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on 7 July 2015
Excellent compilation by Stewart Coleman of Rockin' tracks recorded in Chicago for various labels. I have quite a few of the tracks but still a lot of interesting music on this 3 CD set to discover.
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on 16 February 2016
very good
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on 7 February 2016
great deal
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on 13 July 2014
A high quality product with the very best of Chicago Rock and Roll , which was on labels like Chess , Vee-Jay , Checker and Mercury. Of course some well-known material , for example by Chuck Berry but a lot of rare and exciting tracks ! . Absolute highlights are "It's a fad Ma" by Bobby Dean , "Uncle John" by Byron "Wild Child" Gipson , the Little Richard style rocker "Betty Jean" by Harold Burrage and a stunning version of the Sonny Burgess song "Red headed woman" by Wayne Worley from 1961 ( !!! ) Some good doo-wop tracks too. On the cover a nice picture of a young Bo Diddley and his buddy Jerome Green (who looks here a little like a very young Chuck Berry ! ). A very informative booklet makes it complete . Highly recommended !
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After a hiatus of some two years, compiler Stuart Colman returns with the eighth instalment of his 'Breezy Sugar' series, here concentrating on Chicago. And if you might have thought that Chicago would be confined to such labels as Chess/Checker/Argo, Vee-Jay, Cobra, Abner/Falcon, maybe one or two others - and mainly blues - you'll be pleased to hear that that's far from the case. Label-wise, how familiar are you Arco, Crystal, Stepheny, Buddy-Buddy, Profile (no, that's not a queue for a brothel), Acquarius (note dodgy spelling), Mad, Tempus, Glisten? And there's more...

This 75-track triple just keeps on giving, laden as it is wit home familiar names, others I'm pretty sure will be 'new' to r&r fans. Overall, to make life easier, I'll call it a damn fine rock'n'roll compilation, but that's to ignore the r&b, doo wop, rockin' blues, r&r, r&b vocal groups and rockabilly that make up the whole. For those of a terpsichorean bent (?), yep, you can jump, jive, jitterbug, stroll and rock'n'roll non-stop for something like three hours or more, or wear your finger-poppin' digits to a mush. Do I like it? Is the Pope a Catholic?

To start with Chuck Berry is no bad thing, plus a couple more and courtesy Stuart's notes, I'm better for knowing that Chuck employs a "quavering 7th lick" t the end of each chorus of 'Carol'. A trio from Bo Diddley, equally nice, tho I remain convinced that the alternate take of 'Bo Diddley' was by way of a run-thru, see how it pans out. A few of these sides came to my attention in the 1970's, via repro 45s (facsimiles of the real deal). Bobby Dean's 'It's A Fad, Ma!', The Rockin' R's and their hot guitar and sax instro 'Heat' on Tempus, Jimmy/Billy Carroll's 'Big Green Car' on Fascination, the hot'n'throbbin' rockabilly of 'Do It Bop' by Billy Prager & His Caravans, Crystal, with it's searing, wild steel guitar solo, and mantra-like repetition of the title, doo wop-like, by the backing vocalists...ooh, bliss! Many other tracks appeared on sundry bootleg albums, and the growing release schedule of legitimate UK albums bearing the magic sigil ROCKABILLY sure helped.

Go check the track listing, tick off those you know or have. Weigh up the pros (many!) and cons (?), bear in mind the very reasonable price, factor in Stuart Colman's paragraph-per-track liner notes, every one a little nugget of useful info. Top sound, colour label scans, what more could you want? This set R-O-C-K-S!!
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on 29 July 2014
Stuart Colman gets it spot on every time ....well, class shines through as it ought after all these years ....paying his dues , I can remember his name on the back of very cheap budget LP,s in the1970,s of reissue rockabilly...which i still own...ole ...!
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on 17 August 2014
Excellent value for a 3cd set,as it says,all Chicago rock 'n' roll.
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