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

Various Artists
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FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 12 May 2014

"Wholeheartedly recommend it to all fans of houserocking r&b and blues"  Now Dig This

"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: FVTD193UPC TEXT: 5055311001937

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Compiled by R&B authority Lois Wilson, who writes for for Mojo and Record Collector, Chicago Bound is a wide-ranging 3CD set, capturing many of the finest moments of the legendary Chess Records in its heyday from the late Forties to the early Sixties. With 86 tracks, there is plenty of opportunity to celebrate the prime blues, R&B and rock ’n’ roll released on Chess and its associated labels 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 the well-known Chess names listed above, Chicago Bound includes tracks by less celebrated artists including Willie Mabon, Betty James, Bobby Saxton, John Brim, Arbee Stidham and Blue Smitty, 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 Just Want To Make Love To You (Etta James)
  4. I Hate To See You Go (Little Walter)
  5. She Just Won’t Do Right (Dust My Broom) (Elmore James)
  6. I’m Satisfied (Otis Rush)
  7. Who Do You Love? (Bo Diddley)
  8. Too Much Monkey Business (Chuck Berry)
  9. Susie-Q (Dale Hawkins)
  10. Nothin’ Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Tree) (Eddie Fontaine)
  11. Tiger In Your Tank (Muddy Waters)
  12. Walking By Myself (Jimmy Rogers)
  13. Don’t Start Me Talkin’ (Sonny Boy Williamson)
  14. The Seventh Son (Willie Mabon)
  15. I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man (Muddy Waters)
  16. 29 Ways (Willie Dixon)
  17. Walking The Boogie (John Lee Hooker)
  18. When The Lights Go Out (Jimmy Witherspoon)
  19. I Ain't Superstitious (Howlin’ Wolf)
  20. Mamma Talk To Your Daughter (J.B. Lenoir)
  21. Thunder Bird (Little Walter)
  22. Keep It To Yourself (Sonny Boy Williamson)
  23. I’m A Little Mixed Up (Betty James)
  24. Rattlesnake (John Brim)
  25. Chicago Bound (Jimmy Rogers)
  26. Doctor Ross Boogie (Doctor Ross)
  27. Biscuit Baking Mama (Big Ed and His Combo)
  28. Trying To Make A Living (Bobby Saxton)
  29. First Time I Met The Blues (Buddy Guy)


  1. Juke (Little Walter)
  2. Fattening Frogs For Snakes (Sonny Boy Williamson)
  3. How Many More Years (Howlin’ Wolf)
  4. Reconsider Baby (Lowell Fulson)
  5. I Can’t Hold Out (Talk To Me Baby) (Elmore James)
  6. Something’s Got A Hold On Me (Etta James)
  7. Road Runner (Bo Diddley)
  8. Jaguar And Thunderbird (Chuck Berry)
  9. Rocket 88 (Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats)
  10. Crazy For My Baby (Willie Dixon)
  11. It Must Have Been The Devil (Otis Spann)
  12. Mellow Down Easy (Little Walter)
  13. Sloppy Drunk (Jimmy Rogers)
  14. I Can’t Be Satisfied (Muddy Waters)
  15. Leave My Wife Alone (John Lee Hooker)
  16. Wine, Wine, Wine (Jimmy Binkley)
  17. Forty Cups Of Coffee (Danny Overbea)
  18. The Slop Around (Buddy Guy)
  19. Trouble, Trouble (Lowell Fulson)
  20. Spoonful (Etta James and Harvey Fuqua)
  21. Can’t Let You Go (Sugar Pie DeSanto)
  22. Pills (Bo Diddley)
  23. Come On (Chuck Berry)
  24. Take My Heart (Dale Hawkins)
  25. Henry Lee (Betty James)
  26. I’ll Get You, Too (Billy Emerson)
  27. Booted (Rosco Gordon)
  28. Tonky Boogie (Forrest C. Sykes)
  29. Mr Commissioner (Arbee Stidham)


  1. Rollin’ And Tumblin’, Part 1 (Muddy Waters)
  2. 99 (Sonny Boy Williamson)
  3. Wang-Dang-Doodle (Howlin’ Wolf)
  4. I Can Tell (Bo Diddley)
  5. Frog Hop (Earl Hooker)
  6. Rock This House (Jimmy Rogers)
  7. You Got Me Where You Want Me (John Brim)
  8. I’m Leaving You (Otis Spann)
  9. Truckin’ Little Woman (Willie Nix)
  10. Tough Mary (Etta James)
  11. Open Your Heart (Sugar Pie DeSanto)
  12. Gun Slinger (Bo Diddley)
  13. Roller Coaster (Little Walter)
  14. You Got To Love Me (Billy Boy Arnold)
  15. It Was A Dream (John Brim)
  16. Eisenhower Blues (J.B. Lenoir)
  17. Johnson Machine Gun (Sunnyland Slim with Muddy Waters)
  18. So Mean To Me (Little Milton)
  19. Check Yourself (Lowell Fulson)
  20. Give Me One More Shot (J.B. Lenoir)
  21. I Want To Know (Sugar Pie DeSanto)
  22. I Declare That Ain’t Right (Henry Gray)
  23. Hard Time Gettin’ Started (Eddie Boyd)
  24. Date Bait (Blue Smitty)
  25. Tired Of Crying Over You (Morris Pejoe)
  26. She Don’t Know (J.B. Lenoir)
  27. Dynamite (Earl Hooker)
  28. Walking The Blues (Willie Dixon)