(1997) Chess Soul: A Decade Of Chicago’S Finest

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... read moreWhile Chess made numerous legendary contributions to the fields of blues and rock & roll, its reputation as a major mover and shaker in the soul field from 1961 to 1971 is unassailed. This 2-CD, 45-track compilation is another excellent entry in the Chess 50th Anniversary Series and shows why the...

02:09′:18″ 45 Songs

Disk 1

1
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Mama Didn't Lie
2:00
2
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Strange Feeling
2:07
3
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I've Been So Lonely
2:14
4
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Soulful Dress
2:49
5
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Love Ain't Nothing (But A Monkey On Your Back)
2:13
6
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Who's That Guy
2:52
7
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Ain't Love Good, Ain't Love Proud
3:12
8
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I Had A Talk With My Man Last Night
3:42
9
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I Can't Help Myself
2:56
10
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Don't Mess Up A Good Thing
2:57
11
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Voice Your Choice
2:32
12
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Selfish One
3:16
13
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The Entertainer
2:34
14
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I Do Love You
2:58
15
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Love Is A Five Letter Word
3:28
16
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The Soul Of A Man
3:31
17
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Temptation 'Bout To Get Me
3:22
18
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Do I Make Myself Clear
2:59
19
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Take Me For A Little While
2:31
20
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What About Me
2:40
21
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I'm Satisfied
2:00
22
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Searching For My Love
2:28
23
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Only Time Will Tell
3:22

Disk 2

1
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Rescue Me
2:52
2
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I'm Not Ashamed
2:51
3
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Stay By My Side
2:55
4
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Have Pity On Me
2:29
5
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Wade In The Water
3:48
6
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I Fooled You This Time
2:50
7
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Don't Pass Me By
3:07
8
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Lonely Girl
3:02
9
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To Be A Lover
2:52
10
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Don't Knock Love
2:24
11
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I Believe She Will
2:57
12
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Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
3:00
13
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A Love Reputation
2:44
14
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Dirty Man
2:51
15
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I Can't Make It Without You
2:41
16
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Hold On
2:54
17
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Good To Me
2:31
18
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You Left The Water Running
2:40
19
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Oh, What A Day
2:50
20
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Baby I Love You
2:44
21
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Losers Weepers (Pt. 1)
2:59
22
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Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation
4:34
Released 26 August 1997, A Geffen Records Release; This Compilation ℗ 1997 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

While Chess made numerous legendary contributions to the fields of blues and rock & roll, its reputation as a major mover and shaker in the soul field from 1961 to 1971 is unassailed. This 2-CD, 45-track compilation is another excellent entry in the Chess 50th Anniversary Series and shows why the label had the Windy City almost sewn up when it came to brand-name artists and material. Whether the tracks were master purchases from a smaller Chicago or Southern label (Jan Bradley's "Mama Didn't Lie," Cookie and the Cupcakes' "I've Been So Lonely," the Kolettes' "Who's That Girl?," Big Maybelle's "Don't Pass Me By" or Denise LaSalle's "A Love Reputation") or in-house productions from Billy Davis and Leonard Caston, next to Stax or Atlantic, no one stood for soul music in the 1960s like Chess Records. Featuring the label's strong hitmakers and soul shouters Etta James (the devastating "Only Time Will Tell"), Billy Stewart (the scat classic "Summertime"), Fontella Bass ("Rescue Me"), Gene Chandler ("I Fooled You This Time"), Mitty Collier ("I'm Satisfied") and Sugar Pie DeSanto ("Soulful Dress") alongside isolated moments of Chi-Town brilliance (the Radiants' "Voice Your Choice," the Knight Brothers' "Temptation 'Bout to Get Me" and Tony Clarke's "The Entertainer") with early Muscle Shoals productions thrown in to give the big picture (Laura Lee's "Dirty Man," Maurice and Mac's "You Left the Water Running"), this is one very potent two-disc anthology and an essential addition to anyone's soul collection. ~ Cub Koda