Blues Belles with Attitude! From the Vaults of Modern Records of Hollywood

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Those vaults of Modern Records contain an enormous amount of recordings of R&B from the 1940s and 1950s, which have spawned a lengthy series of CD reissues on Ace. This 28-track collection focuses on, as you can probably guess from the title, women blues and R&B singers from the mid-'40s to the mid-'50s. A couple of these performers did make a mark beyond the corridors of collector-dom, those being Helen Humes and, in what are probably the sides of most significant interest to aficionados, previously unreleased alternate takes of Esther Phillips' first two 78s (when she was billed as Esther Jones with the Johnny Otis Orchestra). Otherwise, it's a mixture of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Those vaults of Modern Records contain an enormous amount of recordings of R&B from the 1940s and 1950s, which have spawned a lengthy series of CD reissues on Ace. This 28-track collection focuses on, as you can probably guess from the title, women blues and R&B singers from the mid-'40s to the mid-'50s. A couple of these performers did make a mark beyond the corridors of collector-dom, those being Helen Humes and, in what are probably the sides of most significant interest to aficionados, previously unreleased alternate takes of Esther Phillips' first two 78s (when she was billed as Esther Jones with the Johnny Otis Orchestra). Otherwise, it's a mixture of pretty obscure singles by pretty obscure singers, along with a good number of previously unreleased tracks, some of whose origins are so murky that they're simply billed to "Unknown." Some very notable figures of the Los Angeles postwar R&B scene -- Otis, Howard McGhee, Maxwell Davis, and Johnny Moore -- lead some of the backup bands. In all, though, it's one of Ace's many Modern various-artists compilations whose appeal is almost exclusively for the early R&B/jump blues (and occasional boogie) specialist, mixing some swaggering earthy performances with more refined, urbane, less uptempo ones. It's not often that a tune or vocal jumps out as something special; in the main it features serviceable songs in the style with spirited execution where the attitude indeed outpaces the material. "Lonely Girl" is a standout not so much for singer Cordella DeMilo as Johnny Watson, who contributes some great hard electric blues guitar riffs that far outshine everything else going on in the track. As an odd footnote, Del Graham, who does one of the smoothest numbers with the ballad "Mr. T 99," is the mother of none other than funk star Larry Graham.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/11/2009
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667037624
  • Catalog Number: 1234
  • Sales rank: 259,027

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ain't Gonna Hush - Cordella DeMilo (2:35)
  2. 2 Blue and Lonesome - Jay Frank (2:22)
  3. 3 Mr. T 99 - Johnny Ingram & His Rhythm Czars (2:42)
  4. 4 Two Years of Torture - Edna Broughton (2:54)
  5. 5 Lonely Girl - Cordella DeMilo (3:06)
  6. 6 Be Bop Boogie - Effie Smith (2:30)
  7. 7 Hey, Hey, Baby - Helen Humes (2:29)
  8. 8 Hambone Blues - Edna Broughton (3:15)
  9. 9 Nightmare Blues - Mari Jones (2:57)
  10. 10 Gee I'm Lonesome - Howard McGhee & His Orchestra (3:26)
  11. 11 I Gotta Guy - Johnny Otis & His Orchestra (3:01)
  12. 12 Hey Little Boy (4:04)
  13. 13 Great to Be Rich - Effie Smith (2:36)
  14. 14 Georgia Brown Blues - Edna Broughton (2:36)
  15. 15 Daddy, Somebody's Got to Go - Pearl Traylor (2:34)
  16. 16 I Ain't in the Mood - Helen Humes (2:50)
  17. 17 I'm Tellin' You Baby - Nic-Nacs (2:25)
  18. 18 That's Fat Jack - Jimmie Lee (2:36)
  19. 19 24 Hours a Day (3:43)
  20. 20 Down in Texas - Johnny Moore's Three Blazers (2:19)
  21. 21 Found Me a Sugar Daddy - Nic-Nacs (2:52)
  22. 22 Too Many Women - Edna Broughton (2:27)
  23. 23 Play Boy Blues - Howard McGhee & His Orchestra (3:14)
  24. 24 Mean Ole Gal - Johnny Otis Orchestra (2:50)
  25. 25 Good for Nothin' Man - Mickey Champion (2:19)
  26. 26 Be My Lovey Dovey (2:23)
  27. 27 The Pick-Up (2:52)
  28. 28 Vivianne's Boogie - Vivian Green (2:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mickey Champion Vocals
Technical Credits
Percy Mayfield Composer
Johnny Otis Composer, Cover Photo
Helen Humes Composer
Richard Berry Composer
Roy Hawkins Composer
Harold Battiste Jr. Composer
Charles Norris Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Joe Josea Composer
Jules Taub Composer
Pearl Traylor Composer
Julian Cooper Composer
Effie Smith Composer
Ian Saddler Liner Notes
Edna Broughton Composer
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