Rocks

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The first high-profile single-disc compilation of the great Ella Mae Morse since 1992's Capitol Collectors Series -- which itself was the first time her recordings were reissued in years -- Bear Family's 2010 disc Rocks trumps its predecessor by a country mile, offering 34 tracks cut between 1942 and 1957. This is a far greater time span than Capitol Collectors Series, which sampled her ahead-of-their time sides of the '40s, and it has a distinct focus on her rocking sides, trimming away numbers that might wind up sounding a bit too much like standard big-band fare. Ironically, the sides she cut during rock & roll's '50s heyday sound closer to big band than ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The first high-profile single-disc compilation of the great Ella Mae Morse since 1992's Capitol Collectors Series -- which itself was the first time her recordings were reissued in years -- Bear Family's 2010 disc Rocks trumps its predecessor by a country mile, offering 34 tracks cut between 1942 and 1957. This is a far greater time span than Capitol Collectors Series, which sampled her ahead-of-their time sides of the '40s, and it has a distinct focus on her rocking sides, trimming away numbers that might wind up sounding a bit too much like standard big-band fare. Ironically, the sides she cut during rock & roll's '50s heyday sound closer to big band than the wild jump blues she cut in the '40s, but ultimately, such distinctions are little more than talking points because what's here is dynamite, and some of the rockingist blues and jumpingist rock you'll ever hear.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2010
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051667221
  • Catalog Number: 16672

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Mae Morse Primary Artist, Vocals
Tennessee Ernie Ford Vocals
Les Baxter Leader
Barney Kessel Guitar
Ted Nash Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Wiggins Piano
Harry Babasin Bass
Gus Bivona Alto Saxophone
Babe Russin Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Slack Piano, Leader
George Van Eps Guitar
Alvino Rey Guitar
Buddy Cole Piano, Leader
Cliffie Stone Bass, Leader
Billy Strange Guitar
Speedy West Steel Guitar
Felix Slatkin Violin
Danny Bank Baritone Saxophone
Walter Benson Trombone
Frank Carlson Drums
Mahlon Clark Clarinet
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Morty Corb Bass
John Cyr Drums
Harold Diner Trombone
Nick Fatool Drums
Chuck Gentry Baritone Saxophone
Louis Gonzales Guitar
Chico Guerrero Percussion
Roy Harte Drums
Jules Jacob Tenor Saxophone
Harry Klee Flute, Alto Saxophone
Murray McEachern Trombone
Johnny Mercer Vocals
Nelson Riddle Leader
Paul Robyn Viola
Meyer Rubin Bass
Joe Rushton Baritone Saxophone
Mischa Russell Violin
Ray Sherman Piano
Shorty Sherock Trumpet
Lou Singer Drums, Xylophone
Marshall Sosson Violin
Bruce Squires Trombone
Phil Stevens Bass
Alvin Stoller Drums
Paul Tanner Trombone
George Wendt Trumpet
Leonidas Raymond "Lee" Young Drums
Eleanor Slatkin Cello
Victor Bay Violin
Stanley Harris Viola
Richard L. Noel Trombone
James Rowles Piano
Fred Whiting Bass
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant Guitar
David Grupp Xylophone
William Edward "Billy" Liebert Piano
Ted Romersa Tenor Saxophone
William V. Douglas Drums
Abe Siegel Bass
Edward Rosa Tenor Saxophone
Paul Weirick Leader
Bob Goodrich Trumpet
Don Anderson Trumpet
William Anthens Trombone
Walter P. "Pete" Candoli Trumpet
Dave Cavanaugh Leader, Tenor Saxophone
Joseph G. Joe Comfort Bass
Morton B. "Morty" Friedman Tenor Saxophone
Milton W. Raskin Piano
Clyde L. Hurley Jr. Trumpet
Bennett Carter Alto Saxophone
Henry Evans Tenor Saxophone
Henry Gruen Alto Saxophone
Joe Guerrero Bongos
Bert Harry Trumpet
Paul T. Smith Piano
Joe Knechtel Alto Saxophone
Joseph J. Koch Baritone Saxophone
Vernon "Geechie" Smith Trumpet
Henry J. "Heinie" Beau Alto Saxophone
Edward "Eddie Kusby" Kuczborski Trombone
Vito N. "Micky" Mangano Trumpet
Robert "Bob" Bain Guitar
Hubert Meyers "Bumps" Tenor Saxophone
Alton R. "Al" Hendrickson Guitar
Robert Lawson Baritone Saxophone
Charles O. Butler Tenor Saxophone
William Martinez Saxophone
John Kee Trumpet
Joe Lippman Leader
Buddy Clark Saxophone
George Sylvester "Red" Callender Bass
John Ryan Bass
Al Harding Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Raymond "Ray" Sims Trombone
Ray S. Linn Jr. Trumpet
Milton Berngart Trombone
John Hamilton Saxophone
Jim Lynch Bass
Jack W. Marshall Guitar
J.W. Marshall Guitar
Francis L. Howard Trombone
Emanuel "Mannie" Klein Trumpet
T. "Tom" Pederson Trombone
Simon H. "Si" Zenthner Trombone
Technical Credits
Tennessee Ernie Ford Duet
Ella Mae Morse Illustrations, Duet
Freddie Slack Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Boyd Bennett Composer
Hadda Brooks Composer
Cliffie Stone Producer
Cindy Walker Composer
Link Davis Composer
Gene DePaul Composer
Fats Domino Composer
Colin Escott Illustrations
Voyle Gilmore Producer
Johnny Mercer Duet
Don Raye Composer
Winfield Scott Composer
Jesse Stone Composer
Rudy Toombs Composer
Lee Gillette Producer
Bill Sanford Composer
Alton Delmore Composer
Rabon Delmore Composer
Jack Holmes Composer
Bill Millar Reissue Producer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Jim Conkling Producer
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Kevin Coffey Liner Notes, Biographical Notes
James Ricks Composer
John F. Young Composer
Johnny Tyler Composer
Charles E. Calhoun Composer
Rose Marie McCoy Composer
Erich H├╝lsenbeck Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Bennett Carter Composer
Charles Singleton Composer
George Motola Composer
Mike Jackson Composer
Eddie Bramdy Composer
Dick Larkin Composer
Dave Dexter Composer
Chuck Gorman Composer
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