Searing blues, stunning vocals, and a killer collection of rootsy blues from the postwar years – all recorded by the Modern
Records label in a series of legendary field trips directed by the young Ike Turner! Ike's early ear for talent is definitely working hard here – as the set brings together some under-exposed giants from the Mississippi and Arkansas scenes, most of whom work in a spare, rootsy style that's heavy on electric guitar lines, often with plenty of fuzz – driven along by stark, simple rhythmic touches – and topped with extra-soulful vocals, and an occasional bit of harmonic
a too! The package brings together some rare 78rpm release that appeared on the Modern
, Flair, and RPM labels – plus a few unissued gems as well – all with the usual super-high attention to detail and great notes that we love from Ace Records. Titles include "All In My Dreams" by Boyd Gilmore, "Long Tall Woman" by Elmore James, "Superintendent Blues" by Houston Boines, "Why Don't My Baby Write To Me" by Cleanhead Love, "Best Days" by Baby Face Turner, "Good Morning Baby" by Drifting Slim, "My Baby's Gone" by Sunny Blair, "Operator Blues" by Houston Boines, and "Charley's Boogie Woogie" by Charley Booker.