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Boogie Blues and Bounce: the Modern Recordings Vol.2

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Here at last is the companion volume to Kat On The Key, featuring the rest of Little Willie Littlefield’s excellent Modern Records repertoire from the late 1940s and early 1950s.

A boogie piano prodigy, the teenage Littlefield was one of Modern’s most important signings and as the title implies, this CD displays every facet of his talent as a singer and piano pounder.

Package includes the remaining sides originally issued on Modern 78s, plus a massive 14 previously-unissued masters and/or rehearsal demos featuring just LWL and his piano. Several of these have only been discovered in the last six months.

All tracks remastered from the original Modern Records acetates for optimum sound quality. Another worthy addition to Ace’s ever-expanding catalogue of post-WWII Rhythm & Blues.

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Second Of Two Volumes Devoted To His Modern Recordings 25 Jan 2012
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on
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As I indicated in my review of the Ace volume, Kat On The Keys - The Legendary Modern Recordings involving Little Willie Littlefield, it was inevitable, once Ace gained control of the library of the legendary West-Coast R&B label, Modern Records, that they would release the many sides cut there by this boogie pianist/vocalist who was born September 16, 1931 in El Campo, Texas. The thing is, despite recording well over 60, he never did gain the national popularity of such contemporaries as Amos Milburn, Floyd Dixon, Jimmy Witherspoon and John Lee Hooker, to name just four of many prominent examples, and so only managed to get three of them onto what passed as the R&B charts back in 1949-1951.

What Ace has done, unfortunately - if his hits are your goal - is to put out three separate volumes containing 63 sides - many of them not released at the time and some alternate takes - with the three hits and their flipsides spread over two of them. His initial national charter, It's Midnight (No Place To Go), a # 3 on what then passed as the R&B charts in September 1949 on Modern 686, is included in Kat On The Keys, first released in 1999. Also there is his third and last such hit, I've Been Lost, a # 10 R&B in August 1951 on Modern 801 billed as Little Willie Littlefield and Little Lora Wiggins (about whom very little is known).

However, to find the B-sides to those - Once Was Lucky and Midnight Whistle - you also have to purchase this release which, emerging in July 2005, also at least contains both sides to his middle hit, Farewell, a # 5 R&B in November 1949 on Modern 709 b/w Drinkin' Hadacol. Other sengles contained in this volume are: Merry Christmas/Come On Baby (Modern 716 - and again later on Modern 785); The Moon Is Rising/Frightened (Modern 726), and Tell Me Baby/Why Leave Me Alone (Modern 747).

The digitally remastered sound quality is excellent, especially considering the age of some and the comparatively primitive equipment used at the time by the Bihari brothers, who had launched the label in Los Angeles in 1945, and as usual with an Ace product, the liner notes by Ray Topping are extensive and informative.

The other Littlefield volume issued by Ace is the March 2004 Going Back To Kay-Cee by Little Willie Littlefield And Friends.
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Kansas City, Here I come 21 Feb 2014
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I read an excellent Rolling Stone article on Little Willie Littlefield and his major contributions to pop music. He started out with boogie woogie music and as we all know, this music was a major influence to young lads across the pond who would grow up to form groups like, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones. Mr. Littlefield (born 1931) was a child musical prodigy who grew up in Texas with a mother that was a domestic worker.

The album has some great music and it's so nice to dig deep in our pop music roots and listen to how it all started.

Ah, Ruby, Ruby ...
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