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Chess Uptown Soul

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
If you're trying to differentiate what was specifically "uptown" about these '60s Chess soul sides, you're getting into a game of serious hairsplitting. Basically this 24-track comp offers material -- mostly non-hits -- from 1963-67 that leans toward sophisticated, brassy soul borrowing much from Motown and Curtis Mayfield, but not matching the peaks of either. It's still pretty enjoyable, if sometimes generic, material, including efforts by some stars Gene Chandler, Billy Stewart, Etta James, Ramsey Lewis, Little Milton, the Dells, Fontella Bass, Jan Bradley's great one-shot "Mama Didn't Lie," Tony Clarke's fine Top 40 ballad "The Entertainer," and barely heeded ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
If you're trying to differentiate what was specifically "uptown" about these '60s Chess soul sides, you're getting into a game of serious hairsplitting. Basically this 24-track comp offers material -- mostly non-hits -- from 1963-67 that leans toward sophisticated, brassy soul borrowing much from Motown and Curtis Mayfield, but not matching the peaks of either. It's still pretty enjoyable, if sometimes generic, material, including efforts by some stars Gene Chandler, Billy Stewart, Etta James, Ramsey Lewis, Little Milton, the Dells, Fontella Bass, Jan Bradley's great one-shot "Mama Didn't Lie," Tony Clarke's fine Top 40 ballad "The Entertainer," and barely heeded names like Jackie Ross, the Radiants, and Marlena Shaw there's also an early non-hit by Johnny Nash. There's also the occasional song that deserved a much wider hearing than it got, like Nash's "Love Ain't Nothin'," the Radiants' infectious "It Ain't No Big Thing," and Mitty Collier's "I Had a Talk With My Man," which was covered by Dusty Springfield.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/1997
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667214025
  • Catalog Number: 140
  • Sales rank: 133,030

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Entertainer - Tony Clarke (2:32)
  2. 2 Love Ain't Nothin' (2:10)
  3. 3 Jerk and Twine (2:46)
  4. 4 Oh What a Feeling (2:23)
  5. 5 It Ain't No Big Thing - The Radiants (2:40)
  6. 6 Sitting in the Park - Billy Stewart (3:13)
  7. 7 Temptation 'Bout to Get Me - The Knight Brothers (3:20)
  8. 8 Everything to Me (2:38)
  9. 9 Nothing But You - The Chessmen (2:29)
  10. 10 I Won't Need You (2:38)
  11. 11 Wear It on Our Face (3:22)
  12. 12 Do You Wanta Go - Andy Mack (2:40)
  13. 13 Pushover (2:51)
  14. 14 Believe in Me (2:39)
  15. 15 Searching for My Love (2:29)
  16. 16 I Had a Talk with My Man (3:44)
  17. 17 I Believe She Will - Eddie & Ernie (2:51)
  18. 18 So Much Love (2:54)
  19. 19 Hurt So Bad (3:03)
  20. 20 Here You Come Running (2:49)
  21. 21 Mama Didn't Lie (2:02)
  22. 22 Go Away Little Boy (2:47)
  23. 23 The Soul of a Man (3:34)
  24. 24 Two in the Morning - Spooner's Crowd (2:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Etta James Track Performer
Gene Chandler Track Performer
The Dells Track Performer
Sugar Pie DeSanto Track Performer
Marlena Shaw Track Performer
Donnie Elbert Track Performer
Jackie Ross Track Performer
Mitty Collier Track Performer
Ramsey Lewis Track Performer
Fontella Bass Track Performer
Little Milton Track Performer
Johnny Nash Track Performer
Billy Stewart Track Performer
Jan Bradley Track Performer
James Phelps Track Performer
Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces Track Performer
The Knight Brothers Track Performer
Maurice & Mac Track Performer
Richard Evans Conductor
Technical Credits
Johnny Cash Composer
Oliver Sain Arranger
Teddy Randazzo Composer
Leonard Caston Arranger, Producer
Rick Hall Arranger, Producer
Bobby Hart Composer
Charles Stepney Arranger
George Semper Arranger, Producer
Ady Croasdell Liner Notes
Bobby Miller Producer
Phil Wright Arranger, Director
Bobby Wilding Composer
Richard Evans Arranger
Bobby Moore Composer
Carl Davis Producer
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