Title: More Mellow Cats ‘N’ Kittens: Hot R&B And Cool Blues 1946-1952
Year Of Release: 2005
Label: Ace Records
Genre: R&B, Blues
Quality: 320 kbps
Total Time: 65:04
Total Size: 179 MB
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01. Bardu Ali & His Orchestra – Bardu’s Boogie (2:57)
02. Jimmy Grissom With Budy Floyd’s Orchestra – Just Got Back (2:44)
03. Kitty Stevenson With Todd Rhodes & His Toddlers – How Long, How Long, How Long (2:09)
04. Clarence Williams With Howard McGhee’s Orchestra – Bacon Blues (3:09)
05. Three Bits Of Rhythm – Yas Yas Yas (2:48)
06. Pearl Traylor With Howard McGhee’s Orchestra – Jive I Like (2:41)
07. Butch Stone & His Orchestra – Your Red Wagon (2:27)
08. Hootie McShann Trio – Going Home Blues (2:59)
09. Emmitt Slay & His Slayriders – Looky Ploot (2:14)
10. Geechie Smith – Daddy Does It Just For You (2:36)
11. The Noc-Tunes – Gotta Go Back To Katie (2:28)
12. Kitty Stevenson With Todd Rhodes & His Toddlers – Then Comes The Day (2:33)
13. Tiny Webb – Billboard Special (2:46)
14. Jake ‘Vernon’ Porter – Sister Kool Breeze (2:34)
15. Butch Stone & His Orchestra – I’m OK (2:50)
16. The Noc-Tunes – Lazy Daisy (3:11)
17. Unknown – Don’t You Lie To Me (2:48)
18. Todd Rhodes & His Toddlers – Evening Sun (2:10)
19. Three Bits Of Rhythm – Blow My Top (2:51)
20. Butch Stone & His Orchestra – Put Your Brakes On Mama (2:44)
21. Bobby Nunn & The Robbins – Rockin’ (2:53)
22. Todd Rhodes & His Toddlers – How About That Jive (2:24)
23. Al ‘Cake’ Wichard Sextette – Cake Jumps (2:45)
24. Scamps – Goodnight, Wherever You Are (3:12)
In case you hadnt noticed from all those TV ads that started somewhere around the end of last July, its very nearly Christmas once again.
You know, Christmas that December day when you unwrap endless piles of unwanted audio garbage in the morning, and spend the afternoon hoping Uncle George and Auntie Mildred have kept the receipt for the James Blunt or Jamie Cullum CD so that you can return it to HMV in exchange for something that actually does resemble music. (Oh, for the days of Record Tokens.) And if you are in indecisive present-buying mode yourself, please be aware that theres really no need whatsoever to inflict Stock Aitken Waterman Gold or the Best Of The Eurythmics (patently a titular contradiction of terms!) on a family member in an attempt to show your love at Christmas time.
Its not actually a Christmas CD and it certainly doesnt contain a single turkey – but Ace has the set thats guaranteed to make all Yuletide parties go with a swing. Our volume, MORE MELLOW CATS N KITTENS is exactly what any hip dude or dude-ette will be wanting to listen to, while carving the festive bird/nut roast and distributing the sprouts and who wouldnt want to be in their number?
Once again its been my privilege (and it is a privilege) to root around in the realms of the earliest Modern recordings, in an attempt to come up with a compilation that will delight anyone and everyone for whom mid 1940s rhythm & blues is exactly where its at. With a still-vast stockpile of top notch, previously unissued, or unreissued masters to select from this is by no means a difficult or unpleasant job in itself – although difficulties do of course arise when it comes to making the final selection on what makes the cut, and what doesnt. (Still theres always the next volume to consider, isnt there?)
However, in this case the two dozen gems Ive selected for this second volume are at least the equal of those chosen for the first, and that MC&K2 may even be better overall than its predecessor! I had a wider range of repertoire to select from this time out, due to the fact that the copying of the Modern acetates has now pretty much finished, and the last leg of this marathon task brought some exciting new finds to the fore. I also decided to broaden the repertoire out to include material from other Labels that Ace owns thanks largely to the recent rediscovery of a thought-lost parcel of Sensation acetates, and to the mostly-terrific contents thereof. When the repertoire from the two Labels was combined, the results proved to be more than merely formidable!
Several of everyones favourites from MC&K1 are making a most welcome return here (Many of them may well be back for volume 3, such is the Quality of their yet-to-be-digitised repertoire). Hipsters like the great Butch Stone, flipsters such as Jake Porter and those finger-poppin daddies the Three Bits Of Rhythm will be welcome in any discerning household at any time of the day, night or year, no matter how many times they come a-calling. Joining them in their revelry on this outing are the great Kansas City 88 basher Jay Hootie McShann, his sometime musical associates Geechie Smith, Tiny Webb, Al Cake Wichard and Jimmy Grissom plus a bunch of fine fellows and females from a few thousand miles north-east of Central Avenue in the shape of the Todd Rhodes orchestra, its satellite acts Emmitt Slay and Miss Kitty Stevenson and Dave Hamiltons Noc-Tunes surely one of the only R & B groups of their time to use a non-pedal steel guitar as a prominent instrument. All good, nothing bad, as the saying goes.
With all bar one of the tracks coming directly from the original acetates, the sound Quality is astounding throughout. Just think how groovy this will all sound as an accompaniment to the post-blowout stilton and port, and how much less likely it will be to induce heartburn than cousin Craigs thoughtful gift of Katie Meluas latest Dual Disc.
Aces More Mellow CatsnKittens are guaranteed to put the Merry in Christmas. God bless em, every one ~By Tony Rounce
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