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Chicago Bound - Chess Blues, R&B and Rock 'n' Roll: Various (Fantastic Voyage)

Chicago Bound - Chess Blues, R&B and Rock 'n' Roll: Various



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UK release date 11.05.2014

This is a rather essential collection compiled by R&B aficionado Lois Wilsonâ€Â¦Chicago Bound is an eclectic 3CD set, highlighting many of the finest hours of the legendary Chess Records (the prime time being) from the late Forties to the early Sixties.

With 86 tracks, there is plenty of opportunity to celebrate the primal blues, R&B and rock ’n’ roll released on Chess. At the peak of their influence, the company, was second to none; the cornerstone of blues with artists which included Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson and Little Walter. It also gave birth to rock ’n’ roll in many respects with Jackie Brenston, Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry having a hand in soul music’s explosion, so to did irrepressibly talented Etta James. Chess was also responsible for the cross fertilisation that gave birth to British blues and the beat generation, its vast vaults of raw excellence providing the nourishment on which The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Pretty Things, The Who, The Yardbirds etc built their own brand and style.

As well as the well-known Chess names listed above, Chicago Bound includes tracks by less celebrated artists including Willie Mabon (the swinging "Seventh Son"), Betty James (the skitterish "I'm A Little Mixed Up"), Bobby Saxton, John Brim, Arbee Stidham and Blue Smitty. Now made known to us thanks to this enlightened inventory of the blues.

If you like your music rough round the edges with cutting guitar, tinkly piano everywhere, jazzy horns and shuffle drums then this pup is definitely for you. It's an exhaustive canon of one of the most influential record companies of all time essential listening...has to be a 10/10
Words Emrys Baird

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