This 15-track compilation focuses on the earliest sessions recorded by Etta James
for Modern Records between 1955 and 1957. James
was only a teenager when she first recorded for the L.A.-based label. Her youthful exuberance and powerhouse delivery still generate that initial excitement captured on these remastered versions of "The Wallflower (Roll with Me Henry)," "The Pick-Up," "W-O-M-A-N," and "Good Rockin' Daddy." This set is a great introduction to James
' early raw recordings; however, it excludes a few tracks from the superior The Best of the Modern Years
on Metro Blue.