylor
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>> 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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