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 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 artists.
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