She's on Chess
The transition from the 1950s to the 1960s signalled the commercial decline of some record companies. Not so with the Chess group of labels of Chicago, whose progression to sophisticated soul from raunchy R&B and blues was seamless. For lovers of vintage female soul, there are few better sources. Always rootsier than Motown in not so far away Detroit, Chess and sister logos Argo, Checker and Cadet boasted a truly spectacular stable of soulful sisters.
Sugar Pie DeSanto
The complete Chess singles of one of the original female stars of soul, including three great duets with her homegirl Etta James and a corking previously unissued bonus track. Many titles new to CD.
All of the elegant Mitty’s Chess A-sides, plus a dozen great previously un-reissued flips, together painting a portrait of an artist whose work will illuminate the life of any soul music lover. Spans the whole of the 60s.
Where the Girls Are Volume 3
This delicious compendium of pop-soul augments Chess’ hometown sound with masters licensed from indie producers in Washington, New York, Philly and Detroit, adding a dash of variety to the company’s already formidable female roster.
Never before has there been a collection of Etta’s Chess recordings like this set of almost entirely new to CD soul, funk and jazz album cuts and B-sides from the 60s and 70s