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Go Go Power: The Complete Chess Singles 1961-1966

Sugar Pie Desanto Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kent / Ace
  • ASIN: B001UXJQG0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,103 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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* Sugar Pie DeSanto is one of the best-known female soul singers of the 1960s, particularly in the UK, where she was a frequent visitor. She appeared at the Folk Blues Festivals in Europe in the mid-60s and is still going strong, performing around the world.

* Several of her tracks are popular on the Northern soul, mod and new breed scenes. She was inducted into the R&B Hall of Fame in 2008. `Go Go Power', one of her rarest 45s, was used in a recent TV ad campaign.

* There was a CD of Sugar Pie's Chess recordings released 10 years ago, but that set comprised just 12 cuts and is now deleted. Our 24-tracker comprises all of her Chess singles, including a UK-only gem, three classic duets with Etta James and a great previously unissued track. Many of the selections have never been released outside the USA before or are reissued here for the first time ever.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely First class 60's R & B / Soul 14 May 2009
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In truth, I only bought this CD for the Classic "Go Go Power" track, a fast paced R&B tune that I have been after for many years with no success, until now - thanks to Kent records.

For those who dont know many of Sugar Pies songs, then this CD has the lot, from the classics, In The Basement, Soulful Dress, I Dont Wanna Fuss and Go Go Power, to the more bluesy side of the Chess output. What I wasnt expecting when I played the CD was the other tracks that at volume 13 in the car sounded fantastic - Slip In Mules(a reply to Tommy Tuckers Hi heel Sneakers)and Witch For A Night - now we are talking !! The other tracks are all superb "Use What You Got", "Mama Didnt Raise No Fools" etc etc. Overall I am very pleased with this CD

As usual with Kent releases the quality, detail and packaging are outstanding - and the whole CD mixes moody blues ballads with Sugar Pies deep gritty vocals.

I fully recomend this CD if you like your R&B mixed with Soul and a little Blues on the Side.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sugar Pie Honey Bunch 20 July 2009
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This is the best Sugar Pie DeSanto compilation ever. The best tracks are: In The Basement Part 1 [with Etta James] Soulful Dress and Go Go Power. I bought it for the extremely rare: In The Basement Part 2. The find is the previously unreleased Witch For A Night which is terrific. Although she was in the shadow of Etta James who was the more powerful singer, her own work is soulful and danceable in its own right. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album 25 Aug 2013
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Really liked this album and very good value - over 20 tracks and a few I didn't already know of
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 24 Sep 2013
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Brilliant! If you like the tracks of early Tina Turner then you will appreciate this album. How did I miss her in the sixties?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little Stick Of *Dynamite* = Sugar Pie! 3 Feb 2010
By Alex Honda - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to admit that the only reason I checked out the GO-GO POWER: THE COMPLETE CHESS SINGLES CD by Sugar Pie DeSanto was because of her unusual name and unique cover picture. I was expecting something like a soft-voiced Minnie Mouse type of girl singer but listening to the samples on Amazon and I was blown away by this diminutive woman with a B-I-G booming, powerhouse voice! I just had to buy GO-GO POWER...

This CD is truly rockin' and Sugar Pie sounds a lot like Tina Turner--when she was with Ike. But DeSanto has a style all her own with better clarity than Turner especially on some of the slower type ballads on this set like "Ask Me," "Crazy Lovin'," "I Love You So Much," " Love Me Tonight," "Never Love A Stranger," and "Somewhere Down The Line" (one of three duets with Etta James).

The rest of the tracks are funky, with infectious beats, and explosive. Since it covers the time period between 1961-1966, when rock 'n' roll was in its infantile and evolving stages, it's not hard to imagine groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones listening to Sugar Pie to get their inspiration.

DeSanto is of mixed ethnicity, which explains her exotic looks, and was born Umpeylia Marsema Balinton. She was re-christened as "Little Sugar Pie" by band leader and hipster Johnny Otis, and not only is she a talented singer but she also wrote a lot of the songs included in this collection.

My favorites tracks are "In The Basement pt.1" (duet with Etta James), "Witch For A Night," "Go Go Power," "Good Timin'," and "Use What You Got."

Ace Records/Universal/Island did a fantastic job remastering the songs on this 2009 release, which all sound as though they were recorded yesterday, and the CD comes with a booklet with pictures of Sugar in action and wonderful liner notes by Mick Patrick that tells you all about Sugar, her career and her life.

GO GO POWER...CD is like finding a needle-in-a-haystack. Who knew there was such wonders to discover in music? If you like blues mixed with rock then I highly recommend this CD. And to see some vintage performances of Sugar Pie DeSanto go to YouTube.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic and Nice. 9 Jun 2009
By rollo - Published on Amazon.com
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This cd contains most of the Chess recordings by Sugar Pie DeSanto. Many of the compositions are by Sugar Pie herself in conjunction with first rate arrangements by Phil Wright, Riley C. Hampton, George Patterson and Leonard Caston. Here you have 24 tracks of Sugar Pie's best stuff, much of it remastered for STEREO too. Wow!!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Is Sweeter Than Sugar Pie 10 Jun 2012
By James Morris - Published on Amazon.com
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Sugar Pie DeSanto is one of the most overlooked ladies of soul, and this CD of her complete Chess singles is long overdue.

Although she was frequently overshadowed by her more successful childhood friend, Etta James, Sugar Pie had a sassy manner and a bouncy rhythm all her own, as is well demonstrated on this release. She first came to my attention when my favorite vocalist, Tracy Nelson, told me that she had learned the song, I Want To Know, from the singing of Sugar Pie DeSanto. Intrigued, I checked her out, as Tracy has never steered me wrong on the subject of singers or musicians that I've never heard of. I first sampled Sugar Pie with an earlier Chess collection (Down In The Basement), but with the acquisition of Go Go Power, my admiration for her talents really took off.

Go Go Power begins with Sugar Pie's best known hit, Soulful Dress, which was later covered by NOLA singer/pianist Marcia Ball on a CD of the same title. Soulful Dress is about the most finger-snapping, get happy R & B number I think I've ever heard. I have never played this track for anyone who didn't immediately want to know who Sugar Pie is, and how she escaped their radar. While there is not a bad track on the whole CD, several songs stand out.

I Don't Wanna Fuss has a rhythm that doesn't quite invite description; it simply has to be heard and absorbed. Pure R&B, the backup instrumentals on this track are just heavenly, especially a single sax that comes in between one verse to chase Ms. DeSanto's amazing phrasing.

Next up is a duet with her childhood pal, Etta James. In The Basement is a tribute to the type of party that tends to spring up in the inner-city when times are tough but spirits run high. This song has long been associated with Etta James as much as Sugar Pie, and pops up frequently on reissues of Etta's early hits. I have been playing this CD in my car on rotation for months. Just these first three tracks alone managed to imbed themselves in my mind and heart so thoroughly that I was singing along within a few days. But it sure doesn't stop there. Slip In Mules is another finger-snapper on the order of Soulful Dress. Every time I listen to this CD, and I listen to it a lot, I find myself wondering how all these delightful songs had slipped past me for all these years. While I'm a little young to remember the period in question (1961-1966) I just can't believe that such a wealth of R&B material escaped my attention until now.

The CD includes a total of 24 tracks, and after just a few listens, I decided that each one had its own merits, and more than one style is represented - R&B, Rock and Roll, Blues, Funk, Soulful Ballads and even a touch of Country-Western. Can't Let You Go has a baseline remarkably similar to the previously mentioned I Want To Know, which unfortunately is not included here. There are three duets with Etta James, and a curiously country-infused number, It Won't Be Long, which (for me) seems to bring up images of Patsy Cline

Additional songs of note include Mama Didn't Raise No Fools, Do I make Myself Clear; and the wonderful wry rocker Ask Me. Last but not least, the delightful, earthy pure blues Use What You Got, which has become my favorite track. Sugar Pie's talk-song delivery is every bit as delicious as it is sassy.

If you have never heard of Sugar Pie DeSanto, or are even curious, this CD is a damn good place to start. If you know her but don't have this collection, what are you waiting for? You know you have to have it.

Highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD from a Neglected Artist! 28 Aug 2009
By Charles Ford - Published on Amazon.com
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I'd been awaiting a Sugar Pie compilation CD for years - all I could ever find was a reissue LP of the Chess Masters series - which only has 10 tracks. That was just too tantalizing a taste of this unique singer/composer to satisfy me. Finally, Ace has released such a gem - 24 tracks worth of prime Sugar Pie.

Of course, her duets with Etta James are here, but so much more. Every track has something to offer, most are just great, and the thorough booklet has some photos that are worth the price of admission by themselves. Reading about her "scissor lock" maneuver and then seeing the visual evidence is not to be missed!

Put on your Soulful Dress and party Down in the Basement!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suger Pie De Santo 24 Aug 2009
By Christopher Gray - Published on Amazon.com
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Another great Chess Soul release from Kent covering this sadly often rejected genre, and every bit as good as last years treasures from Mitty Collier. Hearing these songs again is a revelation - especially the rarity "I Don't Want to Fuss" - takes you right back to the real Mod sounds of eclectic soul from the sixties. The sleeve notes and images are up to the usual Kent and Ace standard - informative and entertaining. Anyone thinking of investigating ladies soul - especially in the light of Duffy's current successes - should listen to the real thing available here. The irony of the best of eclectic American Music released as per usual on these UK labels is not to be ignored - I live in LA and find it REALLY difficult to track these down - thank God for Amazon!
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