domingo, 28 de febrero de 2010

Dia G 28.02.10 (4) VV.AA. - Chess Classics (2005 UK)

Mojo Mag. Chess Classics
This cd was given free with an issue of Mojo magazine I have.
By Eric

There are any number of CDs circulating which were part of a promotion by Mojo Magazine of the U.K. a few years ago, giveaways that simply put many commercial compilations to shame. This is one of them.Celebrating Chess Records, this one mixes some of their hit singles with classic LP cuts in a 15-track album with excellent sound reproduction, a page of liner notes written by Mojo Editor-In-Chief Phil Alexander. some album cover reproductions, and a list of the tracks showing the album each track was culled from. The hit singles here are: Wade In The Water by The Ramsey Lewis Trio, a summer 1966 instrumental that went to # 3 R&B, # 11 Adult Contemporary (AC) and # 19 Billboard Pop Hot 100 for the Chess subsidiary Cadet 5541; Hi-Heel Sneakers by Tommy Tucker (Robert Higginbotham), a # 11 Hot 100/R&B in March 1964 on the subsidiary Checker 1067; Voice Your Choice by the Chicago group The Radiants, a # 16 R&B/# 51 Hot 100 in February 1965 on Chess 1904 (their first hit); I Surrender by St. Louis singer/painist Fontella Bass. a # 33 R&B/# 78 Hot 100 in May 1966 as the flip of I Can't Rest on Checker 1137; and I Had A Talk With My Man by Birmingham, Alabama's Mitty Collier, a # 41 Hot 100/R&B in the fall of 1964 on Chess 1907. The track by the legendary Etta James, I'd Rather Go Blind, appeared as the uncharted B-side to her late 1967 hit, Tell Mama, on Cadet 5578. Other non-charted singles are Sonny Boy Williamson's Fattening Frogs For Snakes, a 1957 release on Checker 864, while Maurice McAlister and McLauren Green, formerly with The Radiants, had You Left The Water Running fail to chart in 1968 for Chess, which many historians put down to inexplicable poor promotion by the label since this powerful song had "hit"written all over it. Night Beat a bluesy instrumental by Chuck Berry, first appeared on his November 1964 Chess LP 1488 "St. Louis To Liverpool" while Bo Diddley's Gun Slinger was part of his September 1960 Checker LP 2977 "Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger." Another renowned cut is Marlena Shaw's Liberation Conversation from the 1969 Cadet LP "Spice Of Life." I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun by the psychedelic soul band, The Rotary Connection, comes from the 1971 LP Hey Love when they were billed as The New Rotary Connection, and from Blues legends Howlin' Wol;f and Muddy Waters you get Spoonful, from the 1960 LP :Howlin' Wolf" and Tom Cat from the 1968 album Electric Mud by Waters. The remaining track is Ordinary Joe by Terry Callier, a boyhood chum of Curtis Mayfield who never did manage a hit of any sort. This was recorded circa 1972.


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