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The Complete Modern and Kent Recordings

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Etta James 11//2011

Review

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. ~ Thom Jurek
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 The Wallflower (aka Roll With Me Henry) Etta James 3:4
  3. 2 Hold Me, Squeeze Me Etta James 2:28
  4. 3 Hey! Henry Etta James 2:54
  5. 4 Be Mine Etta James 2:47
  6. 5 Good Rockin' Daddy Etta James 2:23
  7. 6 Crazy Feeling Etta James 3:21
  8. 7 W.O.M.A.N. Etta James 2:43
  9. 8 That's All Etta James 2:11
  10. 9 My One and Only Etta James 2:27
  11. 10 I'm a Fool Etta James 2:29
  12. 11 Shortnin' Bread Rock Etta James 2:30
  13. 12 Tears of Joy Etta James 2:27
  14. 13 Tough Lover Etta James 2:26
  15. 14 Fools We Mortals Be Etta James 2:20
  16. 15 Good Lookin' Etta James 2:6
  17. 16 Then I'll Care Etta James 2:30
  18. 17 The Pick Up Etta James 2:19
  19. 18 Market Place Etta James 2:54
  20. 19 Come What May Etta James 2:3
  21. 20 By the Light of the Silvery Moon Etta James 2:10
  22. 1 Baby, Baby, Everynight Etta James 2:21
  23. 2 Sunshine of Love Etta James 2:24
  24. 3 How Big a Fool Etta James 2:45
  25. 4 If It Ain't One Thing Etta James 2:16
  26. 5 I Hope You're Satisfied Etta James 3:1
  27. 6 Dance With Me, Henry Etta James 2:21
  28. 7 Don't You Remember Etta James 2:59
  29. 8 Hickory Dickory Dock Etta James 3:0
  30. 9 Nobody Loves You (Like Me) Etta James 2:23
  31. 10 We're in Love Etta James 1:44
  32. 11 You Know What I Mean Etta James 3:3
  33. 12 Strange Things Happening Every Day Etta James 2:28
  34. 13 Be My Lovey Dovey Etta James 2:0
  35. 14 Tough Lover Etta James 2:30
  36. 15 Good Lookin' Etta James 2:10
  37. 16 Hey! Henry Etta James 2:56
  38. 17 Crazy Feeling (aka Do Something Crazy) Etta James 3:17
  39. 18 Market Place Etta James 2:53
  40. 19 Hey! Henry Etta James 2:21
  41. 20 Good Rockin' Daddy Etta James 2:29
  42. 21 How Big a Fool Etta James 2:49
  43. 22 That's All Etta James 2:14

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