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Femme Fatale [CD]

Hadda Brooks Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Nov 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B000HOJNGQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,458 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Thrill Is Gone
2. Take Me
3. How Do You Speak To An Angel
4. My Ideal
5. Don't You Think I Ought To Know
6. Dream
7. There Is No Greater Love
8. My Romance
9. Stolen Love
10. Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere

Product Description

• "The First Lady of Modern" returned to the label that made her famous in 1957 to cut this gorgeous album of late night cocktail jazz.

• This was Hadda’s one and only album to be recorded as an album – i.e. it’s not a compilation – prior to her rediscovery in the 1990s. It has never been reissued before in its original format.

• Ace’s limited edition "Hip Pocket" series faithfully reproduces the artwork and design format of the original Crown album release, making it both eminently attractive and collectable.

• Sumptously restored sound quality as good as puts you in the room with Hadda and her trio.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - atmospheric 13 Mar 2010
By DR T
Format:Audio CD
Never heard of the singer until I watched an old film noir where she is playing in a bar, as background to Humphrey and girl. This CD is vey cheaply packaged in cardboard but fantastic sound quality and so atmospheric. All the tracks are of the same haunted love type at a relatively slow pace, but great voice. She's in the room with you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Spoilt by penny-pinching 24 Mar 2008
By MBR
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Hadda Brooks is a fantastic singer, the sound is first class and the backing excellent. So why only three stars?
Well, Ace Records, in their wisdom, have packaged this release, not in the usual CD jewell case, not the mini lp sleeve packaging used by the Japanese, but in some tacky thin cardboard sleeve of their own devising.
It's a pity that this fine CD, originally released on the Crown label back in the fifties, has been so poorly served by this company.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...I Let It Linger..." 6 Oct 2011
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
In 2008 I did a Listmania on Amazon UK called "Ace Records Hip Pocket Series..." and have added to it subsequently as further releases turn up. The "Hip Pocket List" pictures 24 releases - 5" card repros of albums covering all types of music in their reissue back catalogue of 35 years - Rock, Pop, Punk, Metal, Soul, Blues, R'n'B, Doo Wop etc. This very rare and obscure American Torch Singer album from the late Fifties is part of that series...

"Femme Fatale" by Hadda Brooks is a straightforward repro of her 10-track 1956 album originally released on Modern Records MLP-1210 in the USA [Mono]. It was re-released on Crown Records CLP-5010 a year later in 1957. This November 2006 CD on Ace Records CDCHM 1129 uses the Crown Records artwork and comes in a "Hip Pocket" card sleeve with no inner (33:53 minutes).

Musically - imagine a more intense version of Peggy Lee or a huskier Nellie Lutcher or even Frank Sinatra sat at the bar on the cover of "No One Cares" - drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other. Then imagine slow blue and boozy tunes with shuffling brush strokes on the snare drums and a low piano tinkling in the background - and you get the idea. It may only have 10 tracks but that's all it needs. It's fabulous stuff.

Downsides - as other reviewers have pointed out - the repro card sleeve is small and flimsy and the original liner notes on the rear are barely legible. The CD itself does at least have the smarts to list who wrote what song and so on - but visually it's not a lot to go on when this is one of those occasions crying out for an in-depth booklet. But that quickly evaporates once you start playing the music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hadda Brooks is a true gem. 12 May 2007
By Austin Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In Hadda's extensive recording career, this was her first cohesive album.

Her beautiful voice is dark and rich.

"Dream" is a triumph. "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere"

written by Hadda, is a swinging hit.

Her version of "The Thrill is Gone" will haunt you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...I Let It Linger..." 6 Oct 2011
By Mark Barry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In 2008 I did a Listmania on Amazon UK called "Ace Records Hip Pocket Series..." and have added to it subsequently as further releases turn up. The "Hip Pocket List" pictures 24 releases - 5" card repros of albums covering all types of music in their reissue back catalogue of 35 years - Rock, Pop, Punk, Metal, Soul, Blues, R'n'B, Doo Wop etc. This very rare and obscure American Torch Singer album from the late Fifties is part of that series...

"Femme Fatale" by Hadda Brooks is a straightforward repro of her 10-track 1956 album originally released on Modern Records MLP-1210 in the USA [Mono]. It was re-released on Crown Records CLP-5010 a year later in 1957. This November 2006 CD on Ace Records CDCHM 1129 uses the Crown Records artwork and comes in a "Hip Pocket" card sleeve with no inner (33:53 minutes).

Musically - imagine a more intense version of Peggy Lee or a huskier Nellie Lutcher or even Frank Sinatra sat at the bar on the cover of "No One Cares" - drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other. Then imagine slow blue and boozy tunes with shuffling brush strokes on the snare drums and a low piano tinkling in the background - and you get the idea. It may only have 10 tracks but that's all it needs. It's fabulous stuff.

Downsides - as other reviewers have pointed out - the repro card sleeve is small and flimsy and the original liner notes on the rear are barely legible. The CD itself does at least have the smarts to list writers credits - but visually it's not a lot to go on - when this is one of those occasions that cries out for an in-depth booklet. But that quickly evaporates once you start playing the music.

Given the vintage of the original analogue recordings, the listen is helped incredibly by the gorgeous sound quality - her voice to the fore - clear, powerful and full of passion. Highlights include the opener "The Thrill Is Gone" which sets the sad tone (lyrics above) and the lovely guitar solo on the Rogers & Hart standard "My Romance". Aching female lounge-lizard never sounded so good...

Three other Hadda Brooks compilations are in print by Ace Records - but musically they couldn't be more different. They feature her 'Queen Of The Boogie-Woogie' piano-playing on Modern Records in the Forties and Fifties. With virtually no vocals featured, the tracks are almost all instrumentals dubbed from scratchy 78's - but like Pete Johnson or Amos Milburn tinkering on the keys - each CD is blindingly great fun and hugely evocative of bars jumpin' and people having a ball. The great lady could play too.

To sum up - I've never seen a copy of the original album and clocking in at hundreds of dollars in rarity value - this is a very clever and brilliantly chosen reissue. Forget the flimsy packaging and concentrate on the wonderful music and sound quality. And dig that great photo of Miss Hapgood (her real name) in her prime.

Hadda Brooks lived to be 85 and died in 2002 - beautiful and gigging to the end. Ace Records have done her memory and musical legacy proud. I love it...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this by all means! 5 April 2010
By Manny Herz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I first owned the Crown LP, and was overjoyed that it was finally reissued on CD. First and foremost, Hadda Brooks is the consummate vocalist...rich voice and wonderful phrasing, squeezing every bit of meaning out of a song. The bonus is remarkable engineering!! The album begins with a masterful rendition of "The Thrill is Gone" and basically never flags. Get the disc and enjoy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good essential hits! 12 July 2014
By jo jo from baltimore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a good album of essential hits, from a very sexy singer, it was in a sleeve packet! I had to wear glasses, and use my magnifying glass to read the linear notes! This is great, but I like her Okeh sessions better!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - But the Crown LP had an 11th track not on CD 17 Oct 2012
By Kevin J. Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a superb CD, a must. But my two copies of the Crown LP (original) have an 11th track which is not on this CD. The track, "Please Be Kind" appears as the third track on side 1 of the Crown LP, and from listening, it appears to be from the same session. It is disappointing that ACE did not put it on the CD. Perhaps an earlier Modern label LP version did not include it (?), but that is not a good enough excuse. It is not otherwise available on CD, so it remains a rare track.

I checked and listened to the version of "Please Be Kind" on the other ACE CD called "That's Where I Came In". That one is from 1947, and is very distinctively different from the Crown LP version, which definitely sounds like 1957. So the 1957 performance, a superb one, is missing.

The graphic package is "acceptable", but in the future, ACE should take a lesson from the Japanese and produce high quality cardboard "mini-LP" sleeves if the retro look is desired.

All said, this CD is still an absolute must. Don't miss it. By the way, don't be misled by another CD on the Virgin label which uses the same cover photo as this CD. The Virgin CD is totally different, early recordings of Hadda. This ACE CD is unique.
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