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I Wanna Be Loved

Dinah Washington

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An amazing album

A great re-release. An awesome collection of songs.

Who's that girl?

The review above is correct in noting the instrument-heavy arrangements here. Remember that Quincy Jones was enjoying his early success as an arranger of instrumentals (Stockholm Sweetnin', etc...) He may have overdone it a bit creating a musical throne for the Queen Dinah. But what a grand and glorious throne it is! The mix and cacophony of sound is indicative of an era when the entire orchestra sat in the studio together and created this very big, very human, masterpiece. Dinah rises above it all with her usual sly delivery and instant charm. Washington fans will not be disappointed.

One question: Why did Mercury chose to put a picture of a random white model on the album jacket? Did people think that's what Dinah looked like? I can understand putting models on instrumental albums (Ray Conniff, etc...). But Dinah was a vocalist with so much personality and a real presence. I hope the old executives that decided to do this back in 1962 (assuming they are still living) have to answer to Dinah personally when they get to the pearly gates!


Born: August 29, 1924 in Tuscaloosa, AL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

Dinah Washington was at once one of the most beloved and controversial singers of the mid-20th century — beloved to her fans, devotees, and fellow singers; controversial to critics who still accuse her of selling out her art to commerce and bad taste. Her principal sin, apparently, was to cultivate a distinctive vocal style that was at home in all kinds of music, be it R&B, blues, jazz, middle of the road pop — and she probably would have made a fine gospel or country singer had she...
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