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Blues Belles with Attitude! From the Vaults of Modern Records of Hollywood Original recording remastered, Import

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1. AIN'T GONNA HUSH - Cordella De Milo with Maxwell Davis Orch
2. BLUE AND LONESOME - Jimmie Lee with Jay Franks Orch
3. MR T 99 - Del Graham with Johnny Ingram Rhythm Czars
4. TWO YEARS OF TORTURE - Edna Broughton
5. LONELY GIRL - Cordella De Milo with Maxwell Davis Orch
6. BE BOP BOOGIE - Effie Smith
7. HEY HEY BABY - Helen Humes
8. HAMBONE BLUES - Edna Broughton
9. NIGHTMARE BLUES - Mari Jones & Johnny Moore's 3 Blazers
10. GEE I'M LONESOME - Pearl Traylor with Howard McGhee Orch
11. I GOTTA GUY - Johnny Otis & His Orchestra, vocal by Esther Jones
12. HEY LITTLE BOY - Unknown
13. GREAT TO BE RICH - Effie Smith
14. GEORGIA BROWN BLUES - Edna Broughton
15. DADDY, SOMEBODY GOT'S TO GO - Pearl Traylor
16. I AIN'T IN THE MOOD - Helen Humes
17. I'M TELLING YOU BABY - The Nic Nacs, lead Mickey Champion
18. THAT'S FAT JACK - Jimmie Lee & Artis
19. 24 HOURS A DAY - Unknown
20. DOWN IN TEXAS - Mari Jones & Johnny Moore's 3 Blazers
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* A long overdue package that collates a wide range of masters from many of Modern's best female singers of the 1950s.

* Containing 18 previously unissued tracks and a further 8 which have not had prior CD release.

* Almost all the tracks have been freshly remastered from original tapes and acetates - or, if no tapes exist, new dubs from best quality vinyl and shellac have been created for your maximum listening pleasure.

* The well-known, semi-known and virtually unknown are all here and it is truly a gorgeous presentation of good rockin' female R&B and will appeal to anyone who collects west coast black music of the early-mid 50s.

* Companion volume to "Hands Off!" CDCHD 1163

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Ace Digs Deep Into Their Modern Records Catalogue 20 Aug 2011
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
From the time the Bihari Brothers launched the west-coast R&B label Modern Records in 1945, to the bankruptcy in the 1960s (most of their material was simply transferred to the Biharis' new Kent label at that time), they recorded a wealth of R&B artists - solo vocalists, group vocalists, instrumentalists - you name it, they had it. A lot of it went unreleased, and many of the artists recorded were then - and remain today - obscure to the point that some can no longer be identified by name (a few of those selections appear in this Ace of London release who acquired the license to Modern material in the 1980s and then purchased them outright in the 1990s).

What likely precipitated the bankruptcy was a decision by the Biharis to start concentrating more on having their stable of artists cover R&B hits emerging elsewhere, to the point where DJs, record buyers and jukebox customers concentrated more on the originals rather than their renditions.

Even so, over the years they did record what amounts to a Who's Who of R&B stars, such as Etta James, John Lee Hooker, Pee Wee Crayon, Helen Humes, The Cadets/Jacks, Roy Hawkins, Little Willie Littlefield, The Ikettes, Esther Jones (Little Esther), Young Jessie, Jesse Belvin (who also recorded there as The Cliques with Eugene Church), the Johnny Otis Orchestra, Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, Joe Houston, Oscar McLollie & His Honeyjumpers, The Floyd Dixon Trio, Roy Milton's Band, The Hadda Brooks Trio, and the Maxwell Davis Orchestra.

And along the way these artists had their share of R&B hit singles, with perhaps the most famous being The Wallflower, the answer-song to Hank Ballard's Work With Me Annie which Etta James with "The Peaches" took to # 1 (where it stayed for 4 weeks) in March 1955 (sometimes known as Roll With Me Henry and toned down for mainstream audiences as Dance With Me Henry by Georgia Gibbs).

Here however, Ace, in their usual meticulous fashion, offers the best sound possible and detailed liner notes by Ian Saddler in bringing you just some of the many obscure sides recorded at Modern by their less well-known female R&B artists. Indeed, the only name to likely ring a bell with most is that of Helen Humes, the one-time vocalist for the Count Basie Orchestra (approx. 1938 to 1941) who had but two solo hit singles to her credit, one with Modern, that being Million Dollar Secret, done with the Roy Milton Band on Modern 45-779 and which reached # 6 R&B in November 1950. But that's not here and instead they present two of her failed singles.

A certainly indispensable collection for any serious collector of early female R&B.
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