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8 Classics [Box set]

Anita O'day Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (7 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Real Gone Jazz
  • ASIN: B005I4UMCO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,441 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. You're the Top
2. Honeysuckle Rose
3. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
4. Who Cares?
5. I Can't Get Started
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. 'S Wonderful/They Can't Take That Away from Me
2. Tenderly
3. Old Devil Moon
4. Love Me Or Leave Me
5. We'll Be Together Again
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Just One of Those Things
2. Love for Sale
3. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
4. Easy to Love
5. I Get a Kick Out of You
See all 30 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. That Old Feeling
2. Angel Eyes
3. The Thrill Is Gone
4. Detour Ahead
5. Yesterdays
See all 24 tracks on this disc

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you like Anita O'Day, this is undoubtedly a great buy - and if you don't yet know of Anita O'Day, then this is a fine place to discover her genius. But you need to remember that this is a public domain release of recordings made more than fifty years ago, and the companies releasing this material do have a tendency to be more sloppy and careless than one would really like, and sadly that has definitely happened here.

But, better to begin with the good points, I think. All these LPs were originally released on the Verve label, and (I am fairly sure) can all be obtained separately in their authentic copyrighted editions at higher prices, but often with bonus tracks. I have read so many contradictory opinions about the sound quality of this issue (and others on the Real Gone Jazz label), so I feel entitled to add my own quite unscientific and inexpert, but I hope balanced, thoughtful and helpful views. I get particularly annoyed by those who rant about how awful the sound is, generally making ludicrous assertions backed up with nothing. I simply say that the sound quality of the recordings here is, taken purely on its own terms and compared against nothing else, good enough for anyone to enjoy every one of the songs completely and absolutely. There is some slight variation from album to album (well, some are mono, some stereo for a start!), but all the vocals and backing groups, big and small, are as clear as you need them to be. I do not have any of the full albums on LP or authentic Verve CDs to compare them with, but I do have the Verve compilation CD entitled "Anita O'Day's Finest Hour" which contains some of the tracks on this set.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, apart from the lack of sleeve notes 17 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What a find! Eight albums by the sublime Anita O'Day at the peak of her powers on four CDs at such a ridiculously cheap price. The remastering is excellent and at times it's hard to believe that the newest of the recordings is half a century old. There is so much to enjoy that it's very difficult to pick highlights and these will inevitably involve personal preference anyway. My own favourites include the meltingly gorgeous If The Moon Turns Green, the bleak cynicism of Ten Cents A Dance, the deliciously up-tempo Little Girl Blue, the virtuosity of Love Me Or Leave Me and the wicked humour of To Keep My Love Alive. It's impossible to listen to Sweet Georgia Brown without picturing Anita in slinky black dress and lampshade hat in the film Jazz On a Summers Day.

The only disappointment is the complete absence of sleeve notes. With the sole exception of Anita Sings The Most, where there is a simple list of the personnel, there is no information whatever about the performers, the recordings or the music. It's maybe a bit churlish to complain about this given the price of the set but other budget labels can provide helpful and interesting information and it's unfortunate that Real Gone Jazz didn't even try.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under rated and truely great 18 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When I was a young man I worked with someone who told me how great a singer Anita O'day was but I found it very hard to find any discs by her. Then the other day I came across this and thought at that price I could not go wrong. So it proved for the price of a couple of beers you get 8 albums by a singer with a great voice amazing rhythmic sense and a real joy in her singing. This is a bargain and Anita is a much under rated talent and John Robinson was right about her, she is a great jazz singer and more people should listen to her and this is a great place to get a substantial part of her work for a snip.The remastering is good so there is no reason not to invest.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Track Listing- You're the Top 23 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
Following on from the the two Davids reviews Krimson Norris and David Griffiths.
I thought the track listing would be of use.

The sets are as cheap as chips and the 4 CDs with two albums to each do not list this on them.

So here is one I prepared earlier!

Please note I've used the American spellings.

Track listing
1. You're the Top
2. Honeysuckle Rose
3. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
4. Who Cares?
5. I Can't Get Started
6. Fine and Dandy
7. As Long As I Live
8. No Moon At All
9. Time After Time
10. I'll See You In My Dreams
11. I Fall In Love Too Easily
12. Beautiful Love
13. Don't Be That Way
14. Let's Face the Music and Dance
15. I Never Had a Chance
16. Stompin' At the Savoy
17. Pick Yourself Up
18. Stars Fell On Alabama
19. Sweet Georgia Brown
20. I Won't Dance
21. Man With a Horn
22. I Used To Be Color Blind
23. There's a Lull In My Life
24. Let's Begin
25. 'S Wonderful/They Can't Take That Away from Me
26. Tenderly
27. Old Devil Moon
28. Love Me or Leave Me
29. We'll Be Together Again
30. Stella By Starlight
31. Taking a Chance On Love
32. Them There Eyes
33. I've Got the World on a String
34. You Turned the Tables on Me
35. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
36. Take the a Train
37. Tenderly
38. A Night In Tunisia
39. Four
40. Early Autumn
41. Four Brothers
42. Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)
43. My Funny Valentine
44. Frenesi
45. Body and Soul
46. What's Your Story Morning Glory
47. Peanut Vendor
48. Just One of Those Things
49. Love For Sale
50. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
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