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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Money Honey
  2. Have Mercy Baby
  3. Rock Me All Night Long
  4. Daddy Daddy
  5. The House of Blue Lights
  6. 5-10-15 Hours
  7. It's Raining Tears From My Eyes
  8. How Can You Leave a Man Like This
  9. Lovey Dovey
  10. Get Off It and Go
  11. Okie Boogie
  12. False Hearted Girl
  13. Greyhound
  14. Jump Back Honey
  15. A Little Further Down the Road a Piece
  16. Bouncin' Ball
  17. Big Mamou
  18. Forty Cups of Coffee
  19. Give a Little Time To Your Lover
  20. The Blacksmith Blues
  21. Won't You Listen To Me Baby
  22. Okie Boogie
  23. Smack Dab In the Middle
  24. Yes, Yes I Do
  25. Razzle Dazzle
  26. Ain't That a Shame
  27. Piddily Patter Patter
  28. Seventeen
  29. When Boy Kiss Girl (It's Love)
  30. Give Me Love
  31. Rockin' and Rollin'
  32. Rock and Roll Wedding
  33. Cow-Cow Boogie
  34. Mr. Anthony's Blues


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 7, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bear Family
  • ASIN: B0049D1T86
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,681 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Released November 2010 on Bear Family BCD 16672 AR, "Rocks" offers up 34 slices of Ella Mae Morse' varying styles - Easy Listening, Jazz Vocals, pumping Rhythm 'n' Blues and even Rock 'n' Roll - and it's a peach. "Rocks" covers 1942 to 1957 on the Capitol label and at a stonking 84:33 minutes - doesn't scrimp it on content or value for money.

Like all the titles in this extensive series, "Rocks" comes in a 3-way foldout card digipak with a large detachable booklet in the centre (52-pages for this one). The CD label itself repros the 78" for "House Of Blue Lights" - a big hit for her and Freddie Slack in 1946 - complete with its Capitol Records label bag - and that's again repro'd in full on the flap beneath the see-through tray (a nice touch).

The substantial booklet features extensive liner notes from Page 2 to 30 by KEVIN COFFEY with a Discography for all 34 tracks from Page 31 to 45 by Kevin Coffey, LAWRENCE J. ZWISOHN and Bear Family's owner RICHARD WEIZE. Especially worth noting is that the 40-page album-sized booklet which came with Bear's extensive 5CD box set (from way back in 1997) was a dull black & white pictures affair... "Rocks" has considerably improved on that - there are lovely full-page colour shots of her two important album covers, "Barrelhouse, Boogie, And The Blues" (1954) and "The Morse Code" (1957). Added to that are in-studio-recording snaps which are new, trade adverts, sheet music and many of her American Capitol singles are pictured throughout - a typically top job done by Bear.

The remastered sound is by one of their best tape engineers JURGEN CRASSER - he handling the stunning "Blowing The Fuse" series from 1945 to 1960 (I've reviewed all 16 volumes) and the "Sweet Soul Music" series from 1961 to 1970 (all reviewed too).
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I don't know what rock I lived under as a teenager in the 50's so that I missed Ella. I do remember hearing a song or two, however, when my older sister was a teen. Thanks to NPR, I discovered her again for the first time. I heard several songs that later others made into hits. Her voice is pure - well, it's just pure. Rockabilly, rock, soul, country, jazz - she combined it all to make a pure, yet eclectic sound all her own.

I wish Ella had received the honor she was due in her lifetime. She belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Ella Mae Rocks!!! Takes us back to our youth in the 50's. Love it...Would recommend it to all our friends.
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Ella Mae Morse was one of those great examples of how White people cleverly figured out how they could enjoy Black music, without having to deal with Black people. Elvis Presley was another. I would say that the British Invasion was one more. It's also a great example of just what you lose when you try to scale back on the offending Black genius. And still, this is an incredible recording of Ms. Morse. She swings and she rocks. The arrangements are brilliant if a bit White. It is all bold and assertive. Almost red hot saxophones with driving, pulsing horns and percussion. Lots of real fun in a down and sexy White "Okie" way. But, since many of these recording are covers of well known Black hits it's difficult to hear them on their own terms... as superb as they are. Maybe it's a bit like comparing the Osmunds to the Jackson 5. The Osmonds were really quite good... they just weren't the Jackson 5 and they weren't Black. Still I am happy that I bought this recording because it is, most likely, the best remastering of Ms. Morse's music. For me, no one does better than Bear Family Records at fulfilling the audio quality of mid-20th century recordings. Always worth the price. So if you don't spend a lot of time listening to mid-century Black male R&B, as I do, you will probably love this collection of Ella Mae Morse. This is great stuff. It absolutely does swing, rock and is fast and fun. And she certainly deserves credit for "owning her sexuality" at a time when only bad girls did so. The audio couldn't be any better. And that is why I am giving it 5 stars.
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Great to hear some of these tunes.
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