Chess Soul: A Decade of Chicago's Finest

Chess Soul: A Decade of Chicago's Finest

     
 

While Chess made numerous legendary contributions to the fields of blues and rock & roll, its reputation as a major mover and shaker in the soul field from 1961 to 1971 is unassailed. This 2-CD, 45-track compilation is another excellent entry in the Chess 50th Anniversary Series and shows why the label had the Windy City almost sewn up when it came toSee more details below

Overview

While Chess made numerous legendary contributions to the fields of blues and rock & roll, its reputation as a major mover and shaker in the soul field from 1961 to 1971 is unassailed. This 2-CD, 45-track compilation is another excellent entry in the Chess 50th Anniversary Series and shows why the label had the Windy City almost sewn up when it came to brand-name artists and material. Whether the tracks were master purchases from a smaller Chicago or Southern label (Jan Bradley's "Mama Didn't Lie," Cookie and the Cupcakes' "I've Been So Lonely," the Kolettes' "Who's That Girl?," Big Maybelle's "Don't Pass Me By" or Denise LaSalle's "A Love Reputation") or in-house productions from Billy Davis and Leonard Caston, next to Stax or Atlantic, no one stood for soul music in the 1960s like Chess Records. Featuring the label's strong hitmakers and soul shouters Etta James (the devastating "Only Time Will Tell"), Billy Stewart (the scat classic "Summertime"), Fontella Bass ("Rescue Me"), Gene Chandler ("I Fooled You This Time"), Mitty Collier ("I'm Satisfied") and Sugar Pie DeSanto ("Soulful Dress") alongside isolated moments of Chi-Town brilliance (the Radiants' "Voice Your Choice," the Knight Brothers' "Temptation 'Bout to Get Me" and Tony Clarke's "The Entertainer") with early Muscle Shoals productions thrown in to give the big picture (Laura Lee's "Dirty Man," Maurice and Mac's "You Left the Water Running"), this is one very potent two-disc anthology and an essential addition to anyone's soul collection.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/1997
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0076732938829
catalogNumber:
9388

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Mama Didn't Lie
  2. Strange Feeling  - Billy Stewart
  3. I've Been So Lonely
  4. Soulful Dress
  5. Love Ain't Nothin' (But a Monkey on Your Back)
  6. Who's That Guy?  -  Kolettes
  7. Ain't Love Good, Ain't Love Proud
  8. I Had a Talk with My Man
  9. I Can't Help Myself
  10. Don't Mess up a Good Thing
  11. Voice Your Choice
  12. Selfish One
  13. The Entertainer
  14. I Do Love You  - Billy Stewart
  15. Love Is a Five Letter Word
  16. The Soul of a Man
  17. Temptation 'Bout to Get Me  -  Knight Brothers
  18. Do I Make Myself Clear?
  19. Take Me for a Little While
  20. What About Me?  -  Valentinos
  21. I'm Satisfied
  22. Searching for My Love  -  Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces
  23. Only Time Will Tell

Disc 2

  1. Rescue Me
  2. I'm Not Ashamed
  3. Stay by My Side
  4. Have Pity on Me
  5. Wade in the Water
  6. I Fooled You This Time
  7. Don't Pass Me By
  8. Lonely Girl  - Andrea Davis
  9. To Be a Lover
  10. Don't Knock Love
  11. I Believe She Will  -  Eddie & Ernie
  12. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
  13. A Love Reputation
  14. Dirty Man
  15. I Can't Make It Without You
  16. Hold On
  17. Good to Me
  18. You Left the Water Running
  19. Oh What a Day
  20. Baby I Love You
  21. Losers Weepers
  22. Give Your Baby a Standing Ovation

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Maybelle   Track Performer
Etta James   Track Performer
Cash McCall   Guitar
Gene Chandler   Vocals,Track Performer
Dells   Track Performer
Sugar Pie DeSanto   Vocals,Track Performer
Donny Hathaway   Piano
Laura Lee   Vocals,Track Performer
Curtis Mayfield   Guitar
Minnie Riperton   Vocals
Irma Thomas   Track Performer
Maurice White   Drums
Paul Serrano   Trumpet
Marlena Shaw   Track Performer
Richard Evans   Conductor
Gene Barge   Tenor Saxophone
Cookie & the Cupcakes   Track Performer
Cleveland Eaton   Bass
Denise LaSalle   Track Performer
Oliver Sain   Piano,Tenor Saxophone
David Hines   Trumpet
Jackie Ross   Track Performer
Mitty Collier   Track Performer
Bobby McClure   Vocals,Track Performer
Ramsey Lewis   Piano,Track Performer
Sonny Thompson   Organ
Fontella Bass   Vocals,Track Performer
Ben Branch   Tenor Saxophone
Little Milton   Track Performer
Milton Campbell   Vocals
Barbara Carr   Track Performer
Leonard Caston   Organ,Piano
Charles Chalmers   Tenor Saxophone
Pete Cosey   Guitar
Shelton Dunaway   Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Roger Hawkins   Drums
Morris Jennings   Drums
Jimmy Johnson   Guitar
Gene Miller   Trumpet
Larry Moore   Alto Saxophone
Floyd Morris   Piano
Johnny Nash   Track Performer
Spooner Oldham   Keyboards
Soko Richardson   Drums
Louis Satterfield   Bass,Guitar
Gerald Sims   Guitar
Charles Stepney   Conductor
Billy Stewart   Track Performer
Valentinos   Track Performer
John Watson   Trombone
Murray Watson   Trumpet
Phil Westmoreland   Guitar
Billy Young   Track Performer
John Baldwin   Drums
Rubin Cooper   Baritone Saxophone
Fred Hughes   Track Performer
Joe Landry   Bass
Sidney Reynaud   Tenor Saxophone
Marlon Sledge   Piano
Jerry Walker   Drums
Jan Bradley   Vocals,Track Performer
Jessica Collins   Vocals
Richard Dunbar   Vocals
Cleo Griffin   Trumpet
Arthur Hall   Trumpet
Chico Jenkins   Guitar,Vocals
Clifford Laws   Organ
Raynard Miner   Piano
Huey Thierry   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Theresa Washburn   Vocals
Bertha Watts   Vocals
Freddy Young   Bass
Gems   Track Performer
James Phelps   Track Performer
Radiants   Track Performer
Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces   Track Performer
Andrea Davis   Track Performer
Joanne Garrett   Track Performer
Knight Brothers   Track Performer
Maurice & Mac   Track Performer
Tony Clarke   Track Performer
Bobby Moore   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

William Bell   Composer
Dells   Vocal Arrangements
Sugar Pie DeSanto   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Producer
Bobby Womack   Contributor
Memphis Horns   Contributor
Oliver Sain   Arranger,Producer
Ramsey Lewis   Composer
Chuck Barksdale   Contributor
Calvin Carter   Producer
Leonard Caston   Producer
Leonard Chess   Producer
Phil Chess   Producer
Don Davis   Producer
Esmond Edwards   Producer
Rick Hall   Producer
Bill Inglot   Remixing
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Marvin Junior   Contributor
Michael McGill   Contributor
Gerald Sims   Arranger
Charles Stepney   Arranger
Cecil Womack   Contributor
Curtis Womack   Contributor
Harry Womack   Contributor
David Nathan   Liner Notes
Bobby Miller   Producer
Wallace Sampson   Contributor
Julius Green   Composer
Maurice McAlister   Contributor
Radiants   Contributor
Phil Wright   Arranger
Billy Davis   Producer
Shena DeMell   Composer
Friendly Womack   Contributor
B.B. Davis   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Bobby Moore   Composer
Peylia Parham   Composer
Carl Davis   Producer

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