CD Boogie, Blues and Bounce: The Modern Recordings, Vol. 2 * (CD 113903),
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Boogie, Blues and Bounce: The Modern Recordings, Vol. 2 *

  • 1. Beehive Jump - (previously unreleased)
    2. Once Was Lucky
    3. Tell Me Baby
    4. Blues at Sunset
    5. So Fine and Brown
    6. Open Road Blues - (previously unreleased)
    7. Mello Cats
    8. Merry Christmas
    9. Hucklebuck with Willie
    10. Frightened
    11. Just Before Sunrise
    12. Lay Your Cards on the Table
    13. Drinkin' Hadacol
    14. Why Leave Me All Alone
    15. Rockin' Chair Mama - (previously unreleased)
    16. Moon Is Risin', The
    17. Hurry Baby - (previously unreleased)
    18. Train Whistle Blues - (previously unreleased)
    19. I Want You
    20. Drinkin' Hadacol - (previously unreleased)
    21. Midnight Whistle
    22. Fuss and Fight - (previously unreleased)
    23. Come on Baby
    24. Farewell
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1056

  • Credits

    As the sequel to the previous Ace compilation Kat on the Keys, this gathers all the remaining singles that Little Willie Littlefield issued on Modern Records in the late '40s and early '50s. It also has eight previously unissued tracks -- most of them featuring only Littlefield's vocals and piano, without band accompaniment -- and a half dozen other recordings that were not issued while Littlefield was on Modern, surfacing for the first time on 1980's Ace LPs. Kat on the Keys is a better place to start a survey of Littlefield's Modern material, if only because it contains "It's Midnight (No Place to Go)," his sole hit for the label. This companion disc offers more secondary choices, and though it's still above average West Coast piano blues, there is a sameness to a high percentage of the cuts that limits its appeal to collectors of the style. The presence of some songs on which he drifts into a more melancholy, minor-flavored mood than many bluesmen, however, adds some welcome variety to a genre that doesn't customarily embrace such eclecticism. Too, while the vocal-piano-only numbers aren't a match for the more fully produced sides, they do offer a different glimpse of the performer than is heard on his singles, with the greater intimacy that sparser arrangements allow. As usual for Ace, the sound quality and mastering is very good, but you can hear some surface noise on some of the cuts, with some varispeed afflicting just a few songs. ~ Richie Unterberger

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