Yet More Mellow Cats 'N' Kittens: Hot R&B and Cool Blues, 1945-1951

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Formed by brothers Saul Bihari and Jules Bihari in 1945, Modern Records was one of the truly great record labels of the rise of rhythm & blues, and while this is the fourth disc in Ace's Yet More Mellow Cats 'N' Kittens series of collections drawn from Modern's back catalog, this disc leaves no doubt that there's still plenty worthwhile stuff left in their vaults. Featuring a handful of unreleased tracks along with classic 78 sides, Yet More Mellow Cats 'N' Kittens focuses on some of the lesser-known acts who recorded for Modern, though Johnny Otis and Little Esther team up for the fine and bluesy "I Got a Guy," and Jimmy Witherspoon wails hard on "I'm Just a Country ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Formed by brothers Saul Bihari and Jules Bihari in 1945, Modern Records was one of the truly great record labels of the rise of rhythm & blues, and while this is the fourth disc in Ace's Yet More Mellow Cats 'N' Kittens series of collections drawn from Modern's back catalog, this disc leaves no doubt that there's still plenty worthwhile stuff left in their vaults. Featuring a handful of unreleased tracks along with classic 78 sides, Yet More Mellow Cats 'N' Kittens focuses on some of the lesser-known acts who recorded for Modern, though Johnny Otis and Little Esther team up for the fine and bluesy "I Got a Guy," and Jimmy Witherspoon wails hard on "I'm Just a Country Boy." But if names like Felix Gross, the Nic-Nacs, Edna Broughton, and Geechie Smith aren't as immediately recognizable, the music they left behind is great stuff, and the two dozen numbers here run the gamut from gutbucket jump blues with screaming guitars to smooth proto-doo wop harmony singing. Highlights include the Three Bits of Rhythm's mildly blue novelty item "I Used to Work in Chicago," the high-strutting blues of the Herb Fisher Trio's "Doggone Shame," a mess of rollicking piano from Jesse Perry on "Jesse's Bogie," some high-octane swing courtesy Johnny Alston's "I'm Feeling Fine," the mellow midnight harmonies of the Ebonaires' "We're in Love," and Louis Barnett & His Boppers' timely editorial on financial solvency, "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is." If you dig classic R&B from the pre-rock & roll era, this will leave you satisfied and wishing for more, and with any luck, Ace has another tour through the Modern archives in the works.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2008
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667031028
  • Catalog Number: 1174
  • Sales rank: 135,746

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 No Steppin' Down (2:39)
  2. 2 The Thrill Is Gone (2:55)
  3. 3 Doggone Shame (2:48)
  4. 4 Around the Clock Blues, Pt. 1 (3:03)
  5. 5 Jesse Boogie (2:32)
  6. 6 I'm Just a Country Boy - Jimmy Witherspoon (3:02)
  7. 7 I'm Tellin' You Baby (2:29)
  8. 8 Did You Ever Love a Woman? - Duke Henderson (2:36)
  9. 9 I'm Feeling Fine (2:47)
  10. 10 Mercy, Mercy (3:11)
  11. 11 I Used to Work in Chicago - Three Bits Of Rhythm (3:11)
  12. 12 If I Be Lucky (2:57)
  13. 13 Red Light (3:01)
  14. 14 Hambone Blues - Edna Broughton (3:10)
  15. 15 They Call It the Blues (2:37)
  16. 16 We're in Love (2:47)
  17. 17 I Ain't No Fool (2:45)
  18. 18 Airport Blues (2:49)
  19. 19 I Got a Guy (2:59)
  20. 20 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is - Jasper Patterson (2:50)
  21. 21 I've Got That Snakey Feeling (3:16)
  22. 22 Nursery Rhyme Boogie (2:41)
  23. 23 Around the Clock Blues, Pt. 2 (3:12)
  24. 24 Cuttin' Out (2:23)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Wynonie Harris Composer
Johnny Otis Composer
Jimmy Grissom Composer
Roy Hawkins Composer
Louis Barnett Composer
Red Callender Composer
Joe Fritz Composer
Reverend Arnold Dwight Moore Composer
Dootsie Williams Composer
Joe Josea Composer
Jules Taub Composer
John Alston Composer
Rick Darnell Composer
Traditional Composer
Felix Gross Composer
The Ebonaires Composer
Happy Johnson Sextette Composer
James Witherspoon Composer
Edna Broughton Composer
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