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Blues Belles with Attitude! From the Vaults of Modern Records of Hollywood

Blues Belles With Attitude! From The Vaults Of Modern Records Of Hollywood


Those vaults of Modern Records contain an enormous amount of recordings of R&B from the 1940s and 1950s, which have spawned a lengthy series of CD reissues on Ace. This 28-track collection focuses on, as you can probably guess from the title, women blues and R&B singers from the mid-'40s to the mid-'50s. A couple of these performers did make a mark beyond the corridors of collector-dom, those being Helen Humes and, in what are probably the sides of most significant interest to aficionados, previously unreleased alternate takes of Esther Phillips' first two 78s (when she was billed as Esther Jones with the Johnny Otis Orchestra). Otherwise, it's a mixture of pretty obscure singles by pretty obscure singers, along with a good number of previously unreleased tracks, some of whose origins are so murky that they're simply billed to "Unknown." Some very notable figures of the Los Angeles postwar R&B scene -- Otis, Howard McGhee, Maxwell Davis, and Johnny Moore -- lead some of the backup bands. In all, though, it's one of Ace's many Modern various-artists compilations whose appeal is almost exclusively for the early R&B/jump blues (and occasional boogie) specialist, mixing some swaggering earthy performances with more refined, urbane, less uptempo ones. It's not often that a tune or vocal jumps out as something special; in the main it features serviceable songs in the style with spirited execution where the attitude indeed outpaces the material. "Lonely Girl" is a standout not so much for singer Cordella DeMilo as Johnny Watson, who contributes some great hard electric blues guitar riffs that far outshine everything else going on in the track. As an odd footnote, Del Graham, who does one of the smoothest numbers with the ballad "Mr. T 99," is the mother of none other than funk star Larry Graham. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi

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  • Label: Ace (Label)
  • UPC: 029667037624
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Track listings

  • 1. Ain't Gonna Hush Cordella De Milo/Maxwell Davis
  • 2. Blue And Lonesome Jimmie Lee/Jay Frank
  • 3. Mr. T 99 Del Graham/Johnny Ingram & His Rhythm Czars
  • 4. Two Years Of Torture Edna Broughton
  • 5. Lonely Girl Cordella De Milo/Maxwell Davis
  • 6. Be Bop Boogie Effie Smith
  • 7. Hey, Hey, Baby Helen Humes
  • 8. Hambone Blues Edna Broughton (Alternate Take)
  • 9. Nightmare Blues Mari Jones (Alternate Take)
  • 10. Gee I'm Lonesome Howard Mc Ghee & His Orchestra/Pearl Traylor
  • 11. I Gotta Guy Johnny Otis & His Orchestra (Alternate Take)
  • 12. Hey Little Boy
  • 13. Great To Be Rich Effie Smith
  • 14. Georgia Brown Blues [Aka Hip Shakin' Mama] Edna Broughton
  • 15. Daddy, Somebody's Got To Go Pearl Traylor
  • 16. I Ain't In The Mood Helen Humes (Alternate Take)
  • 17. I'm Tellin' You Baby Nic Nacs
  • 18. That's Fat Jack Jimmie Lee/Artis The Spoon Man
  • 19. 24 Hours A Day
  • 20. Down In Texas Johnny Moore's Three Blazers
  • 21. Found Me A Sugar Daddy Nic Nacs
  • 22. Too Many Women Edna Broughton
  • 23. Play Boy Blues Howard Mc Ghee & His Orchestra/Pearl Traylor
  • 24. Mean Ole Gal Johnny Otis Orchestra (Alternate Take)
  • 25. Good For Nothin' Man Mickey Champion (Alternate Take)
  • 26. Be My Lovey Dovey
  • 27. Pick Up, The
  • 28. Vivianne's Boogie Vivian Green
 
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Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
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