5-CD box (LP-size) with 40-page book, 134 tracks. Playing time approx. 346 mns.
Ella Mae Morse was one of the most exciting vocalists of the 1940s and 50s, a hard-to-classify, Texas-born white singer who knocked everyone out with her hip, black-inflected vocals from the moment she hit the scene as a seventeen-year-old with boogie pianist Freddie Slack's Orchestra in 1942. Her vocal that year on the huge hit Cow Cow Boogie, quickly established her as a name, and dozens of hits followed, both with Slack and under her own name. Sides like the Buzz Me, The House Of Blue Lights, Pig Foot Pete, The Blacksmith Blues remain classics, and The House Of Blue Lights, in particular, has been hailed as one of the seminal recordings in rock and roll history. Uncommonly versatile, Ella Mae Morse could handle anything, from jazz to country, from R&B to lush pop. As she herself has said, 'Cliffie Stone said, 'You're a country singer.' And Benny Carter said, 'You're a jazz singer.' T-Bone Walker said, 'You're a rock and roll-blues singer'.'
She was all of the above and then some: an instinctive, insouciant, sexy stylist with an innate feel for the blues that colored and characterized virtually everything she sang. Ella Mae Morse's entire output over her fifteen year tenure with Capitol Records (1942-1957), a label she helped put on the map, is here, including the hits mentioned above and dozens of others - well over a hundred sides on five CDs, including over twenty songs never before released, all beautifully, digitally re-mastered from the original masters. With orchestras and combos led by Billy May, Nelson Riddle, Dave Cavanaugh and others, among the incredible, stellar cast of jazz, blues and country stalwarts accompanying her are, in addition to Freddie Slack: Benny Carter, Barney Kessel, Gerald Wiggins, Pete Johnson, Jimmy Rowles, Red Callender, Al Hendrickson, Jimmy Bryant & Speedy West, Alvin Stoller, and countless others.