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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: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,936 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

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
  11. Crying For My Baby Harold Burrage
  12. I've Got A Girl Major Lance
  13. He Will Break Your Heart Jerry Butler
  14. Tragic The Sheppards
  15. These Tears Mary Johnson
  16. If I Can't Have You Etta James & Harvey Fuqua
  17. Say That You Love Me The Impressions
  18. Where Is She Dobie Hicks
  19. So Mean To Me Little Milton
  20. Stop Giving Your Man Away Joyce Davis
  21. Waiting For Charlie To Come Home Etta James
  22. Better Tell Him No The Starlets
  23. Gypsy Woman The Impressions
  24. Your Friends Dee Clark
  25. Oh Cindy The Vibrations
  26. Forgotten The Sheppards
  27. Oh What A Way To Be Loved The Daylighters
  28. New Rockin' Baby The Chaunteurs
  29. Be Ever Wonderful Ted Taylor
  30. I Got To Get Away From It All Mitty Collier

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
  11. Could This Be Love (Cicero Blake) - Cicero Blake
  12. Mama Didn't Lie (The Fascinations) - The Fascinations
  13. Nite Owl (The Dukays) - The Dukays
  14. Can't Work No Longer (The Impressions) - The Impressions
  15. Something's Got A Hold On Me (Etta James) - Etta James
  16. Cool Breeze (Gerald Sims & The Daylighters) - Gerald Sims & The Daylighters
  17. Father Knows Best (The Radiants) - The Radiants
  18. Message To Martha (Jerry Butler) - Jerry Butler
  19. The Flea (The Five Du-Tones) - The Five Du-Tones
  20. The Bird (The Dutones) - The Five Du-Tones
  21. I Lost A Love (Dorothy Prince) - Dorothy Prince
  22. Pushover (Etta James) - Etta James
  23. Please Love Me (Betty Everett) - Betty Everett
  24. We Girls (Jan Bradley) - Jan Bradley
  25. Little Young Lover (The Impressions) - The Impressions
  26. Tear For Tear (Gene Chandler) - Gene Chandler
  27. Please Change Your Mind (The Five Du-Tones) - The Five Du-Tones
  28. Don't Let Her Take My Baby (Mitty Collier) - Mitty Collier
  29. Why Not Tonight (Dorothy Prince) - Dorothy Prince
  30. One Day I'll Show You (The Radiants) - The Radiants
  31. Fat Boy (Billy Stewart) - Billy Stewart
  32. Delilah (Major Lance) - Major Lance

Product Description

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 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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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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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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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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