[78-L] Chick Webb alternate takes

Julian Vein julianvein at blueyonder.co.uk
Wed May 11 00:28:25 PDT 2011

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
I have take -B, but being an Ella Fitzgerald performance, I've probably 
never played it. At her best, I can take her or leave her, at her worst 
I'll leave her!

        Julian Vein

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