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Romance in the Dark [VINYL] Import

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  • Vinyl (15 Dec. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Jukebox Lil
  • ASIN: B002W24E24
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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By Caesar on 9 Dec. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Her beautiful rendition of 'That's My Desire is the reason I purchased this CD, but the whole thing is good to listen to. Typical 1940s
sound of the piano.
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A Lost Treasure 13 Aug. 2007
By George O'Leary - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This special lady, known alternately as Empress Of The Torch Blues and Queen Of The Boogie, was one of America's best-kept secrets for, although she was a prolific recording artist as both a singer and pianist, just three of her songs made an impact on the charts - in 1947/48 on what then passed for the R&B charts for the small Modern label. She would also record for Columbia's "race" label Okeh, but without any chart success for her singles releases.

Heading the Hadda Brooks Trio [with Basie Day on bass and Al Wichard on drums] her first hit was That's My Desire which went to # 4 in June 1947, a tune covered by Frankie Laine for HIS first hit on the much larger Mercury label [# 4 pop]. The flipside [not included here] was Humoresque Boogie.

A year later, after singing Out Of The Blue in the 1947 George Brent movie of the same name, a recorded version went to # 9 b/w Bully Wully Boogie. Both are included here. Her last charter then came a month or so later in October 1948 when What Have I Done? topped out at # 3 for her best hit. But while the flipside, Tootsie Timesie is included here, the A-side is not! Nor does it seem to be included in any of the other Hadda Brooks compilations offered, which indicates that, perhaps, the master has been lost (a good bet since, if Ace didn't include it then it likely was unattainable). If that's the case it's a tragedy for music historians.

Even though no further hits ensued, she would continue recording, including acclaimed LPs, almost right up to the time of her death on November 21, 2002 at age 86. She also appeared in several more films, usually in a singing role, among them the 1950 Bogart movie In A Lonely Place, and the 1952 Kirk Douglas/ Lana Turner award-winning The Bad And The Beautiful.

In 1957 she became the first black woman to host her own weekly television show in L.A., The Hadda Brooks Show, which featured That's My Desire as her theme song. Towards the end of her life she appeared in the 1995 Jack Nicholson film The Crossing Guard, directed by Sean Penn, a situation brought about by the fact she was a long-time favourite of both star and director. Another who adored her is Johnny Depp, who had a special 80th birthday party for her at his L.A. club The Viper Room in October 1996. Three years later she made her final film appearance in The Thirteenth Floor.

An amazingly talented woman whose early music [and her later material] deserved a better fate in terms of singles sales and chart recognition, a situation all too common back then for black recording artists unable to hook up with a major distributor.

Thanks to Ace of London we at least get to hear 23 of her best, both the torch and boogie varieties, in this beautiful package which includes comprehensive liner notes as only Ace can do them. And the sound quality is impeccable. Highly recommended. And while you're listening take the time to drop a note to the Blues Hall Of Fame and tell them to remove their blinders and pull out their ear plugs. This lady should have been among the FIRST inductees, never mind still on the outside looking in.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is the rare Jukebox Lil version, not the CD. 14 Aug. 2012
By alanleee - Published on
Format: Vinyl
This is prime Hadda Brooks and was the first reissue of her vintage Modern material. It includes several rare tracks that have still not made it to CD and should not be confused with the later "Romance in the Dark" compilation on Virgin/Pointblank. Both are highly recommended, but they do have differences and any avid collector of Hadda's should get both.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Hadda, WhoNew? 15 July 2007
By Sanford P. Press - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Never heard of her before and was pleasantly surprised by her performace. Came up with Ruth Brown. Very different yet equally as talented. a wonderful blast from the past.

I love Hadda and her music 8 Aug. 2014
By Karen Bean - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Again, I love Hadda and her music. Its a beautiful CD, received on time and in great condition.
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