Personnel includes: Big Maybelle (vocals); Mickey Baker, Kenny Burrell, Charles Macey (guitar); Omer Simeon (clarinet); Dave McRae, Gigi Gryce, Sahib Shihab (alto saxophone); Warren Lucky, Buddy Lucas, Ernie Wilkins, Jerome Richardson, Jesse Powell (tenor saxophone); Leslie Johnakins, George Barrow (baritone saxophone); Sidney DeParis (trumpet); Frank Rehak, Henderson Chambers (trombone); Kelly Owns, Don Abney, Hank Jones, Danny Smalls, Eddie Wilcox (piano); Robert Banks (organ); Leonard Gaskin, Ed Sneed, Al Lucas, Abie Baker (bass); Sol Hall, Bobby Donaldson, Shep Shepherd (Drums).
Producers: Fred Mendelsohn, Ozzie Cadena.
Compilation producer: Colin Escott.
Recorded in New York, New York and Hackensack, New Jersey between 1956 and 1959. Includes liner notes by Colin Escott.
Digitally remastered by Paul Reid III.
The belter moved over to Newark, NJ-based Savoy midway through the decade and continued to prosper: "Candy," "Ramblin' Blues," and the intense "Blues Early, Early" rate with her finest cuts. "Ring Dang Dilly" and "Tell Me Who" rock with the seemingly effortless swing peculiar to New York's R&B scene at the time, thanks to the presence of saxists Warren Luckey and Jerome Richardson and guitarists Mickey Baker and Kenny Burrell, among others. ~ Bill Dahl