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Barrelhouse, Boogie, And the Blues

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All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Ella Mae Morse would have objected to the title of this box set, appropriated from the name of a 1954 LP, since it was her contention that she never performed "Barrelhouse," but there is little else to fault with this extensive five-disc box set of her complete Capitol recordings from 1942-1957. Beginning with her collaborations with Freddie Slack including her career-launching hit "Cow-Cow Boogie" and similar jazz and pop novelties, the set follows Morse through pop and jazz standards, her duets with Tennessee Ernie Ford, sessions with Les Baxter and Nelson Riddle, covers of R&B hits, and odd quasi-rock & roll experiments. Perhaps because of her Texas upbringing ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Ella Mae Morse would have objected to the title of this box set, appropriated from the name of a 1954 LP, since it was her contention that she never performed "Barrelhouse," but there is little else to fault with this extensive five-disc box set of her complete Capitol recordings from 1942-1957. Beginning with her collaborations with Freddie Slack including her career-launching hit "Cow-Cow Boogie" and similar jazz and pop novelties, the set follows Morse through pop and jazz standards, her duets with Tennessee Ernie Ford, sessions with Les Baxter and Nelson Riddle, covers of R&B hits, and odd quasi-rock & roll experiments. Perhaps because of her Texas upbringing Morse was often saddled with hillbilly leaning material, although sometimes, as on her version of the Little Jimmy Dickens hit "A-Sleepin' at the Foot of the Bed" and her gender-reversed take on Hank Snow's "The Gal Who Invented Kissin'," the results are much closer to jazz than country. Because of her flirtations with hillbilly music Morse is not taken as seriously as Peggy Lee or Anita O'Day by jazz critics, which is not only a shame because of its marginalization of an obviously talented artist but because it starkly reveals the class and genre prejudices that continue to shape critical opinions of popular music. Cutting away the dross, Morse was a gifted and awesomely bluesy vocalist who was guided through an unusual and sometimes unbecoming musical terrain, and listening to her complete Capitol recordings offers a fascinating microcosm of the stresses and strains resulting from hybridization in popular music in the '40s and '50s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/1997
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127161178
  • Catalog Number: 16117
  • Sales rank: 167,670


Disc 1
  1. 1 Cow-Cow Boogie - Ella Mae Morse & Freddie Slack (3:16)
  2. 2 He's My Guy - Freddie Slack (2:43)
  3. 3 Mister Five by Five - Freddie Slack (3:04)
  4. 4 The Thrill Is Gone - Freddie Slack (2:58)
  5. 5 Old Rob Roy - Freddie Slack (3:14)
  6. 6 Get on Board, Little Chillun - Freddie Slack (3:07)
  7. 7 Shoo Shoo Baby (3:15)
  8. 8 No Love, No Nothin' (2:37)
  9. 9 Solid Potato Salad (2:55)
  10. 10 Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet (2:40)
  11. 11 Why Shouldn't I? (2:33)
  12. 12 Boogie Blues (2:34)
  13. 13 Tess' Torch Song (I Had a Man) (3:15)
  14. 14 Invitation to the Blues (3:06)
  15. 15 The Patty Cake Man (2:49)
  16. 16 The Patty Cake Man (2:57)
  17. 17 Hello Suzanne (2:57)
  18. 18 Take Care of You for Me (2:49)
  19. 19 Ya' Betcha (2:28)
  20. 20 Captain Kidd (2:54)
  21. 21 Jumpin' Jack (2:44)
  22. 22 Rip Van Winkle (3:00)
  23. 23 Buzz Me (2:59)
  24. 24 The House of Blue Lights (2:53)
  25. 25 Hey, Mr. Postman (3:02)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Your Conscience Tells Me So (2:51)
  2. 2 Pig Foot Pete (2:53)
  3. 3 That's My Home (3:03)
  4. 4 Mister Fine (2:54)
  5. 5 The Merry Ha-Ha (2:40)
  6. 6 That's My Home (3:00)
  7. 7 The Merry Ha-Ha (2:24)
  8. 8 Pine Top Schwartz (3:07)
  9. 9 Hoodle Addle (3:15)
  10. 10 Get off It and Go (2:21)
  11. 11 Old Shank's Mare (2:53)
  12. 12 A Little Further Down the Road a Piece (2:29)
  13. 13 Early in the Morning (2:40)
  14. 14 Bombo B. Bailey (2:40)
  15. 15 On the Sunny Side of the Street (2:32)
  16. 16 Tennessee Saturday Night (2:21)
  17. 17 Sensational (3:17)
  18. 18 Love Ya Like Mad (2:41)
  19. 19 Old Spider Fingers (2:49)
  20. 20 Love Me or Leave Me (2:20)
  21. 21 The Blacksmith Blues (3:06)
  22. 22 Am I in Love? (2:26)
  23. 23 Oakie Boogie (2:15)
  24. 24 Organ Grinder's Swing (2:28)
  25. 25 It's So Exciting (2:41)
  26. 26 A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed (2:38)
  27. 27 Oakie Boogie (2:28)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I'm Hog Tied over You (2:36)
  2. 2 False Hearted Girl - Ella Mae Morse & Tennessee Ernie Ford (2:17)
  3. 3 Here Comes the Blues (2:56)
  4. 4 Male Call (3:12)
  5. 5 The Song Is You (2:27)
  6. 6 You've Taken an Unfair Advantage of Me (2:16)
  7. 7 Greyhound (2:22)
  8. 8 Jump Back Honey (2:06)
  9. 9 Bouncin' Ball (2:30)
  10. 10 Find a Man for Me Mama (2:19)
  11. 11 Good (2:12)
  12. 12 You for Me (1:54)
  13. 13 The Guy Who Invented Kissin' (2:25)
  14. 14 I'm a Rich Woman (2:02)
  15. 15 Big Mamou (Intro) (0:18)
  16. 16 Big Mamou (2:21)
  17. 17 Big Mamou (Outro) (0:25)
  18. 18 'Tain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It) (2:53)
  19. 19 Carioca (3:01)
  20. 20 Is It Any Wonder (2:58)
  21. 21 Forty Cups of Coffee (2:53)
  22. 22 Oh, You Crazy Moon (2:08)
  23. 23 It Ain't Necessarily So (2:21)
  24. 24 'T'Ain't Whatcha Do (2:57)
  25. 25 Have Mercy Baby (2:17)
  26. 26 Money Honey (2:38)
  27. 27 Rock Me All Night Long (2:27)
  28. 28 Daddy Daddy (2:41)
Disc 4
  1. 1 I Love You, Yes I Do (2:42)
  2. 2 5-10-15 Hours (2:32)
  3. 3 How Can You Leave a Man Like This? (2:46)
  4. 4 It's Raining Tears from My Eyes (2:56)
  5. 5 It's You I Love (2:20)
  6. 6 Happy Habit (2:19)
  7. 7 Dedicated to You (2:12)
  8. 8 Lovey Dovey (2:43)
  9. 9 Goodnight Sweetheart (2:11)
  10. 10 (We've Reached) the Point of No Return (2:08)
  11. 11 Give a Little Time to Your Lover (2:06)
  12. 12 Bring Back My Baby (2:16)
  13. 13 All I Need Is You (3:02)
  14. 14 Livin' Livin' Livin' (2:17)
  15. 15 Won't You Listen to Me Baby (2:07)
  16. 16 Smack Dab in the Middle (2:34)
  17. 17 Afraid (2:14)
  18. 18 Heart Full of Hope (2:18)
  19. 19 Yes, Yes I Do (2:19)
  20. 20 Razzle Dazzle (2:45)
  21. 21 Ain't That a Shame (2:25)
  22. 22 Piddily Patter Patter (2:09)
  23. 23 Seventeen (2:19)
  24. 24 Birmingham (2:36)
  25. 25 An Occasional Man (2:27)
  26. 26 Singing-Ing-Ing (2:07)
  27. 27 When Boy Kiss Girl (It's Love) (2:00)
  28. 28 Give Me Love (2:24)
  29. 29 Once You've Been Lovers (2:06)
Disc 5
  1. 1 What Good'll It Do Me (2:08)
  2. 2 Down in Mexico (2:40)
  3. 3 I'm Gonna Walk (2:24)
  4. 4 Rock and Roll Wedding (2:33)
  5. 5 Coffee Date (2:46)
  6. 6 Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey (2:11)
  7. 7 You Ought to Be Mine (2:32)
  8. 8 Mister Memory Maker (2:19)
  9. 9 A Long Time Ago (2:31)
  10. 10 AC-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive (3:20)
  11. 11 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself a Letter) (2:05)
  12. 12 My Funny Valentine (2:38)
  13. 13 Baby Won't You Please Come Home (3:03)
  14. 14 Rockin' and Rollin' (2:25)
  15. 15 Sway Me (2:15)
  16. 16 I'm Hog Tied over You (2:43)
  17. 17 I'm Gone (3:04)
  18. 18 Jersey Bounce (2:45)
  19. 19 Heart and Soul (2:31)
  20. 20 When My Sugar Walks Down the Street (2:13)
  21. 21 I Can't Get Started (3:37)
  22. 22 Music, Maestro, Please! (2:55)
  23. 23 Day in - Day Out (2:20)
  24. 24 You Go to My Head (2:30)
  25. 25 Dream a Little Dream of Me (2:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Mae Morse Primary Artist, Vocals
Tennessee Ernie Ford Vocals, Track Performer
Skeets McDonald Guitar, Leader
John P. Kee Trumpet
Les Baxter Leader
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Pete Johnson Piano
Ted Nash Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Wiggins Piano
Irving Ashby Guitar
Harry Babasin Bass
Dave Barbour Guitar
Gus Bivona Alto Saxophone
Ray Linn Trumpet, Leader
Babe Russin Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Slack Piano, Leader, Track Performer
George Van Eps Guitar
Justin Gordon Baritone Saxophone
Joe Graves Trumpet
Jack Marshall Guitar
Alvino Rey Guitar
Tony Rizzi Guitar
Jimmy Lynch Bass
Bob Bain Guitar
Billy Strange Guitar
Felix Slatkin Violin
Si Zentner Trombone
Herbie Steward Clarinet, Saxophone
Walter Benson Trombone
Milt Bernhart Trombone
Russell Brown Trombone
Red Callender Bass, Tuba
Frank Carlson Drums
Gene Cipriano Tenor Saxophone
Mahlon Clark Clarinet
Walter Clark Saxophone
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Morty Corb Bass
John Cyr Drums
Thomas Maxwell Davis Tenor Saxophone
Nick Dimaio Trombone
Harold Diner Trombone
Nick Fatool Drums
Ernie Freeman Piano
Chuck Gentry Baritone Saxophone
Edward Gilbert Bass
Louis Gonzales Guitar
Jewell L. Grant Baritone Saxophone
William Green Alto Saxophone
William K. "Billy" Hadnott Bass
Roy Harte Drums
Herbie Haymer Tenor Saxophone
Lorenzo Holden Tenor Saxophone
Milt Holland Bongos
Francis Howard Trombone
Jules Jacob Tenor Saxophone
John Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Ray Johnson Piano
Harry Klee Flute, Alto Saxophone
Abe Lincoln Trombone
Ulysses Livingston Guitar
Don Lodice Tenor Saxophone
Joe Mondragon Baritone Saxophone
Vito Mangano Trumpet
Dodo Marmarosa Piano
Murray McEachern Trombone
Jack Mills Drums
Hubert Myers Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Nelson Riddle Leader
Jimmy Priddy Trombone
Don Raffell Tenor Saxophone
Uan Rasey Trumpet
Milt Raskin Piano
Blake Reynolds Saxophone
George Roberts Trombone
Paul Robyn Viola
Meyer Rubin Bass
Joe Rushton Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
Mischa Russell Violin
John Ryan Bass
William Schaffer Trombone
Wilbur Schwartz Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ray Sherman Piano
Lou Singer Drums, Xylophone, Timpani, Vibes
Vernon Smith Trumpet
Marshall Sosson Violin
Bruce Squires Trombone
Phil Stevens Bass
Alvin Stoller Drums
Fred Stulce Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Aaron Walker Guitar
George Wendt Trumpet
Paul Weston Leader
Ollie Wilson Trombone
Stanley Wrightsman Piano
Leonidas Raymond "Lee" Young Drums
Alton Hendrickson Guitar
Eleanor Slatkin Cello
Donald Anderson Trumpet
Victor Bay Violin
Fred Falensby Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Charles Griffard Trumpet
Alex Harding Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Stanley Harris Viola
Arthur Herfurt Clarinet, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Leonard Mach Trumpet
Theo M. Nash Tenor Saxophone
Richard L. Noel Trombone
James Rowles Piano
Henry Stone Baritone Saxophone
Al Lerner Piano
Carl Loeffler Trombone
Henry Beau Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Paul Geil Trumpet
Leonard Hartman Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Hudson Trumpet
Emanuel Klein Trumpet
Edward Kuczborski Trombone
William May Trumpet, Leader
William Miller Piano
Harry Schuchman Tenor Saxophone
James Skiles Trombone
Elmer Smithers Trombone
Wesley Webb West Steel Guitar
Joe Yukl Trumpet
Rubin Zarchy Trumpet
John Anderson Trumpet
Frank Guerrero Percussion
Fred Whiting Bass
Ernie Ford Vocals
John "Bugs" Hamilton Saxophone
Charlie Margulis Trumpet
Clyde Rogers Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Arthur Shapiro Bass
Richard Weize Tape
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant Guitar
David Grupp Xylophone, Vibes
William Edward "Billy" Liebert Piano
Julian C. Matlock Saxophone
Dominic Mumolo Alto Saxophone
Arthur Rando Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
George Seaburg Trumpet
William Everett Strange Guitar
Burt Johnson Trombone
Ted Repay Piano
Stan Fletcher Bass
Al Taylor Drums
Lenny Mack Trumpet
Willie Martinez Saxophone
Louis Singer Drums, Xylophone, Timpani, Vibes
Enos McDonald Guitar, Conductor, Leader
Charles Butler Tenor Saxophone
William V. Douglas Drums
Abe Siegel Bass
David Matthews Leader, Tenor Saxophone
William Schaefer Trombone
Dave Matthews Saxophone
Edward Rosa Tenor Saxophone
Allan W. Thompson Trombone
Paul Weirick Leader
Bob Goodrich Trumpet
King Guion Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Smith Saxophone
Don Anderson Trumpet
Robert Bain Guitar
William Anthens Trombone
Walter P. "Pete" Candoli Trumpet
Dave Cavanaugh Leader, Tenor Saxophone
Simon H. Si Zentner Trombone
Joseph G. Joe Comfort Bass
Morton B. "Morty" Friedman Tenor Saxophone
Milton W. Raskin Piano
Francis L. "Joe" Howard Trombone
Clyde L. Hurley Jr. Trumpet, Baritone Saxophone
John McClanian Best Jr. Trumpet
Raymond D. Martinez Drums
Edwin Cole Piano, Leader
William J. Atkinson Trombone
Boogie Four Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums
Bennett Carter Alto Saxophone
Charles Richard Cathcart Trumpet
Russell A. Cheever Clarinet
Richard Cornell Drums
Henry Evans Tenor Saxophone
Henry Gruen Alto Saxophone
Joe Guerrero Bongos, Timbales
Raymond Thomas Hagen Drums
Bernard Kessel Guitar
Emmanuel Klein Trumpet
Bert Harry Trumpet
Clyde Elsa Hylton Alto Saxophone
Burton B. Johnson Trombone
Paul T. Smith Piano
Joe Knechtel Alto Saxophone
Joseph J. Koch Baritone Saxophone
Holton LaMare Guitar
Karl Robert Leaf Tenor Saxophone
Edwin LeMar Piano
Joseph "Joe" Mondragon Bass
Donald Robertson Organ
Robert Lawson Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Vincent Terri Guitar
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Tennessee Ernie Ford Composer
Ella Mae Morse Illustrations
Sy Oliver Composer
Jimmy DeKnight Composer
Al DeLory Composer
Gene DePaul Composer
Colin Escott Illustrations
Ira Gershwin Composer
Voyle Gilmore Producer
Henry Glover Composer
John Lange Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Ken Nelson Producer
Jay Ranellucci Metal Transfers
Nick Robbins Mastering
James Van Heusen Composer
Ben Weisman Composer
Joe Lipman Contributor
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer, Tape Research
Charles Adams Composer
Sylke Holtrop Artwork, Illustrations
Jim Conkling Producer
Kevin Coffey Liner Notes
Marcel Lee Mayes Composer
Leonard Adelson Composer
Memphis Curtis Composer
Robert Emmett Dolan Composer
Joe Van Winkle Composer
Albert Von Tilzer Composer
Charles E. Calhoun Composer
Boogie Four Contributor
Roger Davenport Adaptation
Danny Gould Adaptation
Jay Milton Composer
Arthur Gershwin Composer
Robert Wright Composer
Roy Jordan Composer
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