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  • Audio CD (14 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: One Day Music
  • ASIN: B00JXGVGFA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,539 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Checker label was founded by brothers Leonard and Philip Chess in 1952, along with the famous Chess label that would prove a driving force in the rise of the blues in the Fifties. One of the reasons for opening another label was to maximise the chance of radio airplay, so Checkers, a board game similar to chess, was the logical choice of name. With the likes of Elmore James, Jimmy Witherspoon and Bo Diddley there's a treasure trove of music to be found on these discs. Checkers is a board game... you'll be anything but!

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By freewheeling frankie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Aug. 2014
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Few of these label overview compilations are of catalogues quite as iconic as that of Chess and its subsidiary label Checker, so you'd think this would all be really familiar stuff. But the Chess catalogue is huge and doesn't only consist of Chuck/Bo/Muddy/Wolf/Sonny Boy/Walter etc., so while I'm sure most, quite probably all of the less well-known items here have been reissued before, the chances are that unless you're a real blues obsessive there'll be plenty here that you haven't previously encountered - I only had 9 of these 40 songs previously. So alongside bona fide members of the Chess hall of fame (though not Muddy, Chuck or Wolf because they were on Chess proper) there are lots of more obscure figures like John Brim, Big Boy Spires, Morris Pejoe, Danny Overbea and Big Ed, plus a couple of fairly well-known artists recording under different names, perhaps for contractual reasons (Arthur Crudup as Percy Lee Crudup, Louisiana Red as Rocky Fuller) and some good late recordings by Memphis Minnie. Much of the more obscure material is of a very high standard - this compilation was definitely created for a good listening experience, not to tick the boxes with tunes whose only distinguishing quality is rarity - you won't be using the skip button. And even with the major artists, it doesn't primarily go for the really big tunes - Bo Diddley's I'm A Man and Pretty Thing and Little Walter's Mean Old World are about the only ones here that nearly everybody looking at this collection is likely to have already. Bargain.
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No complaints about this compilation of songs by some top blues names and a few unknowns – at least to me. Just one little quibble. Track 19 on Disc 1 is NOT by Lowell Fulson as listed, but the marvellous J B Lenoir. Both greats but hardly easily confused. The sleeve was obviously typeset by some blues-challenged dude who can't McTell his Harris from his Elmore.
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Excellent sound quality and received on time and I wanted this one especially for the very rare recording of 5- Spot by BB King and Jody Williams.
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