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Brownie Box, Ruffin Reissue Are Latest from Hip-O Select

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Two new releases from Hip-O Select are on the horizon: one closing the book on a trumpeting legend at a beloved jazz label, and one reissue spotlighting one of Motown’s most underrated voices.

First, the Motown news: David Ruffin’s self-titled, unreleased LP is coming back to the CD format. David was intended for release in 1971 and featured songwriting and production from the brightest stars on the roster at the time, including Henry Cosby co-writes “Each Day is a Lifetime” and “I Can’t Be Hurt Anymore,” Smokey Robinson-aided composition “Dinah,” and covers of The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” Stevie Wonder’s “Heaven Help Us All” and Tony Joe White’s “Rainy Night in Georgia.”And yet, the passionate David was surprisingly shelved in favor of a duet album between David and his brother Jimmy.

Outside of two singles from the album sessions, David wouldn’t see a release until 2004, when the original 12-track album, four single mixes and seven session outtakes were released by Select. That release sold out its original pressing of 3,500 copies; due to popular demand, another 2,000 units of the expanded program is finally being repressed to CD with all the same notes (the only packaging difference is the original digipak being replaced with a standard jewel case). Special thanks to super reader Jonathan Peters for the tip!

After the jump, take a look at Select’s latest project for Clifford Brown, featuring the vocal talents of Sarah Vaughan, Helen Merrill and Miss Dinah Washington!

Clifford Brown’s prowess as a trumpeter far outlived the man himself. Brown died in a car crash in 1956, leaving only four years’ worth of work in the jazz genre. But what work it was! Brownie, as trumpet player for his hard-bop quintet with Max Roach and Sonny Rollins, was as articulate and harmonic a player as they ever found, and he spent much of the end of his career playing sessions for one of Dinah Washingston’s first long-playing records, as well as the first of Sarah Vaughan’s and Helen Merrill’s for the format.

Verve Select’s The Singers Sessions: The EmArcy Master Takes Vol. 2, a sequel to the first such volume from 2009, showcases the final takes of those sessions – 29 in all. Two discs find him backing Dinah on standards like “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “You Go to My Head,” “I’ll Remember April” and others, then a final CD collects the Vaughan and Merrill LPs. For this set – the first time all of this work has been available under one roof – all tracks have been newly-mastered, and the hardback book package – limited to 5,000 copies – features rare photos and new liner notes by author Aaron Cohen.

Both titles are available to pre-order direct from Select; David has a retail release date of next Tuesday, October 9 while the Clifford Brown box is available

David Ruffin, David: The Unreleased LP and More (originally released as Hip-O Select/Motown B0002509-02, 2004 – reissued 2012)

  1. Each Day is a Lifetime
  2. I Want You Back
  3. Out in the Country
  4. You Can Come Right Back to Me
  5. I Can’t Be Hurt Anymore
  6. Rainy Night in Georgia
  7. I’ve Got a Need for You
  8. Anything That You Ask For
  9. Let Somebody Love Me
  10. For the Shelter of Your Love
  11. Dinah
  12. Don’t Stop Loving Me
  13. It’s Gonna Take a Whole Lot of Doin’
  14. I Want Her to Say It Again
  15. Your Heartaches I Can Surely Heal
  16. Get Away Heartbreak (Keep On Moving)
  17. You Make Me Do Things I Don’t Want to Do
  18. Mountain of Memories
  19. Heaven Help Us All
  20. Each Day is a Lifetime (Mono Single Mix)
  21. Don’t Stop Loving Me (Mono Single Mix)
  22. You Can Come Right Back to Me (Mono Single Mix)
  23. Dinah (Mono Single Mix)

Tracks 1-12 intended for Motown LP 733 (cancelled), 1971

  • Track 1 first released on The Best of David Ruffin: 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection (Motown , 2000)
  • Track 2 first released on Motown Sings Motown Treasures (Motown 314 530 960-2, 1998)
  • Track 9 first released on The Ultimate Collection (Motown 314 530 959-2, 1998)

Tracks 20-21 released as Motown single M-1178-F, 1971
Tracks 22-23 released as Motown single M-1187-F, 1971

Clifford Brown, The Singers Sessions: The EmArcy Master Takes, Vol. 2 (Hip-O Select/Verve B0016096-02, 2012)

Disc 1: Dinah Washington

  1. Introduction by Bob Shad
  2. What is This Thing Called Love?
  3. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  4. No More
  5. Move
  6. Darn That Dream
  7. You Go to My Head

Disc 2: More Dinah Washington

  1. Medley #1: My Funny Valentine/Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me/Bess, You is My Woman Now/It Might As Well Be Spring
  2. Lover Come Back to Me
  3. Medley #2: Alone Together/Summertime/Come Rain or Come Shine
  4. Crazy He Calls Me
  5. There is No Greater Love
  6. I’ll Remember April

Disc 3: Sarah Vaughan and Helen Merrill

  1. Lullaby of Birdland
  2. April in Paris
  3. He’s My Guy
  4. Jim
  5. You’re Not the Kind
  6. Embraceable You
  7. I’m Glad There is You
  8. September Song
  9. It’s Crazy
  10. Don’t Explain
  11. You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To
  12. What’s New
  13. Falling in Love with Love
  14. Yesterdays
  15. Born to Be Blue
  16. ‘S Wonderful

Disc 1, Tracks 2 and 5-6 and Disc 2, Track 1 released as Jam Session (EmArcy LP MG-36002, 1954)
Disc 1, Tracks 3-4 and 7 and Disc 2, Tracks 2-3 and 5 from Dinah Jams Featuring Dinah Washington (EmArcy LP MG-36000, 1954)
Disc 2, Tracks 4 and 6 released on Jams 2 (EmArcy EP 195J-2 (JP), 1983)
Disc 3, Tracks 1-9 released as Sarah Vaughan (EmArcy LP MG-36004, 1954)
Disc 3, Tracks 10-16 released as Helen Merrill (EmArcy LP MG-36006, 1954)

Written by Mike Duquette

October 1, 2012 at 15:33

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  1. Great news about the David Ruffin CD. I missed out on it the first time. I just ordered mine. Now if Hip-O will just do the same with the Joey Heatherton release.

    Zubb

    October 1, 2012 at 20:11

    • That one will have a bra on Joey when they reissue it.

      Kevin

      October 2, 2012 at 08:21

      • D’OH!

        Zubb

        October 2, 2012 at 23:25

  2. I believe that all of the Clifford with Singers material was available on the 10 cd box of Clifford on Mercury back in 1989.

    Kevin

    October 2, 2012 at 08:18

    • My check is that they are all on the 10 CD box, and the alternate is also on that box.

      Kevin

      October 2, 2012 at 08:27

  3. I think it’s crazy to have deleted the few surviving alternate takes of Clifford with singers (e.g., with Sarah Vaughan) from this set. There is PLENTY of room on these CDs

    Kevin

    October 2, 2012 at 08:21

  4. Just tried to order the David Ruffin CD. The price of the CD was 16.98 and shipping was !!!24.98!!! I have never seen shipping so high! I do live in Canada (not rural) but that seems excessive.

    MarcM

    October 2, 2012 at 11:03

    • My total with tax and postage came to $
      21.86

      Zubb

      October 2, 2012 at 20:08

      • And it shipped already! Wow!

        Zubb

        October 4, 2012 at 01:56

    • The Amazon.ca pre-order price is $18.19. Add another $7 and shipping is free. Hip O’s shipping prices are crazy but they use UPS and the package arrives within two days. At least that has been my experience.

      DC

      October 3, 2012 at 09:00

      • Sometimes Amazon, or Amazon Marketplace, offers a better price than Hip-O, sometimes Hip-O offers a far better price. You have to check all options. I ordered a Marvelletes Set No 1 on Hip-O for $39 (new), while Amazon’s lowest price was $66 (used) and over $100 new.

        Kevin

        October 3, 2012 at 11:42

      • Thanks. When I checked yesterday morning the Amazon.ca wasn’t listed. That’s why I went to Hip-O and was shocked to see the shipping price.

        MarcM

        October 3, 2012 at 13:22


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