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Chicago Radio Soul

  • 1. Rescue Me - Fontella Bass
    2. Don't Mess up a Good Thing - Fontella Bass/Bobby McClure
    3. We Got the Winning Hand - Little Milton
    4. Selfish One - Jackie Ross
    5. Thousand Miles Away, A - Jo Ann Garrett
    6. Shy Guy - The Radiants
    7. No Faith No Love - Mitty Collier
    8. I Can't Help Myself - The Gems
    9. Love Is a 5 Letter Word - James Phelps
    10. This Heart of Mine - Tony Clarke
    11. Lonely Girl - Andrea Davis
    12. (Don't It Make You) Feel Kinda Bad - The Radiants
    13. De da, I'm a Fool in Love, La - James Phelps
    14. Only Time Will Tell - Etta James
    15. Peak of Love - Bobby McClure
    16. , The (Bossa Nova) Bird - The Dells
    17. Creeper, The - Freddy Robinson
    18. Heartbreak Society - The Radiants
    19. Strange Feeling - Billy Stewart
    20. Try My Love Again - Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces
    21. Sharing You - Mitty Collier
    22. Take Me for a Little While - Jackie Ross
    23. One Day I'll Show You (I Really Love You) - The Radiants
    24. Stay by My Side - Joanne Garrett
    25. Love Reputation, A - Denise LaSalle
    26. Happy New Love - The Gems
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 133

  • Credits

    The title might be Chicago Radio Soul, but it's really a 26-track compilation of soul that was released on Chicago-based Chess Records during the 1960s. Only one of the songs was a big hit (Fontella Bass's "Rescue Me"), though Jackie Ross's "Selfish One" and Mitty Collier's "Sharing You" did well on the R&B charts. There are also little-known singles by Etta James, Little Milton, Billy Stewart, and Denise LaSalle, as well as names that will only be familiar to serious soul fanatics, like the Gems, the Radiants, and Bobby McClure. Chess wasn't as much of a presence in soul as it was in blues, although by the '60s, it was concentrating much more on the soul market. On the whole this is decent if unremarkable '60s soul, showing the influence of both Motown and the crosstown Chicago sound of the Okeh label. High points worth noting by any soul fan are the girl group-tinged "I Can't Help Myself" (the Gems) and Jackie Ross's "Take Me for a Little While," a rare example of a Black soul cover of a single by a White female singer (Evie Sands). ~ Richie Unterberger

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