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  • Audio CD (7 Nov. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B000A3OWTW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,704 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Rocket 88 (Single Version)Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. How Many More Years (Single Version)Howlin' Wolf 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Juke (Single Version)Little Walter 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Maybellene (Single Version)Chuck Berry 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Bo Diddley (Single Version)Bo Diddley 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mannish Boy (Single Version)Muddy Waters 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Don't Start Me To Talkin' (Single Version)Sonny Boy Williamson 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. When The Lights Go OutJimmy Witherspoon 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie ManMuddy Waters 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. My Babe (Single Version)Little Walter 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Ain't Got No HomeClarence "Frogman" Henry 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Smokestack Lightnin' (Single Version)Howlin' Wolf 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Suzie QDale Hawkins 2:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Walking By Myself (Single Version)Jimmy Rogers 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Johnny B. Goode (Single Version)Chuck Berry 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. The WalkJimmy Mccracklin 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Ten Commandments Of LoveHarvey & the Moonglows 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Say Man (Single Version)Bo Diddley 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. I Just Want To Make Love To You (Single Version)Etta James 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Rinky DinkDave Baby Cortez 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. You Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover (Single Version)Bo Diddley 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Mama Didn't LieJan Bradley 2:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Sally Go Round The Roses (Single Version)The Jaynetts 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Listen  2. No Particular Place To Go (Single Version)Chuck Berry 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Selfish OneJackie Ross 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Had A Talk With My Man Last NightMitty Collier 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Soulful DressSugar Pie DeSanto 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Don't Mess Up A Good Thing [feat. Bobby McClure]Fontella Bass 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Rescue Me (Single Version)Fontella Bass 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The EntertainerTony Clarke 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. We're Gonna Make It (Single Version)Little Milton 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sitting In The Park (Single Version)Billy Stewart 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Wade In The Water (Album Version)Ramsey Lewis Trio 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Searching For My LoveBobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Summertime (Long Version)Billy Stewart 4:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Wang Dang Doodle (Single Version)Koko Taylor 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Dirty ManLaura Lee 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. You Left The Water RunningMaurice & Mac 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Here Comes The JudgePigmeat Markham 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Woman Of The Ghetto (Album Version)Marlena Shaw 5:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun (Album Version)Minnie Riperton and Rotary Connection 5:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation (Single Version)The Dells 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Let Me Wrap My Arms Around You (Album Version)Solomon Burke 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Chess Pieces covers the whole spectrum of black music from blues to doo-wop, rock'n'roll to r&b, pop to soul to jazz and so on. This definitive 48 track collection contains the cream of Chess music--Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Etta James, Bo Diddley, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter and more. Packaged in a beautiful double digi-pak, with extensive liner notes (including introduction from Marshall Chess).

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. B. Ager on 24 Nov. 2005
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This year marks the 55th anniversary of the time when brothers Leonard and Phil Chess formed their legendary record label. This overdue collection (mainly down to legal disputes over UK rights) is a broad overview of the output from the studios at 2120 South Michigan Avenue from 1951 until the early 1970s when, following Leonard's death in 1969 the label was wound down and the catalogue sold on. During that time they produced a diverse range of music - early rock and roll, blues, doo-wop, R & B, soul and a little jazz - many of the tracks became landmarks in the history of popular music and made household names of the likes of Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters and Etta James.
It contains tracks which will be familiar to many, either because they're that old themselves or because they've been heard recently as covered by today's artists - Laura Lee's "Dirty Man" was given a creditable workout by Joss Stone, and Marlena Shaw's "Woman of the Ghetto" was reworked as "Remember Me" by Blueboy, to name just two.
Although only six tracks here charted in the UK, exactly half of them did so in the States and these crop up fairly regularly on radio, especially the specialist stations. There are a few novelty nuggets as well - Jacke Brenston & His Delta Cats "Rocket 88", a raw, rough and ready, early example of rock and roll, Billy Stewart's idiosynchratic version of Gershwin's "Summertime", and, to bring back fond memories of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, there's the rare appearance of Pigmeat Markham's wonderful version of "Here Comes The Judge", which almost makes the collection worthwhile on its own.
This is a fine history of the revered Chess label's output, aimed at the non-enthusiast, and it works very well on that level.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By the original rude boy on 18 Nov. 2010
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If you are new to Chess Records or are interested in early blues recordings that influenced the Rolling Stones this is a great starting point. Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, plus some fantastic soul records - who can beat the vocals of Etta James. Buy this box set - every tune is a classic, I hope this switches people on to the sounds of Chess Records.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 18 Nov. 2006
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It wasn't until the Stones era that Chess began to mean more than just the name on a London American single of Chuck Berry.Even Bo Diddley had only had a couple of singles issued in 1959 and Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters had had just one EP apiece around 1958.

Chuck Berry had charted below the top 10 with a couple of songs one of which School day had been more succesful in a cover version by an ex jazzman!

By the time the Beatles covered Rock'n'Roll Music and Roll over Beethoven the floodgates opened.

The Beatles would see Berry as a rock'n'roller the Stones would see him as a blues artist and both would cover many Berry songs each different ones to the other.beginning with the first Stones single a cover of what was really his current single Come On.By the end of the 60s British groups had plundered the entire Berry songbook!

Along with Berry they added Muddy Waters,Howlin' Wolf and Bo Diddley while other English bands covered John Lee Hooker,Sonny Boy Williamson and Elmore James.And Pye Records who then had the license began to issue a series of albums both as full price and budget,making Chess available for everybody.

The Stones actually recorded their EP Five By Five and a few of the following singles like Satisfaction at the Chess Studios and ended up being managed by the son of the owner Marshall Chess.

Plus getting Howlin' Wolf on a prime time U S TV show and later recording with him in London for their own Rolling Stone label.(Earlier the Yardbirds had made an album with Sonny Boy Williamson)

Smokestack Lightning was one of many songs made by the new English bands such as Manfred Mann and the Stones themselves covered Howlin' Wolf's version of Little Red Rooster taking it to No 1.
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By ollieknight on 15 Nov. 2011
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A great CD of original and classic blues and rock from the CHESS ARTISTS. No modern day electronic computer generated sounds to cover up the fact that the artist cannot sing or hold a tune. This CD is about pure raw talent. My favourites are ETTA JAMES and HOWLING WOLF (the latter was, I believe, also a favourite of John Lennon) but you choose from the list of great artists. If you like what you hear, then you could do worse than consider buying CDs by other artists featured on this and similar albums from this period.
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