20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Chuck Jackson

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Chuck Jackson is one of the great underrated soul singers of the '60s. His deep and unerringly smooth vocals and the slick uptown sound of his records may give some listeners and critics the impression that he is lacking in soul. Not so. One listen to him soaring through the incredible "Any Day Now My Wild Beautiful Bird" or "I Keep Forgettin' Everytime You're Near" will certainly dispel any doubts. This collection rounds up nine of his fine recordings for the Wand label cut between 1961 and 1965, including the two aforementioned classics plus the unusually raw "Hand It Over" and an intimate version of "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself." It also adds a duet between ...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Chuck Jackson is one of the great underrated soul singers of the '60s. His deep and unerringly smooth vocals and the slick uptown sound of his records may give some listeners and critics the impression that he is lacking in soul. Not so. One listen to him soaring through the incredible "Any Day Now My Wild Beautiful Bird" or "I Keep Forgettin' Everytime You're Near" will certainly dispel any doubts. This collection rounds up nine of his fine recordings for the Wand label cut between 1961 and 1965, including the two aforementioned classics plus the unusually raw "Hand It Over" and an intimate version of "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself." It also adds a duet between Jackson and the equally wonderful and underrated Maxine Brown on Chris Kenner's "Something You Got" and a couple of cuts from later in his career. The very funky take on the Bert Berns-penned groover "Are You Lonely for Me Baby" comes from 1969 and was recorded during Jackson's brief stay at Motown. The other two cuts find Jackson in fine voice but with less than fine material and arrangements surrounding him: "I'm Needing You, Wanting You" is a slightly cheesy bedroom ballad from 1975, and "I Wanna Give You Some Love" is a lightly disco-fied take on a Bob Marley song from 1980. Still, they are a piece of the puzzle that most other Jackson collections ignore, so if you want a disc that covers those eras as well as his classic Wand period, this does just fine.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2004
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 044006921228
  • Catalog Number: 069212
  • Sales rank: 299,978

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chuck Jackson Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Bob Marley Composer
William Bell Composer
Maxine Brown Composer
Chuck Jackson Composer
Chris Kenner Composer
Carole King Arranger
Burt Bacharach Arranger, Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Al Goodman Composer
Bert Berns Composer
Hal David Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Bert Keyes Arranger
Clay McMurray Producer
Walter Morris Composer
Horace Ott Arranger
Mike Stoller Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Steve Tyrell Producer
Teacho Wiltshire Arranger
Stan Green Arranger, Producer
David Nathan Liner Notes
Luther Dixon Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Harry Ray Composer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Malcolm Williams Producer
Tony Bruno Composer
Francis Aycock Composer
Brenda Bruno Composer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Steven Garrick Arranger
F. Kahan Producer
Phil Smithline Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding, if short, soul survey

    One of the benefits of record industry conglomeration is that artists whose material spans multiple labels can finally see a decent compilation of their work without requiring multiple quarts of blood be spilled in inter-label negotiations. As such, this appears to be the first compilation of Jackson's smooth soul material that takes in high points from Wand, Motown, All Platinum and EMI, spanning the years 1961 through 1980. ¶ Jackson's pop-soul never cut the sort of deep grooves popularized by Motown, and when he eventually alighted there, his grittier sides, like "Are You Lonely For Me," seemed to miss the sweetness of earlier work. Jackson was strongest when he attached himself to the New York string-and-horn school from which Lieber & Stoller launched their R&B hits. The latter's "I Keep Forgetting" can be heard here, with a punchy staccato arrangement that mixes drums and xylophone with a vocal that's as much show-tune as soul. Jackson's hits, like "Any Day Now," and his slow-burn duet with Maxine Brown, "Something You Got" seem to have been unfairly forgotten amongst the endless oldies radio repetitions of Ben E. King, Otis Redding and a handful of others. ¶ Other collections dig more deeply into specific periods in Jackson's career (e.g., Varese's 1997 "The Very Best of Chuck Jackson" exposes a bigger helping of his Wand sides), but this is a better introduction to his overall artistic arc. Those who find they like a particular period in his career (or all periods, of course) can flesh things out with additional discs. ¶ 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings.

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