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Bobby CharlesChess Masters ... LP
Chess, Mid/Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $16.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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FlamingosComplete Chess Masters Plus – The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection ... CD
Chess/Universal, 1955/1956. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print, please note that the traycard artwork has some substantial wear & a tear on the spine.)

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Lowell FulsomLowell Fulson – Chess Blues Masters Series ... LP
Chess, Mid 60s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $11.99
Is it Fulsom or Fulson? We're not going to try and present ourselves as the authority, but what we can tell you is this collection features 27 tracks from the man, mostly raw blues, though a number of cuts are more produced, with full horn section and piano complementing Fulsom's guitar and vocals, and mostly issued as 45s, though many of the numbers were previously unreleased at the time this collection was put together in the mid 70s. The best numbers are stripped down, lean and raw – and titles include "I Want To Know", "Lonely Hours", "It's A Long Time", "Rollin' Blues", "Love 'N Things", "Love Grow Cold", "Hung Down Head", "Someday Baby", "I Want To Make Love To You", "Rock This Morning", "Rock 'Em Dead", 'Worry Worry", "I'm Glad You Reconsidered", "Blue Shadows", "Why Don't You Write Me" and "Blue Soul", plus loads more! LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing in the textured cover, with a cutout notch.)

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Lowell FulsomLowell Fulson – Chess Blues Masters Series (80s pressing) ... LP
Chess, Mid 60s. Near Mint- 2LP ... $11.99
Is it Fulsom or Fulson? We're not going to try and present ourselves as the authority, but what we can tell you is this collection features 27 tracks from the man, mostly raw blues, though a number of cuts are more produced, with full horn section and piano complementing Fulsom's guitar and vocals, and mostly issued as 45s, though many of the numbers were previously unreleased at the time this collection was put together in the mid 70s. The best numbers are stripped down, lean and raw, but there's not much of the funky blues work of the sort he cut for Kent on here. Includes "I Want To Know", "Lonely Hours", 'It's A Long Time", "Rollin' Blues", "Love 'N Things", "Love Grow Cold", "Hung Down Head", "Someday Baby", "I Want To Make Love To You", "Rock This Morning", "Rock 'Em Dead", 'Worry Worry", "I'm Glad You Reconsidered", "Blue Shadows", "Why Don't You Write Me" and "Blue Soul", plus loads more! LP, Vinyl record album

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Etta JamesAt Last (Original Chess Masters pressing) ... LP
Chess/MCA, 1960. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
An amazing step forward for the young Etta James – a singer who was delivering a raw, shouting form of R&B just a few years before – but who here ascends into soul music heaven with her famous work on the album! The title cut is the stuff of legend – played and played, again and again over the years – but the whole record's wonderful, and handled with this new level of soul sophistication by arranger Riley Hampton – the great Chicago talent who'd reach similar heights in his charts for singers that include Lorez Alexandria and Walter Jackson. Hampton's dark use of strings brings out a whole new side of James' brilliance – a quality that raised Etta James up out of the R&B ghetto, and forever put her into the legions of legendary 60s soul stars! Titles include the perennial classic "At Last", plus "All I Could Do Was Cry", "Tough Mary", "Sunday Kind Of Love", "Anything To Say You're Mine", and "Trust In Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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Little MiltonLittle Milton – Chess Blues Masters Series ... LP
Chess, 1960s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
Classic Chess Records material from Little Milton – plus a full side of unreleased material – Live At The Burning Spear! Titles include "Grits Ain't Groceries", "I Stand Accused", "We're Gonna Make It", "Blind Man", "Who's Cheating Who", "Help Me Help You", "More & More", "Driftin Drifter", and "Baby I Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Little WalterHis Best – The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection ... CD
Chess, Early 50s. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Red-Foo & Dre' KroonFreshest (clean, inst, acapella)/Hardcore Ish (clean, inst)/Life Is A Game Of Chess (pt 2) ... 12-inch
Bubonic, 1997. Very Good ... $0.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Minnie RipertonHer Chess Years – Featuring The Gems & Rotary Connection (UK pressing) ... CD
MCA/Chess (UK), Late 60s. Used ... $6.99
Great early work by Minnie Riperton – featuring tracks that she recorded as a female soul singer, plus later work recorded with the groundbreaking group Rotary Connection! The set's got some of Minnie's earliest singles for the Chess label – including "All Of It", "Lonely Girl", and "Happy New Love", recorded as Andrea Davis or with The Gems. Then, the set's got 13 nice tracks from Minnie's Rotary Connection days, most of which feature her in lead vocals. Titles of those include "Burning Of The Midnight Lamp", "Love Me Now", "Living Alone", "Magical World", "Respect", and "A-muse". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jimmy RogersJimmy Rogers – Chess Blues Masters Series ... LP
Chess, 1950s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
Incredible work from Jimmy Rogers – an important early figure on the postwar Chicago blues scene, captured here in a set of his best material for Chess! Jimmy plays guitar and sings – and other musicians include Little Walter on harmonica, Otis Spann on piano, Wayne Bennett on guitar, Willie Dixon on bass, and Ernest Cotton on tenor! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some surface wear and a light stain along the bottom.)

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Sonny Boy WilliamsonTalk That Talk – Sonny Boy At The Chess Studio 1957 to 1961 ... LP
Chess/P-Vine (Japan), Late 50s/Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $29.99
A nice Japanese-only collection – with alternate takes of tracks that include "The Goat", "Cool Disposition", "Your Funeral & My Trial", "99", "Cross My Heart", "Dissatisfied", and "Nine Below Zero". Features work from Robert Lockwood Jr, Luther Tucker, Otis Spann, and Willie Dixon. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ VariousBest Of Chess Doo-Wop ... LP
Chess, 1984. Near Mint- ... $7.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Italian pressing.)

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✨✧ VariousBest Of Chess Rhythm & Blues ... LP
MCA/Chess, Late 50s/Early 60s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has stuck gatefold, a cutout notch, and some staining along the bottom seam.)

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VariousBlack Gold – Samples, Breaks, & Rare Groove From The Chess Records Archives ... CD
Chess/Universal (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $11.99
Incredible sounds from the Chess Records catalog – not the blues that you might know the label for, but a huge range of funk, soul, and jazz tracks from the headiest years of the 60s and 70s – a time when the Chicago scene was really turning out some incredible musical hybrids! As you'd guess from the title, all the cuts here have had a new life in recent years – thanks to samples by hip hop artists or other producers – but the original grooves are even better than the tracks that used them, and come together here to make one of the most mindblowing collections of Chess material we've ever heard! The package is nicely heavy on sounds from the Cadet/Concept years of the label – with more than a few contributions from producers Charles Stepney and Richard Evans – and the package features 42 wonderful tracks – including "Fonky Thang Diamon Ring" by The Dells, "Windmills Of Your Mind" by Dorothy Ashby, "I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun" by Rotary Connection, "Jelly Jam" by Jack McDuff, "The Getaway" by Alvin Cash, "In My Body's House" by Gene Chandler, "Cross Country" by Archie Whitewater, "Memory Band" by Rotary Connection, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by Jimmy Ponder, "Inside Out" by American Gypsy, "Go Go Power" by Sugar Pie DeSanto, "Shake It Up" by The Vibrations, "Up Above The Rock" by Ray Bryant, "Bad Moon Rising" by Bo Diddley, "Shoo Be Doo Be Doo Be Do Da Day" by Eddie Fisher, "Humpin Bumpin & Thumpin" by Andre Williams, "Who Got The Number" by Pigmeat Markham, "Walk On By" by Jo Ann Garrett, "Chocolate Candy" by Soulful Strings, "Got To Get Your Own (7" version)" by Reuben Wilson, "Hanky's Panky (7" version)" by Shirley Scott, "Liberation Conversation" by Marlena Shaw, "Look Of Love" by Monk Higgins, and "Think About It" by Odell Brown & The Organizers. CD

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VariousChess Blues Classics 1957 to 1967 ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1950s/1960s. Used ... $2.99
Music from Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Elmore James, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor & John Lee Hooker. CD
(Out of print, BMG Direct pressing.)

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✨✧ Mitty CollierShades Of Mitty Collier – The Chess Singles 1961 to 1968 ... CD
Chess/Kent (UK), 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A mighty helping of music from the overlooked Mitty Collier – a 60s soul singer on Chess Records, and one who was every bit as great as bigger label stars like Etta James or Fontella Bass! Like both of those singers, Mitty's got a voice that grabs you right from the get-go – a deeply soulful approach to her music that's really fresh and without cliche – especially considering she got her start belting out tunes years before some of the bigger names in 60s female soul, and managed to keep things mighty real all the years she was working at Chess. Production and arrangements here are all top shelf – handled by Phil Wright, Riley Hampton, and others – and the CD offers up 24 gems from Mitty's years at Chess – the a-sides of all 15 singles cut for the label, plus 9 more great tunes from the flips! Titles include "Everybody Makes A Mistake Sometimes", "Gotta Get Away From It All", "I've Got Love", "I Had A Talk With My Man", "Walk Away", "My Party", "Sharing You", "That'll Be Good Enough For Me", "Git Out", "Watching & Waiting", "Like Only Yesterday", "No Faith No Love", "I'm Your Part Time Love", and "Miss Loneliness". CD

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✨✧ Sugar Pie De SantoGo Go Power – The Complete Chess Singles 1961 to 1966 ... CD
Chess/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A much-needed look at the mighty Sugar Pie DeSanto – a singer who really rocked Chess Records back in the 60s! DeSanto came to the label already boasting one hell of a groove – a rock-solid sense of rhythm that made all of her tunes groovers right from the get-go – and a raw vocal power that easily rivaled, if not beat, that of Etta James – her labelmate at Chess, and partner on a few duet tracks here! The collection's a non-stop soul party throughout – as upbeat as Northern Soul, but with plenty of deep soul elements as well – and it's the first time many of these cuts have been brought together on CD, and certainly never before as wonderful as this. Kent serves up some great notes and vintage photos with the package – the latter of which show Sugar Pie in action on stage, clearly one of the sexiest singers to work the circuit back in the 60s! Titles include "In The Basement (parts 1 & 2)", "Soulful Dress", "Witch For A Night", "Ask Me", "Good Timin", "Mr & Mrs", "Mama Didn't Raise No Fools", "Crazy Lovin", "There's Gonna Be Trouble", "Jump In My Chest", "Somewhere Down The Line", "Use What You Got", "Never Love A Stranger", "I Love You So Much", "Go Go Power", and "I Don't Wanna Fuss". CD

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✨✧ MiraclesBad Girl/I Love Your Baby (Chess) ... 7-inch
Chess, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Dark blue label pressing.)

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✨✧ Billy StewartOne More Time – The Chess Years ... LP
Chess/MCA, Mid 60s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Billy Stewart was one of the greatest soul singers ever to record for Chess (even though he wasn't from Chicago), and although his work for the label stretched from the early to the late 60's, he's not nearly as well-remembered as he should be. This set aims to correct that, and features 24 great tracks of some of the most unusual soul you'll ever hear. You may already know Billy's voice from his amazing crossover version of "Summertime" (which still shows up on oldies stations), but that's only the beginning of the way this stuff grooves, as the arrangements are fantastic, and have a tight punch and loping groove that will knock you off your feet. Tracks include the classic "Sitting In the Park" (later covered by GQ), "Cross My Heart", "Secret Love", "Tell Me The Truth", "Strange Feeling", "Fat Boy", "Billy's Blues Part 2", "I Do Love You", "Because I Love You", "Every Day I Have The Blues", "Temptation 'Bout To Get Me", "One More Time", "We'lL Always Be Together" and "Why Do I Love You So". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available One More Time – The Best Of Billy Stewart ... CD 4.99

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✨✧ VariousBest Of Chess Blues ... LP
MCA/Chess, 1950s/1960s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has peeling on the bottom 2 inches and a light stain along the spine.)

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✨✧ VariousSouled Out (Chess) ... LP
Chess, 1960s. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great collection of soul and R&B off Argo, Chess and Checker: "The Entertainer" by Tony Clarke, "Selfish One" by Jackie Ross, "Temptation Bout To Get Me" by the Knight Bros, "I Had A Talk With My Man" by Mitty Collier, "It Do Me So Good" by Little Miss Cornshucks, "We're Gonna Make It" by Little Milton, "Voice Your Choice" by the Radiants, "Ten Commandments Of Love" by the Moonglows, "Hi Heel Sneakers" by Tommy Tucker, "I'm So Young" by the Students, "Searching For My Love" by Bobby Moore, "Lonely Baby" by ty Hunter, "I'm Over You" by Jan Bradley and "Daytripper" by the Vontastics. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a sticker spot.)

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✨✧ Fontella BassVery Best Of Fontella Bass – The Chess Collection ... CD
Chess (UK), Mid 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Easily the best-ever collection we've seen of the work of Fontella Bass – and one that really goes past her oft-remembered hit, to feature the full scope of her mid 60s work for Chess Records! To most folks, Fontella's remembered for a few reasons – her Aretha Franklin-styled hit "Rescue Me" (often mistaken for Aretha herself), or the fact that she married Art Ensemble member Lester Bowie. But back at the start, Fontella was a heck of a great little soul singer – capable of a wide variety of modes, all of which are included here! The 25 track package really shows an evolution in music – and Bass sings in styles that include deep soul ala Atlantic, sweet soul ala Motown, uptown soul ala Wand, soaring soul ala Brunswick, and tight duet soul, in the mode of some of the more famous duets coming from Detroit or New York. CD really digs deep and brings back a full range of singles, plus some unreleased tracks – and the sound here is totally great. Titles include "Oh No Not My Baby", "Our Day Will Come", "Free At Last", "I Surrender", "I Can't Rest", "Leave It In The Hands Of Love", "You've Lost That Lovin Feelin", "The Soul Of A Man", "Joy Of Love", "Don't Mess Up A Good Thing", "You're Gonna Miss Me", "Come & Get These Memories", "Rescue Me", "Since I Fell For You", "I'm A Woman", "How Glad I Am", "Impossible", and "Lucky In Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jan BradleyMama Didn't Lie/Lovers Like Me (Chess pressing) ... 7-inch
Chess, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Great stuff from this hip Chicago girl singer! "Mama Didn't Lie" is a sweet little number that's gone onto live forever – a sweet late nite cut with a mellow sound that's a perfect fit for Jan's honest vocals. "Lovers" is not bad, too – with a rolling bongo groove that's a nice change from the flip! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Yellow & red label pressing.)

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✨✧ Paul GaytenChess King Of New Orleans ... LP
Chess, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
One of the first great R&B artists on the New Orleans scene in the 50s – and one who never got the same sort of fame as some of his contemporaries! Yet that doesn't stop Paul Gayten from being one of the greats – as you'll hear on this excellent collection that brings together a range of rare material originally issued only as singles – for the Checker and Argo labels, and for the smaller Anna label as well. The groove is prime Crescent City at the time – with Gayten on piano and vocals, and work by players who include Alvin Red Tyler on baritone and Earl Palmer on drums. Some tunes are vocals, some instrumentals – and titles include "Windy", "Get It", "Tickle Toe", "For You My Love", "The Sweeper", "Nervous Boogie", "Hot Cross Buns", and "The Hunch". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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✨✧ Howlin WolfSmokestack Lightning – The Complete Chess Masters 1951 to 1960 (4CD set) ... CD
Chess/Hip-O Select, 1950s. Used 4 CDs ... Out Of Stock
They call him Howlin Wolf for a reason – as you'll hear in this killer set of original recordings for Chess Records! As you'd guess by the comprehensive language in the title, the package is way more than just a greatest hits or singles set – as it brings together a massive 97 tracks recorded by Wolf in the 50s – early 78rpm singles, legendary Chicago blues tunes, and a surprising number of alternate takes and unusual versions, plus a few instrumentals too! A number of tracks here were never issued in the US at all – and the 7", book-styled package features full notes on the sessions, great vintage images, label art, and more – a mindblowing compilation that's way more than you'd ever get on some of those low-budget collections. The stuff of legend, and presented in a legendary way, too – one more reason we're still in love with the CD format! CD
(Out of print. In beautiful shape, too!)

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✨✧ Muddy WatersHoochie Coochie Man – The Complete Chess Masters Volume 2 – 1952 to 1958 (limited edition 2CD set) ... CD
Chess/Hip-O Select, Mid 50s. Used 2CDs ... Out Of Stock
Key years in the development of Muddy Waters – crucial mid 50s recordings for Chess that saw Muddy really tightening up his sound! There's still a few rootsy elements here, but the core Chicago blues elements are all firmly in place – electric guitar, romping rhythms, and a proud, loud approach to the vocals – filled with bold proclamations and witty lyrical interplay. This beautifully done collection is way more than a "best of" – because it covers 6 years of Muddy Waters recordings for Chess – including singles, rarities, and even a few alternate takes (despite the "masters" in the title) – a whopping 51 tracks in all, packaged in a book-sized cover that features details on all the sessions, plus a huge amount of vintage photos! CD
(Limited pressing – out of print! Cover has some very slight wear in one bottom corner, but is pretty great overall – as is the whole set.)

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✨✧ Lowell FulsonComplete Chess Masters Vol 1 ... CD
Chess, Mid 50s-Early 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print Blues & Co Chess Collection pressing.)

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✨✧ Minnie RipertonHer Chess Years – Featuring The Gems & Rotary Connection – 50th Anniversary Collection ... CD
Chess/Music On Vinyl (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great early work by Minnie Riperton – featuring tracks that she recorded as a female soul singer, plus later work recorded with the groundbreaking group Rotary Connection! The set's got some of Minnie's earliest singles for the Chess label – including "All Of It", "Lonely Girl", and "Happy New Love", recorded as Andrea Davis or with The Gems. Then, the set's got 13 nice tracks from Minnie's Rotary Connection days, most of which feature her in lead vocals. Titles of those include "Burning Of The Midnight Lamp", "Love Me Now", "Living Alone", "Magical World", "Respect", and "A-muse". CD

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✨✧ VariousChess Northern Soul Vol 3 (7 x 7 inch single box set – with download) ... 7-inch
Chess/Universal (UK), 1960s. New Copy 7 x 7 inch set ... Out Of Stock
Socking soul from the legendary Chess Records – presented in a format that always served the label best! This very limited box features seven 45s – each of which contains two great grooves from Chess – the kind of upbeat, uptempo soul that made the Chicago scene of the 60s second only to Detroit for groovers this great! Yet we almost like this material even better than the sounds of Motown – as Chess always had something interesting going on – some compelling arrangements, unusual touches, and a range of influences that really show up on the music within – a range of cuts that include some of our favorite 45s from the legendary label. Titles include "I'm So Glad" by Joe Cato, "See Me Through" by Bobby Womack, "Ordinary Joe" by Terry Callier, "Baby Hang On" by Maurice McAllister, "Such A Pretty Thing" by Gene Chandler, "Loving You Is Something New" by The Starlets, "Wait" by Jeanette Nellis, "You Keep Calling Me By Her Name" by Amanda Love, "Pain" by Mitty Collier, "City Life" by The Knight Brothers, "Lend Me Your Hand" by The Kindly Shepherds, "Lucky Boy" by Harold Hutton, "Foolish Me" by Jo Ann Garrett, and "Love Ain't Nothin" by Johnny Nash. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Individually numbered, limited edition – includes download!)
 
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Gene Ammons & Sonny StittJug & Sonny ... LP
Chess, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A nice little album – featuring some of the sides that Gene Ammons cut "off contract" for Chess/Argo during the early 60s, and ones that feature him paired with Sonny Stitt, his longtime partner in legendary tenor battles from the 50s. The two horns aren't really locked in combat here, but they do complement each other nicely on the album's mellow groovers and ballad tracks. Titles include "Cha Bootie", "Tenor Eleven", "The Last Mile", and "Full Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing.)

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Gene Ammons/Tom Archia/Johnny GriffinChicago's Boss Tenors – 1948-1956 Vintage Recordings ... LP
Chess, Late 40s/Mid 70s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A great set that brings together some great lost material that was originally recorded for Chess (or Aristocrat as it was called back then), and which was only ever released on 78s. Gene Ammons plays here with the lost Chicago tenor talent Tom Archia (who never made it out of the city as much as the other big Chitown tenor names), and the two fo them groove nicely on tracks like "Swingin For Xmas", "Stuffy", "Minor Blues", and "The Battle". Johnny Griffin also checks in with tracks like "Riff Raff" and "Bees Ees" – and the record also includes performances by the city's great Claude McLin on "Swivel Hips" and "Bennie's Bounce". Nice notes on the sides and the scene, too, by the city's great promoter, Joe Segal. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has splitting on the spine and light surface wear.)

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Bama – The Village PoetGhettos Of The Mind ... LP
Chess, 1974. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A lost classic in the funky poetry mode of the 70s – and right up there with the best work from the time by the Last Poets, Jim Ingram, or Gil Scott Heron! Bama's got a rough-edged voice that works very well with the funkier backings of the set – handled by a team that includes Bernard Purdie on drums, Richard Tee on keyboards, and Cornell Dupree on guitar – and this rough vocal style also fits the themes of the tunes, which are still as political and righteous as other work in the genre, but a bit more down to earth as well. The music itself was arranged and composed by Jimmy Wizner and Billy Jackson – and titles include "Ghettos Of The Mind", "The Right To Be Wrong", "Nothingness", "Drunken Sister", "I Got Soul", "Welfare Slave", "Social Narcotics", and "Blackman, My Brother". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue.)

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Chuck BerryBio ... LP
Chess, 1973. Very Good Gatefold ... $1.99
Titles include "Aimlessly Driftin", "Bio", "Woodpecker", "Rain Eyes", and "Talkin Bout My Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring and edge wear.)

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Chuck BerryChuck Berry On Stage ... LP
Chess, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(70s orange label pressing. Cover has a cut corner and some clear tape on the spine.)

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Chuck BerryChuck Berry's Golden Decade (70s pressing) ... LP
Chess, Late 50s/Early 60s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
A classic collection of Chuck Berry's early genius – a set that introduced his best cuts to a new younger audience in the 70s! All the work here is from the early Chess Records days – and titles include "Deep Feeling", "Wee Wee Hours", "Nadine", "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Thirty Days", "Havana Moon", "Too Much Monkey Business", "School Days", "Reelin & Rockin", "Oh Baby Doll", "Too Pooped To Pop", "Round & Round", "Rock & Roll Music", and "Back In The USA". LP, Vinyl record album

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Chuck BerryGreat Twenty Eight ... LP
Chess, 1950s/1960s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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Chuck BerryJohnny B Goode/Around & Around ... 7-inch
Chess, 1957. Near Mint- ... $19.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue label pressing.)

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Chuck BerryLondon Sessions ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1972. Used ... $7.99
Chuck Berry makes the same London move as some of his other Chess Records contemporaries – and the result is one of Chuck's best albums from the later years! The set's not as star-studded as other efforts of this nature – but that's fine with us because Chuck really shines as the lead star out front, on both vocals and guitar – getting some great gritty backing from players who include Derek Griffiths and Owen McIntyre on guitar, Ian McLagen and Dave Kaffinetti on piano, and Rick Gretsch on bass. The set features a mix of London studio recordings and a few live tracks – and titles include "I Will Not Let You Go", "London Berry Blues", "Let's Boogie", "Mean Old World", "Johnny B Goode", and "I Love You". CD
(Out of print.)

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Chuck BerryLondon Sessions ... LP
Chess, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ... $14.99
Chuck Berry makes the same London move as some of his other Chess Records contemporaries – and the result is one of Chuck's best albums from the later years! The set's not as star-studded as other efforts of this nature – but that's fine with us because Chuck really shines as the lead star out front, on both vocals and guitar – getting some great gritty backing from players who include Derek Griffiths and Owen McIntyre on guitar, Ian McLagen and Dave Kaffinetti on piano, and Rick Gretsch on bass. The set features a mix of London studio recordings and a few live tracks – and titles include "I Will Not Let You Go", "London Berry Blues", "Let's Boogie", "Mean Old World", "Johnny B Goode", and "I Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue fade label stereo pressing.)

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Chuck BerryMore Chuck Berry ... LP
Chess, Early 60s. Very Good ... $19.99
The title's certainly straightforward and to the point – but then again, there's not a lot to say about this one except that it's pure Chuck Berry all the way through! The album may well be one of Chuck's most -hit filled, as it's overflowing with classics like "Rock & Roll Music", "Maybellene", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Johnny B Goode", and "Back In The USA" – but it also includes some other numbers like "Let It Rock", "Come On", and "Round & Round". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK Pye pressing.)

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Chuck BerrySweet Little Rock & Roll/Joe Joe Gun ... 7-inch
Chess, 1958. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Labels have some stains and a peeled spot.)

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Jackie BrenstonRocket 88 – Jackie Brenston & His Delta Kings Featuring Ike Turner ... LP
Chess/P-Vine (Japan), Early 50s. Near Mint- ... $29.99
One of the only full sets we've ever seen to document the great run of singles cut by Jackie Brenston in the early 50s – work initially done in Memphis, as a real precursor to that city's soul scene – and later cut also in Chicago, with a really hard-wailing approach! The set's titled after "Rocket 88" – a track many folks call the first rock and roll song ever – recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis by Sam Philips, with Ike Turner as the real bandleader – before Chess took over the single, and then started recording Jackie up in Chicago. Titles include "Rocket 88", "I Want To See My Baby", "Jackie's Chewing Gum", "88 Boogie", "Pat Meat Is Greasy", "True Love", "The Blues Got Me Again", and "Lovin Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi!)

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Big Bill Broonzy & Washboard SamBig Bill Broonzy & Washboard Sam ... LP
Chess, 1962. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A side each of these two important talents in blues – presented here in a format that makes the record a real double-header! Side one features Big Bill Broonzy in the lead – working with sweet electric lines on guitar alongside acoustic and his own really rich vocals – plus this very cool rhythm accompaniment from Washboard Sam, whose instrument has a way of coming across like some quickly snapped snare drum! Sam takes the lead on side two – singing and playing his instrument – and is joined on a few tracks by Broonzy's guitar and some piano from Memphis Slim. Big Bill titles include "Lonesome", "Little City Woman", "Romance Without Finance", and "By Myself" – and Washboard Sam numbers include "Never Never", "Minding My Own Business", "I'm A Lonely Man", and "Horseshoe Over My Door". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Chess Masters pressing. Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Solomon BurkeYou And Your Baby Blues/I'm Leaving On That Late, Late Train ... 7-inch
Chess, 1975. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A great mellow groover from Solomon Burke – arranged by Gene Page! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Includes jukebox strips.)

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Clifton Chenier/Lightning Slim/Henry Talbert/Boogie JakeBayou Drive ... LP
Chess/Green Line (Italy), Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $13.99
Features rare early Chess Records work by Clifton Chenier – plus other Chess material by Lightning Slim, Henry Talbert, and Boogie Jake! LP, Vinyl record album

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Chicago Cubs/Clark St BandPennant Fever/Slide ... 7-inch
Chess, 1969. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A great lost single from Chess! The a-side, "Pennant Fever", features the 1969 Chicago Cubs, singing a version of "Fever" with vocals about their (soon to be aborted) run for the world series. The real treat, though, is the flipside, the instrumental "Slide", by the Chicago Cubs Clark St. Band – most likely a Chess/Cadet studio group, fronted by a hard-wailing organist. The organ player is great, and the instrumental track is a really nice groover – with great Hammond riffs and groovy guitar parts. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Chess sleeve.)

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Wayne CochranSome-A' Your Sweet Love/When My Baby Cries ... 7-inch
Chess, 1967. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $14.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Sleeve is lightly bent at the opening, with a bit of pen at the corner.)

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Mitty CollierDo It With Confidence/You're The Only One ... 7-inch
Chess, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Mitty CollierSharing You/Walk Away ... 7-inch
Chess, 1966. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue label stereo pressing.)

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Cookie & His CupcakesI've Been So Lonely/Got You On My Mind ... 7-inch
Chess, 1963. Near Mint- ... $6.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Black label pressing.)

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Dave Baby CortezRinky-Dink ... LP
Chess, 1962. Very Good- ... $6.99
There's nothing Rinky Dink about this classic album from Dave Baby Cortez – as the set's heavy on Hammond organ grooves, and was definitely a key part of the instrument's introduction to soul music in the 60s! The style is rooted in jazz use of the Hammond, but served up with a tighter, less solo-based mode that's more soul instrumental overall – one that has Cortez really stepping out strongly on his instrument, with a range of modes that run from soulful stepping to some grittier, bluesier cuts that reflect the album's placement on the Chess label. Titles include the big hit "Rinky Dink" – plus "Jammin (parts 1 & 2)", "Wobble (parts 1 & 2)", "Skins & Sounds", "Mr. Gee", "Davy's Shuffle", "Lost Love", "Little Paris Melody", and "Getting Right". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove.)

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Dave Baby CortezRinky-Dink/Getting Right ... 7-inch
Chess, 1962. Very Good+ ... $2.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Yellow & red label pressing. "Getting Right" plays with faint surface noise, appears to be a pressing flaw, with some label flaking from manufactuing.)

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Bo DiddleyHis Greatest Sides ... LP
Chess, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Raw, ragged, rough, and ready – killer early work by Bo Diddley, clearly in a class by itself! The Bo Diddley groove isn't blues, isn't soul, and isn't R&B – it's instead a mad blend of rhythm, scratchy guitar, and spontaneously playful vocals that few other singers could ever hope to touch. This 14 track set features some of Bo's best Chicago work from the late 50s – including "Who Do You Love", "Say Man", "Bo's Bounce", "Crackin Up", "Hey Bo Diddley", "Pretty Thing", "Bring It To Jerome", and "Diddley Daddy". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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✨✧ Bo Diddley & Chuck Berry/Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, & Bo DiddleyTwo Great Guitars/Super Super Blues Band ... CD
Chess/BGO (UK), 1964/1968. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
A pair of amazing all-star albums from Chess Records – back to back on a single CD! First up is Two Great Guitars – in which Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry come together in a really unique album for Chess Records in the 60s – and that's saying a lot, given all the groundbreaking sounds we heard from that label at the time! The format is quite unusual – as each side features a long instrumental jam that really lets the guitarists work out their differences – in modes that are almost proto-funk more than blues, rock, or soul – with lots of wicked guitar lines that are way ahead of their time in terms of recording space! The long tracks are "Chuck's Beat" and "Bo's Beat" – but the duo also shine brilliantly on the shorter tunes "Liverpool Drive" and "When The Saints Go Marching In". Next is The Super Super Blues Band – a group that definitely lives up to its name – given that the lineup features the Chess Records stalwarts Bo Diddley, Howlin Wolf, and Muddy Waters! The set's maybe a bit more in the mode of Wolf or Waters than some of Bo's own records – although there's a bit of that riffing spark of his at times – and the tracks are often nice and long, with more than enough room to make you feel like Phil Chess gave these guys plenty of space in the studio to hang out, and find the right way to interact. As much as we love Chess albums with short songs and a soulful punch, we really appreciate it when they can break format and open up on a session like this – which really helps create a unique moment on record! Titles include "Goin Down Slow", "Long Distance Call", "Sweet Little Angel", "Ooh Baby & Wrecking My Love Life", and "Spoonful". CD

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Al DowningBaby Let's Talk It Over/I'll Be Holding On ... 7-inch
Chess, 1974. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Includes jukebox strips.)

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Al DowningStory Of My Life/I'd Love To Be Loved ... 7-inch
Chess, 1974. Near Mint- ... $2.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Review Copy.)

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Etta & HarveySpoonful/It's A Crying Shame ... 7-inch
Chess, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Two hard heavy soul duets from Etta James and Harvey Fuqua, with great arrangements by Riley Hampton. The groove is nice and deep, and Etta's in fine form, especially on Willie Dixon's "Spoonful". 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue fade label pressing in a Chess sleeve.)

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Freddie & FloFun With Freddie & Flo ... LP
Chess, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label flat edge pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and bent corners.)

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Al GreyBasic Grey ... LP
Argo/Cadet/Chess, Early 60s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
A collection of some Basie trombonist Al Grey's work for the Argo label pulled from the Last Of The Big Plungers, Snap Your Fingers and Al Grey Billy Mitchell Sextet LPs, some of his hippest work, featuring Billy Mitchell, Donald Byrd, Floyd Morris, Herbie Hancock and Bobby Hutcherson. 22 tracks in all, including "Things Ain't WhatThey Used To Be", "Open Wider Please", "I Got It bad And That Ain't Good", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "The Elder", "Bewitched", "Bluish Grey", "Wild Deuce", "Bantu", "Melba's Blues", "Nothng But The Truth", "RBQ", "Minor On Top", "African Lady", "Hi Fly" and "Home Fries". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Buddy GuyBest Of Buddy Guy – 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection ... CD
MCA/Chess, Early 60s. Used ... $3.99
... CD

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Harvey & MoonglowsMean Old Blues/Ten Commandments Of Love ... 7-inch
Chess, 1950s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue label pressing. Label has a light stain.)

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Dale HawkinsOh Suzy Q – The Best Of Dale Hawkins ... CD
MCA/Chess, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $8.99
Stunning work from the great Dale Hawkins – a singer you may only know from the title track of this collection, but one who made some of the hardest, fiercest rock and roll on Chess Records in the 50s! Dale hailed from Louisiana, where much of this music was cut – but he also worked with Chess up in Chicago, where he seems to have picked up some slight bluesy currents in his rhythms – especially on the tracks that feature musicians like Roy Buchanan on guitar and Lafayette Leake on piano! Yet even on his own, and even on the early material recorded in Shreveport, Hawkins has a hell of a sound – a blend of R&B and rockabilly that was forged way down in the swamps, and came back bubbling up with a hell of a lot of power! CD features 18 tracks in all – including "Crossties", "Lovin Bug", "Four Letter Word", "Suzie Q", "Little Pig", "Tornado", "Juanita", "Baby Baby", and "Ain't That Lovin You Baby". CD
(Out of print/)

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Jesse HillSomething Ought To Be Done/My Children My Children ... 7-inch
Chess, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Chess sleeve.)

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John Lee HookerReal Folk Blues ... LP
Chess, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $16.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Original Chess Masters pressing.)

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Howlin WolfChange My Way ... CD
Chess/Traffic, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 14.98
Almost a decade's worth of great work from Howlin Wolf – late 50s and early 60s recordings done for Chess Records in Chicago, nicely packaged up here in an archival series album with full notes on the sessions and music! Nearly all tracks are originals by Wolf – aka Chester Burnett – and instrumentation includes a fair bit of surprisingly noisy guitar, plus piano, bass, drums, and some nice tenor on a few tracks. Titles include "Love Me Darlin", "I Walked From Dallas", "Just Like I Treat You", "I've Been Abused", "Don't Laugh At Me", "I Better Go Now", "New Crawlin King Snake", and "Hidden Charms". CD
Also available Change My Way ... LP 19.99

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Howlin WolfChange My Way ... LP
Chess, Late 50s/Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Almost a decade's worth of great work from Howlin Wolf – late 50s and early 60s recordings done for Chess Records in Chicago, nicely packaged up here in an archival series album with full notes on the sessions and music! Nearly all tracks are originals by Wolf – aka Chester Burnett – and instrumentation includes a fair bit of surprisingly noisy guitar, plus piano, bass, drums, and some nice tenor on a few tracks. Titles include "Love Me Darlin", "I Walked From Dallas", "Just Like I Treat You", "I've Been Abused", "Don't Laugh At Me", "I Better Go Now", "New Crawlin King Snake", and "Hidden Charms". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple and green label Vintage Series pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and some age spots on the opening.)
Also available Change My Way ... CD 8.99

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Howlin WolfDefinitive Collection ... CD
Chess/Universal, 1950s/Early 60s. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(BMG music club pressing.)

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Howlin WolfEvil (aka Moanin In The Moonlight) ... LP
Chess, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $39.99
About as classic as you can get for blues on Chess – a key early album from Howlin Wolf, featuring an array of great original tunes, all set to very spare accompaniment. Most tracks have a searing electric guitar rasping around underneath the vocals and harmonica work – and titles include "Smokestack Lightnin", "No Place To Go", "All Night Boogie", "Evil", "I Asked For Water", "Forty Four", and "Somebody In My Home". Album is a 70s repackaging of Moanin In The Moonlight – designed to look more "evil"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue fade label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Howlin WolfHow Many More Years/Moanin' At Midnight ... 7-inch
Chess/Third Man, 1951. New Copy (reissue)... $5.99 6.98
Killer early work by Howlin Wolf – a fantastic early single for Chess Records! "How Many More Years" has as much romping piano as fuzzy guitar – but fuzziest of all are the Wolf's vocals – which are superb! "Moanin At Midnight" is great, too – slower, moodier, and with this fantastic snakey guitar line! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Great Third Man pressing – with a vintage-style Chess sleeve too!)

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Howlin WolfHowlin Wolf ... LP
Chess, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $39.99
Howlin Wolf is really getting into his thing here – tightening it up a bit from his earliest years at Chess, and moving into a groove that would forever make him one of the key artists to record for the label! The raspy, rootsy feel of earlier years is still in place – but the recording quality's a bit better, and the tunes have a more unified feel – thanks partly to some classic compositions from Willie Dixon, whose work makes up a very big part of the album! Tunes were recorded between the years 1959 to 1962, and brought together for the record – and titles include "Shake For Me", "Spoonful", "Going Down Slow", "Down In The Bottom", "Wang Dang Doodle", "Red Rooster", and "Tell Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Howlin WolfI'm Leaving You/Change My Way ... 78 RPM
Chess, 1958. Good ... $43.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record

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Howlin WolfLive & Cookin At Alice's Revisited ... LP
Chess, 1972. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Down homey blues from Howlin Wolf – not as funky as some of the other blues albums on Chess at the time, but with a nice rough and ready edge. Instrumentation includes a few guitars, tenor sax, piano, and bass – and Wolf himself plays a bit of harmonica – and the overall feel is very much in keeping with the kind of small club electric sets you might have caught on the south side of Chicago at the time. Titles include "Just Passing By", "I Don't Know", "Mean Mistreater", and "When I Laid Down I Was Troubled". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing.)
Also available Live & Cookin At Alice's Revisited (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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Howlin WolfLive & Cookin At Alice's Revisited (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess/MCA (Japan), 1972. Used ... $14.99
Down homey early 70s blues from Howlin Wolf – not as funky as some of the other blues albums on Chess at the time, but with a nice rough and ready edge. Instrumentation includes a few guitars, tenor sax, piano, and bass – and Wolf himself plays a bit of harmonica – and the overall feel is very much in keeping with the kind of small club electric sets you might have caught on the south side of Chicago at the time. Titles include "Just Passing By", "I Didn't Know", "Mean Mistreater", "Call Me The Wolf", "Don't Laugh At Me" and "When I Laid Down I Was Troubled". This CD edition includes 2 longish bonus tracks: "The Big House" and "Mr. Airplane Man", both of which run north of the 7 minute mark. CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Also available Live & Cookin At Alice's Revisited ... LP 11.99

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Howlin WolfLondon Sessions ... LP
Chess, 1970. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
A famous date that showcases the Chess Records influence on the sound of the Brit rock scene – one that has a number of key players "giving back" to the label, and working on a special date with Howlin Wolf! Wolf's rough vocals are in the lead on all tracks, and he also plays a bit of harmonica and guitar as well – and other artists include Steve Winwood on piano and organ, Eric Clapton on guitar, Bill Wyman on bass, and Charlie Watts on drums – all players who are respectful of the original bluesy sound of Chess, and who clearly dig the opportunity to show off their chops in the setting. Titles include "I Ain't Superstitious", "Poor Boy", "Do The Do", "Red Rooster", "Built For Comfort", "What A Woman", "Highway 49", "Who's Been Talking", and "Rocking Daddy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label 70s pressing.)
Also available London Sessions – Deluxe Edition ... CD 11.99

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Howlin WolfLondon Sessions – Deluxe Edition ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1970. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
A famous date that showcases the Chess Records influence on the sound of the Brit rock scene – one that has a number of key players "giving back" to the label, and working on a special date with Howlin Wolf! Wolf's rough vocals are in the lead on all tracks, and he also plays a bit of harmonica and guitar as well – and other artists include Steve Winwood on piano and organ, Eric Clapton on guitar, Bill Wyman on bass, and Charlie Watts on drums – all players who are respectful of the original bluesy sound of Chess, and who clearly dig the opportunity to show off their chops in the setting. Titles include "I Ain't Superstitious", "Poor Boy", "Do The Do", "Little Red Rooster", "Built For Comfort", "What A Woman", "Highway", "Who's Been Talking", and "Rocking Daddy". CD
(Out of print, includes slipcase.)

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Howlin WolfMessage To The Young ... LP
Chess, 1971. Near Mint- ... $29.99
Funky blues work from Howlin Wolf – his key entry into the funked-up genre that Chess Records was cutting at the end of the 60s with other blues artists like Etta James, Bo Diddley, and Muddy Waters! As on records with those artists, Wolf's older modes are updated here for a hipper, younger audience – backed up with a bouncing batch of electrified backings arranged by Sonny Thompson, and conducted by Thompson and Cash McCall, the latter of whom is most likely playing a bit of guitar here. Tracks are a bit longer than usual, and filled with plenty of heavy guitar bits next to the vocals – and titles include "I Smell A Rat", "Miss James", "If I Were A Bird", "She's Lookin Good", "Turn Me On", and "Message To The Young". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Etta JamesAll The Way Down/Lay Back Daddy ... 7-inch
Chess, 1973. Very Good- ... $1.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Plays with some crackles.)

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✨✧ Etta JamesCome A Little Closer ... LP
Chess, 1974. Very Good+ ... $19.99
An excellent set of messed-up funky soul from Etta James – one of her killer early 70s sides for Chess! The album mixes together bluesy tracks and straight ahead soul – in a hip, bad-walking style that nicely updates Etta's older style for the 70s. The set includes a great funky cut called "Out On The Street Again", which sounds like it should be the theme to some blacksploitation film because it's got these cool strings, and a nice hard groove. Other cuts include "Power Play", "Mama Told Me", "You Give Me What I Want", and "Come A Little Closer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Spanish pressing on Movieplay/Chess.)

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Etta JamesEtta James (1973) ... LP
Chess, 1973. Near Mint- ... $34.99
Heavy funk from the great Etta James – one of her standout classics from the later Chess years, done with a style that's completely different than her work of the 60s! The set was recorded in LA with a super-dope sound that's almost in a funky soundtrack mode – full horns, bits of strings, wah wah guitar, and a core tight rhythm combo that features keyboards from William D Smith, percussion from King Errison, and lots of stepping bass from Chuck Rainey! And while funky, the style isn't as rough and ready as some of the other Chess funky blues from the late 60s Chicago years – showing instead a bit more of a soul influence in the mix, at a level that Etta matches beautifully with her vocals. Titles include "All The Way Down", "Only A Fool", "Down So Low", "Lay Back Daddy", "Just One More Day", and a version of "Leave Your Hat On" with a great funky keyboard break! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Laura LeeUp Tight Good Woman ... LP
Chess/P-Vine (Japan), Late 60s. Near Mint- 2LP ... Just Sold Out!
A massive collection of rare work by Laura Lee – a singer who's best known for her 70s hits on the Hot Wax label, but who sounds equally great here on her earlier sides for Chess! Lee's deep soul approach was a perfect match for Chess at the end of the 60s – and the work here often has her coming across with a hard and heavy approach that rivaled the best female soul coming out of Stax or Atlantic during the same era – no surprise, considering that most of the material here was recorded down in Muscle Shoals, far from the Chicago studios and sweeter production styles of most other artists on Chess! The package is a great discovery of southern soul from the end of the 60s – and brings together singles and album tracks that Lee recorded for Chess – including some rare alternates! Titles include "Mama's Got A Good Thing", "Need To Belong", "Dirty Man", "It's How You Make It Good", "A Man With Some Backbone", "Wanted Lover – No Experience Necessary", "You Need Me", "Uptight Good Man", "Stop Giving Your Man Away", "It's All Wrong But It's All Right", "But You Know I Love You", "Another Man's Woman", and "Are You Doing Me Wrong". Beautiful Japanese-only collection! LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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JB LenoirNatural Man ... LP
Chess, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A really great collection of Chess Records work by JB Lenoir – one of the more unusual singers on the Chicago scene at the time – and one with a sound that's pretty darn great all the way through! Lenoir's tone is a pitch or two up from most of his contemporaries – not as gritty and deep, and with inflections that almost point the way towards soul singers in the generation to come. Yet the backings are definitely in the best Windy City modes of the time – as Lenoir plays some great electric guitar, alongside Alex Atkins on alto, Ernest Cotton on tenor, Joe Montgomery on piano, and Willie Dixon on bass. The set mixes vintage singles with a few unreleased tracks – and titles include "Natural Man", "Don't Dog Your Woman", "Don't Touch My Head", "Five Years", "Mama What About Your Daughter", "Korea Blues", "Let Me Die With The One I Love", "I'm In Korea", and "Carrie Lee". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label Cadet/GRT pressing. Cover has some surface wear and a cut corner.)

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Little WalterBest Of Little Walter ... LP
Chess, Early 50s. Near Mint- ... $16.99
A well-titled set – as the album features some of the best early sides that Little Walter recorded for Chess – records that went on to set a whole new standard both in blues vocals and harmonica! There's tightness here that's a bit different from some of the other Chess blues at the time – a quality that's almost a be pre-soul at moments, despite the obvious blues bent of the set. The album features some great liner notes from Studs Terkel – really getting at the scene of which Walter was a part – and titles include "My Babe", "Sad Hours", "Can't Hold Out Much Longer", "Blues With A Feeling", "Juke", "Mean Old World", "Blue Lights", "You Better Watch Yourself", and "Tell Me Mamma". CD features 3 bonus tracks – alternates of "Last Night", "Juke", and "Off The Wall". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram EU Pan Am pressing. Cover has light wear and a promo stamp.)

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Little WalterBest Of Little Walter Vol 2 ... CD
Chess, Mid 50s. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Willie MabonBlues Roots Vol 16 – I'm A Heart Regulator ... LP
Chess, 1950s/Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Rare Chess work from Chicago pianist and singer Willie Mabon – an artist who never hit the heights of some of his contemporaries, but was a key part of the Chicago scene in the 50s! LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Pigmeat MarkhamHere Comes The Judge/The Trial ... 7-inch
Chess, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
2 funky numbers by Pigmeat! "Here Comes The Judge" is a great take on the famous routine – with some tight Gene Barge backings that start with some great drum bits, as Pigmeat calls out the routine between the funky grooves! "The Trial" is straight comedy, with no music – but still nice. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Chess sleeve, including a jukebox strip.)

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Pigmeat MarkhamSock It To 'Em Judge/The Hip Judge ... 7-inch
Chess, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Funky Pigmeat! This is one of the few funky singles that Pigmeat Markham cut for Chess – and it's a great one that mixes his off-beat comedy with some very funky grooves! Also a nice play on 2 late 60s comedic Laugh-In themes: "here comes the judge" and "sock it to me"! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Chess sleeve, with jukebox strip.)

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Jimmy McCracklinI Know/Later On ... 7-inch
Chess, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue label pressing.)

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James MoodyReturn From Overbrook – Last Train From Overbrook/Flute N The Blues ... CD
Argo/Chess, 1956/1958. Used ... $6.99
Last Train From Overbrook, a wonderful album from Moody – one of his "comeback" albums for Chess/Argo, recorded after his release from the Overbrook institution, hence the title. By this point, Moody was writing and playing with much more of an edge than during his bebop days – and the record certainly shows that – not only on the title track "Last Train From Overbrook", a jumpy little number that became one of the big new tunes in Moody's book, but on the whole album, which features some well-conceived large charts written by Johnny Pate. Pate and Moody wrote the bulk of the songs, too – and titles include "Yvonne", "Brother Yusef", "The Moody One", "There She Goes", "Tico Tico", and "Why Don't You". Flute N The Blues is one of James Moody's first albums for Argo – and an album that features him shifting from tenor sax over to flute – and playing in a slyly seductive way that would have great implications for generations of soul jazz musicians for years to come! The sound here is never sleepy – and instead shows the flute to be a perfect vehicle for creating more sensitive colors and tones in jazz – in a way that's also offset by a bit of work on alto and tenor on the album as well. The group features some excellent work from trumpeter Johnny Coles and baritonist Pee Wee Moore – plus some sparkling arrangements from pianist Jimmy Boyd – and Eddie Jefferson joins in on 3 great vocal numbers. Titles include "Birdland Story", "I Cover The Waterfront", "Breaking The Blues", "Easy Living", "Richard's Blues", and "Boo's Tune". 20 tracks in all. CD
(Out of print.)

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MoonglowsStarlite/In Love ... 7-inch
Chess, 1955. Very Good+ ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue label pressing with vertical logo.)

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Pat O'DayHeartbreak Of Love/Have You Ever Been Lonely ... 7-inch
Chess, 1958. Very Good+ ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Jimmy RogersChicago Bound ... LP
Chess, 1950s. Very Good+ ... $49.99
The title's an apt one here, as Jimmy Rogers was one of the many bluesmen who started out in the south, but headed to Chicago for greater fame – which was a good thing for Chess Records, who managed to come some of these great sides in the 50s! Rogers both sings and plays guitar – the later of which has a sometimes snakey quality that almost echoes a slight bit of jazz – a mode that recalls some of the inventions T Bone Walker was putting down at the time, but a little bit rootsier overall. Players on these sessions include Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Otis Spann, and Willie Dixon – and tracks include "Money Marbles & Chalk", "Ludella", "You're The One", "Back Door Friend", "I Used To Have A Woman", "Sloppy Drunk", "Blues Leave Me Alone", and "Walking By Myself". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue fade label pressing.)

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Johnny Shines, Robert Nighthawk, & OthersDrop Down Mama ... LP
Chess, Late 40s/Early 50s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Some of the earliest blues ever recorded by the legendary Chess Records – material by a variety of artists caught at the very start of the 50s! The names here aren't as big as those of the stars who would firmly put Chess on the map later in the decade – but the work is a great indication that the Chess brothers were on the right track even in these early days – picking some of the finest talents of the underground, and setting their work to wax! Titles include a few previously unreleased numbers, plus other tracks from older 78s – and titles include "Joliet Blues" and "So Glad I Found You" by Johnny Shines, "Sweet Black Angel" and "Anna Lee" by Robert Nighthawk, "Dark Road" and "You Can't Live Long" by Floyd Jones, "Crying" and "Sad Story" by Blue Smitty, "One Of These Days" by Big Boy Spires, and "Drop Down Mama" by Honey Boy Edwards. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Chess Masters pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and light wear.)

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Billy StewartMountain Of Love/Because I Love You ... 7-inch
Chess, 1965. Very Good+ ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Billy StewartOne More Time – The Best Of Billy Stewart ... CD
Chess/MCA, Mid 60s. Used ... $4.99
Billy Stewart was one of the greatest soul singers ever to record for Chess (even though he wasn't from Chicago), and although his work for the label stretched from the early to the late 60's, he's not nearly as well-remembered as he should be. This set aims to correct that, and features 20 great tracks of some of the most unusual soul you'll ever hear. You may already know Billy's voice from his amazing crossover version of "Summertime" (which still shows up on oldies stations), but that's only the beginning of the way this stuff grooves, as the arrangements are fantastic, and have a tight punch and loping groove that will knock you off your feet. Tracks include the classic "Sitting In the Park" (later covered by GQ), "Cross My Heart", "Secret Love", "Tell Me The Truth", "Strange Feeling", "Fat Boy", and the nice version of "Every Day I Have the Blues", which begins with some tight funky drums. Great stuff throughout, and one of the truly unique voices in soul music! CD
(Out of print.)

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Muddy WatersCan't Get No Grindin' (What's The Matter With The Meal)/Garbage Man ... 7-inch
Chess, 1973. Near Mint- ... $9.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Includes jukebox strips.)

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Muddy WatersDefinitive Collection ... CD
Chess, Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Muddy WatersFolk Singer ... LP
Chess, 1963. Near Mint- ... $29.99
A seminal album by Muddy – recorded in a style that's rootsier, and more down to earth than a lot of his other chess sides! Muddy's playing acoustic guitar, and the rest of the group features Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, and Clifton James. The sound is really spare, and very moody – and tracks include "You Gonna Need My Help", "Cold Weather Blues", "Feel Like Going Home", and "My Home Is In The Delta". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Muddy WatersFolk Singer (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess, 1963. Used ... $6.99
A seminal album by Muddy – recorded in a style that's rootsier, and more down to earth than a lot of his other Chess sides! Muddy's playing acoustic guitar, and the group features Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, and Clifton James. The sound is really spare, evocative, and true – the album was quite probably titled to perk up the appeal to the strident college kids of the time, but the songs and performances are pure, honest, and rawly excellent. Tracks include "You Gonna Need My Help", "Cold Weather Blues", "Feel Like Going Home", and "My Home Is In The Delta" – and this CD edition has a 5 bonus tracks from slightly later session: "The Same Thing", "You Can't Lose What You Never Had", "My John The Conqueror Root", "Short Dress Woman" and "Put Me In Your Lay Away". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Muddy WatersI Got To Find My Baby/Just To Be With You ... 7-inch
Chess, 1956. Near Mint- ... $9.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Later blue fade label pressing.)

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Muddy WatersLondon Muddy Waters Sessions ... LP
Chess, 1972. Sealed Gatefold ... $39.99
Muddy Waters hits London – and records here with Rory Gallagher on guitar, Rick Grech on bass, and Steve Winwood on piano and organ – plus horns back home, arranged by Johnny Pate! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
 
 
 



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