A Handful of Keys [Buddha]

A Handful of Keys [Buddha]

by Fats WallerFats Waller


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As a label, the U.K.'s Proper does a pretty decent job of assembling a great cross-section of tracks, decent sound, and fairly annotated notes (though labels names seldom if ever appear either in liner notes or in track notations, only catalog number...hmmmm) all for a really great price. Hardcore fans of most artists will either have most or all of the material in their boxes, but those curious enough to look deeper into an artist than a single- or double-disc hits package will want to investigate Proper's catalog. This set of Fats Waller material covers the years 1922 -1943, virtually his entire professional career. Each disc has its own title and runs basically chronologically, from his solo work through his many ensembles. This is a laymen's collection, and is hardly exhaustive of any period, rather merely representative. True fans will want to seek out the RCA sets which are exhaustive in their research, presentation and execution. This is a fine introductory package, but that's it.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/1999
Label: Buddha
UPC: 0744659960321
catalogNumber: 99603
Rank: 90813


  1. Ain't Misbehavin'
  2. The Joint Is Jumpin'
  3. Inside (aka Inside This Heart of Mine)
  4. I Had to Do It
  5. E Flat Blues
  6. Hold My Hand
  7. Stop Beatin' 'Round the Mulberry Bush
  8. What's the Matter with You
  9. Hallelujah!
  10. What's Your Name?
  11. I Simply Adore You
  12. My Best Wishes
  13. Handful of Keys
  14. The Sheik of Araby
  15. The Flat Foot Floogie
  16. St. Louis Blues
  17. Pent up in a Penthouse
  18. Honeysuckle Rose
  19. I Got Rhythm
  20. Some of These Days
  21. After You've Gone
  22. The Yacht Club Swing

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fats Waller   Primary Artist
Fats Waller & His Rhythm   Track Performer

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Slam Stewart   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Chick Webb   Composer
Slim Gaillard   Composer
Clay Boland   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Bud Green   Composer
J.C. Johnson   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
J.C. Jones   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Thomas Connor   Composer
Ned Wever   Composer
Joe Greene   Composer
Bickley S. Reichmer   Composer
Samuel Pokrass   Composer
Bulee Gaillard   Composer
Paul Mann   Composer

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