Chess Uptown Soul

Chess Uptown Soul


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If you're trying to differentiate what was specifically "uptown" about these '60s Chess soul sides, you're getting into a game of serious hairsplitting. Basically this 24-track comp offers material -- mostly non-hits -- from 1963-67 that leans toward sophisticated, brassy soul borrowing much from Motown and Curtis Mayfield, but not matching the peaks of either. It's still pretty enjoyable, if sometimes generic, material, including efforts by some stars (Gene Chandler, Billy Stewart, Etta James, Ramsey Lewis, Little Milton, the Dells, Fontella Bass), Jan Bradley's great one-shot "Mama Didn't Lie," Tony Clarke's fine Top 40 ballad "The Entertainer," and barely heeded names like Jackie Ross, the Radiants, and Marlena Shaw (there's also an early non-hit by Johnny Nash). There's also the occasional song that deserved a much wider hearing than it got, like Nash's "Love Ain't Nothin'," the Radiants' infectious "It Ain't No Big Thing," and Mitty Collier's "I Had a Talk With My Man," which was covered by Dusty Springfield.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/1997
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667214025
catalogNumber: 140
Rank: 69386


  1. The Entertainer
  2. Love Ain't Nothin'
  3. Jerk and Twine
  4. Oh What a Feeling
  5. It Ain't No Big Thing
  6. Sitting in the Park
  7. Temptation 'Bout to Get Me
  8. Everything to Me
  9. Nothing But You
  10. I Won't Need You
  11. Wear It on Our Face
  12. Do You Wanta Go
  13. Pushover
  14. Believe in Me
  15. Searching for My Love
  16. I Had a Talk with My Man
  17. I Believe She Will
  18. So Much Love
  19. Hurt So Bad
  20. Here You Come Running
  21. Mama Didn't Lie
  22. Go Away Little Boy
  23. The Soul of a Man
  24. Two in the Morning

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Etta James   Track Performer
Gene Chandler   Track Performer
Dells   Track Performer
Sugar Pie DeSanto   Track Performer
Marlena Shaw   Track Performer
Donnie Elbert   Track Performer
Jackie Ross   Track Performer
Mitty Collier   Track Performer
Ramsey Lewis   Track Performer
Fontella Bass   Track Performer
Little Milton   Track Performer
Johnny Nash   Track Performer
Billy Stewart   Track Performer
Jan Bradley   Track Performer
James Phelps   Track Performer
Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces   Track Performer
Knight Brothers   Track Performer
Maurice & Mac   Track Performer
Richard Evans   Conductor

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Composer
Oliver Sain   Arranger
Teddy Randazzo   Composer
Leonard Caston   Arranger,Producer
Rick Hall   Arranger,Producer
Bobby Hart   Composer
Charles Stepney   Arranger
George Semper   Arranger,Producer
Ady Croasdell   Liner Notes
Bobby Miller   Producer
Phil Wright   Arranger,Director
Bobby Wilding   Composer
Richard Evans   Arranger
Bobby Moore   Composer
Carl Davis   Producer

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