Boogie, Blues and Bounce: The Modern Recordings, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As the sequel to the previous Ace compilation Kat on the Keys, this gathers all the remaining singles that Little Willie Littlefield issued on Modern Records in the late '40s and early '50s. It also has eight previously unissued tracks -- most of them featuring only Littlefield's vocals and piano, without band accompaniment -- and a half dozen other recordings that were not issued while Littlefield was on Modern, surfacing for the first time on 1980's Ace LPs. Kat on the Keys is a better place to start a survey of Littlefield's Modern material, if only because it contains "It's Midnight No Place to Go," his sole hit for the label. This companion disc offers more ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As the sequel to the previous Ace compilation Kat on the Keys, this gathers all the remaining singles that Little Willie Littlefield issued on Modern Records in the late '40s and early '50s. It also has eight previously unissued tracks -- most of them featuring only Littlefield's vocals and piano, without band accompaniment -- and a half dozen other recordings that were not issued while Littlefield was on Modern, surfacing for the first time on 1980's Ace LPs. Kat on the Keys is a better place to start a survey of Littlefield's Modern material, if only because it contains "It's Midnight No Place to Go," his sole hit for the label. This companion disc offers more secondary choices, and though it's still above average West Coast piano blues, there is a sameness to a high percentage of the cuts that limits its appeal to collectors of the style. The presence of some songs on which he drifts into a more melancholy, minor-flavored mood than many bluesmen, however, adds some welcome variety to a genre that doesn't customarily embrace such eclecticism. Too, while the vocal-piano-only numbers aren't a match for the more fully produced sides, they do offer a different glimpse of the performer than is heard on his singles, with the greater intimacy that sparser arrangements allow. As usual for Ace, the sound quality and mastering is very good, but you can hear some surface noise on some of the cuts, with some varispeed afflicting just a few songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/19/2005
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667010122
  • Catalog Number: 1056
  • Sales rank: 145,405

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Beehive Jump (2:01)
  2. 2 Once Was Lucky (3:05)
  3. 3 Tell Me Baby (2:50)
  4. 4 Blues at Sunset (3:05)
  5. 5 So Fine and Brown (2:22)
  6. 6 Open Road Blues (2:22)
  7. 7 Mello Cats (3:06)
  8. 8 Merry Christmas (2:58)
  9. 9 Hucklebuck with Willie (2:01)
  10. 10 Frightened (2:50)
  11. 11 Just Before Sunrise (3:08)
  12. 12 Lay Your Cards on the Table (2:41)
  13. 13 Drinkin' Hadacol (2:42)
  14. 14 Why Leave Me All Alone (3:11)
  15. 15 Rockin' Chair Mama (2:46)
  16. 16 The Moon Is Risin' (2:44)
  17. 17 Hurry Baby (2:43)
  18. 18 Train Whistle Blues (2:56)
  19. 19 I Want You (2:35)
  20. 20 Drinkin' Hadacol (2:19)
  21. 21 Midnight Whistle (2:52)
  22. 22 Fuss and Fight (2:33)
  23. 23 Come on Baby (2:47)
  24. 24 Farewell (2:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Little Willie Littlefield Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Don Wilkerson Tenor Saxophone
William K. "Billy" Hadnott Bass
Earl Sumner Jackson Tenor Saxophone
Ray Martinez Drums
Peppy Prince Drums
Floyd Turnham Tenor Saxophone
Mitchell "Tiny" Webb Guitar
Bill Douglass Drums
Jesse Ervin Guitar
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Norris Guitar
Jake "Vernon" Porter Trumpet
Bill Davis Bass
Doug Byars Trumpet
Lorenzo "Buddy" Floyd Tenor Saxophone
James Williams Trumpet
Al "Cake" Wichard Drums
Technical Credits
Little Willie Littlefield Composer
John Beverly Jones Contributor
Adam Skeaping Mastering
Tony Rounce Liner Notes, Annotation
Joe Josea Composer
Jules Taub Composer
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