Chicago Bound: Chess Blues, R&B and Rock ‘n’ Roll – 2LP

Various Artists
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FORMAT: Audio CD - 4 Disc
Release date: 12 May 2014

"Ms Wilson has executed her task well, and has done justice to one of the great catalogues of black popular music" Classic Rock presents the Blues

"This is as good a any you'll find anywhere. A newcomer to Chess Blues and R & B will just revel in the multiple delights that are on offer here" Blues & Rhythm

"This enlightened inventory of the exhaustive canon..." Blues & Soul Magazine


CAT No: FVDV193UPC TEXT: 5055311071930

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This 2LP vinyl limited edition of Chicago Bound comprises 32 club-friendly tracks selected from the 3CD set. Compiled by R&B authority Lois Wilson, who writes for Mojo and Record Collector, Chicago Bound celebrates the prime blues, R&B and rock ’n’ roll released on the legendary Chess label and its associated imprints Checker and Argo, as well as its predecessor Aristocrat.

In 1928, the brothers Leonard and Phil Chez, both children, made the journey with their mother and sister from Poland to the United States, joining their father in Chicago. He had changed his name to the more American sounding Chess and they adopted it. Some years later, Phil went off to serve in the army in World War II, while Leonard, ineligible for service, opened a string of night clubs, one of which played host to a wealth of hugely talented blues and jazz singers, many of whom were struggling to be heard on record. Leonard saw an opportunity.

He joined forces in 1947 with a wife and husband outfit who had founded Chicago’s Aristocrat Records label to release blues, jazz and R&B, and two years later he and his brother took it over, renaming it Chess in 1950. At the height of its power, the company, at 2120 South Michigan Avenue, was unrivalled; the cornerstone of blues with a roster that included Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson and Little Walter, it also birthed rock ’n’ roll with Jackie Brenston, Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry and had a hand in soul music’s big bang too with Etta James, the first queen of soul. Chess was also responsible for igniting the British blues and beat boom, its catalogue providing the foundation on which The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Pretty Things, The Who, The Yardbirds et al built their own sound.

As well as many of the well-known Chess names listed above, this vinyl edition of Chicago Bound includes tracks by less celebrated artists including Willie Mabon, Bobby Saxton, John Brim and Danny Overbea, to present a rounded picture of the wealth of material released on the legendary label.




  1. Moanin’ At Midnight (Howlin’ Wolf)
  2. I’m Ready (Muddy Waters)
  3. I Hate To See You Go (Little Walter)
  4. I’m Satisfied (Otis Rush)
  5. Who Do You Love? (Bo Diddley)
  6. Too Much Monkey Business (Chuck Berry)
  7. Susie-Q (Dale Hawkins)
  8. Nothin’ Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Tree) (Eddie Fontaine)


  1. I Can’t Hold Out (Talk To Me Baby) (Elmore James)
  2. Keep It To Yourself (Sonny Boy Williamson)
  3. Rattlesnake (John Brim)
  4. 29 Ways (Willie Dixon)
  5. Walking The Boogie (John Lee Hooker)
  6. I Ain't Superstitious (Howlin’ Wolf)
  7. Tiger In Your Tank (Muddy Waters)
  8. Mamma Talk To Your Daughter (J.B. Lenoir)


  1. Road Runner (Bo Diddley)
  2. Chicago Bound (Jimmy Rogers)
  3. The Seventh Son (Willie Mabon)
  4. It Must Have Been The Devil (Otis Spann)
  5. Mellow Down Easy (Little Walter)
  6. Biscuit Baking Mama (Big Ed and His Combo)
  7. Trying To Make A Living (Bobby Saxton)
  8. Forty Cups Of Coffee (Danny Overbea)


  1. Spoonful (Etta James and Harvey Fuqua)
  2. Can’t Let You Go (Sugar Pie DeSanto)
  3. The Slop Around (Buddy Guy)
  4. I’ll Get You, Too (Billy Emerson)
  5. You Got To Love Me (Billy Boy Arnold)
  6. 99 (Sonny Boy Williamson)
  7. Give Me One More Shot (J.B. Lenoir)
  8. Open Your Heart (Sugar Pie DeSanto)