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Chicago Soul (The Early Years)

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  • Audio CD (29 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: History of Soul Records
  • ASIN: B00BKWKZDY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,285 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Hi Yo Silver Harold Burrage
2. Play It Cool The Spaniels
3. Could It Be You The Four Tops
4. For Your Precious Love Jerry Butler w The Impressions
5. Billy's Blues, Part 2 Billy Stewart
6. I'll Weep No More Betty Everett
7. Satisfied Harold Burrage
8. Never Felt This Way Before The Sheppards
9. Senorita I Love You The Impressions
10. I Want To Know Sugar Pie DeSanto
See all 30 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Town I Live (McKinley Mitchell) - McKinley Mitchell
2. I Got A Claim On You Baby (Betty Everett) - Betty Everett
3. I'm The One Who Loves You (The Impressions) - The Impressions
4. I Don't Want To Suffer (Walter Jackson) - Walter Jackson
5. Ask Me Sugar (Pie DeSanto) - Sugar Pie Desanto
6. Can't Take No More (Ted Taylor) - Ted Taylor
7. Master Key (Harold Burrage) - Harold Burrage
8. I'm So Glad (McKinley Mitchell) - McKinley Mitchell
9. Your Love Is Important To Me (Betty Everett) - Betty Everett
10. Make It Easy On Yourself (Jerry Butler) - Jerry Butler
See all 32 tracks on this disc

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Part of the 'History of Soul' series but a pleasure in its own right, this CD bears witness to the creation of a distinctive, smooth soul sound made in Chicago in the early 1960s that we associate with such legendary figures as Curtis Mayfield, Betty Everett and McKinley Mitchell. Black music was transitioning between R&B and soul at this time, and vocal groups were introducing a new gospel sensibility into their songs. The tracks include soul classics sung by artists you might not have heard before alongside better known singers performing less well-known numbers. The accompanying booklet is written by Robert Pruter, author of the acclaimed 'Chicago Soul'.

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Chicago Soul The Early Years 1950-1962 Part of the 'History of Soul' series but a pleasure in its own right, this CD bears witness to the creation of a distinctive, smooth soul sound made in Chicago in the early 1960s that we associate with such legendary figures as Curtis Mayfield, Betty Everett and McKinley Mitchell. Black music was transitioning between R&B and soul at this time, and vocal groups were introducing a new gospel sensibility into their songs. The tracks include soul classics sung by artists you might not have heard before alongside better known singers performing less well-known numbers. The accompanying booklet is written by Robert Pruter, author of the acclaimed 'Chicago Soul'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars New series 13 Jun 2013
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
Many rareities including the pre TM Four Tops which may be its first appearance in the U K and one of Jan Bradley's early singles made before the hit with Mama Didn't Lie.So far Jan Bradley is the only hitmaker to have been never given the CD treatment while her 20+ tracks come through in dribs and drabs.
According to the sleeve notes the version of the hit was made by the Fascinators at the same time but lost out to hers.It was remade later in the 60s but this is the first one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Windy City Soul 27 Nov 2013
By Mandy
Format:Audio CD
Chicago has always been a hotbed of Black music, but the focus is usually its thriving blues scene; the R&B and Soul artists are often overlooked or forgotten. This fine collection brings together the cream of Windy City soul from the years 1950 to 1961 on Disc One, and the year 1962 on Disc Two. As one would expect, Vee-Jay and Chess are the dominant labels and their performers are well represented-Jerry Butler (with and without the Impressions), Dee Clark, and Gene Chandler for the former, and Billy Stewart, Etta James, Mitty Collier, and Little Milton for the latter-but some of the smaller upstart imprints get a look in as well: Abner (The Impressions), Rene (Betty Everett), One-derful (McKinley Mitchell, Five Du-Tones, Everett), and Argo (Etta James, again). And the majors were hardly left out: Columbia and its' "black" imprint OKeh (Ted Taylor, Walter Jackson), ABC (The Impressions), Decca (Harold Burrage), and Mercury (Major Lance) all made their presence felt during the period. The tracks themselves range from the doo wop of The Sheppards and The Spaniels to female belters like Mary Johnson, Sugar Pie DeSanto, and Etta James. As is often the case with these types of compilations, it's the obscure cuts that make them worthwhile and this one is no exception with a 1956 Four Tops number cut for Chess, "Could it Be You", Ted Taylor's dynamic "Can't Take No More", McKinley Mitchell belting out "I'm So Glad", Mary Johnson's epic "These Tears", and Gerald Sims & The Daylighters' "Cool Breeze" being among the highlights. Helpfully sequenced in chronological order and sporting an informative 28 booklet with notes by Robert Pruter, author of the definitive book "Chicago Soul", this collection of vintage R&B is a winner by some margin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Contains some absolutely stunning tracks 27 Nov 2013
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Contains some absolutely stunning tracks and I applaud the compilers for their selection. To add icing on the cake, the booklet is in the Ace/Kent league when it comes to sheer size and quality and if I tell you that it is written by no other than Robert Pruter, author of Chicago Soul, then the package is complete. Keith Rylatt - Manifesto
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 29 Jan 2014
By The Rhythm Man - Published on Amazon.com
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Chicago has always been a hotbed of Black music, but the focus is usually its' thriving blues scene; the R&B and Soul artists are often overlooked or forgotten. This fine collection brings together the cream of Windy City Soul from the years 1950 to 1961 on Disc One, and the year 1962 on Disc Two. As one would expect, Vee-Jay and Chess are the dominant labels and their performers are well represented-Jerry Butler (with and without the Impressions), Dee Clark, and Gene Chandler for the former, and Billy Stewart, Etta James, Mitty Collier, and Little Milton for the latter-but some of the smaller upstart imprints get a look in as well: Abner (The Impressions), Rene (Betty Everett), One-derful (McKinley Mitchell, Five Du-Tones, Everett), and Argo (Etta James, again). And the majors were hardly left out: Columbia and its' "black" imprint OKeh (Ted Taylor, Walter Jackson), ABC (The Impressions), Decca (Harold Burrage), and Mercury (Major Lance) all made their presence felt during the period. The tracks themselves range from the doo wop of The Sheppards and The Spaniels to female belters like Mary Johnson, Sugar Pie DeSanto, and Etta James. As is often the case with these types of compilations, it's the obscure cuts that make them worthwhile and this one is no exception with a 1956 Four Tops number cut for Chess, "Could it Be You", Ted Taylor's dynamic "Can't Take No More", McKinley Mitchell belting out "I'm So Glad", Mary Johnson's epic "These Tears", and Gerald Sims & The Daylighters' "Cool Breeze" being among the highlights. Helpfully sequenced in chronological order and sporting an informative 28 booklet with notes by Robert Pruter, author of the definitive book "Chicago Soul", this collection is a winner by some margin
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