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Best of the Modern Years
     

The Best of the Modern Years

by Etta James
 
This 18-track compilation focuses on Etta James' earliest sessions recorded for Modern Records between 1954 and 1958. James was only 16 years old when she first recorded for the L.A.-based label. Her youthful exuberance and powerhouse delivery still generate that initial excitement captured on these remastered versions of "Dance With Me Henry," "The Pick-Up," "W-O-M-A

Overview

This 18-track compilation focuses on Etta James' earliest sessions recorded for Modern Records between 1954 and 1958. James was only 16 years old when she first recorded for the L.A.-based label. Her youthful exuberance and powerhouse delivery still generate that initial excitement captured on these remastered versions of "Dance With Me Henry," "The Pick-Up," "W-O-M-A-N," and "Good Rockin' Daddy." Appearing with James on these tracks were the cream of L.A.'s R&B and jazz musicians and arrangers of the era, including Johnny Otis, Richard Berry, Sam "The Man" Taylor, and Plas Johnson, not to mention the New Orleans powerhouse lineup of Lee Allen, Red Tyler, and Earl Palmer on "Tough Lover." Compiled and produced by music historian Billy Vera, this set is a great introduction to Etta James' early raw recordings.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/11/2005
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724386471321
catalogNumber:
64713

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Etta James   Primary Artist,Vocals
Don Johnson   Trumpet
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Richard Berry   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sam "The Man" Taylor   Tenor Saxophone
Leard Bell   Drums
Maxwell Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Frank Fields   Bass
Charles Hamilton   Bass
Earl Palmer   Drums
Devonia Williams   Piano
Jim Wynn   Baritone Saxophone
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Red Tyler   Baritone Saxophone
Lee Allen & His Band   Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Norris   Guitar
Abby Mitchell   Background Vocals
Don Johnson   Trumpet
Jean Mitchell   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Etta James   Composer
Freddy Johnson   Composer
Richard Berry   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Executive Producer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Billy Vera   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Audio Production
E. James   Composer
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis   Arranger
Billy Davis   Composer
Joe Josea   Composer
Franklin Tableporter   Composer
M. Davis   Composer
Jean Mitchell   Composer
Alan Darnell   Composer
Scott Johnson   Composer

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