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Vee Jay Records: Chicago Hit Factory Box set

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  • Audio CD (12 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Charly
  • ASIN: B00009YWAU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Baby It's You - The Spaniels - The Spaniels
2. I Found My Baby - Jimmy Reed - Jimmy Reed
3. Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight - The Spaniels - The Spaniels
4. Ain't Times Hard - Floyd Jones - Floyd Jones
5. You Don't Have to Go - Jimmy Reed - Jimmy Reed
See all 30 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Just a Little Bit - Rosco Gordon - Rosco Gordon
2. Baby, What You Want Me to Do - Jimmy Reed - Jimmy Reed
3. No Shoes - John Lee Hooker - John Lee Hooker
4. I Know - The Spaniels - The Spaniels
5. He Will Break Your Heart - Jerry Butler - Jerry Butler
See all 29 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Get Lost - The Rhythm Aces - The Rhythm Aces
2. Fool's Prayer - The Five Echos - The Five Echos
3. Every Woman I Know (Crazy 'Bout An Automobile) - Billy 'The Kid' Emerson - Billy 'The Kid' Emerson
4. Foolin' Around Slowly - Red Holloway - Red Holloway
5. Tomorrow Never Comes - Billy 'The Kid' Emerson - Billy 'The Kid' Emerson
See all 29 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Little Richard - Little Richard
2. Do What I Say O - J.B. Lenoir - J.B. Lenoir
3. My First Wife Left Me - John Lee Hooker - John Lee Hooker
4. Let's Do The Cha-Cha - The Magnificents - The Magnificents
5. Surrey With the Fringe On Top - Wynton Kelly - Wynton Kelly
See all 26 tracks on this disc

Product Description

A 4-CD clambox set celebrating the pioneering black label from Chicago. With doo-wop, jazz, blues, r'n'b, soul, rock,'n'roll and pop, the 115 tracks included from 1954 to 1966 feature such stars as John Lee Hooker, The Staple Singers, Little Richard, Jimmy Reed and the Spaniels. Includes an authoritative 40 page booklet

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Pismotality on 15 Oct 2008
The correct tracklist:

Disc One:
The Spaniels -Baby It's You
Jimmy Reed - I Found My Baby
The Spaniels- Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight
Floyd Jones - Ain't Times Hard
Jimmy Reed - You Don't Have To Go
Billy Boy Arnold - I Wish You Would
The El Dorados - At My Front Door
Jay McShann & Priscilla Bowman - Hands Off
The El Dorados- I'll Be Forever Loving You
Jimmy Reed - Ain't That Lovin' You Baby
Billy `The Kid' Emerson - If You Won't Stay Home
The Magnificents - Up On A Mountain
Eddie Taylor - Big Town Playboy
The Dells - Oh, What A Night
John Lee Hooker - Dimples
The Delegates - The Convention
The Staple Singers - Uncloudy Day
Jimmy Reed - You Got Me Dizzy
The Orioles - For All We Know
The Spaniels - Everyone's Laughing
Jimmy Reed - Honest I Do
Gene Allison - You Can Make It If You Try
Elmore James - It Hurts Me Too
Gene Allison - Have Faith
Hank Ballard And The Midnighters - The Twist
Jerry Butler & The Impressions - For Your Precious Love
Dee Clark - Nobody But You
John Lee Hooker - I Love You Honey
Wade Flemons - Here I Stand
Dee Clark - Hey, Little Girl

Disc Two:
Rosco Gordon - Just A Little Bit
Jimmy Reed - Baby, What You Want Me To Do
John Lee Hooker - No Shoes
The Spaniels - I Know
Jerry Butler - He Will Break Your Heart
Eddie Harris - Exodus
Dee Clark - Raindrops
The Flamingos - Golden Teardrops
Gladys Knight & The Pips - Every Beat Of My Heart
Jimmy Reed - Bright Lights, Big City
The `5' Royales - Much In Need
Gene Chandler - Duke Of Earl
The Moonglows - Real Gone Mama
The Dukays - Nite Owl
John Lee Hooker- Boom, Boom
Jerry Butler - Make It
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 18 Nov 2006
The French company who issued this had the rights to the label in the 70s and 80s when all the major artists were given Greatest Hits or Singles Collections.Here on this 4CD set is the cream of Vee Jays massive output which concentrates on their black artists.
The label began in 1953 recording mainly Gospel,rhythm'n'blues and doowop and became the first black label to penetrate the mainstream at a time when Berry Gordy the future founder of Tamla Motown was still working in the auto shop.
Jimmy Reed was one of the biggest stars and was a big influence on the Stones and Yardbirds as well as one of the few blues singers to constantly hit the Top 100 while John Lee Hooker was too rural and the only time you heard of Lightnin' Hopkins in the U K was when he was once namedropped by Ringo Starr.

VeeJay moved with the times,into Uptown Soul in the 60s when Dee Clark,Gene Chandler,Jerry Butler,Betty Everett and Gladys Knight were on the charts with songs which would be covered over and over again.
Changes of policy in the 60s saw the first white acts and the 4 Seasons topped the charts 3 times before moving to Philips.At the same time a licensing deal was entered into with EMI as they had begun issuing Vee Jay product on their Stateside label-this began with Frank Ifield's I remember you-one of the rare occasions a British record would hit the American charts.This was followed a year later by the first Beatles singles which had been turned down by Capitol who had first option and Vee Jay would cash in big time with them-albums were issued supposedly of both Frank ifield and the Beatles on the same stage and an interview album coveted from radio shots.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DEWDROPINN on 7 Jun 2011
Honestly I just can't understand why Priscilla Bowman's 'Hands Off' is not included!!This was a top R&B hit mid fifties and should most certainly have been included .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great set!! Don't listen to the employee of Shout Factory. 23 Feb 2008
By Sean Tanner - Published on Amazon.com
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Look at the products that David D. reviews and which label releases them. That's a shameful use of the Amazon ratings system.

My honest review: a fantastic and economical set, far better than Shout Factory's recent release.

1) The sound quality is great. I play this set through top notch speakers and it sounds fine to me.

2) This set does not include tracks by the Beatles or the Four Seasons. These cuts are readily available elsewhere and are incongruous with the rest of the Vee-Jay 'house sound'.

3) Sturdy and compact packaging.

4) Informative and well written liner notes. My only beef here is that they could have collected the discographical info into one section rather than spreading it out over the course of the notes. It's easy to find though.

All in all, a great, cheap set that is highly recommended above the Shout Factory box.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive selection, variable sound 18 Oct 2008
By Pismotality - Published on Amazon.com
In response to the two reviews at present on this page, having just listened to all four discs of this box set, I'd say that sound quality is variable: mostly adequate-to-good but with some rather muddy tracks scattered throughout the collection. This, or the Metro 2CD Vee Jay Story (sound roughly comparable) would be the budget choice. I haven't personally heard the Shout Factory set but as it's endorsed on Vee Jay's official website and includes a history of the company by sound fanatic Mike Callahan I'd imagine transfers would be better. But I don't know for sure.

It's not entirely straightforward, however, as the Charly set casts it net wider, including some (accessible) jazz sides which provide variety when you're listening to discs straight through. And with 28-30 tracks per disc it has room for more examples by individual artists, so it's worth comparing track listings if you are already familiar with the music. But if sound quality is the prime consideration (and headphones can be less forgiving than speakers) I'd say check out Shout Factory. As for the Charly, five stars for track selection, three (at best) for sound so I give it a four star rating.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great cd. 12 Sep 2009
By JOSEPH JEDLICKA - Published on Amazon.com
Great cd. Great music from the 50's and 60's. Doo wop and blues. You cannot go wrong.
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