- Audio CD (30 July 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Ace
- ASIN: B008A8EXUW
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,365 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Modern Music-the First Year 1945
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Almost 70 years have passed since Hollywood resident Jules Bihari decided to start his own record label with his brothers in order to capitalise on the growing demand from jukebox operators for the new style of black American music tagged Rhythm & Blues. From modest beginnings, and via a handful of strong-selling titles featuring the boogie stylings of Jules piano-playing girlfriend Hadda Brooks, the Modern Music Company quickly grew into one of the premier sources of R&B, blues and jazz and introduced the world to B.B. King, John Lee Hooker and Etta James during its 30-year lifetime. This new compilation takes us back to the company's first year of operations and includes the A and B side of every 78 released during Modern's first year in business. Some of these incredibly rare items have been reissued on Ace before but nearly half of them have never appeared legitimately on CD until now. As well as Miss Brooks, other notable names appearing are be-bop trumpet maestro Howard McGhee, the popular novelty act Three Bits Of Rhythm and multi-instrumentalist George Happy Johnson, as well as a host of up-and-coming rising starts of the California session scene. Lavishly illustrated with some of the rarest label shots that any collector could wish to see, this package shows that Modern was always destined to be a major player among R&B indies from day one.