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Chess Chartbusters Vol. 3

1 Dec. 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Dec. 2008
  • Release Date: 1 Dec. 2008
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Spectrum Music
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  • Total Length: 1:01:21
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  • ASIN: B001L2MPPE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,785 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 July 2011
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In its heyday, Chess Records was one of the most important R+B record labels, particularly strong in blues music but by no means limited to blues. Throughout the fifties and sixties, Chess released a lot of great music by artists who included Chuck Berry and Etta James among others. This compilation is part of a six-volume series that showcases their music to great effect although the tracks are not in any particular order. The booklet notes begin with a potted history of Chess common to all volumes in the series, but mostly contain useful information about each track contained within the enclosed volume.

This volume opens with Clarence Frogman Henry's first major R+B hit, Ain't got no home, which forever saddled him with his nickname. I prefer his early hits, one of which is featured on Volume 2 of this series, but it's good to hear the track that set him on his way.

Two early UK hits for the Rolling Stones are featured here via earlier versions. Come on (their debut hit), is here performed by its writer Chuck Berry. And I'm pleased to see it included here. Little red rooster (a UK number one) is here performed by Howlin' Wolf although written by Willie Dixon. The version here pre-dates the a Sam Cooke version that made the American charts. The Rolling Stones recorded their version later than the other three.

I'm not sure what the Gershwin brothers would have made of it, but Billy Stewart's interesting interpretation of Summertime is also featured here.

Other highlights for me include Jock-a-mo (Sugar Boy Crawford), a song that later became much more successful for the Dixie Cups as Iko Iko, and Love reputation (Denise La Salle. There is a lot more great music here by Muddy Waters, the Dells, Rotary Connection (featuring Minnie Riperton).and others.

This is a fine collection that mostly avoids actual chart hits but maintains the standard of the excellent six-volume series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Russell on 27 July 2009
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The track listings for these albums read like a "who's who" of black music from the 50s and 60s. Admittedly, it's occasionally more of a "who's he?" for the less obsessive blues and soul fan, but the famous names are here in force, and the great tunes are even more prevalent.

Every one of the six volumes in this series have a good mix of the well known and the forgotten gems of Chess' catalogue- there are mercifully few that feel over-familiar (at least to this reviewer) from those ten-a-penny blues and soul compilations, and a surprising variety of styles on display for anyone who, like me, mistakenly had Chess pegged as predominantly a blues label. With the cost of these CDs as low as it is, I'd recommend that you do what I did and buy all six! The sleeve notes include a potted history of the Chess label (the same in every volume), as well as a short note to accompany each track. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a "musicologist" (that is, a nerd, or the person everyone wants on their team for the music round of the pub quiz), the booklets ought to prove diverting for a few minutes, which is a welcome change in the field of budget-priced compilations.
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Third of six volumes of classic R+B 31 May 2011
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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In its heyday, Chess Records was one of the most important R+B record labels, particularly strong in blues music but by no means limited to blues. Throughout the fifties and sixties, Chess released a lot of great music by artists who included Chuck Berry and Etta James among others. This compilation is part of a six-volume series that showcases their music to great effect although the tracks are not in any particular order. The booklet notes begin with a potted history of Chess common to all volumes in the series, but mostly contain useful information about each track contained within the enclosed volume.

This volume opens with Clarence Frogman Henry's first major R+B hit, Ain't got no home, which forever saddled him with his nickname. I prefer his early hits, one of which is featured on Volume 2 of this series, but it's good to hear the track that set him on his way.

Two early UK hits for the Rolling Stones are featured here via earlier versions. Come on (their debut hit), is here performed by its writer Chuck Berry. And I'm pleased to see it included here. Little red rooster (a UK number one) is here performed by Howlin' Wolf although written by Willie Dixon. The version here pre-dates the a Sam Cooke version that made the American charts. The Rolling Stones recorded their version later than the other three.

I'm not sure what the Gershwin brothers would have made of it, but Billy Stewart's interesting interpretation of Summertime is also featured here.

Other highlights for me include Jock-a-mo (Sugar Boy Crawford), a song that later became much more successful for the Dixie Cups as Iko Iko, and Love reputation (Denise La Salle. There is a lot more great music here by Muddy Waters, the Dells, Rotary Connection (featuring Minnie Riperton).and others.

This is a fine collection that mostly avoids actual chart hits but maintains the standard of the excellent six-volume series.
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