Go Go Power: The Complete Chess Singles 1961-1966

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although Sugar Pie DeSanto has had a long career, most would agree that her peak as a recording artist was with Chess Records in the 1960s. All of the tracks issued on her Chess singles are on this CD, including a 1966 U.K. 45 ("There's Gonna Be Trouble") not issued in the U.S., as well as a previously unreleased bonus cut, the quite fine and tough "Witch for a Night." Nine of these cuts that appeared on 1960s singles, in fact, never appeared on an album anywhere prior to this CD. While not many of these sides made much chart noise, over these years DeSanto proved herself one of the finer, and certainly one of the grittiest, woman singers straddling the lines between...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although Sugar Pie DeSanto has had a long career, most would agree that her peak as a recording artist was with Chess Records in the 1960s. All of the tracks issued on her Chess singles are on this CD, including a 1966 U.K. 45 ("There's Gonna Be Trouble") not issued in the U.S., as well as a previously unreleased bonus cut, the quite fine and tough "Witch for a Night." Nine of these cuts that appeared on 1960s singles, in fact, never appeared on an album anywhere prior to this CD. While not many of these sides made much chart noise, over these years DeSanto proved herself one of the finer, and certainly one of the grittiest, woman singers straddling the lines between bluesy R&B and contemporary soul. She's most known for the raunchier, sassier, bluesiest side of her repertoire, and there are, as expected, plenty such examples on this CD, including her moderate hit duet with Etta James ("In the Basement") and her witty answer record to Tommy Tucker's "Hi Heel Sneakers" ("Slip-in Mules [No High Heel Sneakers]"). Those who know DeSanto mostly as a soul-blues artist, though, might be surprised -- and usually pleasantly so -- to hear her do some quality material here that's more in the mainstream early- to mid-'60s soul style. Some songs even approach the fringe of the girl group and Motown sound, and occasionally she even adeptly handles ballads, like "Ask Me" (more famous in its hit version by Maxine Brown) and the more memorable 1965 recording "Never Love a Stranger." Not every song here is too distinctive, but the batting average is pretty high. Considering how heavily the Chess catalog has been mined in the CD era, it's odd that it took so long for such a comprehensive DeSanto collection to appear, but Ace has done its typical fine job with the packaging, including detailed historical liner notes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/12/2009
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667231725
  • Catalog Number: 317
  • Sales rank: 43,037

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Soulful Dress (2:54)
  2. 2 I Don't Wanna Fuss (3:21)
  3. 3 In the Basement, Pt. 1 (2:23)
  4. 4 Witch for a Night (2:50)
  5. 5 Slip-In Mules (No High Heel Sneakers) (2:49)
  6. 6 Mama Didn't Raise No Fools (2:16)
  7. 7 Go Go Power (2:58)
  8. 8 Do I Make Myself Clear (3:01)
  9. 9 Mr & Mrs (2:01)
  10. 10 Good Timin' (2:25)
  11. 11 Here You Come Running (2:51)
  12. 12 Ask Me (2:36)
  13. 13 Can't Let You Go (2:47)
  14. 14 Crazy Lovin' - The Laflammes (2:41)
  15. 15 I Love You So Much (2:49)
  16. 16 It Won't Be Long (2:06)
  17. 17 Jump in My Chest (2:59)
  18. 18 Love Me Tonight - The Laflammes (2:43)
  19. 19 There's Gonna Be Trouble (2:55)
  20. 20 Use What You Got (2:43)
  21. 21 Never Love a Stranger (2:47)
  22. 22 Open Your Heart (2:08)
  23. 23 Somewhere Down the Line (3:00)
  24. 24 In the Basement, Pt. 2 (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sugar Pie DeSanto Primary Artist
Riley Hampton Conductor
Technical Credits
Etta James Author
Sugar Pie DeSanto Composer
Gene Barge Composer
Leonard Caston Composer, Producer
Riley Hampton Arranger
George Patterson Arranger
Gerald Sims Composer
Charles Stepney Arranger
Raynard Miner Composer, Producer
Maurice McAlister Composer
Phil Wright Arranger
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Malcolm Baumgart Memorabilia
Robert Staunton Composer
Terry Vail Composer
Billy Davis Producer, Author
Charles Handy Arranger
Gilles Petard Photo Courtesy
Tony Bruno Composer
Mick Patrick Memorabilia, Sleeve Notes
Brenda Bruno Composer
Shena DeMell Composer
Russell Fratto Composer
Rob Hughes Memorabilia
Charles Jones Composer
Brian Nevill Memorabilia
Carl "The Truth" Smith Producer
Billy David Band Composer
Eric Charge Memorabilia
Paul Toole Memorabilia
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