Hands Off! 1950-1956 Modern Studio Recordings

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
What to do with the output of several women singers who recorded for one of the foremost R&B labels of the early to mid-'50s, but didn't really record enough to merit a single-artist CD of their work for the company? Ace Records, which has released many compilations from the Modern vaults, comes up with a logical solution on the Hands Off! compilation, grouping them all together on this 27-track disc. Nine songs are featured by Donna Hightower; five by Helen Humes, the most celebrated performer on the anthology; two by Zola Taylor, most famous for joining the Platters soon after these tracks were cut; and six and five respectively by Dolly Cooper and Linda ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
What to do with the output of several women singers who recorded for one of the foremost R&B labels of the early to mid-'50s, but didn't really record enough to merit a single-artist CD of their work for the company? Ace Records, which has released many compilations from the Modern vaults, comes up with a logical solution on the Hands Off! compilation, grouping them all together on this 27-track disc. Nine songs are featured by Donna Hightower; five by Helen Humes, the most celebrated performer on the anthology; two by Zola Taylor, most famous for joining the Platters soon after these tracks were cut; and six and five respectively by Dolly Cooper and Linda Peters, who according to the liner notes are likely different names for the same vocalist. Spanning the years 1950-1956, on the whole it's decent, period R&B with elements of jazz, jump blues, and doo wop, though it doesn't often catch fire. Hightower's portion is about the most interesting, as she's a solid singer of up-tempo material and provides what's easily the CD's standout cut, a cover of the lively, sassy Jay McShann-Priscilla Bowman hit "Hands Off." Humes' tracks are all from 1951 and are all, with one exception, previously unissued alternate takes. She has the jazziest feel of any of the singers, though she gets into relatively earthy blues on "I Ain't in the Mood," an "answer" record to John Lee Hooker's smash "I'm in the Mood." Cooper and Peters, who as previously noted might well be the same singer, offer more routine doo wop-flavored sides on the verge of making the transition into the rock & roll era, though more so on the Cooper cuts than the ones credited to Peters. Taylor's tracks, taken from both sides of a 1954 single, are pretty unimpressive early doo wop, though she'd be the singer from this group to experience the greatest commercial success when she joined the Platters shortly afterward. As is customary for Ace, the annotation and sessionography are first-rate in their thoroughness.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2007
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667029124
  • Catalog Number: 1163
  • Sales rank: 130,864

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dog Gone It (3:01)
  2. 2 Love Me Again (2:54)
  3. 3 Bob-O-Link (2:37)
  4. 4 Since You (2:31)
  5. 5 Hands Off (2:53)
  6. 6 Right Now (2:58)
  7. 7 He's My Baby (2:09)
  8. 8 I Ain't Gonna Tell (2:52)
  9. 9 Cool Daddy Cool (2:24)
  10. 10 The Laziest Gal in Town - Helen Humes (2:34)
  11. 11 Hey, Hey Baby - Helen Humes (2:00)
  12. 12 Living My Life My Way - Helen Humes (2:57)
  13. 13 I Ain't in the Mood - Helen Humes (2:42)
  14. 14 Take My Love - Helen Humes (3:17)
  15. 15 My Man aka He May Be Your Man (2:12)
  16. 16 Ay La Bah (2:48)
  17. 17 Down So Long (2:28)
  18. 18 Teenage Prayer (2:27)
  19. 19 Teenage Wedding Bells (2:57)
  20. 20 Every Day and Every Night (2:12)
  21. 21 One More Chance - Linda Peters (2:38)
  22. 22 Ooh Daddy - Linda Peters (2:48)
  23. 23 If I Had Listened - Linda Peters (2:26)
  24. 24 Central 1609 - Linda Peters (3:00)
  25. 25 You Won't Trouble Me No More - Linda Peters (2:19)
  26. 26 Make Love to Me (2:33)
  27. 27 Oh, My Dear (2:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Helen Humes Vocals
Donna Hightower Vocals
James Cook Guitar
Harper Cosby Bass
Harold Grant Guitar
Jewell L. Grant Alto Saxophone
Charles Hamilton Bass
Harry D. Jones Trumpet
Willard McDaniel Piano
Dick Nash Trombone
Jesse Sailes Drums
Mitchell "Tiny" Webb Guitar
Bill Douglass Drums
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis Leader, Tenor Saxophone
Herman Mitchell Guitar
Henry Gruen Alto Saxophone
Dolly Cooper Vocals
Danny Crisp Alto Saxophone
Edgar Ennis Drums
Chet Ricord Drums
Technical Credits
Helen Humes Composer
Jay McShann Composer
Ben Pollack Composer
Claude Thornhill Composer
Donna Hightower Composer, Cover Photo
The Cadets Vocal Group
Priscilla Bowman Composer
George Brunies Composer
Paul Mares Composer
Linda Peters Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Zola Taylor Composer
Billy Vera Photo Courtesy
Tony Rounce Liner Notes
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Joe Josea Composer
Jules Taub Composer
Walter Melrose Composer
Sidney Wyche Composer
Sam Ling Composer
Mayme Watts Composer
Johnny Olenn Photo Courtesy
Dolly Cooper Composer
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