Tuesday, 7 April 2009

"The Chess Story" PART 3 1965-1975. A Review of Universal's 5CD Box Set [Part 3 of 3].



"We May Not Have A Cent To Pay The Rent…But We’re Gonna Make It…”

Part 3 of 3. A long hardback book-shaped box set - coloured mahogany/red - 5CDs.

I've supplied the catalogue numbers for the 3 Audio CDs - it'll help those fans of Chess and its associate labels that are trying to hunt down that elusive tune... The last 2CDs are an Interview Disc and a CD-ROM.

Made in the USA, the 70 tracks of the 3 Audio CDs are remastered from the original master tapes by one of Universal's top engineers ERICK LABSON and soundwise (with over 800 mastering credits to his name) it's a typically superb job. Apart from the truly horrific “My Ding A Ling”, Disc 13 in particular is a JOY both in track choice and sound quality – song after son just an ABSOLUTE BLAST.

The packaging I feel could have been better, given the huge cost - disappointing booklet, reproduction of the interview that’s on CD 14 anyway - but for Chess fans many of these tracks remain unavailable anywhere else. Disc 13 in particular (apart from the abomination of "My Ding A Ling") makes for the most fantastic listen - perfect mixture of soul, blues and r'n'b, great production values, top remastering - very tasty indeed...

CD 12:
1. Love Is A Five-Letter Word (James Phelps)
2. We're Gonna Make It (Little Milton)
3. Ain't No Big Thing (The Radiants)
4. Temptation 'Bout To Get Me (The Knight Brothers)
5. Sitting In The Park (Billy Stewart)
6. Who's Cheating Who? (Little Milton)
7. The In Crowd (The Ramsey Lewis Trio)
8. Rescue Me (Fontella Bass)
9. Summertime (Billy Stewart)
10. Searching For My Love (Bobby Moore) (The Rhythm Aces)
11. Wang Dang Doodle (Koko Taylor)
12. Dirty Work Goin' On (Little Joe Blue)
13. In The Basement (Etta James) (Sugar Pie Desanto)
14. Landslide (Tony Clarke)
15. In The Mood (John Lee Hooker)
16. It's A Man's Man's World (Big Maybelle)
17. Wade In The Water (The Ramsey Lewis Trio)
18. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (John Lee Hooker)
19. Without A Woman (Kip Anderson)
20. Peak Of Love (Bobby McClure)
21. Sweeter Than The Day Before (The Valentinos)
22. To Know I Can't Touch (Barbara) (The Browns)
23. I Fooled You This Time (Gene Chandler)
24. Try My Love Again (Bobby Moore) (The Rhythm Aces)
25. Ooh Baby (Bo Diddley)
26. I Feel So Bad (Little Milton)

CD 12:
1. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Marlena Shaw)
2. Dirty Man (Laura Lee)
3. I'm Shorty (Tommy Tucker)
4. Cheater Man (Irma Thomas)
5. O-O I Love You (The Dells)
6. Tell Mama (Etta James)
7. Some A Your Sweet Love (Wayne Cochran)
8. Uptight Good Man (Laura Lee)
9. There Is (The Dells)
10. I'm Just What She Needs (Johnny Sayles)
11. You Left The Water Running (Maurice & Mac)
12. It Ain't Necessary (Mamie Galore)
13. Sitting Home Alone (Hound Dog Taylor)
14. Cadillac Jack (Andre Williams)
15. Good To Me (Irma Thomas)
16. Security (Etta James)
17. Stay In My Corner (The Dells)
18. You Name It, I've Had It (Willie Walker)
19. Without A Woman (Kip Anderson)
20. Here Comes The Judge (Pigmeat Markham)
21. Look At Me Now (Terry Callier)
22. Walking Thru The Park (Muddy Waters)
23. Girls Ain't Groceries (Little Milton)
24. Love You Like A Woman (Koko Taylor)

CD 13:
1. I Had A Dream (John Littlejohn)
2. Oh What A Night (The Dells)
3. If Walls Could Talk (Little Milton)
4. Who's Been Talking (Howlin' Wolf)
5. Baby, I Love You (Little Milton)
6. Losers Weepers (Etta James)
7. Recouperating (Lee Eldred)
8. Can You Be A One-Woman Man (Sam Dees)
9. Tease Your Man (Koko Taylor)
10. Sad, Sad Day (Muddy Waters)
11. My Ding-A-Ling (Chuck Berry)
12. Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation (The Dells)
13. Can't Get No Grindin' (Muddy Waters)
14. Can't Stay Here (Howlin' Wolf)
15. Bio (Chuck Berry)
16. I Miss You (The Dells)
17. I'll Be Holding On (Big Al Downing)
18. Don't Make Me No Promises (The Dramatics)
19. I'm Leaving On That Late, Late Train (Solomon Burke)
20. Tell Me What You Want (Jimmy Ruffin)
21. Going Down To Main Street (Muddy Waters)

CD 11 The Chess Story 1965-1966 (76:04 minutes):
1. Argo 5499 [A]
2. Checker 1105 [A]
3. Chess 1925 [A]
4. Checker 1107 [A]
5. Chess 1932 [A]
6. Checker 1113 [A]
7. Cadet 5506 [A]
8. Checker 1120 [A]
9. Chess 1966 [A]
10. Checker 1129 [A]
11. Checker 1135 [A]
12. Checker 1141 [A]
13. Cadet 5539 [A]
14. Chess 1979 [A]
15. Chess 1965 [A]
16. Chess 1967 [A]
17. Cadet 5541 [A]
18. Chess LP 1508
(“The Real Folk Blues” by JOHN LEE HOOKER, 1966, USA)
19. Checker 1145 [A]
20. Checker 1153 [A]
21. Chess 1977 [A]
22. Chess (Europe) GCH 8118
(“The Southern Soul Stock, Vol.2” by VARIOUS, 1989 on Green Line)
23. Checker 1155 [A]
24. Checker 1156 [A]
25. Checker 1158 [A]
26. Checker 1162 [A]

CD 12 – The Chess Story 1967-1968 (69:02 minutes):
1. Cadet 5557 [A]
2. Chess 2013 [A]
3. Checker 1178 [A]
4. Chess 2010 [A]
5. Cadet 5574 [A]
6. Cadet 5578 [A]
7. Chess 2020 [A]
8. Chess 2030 [A]
9. Cadet 5574 and Cadet 5590 [A]
10. Chess 2033 [A]
11. Checker 1197 [A]
12. St. Laurence 1012 [A]
13. Chess (Germany) LP 628601
(“Chess Blues” by VARIOUS, 1990’s)
14. Checker 1205 [A]
15. Chess 2036 [A]
16. Cadet 5594 [A]
17. Cadet 5612 [A]
18. Checker 1198 [A]
19. Chess 2049 [A]
20. Cadet 5623 [A]
21. Chess LPS-127
(“Fathers & Sons” by MUDDY WATERS, 2LP Set, 1969)
22. Checker 1212
23. Chess LPS-1532
(“Koko Taylor” by KOKO TAYLOR, USA, 1969)

CD 13 – The Chess Story 1969-1975 (75:54 minutes):
1. Chess LP 6074
2. Cadet 5649 [A]
3. Checker 1226 [A]
4. Chess LP 60008
(“The London Sessions” by HOWLIN’ WOLF & FRIENDS, 1971)
5. Checker 1227 [A]
6. Cadet 5676 [A]
7. Chess 2105 [A]
8. Chess 2109 [A]
9. Chess LP 50018
(“Basic Soul” by KOKO TAYLOR, 1972)
10. Chess LP 60013
(“The London Sessions” by MUDDY WATERS & FRIENDS, 1971)
11. Chess 2131 [A]
12. Cadet 5696 [A]
13. Checker 2143 [A]
14. Chess LP 50045
(“Back Door Wolf” by HOWLIN’ WOLF, 1974)
15. Chess 2140 [A]
16. Cadet 5700 [A]
17. Chess 2158 [A]
18. Cadet 5706 [A]
19. Chess 2159 [A]
20. Chess 2160 [A]
21. Chess LP 60035
(“The Woodstock Album” by MUDDY WATERS, 1975)

CD 14 – The Chess Story (73:31 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 4 are a Phil Chess interview conducted at his home in Tuscon, Arizona on the 14th of February 1999 (produced by Mary Katherine Alvin)
Tracks 5 to 18 are a Marshall Chess interview conducted by Paul Jones on Radio Jazz FM in London (no date supplied)

CD 15 is a CD-Rom – an interactive journey through The Chess Story, complete Chess Legendary Masters Series catalogue and US Catalogue listing, stock footage of The Dells and Chuck Berry, scenes of Chicago and the Chess pressing plants, web links etc… Requires Windows 95/98 operating system on a PC and OS7 onwards on an Apple.

Recommended - even at a cost.

PS:
PART 1, the 1st box, is 5 discs also and covers 1947-1956, 131 tracks (see separate review)

PART 2, the 2nd box, is 5 discs too and covers 1957-1964, 133 tracks (see separate review).

PPS: title of this review is from Track 2 on CD11 - "We’re Gonna Make It” by LITTLE MILTON

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