Mellow Cats 'n' Kittens: Hot R&B and Cool Blues 1946-52

Mellow Cats 'n' Kittens: Hot R&B and Cool Blues 1946-52

     
 

The Modern label, as any fan of early R&B knows, was a hugely important record company in the 1940s and 1950s, recording a wealth of pivotal blues/R&B crossover artists. This compilation of two dozen 1946-1952 tracks from the Modern vaults is geared toward the hardcore collector of such sounds, 14 of the cuts seeing release for the first time here, and four others…  See more details below

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The Modern label, as any fan of early R&B knows, was a hugely important record company in the 1940s and 1950s, recording a wealth of pivotal blues/R&B crossover artists. This compilation of two dozen 1946-1952 tracks from the Modern vaults is geared toward the hardcore collector of such sounds, 14 of the cuts seeing release for the first time here, and four others being previously issued alternate takes. Helen Humes, Little Willie Littlefield, and Jimmy Witherspoon are the only singers here with whom more casual R&B listeners might be acquainted, unless you count "Scatman", better known as the actor Scatman Crothers. So it's far from the best place to start getting acquainted with the imprint's legacy, but it's recommended to committed fans of the Modern sound, as well as rabid early R&B fans in general. The quality of the material really isn't that much different or lower than much of the better-known music the label recorded, and the use of so many different artists and sources means that it has a little more variety than many a Modern-derived reissue. This was the time when blues, boogie-woogie, swing jazz, and some pop were coming together in a way they never had (particularly in Los Angeles, where Modern was based), and in its own way this CD accurately reflects and documents numerous aspects of this transition, from romantic ballads to frantic boppers. The best stuff, perhaps, is the most jive-hepcat-oriented, like Scatman's wildly scatting "Exactly Like You" and Three Bits of Rhythm's "Shadrack" and "Root Beer Sizzle Sazzle Sizzle," which sparkle with a kind of sly city-slicker wit that would all but disappear from pop music by the end of the 20th century. Keep an ear out, by the way, for the aforementioned Scatman taking the lead vocal on an alternate take of Wild Bill Moore & His Orchestra's "Rock 'n' Roll aka I Want to Rock 'n' Roll," which named "rock 'n' roll" in its title years before the term achieved widespread popularity.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2004
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667003025
catalogNumber:
1022
Rank:
170311

Tracks

  1. Mello Kats
  2. Walkin' Boogie  -  Bubber Cyphers & His Orchestra
  3. Shadrack  -  Three Bits Of Rhythm
  4. I Got News for You  -  Butch Stone & His Orchestra
  5. Rock 'N' Roll (AKA I Want to Rock 'N' Roll)  -  Wild Bill Moore & His Orchestra
  6. Root Beer Sizzle Sazzle Sizzle  -  Three Bits Of Rhythm
  7. Jake's Boogie in D Flat  -  Jake Porter & His Orchestra
  8. Hootie Blues  -  Peter Rabbit Trio
  9. Bad Habit Blues  - Jimmy Nelson
  10. Hey Hey Baby  - Helen Humes
  11. Good, Good Wine  -  Dick Lewis & His Orchestra
  12. Women, Women, Women  -  Gene Phillips & His Orchestra
  13. Don't Ever Move a Woman into Your House  -  Buddy Floyd & His Orchestra
  14. What's the Use, Baby
  15. Ooh, Look-A-There, Ain't She Pretty  -  Butch Stone & His Orchestra
  16. Boogie Rebob  - Bardu Ali
  17. They Raided the Joint  -  Peter Rabbit Trio
  18. I Live the Life I Love  - Effie Smith
  19. Safronia  -  Jake Porter & His Orchestra
  20. That's What the Good Book Says  -  Robins
  21. Exactly Like You  -  Scatman
  22. Baby I Need You  -  Butch Stone & His Orchestra
  23. People Who Have Money Are Funny  - Herbert Fisher
  24. That Gal Safronia  - Bardu Ali

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marvin Phillips   Vocals

Technical Credits

Louis Jordan   Composer
Jay McShann   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Jimmy Nelson   Composer
Gene Phillips   Composer
Dan Burley   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
William Moore   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Billy Vera   Liner Notes
Jimmy Witherspoon   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes
Carmen Lombardo   Composer
Clarence Todd   Composer
Jake "Vernon" Porter   Composer
Joe Josea   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Robert MacGimsey   Composer
Roy Alfred   Composer
Herbert Fisher   Composer
Bardu Ali   Composer

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