Chess Club Rhythm & Soul

Chess Club Rhythm & Soul


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Chess Club Rhythm & Soul

This compilation is a good but peculiar British import of 25 Chess tracks from the 1960s, with the anachronistic exception of Little Walter's 1955 classic "My Babe." It's mostly soul, but sometimes blues, and sometimes a mixture of the two. There's not a solid concept linking the selections, except perhaps that they were (and are) considered good songs to dance to at English clubs. For the most part these are fairly obscure cuts that aren't that easy to pick up in the States, though a few -- "My Babe," Little Milton's "Grits Ain't Groceries," Billy Stewart's "Summertime," Sonny Boy Williamson's "Help Me," and Tommy Tucker's "Hi Heel Sneakers" -- are apt to already be in the collections of soul and blues fans who are likely to be interested in a CD like this. The choosy buyer would probably want this more for the lesser-known items, and there are some good ones here, such as Etta James' robust, brassy 1964 outing "Mellow Fellow," Muddy Waters' blues-with-horns "Messin' with the Man," Don & Bob's raucous rock version of "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl," the Kolettes' girl-group-soul "Who's That Guy," and soul-jazz from Lou Donaldson, Ramsey Lewis, Brother Jack McDuff, and Bobby Moore. You won't find cuts by Fred Hughes, Marlena Shaw, Kip Anderson, and Jamo Thomas on many other anthologies, Chess-only or otherwise. There are a lot of Ace/Kent compilations geared toward soul specialists that are pretty scattered in focus; although this is one of them, it's one of the best. The tracks are very respectable at worst, and excellent at best. The source label put out so much quality stuff, and this is a good supplement to the libraries of those looking to fill out their Chess sections.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/11/1996
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667213424
catalogNumber: 134
Rank: 54597

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pigmeat Markham   Leader
Etta James   Vocals
Little Walter   Leader
Koko Taylor   Leader
Sugar Pie DeSanto   Leader
Marlena Shaw   Vocals
Steve Alaimo   Leader
Mitty Collier   Vocals
Ramsey Lewis   Track Performer
Kip Anderson   Leader
Bo Diddley   Vocals
Little Milton   Track Performer
Lou Donaldson   Alto Saxophone
Jack McDuff   Organ
Muddy Waters   Vocals
Billy Stewart   Leader
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Leader
Fred Hughes   Leader
Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces   Band
Don & Bob   Band
Maurice & Mac   Band
Jamo Thomas   Leader
Kolettes   Band

Technical Credits

Richard Evans   Composer
Roger Armstrong   Montage
Eddie Holland   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson   Composer
Fredrick Long   Composer
Shena DeMell   Composer
Peylia Parham   Composer

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