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Ella Mae Morse

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Audio CD, January 28, 1992
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Cow Cow Boogie
  2. Mr. Five By Five
  3. The Thrill Is Gone
  4. Get On Board Little Chillun
  5. Shoo-shoo Baby

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 28, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000008IN0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,295 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Shamelady on June 27, 2015
Format: Audio CD
This entry in the CAPITOL COLLECTORS SERIES* is one of those records that defeat criticism.

Morse, a good, versatile singer, was more likely than not (in a recording career that lasted only about a decade and a half**) to be heard singing novelties and other evanescent material. A few tracks here show her to be an able interpreter of what have become part of the American popular-standard repertoire: 'The Thrill Is Gone', 'No Love, No Nothin'', and 'Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive' are afforded fine performances by Morse. Then there are songs that, while not classics, seem to have become semi-perennials, such as the amusing 'Cow Cow Boogie' and 'Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet'. In fact, all of the selections from the forties (fifteen of twenty-one tracks), weightless or not, benefit from having been recorded under the auspices of Capitol Records, which tended to give the same TLC to trivia and light-hearted, light-headed fare as to the best that more 'serious' popular music had to offer, as witness any number of efforts by Nat Cole, Johnny Mercer, and Betty Hutton.

The Morse of the later forties and early fifties has been cited as a progenitor of rhythm-and-blues and rock-'n'-roll, much as Louis Jordan has. Maybe that's true. There's a great deal of country in some of Morse’s later records, too. There's nothing that can be done to salvage tripe like 'Tennessee Saturday Night' and 'Oakie Boogie' except to sing the hell out of them, which Morse does.

Her musicality is matched by her enthusiasm and professionalism, and for me the upshot is a compilation in which recordings that would, taken at face value, be regarded as dispensable are scarcely less good than the 'good’ ones. There's not a bad record in the bunch. How ever much I wish Ms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Matthis on August 20, 2013
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Can't beat cow cow boogie, but also others in here are a delight. She is a boogie specialist and one of the great voices of the 40s.
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