The Complete Modern and Kent Recordings

The Complete Modern and Kent Recordings

by Etta JamesEtta James


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Ace does it again -- of course. These two discs, The Complete Modern and Kent Recordings, contain every side that the young powerhouse Etta James cut for Modern, Crown, and Kent between 1955 and 1961. There are 42 cuts on these two discs, remastered and sequenced painstakingly according to release date. There are no less than seven previously unissued cuts, and two more that have appeared only on Ace compilations. (There's a killer alternate take of "Hey Henry" here that rivals the released version). Fans will have a lot of this material in various places, but this collection puts everything together in one slamming package. The first disc is comprised exclusively of sides recorded for Modern between '55 and '57. Among the masterpieces of killer, bed-rocking R&B found here are "W-O-M-A-N," "Hey Henry," "Good Rockin' Day," "The Pick-Up," "Tough Lover," and "Be Mine." Disc two, where the treasures really are, lays out the Kent and Crown material, and contains all the rarities. There are a few duets here where James is joined by Betty & Dupree as on "If It Ain't One Thing," and "We're In Love." The rehearsal of "Be My Lovely Dovey," is raw and wonderful, as is the alternate version of "Crazy Feelin," without backing from a group. The liner essay by Tony Rounce is both authoritative and accessible, and gives a solid and revealing portrait of James' place in the pantheon and how her star rose. This is, in its way, an historic set because this is the first time all these sides have appeared in one place. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/27/2005
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667016124
catalogNumber: 1085
Rank: 39296

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Etta James   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Etta James   Composer
Johnny Otis   Composer
Hank Ballard   Composer
Richard Berry   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Harold Battiste   Composer
Harvey Fuqua   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Sister Rosetta Tharpe   Composer
Ed Townsend   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes
Joe Josea   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
John Marascalco   Composer
Sam Ling   Composer
Edward Madden   Composer
Howard Mandolph   Composer
Ray Stanley   Composer
Saul Bihari   Composer
Eddie Brandt   Composer
Rick Darnell   Composer
Gus Edwards   Composer
Frank Gallo   Composer
Dorothy Hawkins   Composer
Jean Mitchell   Composer
Bro. Raymond Johnson   Composer
George Motola   Composer

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